UW-Fox Valley Foundation
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Thanks to you the UW-Fox Valley Foundation had another tremendous year. In spite of the continuing challenges of a slow economy we achieved our goals in our fundraising efforts. As I begin my term as President of the Foundation I am humbled by the amazing accomplishments of my predecessors and grateful to them for all of their efforts.
It has been almost three and a half years since the opening of the Communication Arts Center (CAC). The outstanding scholarly presentations, the theatre and music performances and fine arts exhibits held there have created a great deal of interest in and support from the community. We continue to be grateful to you and we hope that you will always feel welcome and visit the new CAC often.
The ninth annual Scholars Evening was held on August 23, 2012 with 250 donors of scholarships and student recipients and their families attending. The Foundation was pleased and proud to award 109 scholarships totaling $133,000 to needy and deserving students enrolled at UWFox for the 2012-13 academic year. These awards included six new scholarships: The Lila Locksmith Huberty Scholarship was established by a former student of Professor Huberty for a French major with financial need. Two scholarships were established by the Bouwer Family for a full-time Hmong, Cambodian, Laotian or Thai student with financial need. Emeritus Professor Michael Spencer established a scholarship in memory of Dave Champeau, a UWFox Alumnus who passed away in 2011. The Neenah Rotary is generously funding a third scholarship this year and Frances Bubolz is awarding a second scholarship in honor of her father.
The Foundation Board selected Dr. Ekokobe Fonkem and Mr. Tom Sonnleitner as Outstanding Alumni Award winners for 2012. Awards were presented at the annual campus commencement ceremonies held on May 27, 2012.
e.a.t.s. (educational assistance through scholarships), the signature fundraiser hosted by the Foundation continues to be a success, attracting nearly 400 guests who anxiously await this annual event which has raised over $500,000 for scholarships since 1997.
It has been a wonderful year and we are deeply appreciative to everyone who has made it possible. Our dedicated board of directors continues to work hard to promote the mission of the Foundation in the community by giving of their time, expertise and resources for which we are most grateful.
This fall the Foundation board convened for a strategic planning retreat in mid-November. The results of that effort will form the basis for a revitalized set of strategies for us moving forward. While I'm excited about this new plan, I know that we will not lose sight of our commitments to helping UW-Fox Valley continue as one of the best higher education institutions in the region and to working to assure a margin of excellence for teaching and learning at the university.
Thank you for believing in our mission, responding so generously to our needs and for your help in making our dreams for UWFox come true. We are so proud of our accomplishments and know they would not have been possible without your key involvement. We salute you and thank you again.
Yours in Service,
Barbara Kelly, President
University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley Foundation, Inc.