UWM Alumni Awards Evening

UWM ALumnia Awards EveningThe University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Alumni Association is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s awards for the annual Alumni Awards Evening. The nominating committee met to make their selections and was extremely impressed by the exceptional quality of this year’s pool. Details on hosting a table for your school/college are included at the end of this document.

The following is a list of our 2013 award recipients:

Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Luis Arreaga – Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business ’76 (MS, Management) / College of Letters & Science ’81 (PhD, Economics)
U.S. Ambassador to Iceland

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented on occasions to alumni with exemplary achievements over the span of a lifetime.

UWM Foundation Chancellor’s Award
Jim Rygiel – Peck School of the Arts ’77 (BFA, Art – Painting & Drawing)
Visual Effects Artist

The UWM Foundation Chancellor’s Award honors and recognizes superior professional achievement and the ongoing pursuit of excellence.

Distinguished Alumni Award
Dr. Nicholas Contorno – Peck School of the Arts ’61 (BS, Music Education) / Peck School of the Arts’68 (MS, Music Education)

Jill Pelisek – Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business ’80 (BBA, Finance) / College of Letters & Science ’83 (MA, Economics)
Adjunct Professor/Executive-In-Residence, Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business

The Distinguished Alumni Award celebrates outstanding alumni whose professional achievement and commitment to the community bring honor to UWM.

Community Service Award
Tyrone Dumas – School of Architecture & Urban Planning ’77 (BS, Architecture)
Contract Compliance Officer, Milwaukee Public Schools

Dr. Derrick Jackson – College of Letters & Science ’76 (BA, Mass Communication)
Op-ed Columnist, The Boston Globe

Dr. Frank Schneiger – College of Letters & Science ’64 (BA, History)
Founder, Human Services Management Institute

The Community Service Award honors alumni who have generously contributed their time and talents for the enrichment of others and the betterment of their community.

Corporate Partner Award
Johnson Controls, Inc.
Rockwell Automation

The Corporate Partner Award recognizes corporations or organizations that have significantly impacted the lives of alumni and students by assisting in the advancement, growth and/or development of UWM.

Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award
Dr. Jose Omar Martinez Lucci – College of Engineering & Applied Science ’06 (MS, Engineering) /
’11 (PhD, Engineering)
Associate Professor, Universidad Europa de Madrid (Spain)

Shahla Anders – College of Health Sciences ’03 (BS, Clinical Lab Sciences)
Clinical Assistant Professor, UWM College of Health Sciences

Katherine Nelson – College of Letters & Science ’07 (BA, Conservation & Environmental Science)
Chief Sustainability Officer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Dr. Joseph Braun – College of Nursing ’05 (BS, Nursing)
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Brown University

Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award (continued)
Dr. Katherine Pakieser-Reed – College of Nursing ’06 (PhD, Nursing)
Director, Center for Nursing Professional Practice & Research
University of Chicago Medical Center

Betsy Leonhardt – Helen Bader School of Social Welfare ’06 (BS, Social Welfare)
Executive Director, Fab.com

Stephanie Allewalt Hacker – School of Architecture & Urban Planning ’07 (MUP, Urban Planning & Studies)
Senior Planner, GRAEF; Adjunct Professor of Urban Planning, UWM School of Architecture & Urban Planning

Michael Hacker – School of Architecture & Urban Planning ’05 (BS, Architectural Studies) /
’07 (Master of Architecture)
Associate/Architect, Bray Architects

Lauren Baker – School of Education ’93 (BS, Community Education) / ’04 (MS, Administrative Leadership in Education)
Director of Youth Initiatives, Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership (WRTP)/BIG STEP

Benjamin Engel – Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business ’05 (BBA, Finance)
President/Owner, J.F. Cook Co.

Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Awards recognize recent graduates who have achieved a measure of success in their fields, brining credit to themselves and UWM.

Join us on Friday, November 8, 2013, at the Milwaukee Public Museum to
celebrate and honor these incredible alumni and community leaders.

We hope your school/college will consider hosting a table at the event. A table provides an ideal opportunity for you to be seated with or near your award recipient(s), to invite faculty/staff members to join in the celebration, and to engage on a personal level with our alumni and guests.

Formal event invitations will be mailed campus-wide in the coming weeks.

Table Sponsor: $1,200

  • Corporate table sponsor seating at the event (1 table of 8)
  • Eight invitations to the Chancellor’s Level Pre-Event Reception, featuring open bar/hors d’oeuvres, valet parking and the opportunity to see a special multimedia presentation by Jim Rygiel
  • Group/Table name placed in the event program
  • Group/Table name displayed on day-of-event signage
  • Group/Table name displayed on the event website (UWM Alumni Association)

For additional details or to reserve your table early, please contact Tad Gospodarek in the UWM Alumni Association office directly at (414) 229-3000 or gospodar@uwm.edu.