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.
2013 Alumni Award winners
Please watch the linked video for words from two of our three 2013 Alumni Award winners. Shane Arman and Jeff Griffith are featured in this video.
2012 Alumni Award winners
Rebekah Peppler '08, food editor of "Tasting Table", turns her passion for food and writing into a tasty career. Read more about Rebekah here.
Vanessa Verbitsky '08, associate communications manager with the U. S. Olympic Committee, has turned her love of sports and writing into a winning career. Click here for more information on Vanessa.
2011 Alumni Award winners
The 2011 alumni award winners discuss their careers at the Department of Journalism reunion.
Honorary Doctorate recipients
One of our graduates, Jim Vande Hei, was awarded an honorary doctorate after being nominated by Mike Cowling, chair of the Department of Journalism.
Journalism Distinguished Alumni
2013: Jeff Griffith, 1987
2011: Patrick Stiegman, 1988
2010: Alan Hobson, 1982
2005: Scott Hassett, 1974
2002: Paul Anger, 1972
Journalism Outstanding Young Alumni
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: Jeffery Fitzgerald, 1996
2003: Anne Angoli, 1997
2002: Jeff Maki and Chuck Monn, 1996
2001: James VandeHei, 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