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UW-Eau Claire Student to be Honored
At Women of Color Awards Ceremony

 MAILED:  Oct. 17, 2003

EAU CLAIRE — Rachel Jo Lockett has been selected to be the University of Wisconsin -Eau Claire’s honoree at the 9th Annual Women of Color Awards ceremony and reception at UW-Stout Oct. 25.

Lockett and 14 other women representing the various UW System universities, colleges, administration and UW-Extension will receive their awards in conjunction with the 28th annual Women’s Studies Conference being held at UW-Stout Oct. 24-25.

“I feel very honored to have been recognized as an influential woman of color by UW-Eau Claire,” said Lockett, a junior from Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Lockett was the 2003 recipient of the George T. & Clayton T. Piercy Scholarship, awarded annually by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to a student who demonstrates excellence in scholastic and co-curricular achievement. She is majoring in Economics and Spanish and has earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.85.

Lockett also has received the Diversity Scholars Award and is a member of the Golden Key and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. Dr. Rose-Marie Avin, Lockett’s advisor and mentor, said she is sure that Rachel will excel in her chosen fields.

“I recognized Rachel’s strong analytical skills … and encouraged her to become an economics major,” said Avin.

Lockett is very involved on campus. She serves as Treasurer of the Black/Latino Student Association and played a key role on the planning committee for the 2002 Multicultural Student Leadership Conference that was held at UW-Eau Claire and attended by students from colleges and universities throughout the region. Mentoring and acting as resource person for prospective UW-Eau Claire students at numerous recruitment events is another important activity for Lockett and, according to academic adviser Rita Webb, ultimately played a part in her selection as a campus ambassador for 2003-04.

Barbara Stevens, assistant to the chancellor for affirmative action, said Lockett always seeks to expand her knowledge both in the classroom and through outside opportunities. She has participated in a number of ethnic events, such as the International Folk Fair and the Annual Chili feed, and she also has done volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army, and is presently serving as a big sister in the Big Brother Big Sister program.

Jesse Dixon, interim director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, said, “We have watched Rachel grow into a competent student leader over the past 3 years and can say that she demonstrates professionalism in every endeavor in which she is involved.”

“Rachel is an excellent role model for our students and it is a privilege to recognize her contributions to the UW-Eau Claire campus community by selecting her for this honor,” said Stevens.

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Updated: October 17, 2003