Rev. Andrew J. Thon, S.J. Award for Leadership

First presented in 1993, the Rev. Andrew J. Thon, S.J. Award for Leadership honors a graduating senior for leadership contributions that have increased in depth and breadth to the Marquette and Milwaukee communities during the course of his or her undergraduate career. The highest honor presented by the Division of Student Affairs, this award recognizes excellence as a student leader who embodies the ideals expressed in the University Mission.

In 2010 the award was named in honor of Fr. Andy Thon, who served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Marquette from 1997 to 2008 after holding student affairs positions at Wheeling Jesuit College, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Seattle University, and Marquette. Under Fr. Thon's leadership, Marquette dramatically increased opportunities for community service, expanded opportunities for involvement in student organizations and club sports (which nearly doubled in number during his tenure), and constructed and renovated new apartments and residence halls to address the growing residential population. Fr. Thon has continued to work with future student affairs educators as a teacher, advisor, and mentor in the Student Affairs in Higher Education master's program through the Marquette University College of Education. He will retire from teaching after the 2020-2021 school year.

Recipient of the Rev. Andrew J. Thon, S.J. Award for Leadership 2021

Mario Walker

Mario Walker is a Senior in the Diederich College of Communication finishing out his major in Theater Arts (Emphasis on Acting) with a minor in Public Relations. Mario is a student of the Educational Opportunity Program, member of the Black Student Council, an Intern and Community Ambassador in Marquette University’s Undergraduate Admissions Office and serves as a Resident Assistant in Wells Street Hall  (Finishing up 3rd and Final year). Mario attended and assisted in organizing several Black Lives Matter Protests over the course of last Summer and this past fall, and is striving to continue to fight for those of the Black community that have been on the wrong end of injustice, and for the future generations.