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UW-Eau Claire Faculty Member
Attends Phi Kappa Phi Workshop

RELEASED: Oct. 12, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire assistant professor represented the university at a national chapter officer training workshop for the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. UW-Eau Claire's chapter was one of 30 chapters from across the nation represented at this workshop.

Adjunct assistant professor Dr. Blake Westerlund, president of the Phi Kappa Phi chapter at UW-Eau Claire, attended the workshop Aug. 5-6 in Portland, Ore. The workshop, titled "Partnering for Success," featured advanced skill development to enhance the chapter in areas of public relations and communication, recruiting and involving faculty and professional staff, insuring chapter officer succession and continuity and increasing member participation.

"The workshop was a fine experience that encouraged collaboration among the participants during the day, and then let us explore the beauty of the city Portland in the evening," Westerlund said.

Westerlund also said it was satisfying to see how active UW-Eau Claire's chapter is in awarding student scholarships for studies abroad and within the United States.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La. It is the nation's oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society, inducting more than 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually. Officers like Westerlund donate their time and serve their chapters as volunteers.

Membership is by invitation to only the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify.

For more information on Phi Kappa Phi, visit their Web site.

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