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Five People to Receive Awards
From UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association

RELEASED: Nov. 29, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Alumni Association will present awards to five UW-Eau Claire alumni of the university at a Dec. 16 luncheon and ceremony in conjunction with fall commencement.

"It is a pleasure and honor to recognize these individuals who have achieved so much and who are using their talents to contribute in such meaningful ways to society," said John Bachmeier, UW-Eau Claire director of alumni relations. "The university is proud to be represented by such outstanding citizens."

Dr. David and Vicky Crane
Dr. David and Vicky Crane

Dr. David and Vicky Crane will receive the Lifetime Excellence Award, which is presented to UW-Eau Claire alumni who have demonstrated longtime and successful commitment to their careers and communities. These individuals have made a positive and dramatic impact through enthusiastic dedication to service and living their lives as a testimony to UW-Eau Claire's motto, "Excellence."

David pursued pre-dental studies at UW-Eau Claire in 1962. He was awarded his D.D.S. in 1967 from the University of Minnesota and took over his maternal grandfather's dental practice in Chippewa Falls. In 2007 he will have been in practice for 40 years. He is active in the Eau Claire and Chippewa County Dental Associations and has served on the Wisconsin Board of Dental Examiners.

Concerned about energy issues, he established the Society for Conservation of Energy in the early 1970s. He recently retired from the Civil Air Patrol, a civilian-volunteer branch of the U.S. Air Force. He is an active member of the Chippewa Falls Rotary Club and was recently awarded the Four Avenues of Service Citation, the highest award bestowed on members of Rotary International.

In 1970 David and Vicky founded Dental Seminars and Symposia, LLC., providing continuing education and humanitarian programs. DSS has provided continuing health education seminars throughout the United States, led three study tours to the People's Republic of China, established five dental clinics in Nicaragua and six in Bolivia. In 2007 DSS will lead its 20th annual humanitarian and education expedition to Bolivia.

Vicky attended UW-Eau Claire as a nontraditional student and single parent. She married David in 1980 and received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology in 1981. She went on to receive a master's degree in family social science from the University of Minnesota in 1994.

Vicky has been a lecturer in the department of sociology at UW-Eau Claire for over 20 years. She has served as the president of the Wisconsin Council on Family Relations and is a member of the National Council on Family Relations.

Together David and Vicky continue to engage in humanitarian work in Nicaragua and Brazil.

Dr. Carter Wahl
Dr. Carter Wahl

Dr. Carter Wahl will receive the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award, which acknowledges special achievements and great promise of alumni who are within 15 years of their graduation from UW-Eau Claire.

While completing his medical residency, Wahl authored two books which help medical students prepare for their license exams. He has also authored a third book on pathology which was recently published.

"Dr. Wahl stands apart from his peers given he has singly authored several books that are designed to assist trainees in passing important milestone medical examinations," wrote Dr. Henry Krous, director of pathology at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, in a letter to the nominating committee. "These have and will continue to assist great numbers of young physicians facing these examinations."

Wahl graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biology from UW-Eau Claire in 1998. He went on to the Medical College of Wisconsin, graduating with a medical degree in 2002. He completed a four-year residency in pathology and is currently doing a fifth-year fellowship in surgical pathology at UCSD. In the summer of 2007, Wahl will be doing a fellowship in dermatological pathology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Lynn Frank
Lynn Frank

Lynn Frank, vice president and chief nursing officer of Luther Midelfort-Mayo Health System, will receive the President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and service to UW-Eau Claire.

Frank received a bachelor of science degree in 1969 from UW-Eau Claire's College of Nursing and Health Services. She also received a master's degree in education in professional development from the UW-Stout in 1985.

Frank has been an employee at Luther Midelfort-Mayo Health System for more than 30 years. She began her career at Luther Hospital in 1969 as a nurse in orthopedics. She went on to become head nurse of orthopedics before leaving to teach nursing at Morraine Park Technical Institute in Fond du Lac. She returned to Luther Hospital as a staff nurse in medical telemetry in 1975. She transferred to the education department and became the employee health nurse. She was selected as an assistant director of nursing in 1979 and vice president and director of nursing in 1986. As vice president, Frank established the HERS Center, which provides preventive screening procedures for breast cancer as well as other services. She also was responsible for program development of cardiac and trauma programs as well as construction of new patient care units and patient care projects.

"I have been very impressed by Lynn's open mindedness, creativity and willingness to try new ideas," said Dr. Terrance Borman, medical director of Luther Midelfort-Mayo Health System, in a letter to the nominating committee. "Lynn is an outstanding nurse manager, a tremendous asset to Luther Midelfort, and a wonderful example of a nurse executive."

Frank is also active in professional organizations, including Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the Wisconsin Organization of Nurse Executives and the Midwest Alliance in Nursing.

Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Linda Clark 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 recipients and UW-Eau Claire.

Clark graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education in 1966. She taught second grade in Illinois for three years for the Elmhurst Public Schools. For the next 15 years she was a full-time mother, raising three children. Clark set a new career course in the late 1980s. She completed a bachelor of science degree in economics and business in 1988 at UW-Eau Claire and a master's degree in economics in 1992 at the University of Minneapolis.

For the past nine years, Clark has served as manager of Xcel Energy's economic development and community service department. Prior to that, she was an associate research analyst with Northern States Power Co. and an economic development specialist with the East Side Neighborhood Development Corporation in St. Paul.

Clark also is an active community volunteer. She served for 12 years as a member of the Eau Claire Area School District's Board of Education. She is currently a board member of the Chippewa Valley Museum, the Chippewa Valley Chapter of the Red Cross and is chair of the board of directors for the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the UW-Eau Claire Materials Science Center advisory board.

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