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  2013 Awards Banquet
  October 5, 2013 6:30 PM
  October 5, 2013 10:00 PM
  Dreyfus University Center, Legacy Room - reception  Dreyfus University Center, Alumni Room - ceremony 
Please note registration for this event is now closed. We look forward to seeing everyone at the event!

2013 Awards Banquet

Greetings UW-Stevens Point alumni, family and friends,

It is my privilege to invite you to join us as we honor an outstanding group of alumni and friends at our 2013 Awards Banquet.

These individuals join a select group of previous recipients who are distinguished for their accomplishments and for blazing significant trails in science, communication, arts, natural resources, professional studies and service.

I look forward to seeing you at this year’s ceremony as we celebrate the successes of our Pointer family!


Chancellor Bernie L. Patterson

2013 Distinguished Alumni Council

Maggie O'Donnell Diamantidis, Class of 1990 
Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Fine Arts and Communication 

As president of Chemical Safety, Inc., Maggie is responsible for the strategic direction of the company, named among the 100 top Woman-Owned Businesses by the San Francisco Business Times in 2012. 
She has focused on federal contracting with the U.S. EPA, Depts. of Defense and Energy. As project manager of an EPA initiative aimed at lead contamination, Maggie earned international attention for the "Fishbone Project" using green technologies and hiring inner-city workers. 
As a member of the Athens Environmental Foundation, Maggie created "The Global Olive Wreath" to promote the Olympic Ideals of Sport, Culture, Environment and Peace. The project reached 70 countries, one million school children with more than four million trees planted. 
Her work has earned her international acclaim as someone who goes to great lengths to send a message of peace and second chances. Maggie’s journey has impacted thousands of lives both directly and indirectly in profoundly positive ways. 

Rick Wilke, Ph. D., Class of 1973, UW-System Distinguished Professor
Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Natural Resources 

Rick Wilke is an emeritus University of Wisconsin System Distinguished Professor of Environmental Education. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Resource Management from
UW-Stevens Point and a Ph.D. in Environmental Education.
Rick was the first director of the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station and has been the principal investigator for grants and contracts valued in excess of 28 million dollars. He led statewide environmental education initiatives in Wisconsin resulting in a pre-service teacher training requirement, school district EE curriculum requirement, and legislatively mandated environmental literacy assessments for teachers and students.
In 1991, he was appointed to chair the newly created National Environmental Education Advisory Council and served on the council until 1997. He was the first faculty member in the history of the UW-Stevens Point to receive all three major university awards for teaching, scholarship and service, in addition to numerous external awards.

Dr. O. Anthony Ogundipe, Class of 1982
Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Letters and Science

After receiving outstanding marks from his high school in Nigeria, Dr. Ogundipe came to the United States to pursue a degree from UW-Stevens Point. He graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in chemistry.
After graduating at the top of his class at Howard University College of Medicine, Dr. Ogundipe joined the obstetrics and gynecology department at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Later, he worked at Harbor-UCLA/Cedars Sinai Medical Centers and at the UCLA School of Medicine.
In his current role as the director of Fetal and Maternal Medicine at St Francis Medical Center, he oversees hundreds of cases each year bringing healthy babies into the world and creating families. Dr. Ogundipe’s awards for his groundbreaking methods and cutting edge research include the prestigious outstanding Fellow ACOG-Mead Johnson Award from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He was elected as the Chief of Medical Staff at St Francis and was a recipient of the Vicentian Spirit Award, the highest honor recognition for a physician member of the medical staff. 

Karen Bogenschneider, Ph.D., Class of 1972
Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Professional Studies

Karen Bogenschneider is a Rothermel Bascom Professor of Human Ecology at UW-Madison and a Family Policy Specialist at UW-Extension. Karen directs the Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars, a series of presentations, discussion sessions and briefing reports that provide high-quality, objective research to state policymakers on timely topics. The seminars are an award-winning model for advancing evidence-based family policy and overcoming partisan gridlock. Karen also directs the Family Impact Institute, which provides training and technical assistance to 22 states conducting Family Impact Seminars.
Karen publishes widely including a book on evidence-based policymaking and the third edition of her college textbook, 
Karen received a named professorship, the highest award given to professors at UW-Madison. She has been named an outstanding Child and Family Extension specialist and a fellow by the National Council on Family Relations. 

Trailblazer Award

Nelson Carvajal, Class of 2007  

Nelson Carvajal studied Theatre Tech at Chicago’s Lane Tech College Prep High School. While a junior in high school, he achieved early admission to the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
The first in his immediate family to attend college, Nelson decided instead to enroll at the
UW-Stevens Point. Once on campus, Nelson became a film critic for the Arts and Entertainment section of The Pointer. Nelson graduated with a B.A. in Communication and Media Studies, along with a minor in writing.
Since graduating, Nelson has established himself well in the independent film movement. He supports the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) approach to producing content and his underground digital short films have been featured in numerous festivals from Chicago to London. His work is published in the Press Play Video Blog at indieWIRE and in the Keyframe section of Fandor.

Alumni Service Award
We are delighted to announce the re-naming of this award as the Mary Ann Nigbor Volunteer of the Year Award. 

Mary Ann Nigbor, Class of 1967

Mary Ann Nigbor Volunteer of the Year
Mary Ann Nigbor, a native of Wisconsin Rapids, graduated from UW-Stevens Point in 1967. After being approached by Lee Sherman Dreyfus to assist with the newly formed UW-Stevens Point Alumni Association, Mary Ann made a lifelong commitment to her alma mater that has brought new programs, ideas and traditions to the university.
In addition to being a teacher and running a business, Mary Ann was instrumental in getting the
UW-Stevens Point Alumni Board of Directors off the ground and in giving life to the First Nighters program, now celebrating its 41st year. Mary Ann has served on countless committees, including the scholarship and facilities naming committees, and search and screens for chancellors and directors. She has hosted alumni events for more than four decades and continues to be the backbone of energy and efficiency for many of the programs at UW-Stevens Point. 

Lifetime Achievement Award


Alexa Posny, Ph.D., Class of 1974
Alexa Posny is the senior vice president of State and Federal Programs for Renaissance Learning, Inc. where she builds relationships with state and federal education stakeholders to increase awareness of Renaissance Learning’s technology-based assessment products.
Prior to her job with Renaissance, Alexa was assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services at the Department of Education in the U.S. Senate.
Alexa’s path has involved her serving as commissioner of education for the Kansas State Department of Education, as director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs, and as deputy commissioner of education at the Kansas State Department of Education.
Among her many honors are the Kansas High School Activities Association Governor’s Award and Administrator of the Year from the Kansas Association of Educational Office Professionals.
After completing her undergraduate work at UW-Stevens Point, Alexa earned her doctorate and master’s from the UW-Madison.

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