Regina Russo Hammel ’41 Recent Graduate Award

The Regina Russo Hammel ’41 Recent Graduate Award honors a recent graduate, not more than 10 years ago, who has exhibited professional achievement and/or contributions to community life and who had demonstrated loyalty to the University.

In 1999, The Regina Hammel ’41 Outstanding Recent Graduate Award was created by Gary and Laura Hammel Dicovitsky in honor of Mrs. Dicovitsky’s mother.

2017 Award Winner

President Yam presents Recent Graduate Award to Lori PollackLori Pollack '08

In the past decade, since receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in business management from Notre Dame of Maryland University, Lori has earned two masters degrees from Johns Hopkins: a Master of Health Science in mental health with a concentration in aging populations, and a Masters in applied economics iwith a concentration in healthcare. Her academic accomplishments have led to her current role as a healthcare researcher specializing in discovering risk factors for Alzheimer's disease and related neurodegenerative diseases. 

Lori's work has been recognized around the globe and inspires her significant volunteer commitment to the Alzheimer's Association. Lori has consulted on educational programming, provided grant proposal support, collaborated with local assisted living facilities, and chaired the association's annual Memory Ball. 

In her spare time, Lori serves on the University of Maryland St. Joseph's Medical Center board of directors and is a longtime supporter of Notre Dame. We are grateful that Lori has helped raise the visibility of the Notre Dame community through her work as a trustee associate, consistent Meletia Society donor, and most of all, through engaging with fellow alumnae and alumni by sharing her own Notre Dame story. 

Past Winners

Year Winner
1999 Milda Motekaitis DeVoe ’90
2000 Theresa Giardina Wiseman ’90
2001 Theresa O’Keefe Armiger ’90, M’98
2002 Wendy Tribaldos – DePuy ’92
2003 Marianna Russell C’94
2004 Elizabeth Higgins Frost ’97
2005 Colleen Manley Sisolak ’96
2006 Roxanne Gladden Miller W’99
2007 Michelle Lizardo Kuntz ’97
2008 Veronique Gugliucciello ’98
2009 Julie Kline Rybczynski ’99
2010 Christina Hood Gray ’00, M’01
2011 Pamela Walters ’01, M’03
2012 La Vida Cooper ’03
2013 Lorna K. Hanley M'06
2014 Lauren Ackerman '08
2015 Nicole Kotulak '09 Ph.D.
2016 Monique L. Turner '03, PharmD. '15
2017 Lori Anderson Pollack '08