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UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association
To Present Awards Aug. 3
MAILED: July 23, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Alumni Association will present awards to four alumni and friends of the university Aug. 3 at a special luncheon and ceremony in conjunction with summer commencement.
Ronald Lund will receive the President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional or personal achievements or service to UW-Eau Claire. Lund, a 1971 mathematics and physics graduate of UW-Eau Claire, is a regional manufacturing manager with Georgia-Pacific Corp. in its containerboard and packaging division. Before joining Georgia-Pacific as regional manufacturing manager in 1999, Lund was executive vice president from 1998-99 with CEL Chemical and Supplies Inc. in Easley, S.C. He also held various positions from 1971-98 with Longview Fibre Co. in Rockford, Ill., the most recent being plant manager from 1981-98.
During his career, Lund has been an active member of TAPPI, the leading technical association for the worldwide pulp, paper and converting industry. He received TAPPI's 2001 Corrugated Containers Division Leadership Award. At Georgia-Pacific he received the Recognition of Excellence Award. Lund was ranked in the top 100 leaders of the box and carton industry by Boxboard Containers Magazine, and he has applied for a patent with other members of a team at Georgia-Pacific for a bulk box product lamination system.
Lund also is a former member of the Rockford, Ill., Rotary Club and has served on the board of directors of the Rockford Sports Coalition and the Rockford public schools Career Education Task Force. He served as president of Project Welcome Home at St. Mark Church in Rockford and was a committee chair for the Guilford High School Booster Club.
"Ron has applied his UW-Eau Claire math and physics education over the past 30-plus years to make impressive contributions in the pulp and paper industry," said John Bachmeier, UW-Eau Claire director of alumni relations. "He has also maintained a strong commitment to his hometown of Rockford through his involvement and leadership there."
Gary Bartlett will receive the Honorary Alumnus Award, presented to a non-alumnus who has demonstrated great love of and service to UW-Eau Claire. Since 1996, Bartlett has been UW-Eau Claire's coordinator of parking and transportation services and coordinator of facilities, scheduling and co-sponsored events for the department of kinesiology and athletics. Previously he was UW-Eau Claire's director of university centers from 1985-96.
"I can't think of two other university units that are more complex or bring out more passion in others than parking and athletics," wrote Marilyn Skrivseth in a letter nominating Bartlett for the award. Skrivseth is an associate professor of kinesiology and former UW-Eau Claire athletic director and chair of the kinesiology department.
"Mr. Bartlett can take pride in the role he has played in increasing the level of team spirit and cooperation that currently thrives within our department," Skrivseth wrote.
In addition to his work at UW-Eau Claire, Bartlett has been active in area causes through Indianhead Kiwanis, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Salem Baptist Church, Young Life, the Chippewa Valley Convention and Tourism Bureau board of directors and United Cerebral Palsy.
"Gary has demonstrated caring, compassion and leadership by example in his work at UW-Eau Claire," Bachmeier said. "Presenting him with this award makes official what we already know: He is a Blugold at heart."
John Certalic will be one of two 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. Certalic graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1971 with a degree in history and secondary education. He is president and founder of Hunter Midwest Inc., a Brookfield, Wis., information technology professional recruiting firm he founded in 1981.
Before founding Hunter Midwest, Certalic also taught history and English and worked as a salesperson and executive recruiter. In 1977, he earned a master's degree in educational psychology-counseling from UW-Milwaukee, which, he wrote in a letter to the alumni association, was because he learned at UW-Eau Claire "the importance of giving and extending myself to others."
Also while at UW-Eau Claire, Certalic developed an interest in church ministries and what they can accomplish. In May 2001, he organized and led a team of four people from his church on a trip to the central Asian republic of Tajikistan, which borders northern Afghanistan. The group spent about two weeks ministering to the needs of relief workers, missionaries and local Tajiks. He also made a similar trip to the West African nation of Mali in September 2000.
"John's success as a business owner and his efforts to help people in need around the globe are remarkable," Bachmeier said. "We are pleased to recognize his accomplishments with this award."
The Rev. David A. Solberg, a 1962 psychology graduate of UW-Eau Claire, also will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award. Since 1984, Solberg has been the vice president for strategic planning and development at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He was responsible for designing and employing a working model for the seminary's development program and was the key organizer of its recently completed capital campaign. The campaign raised $22.16 million for Wartburg, surpassing its goal of $18.75 million.
Solberg holds a master of divinity degree from Wartburg Theological Seminary and a doctor of ministry degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He also is a graduate of the Fund Raising School in San Rafael, Calif., and has studied with the National Planned Giving Institute in Memphis, Tenn., and at the School of Philanthropy of Indiana University. He is a frequent speaker, teacher and writer on stewardship.
Solberg is active with Rotary International and is on the board of directors of Hospice of Dubuque. He also preaches regularly as a guest pastor in the Dubuque area. Before living and working in Dubuque, he chaired the Citizen's Advisory Council for the Wisconsin Department of Social Services in Walworth County; chaired the Elkhorn ministerium; served as vice chair on the Southeastern Wisconsin Housing Corporation; and served as president of the Waverly, Iowa, Council of Churches.
"David has made a real commitment to excellence at Wartburg, and in his service to the community at large - the same commitment to excellence that is so important here at UW-Eau Claire," Bachmeier said. "He truly deserves recognition for his good work."
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: July 23, 2002