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UW-Eau Claire Commencement
Set for May 17 in Zorn Arena

RELEASED: May 7, 2008

Excellence SealEAU CLAIRE — Spring commencement exercises for 1,166 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be held May 17 in Zorn Arena.

Candidates from the College of Business, College of Education and Human Sciences, and College of Nursing and Health Sciences will receive degrees during a 9:30 a.m. ceremony. Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and candidates for master's degrees will receive degrees during a 2 p.m. ceremony. Those unable to attend can view the ceremony online.

A total of 1,064 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 521 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 223 from the College of Business, 245 from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and 75 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

A total of 102 students are master's degree candidates. Of those, 16 are from the College of Arts and Sciences, including eight students who are candidates for specialist in education degrees; 28 are from the College of Business; 41 are from the College of Education and Human Sciences; and 17 are from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Several of the master's degree candidates from the College of Business are among the most recent group of online MBA students to graduate from UW-Eau Claire. Some of these students will be coming to the campus for the first time since the university began offering its MBA program completely online in 2002.

Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will preside over the ceremonies and confer degrees. Provost and Vice Chancellor Steven Tallant will present the candidates. Deans of the colleges will present the baccalaureate diplomas. Dr. Andrew Phillips, interim dean of Graduate Studies and interim associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Dr. V. Thomas Dock, dean of the College of Business, will present diplomas and hood the master's degree and specialist in education degree candidates. Dr. Martin J. Wood, chair of the University Senate, will serve as commencement marshal. Dr. Robert Knight, chair of music and theatre arts, will announce the candidates' names at the morning ceremony, and Dr. Terrence Chmielewski, professor of communication and journalism, will announce the names in the afternoon. Rachel Kohn will provide signing for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Knight also will lead the "National Anthem" and the "University Alma Mater" at the morning ceremony. Amanda L. Verstegen, Appleton, a candidate for a bachelor of music in vocal performance degree, will lead the "National Anthem" at the afternoon ceremony, and Katherine R. Schultz, Coon Rapids, Minn., a candidate for a bachelor of arts in music degree, will lead the "University Alma Mater" in the afternoon ceremony. Eau Claire Brassworks, a brass quintet made up of UW-Eau Claire faculty, alumni and community members, will provide music.

Dr. Jane Schauer, a cardiologist with the Heart Group of Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M., and a 1976 UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, will deliver the "Charge to the Class" during the morning and afternoon ceremonies.

Schauer also will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, along with Terrance Craney, manager of the administrative services division of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce and a 23-year veteran of the Wisconsin Technical College System. The award recognizes distinguished service to the community, state or nation that brings credit upon the recipient and the university.

Several other alumni will receive awards from the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association.

Dr. James M. Anderson, a physician and professor at Case Western Reserve University's Institute of Pathology and University Hospitals of Cleveland, will receive the Lifetime Excellence Award, which is presented to alumni who have demonstrated a long and successful commitment to their careers and communities.

The President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and service to UW-Eau Claire, will be presented to Birgitta Kullberg, an associate professor at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden; Regi Munro, a faculty member in wellness and fitness at Chandler-Gilbert Community College; and Marci Siker, a retired Eau Claire Area School District educator.

Jamie Andrews, education director for the Minnesota Opera, 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.

Visit the UW-Eau Claire Web site for more detailed information on alumni award recipients.

A number of retiring faculty and academic staff members also will be honored during the ceremony. Retirees attending the morning ceremony are: Dr. L. Elaine Wendt, dean emerita, College of Nursing and Health Sciences; Dr. Joan Stehle Werner, professor emerita, nursing; and Dr. Marilyn Skrivseth, professor emerita, kinesiology. Wendt also will attend the afternoon ceremony, along with Dr. Helen Dale, professor emerita, English; Steven Terwilliger, professor emeritus, art; and Dr. Edward Young, professor emeritus, economics.

Timothy W. Baumann, River Falls, a candidate for a bachelor of music education degree, will give the "Reflections" during the morning ceremony; his speech is entitled "It's Called Incidental Learning." Christine Zani, Hurley, a candidate for a bachelor of business administration degree, will deliver a "Reflections" titled "Endings and Beginnings" at the afternoon ceremony.

A reception for graduates and guests will follow each ceremony on the Central Campus Mall. If it rains, the reception will move to the Spruce-Tamarack Room of Davies Center.

Tickets, required for admission to the morning and afternoon ceremonies, are available only to graduating students.

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