Udelhofen wins UWP award for excellence

August 29, 2003

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Angela Udelhofen, who is settling into her position as UWP's Interim Director of Admission and Enrollment, was this year's winner of the UWP Academic Staff Award for Excellence. Colleagues praised her for her positive attitude and for the enthusiasm she brings to the job. Udelhofen will be recognized for the honor at the Chancellor's Convocation Sept. 2.

PLATTEVILLE - University of Wisconsin-Platteville employee Angela Udelhofen sticks to an important creed: "keep the students first."

Udelhofen, the interim director of admission and enrollment at UWP, was selected as this year's winner of the Academic Staff Award for Excellence.

"Serving the students is the most important thing and I feel very strongly about that," Udelhofen said.

She had previously worked as recruitment manager and stepped into her current role after the retirement of long-time Dean of Admission and Enrollment Management Richard Schumacher in May. Recruiting students and reaching increasing enrollment goals presents a challenge, especially with limited staff and resources, Udelhofen said. As hundreds of new students are admitted every year, time management is an important skill to have.

But the greatest qualities she possesses may be the positive attitude that she brings to the University every day and her eagerness toward working with people.

"She's very positive and upbeat, and she promotes the campus and the facilities with great enthusiasm," Assistant Director of Dining Services Deb Putnam said. Putnam served on the recommendation committee for the award. "She cares, and she has a great passion for what she does. I know its cliché, but she's willing to go above and beyond - to go that extra mile - to accomplish things."

"We're just delighted to have Angela on board," Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Carol Sue Butts said. " She's very positive and hard working - just a pleasure to have on staff."

Udelhofen said the best part of her job is interacting with current and prospective students and assisting them when they have questions about admission standards or residency requirements.

"I'll do whatever I can to help them with their goals," Udelhofen said.

Udelhofen lives in Platteville with her husband, Jeff, and their 19-month-old son Callin. She earned both her undergraduate degree in broadcast communications and master's degree in agricultural industries and economics from UWP.

This is the second year the Academic Staff Award for Excellence has been presented. Winners receive a plaque and a $500 honorarium. Gregg Heinselman, director of University centers and campus life, received the award the first year it was presented.

"There were a lot of qualified applicants and it was a difficult decision," Putnam said.

Udelhofen will be honored along with Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence winner Patricia Bromley at the Chancellor's Convocation Sept. 2.

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