LA CROSSE, Wis., March 13, 2019 – Western Technical College’s Alumni Association awarded this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award to Mao Kong, a registered nurse at Gundersen Health System and a prominent domestic violence advocate in La Crosse.
Kong, of Onalaska, is a 2011 graduate of the Nursing program. She moved to the United States from a refugee camp in Thailand at age 10. Following her time at Western, Kong received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Winona State in April of 2017. During this time, she worked at Gundersen, eventually becoming the clinical manager of the Urgent Care department.
In addition to her nursing career, Kong is a strong advocate for domestic violence survivors in the La Crosse area. She has served as the Multicultural Advocate on the Domestic Abuse Reduction Team, and partnered with La Crosse Police officers in providing services to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking. She has also served as Diversity Coordinator for UW-La Crosse, Viterbo University, and Western Technical College.
“Kong’s compassion for others in need – whether it be her patients or domestic violence survivors – is an exemplary quality that represents the strong values of Western,” said Sally Emerson, alumni manager at Western. “She serves as an excellent role model for all students and alumni.”
Kong will be the keynote speaker at Western’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, April 20, and a special reception will be held in her honor prior to the ceremony.
Western’s Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes dedicated service to the community or nation, leadership, personal growth and achievement, professional achievement, and contributions to the Western district.
For more information on Western’s Alumni Association or to submit a nomination for the Distinguished Alumni Award, call 608.789.6083 or visit www.westerntc.edu/alumni-association.