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College of Professional Studies Award Recipients

Spirit of the College of Professional Studies Award

Virgilio Rodriguez, Jr.VIRGILIO RODRIGUEZ, JR., PROF ST '09

Never underestimate the power of community. Virgilio doesn’t. As associate executive director of Milwaukee’s United Community Center, he knows how powerful partnership can be. Speaking of powerful, under Virgilio's leadership, the UCC was recently named one of the top 25 Hispanic nonprofit organizations by Hispanic Business Magazine.


Leadership Excellence Award

Sheila Schiess BernhardtSHEILA SCHIESS BERNHARDT, PROF ST '05, GRAD '08
Cedarburg, Wis.

Sheila excels at leadership. She’s a leadership adviser for Pivotal Directions, a teen program that engages students in service learning worldwide; principal and independent consultant for the Bernhardt Co., which she founded; and an adjunct instructor for the College of Professional Studies.