Each year, Mount Mary selects its most distinguished alumnae to receive a Madonna Medal or Tower Award to honor their achievements. Awardees are selected based on their dedication to their profession, volunteerism and civic impact, as well as their unique impact on the community. The event is sponsored by Mount Mary University and the Alumnae Association. The 2019 Awards Night will take place on Friday, October 4.


The 2018 Awardees

The 2018 Mount Mary Awards Night was hosted on Thursday, June 7.

Tower Award 2018

Cynthia C. Delgado Galvan '09, MA in English
Early in her career, Cynthia focused on teaching students in the college bilingual and migrant education programs. Today, she is a full-time tenured faculty member at Milwaukee Area Technical College and is currently an instructor of English and reading, teaching all college students English. Her role as instructional chair provides support for faculty in her department. She attributes her success to the lessons she learned from her family.


Madonna Medal for Community Service 2018

Mary A. Greisch-Monday '89, BA in Behavioral Science and Communication
Mary has a passion for improving the city of Port Washington. For over 20 years, she has served as the President and Chairman of the Board for Port Fish Day, an annual Port Washington celebration. She also worked as the Executive Director of the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce for 15 years. Today, she is the Director of the East Central District of Junior Achievement. Mary’s family has a long history with Mount Mary as her mother, Mary Biever Greisch, is an alum of the class of 1953.


Madonna Medal for Community Service 2018

Roberta Hankes Olshansky '63, BS in Food and Nutrition
Roberta has a longstanding commitment to improving the community around her. Since 1977, she has been a member of the Women’s Library Club of Glencoe. During her time as President in 2010, she co-founded North Shore Exchange, Glencoe’s upscale consignment resale shop, which benefits families and children in need. She currently serves as a trustee of the Writers Theatre. She participated in its campaign to raise $34 million to build a new theater, designed by renowned architect Jeanne Gang.


Madonna Medal for Professional Excellence 2018

Janet M. Powell '60, BS in Home Economics Education
Janet is committed to the field of family and consumer sciences and taught an award-winning program for many years in the Madison Metropolitan School District. For 35 years, she has been a member of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and its affiliate, the Wisconsin Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (WAFCS). Today, she works as the Executive Director of WAFCS.


Learn more about each awardee's accomplishments

How to Nominate an Outstanding Mount Mary Alum

Please contact the Office of Alumnae Relations at mmu-alumnae@mtmary.edu or (414) 930-3025 for more information on the nomination process or to request a nomination form. Nominations are accepted throughout the year and may come from anyone who is aware of the nominees' accomplishments.

The Madonna Medal represents the highest honor bestowed upon a graduate by the Alumnae Association and Mount Mary University. Awards are given to graduates who clearly demonstrate a long standing commitment to their profession, volunteerism or service to the alumnae association or the university. This is evidenced by outstanding and unique accomplishments that separate them from their colleagues. 

Awards are given in one of three areas: Professional Excellence, Community Service, Service to the Alumnae Association and/or the University. Nominees for this award are also nominated based upon honoring and upholding the Mount Mary University values of competence, community, compassion, and commitment. A Madonna Medal recipient may be awarded no more than one award in each category and final award categories are determined by the committee.  

The Tower Award recognizes the accomplishments of up to two alums within fifteen years of their graduations. Nominees demonstrate excellence in their work or volunteerism and show great potential for future growth in their careers and communities. They also honor and uphold the Mount Mary University values of competence, community, compassion and commitment.

A completed nomination form and a letter of recommendation are required from the nominator. Supporting materials are encouraged. Awards are conferred on Awards Night each spring, and acceptance of the award requires attendance at the awards ceremony.