Our 2019 Alumni National Awards Recipients
ALL-UNIVERSITY AWARD RECIPIENTS
Alumnus of the Year Award
James C. Sartori, Bus Ad ’77
Jim was just 30 when he took the reins of his family’s Wisconsin-based
cheese business in 1986. Under his savvy leadership, Sartori Company’s
products have become premium international retail brands that regularly
win awards, while the company itself has remained true to its family and
Professional Achievement Award
Barry C. Cosgrove, Jour ’79
Laguna Beach, Cailf.
“The guts to try, the heart to care and the resolve to Be The
Difference.” It’s a message of inspiration in the Marquette community, a
statement to essentially define the Marquette student. And it captures,
perfectly, Barry’s approach to a life and career defined by self-made
Service to the Community Award
The Ignace Family
Dr. Gerald L. Ignace, Med ’65
Georgianna Webster Ignace, Sp ’88
Dr. Lyle A. Ignace, Arts ’92
Thekla Ignace Wald, Arts ’97
As Native Americans descended from the Coeur D’Alene and Menominee
tribes, Gerald and Georgianna have long been involved in efforts to
improve Native healthcare. Along the way, they instilled in their
children, including Lyle and Thekla, the importance of service to the
Service to Marquette Award
Joel J. Andryc, Sp ’79 and Nancy Schmid Andryc, Bus Ad ’79
Playa Vista, Calif.
Breaking into the entertainment industry is notoriously tough, but
showbiz-bound Marquette students and alumni can count on two valuable
connections in Hollywood: Nancy and Joel. Their passion for helping
their Marquette community has inspired an influential network of engaged
West Coast alumni.
Spirit of Marquette Award
Dr. Yi Sherry Zhang, Grad ’07
A molecular biologist by training, Dr. Sherry Zhang also has
entrepreneurship in her DNA. Her latest startup company, GenoPalate,
combines genetic and nutrition analysis to offer insights for eating
smart and healthy. It also combines Sherry’s expertise in human
population genomics with her strong desire to help others.
Friend of the University Award
American Orthodontics Corporation
Through innovative product development and a strong culture of serving
others, American Orthodontics is dedicated to creating beautiful smiles.
Its generous support of Marquette initiatives, says President Michael
R. Lovell, is “creating a legacy of caring and kindness that goes far
beyond our university and students.”
See all of this year's award recipients.