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Faculty and Student Awards

Mount Mary proudly supports women and other members of our community who excel personally and professionally and impact their communities.

Arches Continues to Receive Recognition

MARCH 2015--The Milwaukee Press Club announced the winners of its annual Excellence in Journalism competition, and Arches won 4 awards, including:

  • Best Critical Review - Brittany Seemuth
  • Best Editorial or Commentary - Shannon Venegas and AshLeigh Brown
  • Best Website Design – Arches staff

Each category has 3 award winners. The gold, silver and bronze award winners will be announced at the Club's May 15th Gridiron Awards Dinner at the InterContinental Hotel in Milwaukee.

Arches Brings Home Multiple Awards

MARCH 2015--Arches staff members won multiple Collegiate Newspaper Contest awards at the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Annual Convention and Trade Show, held Friday, February 27th at the Milwaukee Marriott West. Awards included:

  • First place - Best Editorial - Brittany Seemuth
  • First place - Best Advertisement - Rennie Patterson-Bailey
  • First place - Freedom of Information Story - Brittany Seemuth
  • Second place - General Excellence - Arches staff
  • Third place - General Web Excellence - Arches staff
  • Fourth place - Investigative Reporting - Denise Seyfer

Arches also won awards at the annual Associated Collegiate Press Best of the Midwest competition, held February 7th-9th in Minneapolis. Awards included:

  • First place - Single Page Design - Natalie Guyette
  • Third place - Best of Show, Four-year non-weekly newspaper - Arches staff


Kristen Roche Named to Milwaukee Business Journal's 40 under 40image: Kristen Roche, Ph.D.

FEBRUARY 2015--Kristen Roche, Ph.D., director of Mount Mary University’s MBA Program and assistant professor in Business Administration, has been named a “40 Under 40” award recipient from Milwaukee Business Journal. The award recognizes the accomplishments of professionals who are making a difference in the community. View the news release.


Carrie Smith King, Ph.D. Named Wisconsin Post-Secondary School Counselor of the Year image: Carrie Smith King

FEBRUARY 2015–Carrie Smith King, Ph.D, counseling department chair and assistant professor in counseling at Mount Mary University, received the Althea Brach Post-Secondary School Counselor of the Year from The Wisconsin School Counselor Association (WSCA). The award recognizes outstanding service to the school counseling profession in Wisconsin. View the news release.


Mount Mary Receives President's Honor Roll with Distinction Award

FEBRUARY 2015–-Mount Mary University received the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction award for its exemplary commitment to community service and service learning. The Community Service Honor Roll is the highest form of federal recognition an institution can receive for community involvement and service learning programs. Mount Mary is the only Wisconsin higher education institution to be named to the Honor Roll with Distinction. View the news release.

CREO 2014 Showcases Students' Artistic Skill

MAY 2014–-Selected by an independent jury, CREO 2014 Honors Show showcased 38 students’ artwork on Friday, May 9 at the Harley-Davidson Museum’s Rumble Room in Milwaukee.

CREO, which is Latin for “to make, create, produce,” annually celebrates the creativity of student work in several programs of Mount Mary’s School of Arts and Design including fine art, graphic design, interior design and fashion. The jury was comprised of professional artists and designers and selected work based on quality and aesthetics. Visit the CREO page for more information.

Honors Show Participants
  • Art
    Jill Allen
    Diane Blazejovsky
    Candice Block
    Amanda Cibulka
    Melinda Clark
    Michelle Dabel
    Dyen Nguyen
    Katie Edwards
    Lydia Ferraro
    Heidi Howard
    Lauren Kidd
    Elise Feree-Kuhlow
    Angelica Munoz
    Lauren Nitka
    Krista Olson
    Rennie Patterson
    Alicia Povlich
    Phoenix Ramsdell
    Tamara Sanchez
    Alyssa Schall
    Sara Terrell
    Sarah Wishau
    Jessica Yocherer
  • Graphic Design
    Imani Adkina
    Courtney Budiac
    Gricelda Covarrubias
    Kat Donnelly
    Allison Jarrett
    Elise Feree-Kuhlow
    Erica Perrizo
    Ana Teran
    LaShae Warren
    Amy Wrocklage
    Dalas Xiong
  • Interior Design
    Sarah Potts
    Sarah Wishau
  • Fashion Illustration
    Laura Bavlnka
    Jordan Weber


