Recognizing the contributions of our stellar UWM employees to their alma mater.

Created by the UWM Alumni Association, the Alumni Employee Awards recognize the contributions of the University’s stellar employees to their alma mater. Presented each spring at the Alumni Employee Awards and Appreciation Lunch, these awards provide fellow employees and students a way to honor those who make a difference at UWM.

Any current UWM employee or student can submit a nomination. Nominations are due by Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

2018 Award Categories
This award recognizes alumni for exceptional performance in their work as employees of UWM. It honors alumni who, through their work, have elevated the University’s mission, reputation or morale and who embody professionalism, enthusiasm and dedication. Honorees achieve excellence and demonstrate impact, often through committee work, special assignments and/or other noteworthy activities.

The “Unsung Hero” Award is presented to alumni employees not widely recognized for their work, but who have in some significant way contributed to UWM.  As they work to fulfill their unit and division goals, honorees contribute behind the scenes with their skill, time and effort furthering the vision and mission of the University.  Honorees should be known for their consistency, dependability, respect for others, commitment to their team and willingness to pitch in to achieve collective goals.  Honorees are both supportive to others and results-oriented, and frequently work through obstacles to make the impossible possible.

The Community-University: We Make a Difference Award honors those alumni employees who as representatives of UWM 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/or social service organizations, and who have, in doing so, forged or strengthened partnerships between these organizations and the University.

In keeping with UWM’s strategic opportunities and aspirations, this award recognizes alumni employees for their work promoting an outstanding learning environment that prepares students to live in and work in the 21st century. It honors alumni employees who provide students a continuum of quality educational experiences that instill deep, critical, imaginative thinking and understanding, cultural fluency, leadership skills and an entrepreneurial mindset. It recognizes alumni who help students maximize utilization of our urban setting, community partnerships and experiential learning experiences. The award bestows recognition on individuals known for their celebration of and support for our diverse student body.

Nomination Form

Selection Committee

Dr. Michael Brondino ’79, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare
Tammy Howard ’15, Secretary of the University’s Office
Dr. Karen Jackson ’74 & ’88, Emeritus Board of Trustees
Christina Makal McCaffery ’02, College of Letters & Science
Kathryn Martin-Meurer ’05 & ’07, Peck School of the Arts
Krystal McCain ’14, Student Involvement
Monica Rausch Camacho ’03, Lubar School of Business
John Schumacher, University Relations

2017 Award Recipients

Outstanding Performance: Michael Brondino ’79

“He is passionate about student success and has a deep desire to ensure our students become as impactful as he is to the field and their place of work.”



Outstanding Performance: Tammy Howard ’15

“Tammy’s devotion to UWM, her good cheer and unparalleled collegiality, and her expertise on the ‘nitty gritty’ of university legal and administrative matters — all of these traits make her one of UWM’s best.”


 Community-University: We Make a Difference:   Kathryn Martin-Meurer ’05, ’07

“Her dedication to community service combines her own unique artistic practices with her enormous talent for teaching in ways that enrich the lives of people in the Milwaukee area and open their eyes to the power of art.”


Unsung Hero: Paul Klajbor ’06

“Paul . . . models a UWM education in all ways: strategic planning, analysis, problem solving — and in values like fairness, diplomacy and genuine care and concern for the people he works with, for and among.”


Alumni Association Champion: Keri Duce ’07

“There are so many wonderful things to say about Keri, as she exemplifies Panther Pride in both her professional, and her volunteer service to her alma mater. There is never a doubt that Keri bleeds black and gold and is a true UWM partner.”