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Alumni Awards Panel My La Crosse Experience 2 to 3 p.m. Fri, Sept. 16 Strzelczyk Great Hall, 153 Cleary Alumni & Friends Center

Alumni Awards Panel

My La Crosse Experience

Distinguished alumni awards recipients share how the "La Crosse Experience" shaped their lives. Learn how all nine of the Distinguished Alumni Awards recipients became successful, as well as ask questions. Open to all students, faculty, staff and community members. Following the panel discussion, join us for refreshments and networking opportunities!

The awards and honorees include:

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


  • 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16


Strzelczyk Great Hall, 153 Cleary Alumni & Friends Center
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University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Cleary Alumni & Friends Center


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