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2019 Alumni Award Recipients

Alumni Awards

Nominations for 2021 Alumni Awards have closed. Any nominations submitted will be considered for 2022.

Alumni Association Awards are presented annually at Homecoming. They include the Distinguished Alumni Award; Alumni Achievement Award; Outstanding Young Alumni Award and Alumni Service Award. 

First presented in 1964, the NMU Alumni Association Awards celebrate the personal and professional achievements of NMU alumni who distinguish themselves through exceptional contributions to their profession, community, and society.


Do you know someone who should be nominated? The nomination process is quick and easy. Nominations can be submitted year-round by friends, family, faculty, and staff through the online nomination process. Nominations received by December 31 are considered for recognition the following year.

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2020 NMU Alumni Award Recipients

Steve Mariucci

Steve Mariucci '77 BS, '83 MAE

Distinguished Alumni Award

Monte Sereno, Calif.


Mariucci is an analyst with the NFL Network and former NFL head coach, spending six years with the San Francisco 49ers and three with the Detroit Lions. The Iron Mountain native led the 1975 football Wildcats to the NCAA Division II Championship before earning bachelor's and master's degrees in education. He has been a strong supporter of his hometown, NMU Athletics and the Steve Mariucci Family Beacon House in Marquette.

Per Utnegaard

Per Utnegaard '82 BS

Distinguished Alumni Award

Oberaegen, Switzerland


Utnegaard was a member of the Nordic ski team and a business major at NMU. After more than three decades as an international business executive, he now serves on four boards, including two listed companies with a presence in London, United Kingdom and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and one private equity-owned company based in Paris, France with 12 factories worldwide. Utnegaard also serves on the Swiss University Foundation, which fosters top sports in Switzerland.

Anita Mattson '02 BSAnita portrait

Alumni Achievement Award

Worcester, Mass.


As a graduate of NMU's chemistry program, Mattson serves as an organic synthetic chemist with a strong medicinal chemistry component in her research. The Marquette native is an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She oversees the Mattson Group, a laboratory conducting research to develop new molecular methods for synthesizing treatments for drug-resistant cancers. In 2017, she received a $1.7 million award from the NIH to support this work.

Amanda Rosenburg '07 BSAmanda portrait

Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Astoria, N.Y.


Rosenburg earned a psychology degree from NMU. She is a senior researcher for the Higher Education Team for Google Inc., where she is the team leader for products used by many higher education institutions, including NMU. During her relatively short career, she has conducted research and contributed to the production lines for Crayola, Hasbro, Nickelodeon, KaBOOM, DreamWorks and Sprout.  She served as a consulting researcher for the Emmy Award-winning PBS television shows Super Why! And Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood.

Greg Toutant '94 BSGreg portrait

Alumni Service Award

Negaunee, Mich.


Toutant, who earned his NMU degree in history, is the CEO of Great Lakes Recovery Centers. Under his leadership, GLRC has expanded its scope well beyond substance abuse and now provides a wide range of behavioral health services throughout the Upper Peninsula. GLRC has also received numerous honors for its community impact. Toutant is involved in a number of organizations in Negaunee and Marquette.