Alumni Awards

Congratulations to our 2018 Alumni Awards Winners!

Alumni Award winner Ann NeviaserAnn Neviaser (’85), Distinguished Alumni Award Winner
Widely recognized by an assortment of titles, B. Ann Neviaser (‘85) is first and foremost the President of Neviaser Investments, Inc., a company that owns and operates commercial real estate. As well as being managing partner of the DoubleTree Hotels in Madison and Milwaukee, she maintains a variety of roles within the community. […]


Closeup of Al ToonAl Toon (’95), Distinguished Alumni Award Winner
Since graduating from the School of Human Ecology, Albert “Al” Toon (’95) has had many notable accomplishments. Between an outstanding career in the NFL, his successful entrepreneurial endeavors, and being a devoted husband and father, Toon has always found time to give back to his community. […]


Kim SponemKim Sponem (’90), Wisconsin Idea Alumni Award Winner
Kim Sponem (’90) is committed to improving the financial well-being of families and cares deeply about her community at all levels: professional, local, and national. As CEO and President of one of the largest credit unions in Wisconsin since 2002, Sponem has received numerous awards for her leadership and community engagement. […]


Alumni Award Winner Seamus FitzgeraldSeamus Fitzgerald (’12), Early Career Alumni Award Winner
Seamus Fitzgerald (’12) has spent the first five years of his career in the field of philanthropy and fundraising for higher education. He has progressed through four positions at Northwestern University and currently serves as Assistant Director of Major Gifts, Alumni Relations, & Development for the Chicago Region. In this position Seamus is impacting higher education philanthropy on an exciting and challenging new level. […]

Award Descriptions

Distinguished Alumni Award

Recognizes an individual graduate whose career reflects extraordinary accomplishment.

Selection is based on exceptional contribution to one’s chosen field and record of innovative professional leadership OR outstanding record of service to one’s community, SoHE, and/or UW-Madison.

Early Career Alumni Award

Recognizes outstanding graduates, age 40 or under, who have received a degree [undergraduate or graduate] from a program within the School of Human Ecology.

Selection is based on demonstrated achievement and leadership within a chosen field.

Wisconsin Idea Alumni Award

Recognizes a graduate who has demonstrated successful interdisciplinary application of their School of Human Ecology studies and whose work exemplifies “The Wisconsin Idea.”

Selection is based on outstanding career achievement reflecting Human Ecology mission, interdisciplinary perspectives, and innovation leadership AND exemplary service to the community, School of Human Ecology, and/or UW-Madison.