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Student recognized in National Student Exchange competition

RELEASED: Dec. 18, 2009

Matthew Winarski
Matthew Winarski

EAU CLAIRE — Matthew Winarski, a student from Memphis, Tenn., who studied at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire during the 2008-09 academic year, has received honorable mention in the Bette Worley NSE Student Achievement Award competition.

While on exchange from the University of Memphis, Winarski was horn section leader of the Blugold Marching Band and created the Athletics Support Student Organization, consisting of the Blugold Athletics "pep" band and a student cheer section called The Blu-Zone. He also served as president of the UW-Eau Claire National Student Exchange Organization.

"Matt has been such an asset to UW-Eau Claire," said Jacqueline Bonneville, coordinator for New Student Orientation. "He arrived ready to make the most of his time here and he has done just that. He is very well known on campus through his involvement and southern charm."

The annual award recognizes students who demonstrate the best use of their participation in NSE. Winarski was selected from the nearly 3,000 students who participated in the program last year.

NSE provides exchange opportunities at a reasonable cost among member colleges and universities across the United States and Canada. Students may spend up to one year at another college or university without having to pay nonresident tuition. NSE provides a network through which students have access to resources otherwise not available at their home campuses and provides an opportunity to experience living and studying in a different environment.

More information about National Student Exchange is available online at www.uwec.edu/dos/nse/index.htm or www.nse.org.

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