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December 7, 2001


335 to Receive Degrees at UW-RF Commencement

An expected 335 bachelor's and master's candidates will participate in commencement ceremonies at UW-River Falls on Saturday, Dec. 22.

The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in the Robert P. Knowles Physical Education and Recreation Center. Teacher education Professor Geoffrey Scheurman, recipient of the 2001 Distinguished Teacher award, will deliver the commencement address.

During the ceremony, Law's Nursery, Inc. of Hastings and United Parcel Service will receive Outstanding Service Awards in recognition of the programs and opportunities they offer to students and the support they lend to UW-RF campus activities.

Law¹s Nursery has provided internship opportunities for horticulture majors and conducted field trips of the nursery for classes. Along with others, it has initiated an industry-based scholarship program, sponsoring a $1,000 scholarship annually to one UW-RF student.

It has also invited students to assist with the set-up of the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association convention and trade show in Minneapolis every January, with opportunities to network with professionals from the region.

Over the years, UPS 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 participate in a new tuition reimbursement program offered by UPS. Also, unlike most part-time employers, UPS offers health benefits.

Degrees at the commencement ceremonies will be conferred by Chancellor Ann Lydecker. Candidates for degrees will be presented by Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Ginny Coombs; Dean William Anderson of the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences; Dean Gorden Hedahl of the College of Arts & Sciences; Dean Barbara Nemecek of the College of Business and Economics; and Karen Viechnicki of the College of Education and Professional Studies.


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