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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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Spring Commencement Set For
May 18 at UW-Eau Claire 

MAILED: May 8, 2002

         EAU CLAIRE  Spring commencement exercises for 1,036 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held May 18 in Zorn Arena.
         Candidates from the College of Business and College of Professional Studies will receive degrees during a 9:30 a.m. ceremony. Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and candidates for master's degrees will receive degrees during a 2 p.m. ceremony.
         To accommodate additional guests, a remote site broadcast of the ceremony may be viewed in Davies Theatre. Doors to the theater will open at 8:15 a.m. for the morning ceremony and 12:45 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony. Tickets are not needed for the remote site viewing.
         A total of 975 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees and 61 students are candidates for master's degrees. Of the candidates for bachelor's degrees, 422 are from the College of Arts and Sciences, 281 are from the College of Professional Studies and 272 are from the College of Business. Candidates from the College of Professional Studies include 151 from the School of Education, 58 from the School of Human Sciences and Services, and 72 from the School of Nursing.
         Candidates for master's degrees include 10 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 10 from the College of Business and 41 from the College of Professional Studies. Master's degree candidates from the College of Professional Studies include eight from the School of Education, 19 from the School of Human Sciences and Services, and 14 from the School of Nursing.
         Chancellor Donald Mash will preside over the ceremonies and confer degrees. Provost Ronald Satz will present the candidates. Deans of the colleges will present the diplomas. Dr. Susan Harrison, chair of the University Senate, will serve as commencement marshal.
         Paula Lentz, lecturer in business communication, will announce the candidates' names during the morning ceremony. Robert Lopez, executive director of enrollment services/director of Admissions, will announce the candidates' names during the afternoon ceremony.
         Leading the national anthem and the "University Alma Mater" during the morning ceremony will be Meredith Sipe, a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree from Stillwater, Minn. Leading the national anthem and "University Alma Mater" in the afternoon will be Lisa Butcher, a candidate for a bachelor of music degree from Woodbury, Minn. The UW-Eau Claire Symphony Band, conducted by Rodney Hudson, will provide music.
         David Karlgaard will deliver the "Charge to the Class" at both ceremonies. His speech is titled "United in the Pursuit of Wisdom, Excellence and Character."
         Karlgaard, a 1967 UW-Eau Claire graduate, and his wife, Marilyn Karlgaard, will receive the Lifetime Excellence Award during the commencement ceremonies. The award is given to alumni who have demonstrated a commitment to their career and community, who made a positive impact through service and whose lives are testimonies to UW-Eau Claire's motto of "Excellence." David Karlgaard is co-founder, CEO and president of PEC Solutions Inc., an Internet technology consulting firm. Marilyn Karlgaard is a retired human resources administrator. The Karlgaards, who live in Fairfax, Va., recently gave $4.5 million to UW-Eau Claire, the largest gift ever given to the university.
         Brian Kevin, Oshkosh, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy, will give the "Reflections" during the morning ceremony. His speech is titled "Congratulations on Getting Lost." Cristiana Oliveira, Brazil, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree in journalism, will deliver the "Reflections," titled "The Power of Knowledge," during the afternoon ceremony.
         Steven Eisenreich, a 1969 chemistry graduate, will receive the Alumni Distinguished Service Award during the morning ceremony. The award recognizes distinguished service to the community, state or nation in a way that brings credit to the recipient and the university. A nationally known environmental scientist who directs a research group as professor of environmental sciences at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., Eisenreich currently is on leave from Rutgers to head the Inland and Marine Water Unit of the Institute for Environment and Sustainability at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Italy.
         Receiving Alumni Distinguished Service Awards during the afternoon ceremony are Gary Griffin, class of 1982; Corey Keyes, class of 1988; and Lisa Keyes, class of 1987.
         Griffin, a theatre arts graduate, has been directing theater in Chicago for 14 years. Griffin, who has had several of his productions moved to New York City, directed the world premiere of the Stephen Sondheim musical "Saturday Night." He was named one of the Chicago Tribune's "Chicagoans of the Year in the Arts" in 1997.
         Corey Keyes, a psychology graduate, is an assistant professor at Emory University in Atlanta. His work is in the area of positive psychology. He's a member of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Midlife Development, a member of the Positive Psychology Network and a scientist for The Center on Child Well-Being.
         Lisa Keyes is a partner in the Atlanta office of King & Spalding, a 700-attorney national law firm. A UW-Eau Claire graduate in chemistry-business and political science, her law practice focuses on technology transactions, including software licensing and development.
         Kaying Xiong-Vue will receive an Outstanding Recent Alumni Award during the morning ceremony. The award acknowledges special achievements and great promise of alumni within 15 years of their graduation. Xiong-Vue, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1996 with an elementary education degree, became Wisconsin's first Hmong principal when she was named principal at Locust Lane Elementary School in Eau Claire in fall 2001.
         Deborah Tackmann, who earned her master's degree from UW-Eau Claire in 1988, will receive the President's Award during the morning ceremony. The award recognizes unusual professional or personal achievements or service to UW-Eau Claire. Tackmann, a health educator at North High School in Eau Claire, was one of 35 honorees nationwide who were saluted at Disney's 2001 American Teacher Awards ceremony.
         Charles Bauer will receive the Honorary Alumni Award during the morning ceremony. Bauer, who held several budget-related positions at UW-Eau Claire from 1965-1999, was the university's chief budget officer when he retired.
         Several faculty retirees will be recognized during the ceremonies. Retirees attending the morning ceremony include Gene Decker, associate professor emeritus of allied health, and Michael Lindsey, professor emeritus of curriculum and instruction. Retirees attending afternoon commencement include Richard Behling, professor emeritus of philosophy and religious studies, and Robert Janke, associate professor emeritus of geography.
         A reception for graduates and guests will follow each ceremony on the Central Campus Mall. If it rains, the reception will move to the Spruce-Tamarack Room of Davies Center.
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Updated: May 8, 2002