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October 5, 2001

UW-RF Student Receives Art Education Award

UW-River Falls student Sara Allen has been presented the Outstanding Art Education Student Award for 2001 by the Wisconsin Art Education Association. Allen, a senior from Rice Lake majoring in art education, will receive her award at the WAEA fall conference, at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design on Oct. 25.

The prestigious award is granted to one student each year who is enrolled in an art education program in any Wisconsin higher education institution, and is a junior or senior with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The student must demonstrate leadership and commitment to the art education field.

Allenšs nomination will be forwarded to the National Art Education Association for consideration for the Higher Education Student Achievement Award, sponsored by the NAEA.

She is honored to have been selected for the award, but the reality hasnšt hit her yet. "I'm still in shock," said Allen. "When I'm walking up to receive the award and my heart is beating fast, then it will click in."

In a workshop at the conference, Allen and several other art education students, along with Professor Lynn Jermal from the art department at UW-RF, will present a session on their involvement with Service Learning activities.

Allen worked last summer with a community mural team to execute a millennium mural in the Chalmer Davee Library on campus. The mural was a Service Learning project, for which Jermal was project coordintor. Allen helped to prepare the wall, finalize the design and draw it on the wall, and give it the final touches.

Said Jermal, "Sara is a delight to be with, full of generosity and joy, willing to work hard and help others. I feel she will be an excellent teacher, because she already has such a strong sense of professionalism. She is the kind of person we want to have in the field, and is an excellent representative for UW-River Falls."

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