Honors Alumni Award
The Honors Alumni Award is presented to graduates of the Honors College whose professional and civic accomplishments have contributed significantly to their field and to their community.
2016: Tracy Wilichowski
Tracy Wilichowski graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and from the University Honors Program (now Honors College) in 2012 with majors in History and Philosophy and with a minor in Social Justice. Before graduating, she was accepted into the highly competitive Teach for America (TFA) program. For two years, she served as an instructor in the Miami-Dade Public School System, where she worked in challenging circumstances with underrepresented children. While in Miami, Tracy collaborated on a number of initiatives involving curriculum change and goal-driven instruction. Her students’ writing test scores increased dramatically under her mentorship. Shortly after honoring her commitment to TFA, Tracy was awarded a Rotary International Global Grant Scholarship to study international development at the London School of Economics (LSE). In 2015, she graduated from LSE with High Merit and a Master of Science in Development Management. While living in London, she used her skills to serve others: she interned for a development company and was a member of a launch team that raised funds for a water resource management project in Kenya, Africa. Tracy also served as a consultant to help evaluate women’s legislative, civic, and political party programs operating in a post-Arab Spring context. Additionally, she made time during her LSE years to meet with, encourage, and advise Honors 275: Culture Connection students in London while they were studying abroad.
Ms. Wilichowski accepted the Honors Alumni Award at the Spring 2016 Honors Graduation Ceremony.
Currently, she resides in Washington, DC, where she works as an analyst for the World Bank.
2015: Jonathan Dudzinski
Jonathan Dudzinski graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and from the University Honors Program (now Honors College) in 2012 with a double major in accounting and finance.
During his junior year, Jon saved a life by donating bone marrow to a complete stranger through Be the Match. He then founded a student organization at UW Oshkosh to convince others to learn about this lifesaving network and to join Be the Match’s bone marrow donation registry. More than 1,000 student have registered since then, and of those, matches were confirmed to be compatible in more than a dozen cases.
During Jon’s senior year, he published a version of his Honors Thesis on Warren Buffett’s “Cigar Butt” investing technique, a strategy that historically has produced returns of almost 29% per year, in the Journal of Investing. Upon graduation Jon sat for and passed the Chartered Financial Analyst examination, which is widely considered the gold standard on Wall Street and has a 3% pass rate. Jon is the youngest person ever to have passed this exam.
Jon is presently a Portfolio Manager at Carl M. Hennig Inc. in Oshkosh, where he manages approximately $40 million in accounts utilizing the very same Cigar Butt methods he researched for his Honors Thesis. He is an active citizen who counts among his interests the Southwest Rotary Group, the Alta Resources Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Board, and beekeeping, which resulted in the cofounding of Bee Bella lip balm and honey products. He is also a pending Guinness World Records holder for the longest distanced traveled while conga line dancing.
Jonathan is the first recipient of the Honors Alumni Award, which he accepted at the Spring 2015 Honors Graduation Ceremony.