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UW-Eau Claire Commencement
Set for Dec. 15

RELEASED: Dec. 4, 2007

graduates at commencement

EAU CLAIRE — December commencement exercises for 687 students will begin at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in Zorn Arena at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Allotted tickets are available only to graduates and must be obtained at the Service Center prior to the ceremonies.

No tickets are required for a remote site broadcast of the ceremony, which may be viewed in the Davies Theatre of Davies Center. This may be a particularly attractive option for elderly guests for whom comfortable chairs and close proximity to the screen are important, as well as for those with small children. Doors to the Davies Theatre will open at 8:15 a.m. for the morning ceremony and at 12:45 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony. A live Web broadcast of the ceremonies also will be available.

Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and candidates for master's degrees will receive degrees during the 9:30 a.m. ceremony. Candidates from the College of Business, College of Education and Human Sciences, and College of Nursing and Health Sciences will receive degrees during the 2 p.m. ceremony.

A total of 660 students will receive bachelor's degrees, including 280 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 160 from the College of Business, 170 from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and 50 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Twenty-seven students will receive master's degrees.

Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will preside over the ceremony and confer the degrees. Provost and Vice Chancellor Steven Tallant will present the candidates. Deans of the colleges will present the baccalaureate diplomas. Andrew Phillips, interim dean of Graduate Studies and interim associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, and Donald Christian, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will present diplomas and hood the master's degree candidates. University Senate Chair Martin Wood will be commencement marshal. Robert Knight, chair of the department of music and theatre arts, will read the candidates' names during the presentation of diplomas. Rachel Kohn will provide signing for the hearing impaired.

Diane Postler-Slattery, president and chief operating officer of Aspirus Wausau Hospital, will deliver the "Charge to the Class." Postler-Slattery earned a bachelor of science in nursing degree from UW-Eau Claire in 1981.

David Hesse, Burnsville, Minn., a candidate for the bachelor of arts degree in psychology, will present "Reflections" at the morning ceremony in a speech titled "My Measure, My Motto, My Eau Claire Advantage."

James Hahn, Platteville, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree with a double major in Spanish and math, will present "Reflections" at the afternoon ceremony in a speech titled "Know Yourself."

Eight alumni award recipients will be recognized during the ceremonies.

Mark Fuhrmann will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, an award that recognizes distinguished service to a community, state or nation that brings credit upon the recipient and the university.

Cathy Sultan will receive the Honorary Alumnus Award, which is presented to non-alumni who have demonstrated great love of and service to UW-Eau Claire.

Patrick Dennis, a 1965 biology graduate, will receive the Lifetime Excellence Award, which is given to alumni who have demonstrated a longtime commitment to their careers and communities.

Meghan Marx, Scott Pingel and Capt. Shaun Westphal 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.

Robert Webb and Randall Wilber will receive the President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional or personal achievements or service to UW-Eau Claire.

Dennis will attend both ceremonies, Westphal will attend the afternoon ceremony, and all other recipients will receive their awards at the morning ceremony.

See a recent news release for more information on the alumni award winners and their accomplishments.

Several faculty/academic staff retirees also will be recognized during the ceremonies: Dr. Paul Kosower, professor emeritus, music and theatre arts, and Dr. Anne Utschig, professor emerita, English, will attend the morning ceremony. Attending the afternoon ceremony will be Dr. Ken De Meuse, professor emeritus, management and marketing; Timothy Petermann, assistant director of athletics emeritus; and Dr. Roger Tlusty, professor emeritus, foundations of education.

Eau Claire Brassworks, a local professional brass quintet, will provide music for the ceremony. Josef Schneider, Eau Claire, a candidate for the bachelor of arts degree in music, and Sarah Leitermann, Appleton, a candidate for the bachelor of music education degree, will lead the singing of the national anthem and the alma mater at the morning and afternoon ceremonies respectively.

A reception for graduates and guests will follow the ceremony in the Spruce-Tamarack Room of Davies Center.

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