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Student Leaders, Organizations and Advisers
Recognized at Awards Ceremony

 MAILED:  March 17, 2003

EAU CLAIRE — Eight student organizations, 12 student organization advisers and 227 individual nominees were recognized at the 2003 Student Leadership Recognition Awards Ceremony at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Feb. 20.

The accomplishments of student leaders, organizations and organization advisers are celebrated at the annual campus-wide program. The ceremony began with remarks by Dr. Steve Tallant, associate vice chancellor and director of graduate studies. Kurt Mueller, vice president of Hormel Foods, addressed the assembled faculty, staff, students, friends and family with "Thoughts on Leadership."

Awards recognizing student organizations and advisers that have demonstrated distinguished service to campus and community, creative programming and involvement in the university were presented by Rick Foy, president of the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association.

Two Student Organization Awards were presented — to Circle K International, and to Kappa Delta Pi.

Providing opportunities for volunteer community service, leadership development, and close friendships, the UW-Eau Claire chapter of Circle K International has a membership of approximately 40 students. The organization has produced a series of aerobic exercise videos for the Eau Claire Senior Central, participated in the Adopt-a-Park clean-up program at Big Falls County Park, and assisted at the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp museum.

Kappa Delta Pi recognizes scholarship in education, enhances the continuous growth and leadership of diverse members, fosters inquiry and reflection on significant educational issues, and maintains a high degree of professional fellowship. The 75 members of the organization joined to enhance their liberal arts education through community service, workshops, discussions, fundraisers, professional involvement opportunities and networking in the field of education. Kappa Delta Pi arranges for members to volunteer as tutors and mentors at Roosevelt Elementary School, South Middle School, Altoona Middle School and North High School.

The Student Organization Advisor Award was presented to J. Erik Hendrickson, who chairs the department of physics and astronomy. As adviser to the Student Radio Initiative, Dr. Hendrickson encourages organization members to build on their plans and ideas and follow through with them. He attends the group's weekly meetings and, during officer elections, he articulates the qualities of each position and how they relate to "real world" experiences. One nominator succinctly stated, "We are so lucky to have him."

Four of the 227 outstanding student leaders who were nominated by faculty, staff and students received the Student Leadership Awards, also presented by Rick Foy.

Molly Bjorngjeld is a senior music therapy major from Brooklyn Park, Minn. Her most significant leadership experience at UW-Eau Claire has been that of serving as vice president, then president and co-president, of Amnesty International. These roles have enabled her to learn group dynamics, plan events, and organize activities and executive board meetings effectively. One nominator wrote, "in addition to the long-term commitments in her volunteer work, Molly has also been active in special events such as presenting a musical Christmas program at the Northern Wisconsin Center for Developmentally Disabled [and] performing in two nursing homes."

Rachel Marie Dahl, a senior music therapy major from Appleton, has been an active member of the American Music Therapy Association for Students for four years. She held every officer position before becoming president this year. One of her nominators wrote, "Rachel is a recognized leader who leads by example as well as by inspiring others to action. She is mature, very intelligent, a hard worker, and quite resourceful. Her many leadership roles include being president, president elect and historian."

Lisa Ann Hansen is an elementary and middle school education major from Spencer. She has been a member of 20 different organizations at UW-Eau Claire, and recently was one of 20 college students nationwide to be named to the All-USA College Academic First Team. Her most significant experiences have been related to her work on behalf of people with disabilities. She has spent the last two years working on a research project titled "Earth Science Teaching Materials and Techniques for the Visually Impaired."

Courtney Reynolds, from Juneau, is a sophomore majoring in political science and Spanish. As resident assistant in Governors Hall, she guides and mentors 26 individuals. One of her nominators wrote, "Courtney represents the spirit in which her responsibilities as an RA are to be performed. Courtney consistently completes her duties as a peer helper, programmer, community developer, information source, disciplinarian, and role model well beyond expectations."

The Student Leadership Recognition Awards Ceremony is sponsored annually by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association, the Offices of the Chancellor and Provost, the Dean of Students Office, University Centers and Programs, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation, and the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.

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Updated: March 17, 2003