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UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association Presents Awards to Five Recipients

RELEASED: Dec. 5, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — Five alumni of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will receive awards from the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association Dec. 17 at a luncheon and ceremony in conjunction with fall commencement.

"It's an honor to recognize the creativity, intelligence and diligence of these people and the myriad of ways they have found to serve society," said John Bachmeier, UW-Eau Claire director of alumni relations. "The university is well represented by such talented alumni, who give so much of themselves to their communities."

David AndersonDavid Anderson, an Eau Claire attorney, will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes distinguished service to the community, state or nation in a manner that brings credit to the recipient and UW-Eau Claire.

Anderson is senior vice chairman of the board of Ruder Ware, the 11th largest law firm in Wisconsin, and is a dedicated volunteer for numerous local and state organizations. He graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1966 with a degree in economics and went on to graduate in 1969 from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He returned to Eau Claire, where he has lived and practiced law for more than 36 years.

Anderson has been a volunteer with many organizations. Among other things, he has been active with the Wisconsin Bar Association, president of the Eau Claire YMCA board of directors, president of First Lutheran Church and is currently a director on the United Way of Eau Claire board. In addition, Anderson completed two years of service as chairman of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation board, and then agreed to accept another term following the death of John Kell, the chair-elect.

In a letter to the alumni awards nominating committee, Eau Claire businessmen Dick Larson and Lee Markquart quoted Anderson as saying the reason he volunteered so much was that he "believes it is my responsibility to serve others so that our community remains a great place for others who will follow."

Alan ZimmermanAlan Zimmerman, a 1970 speech graduate of UW-Eau Claire, will receive the President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and service to UW-Eau Claire.

After working as a college professor for 15 years, Zimmerman started his own speaking, training and consulting company, Zimmerman Communi-Care Network Inc., in 1985.

During his 20-year career as a public speaker he has given more than 2,500 keynote speeches and programs nationally and internationally. In 1992, he earned the National Speakers Association's Certified Speaking Professional designation, given to the top 5 percent of all speakers nationwide. He was inducted into the Council of Peers Award for Excellence Speaker Hall of Fame by the National Speakers Association in 2003. Only five people worldwide are chosen for this award each year and has included such notables as President Ronald Reagan, General Colin Powell and Dr. Norman Vincent Peale.

Zimmerman is also one of six people in the last 30 years to be named Distinguished Faculty Member by the Institute of Management Studies, an organization that offers monthly training in 27 cities around the world.

David Larson, Patrick Rebman and Suzanne Slota will receive the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award, which acknowledges the special achievements and great promise of alumni who are within 15 years of their graduation from UW-Eau Claire.

David LarsonLarson is a 1990 UW-Eau Claire physics and mathematics graduate. He received master's and doctoral degrees in material science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A leading scientist in the area of microscopy and microanalysis, Larson works at Imago Scientific Instruments as a scientist in the atom probe applications area. He was selected as the 2005 Burton Medalist by the Microscopy Society of America. Larson has more than 100 publications and more than 10 patents granted or pending.

Rebman and Slota are the founders of the Children's Museum of Eau Claire. Together they recruited more than 600 volunteers and raised more than $2 million to construct the first phase of the museum, which opened in December 2004.

Patrick RebmanRebman is a 1995 geography graduate of UW-Eau Claire and is director of development for Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie. Prior to starting the museum, Rebman was a Peace Corps volunteer from 1996-98, working in a remote Himalayan village in Nepal. He returned from Nepal to work for Lutheran Social Services as a recreation specialist and later as a program manager overseeing three 24-hour direct care facilities. Rebman also worked in Nicaragua for the Wisconsin-Nicaragua Partnership of the Americas, where he did feasibility assessments of development projects.

Suzie SlotaSlota received her bachelor of science degree in history in 1994 from UW-Eau Claire and a master's degree in geography from UW-Madison. She is currently the executive director of the Children's Museum of Eau Claire. Slota previously worked for UW-Eau Claire as a special projects coordinator for student services and as director of alumni relations for university advancement. She also worked as an adviser, student supervisor and marketing assistant for the Wisconsin Union Travel Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and as an administrative assistant in the school of education for King Alfred's College in Winchester, England.

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