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UW-Eau Claire Housing Program
And Leaders Receive Awards
MAILED: March 11, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Housing and Residence Life program and its leaders recently received several awards at the 2002 Wisconsin United Residence Hall Association Conference in La Crosse.
WURHA named UW-Eau Claire the Wisconsin Large School of the Year, an honor that goes to the school that has made the most significant contributions to the students in its residence life programs and has provided the most opportunities for leadership development for its organization members.
A team of UW-Eau Claire Housing and Residence Life leaders, headed by junior Mark Bulinski, Forest Lake, Minn., presented a 10-minute presentation and 25-page bid for the award titled "Turning in a BluGOLD Medal Performance."
Bulinski said he became involved in WURHA because of all of the great things UW-Eau Claire Housing and Residence Life does to promote leadership and develop the lives of campus residents. Presenting the bid was one way for Bulinski and other delegates to help UW-Eau Claire Housing and Residence Life get the recognition that they believe it deserves.
The delegation from UW-Eau Claire attending the WURHA Conference was comprised of representatives from each residence hall council, the National Residence Hall Honorary, Residence Hall Activities Board, United Hall Council and representatives from the six residence life task forces. Members of this 31-person delegation also received individual awards at the conference.
Senior Kari J. Peterson, Mound, Minn., was named the Wisconsin Communications Coordinator of the Year. Peterson serves as a representative for UW-Eau Claire Housing and Residence Life at the state, regional and national level, sharing ideas and programs from UW-Eau Claire with other housing and residence life programs around the country. She was selected from among 19 other communications coordinators for the award.
"Winning the award was kind of bittersweet for me," said Peterson. "I was really excited that I won, it made me feel that I had accomplished a lot for (UW-Eau Claire Housing and Residence Life), but I also knew that several of my close friends had also bid for this award, and they deserved it just as much as I did. I only wish they could have won the award too."
Seniors Brianna Powers, Green Bay, and Amanda Stoffregen, Coon Valley, earned top-ten program honors for their program titled "The Mandarin Game." Their 60-minute program that challenged participants to think about world peace and personal responsibility issues was one of 10 selected from 48 programs to be presented to the conference delegates.
"All in all it was an exciting annual conference," said Jodi Thesing-Ritter, assistant director of Housing and Residence Life. "We have a phenomenal group of young leaders at UW-Eau Claire!"
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Mar. 11, 2002