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UW-La Crosse honoring six distinguished alumni

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is honoring six of its alumni for their contributions to the community.

A ceremony for the six is set for Saturday, September 21 at 9 a.m. at an awards brunch in the UWL Student Union. Tickets are available here.

For the Maurice O. Graff Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement of alumni who have brought honor and distinction to the university, there are two winners.

Sharon Weston Broome, ’78. She is a former Louisiana State Senator and State Representative. She was the first woman to hold pro tempore positions in both. She’s currently the Mayor-President of the City of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish.

Lynda Kohler, ’83. She’s described as an admired advocate for children experiencing life’s educational challenges in southeastern Wisconsin.

There are two winners of the Rada Distinguished Alumni Award which honors graduates of the past 20 years who have achieved professional distinction and taken part in humanitarian activities.

Sulaimon “Wale” Elegbede, ’05. Founding board member of La Crosse Interfaith Shoulder to shoulder Network to curb growing anti-Muslim sentiment. Currently, Director of Strategy Management Services (Innovate Delivery Team) in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Corey Sjoquist, ’96 and ’03. Influential college admissions counselor in Wisconsin. Currently, he’s the UWL Admissions Office director.

Winner of the Parker Distinguished Multicultural Alumni Award which recognizes alumni who have contributed to the improvement of multicultural understanding on the campus and in their careers, is:

Angela Kellog, ’92. Renowned student services administrator and advocate for diversity and inclusion. She’s currently the senior academic planner for the Office of Student Success at UW System Administration.

Lastly, there is one honoree of the Burt and Norma Altman Teacher Education Award which honors and recognizes outstanding educators and the significant contributions they make to children and communities.

Pamela (Brickey) Kalafut, ’77. Prestigious high school teacher, mentor and student activities director at Hinsdale, Illinois, Central High School for 34 years. At this time, she’s retired and serves as a substitute teacher with the Avery Coonley School in Downers Grove, Illinois.







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