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Five UW-Eau Claire Graduates Will Receive Alumni Awards

RELEASED: Dec. 2, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — Five graduates of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will receive awards from the Alumni Association Dec. 20 at a luncheon and ceremony in conjunction with commencement.

"We celebrate the talent, creativity and intelligence of these individuals who represent and honor this university so well," said John Bachmeier, director of alumni relations. "The university is proud to recognize them for their personal success and for their service to others."

Terence McMahon
Terence McMahon

Terence C. McMahon will receive the Lifetime Excellence Award, which is presented to alumni who have demonstrated longtime and successful commitment to their careers and communities. Recipients have made positive and dramatic impacts through dedication to service and living their lives as a testimony to UW-Eau Claire's motto, "Excellence."

For 24 years McMahon has been involved in the industrial real estate service business with The Harrigan Co. Inc., which merged in 1997 with the Boerke Company Inc. A partner at Boerke, he also is a founder and vice chairman of Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin.

McMahon is president of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors and is a member and officer of the SIOR's Milwaukee Chapter. He also is involved in the community, serving as head coach of Nicolet High School's ski team.

"Terry McMahon is a beacon of professional, compassion and selflessness in a world and a business where those things are not always rewarded," Jerry Arntson, senior property manager, RED Management Inc. wrote in a letter nominating him for the alumni award."He is a man that recognizes where true rewards lie."

Barbara C. Lee and Barry Moullet will receive the President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and service to UW-Eau Claire.

Barbara Lee
Barbara Lee

Lee received a bachelor's degree in nursing from the College of St. Teresa in Winona, Minn., in 1971. She earned a master's degree in nursing in 1985 from UW-Eau Claire and a doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin, School of Nursing in Milwaukee.

Lee's nursing career started as a staff nurse, then a head nurse at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield. She served as assistant director of nursing at Sacred Heart Hospital for two years. In 1987, Lee became assistant director of the National Farm Medicine Center at the Marshfield Clinic. After building her research program as a behavioral scientist, she was appointed NFMC Director in 2000. For more than two decades she has focused efforts toward preventing injuries to children who live on, work on, or visit farms. She directs the federally funded National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, a program within the NFMC.

Lee has authored journal publications and numerous reports related to children and farm safety. She has chaired two major efforts to plan, then update, the national agenda for childhood agricultural injury. She also is past president of the National Institute for Farm Safety, a professional organization of engineers, educators, health professionals and other involved in agricultural safety and health. Recently she initiated the development of the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America, a farmer/rancher driven organization with a mission to proactively address ongoing and emerging occupational safety and health issues affecting U.S. agriculture at a national level.

Barry Moullet
Barry Moullet

A corporate officer and senior vice president of supply chain for Darden Restaurants Inc., Moulett's team manages more than $2.5 billion in annual capital and food products expenditures. He joined Darden Restaurants in 1996 as a senior vice president of purchasing and distribution. In 1998, he was made responsible for supplier and restaurant quality assurance activities. He became senior vice president of supply chain and development for Darden Restaurants in 2003.

Moullet has more than 20 years experience in the purchasing field, most recently with Restaurant Services Inc., a Burger King purchasing cooperative. Prior to Burger King, he was affiliated with Kentucky Fried Chicken and the Pillsbury Company.

A 1983 graduate, Moullet earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry business administration. He and his wife, Chris, have established one of the largest endowed scholarship funds at UW-Eau Claire, the Ray and Valeria Moullet Scholarship.

Virginia Janssen
Virginia Janssen

Virginia Janssen will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes distinguished service to the community, state or nation that brings credit upon the recipient and the university.

Janssen, who earned a bachelor's in medical technology in 1973, worked as a medical technologist from 1973-74 at St. Anthony's Hospital in Rockford, Ill., and from 1974-79 at Methodist Hospital in Madison. From 1979-90, she worked in pre- and post-sale training and end-user service support for laboratory information systems for Technicon T&T McFarland. From 1986-88, she worked for the AdVisory Board in Madison as a telemarketer for sales seminars and outside sales. She also worked for Life Style Service in Madison from 1980-86 and from 1988-90 as a manager of permanent placement and a vice president. From 1990-92, she was an order processing manager for the Pleasant Company. She became director of customer sales and service in 1992 and in 1998 she became a vice president of sales and service. In 1998, Pleasant Company became a subsidiary of Mattel Inc. She continued to work for Mattel and was offered the position of vice president of global consumer relations in 2007.

Janssen currently is taking time away from her career and considering a career change.

Aaron Doty
Aaron Doty

Aaron Doty 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.

Doty earned a bachelor's in music education from UW-Eau Claire in 1997 and a master's in orchestral conducting in 2005 from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He was a music and artistic director from 2000-02 for the High Point Chamber Orchestra in Madison. He was an assistant music director for the Athens String Orchestra from 2003-05 and a graduate assistant of orchestras at Ohio University from 2003-05.

Since 2005, Doty has been the orchestra personnel and operations manager for the Washington National Opera. He coordinates and oversees the day to day operations of the orchestra, serves as a liaison for the music director and all visiting conductors, coordinates orchestra auditions, serves as part of the management team during labor negotiations, works with the production department to establish the orchestra schedule, coordinates details for out-of-house events and serves on staff committee for retirement benefits among other things.

"Aaron's collegial attitude and constant attention to detail make him a valuable asset to our organization," Plácido Domingo, general director of the Washington National Opera, wrote in a letter to the nominating committee of the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association."I am so happy to have Aaron as a valued member of our team."

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