Scholarship Reception Celebrates Students and Donors

November 20, 2018
(Back row) Ron Perez, Mariah Weddle, Andrea Weddle, and Carrie Weddle; (Front row) Lydia Marcus, Briana Godin, Olivia Algiers, and Dan Sanfelippo

More than 300 donors, students, families, faculty, and staff gathered in the Union Ballroom on Wednesday, November 14, to celebrate the generosity of scholarship donors and the success of their recipients. View the photo gallery.

Chancellor Mark Mone welcomed the crowd and described the event, saying, “It is one of our highlights – absolutely on of the biggest nights of the year on our campus.” He acknowledged the donors, calling them “life changers,” and referred to the scholarship students as “path leaders.” He encouraged the students to one day consider making gifts of their own in support of scholarships.

Andrew Schiesl ’92, general counsel for Gardner Denver, served as emcee. Andy is president of the UWM Foundation Board, which manages the philanthropic funds that support UWM. He spoke about his time at UWM, where he learned to have a respectful discourse with those of differing opinions, a skill he uses every day.

Special guest speakers included Sam Leichtling ’09, who holds two master’s degree from UWM and is the long range planning manager for the City of Milwaukee. Sam and his wife, Lindsey Tauber ’07, support a scholarship created in honor of the late Welford Sanders, who taught in the School of Architecture & Urban Planning and made an impression on Sam and many other urban planning students. The scholarship is intended to advance diversity within the urban planning profession.

Student speakers were Ebenezer Keane-Rudolph, recipient of the Reuben K. Harpole, Jr. Education Scholarship and the Thomas Cheeks Education Scholarship; Emily Lynch, recipient of the Gerald and Louise Stein Public Health Scholarship; and Annie Peterson, recipient of the Ed Burgess Legacy Scholarship and the Randy R. Reddemann Emerging Artists Scholarship.

Nearly all UWM’s schools and colleges were represented, as well as Honors College, Milwaukee Athletics, and the UWM Alumni Association. The College of Letters & Sciences, the largest of the university’s schools and colleges, hosts a separate event each year.