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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

UWP student center staff members receive leadership awards

PLATTEVILLE - Two staff members from the Office of Student Centers at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville received leadership awards at the Association of College Unions International regional conference at UW-Platteville on Nov. 8.

Valerie Wetzel, assistant director for the Pioneer Student Center, and Karl Constant, graduate assistant in the Pioneer Involvement Center, received two of the three awards presented at the Region 8 conference. The region includes 35 two- and four-year universities in Wisconsin, Michigan and the Chicago area.

Wetzel, who directs the Pioneer Involvement Center, received the Richard L. Christie Staff Leadership Award, which recognizes exemplary service and outstanding contributions to the college union and activities field.

Wetzel was nominated by Ian Crone, associate dean of students at Elmhurst College in Illinois. He described her as "an undeniable student advocate.

"She has mentored countless students, helping them transform their dreams into reality," he said. "You always can expect to see her at regional conferences and other ACUI programs with a number of students, demonstrating her continued commitment to helping students connect, learn and grow through their college union experience."

Wetzel has been with UWP for seven years and is responsible for developing co-curricular programming that supports student leadership and involvement opportunities that contribute to student retention and encourage diversity. She is the adviser to Campus Programming and Relations, advises the Greek life community and manages 22 staff and student employees in the Pioneer Involvement Center.

Constant received the Michael H. Poe Student Leadership Award. He manages student employees and program promotions for Campus Programming and Relations. He also advises the Interfraternity Council and assists with leadership and involvement opportunities throughout the Pioneer Involvement Center, such as new student orientation and Pioneer Previews.

Wetzel nominated Constant for the award. She described him as "a model of commitment, energy, persistence and creativity" and added that he is "filled with a desire to serve.

"He made significant contributions to his undergraduate institution and is currently impacting the lives of students in his role as graduate advisor," Wetzel added. "He has participated in regional and national conferences, presented educational session, co-hosted training experiences and is currently serving as the recreation tournament coordinator."

Constant is from Miami. He received his undergraduate degree in communication studies with an emphasis in business administration at Elmhurst College. Constant plans to graduate from UWP in May with a master's degree in counselor education.

For more information on the awards or the Pioneer Involvement Center, contact Leeann Duwe, marketing coordinator, UWP Office of Student Centers, (608) 342-1296 or

Contact: Leeann Duwe, UWP Office of Student Centers, (608) 342-1351, Formatted by: Gary Achterberg, UWP Public Relations, (608) 342-1194,

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