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Awards and Recognition

Each year, the Alumni Association at UW Oshkosh honors graduates by awarding them one of two alumni awards at homecoming. Several journalism graduates have received the awards, which honors their professional careers and their civic involvement.

  • The Distinguished Alumni Award — The highest award that alumni can receive from the association. It is awarded to individuals who are active in their professional fields and are widely recognized for their career accomplishments.
  • The Outstanding Young Alumni Award — Awarded to alumni who have graduated within the last 15 years. Selection is based on professional and civic accomplishments and future promise.
2015 Alumni Award Winners

Rene Delgado ’05, art director and associate creative director at Leo Burnett Worldwide, received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award at the 2015 UW Oshkosh Alumni Awards Dinner.

2014 Alumni Award winners

Anne Enright ’97, director of media and measurement for Starbucks, is one of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award winners.

2013 Alumni Award winners

Shane Arman ’10 and Kate Briquelet ’08 are honored with the Outstanding Young Alumni Award and Jeff Griffith ’87 received the Distinguished Alumni Award at the 2013 UW Oshkosh Alumni Awards Dinner. Please watch the linked video for words from two of our three 2013 Alumni Award winners (Arman and Griffith).

2012 Alumni Award winners

Rebekah Peppler ’08, food editor of “Tasting Table”, turns her passion for food and writing into a tasty career.

Vanessa Verbitsky ’08, associate communications manager with the U.S. Olympic Committee, has turned her love of sports and writing into a winning career.

2011 Alumni Award winners

The 2011 alumni award winners discuss their careers at the Department of Journalism reunion.

Click here to watch

Honorary Doctorate Recipients

One of the graduates, Jim Vande Hei, was awarded an honorary doctorate after being nominated by Mike Cowling, chair of the Department of Journalism.

Watch this YouTube video about Vande Hei’s honorary doctorate and view the May 2011 graduation ceremony, where Vande Hei received his honorary doctorate.

Distinguished Alumni
  • 2014: Anne (Angoli) Enright, 1997
  • 2013: Jeff Griffith, 1987
  • 2011: Patrick Stiegman, 1988
  • 2010: Alan Hobson, 1982
  • 2005: Scott Hassett, 1974
  • 2002: Paul Anger, 1972
Outstanding Young Alumni
  • 2015: Renee Delgado, 2005
  • 2013: Shane Arman, 2010
  • 2013: Kate Briquelet, 2008
  • 2012: Rebekah Peppler, 2008
  • 2012: Vanessa Verbitsky, 2008
  • 2011: Michael Fredrick, 1997
  • 2011: Lori Kraus, 2002
  • 2010: John Feld, 2000
  • 2009: Brad Zibung, 1999
  • 2008: Theresa (Crogan) Krajnak, 1995
  • 2007: Laura (Denissen) Scherr, 1999
  • 2006: Melissa Ewey Johnson, 1995
  • 2004: Jeffrey Fitzgerald, 1996
  • 2003: Anne Angoli, 1997
  • 2002: Jeff Maki and Chuck Monn, 1996
  • 2001: James Vande Hei, 1995
  • 1998: Patrick Stiegman, 1988
  • 1996: Kerry Brown and Scott Fitzgerald, 1985
  • 1995: Hugh J. McAloon, 1983
  • 1994: Mary Elizabeth Mulloy, 1988
  • 1993: Connie Walker, 1983
  • 1992: Alan Hobson, 1982
  • 1990: Peggy Pihlaja Banach, 1989
  • 1989: Jeffrey R. Griffith, 1987
  • 1985: Patricia A. Wier Lewis, 1975
  • 1983: Linda Lord-Jenkins, 1974