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Receives Merit Award
MAILED: Oct. 27, 1998|
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Conferences on Central America is the recipient of the 1998 Award of Merit of the North Central Council of Latinamericanists.
The award, presented Oct. 16 at NCCLA's annual conference at St. Norbert College in DePere, honors demonstrated efforts by the university to bring a greater awareness of Latin American nations, peoples and cultures to the general public.
The conferences are held each year on the UW-Eau Claire campus during which ideas concerning the history, culture, politics and economics of Central America are exchanged. Speakers and presenters have included students from Central America and professors and experts from around the country.
Roma Hoff, professor emerita of foreign languages and coordinator of the conferences, said the award recognizes a group effort within the campus community to host the event at the university since 1988.
"This is a great honor for the university," Hoff said. "So many people have taken part in this from all over the university and the community."
The conferences were started in 1988 to recognize the first group of Central Americans to graduate from UW-Eau Claire. In 1986, the university received a Fulbright grant from the United States government, Central American Program for Undergraduate Scholarships, bringing students from throughout Central America to UW-Eau Claire to study and earn a degree. Starting the conferences was a way to highlight Central America, Hoff said.
In a letter written to Hoff announcing the award, Barbara Butler, communications and membership chair of the NCCLA, said the conferences at UW-Eau Claire have made the Central American world accessible to people in the Upper Midwest.
"The committee was struck by the obvious energy and enthusiasm that went into planning an excellent conference year after year," Butler said. "It has become a significant state resource for promoting awareness of Latin America."
In attendance at the awards ceremony were former conference chairman Paul Hoff, UW-Eau Claire department of foreign languages; Eugenio Piņero, UW-Eau Claire department of history; William Katra, department of foreign languages at Viterbo College; and Roma Hoff. Representing the students who have graduated from UW-Eau Claire with the CAMPUS program was Franklin Arias Real from Panama who, before settling in the Green Bay area, worked for seven years in Panama and Colombia.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Oct. 29, 1998