Distinguished Alumni

Alumni that deserve recognition

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented annually by the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Foundation to outstanding alumni who reflect the ideals of UW quality and have established an exceptional reputation in their careers and communities.

The UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Foundation is soliciting nominations from the public for the Distinguished Alumni Award. The criteria and selection process has been determined by the Friends of the University Committee of the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Foundation. The nomination form should be submitted by April 1. When nominating someone via the nomination form, complete all required sections to the best of your ability. If you are uncertain of certain information, just indicate that in the narrative. IF YOU WOULD RATHER EMAIL a narrative to nominate a worthy alum, please include as much detail as possible and send your email to uwecbcfoundation@uwec.edu, subject: Distinguished Alum Nomination. You will be contacted if follow-up information is needed. 

2018: Terry Wiesner

Class of 1972
Barron, WI

The University of Wisconsin-Barron County Foundation introduced senior lecturer Terry Wiesner of Barron as UW-Barron County’s 2018 Distinguished Alumnus at the campus’ May 17 commencement ceremony. Wiesner attended what was formerly known as the Barron County Campus of Stout State University from 1970 to 1972. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at UW-Whitewater, started his Master’s work at the University of Minnesota and received his Master’s Degree from UW-Superior. While a student at UW-BC, Wiesner was active in the University Swing Choir and in theatrical and musical productions where he portrayed Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, Boris in Can-Can, Colonel Melkett in Black Comedy, and Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof.

Throughout his 33-year career teaching Communications and Theatre Arts at UW-BC, Wiesner has produced and directed 72 plays, 21 musicals, 5 operas and several summer music clinics. He led 32 groups of small-town students to the Twin Cities and even New York City to experience professional stage productions, art galleries and metropolitan culture. He has received the UW-Barron County Outstanding Service Award, and in 2016 received the Spirit of UW-Barron County award for co-leading a group of local engineering students to the National Rube Goldberg Competition Championship.

In the community, Wiesner shares his passion for the performing arts through his volunteer involvement in community theatre, and has received numerous awards for acting, directing and scene design. He is also involved with the Barron County Historical Society and Friends of the Wiesner Chapel.

2017: Karla (Schreiber) Hulne, Class of 2002, Music Educator

2016: Mike Rogers, Class of 1975, Academic and Administrative Financial Management

2015: Kathe Nickleby, Class of 1991, High School Educator and Principal

2014: Chris Fitzgerald, Class of 1993, Law Enforcement; County Sheriff

2013: Peter Muschinske, Class of 1983, Minister

2012: Jeff Hile, Class of 1976, Artist, Art Educator, Entrepreneur

2011: Mark Gilbertson, Class of 1977, Chemical Engineer, Dept. of Energy

2010: Eric Ness, Class of 1981, Agriculture Engineer, SBA Director

2009: Karyn (Nelson) Schauf, Class of 1975, Agriculture Entrepreneur

2008: John P. Gamoke, Class of 1976, Stage and Screen Actor

2007: Lance Allan Hajdasz, Class of 1990, Sports Broadcaster

2006: Louis E. Muench Jr, Class of 1974, Master Meat Processor, Entrepreneur

The UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Foundation Board recognizes outstanding alumni of the The UW-Eau Claire – Barron County with the Distinguished Alumnus Award. The nominee’s professional, volunteer and personal achievements at the university, in the community, and in the world will be considered.

All nominations submitted to the The UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Foundation by the stated deadline will be considered. The final selection will be made by the Distinguished Alumnus Award Committee. The award will be presented to the Distinguished Alumnus at the spring commencement ceremony. If your nominee is selected, you will be asked to attend the Commencement ceremony with the nominee if at all possible. An award will be presented that evening and you and the nominee will be included in festivities.

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