||Schofield Hall 218|
||Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004|
Senior Receives Leadership Award
for Third Consecutive Year
MAILED: Nov. 19, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- Melissa Whitmore, a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire senior and president-elect of the State Council for Exceptional Children, received the Student State Leadership Award at the SCEC conference in Milwaukee.
Whitmore, a special education major from Evansville, was the third UW-Eau Claire student to win the award in three years.
Whitmore has been involved with SCEC since 1996. As president of the Eau Claire chapter in 1996-97, she coordinated speakers, arranged service projects and fund-raising events, and ran the organization.
"I joined this organization because of my commitment to working with exceptional individuals," Whitmore said. "I have gained valuable information that is important to the field of special education and to my professional development as an educator."
In 1997, Whitmore attended the International Convention in Salt Lake city, Utah, and was elected to the International Student CEC Executive Committee. This year she is serving as president-elect of that organization, and will take over as its president in 1998-99.
On the international level, Whitmore created and updated the student Web site and coordinated a plan of action for all student Child and Youth Action Network coordinators, an organization that advocates for the rights and needs of exceptional children.
Her work at the state level included attending a state conference to lead a discussion on student leadership and to explain the SCEC's mission.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Nov. 19, 1997