2016 Winner: Alison LaTendresse

Joy Miller, department assistant for the Department of Visual Arts; Alison LaTendresse, Associate Director of Programs and Student Affairs in the Department of Visual Arts; and Jessica Stockholder, Chair of the Department of Visual Arts


The Marlene F. Richman Award recognizes University of Chicago staff members who demonstrate the highest levels of dedication, care, and compassion in the service of students. The winner of this award exemplifies the qualities demonstrated by Marlene F. Richman during her decades of untiring effort to guide students in the articulation and achievement of their dreams, to be a true friend and leader to colleagues, and to promote students' happiness and well-being.

Numerous students nominated Alison LaTendresse, the Associate Director of Programs and Student Affairs in the Department of Visual Arts, for this award, writing that her responsive, intelligent, and kind nature has had an immeasurable impact on their experience at UChicago. Students highlighted the many selfless ways Alison shows her unwaivering support for them, be it through thoughtful responses to questions over email or in person or attending events such as open studios to show encouragement for their work.

One student wrote, “Alison is simultaneously the steady rock, holding down all the craziness that is working with professional and young emerging artists, and the soft place to land—meaning, she is the person all of the DoVA students know they can go to with any question, anytime.”