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UW-Eau Claire Commencement
Set for May 22

 MAILED:  May 12, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — Spring commencement exercises for 1,164 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held May 22 in Zorn Arena.

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

A total of 1,089 students are candidates for bachelor’s degrees, including 492 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 317 from the College of Business and 280 from the College of Professional Studies. Bachelor’s degree candidates from the College of Professional Studies include 157 from the School of Education, 60 from the School of Human Sciences and Services, and 63 from the School of Nursing.

Seventy-five students are master’s degrees candidates, including eight from the College of Arts and Sciences, 23 from the College of Business and 44 from the College of Professional Studies. Master’s degree candidates from the College of Professional Studies include 10 from the School of Education, 18 from the School of Human Sciences and Services, and 16 from the School of Nursing. Three students are candidates for a specialist in education degree.

Eleven of the master’s degree candidates from the College of Business are among the first group of online MBA students to graduate from UW-Eau Claire. Some of these students will be coming to the campus for the first time since the university began offering its MBA program completely online in 2002. Those unable to attend can view the ceremony with their relatives and friends online. The Web site also includes information about the program and the eleven graduates.

Chancellor Donald Mash will preside over the ceremonies and confer degrees. Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor Steven Tallant will present the candidates. Deans of the colleges will present the diplomas. Susan Harrison, chair of the University Senate, will serve as commencement marshal. Jan Larson, associate professor of communication and journalism, will announce the candidates’ names.

Leading the National Anthem during the morning ceremony will be Abby Lynn Fromader, a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree from Platteville. Amanda Lee DePons, a candidate for a bachelor of music degree from New Berlin, will lead the National Anthem during the afternoon ceremony. Leading the “University Alma Mater” at the morning ceremony will be Sarah Marie Eichen, a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree from Burnsville, Minn. Kendra Ann Sampson, a candidate for a bachelor of music degree from Cottage Grove, Minn., will lead the “University Alma Mater” in the afternoon ceremony. The UW-Eau Claire Wind Symphony, with Richard Mark Heidel, conductor, will provide music.

The Honorable Jim Doyle, Governor of the State of Wisconsin, will deliver the “Charge to the Class” during the morning ceremony. The Rev. Donald Wisner, a 2001 honorary UW-Eau Claire alumnus and pastor of the University Lutheran Church, will deliver the “Charge to the Class” during the afternoon ceremony. His speech is titled “You Can Get to Oulu from Here.”

Several alumni will receive awards at the ceremonies.

The Kell brothers of Kell Container Corp. were nominated for awards in recognition of their many contributions and shared commitment to UW-Eau Claire. John Kell, a 1973 UW-Eau Claire graduate and CEO of Kell Container, will receive the President’s Award, recognizing outstanding professional and personal achievements. Thomas Kell, president of the family business, and Michael Kell, a retired Kell officer, will receive Honorary Alumnus Awards, presented to non-alumni who have demonstrated great love of and service to UW-Eau Claire. In addition to their contributions to the Chippewa Valley as businessmen, the Kells established the Kell Container Corp. Scholarship for Faculty/Student Collaborative Research and the Kell Container Blugold Football Opportunity endowment. They also have served on the board of directors for the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

Peter Eckerline, who received his undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in business administration from UW-Eau Claire in 1982 and 1983, also will receive a President’s Award. He currently is head of the Wealth Management Group of Merrill Lynch in Wayzata, Minn., first vice president of investments and a certified financial manager and wealth management adviser. He and his team manage more than $865 million in clients’ assets. He is active in several community and service organizations and has served on the board of the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association.

James Doucette, a 1987 graduate now a history and law teacher at Franklin High School in Franklin, will receive an Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, recognizing service to the community, state or nation. Doucette received a 2003 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award in October 2003. The award, which Doucette will receive at a Milken Family Foundation Education Conference this month in Washington, D.C., was awarded to 100 outstanding educators in 47 states and carries with it a $25,000 prize. Doucette was recognized for his energetic and creative classroom style.

Claire Lang, a 1976 graduate, also will receive an Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award. Lang, who was a journalism major and broadcast minor at UW-Eau Claire, now anchors NASCAR coverage for XM Satellite-NASCAR Radio coast to coast, broadcasting from her XM Satellite studio in Charlotte, N.C. She travels the NASCAR circuit every weekend and broadcasts live from the track. She’s also editor of the Winners Magazine at Lowe’s Motor Speedway and does features on “Raceline,” a television show aired on the Outdoor Channel and affiliates around the country. Throughout her career, Lang has been active in counseling and helping young women with eating disorders.

Bradley Ryan Stoughton, a candidate for a bachelor of music degree from Ladysmith, will give the “Reflections” during the morning ceremony. His speech is titled “The First Day.” Elizabeth Jean Steward, a candidate for a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Chippewa Falls, will deliver the “Reflections” during the afternoon ceremony. Her speech is titled “A Play-by-Play of College.”

Several faculty/academic staff retirees will be recognized during the ceremonies: William P. Dunlap, professor emeritus, curriculum and instruction; Carolyn M. Hopp, associate professor emerita, mathematics; Karen A. Horan, adjunct assistant professor emerita, art & design; Caroline G. Majak, professor emerita, curriculum and instruction; Billie Earl Sparks, professor emeritus, mathematics; Dale B. Taylor, professor emeritus, allied health; Robert T. Shaw, associate professor unranked and associate dean of students emeritus, Student Development and Diversity; and Richard K. Boyum, associate professor unranked and counseling psychologist emeritus, Counseling Services.

A reception for graduates and guests will follow each ceremony on the Central Campus Mall. If it rains, the reception will move to the Spruce-Tamarack Room of Davies Center.

Tickets are required for admission to the morning and afternoon ceremonies.

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Updated: May 25, 2004