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April 13, 2004


Six UW-River Falls Students Receive Top Service Awards

Six students have been chosen to receive the 2004 Chancellor's Award at UW-River Falls, the highest honor for students at the University. Recipients are JoAnna Arguello of Rochester, Minn., Brandon Bruder of Prairie Farm, Wis., Amanda Bryan of North Branch, Minn., Ashley Ryan Hawke of Little Canada, Minn., Mindy Naef of Monroe, Wis., and Angela Roggenbuck of Bloomer, Wis.

The Chancellor's Award is the highest non-academic honor a student can receive at UW-RF. It is given to students for their leadership and service to the University while on campus.

Typically, recipients are juniors and seniors and nominated by a faculty or academic staff member or their student peers through the Student Senate. Each nominee is considered by a committee that reports directly to the chancellor. After select interviews, the committee deliberates with the chancellor, who makes the final decision. Chancellor Ann Lydecker selected the recipients before her March 25 death.

JoAnna Arguello is a senior majoring in psychology. Arguello was nominated by Academic Success Center Director Phil George. Arguello served as president of Alpha Sigma Alpha, and on the leadership team of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. She was also involved with the Latino Student Organization and the Technology Leadership Cadre, and was a recruitment counselor for Fall Formal recruitment.

A McNair Scholar, Arguello's academic research included acculturation strategies and retention factors among freshman college students, which led to opportunities helping facilitate two freshman seminars with the University. Arguello has been active in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program and volunteered with Relay for Life for the past two years.

Brandon Bruder is a senior majoring in agriculture marketing communications. Bruder was nominated by the UW-RF Student Senate. He is currently a second-year Student Senate vice president, has served as its ethics/parliamentarian, and has been on numerous senate committees.

Bruder is a member of the UW-RF Dairy Club and Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow. He currently works for Public Safety Office and has been a campus tour guide and a tutor for the River Falls School District. Additionally, Bruder is currently serving as the president of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. He was awarded the Alpha Gamma Rho Overall Spirit Award in 2002 and was recognized as the 2003 Greek Man of the Year.

Amanda Bryan is a senior majoring in biochemistry. Bryan was nominated by Bryan Sanders in the University Advancement Office. She is currently in the second term as president for the sorority Sigma Sigma Sigma and serves as the president of the Student Advancement Association.

This year she was picked by the chancellor as one of two student ambassadors to represent UW-RF at conferences with other UW-System student ambassadors. She initiated the Falcon for a Day program at local elementary schools, serves as a campus tour guide and has participated in Dance Theater for the last two years. Bryan also served as the Relay for Life committee team recruitment chair and volunteers for the campus blood drive each year.

Ashley Ryan Hawke is a senior majoring in art education. Hawke was nominated for the Chancellor's Award by Robert Baker, chairperson of the plant and earth science department. Hawke has been involved in many University activities and programs. Currently, he is a resident assistant in Crabtree Hall.

He has served on many committees on campus, including Dance Marathon, the campus Blood Drive, Relay for Life, the Residential Life Committee, and the Art Society. He initiated and was president of the Ultimate Frisbee Club. Hawke is currently organizing a group that will help beautify UW-RF, through a series of murals and mosaics, and he is working on getting a campus Disc Golf course installed along the paths of the South Fork.

Mindy Naef is a senior majoring in agriculture business and German language. Mindy was nominated for the Chancellor's Award by David Trechter of the agriculture economics department. Currently, she is the treasurer of the Sigma Sigma Sigma. Naef has also served for four semesters on the Panhellenic Council, which oversees Greek recruitment practices and organizes activities for campus sororities and fraternities.

Naef has studied abroad at the Carl Von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg, Germany, through a program at UW-LaCrosse. She has been inducted into Alpha Zeta, the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences' academic honors society. She has also served as an agriculture ambassador for CAFES, and she has been selected to be an AGStar Scholar by AGStar Financial Services. In addition, Naef has also participated in Caring and Sharing Hands, the support walk for Turning Point Shelter, Trick-Or-Can Food Drive, the Christmas Stocking Donation Fund, Toys for Tots Program, and Adopt-A-Highway on Highway 35 just outside of River Falls.

Angela Roggenbuck is a senior majoring in liberal arts music and women's studies. Roggenbuck was nominated for the Chancellor's Award by Leadership Center Coordinator Mike Stifter. Roggenbuck has been active in many areas of the University, especially in Residence Life. Currently she is the hall manager in Johnson Hall and served as a resident assistant for two years in Hathorn and Grimm halls. In addition she has been active in the National Residence Hall Honorary, Wisconsin University Residence Hall Association, Relay for Life and the Dance Marathon.

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