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 2022

Lisset Perez Jaramillo

Lisset Perez Jaramillo, a senior majoring in Peace Studies, Political Science and International Affairs with minors in Latin American Studies and Social Welfare and Justice, currently serves as VP for the Omicron Gamma chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma and the Multicultural Greek Council. She’s a member of the Sigma Iota Rho and Sigma Delta Pi honor societies. Outside academic accolades, she serves the community by interning as an assistant advocate at Pathfinders and volunteering at migrant shelters near the U.S.-Mexico border. She’s a 414 Fellows Programming Assistant with the Center for Community Service, received the Center for Peacemaking’s fellowship to participate in a delegation and presented her poetry at Soup with Substance.