Marquette University News Release

Marquette University to honor outstanding graduates at Alumni National Awards Weekend, April 24-26

April 11, 2014

Marquette University will honor 59 accomplished alumni and friends for their personal achievements and support of the university during Alumni National Awards Weekend, April 24-26.

Short profiles of the honorees, including Alumna of the Year Rhona E. Vogel, Bus Ad ’76, are available on the Alumni National Awards website. The site allows individuals to send a congratulatory message or make a gift in honor of an award recipient. Event registration information for any of the 13 college-specific events during the weekend is also available online.

All-University Award Recipients
Alumna of the Year Award: Rhona E. Vogel, Bus Ad ’76
Vogel was one of just a handful of female accounting students in her class in 1976. Today, she serves as CEO of Vogel Consulting Group, an independent multi-family office she founded more than 20 years ago that advises high net worth families, providing expert investment, tax, estate planning and business consulting advice. After interning with the Internal Revenue Service as a student, Vogel went to Arthur Andersen, where she became one of the firm’s first female tax partners in 1987 before founding Vogel Consulting Group. She is a member of Marquette’s Board of Trustees, as well as a member of the College of Business Administration’s alumni leadership board.

Professional Achievement Award: Dr. Richard J. Kitz, Arts ’51, Med ’54, Hon. Deg ’00
For more than half a century, Kitz has used his medical degree to influence countless other aspiring physicians. He spent 30 years at Harvard Medical School, where he was faculty dean for clinical affairs and still holds of the title of Henry Isaiah Dorr Professor of Research and Teaching in Anesthesia and Anesthetics, Emeritus. Previously, he was co-director of the Harvard–MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, chair of the Anesthesiology Department at Massachusetts General Hospital, and associate professor for Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. He also served as a medical officer for the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the Marines Corps in Japan in 1955–56.

Service to the Community Award: Susan Brooks Murphy, Arts ’68
Murphy’s preparation for a life of service began at Marquette, where she majored in psychology and minored in sociology. A long-time volunteer at St. Martin de Porres High School, a Cleveland school that is part of the Cristo Rey Network, Murphy developed and directed the counseling program to help the school’s at-risk students and later created the school’s college counseling program to help students prepare for the next step. She has volunteered with the school for more than a decade and sits on the board. As a retired infant mental health therapist, Murphy especially loves her current volunteer work at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, where she cares for infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and step-down unit for babies preparing to leave the hospital.

Service to Marquette Award: Lawrence M. Kean, Bus Ad ’74, Grad ’09, and Jane Niederehe Kean, Nurs ’74
Larry spent a number of years on the College of Business Administration’s Alumni Association Board of Directors, including serving as board president in 1996. He sat on the search committee for a new dean in the late 1990s, served as director and treasurer of the Marquette Minutemen (predecessor to the Blue & Gold Club), and volunteered with the Hank Raymonds Auction Committee when the auction was just getting off the ground. Meanwhile, Jane has been active with the Association of Marquette University Women, especially with the Advent Luncheon and scholarship committees, and is former treasurer of AMUW. She has also volunteered with the College of Nursing’s 75th Anniversary Committee. Jane and Larry both served on their class reunion committees four times, with Larry serving as committee chair in 2004, and they’ve twice hosted Marquette students for Supper for 12 Strangers.

Spirit of Marquette Award: Frank J. Esposito, Jr., CFA, Bus Ad ’94
As a first vice president and portfolio manager for UBS Financial Services, Esposito takes pride in helping a select group of clients navigate complex financial situations. That level of commitment can be traced back to a gift from Frank’s grandmother. It wasn’t exactly the kind of thing that would elicit squeals of delight from a typical grade school kid. But for Frank, getting two shares of IBM stock in 1983 turned out to be the first step down a path he would follow for the rest of his life. He insisted in his eighth-grade yearbook that he wanted to become a stockbroker — even if he wasn’t quite sure at the time what that really meant. He found those answers and more in the College of Business Administration, which gave him the critical-thinking and decision-making skills he needed to eventually launch his investment career that began in earnest at Goldman Sachs & Co.

Friend of the University Award: Senator Herb Kohl
Senator Kohl made education a top priority during his more than two decades of public service. His work as an advocate for Marquette is a significant example of that commitment. Throughout his career, Senator Kohl consistently supported the priorities of his constituents in Wisconsin and worked tirelessly to bring federal funding back to the state to advance those priorities. He recognized the value of public-private partnerships to the community and believed that establishing such partnerships with Marquette would benefit the entire state. Senator Kohl led the way on federal appropriations for the construction of a new facility for Marquette’s School of Dentistry, a critical step to expand educational opportunities at the state’s only dental school. Subsequent funding allowed Marquette’s dental school to expand its community service initiatives, most notably a rural outreach program that brings critical oral health care services to many of Wisconsin’s underserved communities.

