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Fifteen Outstanding Students Honored by
UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association

RELEASED: May 12, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Alumni Association honored 15 outstanding students and scholarship recipients at a luncheon May 6. Faculty involved in the "Let's Do Lunch" program for alumni also were recognized.

Eleven undergraduate and four graduate students received outstanding student awards.

Russell Raja Dass, Malaysia, received the Center for International Education Outstanding Student Award. With majors in economics and business finance, Dass will graduate in August.

Lyndsay Nelson, a psychology major from Ashland who will graduate this month, received the Multicultural Affairs Office Outstanding Student Award.

Nicole Lillis, Eau Claire, received the Nontraditional Student Services Outstanding Student Award. A communications major, she will graduate this month.

Katie Klotz, St. Cloud, and Cody Meyers, Marshfield, received College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Student Awards. Klotz is a biochemistry and molecular biology major. Meyers is a Latin American studies major. Both will graduate this month.

Sarah Leuck, an accounting major from Gordon who will graduate this month, received the College of Business Outstanding Student Award.

Elizabeth Crammond, a social work major from Portage, and Colleen Toltzman, a political science major from De Pere, received College of Education and Human Sciences Outstanding Student Awards. Both will graduate this month.

Sara Yaron, Mosinee, was recognized as an outstanding student by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. A nursing major, she will graduate this month.

Paula Hoffert, Winona, Minn., was recognized by the College of Arts and Sciences as an outstanding graduate student. Her major is school psychology and she plans to graduate in May 2010. She already earned a master of science degree in education and is now working toward an education specialist degree.

Ann Rupnow, Eau Claire, received the College of Business Outstanding Student Award. She is a candidate for May graduation with a master's degree in business administration.

Adie Presto, Valders, was awarded the College of Education and Human Sciences Outstanding Graduate Student Award. She is a candidate for May graduation with a master of science degree in communication sciences and disorders.

Carol Idso, Eau Claire, a candidate for May graduation with a master's degree in nursing, was awarded the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Outstanding Graduate Student Award.

Two scholarship winners also were recognized. Junior Rebekah Streit, Stanley/Chippewa Falls, a health care administration major, received the Leonard and Dorellen Haas Scholarship. The Richard E. and Jane Hibbard Scholarship was presented to senior Daniel Thesing, an accounting major from La Crescent, Minn.

Seven faculty members were recognized for their involvement in the "Let's Do Lunch" program, which offers educational presentations to alumni: Dr. Winnifred Bryant, assistant professor of biology; Dr. Wayne Carroll, professor of economics; Dr. Warren Gallagher, associate professor of chemistry; Dr. Karen Havholm, professor of biology, assistant vice chancellor for research, and director of the Center for Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration; Dr. Joseph Hupy, assistant professor of geography; Dr. Geoffrey Peterson, associate professor of political science; and Dr. Garry Running, professor of geography.

For details, contact the Alumni Association at 715-836-3266.

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