Alumni Awards – Recognizing Success

Distinguished Alumni Awards Program

Each year the USF Alumni Association recognizes the achievements of outstanding alumni. Recipients are selected by the Executive Board of the Alumni Association Board of Directors based on outstanding professional and personal successes, as well as involvement in civic, cultural or charitable activities.

A special congratulations is extended to our 2015 recipients, who will be honored at the Homecoming/Reunion Weekend Grand Luncheon & Awards Ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 20.

  • Presidential Alumni Award: The Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate
    Nominated for their continued service and support of USF.
  • College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Award: Kasia Wereszczynska ’06 (Psychology)
    Crisis Worker at Ada S. McKinley Community Services in Chicago, IL
  • College of Business and Health Administration Award: Laura (Dunlap) Messineo ’11, ’15 (Health Care Leadership)
    System Manager TeleHealth Operations at Presence Health Hospitals across Illinois
  • College of Education Alumni Award: Daniel Markun ’13 (Educational Leadership)
    Academy Coordinator of the Health and Medicine and Human Services Academies at Joliet West High School
  • Leach College of Nursing Alumni Award: Dr. Mary (Lauric) Petrella ’78 (Nursing)
    Nurse Practitioner for Edward Hines VA Hospital at the Joliet Community Based Outpatient and Home Based Primary Care Clinic


Nomination Procedures

The USF Alumni Association Awards program is an outstanding opportunity to showcase our exceptional alumni, but we need your help in identifying graduates who deserve this honor.

Anyone can nominate and they are asked to fill out the nomination form describing the individual’s outstanding characteristics along with information supporting their occupational excellence. They may also nominate more than one person for each award. Self-nominations are accepted.
Criterion: Outstanding accomplishment in one’s chosen career field and the selection committee will also consider civic, cultural and charitable involvement.

TO NOMINATE: Click Here for the Online Nomination Form


Presidential Alum of the Year Award

The most prestigious award given by the USF Alumni Association, the Presidential Alumnus/a of the Year, is awarded regardless of the college they graduated from, who has achieved outstanding success or recognition. The President carefully selects an alumnus/a who has achieved national, regional, or statewide prominence either in their professional fields or through their involvement in civic, cultural, or charitable activities. You may not nominate for this award, rather the President chooses the person to be awarded.


College Alumni Awards

Four outstanding alumni will be chosen annually to represent the university’s four colleges, highlighting the diverse disciplines of a comprehensive university. The criterion for the awards is outstanding professional accomplishments and the selection committee will also consider civic, cultural and charitable involvement.

  • College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Award
  • College of Business & Health Administration Alumni Award
  • College of Education Alumni Award
  • Leach College of Nursing Alumni Award


Distinguished Alumni Awards Brunch

Award honorees and their guests will be invited to join us for a delicious brunch and awards ceremony each September at Homecoming/Reunion Weekend.


Previous Award Recipients


Please submit all nominations by May 31 to the Alumni & Parent Relations Office by using the Online Nomination Form

Questions: Contact the Alumni & Parent Relations Office at (877) 811-ALUM or