Alumni National Awards 2022: Marquette University alumni, friends honored for excellence
June 6, 2022
MILWAUKEE — Marquette University’s Alumni National Awards honor distinguished alumni, parents and friends who embody Marquette’s mission through their character, personal and professional achievements, and their impact on the community and others.
Award recipients include individuals from each of the university’s colleges and professional schools. They embody Marquette’s spirit and mission in searching for truth, discovering and sharing knowledge, fostering excellence, promoting faith, and developing leadership through serving others.
Short profiles of the honorees are available on Marquette’s Alumni National Awards webpage.
ALL-UNIVERSITY AWARD RECIPIENTS
Alumna of the Year Award
Margaret Nye Troy
Peggy Troy, CEO of Children’s Wisconsin, learned to see the cura personalis (the Jesuit tenet of “care for the whole person”) in each patient as a child making house calls with her father, a family doctor in a small Illinois town. She adopted this value of knowing each patient beyond their medical needs and reinforced it during her years at Marquette and has carried it throughout her career.
Cynthia J. Ellis and Maurice H. Ellis
South Holland, Ill.
Maurice “Bo” Ellis has always loomed large on Marquette’s campus. The 6’9” forward served as captain of the 1977 NCAA championship basketball team under legendary coach Al McGuire. Bo and his wife, Candy, have long exhibited leadership and service off the court, too, speaking often about the importance of helping others and “paying it forward.”
Spirit of Marquette Award (achievement before age 40)
Catherine Spaulding Wessel and Matthew R. Wessel
In the true Marquette spirit, Katie and Matt Wessel are committed to making a difference in the lives of others — with the help of authentic German-style pretzels. The couple launched Milwaukee Pretzel Company in 2013 after living and working for a year in Munich, Germany, and the business gives them daily opportunities to live out their faith and the Marquette mission.
Friend of the University Award
Richard S. Strong
Dick Strong grew up guided by mentors after losing both parents at a young age. First, by his Uncle Robert, then came coaches, and later, by his professors. These invaluable relationships helped form Dick into the person he is today — a visionary leader who honors his mentors of yesterday by giving back today.
COLLEGE, SCHOOL AND GROUP AWARD RECIPIENTS
The names of the alumni who will be honored are below. Visit the Marquette University Alumni National Awards webpage for additional informational on each award winner.
Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences
Distinguished Alumna of the Year Award — Hon. Vivian Torres
Achievement Award — Jacquelyne Lane Grimshaw
Young Alumnus of the Year Award — Neal R. Lofy
Association of Marquette University Women
Mary Neville Bielefeld Award — Margaret Mathews Sankovitz
Ignatian Leadership Award — Caroline Peacock (nursing student)
Nora Finnigan Werra Faculty Achievement Award — Dr. Michelle Mynlieff
College of Business Administration
Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award — Archie C. Black
Entrepreneurial Award — Perry J. Vieth
Service Award — Deborah Rubbelke O’Halloran
Young Alumna of the Year Award — Elena M. Braun
- William and Mary Diederich College of Communication
Communicator of the Year Award — John E. Salak
Byline Award — Michael Huang
Professional Achievement Award — Cheryl A. Pawelski
Service Award — Brig. Gen. Lorna Chance Mahlock
Young Alumna of the Year Award — Jennifer N. Lada
School of Dentistry
Distinguished Alumnus in Dentistry Award — Timothy R. Kinzel, D.D.S.
Outstanding Dental Service Award — Gary A. Hendricks, D.D.S.
Young Alumna of the Year Award — Zazell Staheli Cummings, D.D.S.
College of Education
Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology Achievement Award — Dr. Matthew J. Krug
Educational Policy and Leadership Achievement Award — Laura E. Gutierrez
Young Alumna of the Year Award — Amanda Lloyd Burns
Opus College of Engineering
Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award — Brian J. Truskowski
Professional Achievement Award — Dr. Michael X. Yang
Entrepreneurial Award — Victor B. Szczerba
Young Alumna of the Year Award — Gretchen Noth Borden
College of Health Sciences
Distinguished Alumna of the Year Award — Dr. Jo Anne Zujewski
Professional Achievement Award — Dr. Nunzio A. Gaglianello
Young Alumna of the Year Award — Dr. Holly Caretta-Weyer
Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
Lifetime Achievement Award — James B. Chones
Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award — Joseph L. Lee
Young Alumnus of the Year Award — Nathaniel H. Colson
M Club Hy Popuch Memorial Service Award — Barbara Gombar Andrie and Stanley J. Andrie
Friends of Marquette Athletics Award — Sheila C. Frisinger and Kevin L. Frisinger
Robert L. and William P. McCahill Award — Joseph T. Keys
Alumna of the Year Award — Christine Wilde Woleske
Lifetime Achievement Award — Michael J. Gonring
Howard B. Eisenberg Service Award — Rebeca M. López
Charles W. Mentkowski Sports Law Alumnus of the Year Award — Andy J. Shiffman
Les Aspin Center for Government
Public Service Award — Dr. Arnold L. Mitchem
Marquette University Alumni Association Board of Directors
Pedro Arrupe Award — Laice A. Perry
College of Nursing
Distinguished Alumna of the Year Award — Julia Lehr Creamer
Professional Achievement Award — Dr. Josie L. Veal
Service Award — Mary Isom Nolte
Young Alumna of the Year Award — Kathleen M. Blaney
About Kevin Conway
Kevin is the associate director for university communication in the Office of University Relations. Contact Kevin at (414) 288-4745 or firstname.lastname@example.org.