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UW-Eau Claire vice chancellor receives award from women's student affairs organization

February 20, 2012
 Beth Hellwig
Dr. Beth Hellwig
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's vice chancellor for student affairs is the recipient of a prestigious award from a national organization that supports and advocates for women working in higher education.

Dr. Beth Hellwig will receive the Dr. Zenobia Hikes Award from the NASPA Center for Scholarship, Research and Professional Development for Women (Center for Women). Hellwig will be recognized March 12 in Phoenix, Ariz., at the 2012 NASPA national conference during a reception hosted by the Center for Women, Women in Student Affairs Knowledge Community and Alice Manicur Symposium Alumnae.

The award honors NASPA members who have worked full time in students affairs for at least 10 years and who have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of women in higher education and student affairs through mentoring and professional development activities; have strong evidence of contributions to the development of students as engaged citizens and ethical leaders; and have a record of community service to the profession and locally.

"We are extremely proud of Dr. Hellwig's recognition," said UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich. "She has exemplified a commitment to developing talent and leadership skills among students, staff and faculty along with a dedication to social justice and responsibility as guiding principles for herself and all around her."

The award is named in memory of Dr. Zenobia Lawrence Hikes, who had been vice president of student affairs at Virginia Tech University. She embodied the mission of the Center for Women, working for equality of women throughout her life, according to Mary Kay Carodine, NASPA Center for Women recognition subcommittee co-chair. Hikes died in 2008.

"I am very humbled to receive this award, as Dr. Hikes was a remarkable woman who was very respected in our profession of student affairs," Hellwig said. "I'm grateful to those colleagues who nominated me for the award and honored to have been selected."

In addition to being recognized at the NASPA conference, Hellwig will receive a complimentary registration fee waiver to send a student of her choice to the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, to be held May 31-June 2 at the University of Maryland, College Park.

As UW-Eau Claire's vice chancellor for student affairs, Hellwig oversees the units of Athletics, Children's Center, Counseling Center, Dean of Students office, Housing and Residence Life, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Recreation and Sport Facilities, Student Health Service and University Centers. She also supervises the Center for Alcohol Studies and Education (CASE) and chairs the university's Comprehensive Leadership Committee.

Hellwig joined the UW-Eau Claire staff in 2008. She earned a doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley; a master's degree from Colorado State University, Fort Collins; and a bachelor's degree from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces.

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