There are no limits to where your UWM degree can take you. We’re reminded of that each year when the Alumni Association recognizes its talented and inspirational alumni and friends.
Meet a few of our 2016 awardees
Lifetime Achievement Award
Michael McCrea, MS ’91, PhD ’94, Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology
Director of Brain Injury Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin
Distinguished Alumni Service Awards
Christina Fiasca, BBA ’80, Vice President – Product Finance, Northwestern Mutual
Judith Scott, MBA ’81, Managing Director, Baird
UWM Foundation Alumni Achievement Award
Dennis Kois, BA ’95, Honors College, President and CEO of the Milwaukee Public Museum
Honorary Alumni Awards
Michael Falbo, Regent Emeritus, University of Wisconsin System
Sally Lundeen, Professor, Retiring Dean, UWM College of Nursing
Les Weil, Principal, Les Weil Consulting
Panther Pride Volunteer Awards
Chris Larson, BBA ’07, Wisconsin State Senator
Peter Tellier, BBA ’72, MBA ’74, Certified Public Accountant, Retired
Graduate of the Last Decade Awards (Graduate)
Sarah Donovan, BS ’09, MS ’12, Assistant Vice President, Guaranty Bank
Nikiya Harris Dodd, BS ’01, MS’07, Wisconsin State Senator
Nicholas Hartlep, PhD ’12, Assistant Professor of Urban Education, Metropolitan State University
Aaron Lipski, BA ’02, MPA ’14, Deputy Chief, Milwaukee Fire Department
Susan Schweigert, MA ’11, Founder and Owner, Schweigert Language Services
Graduate of the Last Decade Awards (Undergraduate)
Jonathan Brostoff, BA ’11, Wisconsin State Representative
Eleanor Cotey, BFA ’09, Head of Wardrobe, Joffrey Ballet
Catherine Giljohann, BBA ’10, Project Manager-Global Sales Operations, Rockwell Automation
Audra O’Connell, BA ’08, Executive Director of Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center
Ella Peinovich, BSAS ’06, Founder, SOKO
Julie Waterman, BA ’07, Owner/Chocolatier, Indulgence Chocolatiers
Community Service Awards
Reuben Harpole, BS ’78, Honorary PhD ’05, Humanitarian
Kimberley Motley, BS ’99, MS ’03, International Lawyer and Litigator, CEO of Motley Consulting International
Corporate Partner Awards
Marcus Corporation Foundation
The Water Council
- Lifetime Achievement Award
This award is presented on limited occasions when the UWM Alumni Association recognizes an alumnus/alumna with exemplary achievements over the span of a lifetime. This award recognizes those who have had extraordinary success in the following arenas: professional achievement, community involvement, advancement of UWM’s mission, giving back of time, effort, and/or capital, and encouraging and inspiring future leaders.
- Distinguished Alumni Service Award
This award recognizes alumni for exceptional volunteer leadership in service to UWM and the Alumni Association. Recipients will demonstrate a quality and depth of service to UWM that is truly outstanding. To be awarded to one alumna/us annually.
- UWM Foundation Alumni Achievement Award
This award, presented annually, recognizes alumni who have achieved prominence, accomplishment and recognition, and demonstrate leadership in their profession. Honorees should represent characteristics of UWM’s mission to serve a broad and diverse student body, who go on to contribute to their community and/or profession in impactful ways. An effort will be made to bring individuals awarded this honor back to campus to participate in classes and public lectures to share their UWM story, as well as professional insight, expertise and knowledge with students, faculty and university staff.
- Honorary Alumni Award
Honorary Alumni status is presented to a person who is not a graduate of UWM but who has earned this recognition and honor through deep loyalty, service and support of the University and the Alumni Association.
- Graduate of the Last Decade Award
This award honors alumni from each School or College who have achieved accomplishments of significant importance at an early stage of their careers (1-10 years after their undergraduate or graduate degree). The award is intended to recognize either professional accomplishment or service to the university by those who have graduated within the last decade.Both undergraduate AND graduate students from the last ten years are eligible for this award and the committee may select several from each category.
- Community Service Award
The Community Service Award honors those alumni who have generously contributed their time and talents for the enrichment of others and the betterment of their communities. This award bestows recognition on those individuals who have given of themselves in support of various civic, charitable, philanthropic and social welfare organizations.
- Corporate Partner Award
The Corporate Partner Award recognizes corporations or non-profit organizations which have a significant impact on the campus and/or on the lives of alumni and students by assisting in the advancement, growth and/or development of UWM.
- Panther Pride Volunteer Award
This award honors an alumni group or individual who has rendered outstanding voluntary service, loyalty and support to UWM and alumni in their local region or area of affinity. This honor can be awarded to an official UWMAA Chapter or to an individual program/event volunteer.
Please join us by sponsoring this annual event that honors the most outstanding alumni from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The special event held at Discovery World includes a reception, dinner and award ceremony.
Other highlights include presentation of the 2016 UWM Foundation Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, Distinguished Alumni Service Award, Corporate Partner Award and Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Awards.
The event attracts 400+ of the top UWM alumni in their fields as well as community and corporate partners. The evening is marketed to our alumni population of 140,000 households, 60% of which reside in the Milwaukee metro area.
Sponsorship opportunities are limited. To reserve your sponsorship package or for additional information, please contact: Adrienne Bass, Associate Vice Chancellor, at
414-229-6410 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Table Sponsor: $2,000
- Corporate table sponsor seating at the event (1 table of 10)
- Name in the event program (500)
- Named in on-site event signage
- Display of your company name on the event website (Alumni site: 192,000 annual page views)
Panther Sponsor: $5,000
- Prime VIP seating at the event (1 table of 10)
- Editorial mentions in alumni publications (including the popular UWM Alumni Magazine/120,000 households)
- Mentions, links and opportunities for creative contests on UWM Alumni Association social media sites
- Opportunity for half-page ad in the event program (500)
- Named in on-site event signage
- Prominent display of your logo/hotlink on the event website (Alumni site: 192,000 annual page views)
Black & Gold Sponsor: $10,000
Everything listed under Panther Sponsor plus:
- Opportunity for full-page ad in the event program (500)
PRESENTING SPONSORSHIP: $20,000 and up
Everything listed under Panther and Black & Gold Sponsor plus:
- Prime VIP seating at the event (2 tables of 10)
- Full, back-cover advertisement in the event program
- Programs (500) and tickets (500)
- Presenting Sponsor Banner at entrance to event
- Media promotions, press releases and media kits
- Your logo and ad placement in one pre-event email (45,000 e-news subscriber list)