Jefferson Awards for Public Service

2009 Recipients

2009 Annual Champion: Patricia Rizzi 

2009 Annual Jefferson Award Champion Patricia Rizzi with UT Vice President for External Affairs Larry Burns

By the time Patricia Rizzi discovered her daughter's bruises, it was too late to save her from the abusive marriage she was in. After her daughter's death, she turned her sorrow into strength by championing the domestic violence cause and educating others in the Toledo area. Read more

Jefferson Award Honoree Connie Donald with UT Vice President for External Affairs Larry BurnsConnie Donald - February

Connie Donald, an RN at UT, says love for four-legged friends inspired her to volunteer at a local shelter for more than 18 years walking dogs, cleaning kennels and more. Read more

Jefferson Award Honoree Linda Amrou with UT Vice President for External Affairs Larry BurnsLinda Amrou - March

Linda Amrou, a student at UT, says that a higher power inspires her to make the world a better place. She honors above all else faith, family and friends — in that order. Read more

Jefferson Award Honoree Barbara Kopp MillerBarbara Kopp Miller - May

Dr. Barbara Kopp Miller, director of UT's Center for Successful Aging, does a wide variety of community service. She is especially close to the geriatric community. Read more

Jefferson Award Honoree Lucas BlazejewskiLucas Blazejewski - June

In 2007, Lucas Blazejewski joined others from his fraternity to bike from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., visiting those with disabilities and mentoring them with special programs.

Jefferson Award Honoree William SchmittWilliam Schmitt - July

After being accepted into medical school at UTMC, Schmitt spent five months in Nicaragua, inspiring him to start mission trips there, providing health care with other students. Read more

Jefferson Award Honoree Sue KielczewskiSue Kielczewski - August

Sue Kielczewski, a UT account clerk, is better known as Mrs. Claus. She spreads cheer during the holiday season by reminding children of the giving spirit of Christmas. Read more

Jefferson Award Honoree Natalie Powers with UT President Lloyd JacobsNatalie Powers - September

Natalie Powers created and implemented a program called Second Chance, which helps those with minor criminal offenses expunge their record and look for employment.

Jefferson Award Honoree Mark SkopinMark Skopin - October

Mark Skopin is a co-founder of UT's chapter of Engineers Without Borders, an organization that sends students to Third World countries to use their engineering skills to provide clean water and more.

Jefferson Award Honoree Michael Miller with UT President Lloyd JacobsMichael Miller - November

While maintaining a 3.4 grade point average, Michael Miller spends hundreds of hours helping the New Alexandria Lions Club and more, also serving as chair of community service for his fraternity.

Jefferson Award Honoree Alex WiseAlex Wise - December

Alex Wise raises money and donates his time to various causes including Adopt-A-Highway, Down Syndrome Walk, canned food drives, soup kitchens, clothing drives and more.

Last Updated: 6/26/15