We are thrilled to recognize four outstanding alums of Mount Mary University, for their commitment to service, professionalism, support of the arts, and being active volunteers in their communities. Additionally, we have the privilege of honoring the 53-year-long tradition of the Starving Artists Show, which has provided support to students since its inception.

Please join in celebrating these individuals and this institution on Saturday, April 22 in Helfaer Hall.

More information about our awardees as well as the program will be shared in the upcoming weeks! We hope to see you there!

Meet the Recipients

Madonnna Medals

Professional Excellence: Peggy Kelsey '86

Service to the University or Association: Sister Marilyn Kesler, SSND '63

Outstanding Community Service: Bonnie Penno '74


Tower Award

Emma Daisy Gertel '08


President's Award

Mount Mary Starving Artists Show


Each year, Mount Mary selects its most distinguished alumnae to receive a Madonna Medal or Tower Award (15 years since graduation) to honor them and recognize their outstanding achievements. Awardees are selected based on their dedication to their profession or volunteerism, as well as their unique impact on the community.

Mount Mary also recognizes an individual, organization or foundation for its support of the University with the President's Award of Distinction.

You can learn more about the alumnae awards on the nominations page.