Alumni National Awards

J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication
Award Recipients


Saturday, April 27
Reception: 10 a.m.
Brunch: 10:30 a.m.
Alumni Memorial Union, Monaghan Ballroom
1442 W. Wisconsin Ave., Marquette University campus

Photo of Nancy ArmourCommunicator of the Year Award
Nancy R. Armour, Comm ’91


Nancy never imagined she’d cover sports. She only worked on the Marquette Tribune sports desk because all the news beats were taken. Nearly 30 years later, she’s now one of the most renowned sportswriters in the country.

Photo of Patrick Olsen Byline Award
Patrick M. Olsen, Jour ’87

West Hartford, Conn.

Patrick considers himself a “car guy,” though not quite obsessed enough to be a “car geek.” That only proves you don’t need to be an automotive engineer to make a lasting impact on the car industry.


Photo of Mary-Ann BendelProfessional Achievement Award
Mary-Ann Bendel, Sp ’57

Santa Barbara, Calif.

When Mary-Ann graduated in 1957, female journalists were rarely given the opportunity to cover front-page news. She was determined to chase those big stories anyway.

Photo of Sheena QuinnYoung Alumna of the Year Award
Sheena G. Quinn, Comm ’04


As the senior director of public relations for the Chicago White Sox, Sheena ensures the team’s presence off the field carries just as much weight as their work on game day.

Photo of Sandy PatykJames T. Tiedge Memorial Award
Sandra M. Patyk, Comm ’91

Oak Creek, Wis.

Sandy Patyk has made a name for herself — literally, her broadcasting name is Sandy Maxx — in Milwaukee TV, radio and online and in live sporting events as one of the very first Milwaukee Brewers’ game-day hosts. Having followed in the footsteps of her late father, Chuck Patyk, who started his career as a TV and radio newscaster, most famous for his coverage of the 1974 Super Outbreak tornadoes in Kentucky, Sandy has forged her own path in broadcast journalism..