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Alumni Awards Inspire 2021

Diederich College of Communication Award Recipients


SvinickiCommunicator of the Year Award
Jane A. Svinicki, Jour ’77 
Milwaukee, Wis.

A friend of Jane Svinicki’s once challenged her to ask herself the same question every day: “What have I done to make the world better?” That had an impact on Jane and, since then, she has dedicated her life and career to improving the world by serving others.

Charles PierceByline Award

Charles P. Pierce, Jour ’75    
Newtonville, Mass.

Charles Pierce is innately curious. That curiosity has led him to write award-winning works of journalism for some of the country’s largest publications.

CadeProfessional Achievement Award
Denise Perry Cade, Jour ’84    
Wheaton, Ill. 

Denise Cade has climbed the ranks of several major organizations throughout her 30-year career. Now, she’s paying it forward, using her experience to improve the careers and lives of others, particularly women, and people of color.

SmithYoung Alumna of the Year Award
Jessica Thunberg Smith, Comm ’03    
Chicago, Ill. 

Jessica Thunberg Smith has been with Jascula Terman Strategic Communications for 17 years, starting as an intern and working up to her current position as senior vice president of business strategies. What keeps her there is that her work allows her to achieve her definition of success: leaving the world better than she found it.

AmorosoJames T. Tiedge Memorial Award
David A. Amoroso, Jour ’86, Grad ’91
Wauwatosa, Wis.

David Amoroso has worked in public relations for nearly 32 years — the majority of his career spent at the same agency — and he finds as much joy in his craft today as he did when he was a student.