UW Arts and Sciences 2016 Distinguished Alumna
Former Cowgirl soccer player Katie Groke Ellis has been named the recipient of the 2016 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Alumna Award. The college honors alumni and former faculty annually.
The College of Arts and Sciences will hold a ceremony on May 7 to honor the 2016 award winners including its Merit Award winners in research, teaching, advising and the Outstanding Former Faculty member Walter G. Langlois. The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. MT in the UW Conference Center, followed by lunch at noon.
Groke Ellis is a senior associate at SE2, a Colorado-based integrated communications agency that works to change policy, opinion, and behavior. Prior to working at SE2, she was director of communications and marketing for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, as well as national program manager for The White House Project.
She played soccer for the Cowgirls from 1999-2001, under her maiden name of Katie Groke and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a B.A. in women's studies. She represented UW at the NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference in the spring of 2001 and was an Academic All-Conference and Scholar-Athlete selection during her time at UW. In July of 2003, Groke was selected as the vice-chair of the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). She earned her master's degree in public administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. She sits on the board of directors for the Arvada West High School Foundation and the Women's Lobby of Colorado.