Time to honor students

Honor students at UWL will be honored April 22-27.

More than $1.1 million being awarded in scholarships

The UW-La Crosse Foundation will award more than $1.1 million in scholarships for the upcoming academic year. The awarding of scholarships along with the recognition of UWL students graduating with top honors will take place during five ceremonies during the next week.

Top honors and the graduating seniors being honored include:

The Murphy Awards for Academic Excellence recognize the university’s top two graduating scholars, as chosen by the Scholarship and Awards Committee.

  • Amy Enright graduates with a Bachelor of Science in microbiology with minors in chemistry and Spanish.
  • Daniel Morrison graduates with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and physics, with minors in computer science and economics.

The Jake and Janet Hoeschler Award for Excellence recognizes a College of Business Administration graduate for academic accomplishment and leadership on campus and the community

  • Eric Klister graduates with a Bachelor of Science in finance and economics, and a minor in mathematics.

The Strzelczyk Award in Science and Health recognizes an outstanding senior in the College of Science and Health for academic achievement, along with campus and community service.

  • Reid Johnson graduates with a Bachelor of Science in biology – biomedical science concentration, with a minor in chemistry.

The John E. Magerus Award for the Outstanding Graduating Senior from the College of Liberal Studies recognizes an outstanding graduate for academic accomplishments, leadership, and campus and community involvement.

  • Kristin Reque graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology with minors in criminal justice and ethnic and racial studies.

The Rosandich Graduate Thesis Award recognizes the best graduate thesis, based on originality, impact andwrittenquality.

  • Nicholas Schloesser graduated in December 2017 with a Master of Science in biology: aquatic science concentration, with a minor in chemistry

Returning students will receive more than 850 awards totaling around $1,200,000 during the ceremonies, open to all, throughout the week:

 

Sunday, April 22 — School of Education

Social 1 p.m., awards at 1:30, The Bluffs Room, UWL Student Union

 

Monday, April 23 — UWL Foundation general awards and scholarships

Social 4 p.m., awards at 4:45, The Bluffs Room, UWL Student Union

 

Tuesday, April 24 — College of Liberal Studies Evening of Excellence

Social at 6 p.m., program at 7, Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts

 

Wednesday, April 25 — Accountancy Department Awards

Meet and greet 3-5 p.m., social 5:30, dinner 6, program 7 (reservations required)

The Bluffs Room, UWL Student Union

 

Friday, April 27 — College of Science & Health

Social 5 p.m., awards 5:30, UWL Student Union

 

2018 outstanding graduates at UW-La Crosse 

The Murphy Awards for Academic Excellence

recognize the university’s top two graduating scholars, as chosen by the Scholarship and Awards Committee. A grant from the Murphy Foundation created the awards in 1980 to recognize outstanding and exceptional scholastic ability. As co-recipients, each student will receive $1,500.

Enright

Amy Enright graduates with a Bachelor of Science in microbiology with minors in chemistry and Spanish. Enright made the Dean’s List every semester and participated in microbiology research throughout college, as well as Microbiology Club. She was a member of the Eagles gymnastics team, serving as team captain from 2015-18. Enright earned the WIAC Judy Kruckman Women’s Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete Award in 2018, as well as Academic All-American honors from 2015-18. She was an All-American in the bars from 2015-18 and in the all-around in 2015. Enright plans to work as a lab technician for a year before pursuing a doctorate in microbiology. She is the daughter of Mark and Lynne Enright, Lake Elmo, Minnesota.

When I’m 40 I want to be: a professional microbiologist working to develop more environmentally friendly solutions to modern demands in energy production, agriculture or bioremediation of pollutants.

Morrison

Daniel Morrison graduates with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and physics, with minors in computer science and economics. Morrison was on the Dean’s List every semester. As a freshman, he was a part of the Eagle Apprenticeship program. He earned numerous prestigious scholarships every year of college, and landed first and second place rankings in the UWL Calculus Competition from 2015-17. Morrison served as treasurer of the Math & Stats Club his senior year, and was a member of the Screaming Eagles Marching Band as a freshman and sophomore. Morrison plans to attend graduate school for a doctorate in mathematics at the University of California Irvine. He is the son of Richard, ’91, and Barbara Morrison, La Crosse.

When I’m 40 I want to be: researching mathematics, possibly as a professor at a university.

