Alumni Awards

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Congratulations to our 2017 Alumni Awards Winners!

Carol SapoznikCarol Sapoznik (’69), Distinguished Alumni Award Winner
After retiring from 40 years in retailing, including serving as VP for the national giant Create and Barrel, Carol Sapoznik (’69) has dipped into her second career—running a “foodie” boutique in her New England hometown. Beyond her retail venture, Sapoznik has spent years giving back to her community, connecting with her Wisconsin alma mater, and exploring the world as a human ecologist. […]

Carol L. AndersonCarol L. Anderson (’65 BS, ’69 MS), Wisconsin Idea Alumni Award Winner
SoHE grad Carol Anderson (’65 BS, ’69 MS) is a Midwest leader with a lifetime of consumer science experience, from 4H and farming to educating and consulting. Her national and international activities reveal a deep dedication to the promotion of the human sciences while her civic involvement is devoted to helping the citizens of her rural community. […]

Emily OstertagEmily Ostertag (’06 BS, ’08 MS), Early Career Alumni Award Winner
In 2012, interior design grad and student athlete Emily Ostertag (’06 BS, ’08 MS) landed her dream job at a world-class architecture and interior design firm in Kansas City. That same firm was recently granted the $84 million project to rebuild UW-Madison’s SERF recreation center and swimming pool. While some may see Ostertag’s connection back to Madison as sweet serendipity, the truth is that the project is the result of years of hard work, dedication, passion, and leadership. […]

Nominate an outstanding alumnus for the 2018 Alumni Awards. 

Nominations are due by October 15, 2017. 

The UW-Madison School of Human Ecology (SoHE) and its Board of Visitors are excited to honor the achievements of SoHE graduates around the world. The alumni awards recognize the excellence, scholarship, and contributions of alumni that are both meaningful and broadly significant. The goals of the SoHE Alumni Awards program are:

  • To celebrate the accomplishments of those who have graduated from the School of Human Ecology
  • To recognize the impact our alumni are making in their communities, both locally and globally
  • To reconnect the alumni community with SoHE and with each other

Do you know a SoHE alum who has made significant contributions to his or her field and is improving lives beyond the boundaries of campus through their work? We invite you to nominate them for a SoHE Alumni Award!

The nomination process is easy; there are just two steps:

1) Fill out the electronic form below and submit

2) Gather a letter of support for your nomination (see details below)

Thanks for your support!

Our alumni make a difference every day and everywhere

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 who have received a degree or certificate from a program within the School of Human Ecology in the past 10 years.

Selection is based on demonstrated achievement and leadership within a chosen field AND potential for continued growth and success.

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.

Nominate an Alum

You may nominate more than one alum.


Please submit this nomination form and to enhance the nomination, please send a Letter of Support from a colleague, former professor or other individual familiar with the nominee’s work and/or a recent CV/Resume to: Linda Zwicker, Assistant Dean at

Please reach out to Linda Zwicker with any questions at the email above, or by phone at 608-265-5136.