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Six UW-Eau Claire Students Honored for Leadership
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MAILED: March 18, 1997

EAU CLAIRE - Two student organizations and six students were honored during the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's annual Leadership Recognition Awards Ceremony in February.

Sixty eight individuals and nine organizations were nominated for the awards. Elmer Winters, past president of the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association, presented $100 awards to the two student organizations. Joe Mirr, president of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, presented the six students with $200.

The organizations were selected on the basis of service to campus and community, creative programming and involvement in the university. The students were selected based on leadership in the areas of dependability/dedication, creativity, resourcefulness, group interaction skills and service to others.

Receiving the organization awards were Kappa Delta Pi and the Association of Student Social Workers.

Kappa Delta Pi, which has more than 125 active student members, strives to encourage high professional, intellectual and personal standards, as well as professional growth, by honoring achievement. Also members serve the community through 11 different annual service projects. Dr. Gregory Conderman, assistant professor of special education, is the organization's adviser.

The organization bought books the Reading Partner program with the Eau Claire public schools. The book purchases have enhanced the program because they deal with Hmong culture. Many of the children in the reading program are Hmong.

The Association of Student Social Workers focuses on community service and professional development. Dr. Steven Tallant, assistant professor of social work, is the group's primary adviser.

In the area of professional development, the group has hosted guest speakers, arranged tours to enhance knowledge of specialized professional areas, and members have presented papers nationally. The intent is to increase students' familiarity with and expertise in their chosen field.

The group also is an active social service organization. Each week members deliver meals throughout the Eau Claire area on behalf of the Meals on Wheels program. Members take on individual projects such as a Halloween party for children at the Bolton Refuge House. And members organize fund-raisers so they can donate to three organizations and a single-parent family at Christmas. After joining forces with two other organizations the group led a clothing drive from inception to the distribution of the clothing. Nearly 30 Hmong families benefited from the group's efforts.

Winners of the individual awards were Carolyn Bortz, a senior special education major from Butternut; Kathryn Hickman, a senior mathematics major from Shoreview, Minn.; Zachariah Silk, a senior political science major from Wild Rose; Dawn Erdmann, a senior social work major from Appleton; Joy Harris, a senior special and elementary education major from Burnsville, Minn.; and Jason Slaikeu, a junior biology major from Cushing.

Bortz has been a Special Olympics volunteer, a one-on-one grade school tutor, a YMCA employee and a team teacher for Hmong adults. She was recently awarded the Student Council for Exceptional Children's Student Leadership Award.

Hickman has been a member of four conference championship tennis teams and was most recently captain of the tennis team. Also she was a math lab tutor, a research assistant and a professor's assistant for the mathematics department. Additionally, she has privately tutored a number of people, ranging from a learning disabled eighth-grade boy to a non-traditional college student. She has been an orientation assistant, and a volunteer, tutor, mentor, adviser and supporter of a variety of organizations and activities at UW-Eau Claire.

Silk is involved with student affairs as a member of the Student Senate Finance Commission, chair of the Environmental Affairs Committee, and an officer of the Model United Nations Club. He was selected as an International Development and Education Alliance intern, working for a regionally-based international investment research group. He recently coordinated a series of seminars that focused on modern issues in democracy.

Erdmann has been a research assistant for two years with two faculty members. She has been working on a community needs assessment research project for Eau Claire County Human Services and the United Way agency. Also, she works with the Meals on Wheels program and the annual Kinship party for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. In addition to her research assistant position, her list of responsibilities includes instructional assistant, Association of Student Social Workers president, mentor/tutor with the Hmong, and group leader of Native American Girls.

Harris is currently an active member or officer of six different organizations. Also, she is a volunteer with four community organizations. She is an active volunteer and trained educator for the Bolton Refuge House in Eau Claire, a shelter facility for victims of domestic violence.

Slaikeu is captain of the university's track and field team. He is a mentor/tutor for UW-Eau Claire's American Ethnic Coordinating Office. Also, he is a campus Ambassador for the university's Admissions office.

UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Updated: March 28, 1997