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Distinguished Alumni, Spring 2007

Photo: Weidner Center foyer.

The Weidner Center foyer provided an elegant setting for the annual Alumni Awards program Saturday, April 14. Nearly 100 people gathered to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of five alumni.

Photo: Award winners gather for a 'photo op'.

Award winners gathered for a “photo op.” before the official ceremony. From left to right, Chancellor Bruce Shepard, Joseph Carroll ‘97, Kathleen Christensen ’73, Wayne Micksch ’74, Manee Moua ’99 and Mike Jackson '76. Moua and Carroll were named Outstanding Recent Alumni and the others received Distinguished Alumni awards. For full profiles on the recipients, click here:

Photo: Kelly Ruh and Andy Bottoni.

Alumni Association President Kelly Ruh, who served as master of ceremonies, and former Association President Andy Bottoni catch-up on their alma mater.

Photo: Kathleen Christensen poses with Chancellor and Cyndie Shepard.

Distinguished Alumni Award winner Kathleen Christensen is greeted by Chancellor Bruce and Cyndie Shepard. Christensen made her first return to campus since graduation. She said she was impressed how campus had changed and grown, and was pleased how her alma mater has become such a vital part of the community. Christensen said she learned about UW-Green Bay in a February 1971 issue of Harper’s Magazine, and recalled, “such excitement about learning, dynamic classes, and a concept of interdisciplinarity that she has carried with her.”

Photo: Jade tower award that winners receive.

The Distinguished Alumni Award winners received a jade tower to commemorate the event.

Photo: Mike Jackson poses with his family.

Mike Jackson called the evening “quite a night.” Expecting only a couple of family members to be in attendance, he was surprised (and visibly touched) when almost 20 showed up in his honor.

Photo: Manee Maoua poses with her family.

Manee Moua happily poses with husband Patrick (far left) and family and friends.

Photo: Wayne Micksch poses with his family.

Sharing in a special evening for award-winner Wayne Micksch '74 was his parents, children and their spouses, his wife, Ginger, and business partner Mark Jadin. “I consider this the Wayne and Ginger distinction,” he said, referring to his wife, a Bellin nursing student, who he credited with improving his study habits.

Photo: Joe Carroll poses with his family.

Joe Carroll celebrates with his wife, mother and sister.