GC Alum Earns Top Honors

Former Garrett College student Vladimir Vukovic recently was presented with the Mary Frances Warde Award during graduation ceremonies at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This is the highest honor the university bestows on a transfer student who has earned 40 or more credits with a GPA of 3.0 or above.

Named for Mary Frances Warde the founder of Sisters of Mercy in America in 1843, the award is given in recognition of a spirit of cooperation, leadership, and loyalty. Vukovic, who received his degree at Mount Mercy University in management with a minor in economics, had earned dean’s list standing and played basketball for the school’s team in the NAIA 2013 National tournament. He plans to pursue a master’s degree.

Vukovic enrolled at Garrett College in 2009 as an international student from Ruma, Siberia, to study business administration. He was named to the Dean’s List in 2010 and the Honors List in 2011. In addition, as a member of the Lakers Men’s Basketball Team he received the Coaches Award in 2011 for sportsmanship, ethics, dedication and leadership.

Head Basketball Coach Dennis Gibson praised Vukovic as an athlete and a scholar. “Vladi is a product of our men’s basketball international recruiting efforts and was a great addition to our basketball team. It is no surprise to me that he was successful at Mount Mercy based on his work ethic.  We affectionately remember him as the ‘drop and give me 5 guy’ because he did more push ups than any player in my career here.  He did push ups not for punishment, but just because he was so hard on himself to be successful.  Kudos to him and our program as an example of that success,” he said.