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Student Excellence Awards recognize outstanding accomplishments

RELEASED: May 19, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — The first Student Excellence Awards were presented May 6 to outstanding students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The new awards program was created from the former Student Leadership Recognition Awards and Outstanding Student Awards programs. The awards, sponsored by the Alumni Association, the Foundation and University Centers at UW-Eau Claire, call attention to the exceptional contributions UW-Eau Claire students have made to the campus or greater community.

The following students were honored: Robert J. Hart, Tomah, Non-Traditional Student Leadership Award; junior Emma Brennan, Madison, Residence Hall Leadership Award; senior Tyler Thom, Burlington, Outstanding LGBTQA Student Leader Award; graduate student David Gardner, Wisconsin Rapids, Outstanding LGBTQA Student Leader Award; senior Sarah Gonzalez , Sheboygan, Giraffe Leadership Award: Sticking One's Neck Out for Social Justice; senior Zach Boerner, Madison, Andre and Joanne Gibault Blugold Spirit Award; senior Aaron Wingad, Chippewa Falls, Excellence in Leadership Award; senior Davendra Raj Ghandi Rajan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Excellence in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusiveness Award; freshman Mai Neng Vang, Eau Claire, Excellence in Stewardship and Sustainability Award; and sophomore Yuchen Felicity Xie, Xi'an Shaanxi, China, Excellence in Global Awareness Award.

Also honored were senior Megan Hoffman, Shawano, Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Activity Award; junior Janis Roadt, Eau Claire, Emerging Leader Award for the College of Arts and Sciences; junior Jacob Kampen, De Pere, Emerging Leader Award for the College of Business; junior Kaitlyn Carlton, Spooner, Emerging Leader Award for the College of Education and Human Sciences; junior Shannon Burris, Marshfield, Emerging Leader Award for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences; senior Christopher Dierich, Menomonie, Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award for the College of Arts and Sciences; senior Eric Becker, North Mankato, Minn., Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award for the College of Business; senior Johnathan Turba, Platteville, Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award for the College of Education and Human Sciences; senior Caleb Johnson, Hudson, Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences; Guy Lewinski, River Falls, Outstanding Graduate Student Award for the College of Arts and Sciences; Anna Cardarella, Eau Claire, Outstanding Graduate Student Award for the College of Business; Jan Cermak, Middleton, Outstanding Graduate Student Award - MBA Consortium for the College of Business; Pakou Vang, Waukesha, Outstanding Graduate Student Award for the College of Education and Human Sciences; and Kristin Rubenzer, Eau Claire, Outstanding Graduate Student for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

The National Residence Hall Honorary and Pi Sigma Epsilon also were recognized as the Student Organization and New Student Organization Award recipients, respectively. Angie Bong, coordinator for student leadership and organizations and adviser to Sigma Sigma Sigma, received the Student Organization Advisor Award.

For more information, contact John Bachmeier at bachmejg@uwec.edu or 715-836-5189; Angie Bong at bongal@uwec.edu or 715-836-3855; or Kim Way at waykk@uwec.edu or 715-836-5180.

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