UWSP Grads Recognized for Community Leadership and Service
For the City-Times
Forty UWSP graduates received recognition for leadership and service to the campus and community Friday night with a 2013 Chancellor’s Leadership Award.
The awards were presented by Chancellor Bernie Patterson.
Established in 1978 at the urging of former Chancellor Lee Sherman Dreyfus, the award honors graduates who contribute significant leadership, demonstrate university or community service and display a commitment to personal growth. Each recipient receives a bronze medallion emblazoned with the university seal, hanging from a purple and gold ribbon.
Those students receiving the Chancellor’s Leadership Award, listed by hometown, include:
Amherst Junction Nikki Rzentkowski, daughter of Randy and Doreen Rzentkowski, majored in elementary education and minored in health education. She was a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, a soccer coach and a distance learning facilitator.
Apple Valley, Minn. Kailey Field, daughter of Kevin and Terry Field, majored in arts management with minors in dance and communication. She was involved in Afterimages and Danstage dance concerts and served as a volunteer management intern for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and as fundraising chair for the UW-Stevens Point Opera Workshop.
Appleton Alicia Casey, daughter of Bill and Connie Casey, majored in elementary and special education, with a minor in emotional and behavior disturbance education. She served as president of the Association for Education of Young Children, a volunteer for Journey in Special Education in Namibia, Africa, and a co-founder of the School of Education Food Drive.
Auburndale Clint Schill, son of Jerome and the late Elaine Schill, majored in accounting and business administration, with minors in economics and philosophy. He worked as a volunteer tax preparer for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and as a payroll assistant for UW-Stevens Point Human Resources. He received the Saint Jean Baptiste Educational Foundation Scholarship.
Bayfield Kimberly Johanik, daughter of Joe and Mary Johanik, majored in early childhood education with minors in early childhood special education and teaching English as a second language. She was president of the Campus Girl Scouts, a volunteer with the Wisconsin Lions Camp and religious education program assistant at Newman Catholic Center.
Buffalo, Minn. Kristina Borgstrom, daughter of Joe and Teresa Borgstrom, majored in wildlife ecology with an emphasis on research and management. She minored in captive wildlife and conservation biology. Borgstrom was a peer adviser and office coordinator for the Student Success Center, president of the Women in Natural Resources organization and a recipient of the College of Natural Resources Undergraduate Symposium High Honors Award.
Champlin, Minn. Anna Huemann, daughter of Jay and Susan Huemann, majored in instrumental and general music education. She served as a member of the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra and American String Teacher Association, and received the Edmund Bukolt String Scholarship.
Chicago, Ill. DeVonne Jackson, son of Lisa Rice, majored in history. He served as president of May Roach Hall Government, was vice president of programs for Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity and volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club.
Darlington Aaron Stauffacher, son of Jay Stauffacher and Robin White, majored in political science and economics. He was captain of the UW-Stevens Point football team and a member of Pi Sigma Alpha and the Student Legal Society.
Fleming Island, Fla. Kristen Miller, daughter of Steve and Ellie Miller, majored in forestry recreation. She was president of the UW-Stevens Point Fire Crew, a park ranger for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and a recipient of the National Student Excellence Award.
Fond du Lac Allison Montsma, daughter of Edward and Kathryn Montsma, majored in arts management and communication with an emphasis on public relations. She served as a counselor for a multicultural leadership conference, a volunteer with Boys and Girls Club and member of the Student Diversity Recruitment Team.
Germantown Kaitlyn Luckow, daughter of Gordon Luckow and Lynn Faina-Luckow, majored in secondary English education. She was a managing editor for the Pointer campus newspaper, a show host on 90FM campus radio and a recipient of the Division of Communication Award for Management and Leadership.
Green Bay Elizabeth Fraser, daughter of Brian and Kim Fraser, majored in psychology with an emphasis in human services and a minor in child and family studies. She served as president of the Psychology Peer Mentoring Club, a mentor at the Northwest Guidance and Counseling Center and as a volunteer with the Salvation Army.
Green Bay Kayla Vanderheyden, daughter of Glenn and Theresa Vanderheyden, majored in communication. She served as vice president for Habitat for Humanity, was a member of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and volunteered with Student Involvement and Employment Office Service Saturdays.
Hammond Hannah White, daughter of Donnie White and Connie Buelow, majored in wildlife ecology research and management with a minor in conservation biology. She served as a secretary for The Wildlife Society and a wildlife management intern for the Department of Natural Resources. She received the Eric Duffey Memorial Scholarship.
Independence Jerad Servais, son of Dean and Kristine Servais, majored in biochemistry. He served as president of Tau Kappa Epsilon highway cleanup, a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters and a volunteer with Central Wisconsin’s Children Museum.
Kaukauna Bethany Reque, daughter of Doug and Amy Reque, majored in social work and sociology. She was active in the Sociology and Social Work Club, volunteered for Special Olympics and mentored with Project Self-Help and Awareness.
Kaukauna Megan Stebane, daughter of Bob and Judy Stebane, majored in natural sciences with an emphasis in secondary sciences and a minor in biology. She served as an assistant teacher at Mosinee Middle School, biology intern for the Wisconsin Dells School District and instructor for a youth softball camp.
Kronenwetter Bennett Heinz, son of Peter and Lynn Heinz, majored in performance and applied music with an emphasis in trumpet performance and jazz studies. He served as president of the UW-Stevens Point Jazz Society and a member of the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. He received a College of Fine Arts and Communication Dedication Scholarship.
