Alumni Awards

Alumni Awards Brunch & Ceremony

When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 17
Where: The Bluffs Ballroom Student Union

Each year the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is proud to honor and celebrate the achievements of alumni who have distinguished themselves through contributions to their profession and communities. Join us as we celebrate their accomplishments and learn how "The La Crosse Experience" shaped their lives. 

9 a.m. - Social
9:30 a.m. - Brunch
$25 per person
$12 children 10 and under

Registration for this event has closed. Please email with any updates or requests.

Please join us virtually for the Alumni Awards Ceremony! The live stream will begin at 10AM on Saturday, September 17th. Click HERE to access the live stream. We will also be sharing the event recording afterwards. 

Alumni Award Recipients

Maurice O. Graff Distinguished Alumni Award 
Recognizes outstanding achievement of alumni who have brought honor and distinction to the university. Long-time administrator Maurice O. Graff instituted the honor in 1977.

James Burkhart, ’68
Margaret Van Bree, ’82 
Bryan Heiderscheit, ’94
Jeremy Richter, ’94

Rada Distinguished Alumni Award
Recognizes alumni who have graduated within the last 20 years, achieved professional distinction and taken part in humanitarian activities. Professor emeritus Ron Rada and his wife, Jane, created the award in 2002. 

Anna Hatch, ’09 
Justin Schmitz, ’11

Parker Distinguished Multicultural Alumni Award
Recognizes outstanding alumni who have contributed greatly to improve multiracial culture and understanding on campus and in their careers. History Professor Emeritus James Parker initiated the award in 1997.

Marquell Johnson, ’04

Burt and Norma Altman Teacher Education Award
Honors and recognizes outstanding educators and the significant contributions they make to children and communities. Professor Emeritus Burt Altman and his wife, Norma, long-time supporters of teacher education, created the award in 2015.

Scott Noet, ’90
Mary Lee Vance, ’79 & ’83

For questions about this event or to request disability accommodations (accessible seating, interpreting, closed captioning, FM systems, etc.), contact Keli Frigo at or 608.785.8494.

Sponsored by Alumni Association

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