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Dec. 5, 2003


McCardle to Receive Distinguished Service Award

River Falls resident Jeff McCardle will receive the highest award that UW-River Falls can present to a community member, the Outstanding Service Award.

McCardle will be honored at the University's fall commencement ceremony on Dec. 20 at the Robert P. Knowles Physical Education and Recreation Center.

The award was established to recognize those individuals outside of the University community that have made exemplary contributions to the University of Wisconsin - River Falls through their support of the institution's goals and their volunteer efforts.

McCardle, who is a 1978 graduate, is the senior business loan officer for WESTconsin Credit Union in River Falls.

Chancellor Ann Lydecker said she was pleased with the nomination of McCardle, which was advanced to her by the Faculty Senate External Relations Committee.

"Jeff McCardle is one of our stellar alumni and community members who engages fully, not partially, in giving back to his University and finding ways to ensure that the University and community are partners to the benefit of both," Lydecker said.

"Jeff always expresses his appreciation for the University and credits it for his success in life. He has always spoken of how he is seeking opportunities to ensure that our current and future students have the same opportunities as he did."

McCardle currently is the chair of the UW-RF Foundation Board of Directors. He served two consecutive four-year terms on the board from 1992-99. He rejoined the board in 2001.

Additionally, numerous letters of support cited many of McCardle's other contributions. Interim Dean Stephen Ridley of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, noted McCardle's service as a charter member of the College's Alumni Association. He noted, too, that McCardle has represented the community on three search committees for senior leaders: the chancellor, the dean of CAFES, and the Dean of the College of Business & Economics.

Career Services Director Carmen Croonquist noted that McCardle is a frequent presenter in classes, and has been heavily involved in career services activities. This has included serving as a "mock" interviewer to help students improve their job presentation skills. He also has lectured to students on how to make the financial transition from student to professional life.

"We have received wonderful feedback from students who appreciated the expertise he shared, as well as the time he spent networking with them individually while he was on campus," Croonquist said.

Agricultural education Instructor Tamia Trulson noted that McCardle for years has lectured to her class on professional careers in agriculture and regularly invites students to observe him as he works. She said that McCardle has devoted countless hours to critiquing students' resumes to sharpen their appeal to employers.

"He is an approachable, friendly, committed individual who possesses superior interpersonal skills" for working with students, Trulson said.

The Outstanding Service Award was established in 1983 by the Faculty Senate and University Administration.

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