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UW-L Distinguished Alumni Awards Reception & Ceremony

Each year the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is proud to honor and celebrate the achievements of alumni who have distinguished themselves through their contributions to their profession and communities. Join us as we celebrate their accomplishments and learn how 'The La Crosse experience' shaped their lives.

UW-L Alumni Awards Reception & Ceremony

Cleary Alumni & Friends Center

Friday, May 9, 2014

5:30 p.m. - Heavy hors d'oeuvre reception

6:30 p.m. - Awards ceremony

Cost: $25 per person

Register via the link below by May 2, 2014

Alumni Award Recipients

Maurice O. Graff Distinguished Alumni Award

Joseph E. Nyre, PhD, '91
Iona College President Joseph Nyre will receive the Maurice O. Graff Distinguished Alumnus Award. Nyre, a 1991 UW-L graduate, is a nationally recognized researcher in autism, mental health service delivery and system development. The award recognizes alumni who have brought honor and distinction to the university.

Rada Distinguished Alumni Award

Corey Sorenson, '03
Iona College President Joseph Nyre will receive the Maurice O. Graff Distinguished Alumnus Award. Nyre, a 1991 UW-L graduate, is a nationally recognized researcher in autism, mental health service delivery and system development. The award recognizes alumni who have brought honor and distinction to the university.

Parker Multicultural Alumni Award

Susan Jans-Thomas, PhD, '86

Orby Z.Moss, Jr., '63

Educators Susan Jans-Thomas and Orby Mos, Jr., will receive the Parker Multicultural Alumni Award. Jans-Thomas, a 1986 UW-L graduate, is an associate professor of research and advanced studies at the University of West Florida. Moss, a La Crosse native and a 1963 UW-L graduate, is a retired longtime director of athletics at numerous colleges. The honor recognizes alumni who have contributed significantly to the improvement of multiracial culture and understanding on the campus and in their careers.

Graduating Senior Awards

The Murphy Awards for Academic Excellence, which recognize the university’s top two graduating scholars, as chosen by the Scholarship and Awards Committee — Stefanie Sippl who graduates in May with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and biology, from Wausau; and Elizabeth Camenga who graduates in May with a Bachelor of Science in physics, from Milton.

The Jake and Janet Hoeschler Award for Excellence, which recognizes an outstanding College of Business Administration graduate — Mitchell Reiser who graduates in May with a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics, from Eitzen.

The Strzelczyk Award in Science and Health, which recognizes an outstanding senior in the College of Science and Health — Anthony Brandt who graduates in May with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry, from Baraboo.

The John E. Magerus Award for the Outstanding Graduating Senior from the College of Liberal Studies — Karin Johnson who will triple major in public administration, political science and English rhetoric in May, from Bloomington, Minn.

The Rosandich Graduate Thesis Award, which recognizes the best graduate thesis — Darren Knox who graduated with a master’s degree in public health in community health education in 2013, from La Crosse.


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