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UW-Fox Valley Foundation to Honor Two 'Outstanding Alumni'

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Photo of Stephen O'Hearn City of Menasha, WI – On Tuesday night, May 21, the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley Foundation, Inc., will be honoring two former students with its annual, "Outstanding Alumni Awards." In a ceremony that's part of the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley's annual commencement ceremony, Stephen T. O'Hearn and Martin Jack Rosenblum, Ph.D., will be recognized with a presentation of personal plaques to commemorate their recognition. The commencement ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m. in the UWFox Fieldhouse.

Described as "an outstanding student, an outstanding individual," O'Hearn attended UWFox from 1978 to 1980 and was awarded the campus' "Outstanding Business Student Award." He went on to receive his B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1982 and immediately afterward joined the Milwaukee office of the prestigious accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has crafted a distinguished career with that firm and eventually represented the business in locations throughout the world.

O'Hearn achieved "Partner" status with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1994 and led the firm's Financial Services Practice in Milwaukee until 2001. From 2001 to 2004 he was the co-leader of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Insurance practice in Tokyo, Japan. In 2004 he moved to New York City to provide service to an array of distinguished clients and the lead the New York insurance practice. He is a member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Finance Committee of the International Insurance Society, an association of the world's leading global insurers. His volunteer activities have included serving on the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Finance Committee of The Newark School of the Arts, an inner-city school for children of all ages and talents in Newark, New Jersey.

While he still considers Wisconsin "home," O'Hearn currently resides in Zurich, Switzerland where he now serves as Leader of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Insurance Practice in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, a 3,000 person practice.

Rosenblum has been described as a musician, scholar, educator and poet. With over a dozen CDs of original songs and over 20 books of poetry, scholarship and criticism to his credit, Rosenblum is an established, internationally recognized singer, songwriter, poet, scholar, educator and musician.

Photo of Martin Rosenblum After attending UWFox from 1964 to 1966, he continued his studies and earned a B.S. in English with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1969. He went on to receive an M.A. in English in 1971 and a Ph.D. in English in 1980, both from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Having served UW-Milwaukee for over 30 years as a member of the faculty and administration, Rosenblum is presently Senior Lecturer at that campus' Peck School of the Arts & Music Department, where he also serves as Rock and Roll Certificate Facilitator, teaching Rock and Roll history of which, he, himself is a part.

While pursuing his musical interests and building a stellar career, Rosenblum maintained his childhood interest in all things Americana. He wrote poetry likening the motorcycle rider to the American cowboy, which resulted in the publication of, "The Holy Ranger: Harley-Davidson Poems," acclaimed as the top-selling book of poetry in America in 1989. The second volume of this project was a major label record album that received chart recognition in1991, entitled "Free Hand." His passion for Harley-Davidsons and interest in chronicling their history and culture eventually led Rosenblum to his second career as Historian for the Harley-Davison Motor Company, from which he is now retired.

Rosenblum is the recipient of two Wisconsin Area Music Industry awards, for Alternative Artist and Rock Journalist, identifying him as both artist and scholar. He has won the Shepherd Express Reader's Choice for Best Poet of the Year and was featured in Peter Jennings' ABC series, "The Century," discussing Rock and Roll History. His autobiography was published in The Contemporary American Authors Series. His distinguished career includes being a Rounder Record recording artist and the recipient of a Gibson Guitars artist endorsement.

The Foundation's "Outstanding Alumni Awards" began in May, 2008. To date, 11 UWFox alums have received the award. This distinguished group of nationally recognized professionals includes an actuary, scientists, librarians and educators, as well as a physician and several highly regarded community leaders from northeast Wisconsin.

For more information about the Foundation's "Outstanding Alumni Awards," and about the UWFox commencement ceremony, contact Dave Hager, director of University Relations at UWFox, at 920-832-2611 or email david.hager@uwc.edu.

Posted 5/17/2013