Alumni Awards

2019 Alumni Awards
When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019
Where: The Bluffs 2110 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. 

Saturday, September 21
Alumni Awards Brunch & Ceremony
The Bluffs Rooms, Student  Union - Free parking is available in the ramp located on the corner of Farwell and 17th Streets. 

9 a.m. - Social
9:45 a.m. - Brunch

$25 per person
Register here. 

The 2019 awards and honorees include:

The Maurice O. Graff Distinguished Alumnus 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.

Sharon Weston Broome, ’78
• Respected politician. Former Louisiana State Senator and State Representative; first woman to hold pro tempore positions in both. Currently, Mayor-President of the City of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish.
• Bachelor’s in mass communications.

Lynda Kohler, ’83
• Admired advocate for families and children dealing with disabilities and disadvantages in southeastern Wisconsin. Currently, president and CEO of SHARP Literacy Inc. in Milwaukee.
• Bachelor’s in recreation leadership.

Rada Distinguished Alumnus 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.

Sulaimon “Wale” Elegbede, ’05
• Esteemed business and servant leader. Founding member of La Crosse Interfaith Shoulder to Shoulder Network to curb growing anti-Muslim sentiment. Currently, Director of Strategy Management Services in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic. 
• Bachelor’s of information systems.

Corey Sjoquist, ’96 & ’03
• Influential college admissions counselor in the state of Wisconsin. Currently, director of the UWL Admissions Office, where he has worked since 1996.
• Bachelor’s in mass communications; master’s in college student development and administration.

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.

Angela Kellogg, ’92
• Renowned student services administrator; advocate for diversity and inclusion. Currently, senior academic planner for the Office of Student Success at UW System Administration.
• Master’s in college student personnel.

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.

Pamela Kalafut, ’77
• Prestigious high school teacher, mentor and student activities director at Hinsdale, Illinois, Central High School for 34 years. Currently, retired and serves as a substitute teacher with the Avery Coonley School in Downers Grove, Illinois.
• Bachelor’s in art education.

For questions about this event or to request disability accommodations (accessible seating, interpreting, closed captioning, FM systems, etc.), contact Vickie Bain at or 608.785.8489.

Sponsored by Alumni Association