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November 23, 2004

Blugold Named Rhodes Scholar
Senior Chauncy Harris among 32 Americans selected
Chauncy Harris Jr.
UW-Eau Claire student Chauncy Harris Jr., recently named a 2005 Rhodes Scholar, will be interviewed on Wisconsin Public Television's nationwide news program "Here and Now." The interview will air at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26.

Chauncy S. Harris Jr., a senior at UW-Eau Claire, is one of 32 Americans chosen as 2005 Rhodes Scholars. Harris is a geography and history major from Eau Claire.

"I was very calm and at peace with the whole process," Harris said of his reaction to being elected. "I don’t see myself as an extraordinary person but I'm motivated to do more than some of my peers. It's a love of life and a love of learning that drives me to do things."

UW-Eau Claire helped prepare him for the Rhodes program and Oxford by providing a strong curriculum, exceptional research opportunities and accessible faculty, Harris said.

"The great relationships I have with faculty helped keep me challenged and allowed me to go beyond the work and experiences that are typical of college," Harris said. "UW-Eau Claire proves that you don't have to pay $50,000 a year to get a great education."

For Chauncy Harris, becoming a Rhodes Scholar is a family tradition. Harris is named for his great uncle, a 1934 Rhodes Scholar.

Other 2005 Rhodes Scholars elected from District V — Harris's district — are students or graduates of the California Institute of Technology, the University of Chicago and Harvard.

UW-Eau Claire's combination of outstanding faculty and a dynamic living and learning environment is attracting an increasing number of high-achieving students, Chancellor Donald Mash said. "This is the kind of place that is very attractive to students who — like Chauncy — want to be highly challenged," he said.

"I'm thrilled that a UW-Eau Claire student is among those elected to be a Rhodes Scholar," Mash said. "It's a highly competitive process involving exceptional students from prestigious universities throughout the country. This is a wonderful recognition for Chauncy and for UW-Eau Claire."

Harris, a 1999 graduate of Memorial High School, has won numerous academic awards, is a leader in multiple campus organizations, is an Eagle Scout, and served as a missionary in the Mediterranean for two years, an experience that he describes as "the greatest time of my life."

Harris, 23, who plans to graduate in August 2005, is involved in numerous campus organizations, serving in leadership positions in many of them. He's currently the president of the Golden Key International Honour Society, the Mortar Board and Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society.

The Rhodes Scholars were chosen from 904 applicants, who were endorsed by 341 colleges and universities. Rhodes Scholarships provide two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England. Harris will enter Oxford in October 2005, where he hopes to study Modern Middle Eastern Studies, which he believes is the only program of its kind in the world. Full story.

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