Lela D. Jahn ‘62 (posthumous)
William C. Hansen Distinguished Service Award

As stated in her own words, Lela Jahn “sought to empower women with self-reliance and freedom of choice in their personal and professional lives.” She began her quest shortly after graduation from Central Wisconsin Teaching College (now UWSP) in 1962, spending three years doing missionary work in Brazil. From there, Lela moved first to Chicago, then Kenya and Brazil once again, instituting and overseeing programs that taught women how to be self-sufficient and uplift their communities. In 1980, she returned to the United States and began working for Wells Fargo Bank, eventually rising to the rank of division vice president. By 1986, she and her husband, Don Bayer, had founded Jahn Financial Advisors, based in San Francisco. She attained national prominence as a champion of women’s financial empowerment. Upon her retirement in 2008, Jahn reconnected with her alma mater. She founded the university’s Reaching Across Generations (RXG) mentoring program, which matches women seniors with businesswomen across Central Wisconsin. Lela also served on the UWSP Foundation Board of Directors, and established the university’s annual Discover the World scholarship for first-generation college students who wish to participate in a service-learning project abroad. Lela died of pancreatic cancer in December 2015.

Alan and Debra Marten
Mary Ann Nigbor Volunteer of the Year Award

After living in Minnesota for a number of years, Deb and Al Marten moved back to Stevens Point in 1984 to found Marten Machining. For 33 years the company has served various industries, and continues to support the building, inspection and assembly of custom-designed manufacturing tools and products. A large portion of their customers come from the medical-device industry. Due to the highly specialized nature of their services and the parts that they manufacture, Marten Machining has created components used for NASA as well as UWSP’s Nanotechnology Department and UW-Madison’s Physics Department and Space Research. The Martens give back to the community in many ways.  Al volunteers as a member of both the UWSP Academy of Letters and Science Board and the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee and Deb is a member of the UWSP Foundation Board. The couple has also been active in First Nighters on the UWSP campus for many years, are season ticket holders for the Men’s basketball program, have sponsored student internships and take part in the Continuing Education program on campus.

Jim Heffelfinger  ’86
Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Natural Resources

Jim Heffelfinger is a certified wildlife biologist who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Ecology and Management from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1986. After earning a master’s degree from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, he went on to work for the United States government, as well as state wildlife agencies, universities and within the private sector. Currently he serves as wildlife science coordinator for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, and works as an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona. A professional member of the Boone and Crockett Club, Jim is chairman of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Mule Deer Working Group, representing 23 western states and Canadian provinces. He has received the association’s 2011 Wallmo Award,” given to the leading mule deer biologist in North America and the 2009 “Professional of the Year” award from the Mule Deer Foundation.  Jim is currently the Wildlife Science Coordinator for the Arizona Game & Fish Department.



Dan Hauser ’77
Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Professional Studies

Dan Hauser, a native of Janesville, WI, played football and baseball for the Pointers before graduating from UWSP in 1977 with a degree in business education. As the Executive Vice President for the Detroit Pistons’ Palace Sports and Entertainment (the ownership group), Hauser worked with Fortune 500 companies and built relationships with a number of local businesses. In 2011, the Pistons and Palace Sports was sold, pushing Dan’s career into transition.  In 2013, Hauser returned to the NBA as a Senior Vice President of Corporate Sponsorships for the Philadelphia 76ers.  Over his 33 years spent with the Detroit Pistons, he has earned seven professional sports championship rings – three from the NBA’s Detroit Pistons, three from the Women’s National Basketball Association’s Detroit Shock and one from the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning.

Laura Osnes ’05
Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Fine Arts and Communication

Laura Osnes was most recently seen in Broadway’s new American musical Bandstand as Julia Trojan for which she earned both a Drama League and Drama Desk Award nomination. Prior to this role, she was last seen on Broadway as the title role in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Drama Desk Award; Tony, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League and Astaire Award nominations). She also starred in Bonnie and Clyde (Tony Award nomination), creating the role at Asolo Repertory Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse (San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award). She appeared as Hope Harcourt in the Tony Award winning revival of Anything Goes (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Astaire Award nominations) and Nellie Forbush in Lincoln Center Theater’s production of South Pacific, and made her Broadway debut as Sandy in the most recent revival of Grease. Other New York/regional credits include The Threepenny Opera (Drama Desk Award nomination) at the Atlantic Theater Company; City Center Encores! productions of The Band Wagon, Randy Newman's Faust, and Pipe Dream; The Sound of Music in concert at Carnegie Hall; Carousel opposite Steven Pasquale at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. On television, she has been seen on the CBS series “Elementary”, in the HBO pilot “The Miraculous Year”, Sondheim: The Birthday Concert at Avery Fisher Hall, HBO's documentary Six By Sondheim, and the Kennedy Center Honors salutes to Barbara Cook (2011) and Dustin Hoffman (2012). Her many concerts and cabarets include performing with Michael Feinstein, the New York Philharmonic, The New York Pops, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, The Boston Pops, and the Pasadena Pops, as well as appearing in such venues as Carnegie Hall, The Café Carlyle, 54 Below, Lincoln Center, NJPAC, The Smith Center in Las Vegas, and MN Orchestra Hall. In addition to being heard on several cast recordings, Laura has two solo albums, Dream A Little Dream: Live at The Café Carlyle and If I Tell You: The Songs of Maury Yeston.

Mike Pucci ’82
Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Letters and Science

Mike graduated from UWSP with a BS in Biology and Natural Resources in 1982. He led a 30+ year career in the pharmaceutical industry before retiring from GlaxoSmithKline in 2010. As Vice President of External Advocacy for Federal Government Affairs, his career centered on sales and marketing as well as federal government affairs. Upon retirement, Mike established Pucci Consulting out of his lakefront property in Littleton, NC. Mike was also CEO of PhytoChem Pharmaceuticals, where he worked on commercializing polyphenols derived from olives for the US market.

 

Major General Scott D. Berrier ‘84
Lifetime Achievement Award

Scott D. Berrier is a career military intelligence officer in the United States Army, serving at every level from battalion through Corps. He assumed his current position on the Army Staff in August 2017. Immediately prior he had served as Commanding General, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachua in Arizona. Over the course of his career, Scott has commanded military intelligence formations at Fort Ord (California), Fort Wainwright (Alaska), Fort Drum (New York) and in the Republic of Korea. Joint assignments include at U.S. Central Command and Special Operations Command Central, as well as Central Joint Task Force, Multinational Corps, USF-I, International Security Assistance Force and Resolute Support Headquarters. He served as the deputy assistant chief of staff for the United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/United States Forces in Korea, and as the director of United States Central Command MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. His most recent deployment (2014-15) was as the deputy chief of staff for intelligence with NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (later Resolute Support Mission) in Afghanistan.

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