Scott Thomas, 1988 alumnus from Jacksonville, Fla., received the Alumni Service Award; Lucas Allen Buick, 2005 alumnus from Sausalito, Calif., and Ryan Dorshorst, 2006 alumnus from San Francisco, Calif., received the UWSP Trailblazer Award; Tom Nikolai, M.D., 1952 alumnus from Marshfield, received the Lifetime Achievement Award; and former 7th District U.S. Rep.
Thomas, member of the UWSP Foundation Board and former member of the UW-Stevens Point Alumni Association Board, is honored for giving freely of his time with unpaid service that benefits UW-Stevens Point and the Alumni Association for five years or more.
created the Don Maki Scholarship in his
uncle's name to assist students studying abroad.
Thomas and his wife host annual UW-Stevens Point alumni events at their home and create distinctive opportunities for alumni to experience behind-the-scenes tours at local businesses.
received a U.S. patent for a process improving a medical device and author of several invention disclosures for medical devices.
He is also a U.S. Coast Guard instructor and honor guard member and certified Six Sigma black belt.
, a native of Central Wisconsin, is honored as an alumnus who, over the course of more than 40 years, has achieved overall greatness in any given area, professional, service or personal.
He has worked in the field of endocrinology for 34 years, treating thyroid disease and Type 1 Diabetes.
discovered and described the cause, treatment and outcome of two new thyroid diseases.
research was featured as a chapter in the book, "The Thyroid," considered the foremost authority on thyroid disease.
Nikolai served twice as president of the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation and was instrumental in establishing the clinic's development department.