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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 3, 2002

Contact: Erik Christianson
(608) 262-5061
echristianson@uwsa.edu

Regents Announce UW System Partnership Awards

MADISON-In recognition of the thousands of individuals and organizations that make extraordinary contributions to University of Wisconsin institutions, the UW Board of Regents has instituted a new Partnership Award, on the occasion of the UW System's 30th anniversary.

Each campus nominates a recipient for this award to acknowledge an extraordinary contribution to the campus and to the UW System. The UW Partnership Awards will be presented during a special ceremony in Madison on Thursday evening (April 4), following that day's Board of Regents meeting.

The UW Board of Regents will also honor at the ceremony outstanding teaching among the UW System faculty and outstanding achievement by UW System academic staff with special Regents awards.

"This event will provide a special opportunity for the Regents to celebrate the excellence of the UW System and to reaffirm the importance of the individuals and organizations within and outside the UW System who are vital to our success," said UW System Board of Regents President Jay L. Smith.

The Regents Awards Banquet begins at 6 p.m. at The Lowell Center, 610 Langdon St. on the UW-Madison campus. Sponsors for the event are the Evjue Foundation and Kikkoman International, Inc.

The 2002 Regents Academic Staff Awards for Excellence will be announced during the ceremony. Each campus nominated an academic staff employee for consideration, and a special Regent Committee has selected two award winners. They will be introduced Thursday evening.

The recipients of the UW System Partnership Awards are as follows:

UW-Green Bay: Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (Larry Weyers, president, chairman and CEO).

UW-Eau Claire: Saint Joseph's Hospital, Marshfield (Carol Wrabl, vice president for patient care services; Kris Melaaf Merkel, director of organization development and learning.

UW-La Crosse: Brian D. Rude (Dairyland Power Cooperative, former state senator).

UW-Madison: Downtown Madison Incorporated (Susan Schmitz, executive director).

UW-Milwaukee: Helen Bader Foundation (Daniel J. Bader, president).

UW-Oshkosh: City of Oshkosh (City Manager Richard Wollangk), CHAMCO (Executive Director Doug Pearson), ArvinMeritor Company (Site Manager Daniel Miller).

UW-Parkside: Connie Ferwerda (member of the university's Benevolent Foundation).

UW-Platteville: Theodore J. Richards (president and CEO of Strand Associates, Inc.).

UW-River Falls: Thomas J. Palmer (president of First National Bank of River Falls).

UW-Stevens Point: John & Patty Noel (co-founders and owners of Travel Guard International and the Noel Group).

UW-Stout: Chippewa Valley Technical College/Wisconsin Technical College System (William Ihlenfeldt, president, CVTC; Deborah Mahaffey, assistant director, WTCS).

UW-Superior: UW-Superior Foundation (Mary Millard, past president).

UW-Whitewater: Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Steve St. Thomas, director, demand chain integration; Cory Mason, director, information services).

UW Colleges: Fond du Lac County Government (County Executive Allen Buechel, County Board Chair George Stanchfield).

UW-Extension: Wisconsin Associated County Extension Committees (Don McKelvey, WACEC president).

UW System: Wisconsin Bankers Association (Harry Argue, executive vice president & CEO).

The Regents 2001 Teaching Excellence Award recipients will be recognized at the awards ceremony as well. They received their awards last September. Each year there are two individual awards and one departmental award. The recipients are Gary Gilmore, professor and director of community health programs, UW-La Crosse and UW-Extension; Cyrena N. Pondrom, professor of English, UW-Madison; and the UW-Oshkosh Department of English.

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