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Halberg Receives Excellence Award
from UW System

RELEASED: March 31, 2005

Carole Halberg
Carole Halberg

EAU CLAIRE — Carole Halberg, president of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation and special assistant to the chancellor, is the winner of the UW System's 2005 Academic Staff Regents Award for Excellence.

Halberg will receive the award — which recognizes her dedication, excellence of performance, personal interaction, initiative and creativity, and outstanding achievement — during the UW System Board of Regents' April 7-8 meeting in Madison.

"It's an honor to be recognized for doing work that I enjoy at a place that I love," Halberg said of her nearly 25-year career at UW-Eau Claire. "My greatest joy is knowing that what I do as a fundraiser and communicator makes a difference in the individual lives of our students, faculty and other people in this region."

Much of Halberg's motivation comes from her belief in the power of higher education, Chancellor Emeritus Donald Mash, now the executive senior vice president of the UW System, said in a letter nominating her for the award.

"Carole never forgets that obtaining a degree from UW-Eau Claire made a significant difference in her life and that belief seems to drive her to help provide that opportunity to others," Mash said. "Her leadership of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation and her service and support of the chancellor's work have been invaluable."

Andrew Oettinger, a 2003 UW-Eau Claire graduate and current law student at UW-Madison, said Halberg made a lasting impact on his life by helping make it possible for him to attend UW-Eau Claire and by helping him make the most of his time on campus. Oettinger received a full scholarship from UW-Eau Claire through a fund that Halberg helped establish, and he later worked in the Foundation and the Admissions offices.

"The work Carole did in securing the large endowment that I benefited from was significant, but it was the opportunities she presented to me after I arrived at the university that really allowed me to flourish," Oettinger said. "All of the successes I had at UW-Eau Claire can be traced back to the successes of the university's Foundation, headed by Carole Halberg."

Halberg deserves much credit for the success of the Foundation's first comprehensive fund-raising campaign, Mash said, noting that the campaign reached its initial goal of $35 million nearly two years ahead of schedule and was extended by two years with a new goal of $50 million.

"Five of the Foundation's six most successful fundraising years have happened during her tenure as President," Mash said of Halberg. "In each of those succeeding years, more money has been provided to the university for scholarships and grants. This past year, more than $1 million was provided for that critical support."

The campaign's success and the resources it's generating have boosted campus morale during a difficult fiscal climate, Mash said.

Halberg came to UW-Eau Claire in 1981 as the interim director of Alumni Relations. She served as special assistant to the chancellor from 1982-84, and was the director of Alumni Relations from 1984-1993. She served as director of Alumni Relations and Major Gifts from 1993-98, and was named acting president of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation and special assistant to the chancellor in 1998. In 2000, she was named president of the Foundation and special assistant to the chancellor.

"If one were asked to describe the ideal person to represent our university's interest to alumni and the public, that person would certainly be Carole," said David Baker, chair of the music and theatre arts department. "First and foremost, she is devoted to the institution, its values, traditions and people. I have never worked with anyone who is more committed to the betterment of the university as a whole and more proud of its accomplishments than Carole."

Halberg, a native of Exeland, said her best attribute is her ability to put herself in other people's shoes, ascertain what's best for them and provide it to them. "I learned that at the knees of my parents," she said. "They were involved in the hospitality business when I was a child and I watched them continually strive to succeed by giving good service to other people."

Halberg is the third UW-Eau Claire academic staff member to win the excellence award. Jim Vance, who retired in 2002 as the director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, received the award in 1998. And Katherine Schneider, who retired as a psychologist from Counseling Services in 2004, received the award in 2002.

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JB

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