Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Award Recipients
Friday, April 26
Reception: 4:30 p.m.;
Conferral: 5 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Union, Marquette Place
1442 W. Wisconsin Ave., Marquette University campus
Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award
Dwyane T. Wade, Jr.
Dwyane Wade left Marquette as one of its most-decorated athletes when he was drafted fifth overall by the Miami Heat in the 2003 NBA draft, the highest-ever drafted Marquette athlete. Wade helped lead Marquette back to the Final Four in 2003 for the first time since its national championship season in 1977 by registering only the third triple-double in school history. His 29 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists led Marquette past No. 1-overall seed Kentucky in the Elite Eight.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Charles N. Besser, Arts ’72, Law ’75
The leadership lessons Charlie learned at Marquette have helped him lead his Chicago-based marketing and media solutions company, Intersport, to growth and success for more than 30 years.
M Club Hy Popuch Memorial Service Award
William L. Cords
Red Lodge, Mont.
Bill’s commitment to the success of the Marquette Athletics program went far beyond his role as the director of athletics, a position he held two times.
Young Alumna of the Year Award
Jasmine McCullough Robinson, Eng ’07
Jasmine credits her career success today to her time at Marquette, where she developed the time-management skills necessary to balance engineering, basketball and work.
Robert L. and William P. McCahill Award
Jessica L. Parker, H Sci ’18
Running has always been a family affair for the Parker Family — Jessica’s parents met on the track team in college, and Jessica and her two sisters definitely inherited their parents’ athletic genes. The three sisters, one of them Jessica’s twin, ran at Marquette together.