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UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association
To Present Awards May 18
MAILED: May 10, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Alumni Association will present awards to nine alumni and friends of the university at a special luncheon and ceremony May 18.
Kaying Xiong-Vue, a 1996 elementary education graduate of UW-Eau Claire, will receive the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award, which acknowledges special achievements and great promise of alumni who are within 15 years of their graduation from UW-Eau Claire. Xiong-Vue, who also earned a master's degree in educational administration from UW-Superior, became Wisconsin's first Hmong principal when she was named principal of Eau Claire's Locust Lane Elementary School in spring 2001.
Xiong-Vue previously taught English as a second language, served as interim principal and was a first grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in Eau Claire; worked as an instructor for UW-Eau Claire's Upward Bound program; and was a guest lecturer at UW-Eau Claire.
"Kaying has overcome many obstacles since the time she, at the age of 6, and her family arrived as immigrants in the United States," said John Bachmeier, UW-Eau Claire director of alumni relations. "She is an exceptional role model for all young people, particularly young members of our Hmong community."
Charles Bauer, retired vice chancellor for business and student services at UW-Eau Claire, will receive the Honorary Alumnus Award. Bauer, who received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, served in various capacities at UW-Eau Claire from 1965, when he was recruited to be director of business affairs, until his retirement in 1999.
As the university's chief budget officer, Bauer worked many hours to involve members of the Student Senate and Finance Commission in UW-Eau Claire's financial decisions. Although he was in a non-teaching position, he was known for taking opportunities to work with students and involve them in the budget process.
"In addition to ensuring a secure financial base for UW-Eau Claire during his 34 years here, Charlie demonstrated that some of students' most important learning takes place when they apply what they learned in the classroom to real-life situations," Bachmeier said.
David and Marilyn Karlgaard will receive the Lifetime Excellence Award. The award is presented to UW-Eau Claire alumni who have demonstrated longtime and successful commitment to their career and community, who have made a positive impact through dedication to service and whose lives are a testimony to UW-Eau Claire's motto, "Excellence."
David Karlgaard graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1967 with degrees in math and physics. He went on to earn a master's degree in mathematics from Michigan State University, a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from The George Washington University, and a master of business administration degree from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He is co-founder, CEO and president of PEC Solutions Inc., an Internet technology consulting firm headquartered in Fairfax, Va., and an adjunct professor at The George Washington University. Marilyn Karlgaard attended UW-Eau Claire from 1965-68 and went on to earn a bachelor's degree from George Mason University and a master's degree from Virginia Tech. She is a retired human resource administrator. The Karlgaards live in Fairfax.
The Karlgaards recently made the largest gift ever to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation as it launched the public phase of its Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence comprehensive campaign. Their $4.5 million gift will benefit the university's computer science program.
"The Karlgaards believe passionately in our mission of excellence at UW-Eau Claire, and they have generously given of their own resources to ensure that tradition remains for future generations of students," Bachmeier said.
Steven Eisenreich will be one of four recipients of the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes distinguished service to the community, state or nation in a manner that brings credit upon the recipient and the university. Eisenreich received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from UW-Eau Claire in 1969 and went on to earn a master's degree in analytical chemistry from UW-Milwaukee and a doctorate in water chemistry from UW-Madison.
Eisenreich is a nationally known environmental scientist who directs a research group in his position as a professor of environmental sciences at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. Currently, he is on leave from Rutgers and is serving as the head of the Inland and Marine Water Unit of the Institute for Environment and Sustainability at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy.
"Dr. Eisenreich continues to conduct research that can lead to solutions to some of our most critical environmental problems and has significantly influenced U.S. environmental policy with the results of his research," Bachmeier said. "We are pleased to recognize him for his important work."
Gary Griffin also will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award. Griffin, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1982 with a degree in theatre arts and pursued graduate studies at Illinois State University, has had a 14-year theatrical directing career in Chicago.
Griffin has directed many productions in the Chicago area, taught at Northwestern University, had several of his productions moved to New York City, and directed the world premiere of the Stephen Sondheim musical, "Saturday Night." His work has been reviewed in the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal and Time magazine, and he was named one of the Chicago Tribune's "Chicagoans of the Year in the Arts" in 1997. He also has won six Joseph Jefferson Awards, the top award for theatre artists in the Chicago area.
"UW-Eau Claire is very proud to be represented by someone of Gary Griffin's artistry and accomplishment," Bachmeier said.
Corey and Lisa Keyes, who were married in 1986 while students at UW-Eau Claire, also will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award. Corey Keyes, a 1988 psychology graduate of UW-Eau Claire, went on to earn both a master's degree and a doctorate in sociology. He is an assistant professor at Emory University in Atlanta, with dual appointments in the department of sociology and the department of behavioral sciences and health education in the Rollins School of Public Health.
Corey Keyes' many publications, presentations and other professional activities are focused mainly in the fields of mental health, successful aging and positive psychology, which he has described as "the scientific study of optimal human functioning." He is a member of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Midlife Development and the Positive Psychology Network, and he has been a principal scientist for The Center on Child Well-Being, a program of the Task Force on Child Survival and Development, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Lisa Keyes graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1987 with degrees in chemistry-business and political science. She went on to earn a law degree and a master's degree in public affairs from UW-Madison, where she was senior managing editor of the Wisconsin Law Review. She is now a partner in the Atlanta, Ga., office of King & Spalding, a 700-attorney national law firm. Previously she was an associate with the law firm of Michael, Best & Friedrich in Madison.
Lisa Keyes' law practice focuses on technology transactions, including software licensing and development, as well as outsourcing. She also has been named professional development partner for King & Spalding and is responsible for attorney professional development programs in all firm offices, and she is chair of the firm's attorney development committee. Lisa Keyes also has been active in community service. She is a board member and chair of the resource development committee for Planned Parenthood of Georgia and a fund-raising volunteer with the Atlanta Women's Foundation. From 1995-97, she was president of the Dane County (Wis.) Humane Society board of directors and led the launch of a capital campaign that funded the construction of a new shelter facility.
"Corey and Lisa Keyes are two of the finest alumni representatives of UW-Eau Claire, and we are pleased to honor their accomplishments and service with the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award," Bachmeier said.
Deborah Tackmann will receive the President's Award, which recognizes unusual professional or personal achievements or service to UW-Eau Claire. Tackmann earned a master of education - professional development degree from UW-Eau Claire in 1988 and is a health education teacher at North High School in Eau Claire. She was one of 35 honorees nationwide who were saluted at Disney's 2001 American Teacher Awards ceremony.
In addition to her Disney award, Tackmann has received numerous local, state and national awards for her innovative strategies in education. She also is a keynote presenter and has given health education methods workshops to education groups across the nation. This summer, she will be a co-presenter with former Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders at the Mississippi State Health Conference in Biloxi, Miss. Their topic will be "Education in the 21st Century: Preparing Our Youth."
"Deborah is known for challenging her students to explore, learn and choose health-enhancing behaviors," Bachmeier said. "She makes her subject matter come alive for them at a critical time in their young lives."
The reception and luncheon honoring the nine award recipients will be at 11:30 a.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. The awards ceremony will follow the luncheon. For additional information or to make a reservation, call the Alumni Association at (715) 836-3266.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 10, 2002