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Alumni Awards


 
Each fall, Edgewood College partners with the Alumni Board and the Office for Institutional Advancement to recognize extraordinary individuals with three awards:
 
Distinguished Alumni Award—acknowledges the accomplishments of an alum who has achieved excellence in his or her professional career and has demonstrated a commitment of ethical leadership, service and search for truth.
 

Dominican Mission Award—recognizes an alum who has shown a commitment to social justice or a history of extraordinary volunteer service in the community, country, or the world.

Promise Award—recognizes an alum, 40 years of age or younger, who is an emerging leader and has achieved a high level of success through professional accomplishments and service to his or her alma mater or community. 

Meet Our 2020 Recipients

Jeanne (Moe) Siegenthaler, MA ’01, Ed.D. ’11

Alumni

Jeanne (Moe) Siegenthaler, MA ’01, Ed.D. ’11

2020 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Dr. Siegenthaler is the first-ever female superintendent of the Richmond School District in Sussex, WI. She worked as an Elementary Principal in the Elmbrook School District for 11 years, where she was named an Outstanding Employee and the WI Elementary Principal of the Year. Active in her community, she has been an on-call advocate and serves on the Advocacy Council for the Women's Center in Waukesha County, and a Foster Care provider for children.

Ryan Collins ’05

Alumni

Ryan Collins ’05

2020 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Mr. Collins is a Senior Technology Executive with over 15 years of experience in IT Leadership, Infrastructure, Architecture, and Systems Design with proven expertise in Financial Institution Systems and Business Operations. As the Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer at Open Lending in Austin, TX, he leads the vision for all aspects of technology for the company. He is most passionate about serving Austin and beyond in education, technology, and youth outreach; he and his wife founded The Collins Technology Fund, which helps technology and education-based non-profits have an impact on under-served communities.

Callista Robinson, OSF ’75

Alumni

Callista Robinson, OSF ’75

2020 Dominican Mission Award Recipient

Sr. Callista is a lifelong educator serving as Teacher, Principal and Chief Executive Administrator at Harambee Community School in Milwaukee, WI, for more than 20 years. In 2001, she began her ministry with adults and currently is the Assistant Administrator at the Adult Learning Center, an organization dedicated to helping adults gain the academic skills necessary to earn a GED. She is also the Coordinator of the Brother Booker Ashe Lay Ministry Program for Black Catholics who want to become Lay Ministers in their parishes. In 2019, Sr. Callista celebrated 60 years (Diamond Jubilee) as a member of her religious congregation, the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, MN.

Ben Wiederholt ’01

Alumni

Ben Wiederholt ’01

2020 Dominican Mission Award Recipient

Mr. Wiederholt is President and CEO of STRIDE Community Health Center in Denver, CO, a Federally Qualified Health Center serving 53,000 people a year who are predominately economically poor. He is accountable for courageously providing leadership to move toward a healthcare delivery system that is equitably and comprehensively accessible for the entire community. He also volunteers, serving on the Parish Council of his parish, and on the Board of Directors of five organizations. With his wife, Jessica, they added to their birth family of three sons, four additional children, adopted from east African countries.

Jessica (Heiple) Wiederholt ’99

Alumni

Jessica (Heiple) Wiederholt ’99

2020 Dominican Mission Award Recipient

Mrs. Wiederholt is the Executive Director and Founder of Crazy Love Africa, whose mission is to serve, restore, empower, and strengthen women in western Uganda who are HIV positive, single mothers. She started the nonprofit after her and her husband, Ben, added to their birth family of three sons, four additional children, adopted from east African countries.

Tsetan Dolqar ’12

Alumni

Tsetan Dolqar ’12

2020 Promise Award Recipient

Ms. Dolqar is a Tibetan American immigrant who was born in India and moved to Madison, WI, at the age of seven. After earning her undergraduate degree in Nursing, she worked at the Dane County Jail caring for inmates and then continued her commitment by working for Indian Health Services in Gallup, NM, in their trauma ER caring for Native Americans. She joined the United States Air Force as an ER nurse and was hand-picked to be on the Ground Surgical Team and deployed to Afghanistan where she treated the wounded for both coalition and American forces, including Taliban members. She currently serves as a reservist at Joint Base Andrews near Washington, DC, is a full time Research Nurse at The Geneva Foundation working for Operation Warp Speed to find a COVID-19 vaccine in San Diego, CA, and a full time Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner student at Edgewood College.

Meet Previous Recipients