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UW-Eau Claire Golden Key Chapter
Wins Awards and Recognition

RELEASED: Oct. 31, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's chapter of Golden Key International Honour Society, which recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement, has recently earned numerous national awards as well as contributed to the campus in a number of different ways.

UW-Eau Claire chapter adviser Paula Stuettgen said the group was extremely excited when they were notified that their 2007-08 president, Phuong Nguyen, who graduated in August, was awarded the Regional Student Leader Award. Nguyen was presented the award based on outstanding commitment to the society and display of effective campus and community leadership while maintaining superior academic performance. She received $500 and was put in the running for the prestigious International Student Leader Award.

The chapter also received a Gold Chapter Status Award at the end of spring semester 2008. Gold Chapter status is presented only to chapters that meet many rigorous chapter requirements, including, but not limited to, one or more literacy-focused service activities, prospective member outreach and engagement, off-campus awareness and communications, and participation at the yearly international conference.

"Gold status is something we pride ourselves on year after year," Stuettgen said.

Every year, the Golden Key chapter participates in the Better World Books "Books for Africa" drive.

"This past semester, Golden Key was thrilled to find out that out of over 700 campus book drives that run across the United States, our campus book drive was ranked 22nd," Stuettgen said. "This was quite an accomplishment given the size of UW-Eau Claire. A record number of books were collected in May and helped with Golden Key's goal of literacy promotion around the world. Recycling books not only benefits the Golden Key Chapter and the Better World Books organization, but it fits nicely into the sustainability plan currently under way at UW-Eau Claire."

Golden Key also recently finished its third annual Graduate and Professional School Fair, which was held in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. The fair brought in more than 40 schools from around the United States and provided campus and community members with the opportunity to learn more about applying to and attending graduate school. The fair was coordinated by Golden Key student member Claire Couillard.

"The fair is a great chance for students to check out what is out there," Couillard said. "The representatives are all really nice and very knowledgeable," she added.

The fair drew about 150-200 students, and Golden Key hopes to increase those numbers next year.

Golden Key is student run. This year's executive board is as follows:

  • President: senior Julie Germain, New Richmond
  • Vice president: senior Carrie Goffinet, Platteville
  • Secretary: junior Audrey Mohr, New Ulm, Minn.
  • Treasurer: senior Jennifer Forsythe, Iron River
  • Public relations chair: senior Claire Couillard, Deerfield
  • Service chair: senior Rachel M. Erickson, Lino Lakes, Minn.
  • Historian: senior Joseph Glatczak, Mosinee

Stuettgen, a special projects coordinator for University Centers, advises the Golden Key Honour Society along with Earl Shoemaker, an academic advising coordinator in Student Support Services.

To learn more about Golden Key visit their Web site. To find out more about UW-Eau Claire chapter activities call Stuettgen at 715-836-4803.



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