Students' Award Winning Fashions Highlight CREO 2014

View CREO Fashion winners on Flickr


MAY 2014–-The 2014 CREO Fashion Show, held on Friday, May 9 at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, featured designs from 37 students. Seventeen awards were presented to student designers, including Best of Show (Christine Yang), M Magazine Reader’s Choice (Mindy Ross), and Outstanding Collection Award (Viridiana Lopez). Click the photo on the right to view more of our students' award-winning garments.

CREO, which is Latin for “to make, create, produce,” annually celebrates the creativity of student work in several programs of Mount Mary’s School of Arts and Design including fine art, graphic design, interior design and fashion. Visit the CREO page for more information.

Fashion Show Awards
  • Best of Show Award sponsored by Bon-Ton:
  • Christine Yang

    Outstanding Dress Award sponsored by Donna Ricco Div of FYC Apparel LLC:
  • Kate Bernhard

    Donna Ricco and Thomas B. Puls II Outstanding Design Talent Award sponsored by Donna Ricco and Thomas B. Pulls II:
  • Sarah Corlett

    Historic Inspired Award sponsored by Friends of Fashion:
  • Sara Sybesma

    Outstanding Collection Award sponsored by Target:
  • Viridiana Lopez

    Outstanding Patternmaker Award sponsored by Kohl’s:
  • Kara Dahm
  • Most Marketable Collection Award sponsored by Kohl’s:
  • Sarah Corlett

    Outstanding Tailoring Award sponsored by A.J. Ugent:
  • Kara Dahm

    Fashion Forward Award sponsored by Harley Davidson:
  • Chelsey Plutshack

    Sister Aloyse Hessburg Outstanding Construction Award sponsored by Florida Perry Smith:
  • Laura Bavlnka

    Outstanding Bridal or Formalwear sponsored by Knot the Groom, Inc.:
  • Emily Stark
  • Outstanding Use of Fabric sponsored by Nancy Zieman Productions:
  • Pa Kou Vang
  • Attention to Detail sponsored by Jessie Little:
  • Pa Ser Yang

    Up and Coming Sophomore Award sponsored by Sophisticated Rose:
  • Tori Sterr

    Outstanding Knitwear sponsored by Florida Perry Smith:
  • Lizzette Martinez

    Reader’s Choice sponsored by M Magazine:
  • Mindy Ross

    Renaissance Gala Award sponsored by Villa Terrace:
  • Rachel Beranich


Mount Mary Alumna Receives Teaching Award

OCTOBER 2013–-Lauren Boyd, a Mount Mary University alumna, received the Education Deans of Greater Milwaukee (EDGM) Early Career in Teaching Award. Boyd is a second-grade teacher at Milwaukee College Preparatory School where her students show outstanding growth in math and reading. Student’s reading scores showed 134.6% growth while math scores showed an impressive 155.8% growth. Boyd’s students also tested above the national average in both of these subjects. The Early Career Award is presented as part of EDGM’s Celebration of Teachers and Teaching event.

Boyd earned her teaching certificate through the Urban Education Fellows’ Program as well as her master’s in education from Mount Mary University.

Read more about Lauren Boyd and this event highlighted in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Listen to an interview from the Celebration of Teachers and Teaching awards night on 88.9 Radio Milwaukee.

Student Receives Prestigious Scholarship to Support Study Abroad Experience

JUNE 2013—For the third consecutive year, a Mount Mary student was awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Shaticia (Shay) Landry was one of 14 students from Wisconsin colleges and universities to receive the federally funded award, which supported her summer study abroad in Peru.

