May 23, 1997
Student Alumn Receives District Award
A UW-River Falls student has received the prestigious district award, "1997 Outstanding Student Member of the Year," for her dedication to the Student Alumni Association/Student Foundation.
LeAnn Waletzko from Willow River, Minn., was named Member of the Year at the SAA/SF annual district conference held recently in Madison. At the District V conference, over 400 students represented 60 universities with a total SAA/SF membership of over 3,300 students. District V, the second largest in the nation, includes universities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Kansas and Pennsylvania.
Waletzko is a senior majoring in Land Management from Willow River, Minn., has been an active member of SAA for three years.
"I have put a lot of work into this; it is a nice capping of everything that I've done with this organization for the last three years."
The Student Alumni Association at UW-River Falls, comprised of 30 members, was formed in 1986 to serve as a link between past, present and future UW-RF students. SAA is active on campus and in the community, with its members visiting nursing homes, volunteering with to rehabilitate homes thorugh Habitat for Humanity, and participated with a cancer walk-a-thon. Each year on campus they participate in homecoming events and conduct various fundraisers.
Waltezko says that one of the successful projects at UW-RF is its Student Ambassadors program. The purpose is to prepare high school students for college life. Members of SAA have reached over 300 students this year to tell them about everything from living on campus to what it's like to dine in the cafeteria.
Some of Waletzko's accomplishments with SAA include helping plan the Spring Banquet, reviving the Fall Retreat for new members, and initiating an effective way to determine member activity through a points system.
Dan McGinty, assistant director for development and alumni relations at UW-RF, serves as the adviser to the organization says Waletzko is one of the most active members of SAA on campus.
"LeAnn is very deserving of this District award. She was also named UW-RF's member of the year," McGinty says. "Her award gives us (UW-RF) instant credibility among our peer institutions in District V."