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Dec. 5, 2003


UW-RF Fall Commencement Set for Dec. 20

An expected 311 bachelor's and master's candidates will participate in commencement ceremonies at UW-River Falls on Saturday, Dec. 20.

The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in the Robert P. Knowles Physical Education and Recreation Center. English Professor Jennifer Brantley, recipient of the 2003 Distinguished Teacher award, will deliver the commencement address, "Stories of Courage, Things of Wonder."

Brantley is also the editor of Literary Magazine Review. Her poetry has been published in many magazines, such as North American Review, 13th Moon, Women in Language and Kaleidoscope. For her poetry, she received a Hart Crane Award and an Academy of American Poets Award.

Receiving the University's Outstanding Service Award will be Jeff McCardle, a 1978 alumnus who is the senior business loan manager at WESTconsin Credit Union in River Falls. McCardle was nominated for his extensive contributions in time and resources as a mentor to interns, and frequent lecturer in classes. He has served for 10 years on the UW-RF Foundation Board of Directors and serves as the current chair of the board. The award is the highest the University can bestow on a friend of the institution.

UW-RF graduating senior Karen Walker will sing at the ceremonies. Walker, a speech communications major from Princeton, Minn. , will lead the students, faculty and guests in the UW-RF Pledge Song and "America the Beautiful."

Chancellor Ann Lydecker will confer degrees at the commencement ceremonies. Candidates for degrees will be presented by Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Ginny Coombs; Interim Dean Stephen Ridley of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; Dean Gorden Hedahl of the College of Arts and Sciences; Dean Barbara Nemecek of the College of Business and Economics; Dean Zaborowski, Dean of Outreach and Graduate Studies; and Dean Connie Foster of the College of Education and Professional Studies.

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