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KC Chiefs Organizations Receives UWRF Outstanding Service Award

NOV. 21, 2006--The Kansas City Chiefs Football Club has been named as the recipient of the Outstanding Service Award from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Chancellor Don Betz announced the award, which will be presented to the Chiefs organization at fall commencement on Dec. 16. Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Denny Thum is expected to accept the recognition on behalf of the team.

"The Chiefs are an excellent choice for this award," Betz said of the Chiefs presence at summer training camp in River Falls.. "For the past 16 years the team has been an important member of our university family. They have helped us to achieve many of our institutional objectives, including bringing more visitors to campus, increasing our economic impact on the region and enhancing our institutional visibility. The Chiefs have also been great partners to us on campus in other ways. Their presence has enabled us to offer dozens of internships to students, who have also found the Chiefs to be accessible, remarkable mentors.

"They've helped us to generate the resources to make numerous campus improvements. The team's leaders also have been outstanding advocates on our behalf to our state government in Madison, helping us to secure state funding for remodeling projects.

"This recognition is a very public way for us to acknowledge the Chiefs' commitment to our university," Betz said.

Chiefs President Carl Peterson said the team was pleased to receive the recognition. "On behalf of the entire Kansas City Chiefs organization, we are honored to receive this prestigious award from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The university and the River Falls community have been outstanding hosts for us during training camp the past 16 seasons. The administration, staff and students of UWRF have always made every effort to assist our team in any way possible. We are pleased that this partnership has also been very beneficial for the university and its students. We thank the University of Wisconsin-River Falls for this honor."

The Outstanding Service Award was established in 1983 to recognize individuals or organizations outside of the university community who have made exemplary contributions to UW-River Falls through their support of the institution's goals and their voluntary efforts on behalf of the university.  

Nominating the Chiefs for the award were Mary Halada, vice chancellor for administration and finance; Larry Testa, camp coordinator; Mark Kinders, director of University Communications; and Dan VandeYacht, UWRF registrar and a former Chiefs camp intern. The university's Faculty Senate External Relations Committee recommended to Chancellor Betz that the Kansas City Chiefs organization receive the award.

Halada noted that the team's presence on campus has been a win-win experience for both the team and the university. She singled out a less visible component: the exceptional benefit to student interns. Through the camp's existence, more than 70 UWRF students have had internships associated with the Chiefs camp, while hundreds more have been employed as camp workers.

Halada said that Peterson and Thum have always supported the university placing a priority on meeting student needs during the camp. That commitment extends to mentoring relationships, too, she said.

"The Chiefs organization has always been supportive, welcoming and very receptive to allowing our students to be a part of the camp activities. Many doors have been opened to our graduates based on these internships, volunteer and work experiences, and the relationships that have been formed with Chiefs and media personnel who have always been willing to serve as mentors and references for students."

Previous recipients of the Outstanding Service Award have included 3M; Secretary Jim Harsdorf of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection; Andersen Corporation, and Cenex Land O'Lakes.


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