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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
UW-Eau Claire Foundation Has
Another Outstanding Year
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MAILED: Oct. 28, 1998

EAU CLAIRE — For the second consecutive year, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation Inc. has received more than $2 million in gifts from alumni, parents and friends of the university.
Cash contributions to the Foundation totaled $2,242,261 for fiscal 1998, Foundation Chairman Joseph Mirr reported during the Foundation's 40th annual meeting Oct. 27.
As a result, the Foundation was able to turn over $1,261,763 to the university for scholarships, equipment, research and other identified needs.
These gifts came from an ever-increasing number of donors — 14,276. This number represents a 6 percent increase over 1996-97 donors. Of the total number of donors, 10,744 are alumni, a 3.3 percent increase over last year's alumni contributors. Twenty-four percent of UW-Eau Claire's total alumni population contributes financially to the foundation, and nearly 35 percent of the alumni solicited do respond by sending their gift to the university.
"These are amazing statistics — nearly twice the average giving rate for the typical public undergraduate institution," Mirr said. "People choose to support UW-Eau Claire for many reasons, not the least of which are the services the university provides to students, staff and the greater region."
UW-Eau Claire has long been known for the support it receives from its alumni, ranking as one of the leading public universities in the proportion of alumni who donate to the institution annually, said Carole Halberg, acting Foundation president.
"If there can be a unifying factor for everyone who has passed this way, it is the opportunity available here," Halberg said of UW-Eau Claire. "People like what happens to them when they come here because it benefits them. People use what they gain here in order to construct happy and worthwhile lives. And, when asked, they willingly give their time, talent and money in order to help others have the chances here — the opportunities — that will most benefit them."
Halberg noted that it's particularly satisfying that the Foundation concluded its second finest year in terms of financial support from alumni and friends during a year of great transition within the leadership of the university. The year began with Chancellor Emeritus Larry Schnack announcing his retirement, followed later by the resignation of Foundation President David Utley, the death of alumnus and longtime campus leader Chancellor Emeritus Leonard Haas, and Dr. Donald Mash's appointment as UW-Eau Claire's sixth chancellor.
"The fact that increased support comes along with such changes is a tribute to this place and to the people who come here to learn, teach, create, maintain, enhance and lead," Halberg said.
The private support received by the Foundation provides the margin of difference that makes UW-Eau Claire's attainment of excellence possible, Chancellor Mash said.
"Excellence in teaching, learning and research, and excellence in public service are our ongoing goals," Mash said. "The university has significant potential yet to be realized, and the private support we receive from our alumni and friends will be necessary to maximize our potential."
In other business the following Foundation officers were approved: Patrick Quinn, chair; Larry Weber, vice chair; Susan Tietz, secretary; John Torgerson, treasurer; and Janice Morse, Kay Magadance and Kathy Mitchell, assistant treasurers.
New first-term board members are Charles Grossklaus, Bette Wahl, Janine Wildenberg, Nancy Scobie, Marcia Van Beek and Susan Sullivan. Beginning a second three-year term are Charles Anger, Duane Dingmann, Linda Erickson, Robert Janke and Susan Tietz. Retiring outgoing board members are James Bolton Jr., Susan Bruce, Chris DeBruyckere, Barbara Fey, Dennis Heyde, Jack Mettler, Lynn Moline, John Noer and Charles Nyberg. Joseph Mirr will serve a two-year term as immediate past president.

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Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Updated: Oct. 29, 1998