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May 12, 2011

Commencement Set for May 21, 2011; Finance Major to Speak, COB Alums to be Recognized

Commencement exercises for students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held Saturday, May 21, 2011 in the W. L. Zorn Arena.

A total of 1,216 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 554 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 283 from the College of Business, 274 from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and 105 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

A total of 108 students are master's degree candidates. Of those, 11 are from the College of Arts and Sciences, 41 are from the College of Business, 21 are from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and 35 are from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will preside over the ceremonies and confer degrees. Provost and Vice Chancellor Patricia Kleine will present the candidates. Associate Dean Robert Sutton will present the diplomas to candidates for a bachelor’s in business administration degree. Dr. Michael Wick, dean of Graduate Studies and associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Bob Sutton, associate dean of the College of Business, will present diplomas and hood the master's degree candidates.

Candidates for the master's degree in business administration will receive degrees during the 9 am ceremony. A reception immediately following the ceremony will be held for MBA graduates, their family and guests in the Davies Center Dulany Inn. For more information, contact Ms. Jan Stewart, MBA program coordinator.

Candidates for the bachelor of business administration degree will receive degrees during the 2 pm ceremony. A reception for graduates and guests will follow in the Davies Center Spruce-Tamarack Room.

Tickets, required for admission to both ceremonies, are available only to graduating students. There will be a remote-site broadcast of the ceremony in Davies Theatre and in Room 100 of Hibbard Hall. No tickets are required for the remote-site broadcast. For more information, visit the university’s 2011 commencement ceremonies website at www.uwec.edu/activities/commencement/index.htm.

James Wagner, Apple Valley, Minn., a candidate for a bachelor of business administration degree in finance, will deliver his "Reflections" speech titled "Lint in the Carpet" at the afternoon ceremony.

Seven UW-Eau Claire alumni will receive awards from the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association as part of the commencement activities. These individuals will be recognized at a special luncheon and award presentation held at 11:30 am in the Davies Center Council Fire Room.

Two alumni award recipients have connections to the College of Business:

Laureen Mc Gurk Seeger, a 1983 business administration graduate, is one of two UW-Eau Claire alumni who will receive the President’s Award. Seeger is executive vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer for McKesson Corporation. The President's Award recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements as well as service to UW-Eau Claire.

Sona Hunter Mehring, a 1983 computer science and business data processing minor, is one of three UW-Eau Claire alumni who will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award. Mehring is the founder and CEO of CaringBridge, a free, personal and private website that connects people who are experiencing a significant health challenge to their family and friends. The Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award recognizes distinguished service to the community, state or nation in a manner that brings credit upon the award recipient and UW-Eau Claire.                 

For more information about the spring alumni awards, visit the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association website at www.uwec.edu/alumni/events/calendar.htm.

Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award Recipient

Laureen Mc Gurk Seeger, 1983
Major: Business administration; Minor: History

Laureen Mc Gurk SeegerLaureen Mc Gurk Seeger is executive vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer for McKesson Corporation, a Fortune Global 500 company based in the United States that distributes health care systems, medical supplies and pharmaceutical products, and provides extensive network infrastructure for the health care industry.

As the corporation’s chief legal officer, Seeger oversees the Law Department for McKesson and its subsidiaries. Prior to her appointment in March 2006, Seeger was Vice President and General Counsel of McKesson Provider Technologies (MPT), McKesson’s health care information technology solutions business.

Prior to McKesson, Seeger was with the Atlanta law firm of Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP from 1992 to 2000, where she was Partner-In-Charge of the Technology Litigation Section, and was with the firm of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue from 1986 to 1992.

She earned a law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1986 and received a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1983.

President’s Alumni Award Recipient

Sona Hunter Mehring, 1983
Major: Computer science; Minor: business data processing

Sona Hunter MehringSona Mehring is the founder and CEO of nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization CaringBridge. She created the first CaringBridge Website in 1997. Based upon the idea of keeping friends and family informed when someone is facing a serious health event, Mehring's vision was to create a free service that would not only ease the stress of communication, but also provide a means for people to express encouragement and support to ones they love. Each website includes pictures and journal updates, as well as an online guestbook allowing all parties to stay informed without placing extra demands on hospital staff.

Before CaringBridge, Mehring was president of Beacon Point Technologies for 14 years. Prior to that she was technology director at PlanAnalytics, Inc. and an independent consultant for GMAC ResCap. She has also served as a software engineer at Apertus Technologies Inc., Unisys, Diamond Computer Solutions, and General Dynamics. An early adopter of Internet technologies, Mehring has been actively involved in development of several widely used software applications.

Mehring is frequently recognized and honored for her passion and visionary leadership. In 2010, she was named to the Twin Cities Business Magazine list of 200 Minnesotans You Should Know 2010 Twin Cities Business Superstars. In 2009, she was named one of 25 Women Industry Leaders in the Twin Cities by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. In 2008, she received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition in recognition of outstanding and invaluable service to the community. In 2006, she was recognized and highlighted by MSN as one of the nation's leading Women Working for Change and was a participant at Fortune Magazine's Most Powerful Women Summit. She's a 2006 recipient of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Alumni Excellence Award. She was a finalist for the Minnesota High Tech Association's TEKNE award in 2004, an honoree at Medica’s 2004 Speaking of Women's Health Conference, and a 2004 nominee for the Volvo for Life Award.

Mehring is a member of Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, National Health Council and the National Health Marketing Leadership Roundtable.

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