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UC Alumni Association Names Top Alumni Award Winners

4 UC alumni to receive highest honors at April 20 event

CINCINNATI – January 9, 2017 – The University of Cincinnati Alumni Association today announced the recipients of its highest honors for UC alumni. This year’s honorees include:

  • Elroy E. Bourgraf, Bus ’54
  • Jerome S. Jackson, Pharm ’89
  • C. Bleuzette Marshall, A&S ’92, CECH ’01, ’09, PhD
  • Dustin J. Grutza, Bus ’08, ’10

Each year, the UC Alumni Association honors a select few of its nearly 300,000 alumni based on their career accomplishments and contributions to the university and community, recognizing them at the UC Distinguished Alumni Celebration during Alumni Weekend each spring.

“Our 2017 class of honorees has built a remarkable collective legacy in multiple fields,” said Jennifer Heisey, executive director of the UC Alumni Association and vice president of alumni relations for the UC Foundation. “We’re thrilled to honor an amazing innovator in the emergency medical sector, a pharmacist who champions scholarships and a culture of paying it forward, an ambassador for equity and inclusivity in the higher education arena, and a young entrepreneur with a compelling tech startup that is driving new employment possibilities in the marketplace.”

These four honorees, along with 14 college-specific award recipients, will be recognized at the 2017 UC Distinguished Alumni Celebration on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Tickets may be purchased for $100 (general admission) or $75 (young professional) at alumni.uc.edu/dac. Please contact Sarah Dillon at sarah.dillon@uc.edu or 513-556-2078 to learn more. Learn more about our 2017 DAC sponsorship opportunities here.

About the honorees:

Elroy Bourgraf headshotElroy E. Bourgraf, Bus ’54 – William Howard Taft Medal for Notable Achievement

The company that Bourgraf co-founded and has led for 60 years, spurred by his personal innovative brilliance, has essentially created the modern era of product evolution within the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) industry. The work of Ferno-Washington Inc. has paved the way for the EMS sector, funeral industry and the military to provide comfortable, safe and reliable care for the injured, sick and deceased. The company’s success has been built from a culture defined by Bourgraf that values integrity, professionalism and loyalty in all of its business relationships.

Jerome S. Jackson, Pharm ’89 – Distinguished Service Award

Grateful for the assistance he received as a student, Jackson has spent many years helping to enrich the educational pathways of those who have followed in his academic footsteps. He has been a steadfast volunteer leader with the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy in support of students and alumni, and has been particularly dedicated to fostering the experiences of his fellow Darwin T. Turner Scholars, including creating a culture and stressing a responsibility that those who are blessed with scholarship assistance seek ways to “pay it forward” for future students.

Bleuzette Marshall headshotC. Bleuzette Marshall, PhD, A&S ’92, CECH ’01, ’09 – Mosaic Award

Dedicating her life to balancing the playing field toward greater equity of opportunity, Marshall is widely known as a leader who ensures the UC community is fully inclusive and its promise is open to all who seek it. As UC’s vice president for equity and inclusion, Marshall strives to continuously elevate her alma mater as a place of awareness, resolve, action and strength. Her current role is a culmination of a lengthy career focused on matters of diversity, personal opportunity and professional responsibility within a framework of academic excellence.

Dustin Grutza bioDustin J. Grutza, Bus ’08, ’10 – Jeffrey Hurwitz Young Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award

Recognizing that skilled tradesmen and women lacked a platform to reliably connect with potential employers, and vice versa, Grutza developed what he refers to as “a tool and a team” — a powerful mobile and online app backed by a team of people creating the support system that companies and their potential employees each needed. Called CraftForce, Grutza’s company has garnered national media coverage as it grows rapidly, linking people in the skilled trades with meaningful work opportunities.

2017 Outstanding Alumni Awards
College of Allied Health Sciences - Nancy L. Nevin-Folino, CECH ’74, CAHS ’83
College of Arts and Sciences - Tom Tsuchiya ’95
Blue Ash College - Anthony J. Lawson ’96, A&S ’98
Carl H. Lindner College of Business - Roger K. Newport ’88
Clermont College - Sharon Reynolds Burns, PhD, Cler ’01, A&S ’03, CECH ’04, ’10
College-Conservatory of Music - Eddy Kwon ’11
College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning - Sallie A. Baldwin ’60
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services - Raymond J. Brokamp ’51, ’55
College of Engineering and Applied Science - Mohammad Ehteshami ’85
College of Law - Sharon J. Zealey, JD ’84
College of Medicine - James J. Augsburger, MD ’74
College of Nursing - Julia Muennich Cowell, PhD, ’68
James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy - Ajaz S. Hussain, PhD, ’86
UC Athletics - Leonard J. Stokes ’02 (A&S)

Visit alumni.uc.edu/dac for more information about the honorees and the UC Distinguished Alumni Celebration.

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About the University of Cincinnati Alumni Association
The UC Alumni Association (UCAA) represents and serves UC’s nearly 300,000 alumni worldwide, helping them maintain a lifetime connection to each other and their alma mater. The UCAA staff and volunteers work to provide year-round opportunities for networking, continuing education and professional development.


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