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UW-Fox Valley Foundation to Present First-Ever UWFox Alumni Awards at 2008 Commencement Ceremony

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When the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley celebrates its 2008 commencement ceremony at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, the UW-Fox Valley Foundation will announce its first-ever UWFox “Outstanding Alumni Award.” Dan Densow, president of the Foundation, is scheduled to make the presentations to three individuals who got their best start at UWFox.

Three former UWFox students, including Roger Van Vreede (Appleton), John J. Schubert (Appleton), and Dr. Anthony Czarnik (Reno, NV), are being cited as 2008’s outstanding alumni.Rodger Van Vreede

After earning his Associate Degree at UWFox in 1964, Van Vreede attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned his B.A. in Marketing in 1966.

When Van Vreede and his brother assumed leadership of Van Vreede’s TV & Appliance, it was a small Fox Cities business with few employees.  Over the years, through Van Vreede’s leadership and vision, the business has grown to be a very successful enterprise with multiple locations and over 125 employees. Van Vreede retired in 2004 but retains partial ownership of the business and continues to serve as chairman of the board.

A dedicated community leader and volunteer, Van Vreede served on the Board of Directors of the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley Foundation from 1991-2004 and as chair of the Foundation Board from 1996-2000.  He was an integral part of the success of e.a.t.s., the Foundation’s signature fundraiser, serving on the committee for eight years and as its chair for two years.  A caring and generous individual, Van Vreede keeps UWFox close to his heart by taking a leadership role in the Communication Arts Center Campaign and by endowing a scholarship for a needy and deserving student enrolled at UWFox.  His generous nature continues to keep him involved in numerous charitable causes throughout the community in which he lives.

Van Vreede has served on the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry Board, is a member of the Rotary Club of Appleton and is a recipient of the distinguished Paul Harris Award. He is currently the President of the Board of Directors of the Gardens of the Fox Cities.

John SchubertSchubert is a leader in the actuarial profession and a nationally know expert in the area of retiree health and welfare benefits.  After receiving his Associate of Science Degree at UWFox in 1978, he majored in Actuarial Science and Risk & Insurance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in 1980.

He became an Associate of the Society of Actuaries in 1987, a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries 1988 and a Fellow of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries in 1996. Serving as the Academy’s Vice President of the Health Practice Council, Schubert is in charge of all public policy efforts of the entire actuarial profession.

A tireless volunteer, Schubert has given thousands of hours to his profession and to the public in the area of health care public policy.  He has been quoted in the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, and has contributed to several books and has provided background information to CNN for stories in his field.

Known for being able to explain complex issues in easy to understand terms, Schubert is sought out to make frequent presentations to national organizations and to consult with members of Congress and numerous other government agencies to discuss health care public policy.

Anthony CzarnikCzarnik attended the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley in 1974-75. He received his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1977, majoring in Biochemistry.  He received his graduate training at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, obtaining both an M.S. degree in 1980 in Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in 1981 in Organic Chemistry.

The recipient of countless honors and awards spanning his career, Czarnik received both DuPont and Merck awards for new faculty and in 1986 was presented with an American Cyanamid award in recognition of excellence in the advancement of science and the art of chemical synthesis.  He was named an Eli Lilly awardee in 1988, a Fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in 1989 and a Teacher-Scholar Fellow of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation in 1990.

As an astute scholar and brilliant and creative researcher, Czarnik has amassed an impressive record of publications and patents and is highly sought out as a speaker at meetings and seminars.  In 1998, he became the founding Editor of the American Chemical Society’s “Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry.

Czarnik is a Visiting Professor of Chemistry at the University of Nevada, Reno. In 2003 he founded Protia, LLC - an Intellectual Property holding company in Reno, NV, for which he serves as manager.  In 2007, Protia filed over 200 patent applications.

For more information about the UW-Fox Valley Foundation’s “Outstanding Alumni Awards,” contact Lisa Weiner, executive director of the Foundation, at 920-832-2849 or email lisa.weiner@uwc.edu. For information about the campus’ commencement ceremony, contact Dave Hager, director of University Relations, 920-832-2611 or email david.hager@uwc.edu.

Posted 05/22/2008