Distinguished Alumni Awards Program

College Awards: Do you know, or are you, a USF alumnus/a with outstanding professional and personal successes and/or involvement in civic, cultural or charitable activities? Consider nominating a worthy alum candidate!

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


Presidential Award Winner: In addition to the above awards, each year, our president selects someone who has made an impact at the university or within their profession or community. This deserving individual will be honored along with the college award recipients.

Nominations: Click here to access the online nomination form. Anyone can nominate and nominations are due by July 31. Recipients are selected by the Executive Board of the USF Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Distinguished Alumni Awards Event: Award honorees and their guests will be invited to join us for a delicious dinner and awards ceremony each fall during our Homecoming & Reunion Weekend.

Questions: Contact the Alumni & Family Relations Office at 877-811-ALUM or alumni@stfrancis.edu.


Current Award Recipients

picture of Brendan and Jessica Walsh. 2016 Presidential Alumni Award:
Brendan ’05 and Jessica (Saraga ’05) Walsh
(Mass Communication)
Nominated for their continued service and support of USF. Brendan is co-owner and camera freelance operator and Jessica is co-owner and producer at Great Lakes Media in Joliet, Ill.
picture of Bob Zak. 2016 College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Award:
Robert Zak ’83 (Journalism/Communications)

Radio Personality, Marketing Executive in Plainfield, Ill.
picture of Lisa Nichols. 2016 College of Business and Health Administration Award:
Lisa Nichols ’07, ’09 (Health Arts, Health Services Administration)

Administrator at St. Vincent’s St. Clair Hospital in Pell City, Ala.
picture of Suzanne Knoelk. 2016 College of Education Alumni Award:
Suzanne Knoelk ’05, ’10 (Education, Reading)

Reading Specialist at New Lenox School District 122 in New Lenox, Ill.
picture of Sheri Pieroni. 2016 Leach College of Nursing Alumni Award:
Sheri Pieroni ’09 (Nursing)

Vascular Access Specialist at Presence Health in Joliet, Ill.


Previous Award Recipients