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Awards and Scholarships Announced
at CHASE Spring Banquet

RELEASED: April 30, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — Over 250 people gathered to attend the annual Health Care Administration/CHASE Spring Banquet, "Ready to LaunchReaching New Heights with Leadership Development," April 19 at the Plaza Hotel & Suites in Eau Claire. The banquet featured speaker Marianna Kern Grachek, president and CEO of the American College of Health Care Administrators.

The following individuals received distinguished service awards at the 2007 Spring Banquet:

Stacy Parker, executive director of Grandview Care Center in Blair, was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for her support of the Health Care Administration program at UW-Eau Claire. Parker is a CHASE board member and a frequent guest lecturer at UW-Eau Claire.

Richard Rau was the 2007 recipient of the Distinguished Service award. Rau's commitment to the advancement of the Health Care Administration program at UW-Eau Claire has been evident through his success at steering the creation of the Center for Health and Aging Services Excellence. In addition to serving as a member of the CHASE Board of Advisers, he has also been a guest lecturer for the Health Care Administration program. Rau is the president of Clement Manor in Greenfield.

Bryan Bee, a senior health care administration major from Baldwin/Woodville, received the program's Distinguished Student Award, recognizing his exceptional performance and contributions to the Health Care Administration program. Bee serves as president of the student organization ACHCA and has also worked as a research assistant with Dr. Olson and Dr. Zwygart-Stauffacher.

Many scholarships also were awarded at this year's spring banquet.

Sophomores Julianne Holt, Eagan, Minn., and Rebekah Streit, Stanley, received Golden Ventures scholarships, and sophomore Amber Boyce-Fisk, Eau Claire, received the Extendicare Foundation scholarship. Junior Jessica Remington, Scandinavia, won the John and Mary Gerberich scholarship, and senior Brittany Peterson, Lakeville, Minn., received the Gene Decker Scholarship. Junior Marie Tratnik, Racine, received a scholarship from the Wisconsin Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, and sophomore Zachary Haag, North St. Paul, Minn., received scholarships from the Wisconsin Health Care Association. Senior Kirsten Quam, Anoka, Minn., received the HCR Manor Care scholarship, and seniors Samer Abadeer, Wausau, and John Niebauer, Middleton, received scholarships from Kindred Healthcare. Junior Laura Hudack, Wisconsin Dells, was awarded the Civic Engagement Scholarship.

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