December 10, 1999
UW-RF Announces Service Award Winners
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls named an individual, a corporation and surrounding governmental bodies its three outstanding service award winners.
The award recipients are Susan Treinen of the Fair Issac Corp. in Arden Hills, Minn., Genex/Cooperative Resources International of Shawano and the City of River Falls, Pierce County and the Towns of Clifton, Kinnickinnic, River Falls and Troy.
Awards will be presented to Treinen and Genex/CRI at fall commencement on Sat., Dec.18, while the governmental units will be honored at the University's 125th celebration on May 10.
The outstanding service award, sponsored by the University's Alumni Association, was established in 1983 to recognize individuals or groups who have made significant contributions to the mission of the University. The contributions may include personal time and energy, leadership, support and/or monetary donations.
"These individuals and groups are being honored for giving a great amount of time and effort to make this University thrive and be one of the best in the University of Wisconsin System," Chancellor Gary A. Thibodeau said.
Treinen, a recruiter for Fair Issac, has worked closely with the University's computer science department and career services office over the past few years. When COBOL was dropped by other universities' computer labs, Trienen consulted with the University's computer science department to maintain the program's training.
Through the UW-RF career services office, Treinen has hired a number of UW-RF students for internships and permanent positions. Also, Treinen has served as the employer representative on career service's advisory board and is a mock interviewer for an annual career workshop to help prepare students in their internship/job search.
Genex/CRI has helped the University in a variety of ways. It has hired many of the University's graduates and students as interns. Genex/CRI's manager Doug Wilson has also served on the fund-raising committee for the new $3.4 million dairy learning center, which Genex/CRI donated $10,000 to help develop. Also, Genex/CRI personnel, under a faculty member's supervision, teach the animal science department's artificial insemination course.
The citizens of the City of River Falls, Pierce County, the Towns of Clifton, Kinnickinnic, River Falls and Troy brought the University into existence. By lobbying to get the Normal School in River Falls and working diligently to rebuild the Normal School after the original building burned, their strong commitment was observed at the University's beginning and still remains today. The people of these communities are being recognized for their dedication and long-standing commitment to the University.
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