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Three UW-Eau Claire Graduate Students
Honored with Awards at WSPA Convention

RELEASED: Feb. 19, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — Three University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire graduate students recently received awards from the Wisconsin School Psychologist Association. The awards were presented at the WSPA Spring Convention held Feb. 8-9 in Stevens Point.

Graduate student Jamie Reinhardt, Plymouth/Chanhassen, Minn., received the Allard Award for her distinguished work on behalf of children. Reinhardt's award comes after many years of academic excellence. As an undergraduate at the University of California-Santa Cruz, where she earned a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in education, she received numerous honors, including College Honors and Psychology Honors. Reinhardt was also an active volunteer in the community. Tutoring first grade students was just one of the many service projects in which she was involved.

Reinhardt has continued to demonstrate her academic excellence and dedication to the community as she's pursued her graduate degree at UW-Eau Claire. For her thesis paper, Reinhardt researched the effects of the ADHD label on elementary teachers' perceptions of student academic ability. In her practicum work, Reinhardt is working on a project that monitors the reading skill development of children in Eau Claire's most economically disadvantaged schools. Reinhardt said that working in the Eau Claire Area School District has been the best experience she's had as a graduate student. In August, she earned a master of science in education degree with a cumulative GPA of 4.00. She is currently working toward an educational specialist degree.

According to Dr. Bill Frankenberger, co-director of the school psychology program, Reinhardt has been the top student in nearly every class she has taken.

"We would rate her among the top five percent of all our graduate students over the past ten years," said Frankenberger.

Graduate student Tracey Frank, Marshfield, received the Bernice Krolasik Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship award goes to an outstanding student of at least 30 years of age. Frank completed her undergraduate degree at UW-Stevens Point, where she received a number of awards, including the Senior Research Award. In addition, Frank served as a mentor in the psychology program and volunteered in her son's kindergarten class.

As a graduate assistant at UW-Eau Claire, Frank has organized a project that offers undergraduate students the opportunity to complete their service learning at Lac du Flambeau Native American Reservation. Frank said the rewarding parts of this project include learning about the Native American culture and seeing the progress the schools on the reservation are making. In addition to organizing program activities, she also has assisted in securing funding for the program. Last summer Frank earned a master of science in education degree, and she is now working towards her educational specialist degree and earning her certification as a school psychologist.

"She is an extremely motivated and intelligent individual," Frankenberger said. "She will have a positive influence on the children and families with whom she works and on the profession."

In addition to receiving their awards, both Reinhardt and Frank presented the results of their research at the WSPA convention. Reinhardt and Frank agreed that one of the highlights of the convention was learning from the research of other students and professionals.

Bob Latterman, Manistique, Mich., another UW-Eau Claire graduate student who presented at the convention, received the Outstanding Poster Award. His research examined how the side effect warnings for stimulant medication influenced teachers' attitudes toward the ADHD medication and their willingness to recommend the medication. Latterman said it was a great experience to answer questions and discuss his research with those at the conference. He is currently pursuing an educational specialist degree at Eau Claire.

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