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2023 Alumni Award Recipients

We are thrilled to celebrate the incredible accomplishments made by our 2023 alumni award recipients during Homecoming weekend, Oct. 27-28, 2023. The UWO Alumni Awards Celebration will be held on Friday, Oct. 27 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Culver Family Welcome Center. The cost is $40 per person and includes dinner.

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Read about the 2023 award recipients


Live Stream the 2023 Alumni Awards Celebration here!

2023 Outstanding Young Alumni Awards

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Kathryn Golab ’16,
of New Berlin
Clinical Laboratory Utilization Specialist at Wisconsin Diagnostic Laboratory

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Brody Karmenzind ’14,
of Chicago, Illinois
Client Partner for Meta (formerly Facebook)

Christiana (Gorchynsky) Trapani ’16,
of Egg Harbor
Owner of Door County Candle Company

2023 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Jeni (Kimmet) Asaba ’05,
of Robbinsdale, Minnesota
Senior Manager of community engagement and advocacy
for Jamf

Teresa (Yulga) Connolly ’87,
of Scottsdale, Arizona
Associate Vice President of
International Delivery Services at Mayo Clinic

Jeffery Gerritt ’78,
of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, editor for the
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

John Krajnak ’93,
of Franklin
Park President of
Six Flags Great America

Cheryl Mellenthin ’79,
of Cat Spring, Texas
President of four oil and gas companies and the Mark A. Chapman Foundation, retired neonatal intensive care nurse and animal champion

Maurice Wince ’95,
of Milwaukee
Owner of Sherman Park Grocery

Bryan Wright ’09,
of Butte des Morts
Prevention Educator within the fields of domestic and sexual violence

2023 Outstanding Service Award

Marc Nylen ’91, MSE ’93,
of Oshkosh

Associate Director of Residence Life and
Director of Gruenhagen Conference Center at
UW Oshkosh