7 Get Chancellor's Award

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

May 23, 1997

7 Students Receive Top Service Honor

By Ellie Walradth
UW-RF News Bureau

The Chancellor's Award, the highest non-academic honor for service to UW-River Falls, has been granted to seven undergraduate students.

The recipients are: Chris Emerson, a speech communication major from Amery; Deanna Herman, a physical education major from Zimmerman, Minn.; Catherine Knapp, an agricultural education major from New London; Michelle Sands, an agricultural education major from Taopi, Minn.; Grant Staszak, an agricultural business and political science major from Bonduel; Amy Stenson, a broad area English education major from Rochester, Minn.; and May Xiong, a computer science major from St. Paul, Minn.

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

Emerson was recognized for his activities as a member of Phi Sigma Kappa International, Shared Governance, and as chair of the Comedy and Entertainment Committees. He has been active in student activities and programming and has provided the students at UW-RF with many entertainment events. Emerson played an important part in the programming of "Unity in the Community," the campus multicultural diversity fair, and the "Summer Concert Series" of entertainment for River Falls and surrounding communities. He is completing an internship this semester with KARE 11 television in Minneapolis and will then pursue a career in multimedia productions or college student personnel.

Herman was cited for her leadership positions, including one as a student senator. During her sophomore year, she spent a semester abroad in the Wisconsin in Scotland Program where she was a resident assistant at Dalkeith Manor Estate near Edinburgh. She has also been a resident assistant on campus for over two years. Herman is a member of the Academic Success Center Planning Team and lead coordinator of the Rising to the Challenge Handicap Accessibility Project. Herman is assisting in planning the restructuring of the orientation program for new students and has worked on the summer registration staff. Along with college, she is a youth leader with the Dwelling College Ministry at the Abundant Life Church.

Knapp was recognized for being a member of the Student Senate, the Agriculture Education Society, Alpha Tau Alpha, and the Student Alumni Association. On the Student Senate, Knapp was a member of the Budget Committee where she revised the segregated university fees and program fund request forms. The revised forms aid student organizations in filling out requests for funding. Knapp was also student chair for the development of the instructional videotape, "Agricultural Education Parliamentary Procedure," which is sold nationwide through a private company. She has organized many chapters activities for Alpha Tau Alpha and the Agricultural Education Society. In addition to college, Knapp manages the Instructional Material Center in the Agricultural Education Office.

Sands was recognized for serving as a College of Agriculture, Food & Envrionmental Sciences representative and parliamentary procedure judge and demonstrator for the Agricultural Education Society. She has been president of Alpha Tau Alpha, an honorary agricultural education organization, and chair of the Agricultural Technology Contest where she worked with faculty members and students from over 80 schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin. In addition to her agricultural involvements, Sands has been a resident assistant, a R.O.A.D. crew member, and secretary of Alpha Sigma Alpha. Sands has accepted a teaching position with the Colby School District as the school's second agricultural education teacher.

Staszak was cited for being a member of Alpha Gamma Rho and treasurer and president of the Student Senate. He has participated on numerous committees, including Reach for the Future, the Steering, Parking and Athletics. Staszak was instrumental in implementing the new student shared government structure. Through the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, he has been a college ambassador to 13 high schools and a member of a variety of agricultural organizations. Last year he was chosen to be the treasurer for the Wisconsin FFA Association. With this job, he has represented the agricultural industry to Wisconsin citizens and has taught younger students the importance of leadership skills.

Stenson was recognized for being a four-year all-conference pitcher and a two-year co-captain of the UW-RF women's softball league. Last spring, the Wisconsin Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selected Stenson as the 1997 Softball Scholar Athlete. On campus Stenson has been involved in various Student and Faculty Senate Committees. In the community Amy was a volunteer tutor at Meyer Middle School for three years. She has also volunteered at Ezekial Lutheran Church, and Have-a-Heart farm, a daycare and rehabilitation center for children with special needs. Stenson has spoken to students in area communities about building positive self-esteem.

Xiong was recognized for being president and a member of the Asian American Student Association. She has served on the Student Senate and attended many United Council meetings in Wisconsin. Xiong contributed to the Search and Screen Committee as it filled the Academic Advisor position in the Academic Support Office. As a student representative, she attended the UW System Conference on Race and Ethnicity. Xiong has presented poetry at the American Multicultural Student Leadership Conferences that are held on various UW campuses. On campus she has tutored as a supplemental instruction leader for the Academic Support Office. Xiong hopes to pursue her service-oriented interests by attending graduate school in the field of student affairs.

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