All-University Award Recipients
2011 Alumni National Award Recipients
Alumnus of the Year Award
DR. ARNOLD L. MITCHEM, GRAD '81, HON DEG '04
Chevy Chase, Md.
Receiving an honorary doctorate is a high honor — one Arnold has received 10 times from 10 universities. His work with the largest discretionary program in the U.S. Department of Education — the federally funded TRIO programs — has resulted in nearly 850,000 students served at more than 1,200 colleges and universities.
All-University Award Recipients
Merit Award (for Professional Achievement)
DR. STANLEY V. JASKOLSKI, ENG '62, GRAD '64, '67
Innovation runs in Stan’s veins. Co-holder of 27 patents, he once led the Eaton Innovation Center, responsible for identifying, evaluating and prototyping high-impact innovations and technology. The retired Opus Dean of Engineering at Marquette raised more than $100 million, including more than $60 million for the college’s new state-of-the-art Discovery Learning Complex, due to open in the fall.
Service to Community Award
DR. CATHERINE TAYLOR FOSTER, NURS '58, GRAD '62
Orland Park, Ill.
Catherine embodies the very core of Marquette’s mission. A decorated Army nurse, global humanitarian, foundation trustee, Fulbright Senior Scholar and World Health Organization consultant, she became a Peace Corps volunteer in 1996. Today, at age 72, she continues building upon a lifetime of serving others, volunteering in her community and throughout the world.
Service to Marquette Award
MICHAEL D. FARRELL, ENG '70 AND DONNA BEHM FARRELL, ARTS '70
Have you attended a Marquette event in the past 30 years? Chances are you saw Mike and Donna — or benefited from their involvement with it. The duo has contributed countless hours to on- and off-campus events, all the while working and raising a family. Mike is chairman and CEO of Sentry Equipment Corp., and Donna was a reading specialist for 30 years. Together, they established the Michael and Donna Farrell Scholarship Fund to benefit the College of Engineering.
Spirit of Marquette Award
(for Professional Achievement Before Age 40)
BENJAMIN S. TRACY, COMM '98, GRAD '04
If you’re one of Katie Couric’s 6 million viewers, you’re probably familiar with Ben’s work. A five-time Emmy award-winning CBS News national correspondent based in L.A., Ben covers the western United States for The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric and The Early Show. Formerly with WISN-TV Milwaukee, WBAY-TV Green Bay, and Marquette’s Office of Marketing and Communication, he was with WCCO-TV in Minneapolis when he first entered the national spotlight.
Friend of the University Award
Northwestern Mutual and Marquette have turned a strong relationship into something of an ecosystem. The company and its foundation most recently invested in Ray and Kay Eckstein Hall, home of Marquette Law School; have long supported the university's Les Aspin Center for Government in Washington D.C.; have contributed to the Institute for the Transformation of Learning directed by Dr. Howard Fuller; and have been longtime supporters of scholarship funds for first-generation students. Company leaders have served on Marquette’s Board of Trustees and numerous advisory councils and have mentored students. Want proof in numbers? The company employs approximately 400 Marquette graduates. Nothing quiet about any of that.