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UW-Eau Claire Communication
Professionals Win Awards

RELEASED: Dec. 15, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire advancement and communications staff members received nine awards at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District V conference, held Dec.10-12 in Chicago.

The nine awards were the most won by any public or private college or university in Wisconsin. UW-Eau Claire was among the top five award winning institutions in the six-state regional competition. Other institutions earning nine or more awards included Indiana University, Purdue University, the University of Cincinnati and the University of Iowa.

CASE, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the professional organization for advancement professionals at all levels who work in alumni relations, communications and development. CASE District V includes member institutions in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

"These awards represent the very best work done by advancement and communications professionals at a number of outstanding higher education institutions in six states," said UW-Eau Claire Foundation President Carole Halberg, who supervises staff in the Foundation, alumni and communications offices. "Im very happy to see the talent and the dedication of our advancement and communication teams recognized in this way."

Gold Award winners were:

  • Best Alumni/Institution Magazine category: Ann Hoffman, senior editor in the News Bureau; Sheila Pederson, senior artist in the Publications Office; and Rick Mickelson, photographer and graphics coordinator in Learning and Technology Services, for The View, UW-Eau Claire's alumni publication.
  • Teresa DeBois Exline Award for Best Practices in Communications and Marketing: Judy Berthiaume, director of the News Bureau; Ansel Brooks, artist in the Publications Office; Liz Wolf Green, communication program manager in the News Bureau; and Mickelson, for a diversity poster campaign.

Silver Award winners were:

  • Best Program in Advancement Services: Teresa Bednar, financial support specialist in the Foundation; Amy Hobbs, planned and major gifts assistant in the Foundation; Jane Larson, program assistant in the Alumni office; Caitlin Lee, gift entry support and matching gift coordinator in the Foundation; Lori Maassen, gift entry and finance supervisor in the Foundation; Michelle Olson, program assistant in the Foundation; and Vicky Petermann, director of development research and donor relations in the Foundation, for a data updating project.
  • Best Electronic Newsletter: Gretchen Hutterli, assistant dean for external affairs in the College of Business; Kou Thao, graphic designer for the College of Business; and student Christopher Newgard, for the College of Business faculty and staff newsletter.
  • Best Annual Report: Hoffman; Pederson; Mickelson; Berthiaume; Kate Hartsel, communication specialist in the News Bureau; and Jan Wisner, a writer in the News Bureau, for the Annual Report of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.
  • Excellence in News Writing: Berthiaume, for a story titled "Adolescent Bullies Move to Cyberspace."
  • Best Practices in Fundraising: UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

Bronze Award winners were:

  • Best Program in Annual Giving category: Mindy Merryfield, artist and communication specialist in the Publications office; Juliana Poquette, editor and communication specialist in the News Bureau; Kimera Way, executive director of development for the Foundation; Heidi Fisher, former director of annual giving and major gifts for the Foundation; and Mickelson, for a Flash end-of-year e-mail solicitation.
  • Best Photo Series: Candid: Mickelson for his "Stepping Up to the Plate" photo series.



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