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UW-Eau Claire Scholarship Established in Memory
of Professor and Administrator Ronald Satz

RELEASED: June 12, 2006

Dr. Ronald N. Satz
Dr. Ronald N. Satz

EAU CLAIRE — A scholarship has been established in memory of Ronald N. Satz, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire provost and vice chancellor emeritus, who died March 7 following a long battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

The Dr. Ronald N. Satz Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a first-generation college student, immigrant to the United States or child of an immigrant, a minority or economically disadvantaged student, or a student who shows evidence of a strong commitment to social or economic justice and/or public service.

Satz retired from UW-Eau Claire in 2005 after 22 years of service as a faculty member and administrator, including six years as provost and vice chancellor from May 1999 to October 2005.

An American Indian historian with a specialty in Indian treaties and treaty rights, Satz taught history classes and continued his scholarly activities while serving in the university's administration.

When establishing the eligibility criteria for the scholarship, the family was motivated by what Satz said when delivering the August 1997 UW-Eau Claire commencement address, said his wife, Chris Satz. In that commencement address, Satz stated: "While you seek to climb up the stepladder of success in your chosen fields of endeavor … I ask that you remember to give something back in return to your families, to your communities, to society, and to humankind."

He also asked the graduates to be aware of "events taking place in [their] own communities; of children who need big brothers and big sisters; of the needs of those less well off than [themselves]; and of the prejudice and racism that confront economic, ethnic, religious, and other minorities."

"Our family's hope is that this scholarship will honor Ron's spirit by helping to provide an opportunity for higher education for first-generation college students, immigrants to the United States or children of immigrants, minority or economically disadvantaged individuals, or those committed to social and economic justice," Chris Satz said. "We also hope that it will serve as an enduring measure of our appreciation and gratitude for the role the Eau Claire community played in his life."

During his years at UW-Eau Claire, Satz held numerous administrative positions including founding dean of the College of Professional Studies, 1995-99; founding dean of the School of Human Sciences and Services, 1994-95; and dean of Graduate Studies and Research 1983-94, while concurrently serving as founding director of the Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration, 1988-95.

Satz also was a consultant of Indian history and treaty rights to several American Indian tribes and organizations, including the Native American Rights Fund, the American Indian Language and Culture Education Board of the Governor of the State of Wisconsin, and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission.

In 1998, the Wisconsin Ojibwa tribes presented Satz's award-winning book, Chippewa Treaty Rights, into evidence before the U.S. Supreme Court in the Mille Lacs Case. The case resulted in the vindication of Chippewa treaty rights.

To make a gift to the Dr. Ronald N. Satz Scholarship fund, contact the UW-Eau Claire Foundation at (715) 836-5630 or go to the Foundation Web site. Gifts will be recognized as contributions to Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's comprehensive fundraising campaign to benefit UW-Eau Claire's people and programs.

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JB

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