It is my great pleasure to introduce the other recipient of the 2005 Academic Staff Regents Awards for Excellence.

Beth Heuer joined the UW-Oshkosh community as an undergraduate student, then stayed to earn her Masters degree, and has worked for the campus ever since.  She now serves as the Affirmative Action Director and as the Interim Human Resource Director.

Beth was instrumental in creating and carrying out the goals of the Northeast Wisconsin Education Resource Alliance (NEW ERA) – a consortium of the CEOS of the 13 public higher education institutions in Northeast Wisconsin. NEW ERA seeks to foster regional partnerships to better address the educational needs of the people of the area.  Beth brought together employees to create the UW-Oshkosh Classified Staff Advisory Council, which increases retention of employees through involvement in governance and professional development.  She also implemented the Alliance for Equity and Diversity on campus, which increases communication and collaboration on equity and diversity issues with members of the all-university committees.

Dr. Ann Malain (mal-AYN), Staff Psychologist in the Counseling Center and Project Director for Campus Violence Prevention says, “Students, faculty and staff are very fortunate to have Beth Heuer on this campus.  Her work on behalf of students, faculty and staff has enhanced the campus climate immensely.  She has helped us better develop the type of workplace and learning environment to which we aspire.”

Beth may have some colleagues with her today to celebrate this occasion.

It is our honor to present to you, Beth Heuer, a 2005 Academic Staff Regents Award for Excellence.