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Awards and scholarships to be presented at Viennese Ball

April 1, 2013

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students will receive awards and scholarships at the university's 38th annual Viennese Ball, to be held April 12-13.

Proceeds from the two-night event and donations to the Viennese Ball support awards and global study opportunities for UW-Eau Claire students. Awards recognize academic excellence, service to the music and theatre arts department, and service to the Viennese Ball through employment in Davies Center.

Reana Mitchell, a double major in German and international business, will receive the Wilhelm and Ingrid Brauner Award for international study at the University of Graz, Austria. From Pardeeville, she is the daughter of Wendy Mitchell. Named to honor the Austrian trade commissioner who helped develop the Viennese Ball, the Brauner Award recognizes outstanding academic achievement and service to UW-Eau Claire.

Two students from Graz, Austria, will receive Heinz K. Seitinger Scholarships, given to exchange students from the University of Graz to UW-Eau Claire. Karoline Deutschmann, an English and German education major, is the daughter of Karl and Sheryl Anne Deutschmann. Christiane Schoerkhuber, a psychology major, is the daughter of Johannes and Elisabeth Schoerkhuber. The scholarship is named for former Austrian trade commissioner Heinz K. Seitinger in recognition of his contributions to UW-Eau Claire's international programs.

Six students will receive Viennese Ball Senior Music scholarships, awarded for talent, academic achievement and contributions to the music and theatre arts department.

  • Derek Bruns is a music liberal arts major from Annandale, Minn., who will perform with Jazz Ensemble I at this year's Viennese Ball. His parents are Bryan and Tracy Bruns.
  • Chelsea Caldie is an applied instrumental music major from Green Bay who will perform with the University Chamber Orchestra and the University Symphony Orchestra at this year's Viennese Ball. Her parents are Thomas and Theresa Caldie.
  • Emily Klink is a vocal music performance major from Reedsburg who will be a featured vocalist with the University Symphony Orchestra at the Viennese Ball this year. Her parents are Bill Klink and Beth Hays.
  • Joseph Phillips is a choral music education major from Fond du Lac. His parents are John and Linda Phillips.
  • Philip Reilly, from Milton, is a music composition major who is performing with the Singing Statesmen and the Innocent Men at this year's Viennese Ball. His parents are Emmett and Cindy Reilly.
  • Alex Widstrand is an applied instrumental music major from Eau Claire who will perform with the University Symphony Orchestra at this year's Viennese Ball. His parents are Christopher and Cynthia Widstrand.

Kathleen Henderson was chosen to receive the Ada Bors Music Service Award, which recognizes outstanding service to the music and theatre arts department. The award is named to honor the originator and coordinator of the annual Viennese Ball through its silver anniversary year. An instrumental music major from Sheboygan, Henderson is concertmaster of the University Symphony Orchestra. Her parents are Kathleen McGinley and Jerry Henderson.

Eric Leih, a choral music education major from Merrill, will receive the Noble Statesmen Award for outstanding music leadership to the ensemble and contribution to the music and theatre arts department. Leih will perform with the Singing Statesmen at this year's Viennese Ball. He is the son of Steven and Gina Leih.

The Viennese Ball also supports additional division scholarships each year.

Five students will receive W.R. Davies Student Center Service awards, which recognize outstanding service to the Viennese Ball.

  • Carolyn Egan, from Coon Rapids, Minn., is a social work and Spanish double major. A member of the event production crew, she is the daughter of John and Sherry Egan.
  • Natalie Fiedler, from Saint Paul, Minn., is a double major in philosophy and elementary education. She is the student manager of the event production crew and is the daughter of Dan and Mary Fiedler.
  • Kristin Hennes, from Shakopee, Minn., is a student building manager who is double majoring in management and psychology. She is the daughter of Richard and Janni Hennes.
  • Gregory Hofmann, from Merrill, is a political science major. A student building manager and a member of Viennese Ball Committee, he is the son of Robert and Pamela Hofmann.
  • Joey Marek, from Maple Grove, Minn., is majoring in operations management. A student building manager, he is the son of Ken and Pam Marek.

The Annual Viennese Ball is presented by the University Centers in cooperation with the music and theatre arts department and the Center for International Education.

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