The Maurice O. Graff Distinguished Alumnus Award
Recognizes outstanding achievement in the lives and works of alumni who have brought honor and distinction to the university.
Joseph E. Nyre
- Outstanding leader who is mission and service driven.
- Currently president of and full professor at Iona College, New Rochelle, N.Y.
- Nationally recognized researcher in autism, mental health service delivery and system development; recipient of more than $44 million in extramural funding.
- Authored and co-authored vital state and federal legislation.
- Member of many boards and service organizations.
- Completed pre and post-doctoral studies at Harvard Medical School and the University of Kansas. Holds a master’s and doctorate from the University of Kansas, master’s from the University of Missouri and bachelor’s in psychology from UW-L, 1991.
The Rada Distinguished Alumnus Award
Recognizes alumni who have graduated within the last 20 years, achieved professional distinction and taken part in humanitarian activities.
- Accomplished career as a professional actor with performances in more than 50 plays nationwide, numerous network TV appearances, films, web series, voiceovers and commercials.
- Network TV acting includes roles on “Chicago Fire,” “General Hospital,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “As the World Turns,” “NCIS” and more.
- Screenwriter; producer; director.
- Lecturer in theater and dance; adjunct professor of voice and theater; acting instructor; voice and acting coach.
- Holds a master’s of fine arts in acting from Temple University; certified in Fitzmaurice Voicework; bachelor’s in theater from UW-L, 2003.
The Parker Multicultural Alumni Award
Recognizes outstanding multicultural alumni and those who have contributed significantly to the improvement of multiculturalism. History Professor Emeritus James Parker initiated the award in 1997.
- Passionate and respected educator on diversity and civil rights.
- Accomplished author, including “Reflections of the 1965 Freedom March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama: A Memoir of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.”
- Currently an associate professor of research and advanced studies at the University of West Florida; coordinator for doctoral program in diversity studies.
- Received the 2013 Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of West Florida.
- Holds a doctorate and bachelor’s degree from Marquette University, associate degree from Chipola Junior College and a master’s from UW-L, 1986.
Orby Moss, Jr.
- Respected educator and mentor.
- Longtime director of athletics at numerous colleges, including Siena Heights College, University of the District of Columbia, North Carolina A & T, Georgia State University and Norfolk State University.
- Retired director of Student Recruitment and Support Services, University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
- Inducted into the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Director Hall of Fame.
- Holds a master’s from Winona (Minn.) State University and a bachelor’s from UW-L, 1963.