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Gold Caps Chapter of Mortar Board at UW-Eau Claire Earns Silver Torch Award

RELEASED: Aug. 18, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire 2004-05 Mortar Board Chapter, Gold Caps, received the National Silver Torch Award at the 2005 National Mortar Board Conference held July 22-24 in Columbus, Ohio. The award was accepted by junior Cassandra Lawler, Mazomanie, president of Gold Caps for 2005-06.

The award recognizes chapters that successfully meet all the chapter standards for the year. Only 40 Mortar Board chapters received this distinguished honor from more than 213 chapters nationwide.

Last year's officers, responsible for earning the award, were presidents Chauncy Harris III, Eau Claire (graduated May '05), and Nicole Robinson, Buffalo, Minn.;vice presidents Kristin Olsen, Shorewood, and Jamie Lahti, Cedarburg; treasurer Ryan Prechel, Elroy; secretary Amanda C. Hill, Madison; historian Jen Lawton, Rice Lake; communications director Lindsay Duwell, West Bend; and membership director Ann Walker, Cambria. All except Harris are now seniors. Paula Stuettgen, senior coordinator of student development and programs in University Centers and Programs, is the group's adviser.

Gold Caps became a campus organization at UW-Eau Claire in 1970 and was granted a national charter by Mortar Board in 1976. The purpose of Gold Caps is to promote college loyalty, to advance the spirit of service and fellowship, to promote and maintain a high standard of scholarship, and to recognize and encourage leadership. Membership is based on service, scholarship and leadership and is open to students who are currently enrolled in their fifth full-time semester, whose cumulative grade average is within the top 35 percent of the class, and who have demonstrated leadership abilities in service to the University and/or community.

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