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Scholarship and Artwork Honors
Memory of Business Graduate

RELEASED: Jan. 2, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — A scholarship and two paintings in Schneider Hall will honor the memory of a 2006 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire business graduate.

The Jennifer L. Alexander Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of Alexander, a finance graduate who died from a heart condition while working out near her Minneapolis home.

The gift was established through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation by Alexander's parents, Diane and Harry Alexander; her siblings, Matthew and Melissa; and her fiancé, Curtiss Mayenschein, a 2007 UW-Eau Claire graduate. Her loved ones also directed that a portion of their gifts be used to purchase two paintings as a more tangible tribute to Alexander. The paintings will be displayed in Schneider Hall, which houses the College of Business.

Senior finance major Arlen Glenn Stern II, Melrose, is the first recipient of the Jennifer L. Alexander Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is available to an outstanding junior or senior in the College of Business who has demonstrated passion for his or her field of study, has at least a 3.0 grade point average and is held in high regard by peers and faculty.

"He knows exactly what he wants after college and has already started interviewing for jobs," Diane Alexander said of Stern, whom she met at a College of Business scholarship luncheon. "He is already involved in the business world through his school activities and his job, which makes him a perfect candidate for this scholarship. Although we only spoke to him for a short time, we feel we got to know him and we're glad and honored that he was chosen to receive the first scholarship."

Stern is active in the Student Investment Management Program and was elected president of the Clear Water Fund by his peers in the program. He works at Royal Credit Union.

"It is gratifying to know that I was even considered for a scholarship such as this," said Stern, who hopes to be a financial planner. "Having met the Alexander family and heard the story of Jennifer, I realize what this scholarship represents and am thankful for the honor."

The original acrylic paintings donated in Alexander's name are by artist Kelly Meredith. The paintings — "Red Sticks/Blue Water" and "Black Mud/Red Sticks" — depict the back waters of a northern Wisconsin lake in the spring and fall. They will be displayed in the Ken and Roberta Vance Leadership Classroom, where all business students take classes.

"This is the first time someone has given money to the College of Business to purchase artwork, which is very exciting," said Gretchen Hutterli, assistant dean of the College of Business. "I wanted a Wisconsin artist. I chose Kelly's work because it is serene and beautiful. I felt many of our students could identify with the outdoor scenes she depicted. It's a wonderful, beautiful tribute to Jennifer."

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