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Gold Caps Chapter of Mortar Board
Receives Another National Award

RELEASED: Sept. 20, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire 2006-07 Mortar Board Chapter, Gold Caps, received the National Silver Torch Award at the 2007 National Mortar Board Conference held July 28-30 in Columbus, Ohio. Junior Kelly Keil, Onalaska, 2007-08 chapter vice president, accepted the award.

The award recognizes chapters that successfully meet all the chapter standards for the year. Only 28 Mortar Board chapters received this distinguished honor from more than 223 chapters nationwide. The UW-Eau Claire Chapter has received Torch Awards (silver or gold) four times in the past six years.

Last year's officers, responsible for earning the award, were president Gabrielle Siciliano, Peoria, Ariz.; vice president Lori Scardino, Waunakee; treasurer Dan Dassow, Medford; secretary David Jacobs, Green Bay; historian Meghan Rogstad, Beloit; director of communications Bree Christensen, Maple Grove, Minn.; and alumni director Amy Chartraw, Monticello, Minn. Scardino, Jacobs, Rogstad, and Christensen graduated in May 2007. Siciliano and Dassow are seniors. Paula Stuettgen, senior coordinator of student development and programs in University Centers and Programs, is the group's adviser.

The chapter also received a Project Excellence Award for their "Cooks and Books" after school enrichment class to encourage reading in a variety of ways. Food-themed books were read to elementary school children, and then student mentors helped the children cook using simple recipes. The Gold Caps chapter was one of only 24 to receive the Project Excellence Award.

Gold Caps became a campus organization at UW-Eau Claire in 1970 and was granted a national charter by Mortar Board in 1976. The purpose of Gold Caps is to promote college loyalty, to advance the spirit of service and fellowship, to promote and maintain a high standard of scholarship, and to recognize and encourage leadership. Membership is based on service, scholarship and leadership and is open to students who are currently enrolled in their fifth full-time semester, whose cumulative grade point average is within the top 35 percent of the class, and who have demonstrated leadership abilities in service to the University and/or community.

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