Distinguished Alumnus Award 2011

For National or International Achievements

The Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest honor accorded by the National Alumni Association and recognizes a graduate of the University of Dayton who has earned special distinction, thereby reflecting great honor on the University of Dayton and its alumni.  

The award is given to a person who has sustained a record of accomplishment and whose reputation is widespread.  

In selecting the distinguished alumnus, special attention shall be given to the accomplishments that embody the University’s goal to participate effectively in the quest for a more perfect human society. To be eligible, a person must be a graduate of the University of Dayton with an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, and must have received the degree at least 25 years prior to being nominated for the award.  Unless there is a compelling reason to merit an exception, only one award will be given each year.


For the past year, Michele Mariscalco’s title has been associate dean for research at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. Previously, she was a professor at the Baylor College of Medicine.

But titles do not describe her work. She’s done award-winning teaching and research, but she is exceptionally good at taking what she does and what other people do and tying it all together to serve those who entrust their care to medical professionals.

One of her last projects at Baylor was to change the process of how a child with a sickle cell disease was served. Such a child comes in contact with many people — in primary care, in an emergency room, in intensive care, in an outpatient clinic. No one has a title to coordinate all that. On a committee with no name, serving without a title, Mariscalco worked with the stakeholders in the process to develop a vision, to sell it to the stakeholders’ direct reports up and down the line, to get it done — to lead and to serve.

Nominated by her colleagues, she received national recognition — the 2010 Barry A. Shapiro Memorial Award for Excellence in Critical Care Management.

Michele's Story


Michele's Acceptance Speech