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UW-Eau Claire Senior Receives First Martin Mogensen Education Scholarship

RELEASED: March 31, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — A senior University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire kinesiology major with a physical education emphasis is the first recipient of the Martin Mogensen Education Scholarship.

Jeremy Clements, of Stoddard, received the award which was given in memory of Martin Mogensen, a 1952 UW-Eau Claire alumnus and long-time teacher and school administrator.

The scholarship was established by Marti Mogensen and Margaret Nelson Brinkhouse in memory of their father, who became one of the first victims of school shootings in this country when, at 46, he was killed by a student in the Tomah school where he served as principal.

"I was greatly honored to receive the scholarship," Clements said. "It was nice to be recognized for all of the hard work that I've done inside and outside of the classroom. It's awesome that the Mogensen family decided to start this scholarship fund as there are many other deserving students within the College of Education and Human Sciences that will receive this honor in the future. I can't think of a better way for the daughters of Martin Mogensen to honor their father than to give this scholarship to much deserving future educators."

The scholarship is given to an undergraduate education major who has attained a high level of scholarship and who shows promise for becoming a successful career teacher. To be eligible for the scholarship the student must be from Wisconsin, have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and be a full-time student. Students who are parents are given special consideration.

Clements will teach physical and health education as a student teacher at a high school in New Zealand for 10 weeks this fall. He is putting together a program that will allow students in New Zealand to communicate with Eau Claire high school students via a Web site. Using Web technology, the New Zealand and Eau Claire classes will take part in a one-week physical fitness challenge that will culminate in students sharing cultural physical activities specific to each nation.

In addition to his studies, Clements has been involved in faculty-student research with Dr. Donald Bredle, associate professor of kinesiology. Together they did a study on the metabolism of alcohol and put together a paper and presentation for the Student Research Day.

"Jeremy is the kind of student who makes my job enjoyable," said Bredle. "He is intelligent, enthusiastic, always in a good mood and able to work independently. He is up there among the top students I've worked with. He shows tremendous maturity."

Clements works for REM Wisconsin, assisting four male clients who have developmental disabilities. He also is a member of the Wisconsin Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. He is vice president of Students for Health, Adventure and Physical Education, and is a member of the Student Advisory Council of UW-Eau Claire's College of Education and Human Sciences. Clements was the student representative for the kinesiology department sport pedagogy faculty search and was co-facilitator at the Collaborative Leadership Seminar hosted by the College of Education and Human Sciences for Collaborative Leadership in January 2008.

Clements was awarded the scholarship at the 2008 Martin Mogensen Lecture. For more information on this scholarship, contact Rose Battalio at 715-836-5352 or battalrl@uwec.edu.

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