Marinette Megan Cahill, daughter of Leila and Germaine Vincent, majored in psychology and sociology. She served as a resident care worker for Tomorrow’s Children, volunteered for the Boys and Girls Club and received the Psychology Department Research Award.
Medford Alexander Niznik, son of Dan and Pam Niznik, majored in health science with an emphasis in pre-physical therapy. He volunteered with the Literacy Council of Wood County and Ciclovia Bike Event and tutored at the Mary K. Croft Tutor-Learning Center at UW-Stevens Point.
Middleton Margo Hubbard, daughter of Leif Hubbard and Patricia Trainer, majored in biology with an emphasis in pre-physician assistant. She minored in Spanish and psychology. At UW-Stevens Point, she was a leader in the College Days for Kids Program, a tutor with the Stevens Point Housing Authority Homework Center and a member of the Phi Eta Sigma honor society.
Milwaukee Michael Montemayor, son of Melecio Montemayor and Judy Younk, majored in business administration with a minor in psychology. He helped organize World Aids Day events at UW-Stevens Point, volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters and was a membership coordinator for Lead by Example.
Mount Horeb Jacob Gross, son of Scott and Tracey Gross, majored in wildlife ecology with minors in biology and resource management. He served as vice president of the Izaak Walton League Student Chapter, member of the UW-Stevens Point Fire Crew and as an endangered species intern with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Neenah Rachel Brown, daughter of Mike and Beth Brown, majored in physical education with a minor in health education. She coached Special Olympics, tutored for the Boys and Girls Club Homework Center, and was an honors intern.
Neenah Ariel Schmoldt, daughter of Tom and Lori Long and spouse of Dylan Schmoldt, majored in elementary education with minors in mathematics and Spanish. She served as vice president of the National Society for Leadership and Success, a member of the Children’s Ministry at New Hope Lutheran Church and as a teacher’s aide for UW-Stevens Point’s University Child and Learning Care Center.
Neenah Taylor Strane, daughter of Jeff and Mary Strane, majored in health care administration with a minor in business administration. She volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and served as an intern for the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Portage County and as an assistant for the Disability and Assistive Technology Center.
Oconomowoc Julia Driscoll, daughter of Michael and Caroline Driscoll, majored in instrumental and general music education. She was the publicity director and secretary for the Delta Omicron music honor society, co-music director for vacation bible school and a recipient of the Jan and Mark Seiler Foreign Language Award.
Ogema Valerie Johnson, daughter of Leo and Joyce Johnson, majored in special education with a minor in cognitive and learning disabilities education. She served as a member of the Student Council for Exceptional Children, volunteer with McDill Elementary School and as a personal care worker for My Innovative Services.
Oregon Aaron Nelson, son of Brett and Sue Nelson, majored in health science with an emphasis in pre-physical therapy and a minor in psychology. He was a physical therapy volunteer at Meriter Hospital, a volunteer with the Red Cross blood drive and the recipient of the School of Healthcare Professionals Scholarship.
Pardeeville Jessica Dredske, daughter of Doug and Julie Dredske, majored in health promotion and wellness with a minor in nutrition. She served as secretary of the National Wellness Institute Student Chapter and as missionary for Living Hope International Orphanage. She also received a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Conference Sportsmanship Award.
Saint Francis Kayla Schultz, daughter of Chris and Kelly Schultz, majored in health care administration and pre-nursing with minors in psychology and business. She served as a fundraising co-chair for Colleges against Cancer and member of Habitat for Humanity and Sigma Mu Tau.
Saukville Michelle Normington, daughter of Tim and Sharon Normington, majored in health science with an emphasis in pre-occupational therapy. She served as a conference coordinator for CRU (a Christian service organization on campus), a teacher and construction team member for a Belize mission trip and a volunteer for Fort Wilderness Project Serve.
Schofield Allison Schjoth, daughter of Gregg Schjoth and Robin Sopata, majored in sociology with a minor in women’s and gender studies. She served as secretary of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance, volunteered with Special Olympics and was UW-Stevens Point representative for the Campus Pride Annual Midwest College Fair.
Seymour Julia Vande Hei, daughter of Ray and Beth Vande Hei, majored in health science with an emphasis in pre-physical therapy. She was a member of Sigma Mau Tau, a lector at Newman Parish and a volunteer with the Salvation Army.
Shawano Wade Weisnicht, son of Jerry and Diane Weisnicht, majored in pre-physical therapy. He volunteered with the Salvation Army, instructed a Shawano Youth Basketball Camp and was active with the National Leadership Society.
Sobieski Joshua Hames, son of Gary and Connie Hames, majored in natural science with an emphasis in life science and a minor in biology. He served as a youth mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters, a volunteer with the Student Involvement and Employment Office and an assistant coach with UW-Stevens Point men’s rugby team.
Stevens Point Lindsey Flugaur, daughter of Rick and Lesa Flugaur, majored in elementary education with a minor in natural sciences. She served as secretary of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, a teacher’s aide and as a volunteer with the Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum.
Suring Stephanie School, daughter of Joe and Lisa School, majored in communication. She served as a co-chair of the US Bank/SGA Scholarship Committee, student representative for the Society for Human Resource Management golf outing and volunteer for the Salvation Army.
Villa Verde, Singapore Myo Thanda Oo, son of U Aung Kyaw Oo and Ma Moe Moe Hlaing, majored in biochemistry with a minor in biology. He served as a volunteer with the campus’ blood drive, tutor for Chan Myay Monastery and a scientific writing intern at Marshfield Clinic.