Rev. Andrew J. Thon, S.J. Award for Leadership

First presented in 1993, the Rev. Andrew J. Thon, S.J. Award for Leadership honors a graduating senior for leadership contributions that have increased in depth and breadth to the Marquette and Milwaukee communities during the course of his or her undergraduate career. The highest honor presented by the Division of Student Affairs, this award recognizes excellence as a student leader who embodies the ideals expressed in the University Mission.

In 2010 the award was named in honor of Fr. Andy Thon, who served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Marquette from 1997 to 2008 after holding student affairs positions at Wheeling Jesuit College, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Seattle University, and Marquette. Under Fr. Thon's leadership, Marquette dramatically increased opportunities for community service, expanded opportunities for involvement in student organizations and club sports (which nearly doubled in number during his tenure), and constructed and renovated new apartments and residence halls to address the growing residential population. Fr. Thon continues to work with future student affairs educators as a teacher, advisor, and mentor in the College Student Personnel master's program through the Marquette University College of Education.

Recipient of the Rev. Andrew J. Thon, S.J. Award for Leadership 2018

Alex Halloway
Alex Halloway is a senior in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences and will graduate in May 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and a minor in German. At Marquette, Alex has been a member of the University’s track and field team for four years, served as a Resident Assistant in Schroeder Hall for two years, and is currently the Community Assistant for Global Village. In addition to these things, he was a member of the CommUNITY floor his freshman year in McCormick, served as a retreat leader through Campus Ministry, and is a member of the leadership team for Athletes In Action. In his free time, Alex likes to travel, read, and cheer on the Los Angeles Rams. In the fall, Alex will begin a master’s degree program in urban and regional planning.

Ben Zellmer
Ben Zellmer is a senior in the College of Health Sciences. He is a Burke Scholar which has allowed him to work in many community organizations across the city of Milwaukee, including Journey House, Malaika Early Education Center, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. He has been a site-coordinator for Midnight Run for 7 semesters. Ben works in a lab in the Biomedical Sciences Department, as a program assistant in the Center for Community Service, and as an entrepreneur with the 707Hub launching MUnchMates. He has ventured abroad to Nicaragua with Global Brigades and to Cape Town, South Africa, for a semester of study. Throughout it all, he has cultured a depth to daily reflection often expressed through spoken word poetry. He will graduate in May and attend medical school.

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The Division of Student Affairs presents leadership awards annually to recognize student contributions to the mission and activities of the various student affairs areas. Students are nominated by staff from the division and throughout the university and are selected by a committee representing each of the student affairs departments and Campus Ministry. Awards are presented at a program held each year in April. Read more about the student leadership awards.