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MAILED: Dec. 12, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — Winter commencement exercises for 687 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held Saturday, Dec. 21, 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.
A remote site broadcast of the ceremony may be viewed in the Davies Theatre of Davies Center. This option is available to accommodate additional guests. Doors to the Davies Theatre will open at 8:15 a.m. for the morning ceremony and at 12:45 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony. No tickets for the remote site viewing are required.
A total of 647 students are candidates for bachelor’s degrees, and 40 students are candidates for master’s degrees. Of the candidates for bachelor’s degrees, 247 are from the College of Arts and Sciences, 214 are from the College of Professional Studies and 175 are from the College of Business. Candidates from the College of Professional Studies include 124 from the School of Education, 61 from the School of Human Sciences and Services and 40 from the School of Nursing.
Chancellor Donald Mash will preside over the ceremonies and confer degrees. Steven Tallant, associate vice chancellor and director of graduate programs, will present the candidates, and the deans of the colleges will present the diplomas.
Dr. Marie Crothers, assistant professor of psychology and recipient of the 2002 Excellence in Teaching Award, will deliver the “Charge to the Class” at both ceremonies.
Natalie Marie Strawn, Apple Valley, Minn., a candidate for a bachelor of science degree, will deliver the “Reflections” during the morning ceremony. Her speech is titled “Have a Little Faith.”
Aaron Unseth, Plato, Minn., a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree, will deliver the “Reflections,” titled “A Charlie Brown Graduation,” during the afternoon ceremony.
Retiring faculty and academic staff members to be recognized at the commencement ceremonies are Laurie Gapko, associate professor unranked emeritus, University Centers and Programs; Walter Schaffer, laboratory manager emeritus, biology; and Dr. Sally Webb, professor emerita, communication and journalism.
A 1972 graduate, Michael O’Meara, now chairman of People’s National Bank, Eau Claire, will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award. Andrea Gapko, director of the UW-Eau Claire Academic Skills Center, also will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award. She earned a bachelor’s degree in 1971 and a master’s degree in 1975.
A 1991 graduate, Thomas Bennerotte, an attorney with the Minnesota firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ceresi, and 1994 graduate Timothy Masterlark, a senior scientist with the USGS/EROS Data Center in Brandon, S.D., will each receive the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award.
John Dernbach, a 1975 graduate and professor of law at the Widener University Law School, and Tswv Fong Lor, a 1995 graduate and environmental health specialist with the city of St. Paul, will each receive the President’s Award.
Dr. Katherine Schneider, senior psychologist with UW-Eau Claire Counseling Services, and Dr. Sally Webb, professor of communication and journalism, will receive the Honorary Alumnus Award.
Dr. Susan Harrison, chair of the University Senate, will serve as commencement marshal. Leading the national anthem and the “University Alma Mater” during the morning ceremony will be Janine Brinkman, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree from New Hope, Minn. Leading the national anthem and the “University Alma Mater” during the afternoon ceremony will be Dr. Robert Knight, associate professor of music and theatre arts.
The UW-Eau Claire Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nobuyoshi Yasuda, will provide music for the ceremony.
Dr. Alan Gallaher, associate professor of communication disorders, will announce the candidates’ names during the morning ceremony. Robert Lopez, executive director of Enrollment Services and director of Admissions, will announce the candidates’ names during the afternoon ceremony.
A reception for graduates and guests will follow each ceremony in the Spruce-Tamarack Room of Davies Center.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: December 12, 2002