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Date: May 19, 2000

Six Students Receive Top Service Awards

Six students have been selected for the Chancellor's Award at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, the highest honor for service to the University.

Recipients are Amy Sue Gaede of River Falls; Amy Jurgens of Seymour; Jennifer Mundt of Pittsville; Sarah Nelson of Annandale, Minn.; Jared Schaffner of Fountain City; and Ezra Zeitler of Mercer.

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 during the course of their time on campus.

Typically, recipients are juniors and seniors. They are nominated by a faculty member, academic staff member, or their student peers through the Student Senate. Each nominee is considered by a committee that reports directly to Chancellor Gary A. Thibodeau. After a select group of interviews, the committee deliberates with the chancellor, after which he makes his selections.

Amy Sue Gaede is a senior majoring in English, Spanish, and German with an emphasis in secondary education. Gaede was nominated for the Chancellor's Award by the UW-RF Student Senate.

During her four years at the University, Gaede has been extensively involved in many areas of University life. She has been a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority for the past four years, serving her sorority in many different capacities such as Scholarship Chair, Philanthropy Chair, Ritual Chair, and Chapter Vice-President. In addition, she has been very involved in Panhellenic Council during the past three years, most recently serving as its president. She was one of a select group of women to hold the title of Recruitment Counselor for Fall Recruitment 1999. In conjunction, Gaede was initiated into the Order of Omega, the Greek Honor Society, this spring.

Gaede's experience, leadership, and efforts are not limited to Greek Life. She had the unique opportunity for three years of serving a Resident Assistant in the University's residence halls program. During this time, Gaede's enthusiasm for the job further strengthened her passion for helping others. Gaede has been appointed as the Crabtree Residence Hall Manager for next academic year.

As a student leader in the University's residence life program, during the past semester Gaede worked diligently as the Student Training Manager for the Student Leadership Development and Programming Center. In this capacity, she developed training modules for future student Orientation Leaders, Resident Assistants, and other student paraprofessional staff.

In addition, she has been involved in the following: the Literary Society, La Tertulia, Inter-Varsity, Bacchus Gamma, UW-RF Forensics, several Shared Governance Committees of the Student Senate, the Chancellor's Coalition on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, and the German Club. Gaede has also been a Peer Mentor to International Students and helped to found the Campus International Ambassadors Program.

Amy M. Jurgens is a junior, majoring in Speech Communications. Jurgens was also nominated for the Chancellor's Award by her peers through the Student Senate.

Throughout her three years at UW-RF, Jurgens has been involved in many aspects of campus and community life. Jurgens has been a Student Association Student Senator for three consecutive years and currently serves as the Student Association President. Through these student government experiences, Jurgens has also been extremely active with the United Council of University of Wisconsin Students and the United States Student Association, which represents students statewide and across the nation. Jurgens was recently given the "Delegate of the Year" Award from the United Council of University of Wisconsin Students.

Jurgens' leadership and experience are not limited to Student Government. She has been a Resident Assistant in both Grimm and Hathorn Residence Halls and is a member of the National Residence Hall Honorary. She is also a member of the Gender Equity Council, African American Alliance, and Gay Straight Alliance. These organizations promote the equality of women, students of color, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students. Jurgens has also been involved with the Agricultural Education Society and was a member of the Alpha Tau Alpha Honor Society. Jurgens was a member of search and screen committees on the campus, including the committee that selected Dr. Ann Lydecker as the Universityıs Chancellor-elect.

In addition to Jurgens' work on Student Senate, in the residence halls, and other aspects of campus life, she has been a volunteer at the River Falls domestic abuse shelter, Turning Point.

Jennifer R. Mundt is a senior majoring in Agricultural Education. Mundt was nominated for the Chancellor's Award by Bob Sievert, Director of Student Life Facilities, and Mary Halada, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance.

While at UW-RF, Mundt has been active in a variety of organizations. She has been involved in the Agricultural Education Society and Alpha Tau Alpha. Mundt has worked to coordinate Parliamentary Procedure Workshops for high school students, coordinated judges for numerous Wisconsin FFA Parliamentary Procedure workshops, plus she has been a classroom assistant with Parliamentary Procedure. In October 1999 she was a member of the winning debate team at the National Alpha Tau Alpha Conclave. Currently, Mundt serves as the First Vice President of the Alpha Mu Chapter of Alpha Tau Alpha.

