Chancellor's Award

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

May 15, 1996

9 Earn UW-RF's Top Student Honor

By Faith Kammerdiener
UW-RF News Bureau

The highest award for service to UW-River Falls has been granted to nine students.

The Chancellor's Award and medallion were presented to the students at a dinner on May 7. Each student also will be recognized at the University's Senior Banquet on May 18.

The recipients are: Heather Fleming an elementary education major from Circle Pines, Minn.; Shawn W. Gudmunsen, a vocal music education major from St. Croix Falls; Shawn C. Kelly, a psychology major from Osceola; Bridgett L. Nottestad, an agricultural education major from Westby; Christopher M. Patton, a political science major from Green Bay; Melissa Paulson, a broad field agriculture major from Alden, Minn.; April M. Prestrud, a physical education major from Prairie Farm; DeeAnn L. Rambo, a sociology major from Spring Valley; and Bryan C. Sanders, a physical education major from Stillwater, Minn.

The award is presented to a select group of students who have distinguished themselves through outstanding service, leadership and skill. The students are those who have strived to make UW-RF a better place for students, faculty and staff.

Fleming was recognized for her activities as a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha, the Order of Omega Honorary Fraternity, and the Student Leadership Development and Programming Center Committee. She volunteered for the Special Olympics and is also a 1996 honoree in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Heather is the Director of Leadership Development for the Hagestad Union Board and a Resident Assistant in Hathorn Hall.

Gudmunsen was cited for his service as a Resident Assistant for two and half years. During that time, he established the first Resident Assistant conference at UW-RF. Gudmunsen has participated in Wyman Concerts and Lectures Committee, UW-RF Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, the Music Educators National Conference, and the Wisconsin School Music Association. As a senior at UW-RF, Gudmunsen was also recognized for his service as Chair for the Music Activities Budget Committee and as a Resident Assistant.

Kelly was cited for his four years of active involvement in Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity, and is its president. Kelly has served as a a member of the Student Senate and chaired its Legislative Affairs Committee, and has served on the Stratton Hall renovation committee which created a proposal for future residence hall renovation on campus. As a member of the UW-RF Long-range Planning Committee, Kelly helped set the goals for the University's massive strategic plan, "Reach for the Future."

Nottestad was recognized for her leadership role as coordinator of the 1995 campus-wide Career Fair and parliamentary procedure activities. She is also a Resident Assistant and has been active in a variety of organizations, including the Agricultural Education Society, Student Senate, R.O.A.D. Crew, the Association of Women in Agriculture, and Alpha Tau Alpha. Nottestad has also been involved in the development and implementation of FFA contests and workshops at the local, sectional and state levels.

Patton was cited for his three years of Student Senate involvement. For the 18 months, he has served as Student Senate President. As president, Patton chaired the Task Force on Shared Governance, which created a new student shared governance structure under state statute. He is also a member of the "Reach for the Future" Steering Committee, which is coordinating the University's massive strategic planning effort, as well as serving on many other institutional and faculty governance committees.

Paulson was recognized for her leadership as a R.O.A.D Crew member, a Campus Tour guide, a first-year student Summer Orientation Student Assistant, and as an intern at the Admissions Office. She has also been an Agriculture Ambassador, and a member of the Wyman Concerts and Lectures Committee. Paulson was one of two student representatives to the University's Search and Screen Committee that selected a new Provost, the chief academic officer for the University.

Prestrud was also cited for her service as a R.O.A.D Crew coordinator and leader. She has worked for the Admissions Office as an intern and Campus Tour Guide, which she now coordinates. Prestrud is also a member of the Leadership Development and Programming Board and the Wyman Concerts and Lectures Committee. She's been active in Dance Theatre as a choreographer and as its Vice-president. Prestrud also was active in various Christian organizations on campus, including the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, and served as president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Rambo was recognized for her leadership in organizing UW-RF's first Take Back the Night March. Rambo also worked with the Women's Equality Group to organize programming for Sexual Assault Awareness Week. She has served on on the Student Health Committee and the University task force to improve the climate for gay, lesbian and bisexual students. Rambo has also served as president of the 10 Percent Society. She is very active in her church and has served in its Council of Ministries, worked in its Christian Education Program, and provided musical leadership for the presentation of "Another Way" worship service. She has been a Peer Minster for both the Lutheran Campus Ministry and United Ministries in Higher Education. While working for the Lutheran Campus Ministry, Rambo was a band member of the Directing Committee and Contemporary Worship.

Sanders was cited for his community service contributions. Sanders, who participated in the 1992 Olympics as a ski jumper, was named UW-RF Outstanding Physical Education Student and U.S. Skiing's Domestic Coach of the Year. He was also awarded the National Association for Sport and Physical Education's Outstanding Major of the Year Award. Sanders volunteered at the Wisconsin Special Olympics and spoke at local public schools about his Olympic experiences. He also worked in the Prairie Island Native American Community in Welch, Minn., promoting various youth programs and served on the 1995 North American Indigenous Games Board of Directors. As a U.S. Skiing Central Junior Olympic Team coach, Sanders coached three skiers to Junior National Championships in 1995 and 1996.

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