Distinguished alumni awards recipients share how the "La Crosse Experience" shaped their lives. Learn how all seven of the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards recipients became successful, as well as ask questions. Open to all students, faculty, staff and community members. Following the panel discussion, join us for refreshments and networking opportunities!
2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients:
The Maurice O. Graff Distinguished Alumnus Award
Recognizes outstanding achievement of alumni who have brought honor and distinction to the university. Long-time administrator Maurice O. Graff instituted the honor in 1977.
Jon L. Erickson, ‘76
Internationally recognized expert on college and workforce readiness assessment; retired president of ACT Inc. Bachelor’s of Science in history and social studies.
Joonkoo Yun, ‘92
Scholar, productive contributor and mentor in the fields of kinesiology and adapted physical activity; professor at Oregon State University. Master’s of Science in special physical education.
Rada Distinguished Alumnus Award
Recognizes alumni who have graduated within the last 20 years, achieved professional distinction and taken part in humanitarian activities. Professor emeritus Ron Rada and his wife, Jane, created the award in 2002.
Matthew C. Brantner, ‘05
Dedicated conservation advocate; founding executive director of WisCorps, a statewide conservation corps. Bachelor’s of Science in biology.
Marc R. Gall, ‘03
Successful bank consultant; respected humanitarian, philanthropist; vice president of BOK Financial, Milwaukee. Bachelor’s of Science in finance and economics.
Parker Distinguished Multicultural Alumni Award
Recognizes outstanding alumni who have contributed greatly to improve multiracial culture and understanding on campus and in their careers. History Professor Emeritus James Parker initiated the award in 1997.
Thomas Harris, ‘01
Esteemed student mentor, and leader of equity and social justice; long-time student advisor and assistant director of Multicultural Student Services at UWL. Master’s of Science in College Student Personnel.
Houa Xiong, ’98 & ‘00
Respected student counselor with a passion for helping struggling students; senior academic adviser at UW-Oshkosh. Bachelor’s of Science in recreation management; Master’s of Science in Education, College Student Development and Administration.
Burt and Norma Altman Teacher Education Award
Honors and recognizes outstanding educators and the significant contributions they make to children and communities. Professor Emeritus Burt Altman and his wife, Norma, long-time supporters of teacher education, created the award in 2015.
Phil Ertl, ‘88
Accomplished educator; Superintendent of Schools in the Wauwatosa School District since 2005. Bachelor’s of Science in physical education.