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Reilly-Myklebust Receives Chancellor's Award
By Christine Duellman
UW-RF News Bureau
3, 2005--Student health services Director Alice Reilly-Myklebust has been
selected to receive the 2005 University of Wisconsin-River Falls Chancellor's
Award for Excellence for Academic Staff. This award is in recognition
of excellence in her work and dedication to the University community.
Interim Chancellor Virgil Nylander presented her with the award at a reception
on Tuesday, April 19.
Reilly-Myklebust is the director of student health and counseling services
and the co-director of the personal and professional development center
at UW-RF. She has a master of science degree in nursing and is working
toward a doctorate in public health at Walden University.
"Under her leadership, student health services has grown from a small,
almost invisible service into an active, very involved and visible group
of professionals who are making a real difference on campus by increasing
student awareness of current health issues," said June Schubert,
who was one of many to nominate Reilly-Myklebust for the award.
Reilly-Myklebust has worked to collaborate with the River Falls Medical
Clinic, Pierce County Reproductive Health Services and Kinnic Falls Alcohol
and Other Drug Abuse Services. All of these programs have expanded options
for students' health care.
"The creation, development, maintenance and success of these programs
belongs to Alice," said UW-RF Senior Counselor Gretchen Link. "Alice
is one of the most dedicated professionals with whom I have had the pleasure
Throughout her career at UW-RF, Reilly-Mykebust has organized workshops
that address eating disorders, co-directed conferences regarding students'
sexual behavior and relationship skills, worked on an annual "M*A*S*H"
event to help reduce students' stress during finals, and organized the
annual campus and community health fair.
"With her energy, positive outlook and work ethic, she is and exemplary
role model. Alice is liked and respected by her colleagues and co-workers,"
said Sheri Strover, UW-RF career counselor.
In 2003, a UW-RF student died from Meningococcal disease. Reilly-Myklebust
and her co-workers addressed the concerns of students and their families,
implemented a plan to address the issue, and met with UW-RF administrators
and staff to create information that would educate the public. As a result
of this effort, UW-RF student health services received the Partnerships
in Public Health Award from the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family
"Alice's leadership to students, parents, faculty and staff during
that crisis fostered communication, calmed fears and prevented other students
from becoming ill," said Linda Vigars, UW-RF student health nurse.
Reilly-Myklebust has co-written and received numerous grants in support
of education programs that focus on issues such as tobacco use, alcohol
abuse, physical activity and sexual assault.
"A good leader is a teacher, a cheerleader, a critical evaluator,
visionary and perpetual source of energy for the organization. That describes
Alice," said Vigars.
A native of the Wisconsin Dells area, Reilly-Myklebust also is co-chair
of the site council for the Public Montessori School in River Falls. She
worked with other parents to write a grant that funded this school and
continues to work on grants that will fund a new library. Her two children,
Jens and Reilly, attend this school.
When Chancellor Nylander called Reilly-Myklebust to congratulate her for
receiving the award, she was shocked. She attributes her success to the
people with whom she works.
"I love my job. It's a great place to work where you feel like you
make a difference in lives," said Reilly-Myklebust. "Everything
we do is a group effort, and any success I have is everyone's success.
I feel very blessed."
Tuesday, 22-Jun-2010 16:21:23 Central Daylight Time