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Special Service Award

Special Service Award

For Volunteer Service to the University of Dayton

The Special Service Award is presented to an alumnus who has performed a special service or displayed exceptional diligence on behalf of the University of Dayton.  

Special Service awards are given for extended service, for successfully completing a special project or program on behalf of the University or the Alumni Association.  To be eligible, a person must be a graduate of the University of Dayton with an associate, bachelor, masters or doctoral degree.

Joaquin Hidalgo '83

Joaquin Hidalgo '83

Bachelor of Science, Marketing

Joaquin Hidalgo '83

Joaquin Hidalgo '83

Bachelor of Science, Marketing

Joaquin Hidalgo’s ’83 advice to UD students is simple:

“You’re going to work for a long time. If you work at something or somewhere you’re passionate about, then you will feel fulfilled and success will find you.”

He followed his own advice in 1990 when he left a job in technology for a career at Nike.

As a former Division I soccer player, Hidalgo found the place where his passion for sports would guide his 27-year career.

He held a dozen positions in sales, marketing and general management at Nike, starting as a regional footwear sales manager, held the position of chief marketing officer and retired as the president of Nike North America.

In 2017, Hidalgo kicked off the second chapter of his life.

Seeing parallels between what the Nike and Make-A-Wish brands enable, he joined the nonprofit’s board of directors to lead their marketing efforts to help fund the wish of every critically ill child.

“Nike is about enabling human potential through the power of sports,” Hidalgo says. “Make-A-Wish is about enabling human potential through the power of a wish.”

When not working with the foundation, he dedicates his time as a mentor to UD student athletes and visits campus to share marketing strategies with students. His philanthropy also helped build the state-of-the-art Hidalgo Lounge which benefits UD’s soccer team.


Past Recipients

Robert & Jacqueline Aumer '68
Margaret Baker '41
Richard Beach '52
John Beran '74, '79
Jerome Bishop '59
Jack R. Brown '26
Michael Bryce '74
Fr. Norbert Burns, SM '45
Gerald Bushman '25
Robert L. Butler '42
Eleanor Kelly Budic '71
Mark '72 & Mariann Callahan '73
Mary Clark '68
Suzanne Columbus '68
Robert Conger '57
Robert E. Daley '55
Walter A. DeAnna '62
Joseph & Mary Jane Duffy '56
Lawrence Eveslage, S.M. '31
Richard Finan '54
Frank Geraci '73 '77
Vicki Edwards Giambrone '81
James Gilvary '51
Frederick Grimm '49
Wilbert L. Hamm, S.M. '44
Paul Heckman '38
Mary Beth Hickey '74
T. J. Hollenkamp '37
Steven J. Junker '84
Lawrence P. Keller '67
Christopher Kerner '75
Richard & Barbara King '60
C. William & Kathleen Kinzeler '70
Raymond & Regina Kohl '50
John M. Korn '57
Edward '50 & Mary Krach
Peter Kuntz '50
Eleanor A. Kurtz '47
Robert N. Kuzmick '74
Edward Longo '57
Brian R. '79 & Renai A Lowry '75
Anthony E. Lupia '74
George Maas, Jr. '61
Dennis Marx '68
Carl H. Mayer '66
Joseph J. McLaughlin
Mary F. Minnis '79
Bette Rogge Morse '44
J.P. Nauseef '88
Betty Ann Behringer Perkins '44
Donald J. Pesce '76
Margaret E. Peters '59
Donald Polomsky '65
Al Reynolds '60
Donald Ruhl '47
R. Daniel Sadlier '70
Mary Ann Schrader '69
Marilyn Selvaggio '77
Joseph Spadaford '69
Howard ’63, ’67 and Sally ’65 Stevens
Joseph '71 & Ann Sutherland '72
Fiore Talarico '74
Ronald N. Thaman '71
Karen A. Thompson '77
Robert C. Toomb '82
Terry N. Vukcevic '71
James Weber '67
Maureen Willits '69
Donald E. (Butch) Zimmerman '58

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