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Susan Tietz to Receive|
MAILED: May 18, 1998|
EAU CLAIRE -- University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire alumna Susan Tietz, a tireless supporter of community service in the Chippewa Valley, is the recipient of this year's Alumni Distinguished Service Award.
The award is the highest honor given by the Alumni Association to UW-Eau Claire graduates.
Selected for the award because of her many contributions and time commitments to the community and university, Tietz, a 1971 graduate, said she is honored to receive the award because it reflects her desire to give much back to the community.
"I've always been a strong advocate of giving back to the community and university because the useful knowledge I've gained and the great education I've received have helped give me the tools to recognize the importance of giving," Tietz said.
Tietz, who graduated from the university with a degree in social welfare, is a member of more than a dozen community organizations including the Eau Claire Clear Water Kiwanis, Eau Claire Area Industrial Development Corp., UW-Eau Claire Business Advisory Council, Indian Waters Girl Scout Council and the Eau Claire Area Foundation board of directors.
"I hope I can teach by example and I hope people will recognize that it is important to not be a half member of the community, but a full member of the community," she said.
Tietz was recognized earlier this year with the 1998 Small-Business Person of the Year award from the Greater Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce. She also received the Athena Award in 1997, which recognizes individuals who support the development of businesswomen.
Owner and chief executive officer of McDonough Manufacturing, a sawmill equipment manufacturer in Eau Claire, Tietz and her sister took over the business after her father died in 1990. An employee at McDonough since she was in the ninth grade, she became sole owner in 1995. Much of what she does in the community is a reflection of what her father taught her throughout her life, Tietz said.
"He taught me just about everything I know about business today," she said. "I learned to appreciate and respect the business community I am a part of."
Chosen for the award because of her extensive involvement with the university and the Chippewa Valley, Tietz also is known for her absolute dependability, organizational skills and no-nonsense approach to her commitments to the community, said Carole Halberg, acting president of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Inc.
"She is generous with her time and sincere in her desire to work to better the community she lives in and modest about her contributions to our society," Halberg said. "She is also an effective businessperson who has proven herself capable and knowledgeable about all aspects of McDonough Manufacturing."
Along with donating time to community organizations and functions throughout the year, each semester Tietz speaks to a business communications class at UW-Eau Claire to educate graduating students on what they can expect when entering the job market.
In 1995, McDonough Manufacturing, under Tietz's direction, donated $75,000 toward the development of a communication lab for business students. Today, all presentation courses in the business communication department are taught in the lab, which is a state-of-the-art facility where students can use the latest technologies to prepare and deliver oral presentations.
Tietz said she hopes the alumni award will serve as an example for other graduates of UW-Eau Claire.
"I hope students will understand that a diploma isn't just something you hang on the wall," she said. "A diploma is something you continually draw from."
Participating in community organizations is something Tietz does to learn from others how to practice business with the best knowledge and understanding of the field.
"You never get to a point in life where you have everything," she said. "I'll always strive to reach new heights and learn things better."
Tietz will be honored during a luncheon May 23 at UW-Eau Claire.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 18, 1998