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UW-Eau Claire to Host
Honors Conference
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MAILED: March 15, 2000

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Honors Program will host the Upper Midwest Honors Council's annual conference, titled "2000: Retrospect and Prospect," from March 30 to April 1.
UW-Eau Claire students and faculty members will deliver four of the more than 25 presentations during the conference. Dr. Ron Mickel, director of the UW-Eau Claire Honors Program, and several students, including senior Tracey Busch, Algoma, will present "Mentoring and Tutoring in an Honors Program." Freshman Laura Van Zandt, Lakeville, Minn., sophomore Jennifer Bresser, Cambria, and freshman Adam Winrich, Fall Creek, will present a poster titled "Honors 101: The English Alternative."
Junior Karen Polege, Stratford, and Dr. Jennifer Shaddock, associate professor of English, will present "Metaphors for the Turn of a Century: A Popular Culture Course." Senior Karin Frederick, Kenosha, junior Megan Carls, Hutchinson, Minn., junior Tina Naylor, Hayward, and senior Tara Tiedemann, Eau Claire, will present "An Environmental Policy for Society in the 21st Century," a discussion of an Honors Colloquium course.
Two past presidents of the National Collegiate Honors Council also will speak. Bob Spurrier, honors director and professor of political science at Oklahoma State University, will present "Getting Involved with NCHC Committees: The Benefits of National Service in Honors." Dr. Sam Schuman, chancellor of University of Minnesota-Morris, will make a luncheon presentation titled "Honors Stories."
Approximately 150 students and faculty from more than 25 colleges and universities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois and western Michigan will attend the conference.
The UW-Eau Claire Honors Program began in fall 1983 with approximately 80 students. By fall 1999 it had grown to 375 students and continues to grow each year. Mickel said there are two main reasons for the growth of this program. First, there are more students who are completing the program. Second, UW-Eau Claire has attracted more students who are eligible and interested in the Honors Program.
"The Honors Program at UW-Eau Claire is seen as a model both regionally and nationally," Mickel said. "This is because UW-Eau Claire gives presentations at the national conference and is very involved."
The Upper Midwest Honors Council 1999-2000 officers are Mickel, acting president and vice president; Steve Faux, Drake University, immediate past president; and R. S. Krishnan, North Dakota State University, executive secretary-treasurer.
The UW-Eau Claire Honors Program organization officers are Frederick, president; junior James Johnson, Lake Geneva, vice president for academic affairs; senior Brandon Richards, Chippewa Falls, vice president for social activities; senior Susan Shier, Apple Valley, Minn., vice president for special events; sophomore Tabitha Knudson, Rice Lake, vice president for public relations; Polege, secretary; and sophomore Kristin Schatt, Green Bay, treasurer.

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Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Updated: March 15, 2000