In addition, Mundt's experiences in Student Government have allowed her to have significant impact across the campus. For Student Senate, she has served as the Student Welfare Chairperson and Director of Finance and Operations. During the current academic year, Mundt served in the role of the Fees and Facilities Board Chair. In this capacity, she was extremely involved with students, faculty, and staff in the development of the concept document for a new $20 million student union at UW-RF as well as contributing to the development of the new $26 million Health and Human Performance facility. In addition, this academic year she served as the student representative on the University Space Planning Committee.

Mundt was a member of the UW-RF Concert Choir for two years; served on the May Hall Council; and was a campus tour guide for our Admissions Office.

Sarah R. Nelson is a graduating senior, majoring in Marketing Communications. Nelson was nominated for the Chancellor's Award by Dan McGinty, Assistant Director of Alumni and Development at the University.

During her four years at UW-RF, Nelson has been extensively involved in the life of the University. Nelson has been an active member of the Student Alumni Association for the past three years and has served as the organization's President and student ambassadors team leader, in addition to being a member of the fundraising and alumni relations committees. In 1999 Nelson was named the "Outstanding Member of the Year" for her service, commitment, and dedication to the Student Alumni Association.

In addition to the Student Alumni Association, Nelson was the founding member and President of the Marketing Communications Organization and a member of the Business Communications Organization.

Additionally, she has been a New Student Orientation Leader in Student Development and has volunteered as an Admissions campus tour guide for the past three years. Nelson also served as a representative for the University during high school visits, college fairs, and annual alumni events.

In addition to her extracurricular experiences, Nelson has excelled academically. This semester, she was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, a National Honor Society, and has been on the Deanıs List every semester during her college career. Nelson has maintained a 4.0 grade point average the past three semesters and will be graduating in the top 10 percent of her class.

Jared L. Schaffner is a senior majoring in Agricultural Education. Schaffner was nominated for the Chancellor's Award by Professor Richard Jensen, Chair of the Agricultural Education Department.

During Schaffner's four years at UW-RF, he has maintained a high level of participation in a variety of campus activities. Leadership positions in the Agricultural Education Society, Alpha Tau Alpha, and the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity have provided Schaffner with a wealth of experiences and opportunities.

Highlights in these organizations have included working with younger members on their personal development; being a member of a national winning debate team; and attending State and national leadership conferences. Special appointments for Schaffner have included to two University governance committees. These are the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences Curriculum Committee and the Search and Screen Committee for a tenure track position in the Agricultural Education Department. These allowed Schaffner to represent students' interests.

Schaffners's experiences have not been limited to the campus community. In 1997, he was elected a State FFA Officer and worked with more than 16,000 Wisconsin FFA members to develop their leadership skills and awareness about opportunities in agriculture. He was also selected in the fall of 1998 to represent the State of Wisconsin as their National FFA Officer Candidate. In both these roles, Schaffner served as an advocate for both Agriculture and Agricultural Education across the State of Wisconsin.

Ezra J. Zeitler is a senior studying Geography, Cartography and Geographic Information Systems, and Land Use Planning. Zeitler was nominated for the Chancellorıs Award by Geography Professors Michael Albert and Donald Petzold.

During his five years at UW-RF, Zeitler has been involved with a variety of campus organizations. As president of the Student Geography Organization, he spearheaded fund-raising efforts and organized the annual map painting on the playgrounds of local schools. In addition, he coordinated many organizational field trips and banquets.

Zeitler has shared his knowledge of Geographic Information Systems with University faculty and staff through his participation in a GIS workshop and is currently working on a project with University Outreach.

As a Resident Assistant in the campus residence halls, he supported student involvement in a variety of campus activities and he played an important role in the success of Johnson Residence Hall's "Hallapallooza," a campus-wide event offering live entertainment, food and a volleyball tournament for students.

Zeitler has taken advantage of supplementary academic programs offered to University students to foster their academic and personal growth. First, he experienced life "out west" by attending the University of Wyoming through his participation in the National Student Exchange Program. Next semester he will tour Europe and study land reclamation through the Semester Abroad Program. His studies will be centered in Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

In addition to his travels and work with the Geography Department and residence life, Zeitler has been an active member in the Rodeo Club and the Men's Volleyball Club, in addition to hosting a radio show on the campus radio station, WRFW.


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