College Award Recipients
Each college will honor outstanding alumni at events throughout the weekend. The names of the alumni who be honored are below. Visit the Marquette University National Alumni Awards website for additional information on each award winner.

Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences
Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award – Kevin T. O’Malley, Woodbury, Minn.
Professional Achievement Award – Dr. Kathryn Karich Lauer, Elm Grove, Wis.
Entrepreneurial Award – Gregory P. Archambault, Oneida, Wis.
Young Alumna of the Year Award – Kathleen L. Kraninger, Washington D.C.

Association of Marquette University Women
Mary Neville Bielefeld Award – Peg Finucan Fennig, Cudahy, Wis.

College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management
Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award – James D. O’Rourke, Pewaukee, Wis.
Professional Achievement Award – Ginger L. Gorden, Chicago
Entrepreneurial Award – Mark F. Santacrose, Glenview, Ill.
Service Award – Dr. Frank R. Probst, Brookfield, Wis.
Young Alumni of the Year Award – Mark A. Schoenfelder and Sarah Swearingen Schoenfelder, Arlington, Va.

J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication
Communicator of the Year Award – Chuck O’Neil, New York
By-Line Award – Daniel N. Patrinos, Milwaukee
Professional Achievement Award – James R. Keppler and Deborah Schaefer Keppler, Alexandria, Va.
Young Alumnus of the Year Award – Angelo R. Trozzolo, Kansas City, Mo.
James T. Tiedge Memorial Award – Laurie A. Scheer, Madison, Wis.

School of Dentistry
Distinguished Alumnus in Dentistry Award – Andrew Christopher, D.D.S., McLean, Va.
Outstanding Dental Service Award – Thomas E. Raimann, D.D.S., New Berlin, Wis.

College of Education
Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award – Lawrence H. Siewert, Wauwatosa, Wis.
Educational Policy and Leadership Achievement Award – Dr. JoAnn Kallenberger Sternke, Pewaukee, Wis.
Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology Achievement Award – Dr. Bonnie J. Behee-Semler, River Hills, Wis.
Young Alumna of the Year Award – Dr. Tatiana Joseph, Milwaukee

College of Engineering
Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award – Bruce A. Spann, Milwaukee
Professional Achievement Award – William R. Stemper, Berwyn, Pa.
Entrepreneurial Award – Randol R. Spaulding, West Bend, Wis.
Service Award – James G. Shaw, Mequon, Wis.
Young Alumna of the Year Award – Dr. Jennifer Schilling Connelly, Brookfield, Wis.

College of Health Sciences
Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award – Dr. John A. Schneider, Fox Point, Wis.
Professional Achievement Award – Dr. LaDora Vaughan Thompson, Minneapolis
Service to Marquette Award – Alma D. Peters, Mequon, Wis.
Young Alumnus of the Year Award – Dr. Michael L. Puthoff, Bettendorf, Iowa

Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award – Willie L. Hines, Jr., Milwaukee
Lifetime Achievement Award – Robert E. Quinn, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Friends of Marquette Athletics Award – Patrick J. Carlin and Jane Gramling Carlin (posthumous), Raleigh, N.C.
Young Alumnus of the Year Award – Jamil M. Lott, St. Paul, Minn.
M Club Hy Popuch Memorial Service Award – Brian C. Brewer, Cedarburg, Wis.
Robert L. and William P. McCahill Award – Allison E. Miller, Mequon, Wis.

Law School
Alumnus of the Year Award – Patrick O. Dunphy, Milwaukee
Lifetime Achievement Award –William J. Mulligan, Milwaukee
Howard B. Eisenberg Service Award – Dawn R. Caldart, Shorewood, Wis.
Charles W. Mentkowski Sports Law Alumnus of the Year Award – Matthew J. Banker, Louisville

College of Nursing
Distinguished Alumna of the Year Award – Dorothy J. Klofta, Milwaukee
Distinguished Alumna in Service to Nursing Award – Judy Goessele Russell, Minocqua, Wis.
Young Alumnus of the Year Award – Derek T. Ehrhardt, Decatur, Ga.
Friend of the College of Nursing Award – Kathleen Malone Ruehlow, Oconomowoc, Wis.

College of Professional Studies
Spirit of the College of Professional Studies Award – James M. Milner, Milwaukee
Leadership Excellence Award – Shelley J. Bobb, Milwaukee
Friend of the College of Professional Studies Award – Coreen Dicus-Johnson, Milwaukee

Alumni Association Board of Directors
Pedro Arrupe Award – Lisa K. Hamann, Oconomowoc, Wis.

Les Aspin Center for Government
Distinguished Alumnus Award – Patrick J. Souders, Arlington, Va.


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