Dalsing honored with Woman of the Year Award

August 6, 2014

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Deirdre Dalsing

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Deirdre Dalsing, director of University of Wisconsin-Platteville Counseling Services was selected to receive the 2014 Dr. Carol Sue Butts Woman of the Year Award.

The award recognizes female employees and students who make a difference in the lives of women. It was renamed, this year, for Provost Emeritus Carol Sue Butts, who served as a leader at UW-Platteville from 1998 until her retirement in August 2010. She served as provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs through July of 2009, when she was named interim chancellor.

Dalsing has worked in the mental health field her entire career, having worked for more than 18 years at Hillcrest Family Services in Dubuque, Iowa, prior to coming to UW-Platteville 10 years ago. She has served as director of Counseling Services for the past three years.

“I’m really honored to work with students who come in and share their stories with us and support them in whatever way we possibly can,” said Dalsing. “The university is an energetic environment and I really enjoy that. Helping students work through issues that might have impacted their retention, and keeping them here in school has proved very rewarding for me.”

One of the key issues Dalsing has focused on is sexual assault and sexual violence. “I’ve been a strong advocate for improved programming, and I have collaborated with many other departments on campus to bring that issue to the forefront and get people talking about it and engaged,” she said. In collaboration with Vickie Dreessens, administrative director for UW-Platteville Student Health Services, Dalsing started Students Promoting Respect, an all-male group of student leaders focused on preventing sexual violence towards others.

Dalsing said that another priority for her is to be an advocate for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community on campus, ensuring they feel empowered, included and respected.

“I was very honored to receive the award,” said Dalsing. “It was wonderful to have someone stand up and say ‘I feel your work is very valuable to this campus.’ I’m especially honored because this is the first year Dr. Carol Sue Butts’ name will be on the award. I joined the university while she was still here and was working with her when she became interim chancellor, so I feel especially tied to that. I feel we have continued to expand on the work she started on this campus in terms of empowering women to do great things.”

Dalsing added that she thanks Dr. Rea Kirk, professor in the UW-Platteville School of Education, for recognizing her with her nomination. “I also had a wonderful support letter sent in from a previous student,” said Dalsing. “A lot of times we don’t hear from students after they’ve left the university and I was really touched by her desire to send a supporting letter in.”

Dalsing will be recognized at the UW-Platteville faculty and staff convocation on Aug. 28.

Contact: Dierdre Dalsing, UW-Platteville Counseling Services, (608) 342-1865, dalsingd@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Alison Parkins, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1526, parkinsal@uwplatt.edu

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