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UW-Eau Claire chancellor receives award from student affairs organization

RELEASED: Nov. 7, 2011

Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich
UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich is the recipient of a prestigious award from the leading association for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession.

Levin-Stankevich will be named the recipient of the President's Award from NASPA IV-East Region for his demonstrated leadership as a president who supports student development, his commitment to the university and the valuable contributions he has made to the region, according to Bill Mattera, awards chair for the NASPA IV-East Region.

"I am honored to be recognized by my colleagues and the NASPA organization for my efforts to help students succeed," Levin-Stankevich said. "This award, however, is more accurately a reflection of the exemplary work by the faculty and staff of our entire campus who put UW-Eau Claire students at the forefront of all we do."

NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (formerly the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators) was founded in 1919 and serves more than 12,000 members in all 50 states, 29 countries and eight U.S. territories. The East Region organization has more than 2,500 members in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Ontario. NASPA membership includes professionals in student life, housing and residence life, student unions, student activities, counseling, health services, career services, athletics, alcohol and other drug awareness areas, orientation, enrollment management, racial and ethnic minority support services, and retention and assessment.

Lead nominator Dr. Beth Hellwig, UW-Eau Claire vice chancellor for student affairs and Wisconsin state coordinator for NASPA, describes Levin-Stankevich as a champion for students.

"Since my arrival in 2008, Brian has consistently demonstrated a love for students and an undying support of their needs," Hellwig wrote in her nomination letter. "He has created a welcoming and inviting campus climate for all our students, particularly those in under-represented populations."

Mary Jane Brukardt, special assistant to the chancellor for strategic planning, stated in a letter of support that the chancellor's leadership initiatives have been guided by a very personal, student-centered mission.

"While Chancellor Levin-Stankevich's administrative leadership and support for student affairs has been exemplary, it is his commitment to being a visible, vocal and enthusiastic part of student life that has distinguished his tenure," Brukardt said. "His own experiences as a first-generation student have enabled him to connect to aspiring students from all backgrounds, helping to create a more welcoming environment on campus."

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