Student Organization of the Month
Hwa Rang Do / Tae Soo Do Club
The Hwa Rang Do / Tae Soo Do Club was named Student Organization of the Month for April. Established at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1994, the organization teaches ethics and human virtue, mental concentration and self-discipline, energy development and self-defense through the arts of the Tae Soo Do and its mother art, the ancient Korean art of Hwa Rang Do.
The group offers students the chance to train in an extensive and comprehensive martial art that has been in existence for almost 2,000 years. They spread this knowledge to all community members through training and self-defense classes, offered free of charge. Featured annually at Varsity Night Live, Hwa Rang Do / Tae Soo Do is one of only two groups to be invited rather than have to audition for a spot at the popular Homecoming varsity show.
During the month of April, Hwa Rang Do / Tae Soo Do was invited to teach a seminar for a 4H leadership conference on April 6 called YELL — Youth Engaged in Learning about Leadership. Twenty-six students in grades 6 through 12 learned about the group and what it does, and why Hwa Rang Do is a great way to build leadership skills. The group taught basic movements and self-defense techniques aimed towards younger students. After presenting the most popular seminar that day, Hwa Rang Do / Tae Soo Do was asked to return next year. The group is also working in collaboration with the Eau Claire Girl Scout council to organize a series of classes for self-defense for older Girl Scouts over this summer.
As well as participating in its annual spring tournament in Madison on May 4, the Hwa Rang Do / Tae Soo Do Club is preparing for summer training and events. The group will participate in the Eau Claire Walk to Cure Diabetes in September, return to the Varsity Night Live stage during Homecoming, continue teaching monthly self-defense classes for the community, and teach at Altoona High School when the new school year begins.
Hwa Rang Do / Tae Soo Do is planning a big celebration for its 20th anniversary in 2014.
American Marketing Association
The UW-Eau Claire chapter of the American Marketing Association was named Student Organization of the Month for March. At the 35th Annual American Marketing Association International Collegiate Conference held March 21–23 in New Orleans, the group was presented with the AMA Gold Chapter Award. The award recognizes excellence in professional development, community service, fundraising, communications, chapter operations and membership activities. Only three chapters of all 327 AMA student chapters in North America are awarded this recognition annually, and this is the first time the UW-Eau Claire chapter has received this honor.
At the conference, the UW-Eau Claire chapter of AMA also finished first in the marketing strategy competition, second in the Outstanding Marketing Week Activities competition, and third in the final round of the 2013 AMA International Collegiate Case Competition.
During the month of March AMA provided marketing services to several local companies through its marketing consulting team, Affordable Integrated Marketing Solutions; supported Donate Life America by promoting organ donation through videos, events and social media; and volunteered regularly at the Ruth House, a Hope Gospel Mission initiative that helps women get the education and skills to obtain stable employment.
On April 13 AMA hosted its 31st annual Fun Run, a 5K run to benefit its chosen charitable partner, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In the coming months AMA will continue to provide Ruth House with weekly volunteers, and provide pro-bono support to Right Choice Realty, a property rental, lease and sale company located in Osseo. This will be AMA's fifth project helping local businesses with their marketing needs.
The student-run professional business organization offers students opportunities to learn essential skills and leadership to prepare for a future in business. Part of AMA's mission is to provide members with continual knowledge, motivation and the leadership skills necessary to be successful in a competitive global business environment.
AMA is advised by Dr. Scott Swanson, associate professor of marketing in the College of Business. The group was previously recognized as Student Organization of the Month in December 2010.
UW-Eau Claire Forensics
The Student Organization of the Month Award for February was presented to the UW-
Eau Claire Forensics team, a competitive speech team that fosters excellence in public speaking, competition and teamwork. The group also places a strong emphasis on positively impacting the community by actively speaking on its behalf as well as participating in many activities that directly benefit the Eau Claire community.
In February, UW-Eau Claire Forensics hosted two large tournaments, one at the high school level and one at the college level. High school students from the region were introduced to the new Davies Center at the high school forensics tournament Saturday, February 2; students from across the Midwest participated in the collegiate tournament February 9–12. In addition to doing well in the competition, UW-Eau Claire Forensics was able to raise over $300 to benefit Bolton Refuge House.
UW-Eau Claire Forensics won its 21st consecutive championship at the Wisconsin State Forensics Tournament February 15–16 at UW-Stout. The team accomplished a goal it set last fall when two of its members placed first and second in persuasion, which qualified them to represent the state of Wisconsin at the Interstate Oratory Contest in Shreveport, Louisiana. One of the oldest speech competitions in existence today, the Interstate Oratory Contest is one of two national tournaments the Forensics team will attend in April. Members hope to continue the team's tradition of competitive success by placing in the top 20 at both tournaments.
UW-Eau Claire possesses one of the longest traditions of national excellence in forensics in the nation. Founded in 1944 by Grace Walsh, UW-Eau Claire Forensics is advised by Kelly Jo Wright, senior lecturer in the communication and journalism department.