2014 – Brad Winick, MUPP ’85
Since 2004, the CUPPA Alumni Association Board of Directors has presented the Jim Marek Alumni Appreciation Award recognizing individuals or groups for their dedication to the fields of urban planning and public administration and their contributions to the development of the college's students and alumni. The recipient of the 2014 award is Brad Winick, MUPP ’85.
The development of the physical planning curriculum and the jointly sponsored City Design Center in the early 1990s created an opportunity for planners with design skills and experience to participate in educational activity. Brad was then invited to teach a studio for physical planning students. He did a wonderful job helping students learn to balance design aspirations with the practical demands of planning. Most importantly he formed relationships with many of the students that continue to this day. A few years ago a professor at CUPPA was teaching a land use class and Brad agreed to turn one of his consulting projects into a case study. He spent time meeting and preparing the documents for student use. He attended the final presentations to offer useful feedback on student work.
In recent years, Urban Planning and Policy Professor Curt Winkle invited Brad to teach physical planning studio course. Brad focused on project plans for the aging American population. The studio not only attracted students from the MUPP program, but also students from public health.
The CUPPA Alumni Association has presented the CUPPA Alumni Appreciation Award recognizing individuals or groups for their dedication to the fields of urban planning and public administration and their contributions to the development of the college's students and alumni. In November 2010, the Board of Directors of the CUPPA-AA voted unanimously to rename the award to the Jim Marek Alumni Appreciation Award honoring the former CUPPA assistant dean for student services, Jim Marek. Marek retired from his post in CUPPA on February 6, 2007 after over twenty-nine years of service to the university, its students and alumni. He unexpectedly died on August 13, 2010.