Teaching faculty member J. Dietenberger received the inaugural Community Partnership, Service & Academic Excellence Award at the Military and Veteran’s Ball on Friday, Nov. 3. The annual event, hosted by UW-Milwaukee’s Military and Veterans Resource Center (MAVRC), drew 200+ people to the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary-designee James Bond was the guest speaker.
The inaugural award recognizes Dietenberger’s contributions to veteran and military campus climate and student success. Award presenters noted that Dietenberger has been a pivotal force and staunch advocate at UWM for all students – more specifically to this award for veteran and military students on campus. His award was co-presented by Information Science & Technology (IST) degree graduate and MAVRC Assistant Director Groovy Cocroft, IST student and service member Arya Fotouhi and MAVRC Director Yolanda Medina.
Dietenberger teaches classes in the School of Information Studies, building both intern and academic programming with the unit for the past decade. He has served on advisory boards to Chancellor Mark Mone and worked with multiple veteran service directors. Dietenberger was a contributing member to efforts that led to UWM earning a top 10 military-friendly designation in March 2022.