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Seven UW-Eau Claire Graduates Will Receive Alumni Awards

RELEASED: May 5, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — Seven graduates of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will receive awards from the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association May 17 at a luncheon and ceremony in conjunction with spring commencement.

"It's an honor to recognize the creativity, intelligence and diligence of these people and the myriad of ways they have found to serve society," said John Bachmeier, director of alumni relations. "The university is well represented by such talented alumni, who give so much of themselves to their communities."

Dr. James M. Anderson
Dr. James M. Anderson

Dr. James M. Anderson will receive the Lifetime Excellence Award, which is presented to alumni who have demonstrated a long and successful commitment to their careers and communities. Recipients have made a positive and dramatic impact through dedication to service and living their lives as a testimony to UW-Eau Claire's motto, "Excellence."

Anderson earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from UW-Eau Claire in 1963 and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Oregon State University in 1967. He went to Case Western Reserve University in 1967 to do postdoctoral research, and later entered medical school there. After medical school, he completed an anatomic pathology residency and in 1979 joined the faculty of CWRU's Institute of Pathology and University Hospitals of Cleveland. In 1984, he became a full professor. Since 1981, he has served as chair of the department of pathology graduate education committee.

Anderson is known internationally for his contributions to the basic and applied science of biodegradable polymers and other biomaterials in medical devices and implants with blood and other tissues. With his students, he's published more than 300 papers and 80 book chapters.

Anderson was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in 2003. In 2005, he received the Elsevier Gold Medal Award for the most significant overall contribution to biomaterial science by an individual from 1980-2005. In 2006, he received the Chugai Mentoring Award from the American Society for Investigative Pathology, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Geneva in Switzerland.

Birgitta Kullberg, Regi Munro and Marci Siker will receive the President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and service to UW-Eau Claire.

Birgitta Kulberg
Birgitta Kullberg

In 1973, Kullberg earned a master's degree in individually guided education from UW-Eau Claire. As part of her degree program, Kullberg taught IGE in several Wisconsin schools. Out of Kullberg's studies and involvement with the College of Education professors, a summer exchange program with Sweden and UW-Eau Claire was developed. Kullberg participated in this program. She returned to UW-Eau Claire to teach Swedish in 1982-83. She was also invited to be a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin in Madison in the fall of 1994, where she finished her book "Educational Ethnography" (Etnografi I klassrummet. Lund: Studentlittertatur).

In 1997-98, she taught conversational English in Thailand and participated in an exchange program between the University of Skövde, the University of Gothenburg and Thailand. She also was invited to the Ministry of Education in Bangkok to discuss individualized education. She has written several reading and children's books. Currently, she is an associate professor at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

REgi Munro
Regi Munro

Munro has worked for the Maricopa Community College District — the nation's largest community college district — since 1991 when she was hired as an adjunct faculty member in wellness and fitness at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. She helped develop Maricopa's award-winning wellness program. She has served as a member and leader of the employee benefits advisory committee for years and as the division chair for wellness since 2000.

While a student at UW-Eau Claire, Munro played soccer, which was then a club sport. The 1989 graduate and three of her teammates laid the groundwork to help women's soccer become a varsity sport. Recently, Munro established the first endowed opportunity fund for women's Blugold soccer.

Marci Siker
Marci Siker

Siker is a retired educator who graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1952 and a master's degree in elementary education in 1972. As a teacher in the Eau Claire Area School District, she was a co-founder of the Reading Partners Program, which pairs UW-Eau Claire students with ECASD students who need help with reading. She also co-founded the Young Authors Conference, which also is a partnership program between the school district and university that brings children's authors to area schools.

Siker has supported the Blugold women's basketball and softball teams, hosting team luncheons and donating cookies for team trips. She also has mentored many university athletes. She is a volunteer at Luther Hospital, Friends of the Library, National Junior League and TTT, a national women's organization that sends underprivileged girls to camp. She served as a member of the UW-Eau Claire alumni board of directors from 1995-2001.

Terrance Craney and Dr. Jane Schauer 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.

Terrence Craney
Terrance Craney

Craney, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1974 with a degree in education, had a major in physics and a minor in mathematics. He earned a master's degree in physics education in 1977. He began his career in 1974 as an instructor of applied physics and math at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay. He served 23 years in the Wisconsin Technical College System.

During that time, Craney became involved with the Wisconsin Education Association Council and the National Education Association. From 1977-83, he was elected to represent the Wisconsin Technical College System on the WEAC board of directors. From 1986-91, he served the WEAC membership, representing Wisconsin on the NEA board of directors. In 1991, he was elected vice president of WEAC. Craney was elected president of WEAC in 1995, becoming a statewide leader of 90,000 teachers, WTCS instructors and education support personnel. Major public policy initiatives that he helped develop during his presidency include: the largest increase in public sector retirement benefits in state history; major revisions in state K-12 teacher preparation and licensure procedures; and a nationally acclaimed class size reduction program for the elementary grades. He also initiated the great schools community relations program, promoting the quality of public schools in Wisconsin.

President Bill Clinton appointed Craney to the National Skill Standards Board in 1994. In 2003, Gov. Jim Doyle appointed Craney executive director of the Governor's Work-Based Learning Board. Under his leadership, the GWBLB administered two successful statewide technical education programs, Youth Apprenticeship and Tech Prep. Since 2005, Craney has served as manager of the administrative services division of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce, where he manages a $4.8 million budget and supervises 45 staff members and six managers in four bureaus.

Dr. Jane Schauer
Dr. Jane Schauer

Schauer received her nursing degree from UW-Eau Claire in 1976. She then earned a doctorate degree in exercise physiology in 1990 from UW-Madison. She attended UW-Madison medical school and completed an internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship there.

Schauer is a member of the Presbyterian Heart Group in Albuquerque, N.M., specializing in non-invasive cardiology. She also started the Adult Congenital Clinic in New Mexico in conjunction with Pediatric Cardiology Associates. She has served as governor for the New Mexico Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. She is chair of the American College of Cardiology Board of Governor's to work for the improvement of quality of cardiovascular care for patients in New Mexico and across the country.

Jamie Andrews
Jamie Andrews

Jamie Andrews 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.

Andrews received his bachelor's in music education from UW-Eau Claire in 1998. He was a music teacher for Forest Lake Public Schools from 1998-2000 and Lester Prairie Public School from 2000-02. Andrews became the education director for The Minnesota Opera in 2002.

As education director, he developed Project Opera, a program made up of students in grades 4-12 who rehearse weekly to gain skills in vocal technique, acting and foreign languages. He also started Opera Summer Camp, a residential camp for teens to gain exposure to opera and coOPERAtion! an award wining in-school residency program. This program has led to residencies around the state, from inner city high schools to rural communities. He also created Opera Boxes and the Opera Academy, resources and a workshop for K-12 educators. In addition, he organizes an adult education lecture series based on The Minnesota Opera main stage productions.

Andrews has created and led numerous workshops on opera and opera education in the Twin Cities and at national conferences. He developed opera-based curriculum materials for educators for national distribution through OPERA America. He has worked with the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Schubert Club, Weisman Art Museum, Walker Art Center, Germanic-American Institute, Italian Cultural Institute and numerous libraries to present opera-related community events.

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