Alumni Awards

Recognizing the accomplishments of our alumni community
In this Section

Each year the University of Wisconsin-Stout Alumni Association recognizes the accomplishments of its alumni and acknowledges their personal, professional, and community contributions. Nominations for the Distinguished and Trailblazer Alumnus Awards are solicited from alumni, friends, family members, faculty, staff, and administrators. We will be celebrating these awards during Homecoming weekend. Please join us for the awards presentation on Friday, Oct. 13, 2023 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Lucette Brewing Company. A social will follow at 6 p.m. 


Distinguished Alumni Award
Joe and Tina Pregont

Distinguished Alumni Award recipient is Joe Pregont. Joe is a 1981 graduate and CEO of Prent in Janesville. Prent is a global leader in custom thermoform packaging for medical, electronics and consumer industries.

Trailblazer Alumni Award
Danielle Goss with Kul Mocks Beverages

Trailblazer Alumni Award recipient is Danielle Goss. Danielle is a 2013 graduate, founder and CEO of Kul Mocks. Kul Mocks is one of the leading alcohol-free, ready-to-drink mocktail brands on the market. 


Award Criteria and Selection

Distinguished Alumna/Alumnus Award nominees should exemplify:

  • Professional distinction and/or significant and broad professional accomplishments over the course of their professional career.
  • Demonstrated contributions of time, talent and/or financial support to UW-Stout.

Trailblazer Alumna/Alumnus Award requirements:

  • Recognized as an emerging leader with outstanding professional accomplishments in their area of study, employment, or research.
  • Graduated within the last 15 years and are under the age of 40

Criteria for Nomination:

  • Nominees must be living graduates of UW-Stout with either a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree.  Current UW-Stout faculty, staff, and administrators are not eligible.
  • All nomination packets or online applications must include:
    • Completed nomination form
    • Letter by the nominator explaining why they feel the qualifications of the candidate meet the award criteria
    • Other details or pertinent data that might prove helpful in supporting the nomination include documentation of public or professional recognition, articles or books, and honors received.
  • An online nomination form can be found at or contact the alumni office to request a paper form be mailed to you.

Selection Process:  

  • The final determination of award recipients will be made by the Alumni Association Awards Committee and is subject to the approval of the UW-Stout Alumni Association Board of Directors. 


    The recipient is required to be present at the award event during UW-Stout’s Homecoming on Friday, October 13, 2023. They will also participate as an Honorary Marshal during the Homecoming parade on Saturday, October 14, 2023. Two nights of lodging are provided by the UW-Stout Alumni Association. The recipient will be responsible for other travel expenses and meals.