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Two Receive UW-Eau Claire Classified Staff Scholarships

RELEASED: Jan. 27, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — Two members of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's classified staff have received scholarships from the Classified Staff Grant Fund to pursue college degrees.

Kimberly Vlcek and Stephen Duerre
Kimberly Vlcek and Stephen Duerre are UW-Eau Claire classified staff members who recently received awards from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's Classified Staff Grant Fund. (Photo by Bill Hoepner, LTS)

Stephen Duerre, craft supervisor for facilities planning and management, and Kimberly Vlcek, office manager in the Academic Skills Center and a clerical staff member in Counseling Services, received the scholarships.

The fund was established by Linda Haag and Susie Warden, who earned their bachelor's degrees at UW-Eau Claire while working as full-time members of the university's classified staff. They created the fund through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation after completing their degrees to make certain other classified staff members had similar opportunities.

As office manager in the Academic Skills Center, Vlcek supervises the clerical assistant staff and oversees the payroll for more than 90 student assistants. As a member of the clerical staff in Counseling Services, she schedules appointments, maintains client files and transcribes case notes. She is working toward a degree in counseling at Chippewa Valley Technical College.

"Pursuing this degree program will help me develop personally and professionally," Vlcek said. "It will enhance my advising, counseling and supervisory skills. It will help in my capacity as office manager and supervisor of student employees in the Academic Skills Center. It also will help me be more effective in working with clients as a scheduling assistant in Counseling Services."

Duerre will take a course to complete the online facilities management certificate program at Ferris State University.

"I felt fortunate to receive the grant," Duerre said. "It certainly helps defray the costs. I also feel grateful toward the benefactors who created this fund and appreciate their willingness and commitment to the betterment of university personnel."

Duerre said he hopes others will support the fund through Campus Campaign.

"I know this fund benefits people," Duerre said. "Personally it will increase my job-related knowledge and will further my career within facilities management."

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