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UWFox Hosts 2009 Commencement Ceremony

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Menasha, WI – When the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley held its 2009 Commencement Ceremony and Awards Program on Thursday, May 21, a number of campus faculty, staff and students were recognized with awards for their outstanding efforts during the past academic year.

Dr. Dubear Kroening was recognized as the “Teacher of the Year,” an award presented annually by the UWFox Student Association. Kroening, associate professor of biological sciences, has been on the faculty at the campus since August 2000.  He received his B.S. and his M.S. from Northern Michigan University and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota. He has also completed post-doctoral work in the Department of Chemistry, the school of Pharmacy and the School of Veterinary Medicine at UW-Madison.

Kathy Hopper (Appleton) was named the “Staff Member of the Year,” also an award presented by the Student Association. Hopper has been an Associate Developmental Math Specialist and math tutor at UWFox since 2007. She earned her B.S. in Mathematics from UW-Whitewater.

Wes Collier, a UWFox student from Neenah, was named “Student of the Year.” He is a chemistry major who began studying at the Menasha campus in the fall 2007. He plans to transfer to UW Oshkosh to earn his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry.

Richard Krupnow (Menasha), lecturer in English since 1996, received the annual Marilee White Instructional Academic Staff Award. He earned his B.S. from UW-Stevens Point and his M.A. from Ball State University (Muncie, IN).

Richard Fazel (Menasha) was recognized with the annual Larry D. White Classified Staff award. Fazel was a custodian at UWFox for nearly 27 years and retired in May 2009.

Nearly 200 students were recognized as degree recipients at this year’s event, including nearly 180 who received an Associate of Arts and Science Degree from UWFox.

Five students were awarded with their bachelor’s degrees at the commencement ceremony as part of the collaborative engineering degree program that the Menasha campus enjoys with UW-Platteville. Four students, including Zacherly Esterling (Green Bay), Jacob Leeman (Black Creek), Brian Polly (Menasha) and Ryan Rollins (DePere)  were presented with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Nick Wara (Oshkosh) was awarded the Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. 

24 awards were presented by various academic department faculty members to deserving students who showed outstanding leadership, academic excellence, and superb service to the respective department.  Students recognized were:

  • Layne Krause (Appleton), academic excellence in Anthropology,
  • Lynn Marie Laszewski (Menasha), academic excellence and service in Art,
  • Kyle Seemeyer (Neenah), male athlete of the year,
  • Andrea Millis (Darboy), female athlete of the year,
  • Grant Larie (Oshkosh), scholar/athlete of the year,
  • Cory Nackers (Kimberly), academic excellence in Physical Education,
  • Robin Miller (Appleton), academic excellence in Biological Sciences,
  • Julieanne Beiser (Appleton), academic excellence and service in Business and Economics,
  • Katie Vanden Oever (Kimberly), the Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award,
  • Wes Collier (Neenah), academic excellence in Chemistry,
  • Sean Baldwin (Weyauwega), service in Communication Arts, drama and journalism,
  • David Dietzen (Kimberly), service in Communication Arts, drama and journalism,
  • Michelle Yandre (New London), academic excellence and service in Communication Arts, drama and journalism,
  • Cindy Schaefer Kemps , academic excellence and service in Education,
  • Rebecca Krafft (Appleton), academic excellence in English,
  • Tina Klotz (Menasha), academic excellence in Geology and Geography,
  • Timothy Schultz (Appleton), academic excellence in History,
  • Mike Mancoske (Kimberly), academic excellence and service in Music,
  • Russ Clayton (Menasha), academic excellence in Physics,
  • Rayannen Bentley (Neenah), academic excellence and service in Political Science,
  • Brittni Feistel (Appleton), academic excellence in World Languages,
  • Samantha Sonkowsky (Appleton), academic excellence in World Languages,
  • Abigail Fischer (Appleton), academic excellence in World Languages.

Six outgoing UWFox students were presented with an individual “departing scholarship” by representatives from sponsoring organizations or campuses.

Julianne Beiser (Appleton) received the UWFox Business Club Scholarship. Adam Sullivan (Greenville) was awarded Stanley Ostrand Memorial Scholarship to attend UW Oshkosh. The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay presented its scholarship to Sarah Damsheuser (Menasha). Lawrence University presented scholarships to Rayannen Bentley (Neenah), Heidi Dinkler (Appleton), Zachary Fannin (Hortonville), and Brittni Feistel (Appleton).

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni scholarship was awarded to Karissa Metko (Mensha). The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh presented scholarships to its campus to Anne Bolle (Sherwood) and Wes Collier (Neenah).

For more information about the UWFox 2009 Commencement program, contact the Office of University Relations at 920-832-2611 or email david.hager@uwc.edu.

Posted 06/02/2009