December 7, 2001
Two Companies Cited for Outstanding Service to UW-RF
By Khrysten Darm
UW-RF News Bureau
Law's Nursery, Inc. of Hastings and United Parcel Service will receive Outstanding Service Awards from UW-River Falls for their exemplary contributions to the University. Chancellor Ann Lydecker will present the awards at UW-RF commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 22, at Knowles Physical Education and Recreation Center.
For the past 20 years, co-owners Paul Morlock and Tim Power of Law's Nursery have worked closely with horticulture faculty and students at UW-RF. The nursery has provided learning opportunities for students and the University has produced trained employees to work at the nursery.
Law¹s Nursery has provided internship opportunities for horticulture majors, and written professional letters of recommendation for the students who worked as interns and conducted field trips of the nursery for horticulture classes.
Morlock and Power also made significant contributions to the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association that have benefited students. Along with others in the MNLA organization, they initiated an industry-based scholarship program, sponsoring a $1,000 scholarship annually to one UW-RF student.
They have encouraged the participation of UW-RF horticulture faculty and students in the MLNA, inviting students to assist with the set-up of the MNLA convention and trade show in Minneapolis every January, where they will have opportunities to network with professionals from the region.
As the current chair of MNLA's Research and Investment Committee, Morlock has encouraged and implemented new grant application procedures that have increased opportunities for UW-RF to apply for MNLA grants.
UPS was nominated for the award in recognition of the programs and opportunities it offers to students and the support it lends to UW-RF campus activities.
UPS recruits on campus many times during each semester. Over the years it has hired hundreds of UW-RF students as part-time workers. The company provides flexible work schedules, internship programs and management training programs. Some students have had paid marketing internships, and many have moved on to permanent management positions with UPS after graduation.
Recently, students at UW-RF became some of the first to benefit from a new tuition reimbursement program offered by UPS. Also, unlike most part-time employers, UPS offers health benefits.
During Student Employment Week at UW-RF, a celebration to honor students who work while attending school, UPS donates door prizes and give-aways and assists with job fairs. Since the event is self-supporting, the continued willingness of UPS to provide assistance is very much appreciated. UPS is also a leading member of the National Student Employment Association, having donated $40,000 to the organization last year alone.
UPS has contributed to the University in other important ways over the years as well, in career fairs, donatING the scoreboard for the Karges Physical Education Center, servING as corporate sponsor for benefit golf tournaments to raise money for the football team and has placed ads in the program books for UW-RF football games.
Said Chancellor Ann Lydecker "Law¹s Nursery and United Parcel Service are both loyal and student-focused organizations who have been active and generous in providing assistance to the University. The support they lend our programs here is immeasurable. They are excellent examples of a strong industry partner with the University and are most deserving of the Outstanding Service Award."
The Outstanding Service Award was established in 1983 to recognize those who have made significant contributions to the University in the form of personal time and energy, leadership, support, and/or monetary donations.
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