Community members, alumnus honored at UW-Stevens Point
7/23/2014
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Recognizing longtime support and commitment to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, the UWSP Foundation honored five individuals and a local institution as part of the Founders Day celebration on July 17.
 

The late Dorothy K. Vallier was inducted into the UW-Stevens Point Hall of Fame. Established in 2011, the Hall of Fame recognizes distinguished individuals for outstanding contributions to the university. An active environmentalist throughout her life, Vallier donated what became Treehaven to UW-Stevens Point. The Tomahawk area field station offers conservation education to both students and community members. She also created three scholarships and donated her collection of pressed glass goblets to the university. Her son, William Kummer, accepted the induction. 

Marc and Constance Fang, Stevens Point, were presented with the William G. Hansen Distinguished Service Award. It recognizes public service and humanitarian work as demonstrated by Hansen, a former UW-Stevens Point president. The Fangs served in the International Student Office for many years and created several programs to assist international students, including the Host Family Program, English as a second language program and the International Dinner. They also helped create what is now the Portage County Cultural Festival. 

Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital and Ministry Health Care was presented with the Milestone Award, which celebrates longstanding corporate and institutional partnerships. Jeff Martin, hospital president and Ministry’s regional chief executive officer, accepted the award. UW-Stevens Point and Ministry have partnered to create learning opportunities for students for more than 100 years. 

Jane Pejsa, Minneapolis, and her late husband, UW-Stevens Point alumnus Art Pejsa, were given the Dorothy K. Vallier Philanthropy Award to celebrate their significant donations to the university. The Pejsas endowed a physics and astronomy scholarship and gave the university original scientific formulas for Mars missions and Cold War era missiles, which Art created as an aerospace engineer. The UW-Stevens Point Observatory is named in his honor.

 

 

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CPS; COLS; CNR; COFAC; Alumni