Arches Wins Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) Awards

FEBRUARY 2013—Mount Mary’s Arches student newspaper and staff won several top honors at the WNA’s annual Collegiate Better Newspaper Contest. First place awards include: General Web Excellence for, Graphics – Branded for fantasy football and other graphics by Barbara Kolb, Sports Reporting for Shantae Chapman’s article “Angels plunge into special Olympics head first” and Best Advertisement for Barbara Kolb’s “Carizma” ad.

Justice Professor Recognized for Professional Success in The Business Journal

JANUARY 2013—Rachel Monaco-Wilcox, professor in the justice program, was named one of Milwaukee’s “40 Under 40” in The Business Journal. She is active in the fight against human trafficking and sexual violence. Most recently, she worked to facilitate healing and raise awareness through a three-part writing and healing series “Untold Stories.” Monaco-Wilcox was selected for this award from over 270 nominations.

Social Work Student Receives Prestigious Gilman Scholarship

NOVEMBER 2012—Bao Yang, a social work major who studied abroad at Konkuk University in Seoul, South Korea, in spring 2013, received a $2,000 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to support her studies abroad. The Gilman scholarship is a highly prestigious nationwide scholarship competition. This is the second consecutive year a Mount Mary student has won this award.

Hockenbery and Kisler Win Teaching Excellence Awards

NOVEMBER 2012—Jennifer Hockenbery, a full-time professor of philosophy, and Helga Kisler, a part-time instructor in theology, won Mount Mary’s annual “Excellence in Teaching” awards. The awards are given to faculty who demonstrate innovative teaching techniques; knowledge of current developments, trends and research in her academic field; and dedication, enthusiasm and support of students’ personal, moral and intellectual growth.

Three Mount Mary Alumnae Honored for Professional Excellence

OCTOBER 2012—Three Mount Mary alumnae received the university’s Madonna Medal for Professional Excellence: Ann (Bonness) Angel, an English and education alumna and current Mount Mary professor; Mary (Sladky) Gramins, a history alumna and current Chair of the Theology Department at Woodlands Academy in Illinois; and Marie O’Brien, an MBA alumna as well as president and CEO of Enterforce, Inc. The annual award recognizes alumnae who excel in professional achievement and service to the community or to the college.

Two Recent Alumnae Receive Mount Mary Tower Award

OCTOBER 2012—Each year Mount Mary’s Tower Award for Excellence recognizes alumnae who have graduated in the past 15 years and exemplify the university’s core values. This year’s recipients are Maria (Kirschling) Guilbert, a 2002 graduate in hotel and restaurant management and business Administration, and Tina (Raasch) Prost, a 1999 graduate in interior design.

Soccer Players Win Top Honors

OCTOBER 2012 —Sophomore forward Emily Ristow won the Association of Division III Independent’s (AD3I) soccer Player of the Week honors for the week of October 15-21 after scoring seven goals in two games on a road trip to Illinois. Ristow is Mount Mary’s all-time leading scorer, with 30 goals. In September, AD3I named junior forward Rasika Perera Player of the Week for September 2-9.

Interior Design Student Named Student of the Year

JUNE 2012—Margaret Martinez, an interior design major, was named the International Interior Design Association Wisconsin Chapter’s 2012 Student Member of the Year.

Professor Selected for Mentoring Pilot Program

2012—Laurel End, behavioral sciences chair, was selected as one of 10 psychologists to participate as a mentor in the Society for the Teaching of Psychology’s STP Professional Development Mentoring Network pilot program.

Dietetics Graduate Student Earns Healthy Eating Grant

2012—Former dietetic intern and current graduate student Amy Griffen received a Kids Eat Right grant from the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) to implement health snacking and breakfast nutrition education in classrooms.

Mount Mary English Student Honor Society Wins Award

FEBRUARY 2012—Mount Mary’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English Honor Society, was recognized for 60 years of excellence at a national convention in New Orleans.