Alumni National Awards

All-University Award Recipients


KwanAlumnus of the Year
Dr. Henry K.H. Kwan, Arts ’71

Summit, N.J.

Notable for his contributions to developing such medications as Claritin, Claritin D-24, Intron A and Nasonex, pharmaceutical executive-turned-scientific consultant Dr. Henry K. H. Kwan modestly deflects accolades and insists that he is merely Marquette’s luckiest alumnus. Read more.


FernandezProfessional Achievement
Dr. Ricardo R. Fernández, Arts ’62, Grad ’65

Washington, D.C.

In 2016 Dr. Ricardo Fernández retired after 26 years as president of The City University of New York’s Herbert H. Lehman College. Though he took the reins during a challenging time for the college’s Bronx neighborhood, his leadership significantly transformed the school into a centerpiece of the community. Read more.

DefaultService to the Community
Barbara Eannelli Klein, Bus Ad ’72

Hartland and Milwaukee, Wis.

With her four children in high school and college, Barbara Eannelli Klein wanted to revisit one of her first loves: the Spanish language. Her decision to brush up her skills led her to Journey House Center for Family Learning and Youth Athletics, where her leadership has expanded opportunities and helped increase the quality of life for more than 7,000 children and families. Read more.

MeierService to Marquette
James M. Meier, Bus Ad ’84


As senior director of marketing finance for MillerCoors, James (Jim) Meier knows a thing or two about return on investment. In recent years, he’s invested time, talent and treasure in his alma mater, and already, his investment is paying off in ways that make a tangible difference to Marquette. Read more.


LangsSpirit of Marquette
Elizabeth Villarreal Lang, Arts ’03, and Nelson C. Lang, H Sci ’04

Sussex, Wis.

With a reputation as Milwaukee’s best source of authentic Mexican food products, El Rey is more than a thriving chain of specialty grocery stores. It’s also an immigrant success story and a family business through and through. Just ask Elizabeth Villarreal Lang and her husband, Nelson Lang, who now run El Rey with Liz’s siblings and cousins. Read more.


Majerus FoundationFriend of the University
Majerus Family Foundation


Rick Majerus, Arts ’70, made his name as a tenacious NCAA basketball coach and devoted mentor to his players. But family and friends say Rick’s life was defined much more “by the company he kept rather than the accolades he earned on the court.” His legacy lives on through the Majerus Family Foundation, supporting causes dear to Rick that also reflect the values of his parents, Raymond and Alyce Majerus. Read more.

Past Alumni Award Recipients