University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee


Annual Alumni Awards Evening

Friday, October 7, 2016

Discovery World


Please join us and help honor the most outstanding alumni from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. This special event held at Discovery World includes a reception, dinner and award ceremony.  More details about the 2016 event are coming soon. Learn more about the nominations process here.

Here is a complete list of 2015 UWM Alumni Awards recipients.
Lifetime Achievement Award

Robert Cialdini, ’67 BS Psychology. Res
An internationally-recognized social psychologist, Robert Cialdini, Ph. D. is best known for his research and book on the science of persuasion, “Influence”, which has sold more than three million copies in 30 different languages. Cialdini is a New York Times Business Best Selling author and keynote speaker. Since retiring from Arizona State University in 2008, Cialdini continues to do research, write and lecture throughout the world. He serves as president of INFLUENCE AT WORK, a speaking, training, and consulting firm that trains executives for clients, including Twitter, Kimberly-Clark, and the London Business Forum.
Distinguished Alumni Service Award
Gregoria Karides Suchy, ’45 BS Music Education.
A UWM professor of music theory and composition for more than 53 years, Gregoria Karides Suchy influenced the life of nearly every UWM musician to graduate before 1999. Her academically rigorous yet supportive approach is the basis of the hundreds of “Suchy Stories,” fondly recalled by grateful alumni. Suchy was a pioneer in experimental music at a time when female composers were not well accepted.

UWM Foundation Alumni Achievement Award

Guy Mikkelsen, `69 MSW Social Work.
As the Arizona administrator of federal block grants for the Department of Economic Security, Mikkelsen established the Arizona Long Term Care System, the Association of Arizona Food Banks and the Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program. During his 29 years as CEO of the Foundation for Senior Living, he shaped a culture of competent, caring service and lifted the organization out of debt, adding $48 million in assets.
Community Service Awards

Kenneth Munson, ’84 BA Political Science and History; Community Care CEO.
Working for the City of Milwaukee for more than a decade, as well as for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Kenneth Munson established himself as a dedicated public servant. An active advocate for UWM, Munson is committed to securing the future of UWM, serving on the Foundation’s board of directors and on the Zilber School of Public Health’s campaign cabinet.
Mark Sabljak, ’79 MA Communication; Publisher, Milwaukee Business Journal.  
Mark Sabljak has shown commitment to community projects and causes throughout his career. Recently he has focused on education-related activities as co-chair of the GMC’s education committee and served on the UWM School of Education’s board of visitors. In addition, he works with Milwaukee Succeeds, UW-Waukesha, Marquette University, the YMCA of Greater Milwaukee and the Waukesha Area Business Alliance.
Rebecca Schultz, ’87 BS Nursing, ’95 MS Nursing; Integrative and Holistic Family Nurse Practitioner, Aurora Health Care Family Practice Center; adjunct clinical professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and Aurora University of Wisconsin Medical Group.

Rebecca Schultz has contributed to the well being of the community in many ways. She brings a high level of care and expertise to her patients, teaching medical residents, leading Aurora Health Care’s efforts in integrative medicine, working with the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and teaching students at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Schultz has selflessly helped, nurtured and mentored those she has cared for, worked with and taught.

Honorary Alumni Award
Leonard Goldstein
Leonard Goldstein has a long record of service devoted to preparing UWM students for productive careers in business and for responsible citizenship. He joined the Lubar School of Business as an executive-in-residence more than 20 years ago after retiring as chairman and CEO of Miller Brewing Company.
GOLD - Graduate of the Last Decade Awards (undergraduate degrees)
Nicholas Blish, ’07 BS Health Care Administration; HR & Benefits Specialist, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin.  

Paola Felix-Encarnación, ’11 BS Community Education, ’11 BA Spanish; Program Manager, City Year – Milwaukee.  

Hemad Fadaifar, ’08 BA Communication; Marketing Director, Persian Rug Gallery; Owner, Movida Restaurant.  

Paul Imig, ’10 BA Journalism and Media Communications; beat writer, Fox Sports Wisconsin.
Martha Phillips, ’06 BS Nursing; ER/trauma travel nurse.
GOLD - Graduate of the Last Decade Awards (graduate degrees)
Ammar Alkhalidi, ’11 PhD Mechanical Engineering; Assistant Professor of Energy Engineering at German Jordanian University; research associate at UWM.
Nathaniel Piotrowski, ’05 MUP Urban Planning; Community Development Director, Village of Brown Deer.
Kristen Roche, ’11 PhD Economics; Assistant Professor and Director, MBA Program at Mount Mary University.

Stephanie Sikinger, ’09 BS Criminal Justice, `11 MS Criminal Justice; Crime Analyst, Intelligence Fusion Center-Predictive Intelligence Center, Milwaukee Police Department.
Sylvia Wilson, ’04 MS Administrative Leadership, ’11 PhD Urban Education; CEO/Co-founder, Young Milwaukee Media Group, LLC.
DeVona Wright Cottrell, ’06 Executive MBA; Director & Associate General Counsel, Robert W. Baird & Co.
Panther Pride Volunteer Award
Josie Osborne, ’89 BFA Art; Painting and Drawing; Lecturer, Department of Art and Design, UWM’s Peck School of the Arts.
Josie Osborne is one of the most prominent figures in the Milwaukee fine arts community and is known statewide for her work with arts organizations and teaching institutions. Her service to the greater community, and to UWM specifically – now as director of the First Year Program in the Department of Art and Design – is unparalleled.

The Lubar Alumni Chapter
Formed in 2011, the Lubar Alumni Chapter is composed of devoted alumni volunteers who desire to provide connections and networking opportunities to fellow alumni throughout the region. The chapter also established a scholarship to benefit non-traditional students studying business. The chapter functions so effectively that it has become a model for other UWM alumni chapters.
Corporate Partner Awards
The Corporate Partner Award recognizes corporations or non-profit organizations that have a significant impact on the campus and/or on the lives of alumni and students by assisting in the advancement, growth and/or development of UWM. This year’s Corporate Partner Awards go to two distinguished community partners:

GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare has developed a partnership with UWM that has redefined how business needs can come together with university expertise to better serve the community and create opportunities for people. The development of the Center for Advanced Embedded Systems in the College of Engineering & Applied Science has opened new doors of collaboration. This partnership is fostering research projects to solve business problems, delivering specialized technical education and helping build a pipeline of talent in southeastern Wisconsin.

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD)
MMSD is one of the School of Freshwater Sciences’ most significant partners. They have sponsored and collaborated with faculty and students to conduct cutting-edge water research that increases understanding of Milwaukee’s watershed, reduces the impact of human activity on the environment and increases the safety and health of the public. MMSD also partners with the College of Letters & Science to advance Innovative Weather, a program developed to precisely forecast weather conditions to reduce the impacts of storms and mitigate the risk of flooding.