Fall 2012

Alumni News

Frederick J. “Fritz” Wenzel (’56 Chemistry) was recently awarded the UWSP Lifetime Achievement Award.

Wenzel is an executive fellow in healthcare and adjunct faculty at the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas, visiting professor at the Graduate School of Business, University of Colorado, and a former visiting professor at the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of UW-Madison. He earned his MBA degree from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and is a fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives.

Throughout his career, he has held top administrative positions and served on boards for several medical organizations and groups, including the Marshfield Clinic, the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation, and others in Colorado, Pennsylvania and Minnesota. He also chaired the Board of the American Cancer Society Midwest Division and received many awards and recognitions for his work.

A charter member and current president of the UW-Stevens Point Academy of Letters and Science, Wenzel has authored or co-authored 100-plus papers in addition to speaking and consulting throughout the country. He recently coauthored a book on "The Future of Healthcare Leadership Competencies", as well as co-wrote and edited "Fundamentals of Physician Practice Management" with Jane M. Wenzel, Ph.D.


Franz Camenzind (’66 Biology), an award-winning cinematographer, wildlife biologist and environmental activist, was recently named the 2012 College of Letters and Science Distinguished Alumnus.

Now enjoying retirement in Jackson, Wyoming, he began his life's work as an environmental consultant and advocate after earning a doctorate in wildlife sciences from the University of Wyoming. He has served as a founding member of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition and for the past 26 years he has served the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, first as a board member, then as its executive director for 13 years. He continues to be active on wildlife and environmental issues today.

In addition, Camenzind has produced documentaries for ABC, PBS-Nature, Turner Broadcasting, the World of Audubon and National Geographic Explorer. He has filmed endangered species around the world and was the first person ever to capture China's giant pandas in the wild on film. As a still photographer, he was one of the first to film North America's then newly rediscovered mammal, the black-footed ferret. 

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