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April 2011

The UW-La Crosse Alumni Association keeps you — alumni and friends — up to date on what's happening on campus. We hope you enjoy getting updated!

Robert Jacobs


Rada award recognizes alumni, supports current students

It's an award that pays it forward.

In 2002, professor emeritus Ron Rada and his wife, Jane, established the Rada Distinguished Alumni Award to recognize recent-to-mid-career alumni making exceptional contributions to their professions and communities. The Rada award, along with the Maurice O. Graff Distinguished Alumni Award and the Multicultural Alumni Award, recognize excellence at alum's various career stages.

What makes the Rada Award unique is it includes a $2,000 scholarship for a current student. This year, one will receive the Robert Jacobs/Rada Distinguished Alumni Award scholarship, named for this year's recipient. In nine years, 14 students have benefitted from Rada's pay-it-forward gift.

Join us Friday, May 13, to meet all of this year's recipients. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m.; cost is $25. Get more information about the reception and ceremony here or call toll free 877.895.2586.

2011 UW-L Alumni Award recipients:

Maurice O. Graff Distinguished Alumni Award

  • Ralph Karst, '58, bachelor's degree in physical education
  • Patty Loew, '74, bachelor's degree in mass communications
Rada Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Robert Jacobs, '94, bachelor's degrees in economics and political
    science with a pre-law emphasis

Multicultural Alumni Award

  • Virgil Jones, '96, bachelor's degree in mass communications


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California, here we come!

Hey, California alums: don't miss the chance to reminisce about your college days at La Crosse! The UW-L Foundation has two California events planned:
Los Angeles Area, April 4.
San Diego Area, April 7.

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Steppin' out to reunite

Alumni Association can assist with reunions

Alum Heidi Ludkey remembers people shouting, "you go girls" and the awesome feeling of marching down the Oktoberfest parade route last fall with about 50 former pompon girls. Ludkey led the effort to reunite the women who performed with UW-L marching bands from 1966 -96 with the help of the UW-L Alumni Association. Find out how you can plan a reunion too.

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Matching funds support new scholarships

Four alumni groups have teamed up with the UW-L Foundation to provide new student scholarships.

The UW-L Foundation offered matching funds to the Alumni Association board of directors to support new student scholarships. Four groups — Silver Eagles, Alumni Band, Milwaukee Network and the Membership Committee — all raised funds. Together, with the Foundation's match, $2,500 in new scholarships will go to students next fall.

"The Association's mission is to build and maintain relationships with students, alumni and friends of the university," notes Executive Director Janie Spencer. "The alums are very excited about supporting students. We trust these funds will make a significant difference in their academic career." Find out more about UW-L scholarships

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Wrestling, men's track find success

UW-L wrestling and the men's indoor track & field teams both placed third at the NCAA III championships in March. Earlier, the wrestlers captured their 14th straight Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship, while track & field took its 10th straight WIAC title. Get more details.


Coleman, other football captains honored

He came to a predominantly white college campus in the early '70s. He saw a separation of black and white students and racism. But on the football field, Bill Coleman saw people think more about the color of his jersey than the color of his skin.

"Race doesn't have any place out there (on the field)," Coleman notes. "There are 11 people out there, and if they don't have one mind, they are going to get their butts kicked."

Coleman and six other former UW-L football captains who are African American were recognized during the Reflections of Ebony in February. Click here to see photos of the celebration. Click here for pictures of the captains and coaches.

  Bill Coleman
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