 

The Jake and Janet Hoeschler Award for Excellence

recognizes a College of Business Administration graduate for academic accomplishment and leadership on campus and the community. Janet Hoeschler, a 1940 graduate, established the award in 1992 to signify a business-university partnership. Recipients receive $1,500.

Klister

Eric Klister graduates with a Bachelor of Science in finance and economics, and a minor in mathematics. Klister made the Dean’s List each semester and received the Cloyce Campbell Scholarship in 2017. He was a finance and economics peer tutor in the Office of Multicultural Student Services from 2016-18. Klister was a pole vaulter with the Eagles Men’s Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field team from 2014-15. He was a member of the Math & Stats Club from 2015-17, and the Financial Management Association his senior year. Klister plans to work as an intercompany accountant with VF Outdoor in Appleton. He is the son of Paul and Mary Jane Klister, Wrightstown.

When I’m 40 I want to be: working a job that I enjoy, using my knowledge and skills to make a difference in my community.

 

The Strzelczyk Award in Science and Health

recognizes an outstanding senior in the College of Science and Health for academic achievement, along with campus and community service. Robert, ’54, and Judy Strzelczyk, who funded many physical therapy projects and scholarships, endowed the award in 1996. Recipients receive $1,000.

Johnson

Reid Johnson graduates with a Bachelor of Science in biology – biomedical science concentration, with a minor in chemistry. Johnson conducted research from 2016-18; he earned an Undergraduate Research and Creativity Grant in 2016. Johnson was a chemistry tutor from 2016-18. He earned the Soaring Eagle Scholarship in 2014 and the A. Vincent and Janet B. Weber Scholarship in Biology in 2017. Johnson was a member of the Eagles Wrestling Team from 2014-18, earning National Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar All-American honors his senior year. He was the wrestling representative for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Johnson plans to enter medical school, specializing in orthopedic surgery and clinical research. He is the son of Jason and Debra Johnson, Harris, Minnesota.

When I’m 40 I want to be: a father, husband, influential member of my community and practicing physician. In these roles I hope to instill strong personality traits in my children and provide them with the opportunities to pursue their passions.

 

The John E. Magerus Award for the Outstanding Graduating Senior from the College of Liberal Studies

recognizes an outstanding graduate for academic accomplishments, leadership, and campus and community involvement. The award is named for Magerus, who retired in 2004 after 28 years of teaching and serving as an administrator in the college. Recipients receive $1,000.

Reque

Kristin Reque graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology with minors in criminal justice and ethnic and racial studies. Reque made the Dean’s List every semester and conducted research on a variety of projects, serving as a research assistant for Nicholas Bakken and Lisa Kruse. She served as the head writer for the Great Rivers United Way’s COMPASS 2018 community needs assessment. Reque volunteered with La Crosse’s Hunger Task Force and Warming Shelter, as wells as Brown County Child Protective Services. She was a member of the Sociology Club and Active Minds. Reque plans to attend graduate school at the University of Maryland to pursue a doctorate in criminology and criminal justice. She is the daughter of Doug and Amy Reque, Kaukauna.

When I’m 40 I want to be: teaching at a university. I genuinely believe I’ve had the greatest experience here at UWL and in the La Crosse community, so I’m hoping to teach at an institution that values undergraduate research and professor-student interaction.

 

The Rosandich Graduate Thesis Award

recognizes the best graduate thesis, based on originality, impact and written quality. The award is funded through the generosity of Thomas P. Rosandich, ’54, president of the U.S. Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama. The recipient receives $1,000.

Schloesser

Nicholas Schloesser graduated in December 2017 with a Master of Science in biology: aquatic science concentration, with a minor in chemistry. Schloesser’s graduate research opportunity and student-scientist status was part of a long-term cooperative educational agreement between UWL and USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center on French Island, where he works. He added to the body of knowledge to protect the world’s largest collective body of fresh water from the bitter bite of the lamprey, a blood-sucking parasite that could kill more than 100 million pounds of Great Lakes fish annually if left unchecked. He shared findings related to using Environmental DNA monitoring to help control populations of lamprey in December as part of his UWL master’s thesis project. Schloesser and his wife, Jennifer, live in West Salem.

When I’m 40 I want to be: a fish biologist — and I am 40 right now so it worked out pretty good — it just took me awhile.