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Annette Conrad

Mary Dunnwald

Leonard Jaworski




John Novotny

What are University Service Awards?
“Excellence” is exhibited in many different ways at Marquette University, including among staff and administrators. To help celebrate, and encourage, excellence among employees, Marquette University annually honors staff and administrators who exemplify excellence in the work they do.

The 2017 recipients of the Excellence in University Service Awards are Kim Halula, Stacy Mitz, Thomas Wirtz and Annette Wolak.



Annette Conrad
Alumni Memorial Union

For Annette Conrad, individual accomplishments are made only through teamwork and the spirit of collaboration.

“The first thought that came to mind when I received the call was, ‘We did it!,’” the associate director of event management says. “Nothing beats the feeling of pride and sense of accomplishment when an event comes to life as planned, and when you can share moments with your teammates, students, faculty and staff who collaborate to make those moments happen.”

Conrad’s collaborative nature is further evidenced by the praise she received from university partners.

“I have worked with Annette hand-in-hand on many university events, food and beverage policy changes, and staffing opportunities,” Melanie Vianes of Sodexo wrote in her nomination letter. “It has been an incredible journey over the time I have worked with Annette and the service she has provided is deeper than ‘job duties’ — it is an ownership, passion and self-awareness for excellence in service.” Neal Wucherer, director of the Alumni Memorial Union, agrees and in his nomination lauds Conrad’s work with student organizations.

“When coordinating an event, the customer needs someone to trust and build
a strong relationship … which is especially true with student organizations,”
he wrote. “Annette can put students at ease and walk them through the procedures step by step. Cultural shows such as the Bayanihan Fashion Show, LASO Colores, Indian Student Association Holi Show and the NPHC Brew City Step Show have been very successful over the years due to her expertise.”

Mary Dunnwald
Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences

There was a recurring theme in each nomination for Mary Dunnwald: If you have a question, start with Mary; if she doesn’t know the answer, she will
know who does.

Her nominations made it clear that Dunnwald, Arts ’85, Grad ’04, associate dean for academic business affairs in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, is more than just an integral member of the college and Marquette University.

“Mary Dunnwald is one of the most hard-working, knowledgeable and devoted colleagues I have worked with at Marquette,” says Alix Riley, director of the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis. “I have worked with her on dozens of projects and initiatives over the years, and after each one I marvel at how lucky we are to have a colleague like Mary.”

Dunnwald’s door is always open, and due to her depth of Marquette knowledge, can often be found fielding questions from faculty, staff and students on various topics ranging from budgets to university policies and procedures.

“Mary works tirelessly to find ways to say ‘yes’ to mission, development and service-related initiatives,” says Dr. Kristy Nielson, associate dean for recruitment and professor of psychology. “She does this typically behind the scenes, with little or no recognition of the difficulty in achieving these things.”

“I have been given many opportunities at Marquette, and I feel truly blessed to be working with such wonderful colleagues across campus. I am honored by this recognition,” Dunnwald says.

Leonard Jaworski
Facilities Planning and Management

Leonard “Lenny” Jaworski, academic service manager for building system maintenance, has served Marquette for 30 years, managing the employees
and services that affect nearly every mechanical service on the academic side
of the campus.

His colleagues point to his “cool and calm demeanor” as a major asset, allowing him to plan and direct contract workers and employees alike toward a common goal of issue-free mechanical services.

One colleague remarked that Jaworski is “truly deserving and exemplifies excellence in university service.”

Chris Bartolone, assistant director for facilities services, says he is thrilled to
be able to brag about Jaworski, “because there’s no way he’d ever do it himself.”
“Lenny truly knows what makes Marquette tick, but beyond all the nuts and bolts, Lenny cares deeply about his team,” Bartolone says. “He wants them to always be safe, have the equipment they need to get the job done and, most importantly, to be treated fairly. Lenny is a good man who deserves this honor.”

As Bartolone predicted, when it comes to talking about his own accomplishments, Jaworski is very humble, simply saying, “It’s very gratifying to know that my work and efforts have helped make Marquette a better place.”
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John Novotny
Law School

When you look at Marquette’s most transformational buildings, one staff member has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to bring many of them
to life over the past 20 years: John Novotny.
Novotny, Arts ’81, Grad ’83, a senior director of development for University Advancement, rolls up his sleeves outside the public spotlight. This year, the lead fundraiser for the Law School topped $110 million in gifts he has personally secured for Marquette. But, he is quick to point out that “it is the donors who deserve the credit,” and this eye-popping figure is not the first thing his colleagues point to when they describe him.
Jay Rabideaux calls him “the most authentic representative of Marquette University,” and someone who “embodies and lives our Catholic and Jesuit mission and truly is a man for others.” Corinthia Van Orsdol says “his fundamental goodness blesses those who work with him.”
“This is a very high honor and I am humbled,” Novotny says. “We are given a wonderful opportunity to manifest the Jesuit charism to be very thoughtful and intentional people in the way we interact with others. We are all joined together in a common purpose; that is, to work for the greater honor and glory of God.”
Novotny, who has stewarded Marquette’s relationship with Ray and Kay Eckstein, has helped land the signature sites of Eckstein Hall, the Dr. E. J. O’Brien Jesuit Residence and now the Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J., Commons, among others. His 22-year Marquette career has also resulted in countless students, staff and faculty who have benefitted from scholarship support, professorships and major capital projects.