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Commencement Ceremonies
To Be Held at UW-Eau Claire

 MAILED:  Dec. 11, 2003

EAU CLAIRE — Winter commencement exercises for 643 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held Saturday, Dec. 20, in Zorn Arena.

Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and candidates for master’s degrees will receive degrees during a 9:30 a.m. ceremony. Candidates from the College of Business and the College of Professional Studies will receive degrees during a 2 p.m. ceremony.

A remote site broadcast of the ceremony may be viewed in the Davies Theatre of Davies Center. This option is available to accommodate additional guests. Doors to the Davies Theatre will open at 8:15 a.m. for the morning ceremony and at 12:45 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony. No tickets for the remote site viewing are required.

A total of 623 students are candidates for bachelor’s degrees, 18 students are candidates for master’s degrees and two students are candidates for education specialist degrees. Of the candidates for bachelor’s degrees, 250 are from the College of Arts and Sciences, 210 are from the College of Professional Studies and 163 are from the College of Business. Candidates from the College of Professional Studies include 129 from the School of Education, 40 from the School of Human Sciences and Services and 41 from the School of Nursing.

Chancellor Donald Mash will preside over the ceremonies and confer degrees. Dr. Steven Tallant, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, will present the baccalaureate candidates, and the deans of the colleges will present the diplomas.

U.S. Sen. Russell Feingold will deliver the “Charge to the Class” at the morning ceremony, and Dr. Tamara Lindsey, associate professor of curriculum and instruction and 2003 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award, will present the “Charge to the Class” at the afternoon ceremony.

Pauline Gichiru, Kenya, a candidate for a master of science education degree in special education, will deliver the “Reflections” during the morning ceremony. Her speech is “Proud to be a Blugold.”

Virginia Kay Welle, Prairie Farm, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree in broadfield social studies teaching, will deliver the “Reflections” during the afternoon ceremony.

Retiring faculty and academic staff members to be recognized at the commencement ceremonies are Dr. Kathryn Hoehn Anderson, professor emerita, family health nursing; Dr. Douglas Hallatt, professor emeritus in the College of Business and director of the Center for Leadership; and Margaret Hallatt, associate director emerita of Housing and Residence Life.

Peter Fernholz, a 1973 graduate, and Elizabeth Difanis Phillips, a 1958 graduate, will each receive the President’s Award. Fernholz, who is unable to attend the commencement ceremonies, is research and development vice president for the food and beverage division of Ecolab, Inc., of St. Paul, and lives in Burnsville, Minn. Difanis Phillips is senior academic specialist in the department of mathematics at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich. She will receive her award at the morning ceremony.

Mark Green, a 1983 graduate, will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award at the afternoon ceremony. Congressman Green, who lives in Green Bay, represents Wisconsin’s 8th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Eau Claire native Richard D. Larson, chairman of Larson Companies, will receive the Honorary Alumnus Award at the morning ceremony.

A 1974 graduate, Randy Marten, president and chairman of the board of Marten Transport, Mondovi, will receive the Lifetime Excellence Award at the morning ceremony.

Dr. Susan M. Harrison, associate professor of mathematics and chair of the University Senate, will serve as commencement marshal. Leading the national anthem and the “University Alma Mater” during the morning ceremony will be Jacqueline Michael Cobian, River Falls, a candidate for a bachelor of music degree. Leading the national anthem during the afternoon ceremony will be Jennifer Marie Weber, Boyceville, a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree. Janine Marie Lamb, Ridgeland, a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree, will lead the “University Alma Mater” at the afternoon ceremony.
The UW-Eau Claire Wind Symphony, conducted by Dr. Richard Mark Heidel, will provide music for the ceremonies.

Paula Lentz, lecturer, department of business communication, will announce the candidates’ names during both the morning and afternoon ceremonies.

A reception for graduates and guests will follow each ceremony in the Spruce-Tamarack Room of Davies Center.


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Updated: December 11, 2003