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Alumni & Friends

Making a Difference

Dean Martin Rudd

Alumni and Friends are key players in helping the UW-Fox Valley Foundation to make a difference. Those efforts by alumni and friends are noted and appreciated by us on campus. That difference takes many forms by providing:

  • A scholarship that can mean the difference in an academically deserving student being able to attend college when he or she lacks the financial ability to pay for college,
  • Funds for faculty and staff development for academic research, publication of scholarly works, attendance and/or presentation at professional workshops, or conducting other professional enhancement activities. These keep UWFox faculty and staff on the forefront of developments in their discipline of expertise which benefit our students.
  • Funds for special program needs and or equipment that occur throughout the academic year—long after the completion of the campus budget. The Foundation provides a mechanism to allow students, faculty, and staff to recognize special new opportunities or to meet unanticipated needs.
  • Capital fundraising endeavors that benefit our campus and enrich our surrounding communities. The Barlow Planetarium and Weis Earth Science Museum are prime examples. The Foundation has identified raising funds for our Communication Arts Center as a primary goal.

You Can Help

Benefits accrue through the efforts of many. While the UW Fox Valley Foundation provides the leadership and mechanisms, we need your assistance.

If you’re an alum, we want to know about you, your life after Fox, and your memorable experiences at Fox. Please complete our online form, “Update My Record,” and do stop and visit the campus when you can. We enjoy your visits.

The campus enjoys a special relationship with its friends too. Friends are those who recognize the incredible value UWFox provides and want to assist us in a variety of ways. Please join our mailing list by completing the online form.

Many, alumni and friends alike, assist us through their voluntary work at events such as e.a.t.s.; by attending campus events; through their financial contributions; or their political activism and support on key issues facing the campus. Our publication, Alumnations, a publishing partnership between the Foundation and the campus, is sent to alumni and friends. Through it, you’ll learn more of the work of the Foundation, the campus, and news of fellow alumni and our friends.

It’s because of that support that the UW-Fox Valley Foundation succeeds, the campus achieves, and the lives of our students, their families, and our society are positively impacted.


Outstanding Alumni 2015

The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley Foundation is honored to announce the 2015 Outstanding Alumni, Beth Davis!

Beth DavisIn 1969, Beth Stachowiak Davis’s mother, Connie, moved with her children from Kansas to Appleton to be closer to family. As a single mother, Connie led by example, teaching her children the importance of love of family, a strong faith in God, and a good education.

Beth took these lessons to heart, and after graduation from Appleton East High School, she felt that the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley was the best choice for her to begin her college path. Beth attended UWFox from 1974-1975.  With the positive experience and individual attention provided by the faculty and staff, she felt ready to transfer to UW-Madison, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in 1977. 

Beth’s career in the financial services industry has spanned some thirty-five years, culminating with her current position at Community First Credit Union as Vice President of Business Development. In addition to being a successful business woman, she is the proud wife of her husband John for over thirty-five years and a strong role model in the lives of her three children.

Beth is a highly respected mentor and role model in our community who has given her time, talent and treasure to impact the lives of others. She currently serves as the President and Development Chair of the Women’s Fund of the Fox Valley; past co-chair of Go Red for Women, a fundraiser for the American Heart Association; Senior Ambassador and Cultivate Business Series Chair for the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce; Business Mentor for Reality Check, a financial fluency program at the Appleton School District; Junior Achievement Fox Cities Business Challenge Team Leader; and Instructor and Advisory Committee Member for the Appleton Career Academy. Beth is a co-founder of Women for H.E.A.L.T.H. giving circle within the Women’s Fund of the Fox Valley. She has earned both the Athena Businesswoman of the Year and the Exceptional Mentor of the Year awards.

Beth is an invaluable member of the Fox Valley community who believes that our youth—both boys and girls—are our future, and that strong, intact, stable families are essential to the health and well-being of our community.  It is important to Beth that all people, but especially women and girls, have a positive self-image and have mentors to help them navigate through life’s challenges.