October 1st Dinner Dishes Out Honors
By Daniel Fanning
Each year, the University of Wisconsin-Superior Alumni Association honors outstanding alumni, faculty and staff members. They represent through their personal and professional accomplishments the lasting value of UW-Superior.
Three alumni and one faculty member were honored at the 2015 Donor Appreciation Dinner on October 1 held in the Yellowjacket Union.
DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD:
Diana Chi, Class of 1974 and 1976
The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to alumni whose successes serve as inspiration for current and prospective students. This year, the Alumni Association is proud to honor Diana Chi as this year’s Distinguished Alumna. Diana came to UW-Superior from Hong Kong, and loved UW-Superior so much she is part of two graduating classes – 1974 and 1976. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA and graduated with honors. In 1975, while at UW-Superior she earned the Outstanding Woman Student Award and is a former member of American Women in Radio and Television.
This alumna took the tools she learned here on campus and brought those with her to Los Angeles. Diana just celebrated 29 years of work at KTLA-TV as a writer/producer with the station. She has earned a number of industry awards for her news writing including the Mark Twain Award from the Associated Press, Emmy Awards from the Academy of Television of Arts and Sciences, and Golden Mikes from the Radio Television News Association of Southern California.
HONORARY ALUMNI AWARD:
Bob Jauch, Former Wisconsin State Senator
Each year the University of Wisconsin-Superior Alumni Association accepts nominations for the UW-Superior Honorary Alumni Award. This award is presented to an individual who is not a graduate of UW-Superior, but whose success serves as an inspiration for current and prospective students. The Alumni Association is proud to honor former Wisconsin State Senator Bob Jauch as Honorary Alumnus.
Bob’s service to UW-Superior began as a student. As the executive director of the United Council of University of Wisconsin Students, he was an advocate for the unique rights of students, especially the right to participate directly in university governance. Student seats on university committees, direct student management of segregated fees, and the student seats on the Board of Regents are all results of the work of Bob.
As field representative for Representative David Obey, Bob was involved in helping guide the university’s pursuit of federal grants. As state representative, Senator, and Senate Leader, Bob was the university’s consistent and tireless voice in Madison. Bob was an important defender and advocate of UW-Superior and its initiatives.
JAMES RAINALDO MENTOR AWARD:
Dr. John Haugland
Dr. John Haugland, alumnus, distinguished faculty member and emeritus vice chancellor, was a campus leader who made an impact for 25 years at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Throughout his tenure at the university, he held a variety of positions, including history professor, academic affairs vice president, and dean of faculty. For the majority of his career, which was 23 years, he was vice chancellor from 1968-1989.
Chancellor Terrence MacTaggart stated at the time of Haugland’s retirement in 1989 after 25 years with the university that,
“He really knows what academic quality is. And it’s not an abstract thing for him. It’s just part and parcel of his value system, of the kind of judgments he makes. He has an almost intuitive sense of what approach will work best at this campus on a given situation.”
Alumnus and retired faculty member Dr. Peter Nordgren also worked with vice chancellor John Haugland and praised him for his dedicated work to the university and community.
“Dr. Haugland was a thoughtful, caring leader who helped guide the university through both growth challenges. As the academic leader when I joined the faculty, he gave us steady guidance in support of our programs.”
YOUNG ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
The UW-Superior Alumni Association established the Young Alumni Achievement Award to honor successful and inspirational alumni who have graduated within the past 15 years and are under 40 years of age. This year’s recipient is Stefan Fletcher (Class of 2008).
Stefan made his leadership skills known while attending UW-Superior. He served as the President of the Student Government Association during a time where UW-Superior was in the process of a new building campaign. He co-chaired the design committee for the new Yellowjacket Union. He led successful advocacy efforts to ensure state financial support for the Swenson Hall Building.
He served on a number of other committees, including the Jim Dan Hill Library Renovation Committee, Strategic Planning Budgetary Committee, and Swenson Hall Design Committee. Stefan was a recipient of the Chancellor’s Leadership Award and Inspiring Student leader Award.
Since graduation, Stefan received his Juris Doctor Degree at Michigan State University College of Law. He then was a Teaching Fellow and Graduate Fellow at Michigan State University. He currently works at the University of Wisconsin System as the Special Assistant for the Senior Vice President for Administration and Fiscal Policies. He has also worked as a Policy Analyst and Communication Specialist for the UW System.
Stefan is currently also working on his Doctorate at Michigan State University.
For more information about the UWS Alumni Awards for this link.
The University of Wisconsin-Superior is a nationally recognized public liberal arts institution of over 2,600 students in the Duluth-Superior, MN-WI metro area. UW-Superior now has more than 60 program offerings, select graduate programs, and competitive Division III athletics programs, as well as research and scholarship that support the community and region.