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UWFox Hosts 2009 Commencement Ceremony

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The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley held its 2009 Commencement Ceremony and Awards Program on Thursday, May 21, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the campus Fieldhouse. Campus Executive Officer and Dean Jim Perry served as the master of ceremonies, with the Rev. John McFadden, Chaplain for Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin, was the guest speaker.

As part of the events award ceremony, the UW-Fox Valley Foundation presented its 2009 Outstanding Alumni Awards to two UWFox alums. Marne Keller-Krikava (Appleton) earned her Associate of Arts and Science Degree from UWFox in 1989, and went on to receive her B.A. from UW Oshkosh and her M.S. from Marian University.  T. Scott Plutchak (Birmingham, AL) attended UWFox in 1974-75, received a B.S. from UW-Milwaukee and an M.A. from UW Oshkosh. These awards were presented by Foundation president Jerry Iverson.

While the campus has had a presence in the Fox Cities for 76 years, it did not begin awarding associate degrees until 1974. 2009 marked UWFox’s 35th graduating class. 

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.

A number of 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 were presented with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and one student was awarded the Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering through the Fox Valley Engineering program. 

The UWFox/UW-Platteville Collaborative Engineering program began in 2002, with 36 students now having received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Beginning with the first graduating class in 2005, this is the seventh graduating class of mechanical engineers that the program has produced. This Thursday’s commencement marks the first B.S. in Electrical Engineering that the program has produced.

UW-Platteville Assistant Dean of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science, Dr. Lisa Riedle, was on hand to personally present the degrees to the mechanical engineering graduates, Zacherly Esterling (Green Bay), Jacob Leeman (Black Creek), Brian Polly (Menasha) and Ryan Rollins (DePere). Nick Wara (Oshkosh) received the electrical engineering degree but was out of country and unable to attend the ceremony.

Among the other UWFox students who attended the ceremony are one graduate with highest honors (4.0 GPA), eight grads with high honors (3.75-3.99 GPA) and 16 grads with honors (3.50-3.74 GPA).

Five UWFox grads have earned the national Phi Theta Kappa distinction of academic excellence and six grads have been named members of the Sigma Kappa Delta national English Honor Society.

A number of local community and political leaders were in attendance to see the ceremony and to applaud the graduates and numerous other students who will be receiving academic department awards and departing student scholarships. Several faculty and staff members will be recognized with special awards as well. 

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.

Six students were presented with an individual “departing scholarship” by representatives from the UWFox Business Club, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Lawrence University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

McFadden served 23 years as Senior Minister of the First Congregational United Church of Christ (1983-2006). He attended Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA) where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He went on to earn his Master of Divinity Degree from Drew University (Madison, NJ).

UWFox also offers a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Administration through its collaboration with UW Oshkosh. 13 students earned the degree at the end of this spring semester.  

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 05/20/2009 Updated 05/29/2009