UW-Eau Claire Alumni

Honorary Alumnus Award
2016 Recipients

The Honorary Alumnus Award is presented to non-alumni who have demonstrated great love of and service to UW-Eau Claire

David Baker
Dr. David Baker
 

Dr. David Baker, a UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of music, joined the university's music faculty in 1975. During his 30-year tenure at UW-Eau Claire he taught theory, composition, and music history and literature courses. Whether working with first-year theory students or juniors, seniors, and graduate students pursuing topics in analysis and music history, Baker believed in the interconnectedness of the liberal arts and routinely drew on influences from other disciplines to describe the evolution of music. As well as "how," he compelled his students to know "why," giving them the historical, cultural and philosophical framework for understanding music and its connection to the world at large. Baker also served UW-Eau Claire in several permanent and interim academic leadership positions, including graduate program director for music and department chair, a position he held until his retirement in 2005. While chair, he led the merger of the music and theatre arts departments and successfully advocated for the inclusion of dance in the newly merged department's curriculum. After retirement, Baker returned to the university to serve in interim capacities as associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, as chair of the communication and journalism department, as chair of the art and design department, and most recently as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. A southwestern Ohio native, Baker holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky and both master's and doctoral degrees in music from Florida State University. He is a composer and arranger with four large choral works, two symphonies and a variety of instrumental and vocal chamber music to his credit. Several of his choral compositions were written for and premiered at Eau Claire's First Congregational Church, where he was director of music for many years. He also recently served on the Eau Claire City Council's committee to develop an organizational structure for the Confluence Arts Center and is a trustee of the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra Foundation. In 2004, David earned recognition from the Hamilton, Ohio Public Schools for lifelong achievement in fine arts administration.

Edmund Manydeeds III
Edmund Manydeeds III
 

Edmund Manydeed III, Public service has been a decades-long practice for Edmund Manydeeds III. A trial attorney who has practiced civil law for 36 years, Manydeeds is a graduate of UW-Superior and the University of Wisconsin Law School. After first practicing law in Madison, he moved to Eau Claire to practice with the firm of Garvey, Anderson, Kelly & Ryberg. Approximately 22 years ago, he and his current partners started the firm of Richie, Guettinger & Manydeeds. "I have been fortunate to have been mentored by many of the most prominent lawyers and judges in the state," Manydeeds said. "This has resulted in a rich and fulfilling career in the law." Manydeeds also has served in several prestigious appointed positions, including on the UW System Board of Regents, to which he was appointed in 2010 by then Governor Jim Doyle. His term on the board ends this coming May. "Regent Manydeeds has been such a champion of higher education during his service on the UW System Board of Regents, and especially of UW-Eau Claire," said Mike Rindo, UW-Eau Claire assistant chancellor for facilities and university relations. "As chair of the regents' Capital Planning and Budget Committee, Regent Manydeeds has provided wise counsel and strategic insights to UW-Eau Claire over the last several years as we have developed and updated our Campus Master Plan as well as brought forth the Confluence Arts Center. We have been so grateful for his support in our efforts to be creative and collaborative in the area of facilities development." Following an appointment by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Manydeeds also has served on the Board of Attorneys Professional Responsibility (now known as the Office of Lawyer Regulation). The board is the disciplinary arm of the Supreme Court regarding complaints against lawyers for ethical violations. He also was appointed by Governor Doyle to the Committee on Judicial Selection, charged with receiving and reviewing applications, interviewing applicants and making appointment recommendations to the governor whenever a judicial seat became vacant. Manydeeds also has been an instructor in the Lawyering Skills Program of the University of Wisconsin Law School and has lectured at various civil trial seminars. /p>

Rudy Pereira
Rudy Pereira
 

Rudy Pereira, Since arriving in Eau Claire in 2011 as the new president and CEO of Royal Credit Union, Rudy Pereira has continued the credit union's longstanding involvement as a UW-Eau Claire partner and supporter. Pereira was a longtime credit union technologist and operations leader when he joined Royal Credit Union. After earning his computer science degree from California State University-Northridge, his career began in the aerospace industry and then moved to high-tech before he accepted his first management post for a large credit union in Los Angeles. He has stayed in the credit union financial services industry since, serving in roles at several credit unions ranging from manager of programing to vice president of technology to senior vice president of operations and technology. "I have been extremely fortunate in my career, and now at Royal Credit Union I have the privilege of leading an organization that is purpose and value driven and authentically makes every decision to help the member, business member and community thrive," Pereira said. Under Pereira's leadership, Royal Credit Union has continued its tradition as a supporter of university initiatives through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, including the artificial turf installment on the Carson Park football field and the renovation of Hobbs Municipal Ice Center. Most recently, Royal Credit Union made a lead gift for the construction of the Confluence Arts Center in downtown Eau Claire. Pereira also has included UW-Eau Claire among his many involvements in the community, serving as a member of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation board of directors and as chair of community relations and fundraising for the board. He also served on UW-Eau Claire's Enrollment Management Taskforce, which developed recommendations for 10-year institutional enrollment, retention and graduation goals for the university. "

Tim and Sue Rogge
Tim and Sue Rogge
 

Tim and Sue Rogge, It may surprise some that longtime Eau Claire residents Tim and Sue Rogge are not UW-Eau Claire graduates. (Tim is a graduate of Saint Louis University, and Sue is an alumna of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.) However, the many UW-Eau Claire students they have supported over the years will be the first to attest that their Blugold spirit couldn't be stronger. Since their three children grew up and moved away from Eau Claire, the Rogges have taken on self-described roles as "avid supporters of all things Blugold." They been heavily involved in supporting Blugold student-athletes, particularly in softball, volleyball and women's basketball, and also have been very involved with students through the Newman Parish at the Ecumenical Religious Center located next to campus. The Rogges take vacation time from their jobs (Tim as director of engineering at A.J. Manufacturing in Bloomer, Sue as business manager at PESI in Eau Claire) to travel with the Blugold softball team on their spring break trip each year, purchasing groceries and preparing all meals for the players and coaches during the trip. For more than 16 years, the Rogges have played an integral role in the support of Blugold student-athletes both in the stands and behind the scenes, said head Blugold women's basketball coach Tonja Englund. She noted that the couple routinely supplies snacks for the locker room after games and hosts an annual Winterim brunch for the basketball team. The Rogges also have been supporters of the women's basketball Fast Break Club for years. "Tim and Sue routinely stay after each of the games to talk with the players, and make sure the new players and those who are a long distance from home have an extended family at UWEC that cares about them," Englund said. In describing the Rogges' life-guiding philosophy, head Blugold softball coach Leslie Huntington commented, "Without a doubt, their philosophy is service. There is never a time that Tim and Sue won't make themselves and/or their home available to Blugolds in need."