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The Wisconsin School Counselor Association has selected a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire counseling psychologist and associate professor of counseling services for the Althea Brach Counselor of the Year Post-Secondary Award.
Dr. Richard Boyum, who has worked at UW-Eau Claire since 1973, received the award at the organization's annual convention in Stevens Point Feb. 24-25.
"I'm pleased and humbled by the award in part because there are so many, many wonderful counselors in the state of Wisconsin," Boyum said. "The real honor goes to all the students over the years who have been my great teachers. They're the ones who have stimulated me to come up with new and exciting counseling practices."
Dr. Patrick J. Kennedy, director of Counseling Services, praised Boyum in his nomination. "Richard has been a strong advocate for the role of all educators in public schools in the role that they play in helping students develop both their cognitive and emotional skills.
"Like all counselors, the best reason for Richard receiving this award often goes unrecognized behind closed doors. That is to say Richard has always put the face-to-face, person-to-person component of counseling first in his work," Kennedy said. "What is most important is his commitment to helping individual students resolve their difficulties, grow and through counseling become what they are meant to be."
In addition to counseling, teaching and developing materials to publicize and enhance counseling services at UW-Eau Claire, Boyum has written more than 200 articles printed in a wide variety of publications, presented at major conferences and local organizations, given public school inservices, and served on community and university committees.
Boyum earned his doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado (Greeley), his master's degree from UW-Stout and his bachelor's degree from Luther College (Decorah, Iowa).
WSCA is an organization of 2,500 counselor educators and school counselors for kindergarten through post-secondary education.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: March 9, 2000