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Students to receive Viennese Ball scholarships

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students will receive awards and scholarships at the university's 41st annual Viennese Ball April 10-11. 

Proceeds from the two-night event and donations to the Viennese Ball support awards and global study opportunities for UW-Eau Claire students. Awards recognize academic excellence, service to the music and theatre arts department, and service to the Viennese Ball through employment in Davies Student Center. 

Esther Ebner, a secondary English and biology education major from Graz, Austria, will receive the Heinz K. Seitinger Scholarship, given to exchange students attending UW-Eau Claire from the University of Graz. The scholarship is named for former Austrian trade commissioner Heinz K. Seitinger in recognition of his contributions to UW-Eau Claire's international programs. Ebner is the daughter of Peter and Eva Ebner. Her host friends are Robert and Sue Janke. 

Six students will receive Viennese Ball Senior Music Awards, awarded for talent, academic achievement and contributions to the music and theatre arts department: 

  • Zachary Moore, a choral music education major from Wind Lake, will perform with The Singing Statesmen at this year's Viennese Ball. His parents are Mike and Jody Moore.
  • Alex Munger, a collaborative piano major from New Berlin, will perform in the Bosendorfer Piano Salon and with The Singing Statesmen. His parents are Robin and Sheryl Munger.
  • Laura Severson, a music education major from Stoughton, will perform with the University Symphony Orchestra. She is the daughter of Jim and Mary Severson. 
  • Eva Stokes, a choral music education major from New Berlin, will perform with the a cappella group Impromptu. Her parents are David and Sarah Stokes.
  • Quentin Volk, a liberal arts major from Loveland, Colorado, will perform with the University Symphony Orchestra and the Jazz Ensemble. His parents are Dan and Teri Volk.
  • Kaitlyn Witherspoon, a cello performance major from Evansville, Indiana, will perform with the University Symphony Orchestra and the Baroque Ensemble. Her parents are James Slotten and Linda Happe.

Miles Plant, an applied piano major from Brookfield, was chosen to receive the Ada Bors Music Service Award, which recognizes outstanding service to the music and theatre arts department. The award is named to honor the originator and coordinator of the annual Viennese Ball through its silver anniversary year. Plant will perform in the Jazz Band, The Singing Statesmen, the Jazz Combo and the Bosendorfer Piano Salon. His parents are Charles and Cynthia Plant. 

Mitchell Berg, an organizational communication major from Beaver Dam, will receive the Noble Statesmen Award for outstanding music leadership in the ensemble and contribution to the music and theatre arts department. Berg will perform with The Singing Statesmen. He is the son of Jeffrey and Jena Berg. 

Five students will receive Karen G. Stuber Service Awards, which recognize outstanding service to the Viennese Ball (the award is named in honor of Karen Stuber, assistant director of events services at UW-Eau Claire, for her 41 years of dedicated service to the event):

  • Riley Faehling, a marketing major from Wausau, is a member of the Davies Student Center Event Production Crew and is the son of Mike and Becky Faehling. 
  • Annie Pennings Guenthner, a Spanish for business major from Osceola, is a member of the Davies Student Center Event Production Crew and is the daughter of Dan Guenthner and Margaret Pennings.
  • Stephen Kahlow, an economics and political science major from Shawano, is the volunteer coordinator for the Viennese Ball and is the son of Thomas and Janet Kahlow.
  • Ryan McMunn, a biochemistry/molecular biology major from Madison, is the student manager for the University Usher Corps. He is the son of Roger and Jannette McMunn.
  • Gabriel Stauffacher, an accounting and finance double major from Waunakee, is a student building manager in the Davies Student Center and is the son of Mark Stauffacher and Joyce Moran. 

The Annual Viennese Ball is presented by UW-Eau Claire's University Centers in cooperation with the music and theatre arts department and the Center for International Education.