Meet your 2016 Badgers of the Year — across the nation, these alumni and friends are making a difference in their local communities, and Badger spirit shines in their service.
The Wisconsin Idea and its sense of service are more than a concept.Paula Bonner MS’78
Badger of the Year honorees are selected based on leadership in their professions, community service, and/or volunteer contributions. Since 2004, WAA chapters have proudly celebrated dozens of alumni who make positive impacts in their roles as leaders, volunteers, educators and advocates.
Paula Bonner MS’78, WAA president and chief alumni officer, says, “For many of the 420,000 living Badger grads, the Wisconsin Idea and its sense of service are more than a concept — they’re part of everyday life. When great things happen in local communities, it’s often easy to tell when Badgers like these award recipients are leading the way.”
Badger of the Year Awards are presented during local celebrations of Founders’ Day, which celebrates the first class held at the University of Wisconsin on February 5, 1849, and UW-Madison’s legacy of academic excellence.
Learn more about WAA’s awards programs, highlighting outstanding alumni achievement.
2016 Badgers of the Year
Zakowski was appointed to the Brown County Circuit Court in 2011 and was elected to a six-year term in 2012. He was appointed the Brown County district attorney in 1987 at age 30 and spent 24 years in the DA’s office before replacing Judge J. D. McKay.Via Brown County Chapter