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Two classified staff members receive grants to advance skills

RELEASED: Feb. 16, 2010

Judy Gray and Barbara Arnold
Judy Gray and Barbara Arnold 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)

EAU CLAIRE — Two University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire classified staff members received $250 scholarships from the Classified Staff Grant Fund to advance their skills.

Receiving awards were Judith Gray, academic department associate for women's studies, and Barbara Arnold, academic publications and curriculum coordinator in the Registrar's Office.

Linda Haag and Susie Warden, both of whom completed bachelor's degrees while working full-time as members of the classified staff, established the grant fund through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to give other classified staff opportunities to continue their education.

Gray, who has worked for women's studies for eight years, is pursuing a business graphics certificate through an online program at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College.

"Graphic design is an area that I have always had an interest in," Gray said. "These courses will help me to create more interesting printed and electronic materials for our program."

Arnold is responsible for the production of the undergraduate and graduate catalogs, the freshman mini-catalog, curricular changes in the legacy Bridge database and new PeopleSoft database, and the creation of the academic calendar. She is pursuing a certificate in Web design and development.

"In the not-too-distant future, we may put our catalogs out online," Arnold said. "I want to learn this technology more intimately to be of value to the university and my bosses, as well as our target audiences, primarily students, but also their parents, faculty and staff."

The grant recognizes nontraditional students who are expanding their skills, Arnold said.

"Receiving this grant is acknowledgement of my commitment toward reaching a goal and the challenges I've faced and the sacrifices I've made to reach this goal," Arnold said.

The support is welcome, Gray said.

"I am very grateful for the generosity of Linda Haag and Susie Warden," Gray said. "It is difficult to find additional funding for courses and this kind of support is greatly appreciated."

Any current member of the UW-Eau Claire classified staff who is working at least half time is eligible to apply for the grant. Past recipients may apply for additional awards.

Applicants must submit a brief statement about their employment history, the course they intend to take and how the course will benefit them. For details, contact Barbara Bowers at 715-836-3871 or at bowersba@uwec.edu.

The classified staff grant is an example of how financial support by UW-Eau Claire employees through the 2010-11 Campus Campaign can have an impact on campus, according to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. To support existing funds or to create a new fund, contact Diane Doudna at 715-836-3819 or at doudnadn@uwec.edu.

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