I am sure you'll agree that being an MCW alumnus/alumna is a tremendous honor. There is something to be said, however, about acknowledging those individuals whose contributions to medicine, science and the community reach an extraordinary level of distinction.
During my first evening as president, I stood before more than 300 alumni and guests at Alumni Weekend's Friday night banquet. A focal point of the evening was bestowing awards on a remarkable cadre of individuals. Since that moment, I have given significant thought to the Alumni Association's awards program. As I look at the list of previous award recipients, I am overwhelmed with pride for our institution and our alumni community.
The Alumni Association presented its first award – Medical School Alumnus of the Year – in 1967. Over the course of the program's nearly 50-year history, we have honored more than 140 medical and graduate school alumni, as well as faculty, staff and donors. Each of these individuals has greatly contributed to what the Medical College of Wisconsin is today. Each award recipient exemplifies our storied past and evolution, but also serves as a guiding force for what lies ahead in our future successes.
While plaques adorn the walls of each recipient's home or office, the honor is much more than those commemorative recognition trophies. It's knowing that your alma mater and your peers celebrate your personal accomplishments.
We are proud of what our alumni achieve!
I encourage you to take a moment to consider who within our alumni community have made tremendous contributions to medicine, science and society. Let's honor each of them for their achievements with an Alumni Association award!
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