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UW-Eau Claire Commencement
Set for May 19 in Zorn Arena

RELEASED: May 9, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — Spring commencement exercises for 1,206 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held Saturday, May 19, in Zorn Arena.

Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and candidates for master's degrees will receive degrees during a 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 a 2 p.m. ceremony. Live Web broadcasts of both ceremonies will be available.

A total of 1,106 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 519 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 271 from the College of Business, 225 from the College of Education and Human Sciences and 91 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

One hundred students are master's degrees candidates. Of those, 16 are from the College of Arts and Sciences, including ten students who are candidates for specialist in education degrees; 30 are from the College of Business; 29 are from the College of Education and Human Sciences; and 25 are from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Several of the master's degree candidates from the College of Business are among the most recent group of online MBA students to graduate from UW-Eau Claire. Some of these students will be coming to the campus for the first time since the university began offering its MBA program completely online in 2002. Those unable to attend can view the ceremony with their relatives and friends online.

Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will preside over the ceremonies and confer 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 L. Elaine Wendt, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, will present diplomas and hood the master's degree and specialist in education degree candidates. Susan Harrison, chair of the University Senate, will serve as commencement marshal. Robert Knight, chair of Music and Theatre Arts, will announce the candidates' names. Rachel Kohn will provide signing for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Leading the National Anthem during the morning ceremony will be C. Max Athorn, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree from Minneapolis. Leading the "University Alma Mater" at the morning ceremony will be Mark Lundin, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree from Blaine, Minn. Joanna Fulton, a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree from Janesville, will lead the National Anthem and the "University Alma Mater" in the afternoon ceremony. Eau Claire Brassworks, a brass quintet made up of UW-Eau Claire faculty, alumni, and community members, will provide music.

Dr. Randall L. Linton, president and chief executive officer of Luther Midelfort — Mayo Health System of Eau Claire, will deliver the "Charge to the Class" during the morning and afternoon ceremonies.

Several alumni will receive awards from the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Foundation.

Dr. William Klish 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." Klish received bachelor of science degrees in chemistry and biology from UW-Eau Claire in 1963 and a medical degree from what is now known as UW School of Medicine and Public Health in 1967. Currently he is director of the Center for Childhood Obesity at Texas Children's Hospital, which he helped establish; chief of the Prader-Willi Clinic at Texas Children's Hospital; and professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. He will attend the morning ceremony.

Elizabeth Flores 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. Flores graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1995 with a bachelor of science degree in Spanish and a minor in journalism. Currently she is a staff photographer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. She will attend the afternoon ceremony.

Diane Postler-Slattery will receive the President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional or personal achievements or service to UW-Eau Claire. Postler-Slattery graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a bachelor of science degree in nursing in 1981 and with a master's degree in nursing administration in 1988. She went on to earn a doctoral degree in 1995 from UW-Madison. Postler-Slattery is now president and chief operating officer of Aspirus Wausau Hospital. She will attend both morning and afternoon ceremonies.

Roger Knauf and Yoshikazu Usui will be awarded the Honorary Alumnus Award, which is presented to nonalumni who have demonstrated great love of and service to UW-Eau Claire.

Knauf is a nationally recognized expert in the field of consumer receivables and debt recovery. He has successfully started four asset recovery companies. Knauf has coached high school basketball for 20 years and is a longtime supporter of the UW-Eau Claire men's basketball program. He will attend the morning ceremony.

Usui has been a collaborator with UW-Eau Claire's teacher education program, both as a professor of social studies in the education division of Fukushima University in Japan and as president of Fukushima University. He was instrumental in establishing a partnership between the teacher education programs at UW-Eau Claire and Fukushima University. He has served as a leader in securing and implementing grants from the Japan Ministry of Education that supported cross-cultural studies of teacher education between faculty members at both universities. He will attend both the morning and afternoon ceremonies.

Visit the UW-Eau Claire Web site for more detailed information on alumni award recipients.

A number of retiring faculty and academic staff members also will be honored during the ceremony.

Mary Ellen Alea, senior lecturer emerita, English; Duane Oyen, professor emeritus, economics; Kathryn Proctor Duax, professor emerita, music and theatre arts; and Bruce Taylor, professor emeritus, English; will attend the morning ceremony. Michael Wilson, professor emeritus, accounting and finance; Lucretia Mattson, professor emerita, accounting and finance; Damian OBrien, admissions counselor emeritus, Admissions; Kenneth Schmidt, professor emeritus, curriculum and instruction; and J. Roger Selin, professor emeritus, accounting and finance will attend the afternoon ceremony. Katherine Rhoades, dean emerita, College of Education and Human Sciences, will attend both ceremonies.

Abby Czeskleba, Middleton, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree, will give the "Reflections" during the morning ceremony. Mark Lundin, a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree from Blaine, Minn., will deliver the "Reflections" during the afternoon ceremony.

A reception for graduates and guests will follow each ceremony on the Central Campus Mall. If it rains, the reception will move to the Spruce-Tamarack Room of Davies Center.

Tickets, required for admission to the morning and afternoon ceremonies, are available only to graduating students.

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