Alumni Awards

The Cardinal Stritch University Alumni Association has presented awards to honor alumni and friends of the University since 1987.


Through our annual Alumni Awards program, we honor its most notable alumni for their professional and personal achievements which have made a significant impact in their field, and whose life and character have earned the respect and admiration of their peers and professional colleagues.

2016 Alumni Award Recipients

The Graduate of the Last Decade Award
Michael Hostad
B.S. Management, '10
Executive Director, Innovation in Milwaukee (MiKE)

Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement
Peter Engel
M.S. Management, '83 
Executive Vice President, Johnson Financial Group

Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement
Elaine Dyer
M.S. Healthcare Administration, '85
Administrator, Jewish Home and Care Center

Spirit of St. Francis Service Award: Alumni Service
John Kordsmeier
M.S. Management, '84
Vice President of the Strategic Philanthropy and Community Relations (Retired), Northwestern Mutual

The Mother Bartholomew, OSF Lifetime Achievement Award
Sr. Justine Peter, OSF, Ph.D.
Ph.B. Education, '50
Professor Emerita, Cardinal Stritch University 

The awards program also acknowledges the volunteer/civic contributions made to the community by our alumni. The awards program seeks to recognize individuals who, through their leadership and vision, exemplify the Franciscan values and the mission of the University.

Our Franciscan values include:

  • Creating a caring community
  • Showing compassion
  • Reverencing all of creation
  • Making peace

2016 Alumni Awards Information


Award Categories:

Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement

This award acknowledges the accomplishments in the candidate's professional career and is intended to recognize both accomplishments in leadership and in the field, which have earned respect and admiration of their professional colleagues and brings honor to Cardinal Stritch University.

Graduate of the Last Decade Award

This award recognizes alumni who received their degree from Cardinal Stritch University within the last 10 years. Candidates will demonstrate outstanding achievements in both their professional background and in their volunteer/civic involvement.

Spirit of St. Francis Service Award: Alumni Service

This award acknowledges and encourages service to the University and the community. The candidate will demonstrate outstanding achievements/long-term commitment in supporting their local community through volunteer/civic involvement and service to Cardinal Stritch University through volunteer activities.

Spirit of St. Francis Service Award: University Supporter

This award acknowledges and encourages service to the University. The non-graduate candidate will demonstrate outstanding achievements/long-term commitment in supporting Cardinal Stritch University with great distinction and service.

The Mother Bartholomew, OSF Lifetime Achievement Award

In honor of the legacy of Mother Bartholomew, this award acknowledges alumni who have completed at least 25 years of their professional career or retired from their lifelong profession. They have achieved exceptional success in their profession and have contributed significantly to the advancement and leadership of noteworthy civic, philanthropic, or service organizations for many years. Their lifelong achievement has brought them significant professional and volunteer recognition and has set a standard of excellence to which others may aspire.

If you have any questions regarding our awards program, please contact Cory Anshus, associate vice president for alumni engagement and community relations, at (414) 410-4203 or cmanshus@stritch.edu.