The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley held its 2011 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 20, beginning in the campus Fieldhouse. Interim Campus Executive Officer and Dean, Dr. Andrew Keogh, was the master of ceremonies, with Dr. Dan Putman, retiring UWFox professor of philosophy, serving as commencement speaker.
Patrick Hayes, retiring associate professor of business, served as the ceremony’s Grand Marshal. Hayes began his teaching career at UWFox in 1976. Other ceremony Marshals included Dr. Dubear Kroening (associate professor of biological sciences), Dr. Scott Emmert (associate professor of English), and Ms. Diana Henke (professor of business).
As part of the ceremony, the UW-Fox Valley Foundation presented its 2011 “Outstanding Alumni Award” to two UWFox alums, Dr. Douglas Walrath (Nome, Alaska) and Ms. Cheryl Stinski (Sherwood, WI). These awards were presented by Foundation president Steve Seifert.
While the campus has had a presence in the Fox Cities for 77 years, it did not begin awarding associate degrees until 1974. 2011 marks UWFox’s 37th graduating class.
Approximately 200 students qualified to receive the Associate of Arts and Science Degree from UWFox for the 2010-2011 academic year.
One student was awarded the Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering through the collaborative engineering program that UWFox partners with UW-Platteville.
Among the other UWFox students who attended the ceremony are three graduates with highest honors (4.0 GPA), 14 grads with high honors (3.75-3.99 GPA) and 15 grads with honors (3.50-3.74 GPA).
16 UWFox grads have earned the national Phi Theta Kappa distinction of academic excellence and two grads have been named members of the Sigma Kappa Delta national English Honor Society.
In addition to the nearly 400 family members, friends, and relatives attending the ceremony, there were a number of local community and political leaders in attendance. While the graduates were applauded, numerous other students were received academic department awards and departing student scholarships. Several faculty and staff members were recognized with special awards as well.
Putman began his career at UWFox in 1976 and has been named the campus’ “Teacher of the Year” six times: 1978, 1987, 1992, 1995, 1996, and 2003. In a surprise announcement during the ceremony, the UWFox Student Association named Putman its 2011 “Teacher of the Year” – his seventh such award – and announced that this particular award would be named in honor of Putman’s outstanding 35-year teaching career at UWFox.
A native of Green Bay, he earned his B.A. from Marquette University, his M.A. from UW-Madison, and his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. He has been a prolific published author of works in his field. He is extremely popular and highly regarded by students and colleagues alike, and has been a frequent speaker to groups throughout the Fox Cities.
UWFox also offers a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Administration through its collaboration with UW Oshkosh. Five students earned the degree at the end of this spring semester and had their degrees conferred at the recent UWO commencement ceremony.
For more information about the UWFox 2011 commencement program, contact the Office of University Relations at 920-832-2611 or email email@example.com.