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Greetings UW-Stevens Point alumni, family and friends,
It is my privilege to invite you to join us as we honor an outstanding group of alumni and friends at our 2012 Awards Banquet.
These individuals join a select group of previous recipients who are distinguished for their accomplishments and for blazing significant trails in science, communication, arts, natural resources, professional studies and service.
This is a year of firsts among our alumni honorees as we recognize the first alumnus to head the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Forestry, the first-ever accessibility coordinator for Wisconsin's DNR, the first person to film China's giant pandas, a founding member of the Academy of Letters and Science, and the first female chief medical officer in the history of the Marshfield Clinic.
I look forward to seeing you at this year’s ceremony as we celebrate the successes of our Pointer family!
Chancellor Bernie L. Patterson
2012 Distinguished Alumni Council
Scott Jeffrey Langteau, Class of 1990
Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Fine Arts and Communication
It is not every day that you go from producing video games like Medal of Honor and Call of Duty to becoming a children’s author, but that’s exactly what happened to Scott Langteau.
While working for video game giant Electronic Arts, Scott spearheaded the games in the "Medal of Honor" series and also worked for DreamWorks and the Jim Hensen Company. After cofounding the game development studio, Spark Unlimited, to help Activision get its rival game franchise, 2004's "Call of Duty: Finest Hour," off the ground, Scott grew his studio from 28 employees to more than 150 before turning to writing children's books.
His first book, 2009’s “Sofa Boy,” drew plaudits for its depiction of a youngster who loves playing video games so much that he never leaves the couch.
His second book, "The Question," released as both a traditional hardcover and an Apple iBook, tells the story of a young boy who’s trapped inside his home following a powerful snowstorm. His concern, though, isn’t merely figuring out what to do with a couple of days off from school, it is how to survive.
Most recently Scott’s work can be heard as lyrics in songs for Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2, and on “Luigi’s Flying Tires” ride at Disneyland.
Paul DeLong, Class of 1985
Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Natural Resources
Paul DeLong is the first UW-Stevens Point alumnus to head the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry, a position he has held since 2003. As Wisconsin's chief state forester, Paul works with countless partners to protect and sustainably manage Wisconsin's forests. He has shared his expertise as a featured speaker of the College of Natural Resources colloquium series and on the forest advisory committee.
Among his accomplishments during his tenure as chief state forester, Paul initiated the successful effort to third-party certify more than five million acres of public and private forestland. He spearheaded the realignment of division resources, positioning the division to deliver the greatest value to the people of Wisconsin into the future.
Prior to joining the Wisconsin DNR in 1992, Paul worked as a mediator for the RESOLVE Center for Environmental Dispute Resolution, and subsequently as a senior program officer for World Wildlife Fund, both in Washington, D.C.
Paul earned his master's degree in natural resource policy from the University of Michigan.
Franz J. Camenzind, Ph.D., Class of 1966
Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Letters and Science
An award-winning cinematographer. A wildlife biologist. An environmental activist. A Pointer. Dr. Franz Camenzind has been all of these and more during his long and distinguished career.
Now enjoying retirement in Jackson, Wyoming, Franz 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 is still sought out on wildlife and environmental issues.
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.
Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Professional Studies
Laura M. Nelson, M.D., M.B.A., Class of 1987
Laura Nelson, M.D., M.B.A., is Marshfield Clinic's chief medical officer, the first woman to hold the post in the 94-year history of the organization. Nelson, who began her role on March 14, was selected by the clinic's board of directors and Karl Ulrich, M.D., M.M.M., clinic president and CEO.
Nelson has served Marshfield Clinic's North Division as medical director since 2002 and division administrator since 2009. In addition to her administrative duties, Nelson has been a part-time hospitalist at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff, where she was instrumental in developing the first hospitalist program in the Marshfield Clinic system.
Nelson received her medical degree from the UW-Madison, completed her internship and residency at Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital and received her master's degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas.
Andy Janicki, Class of 2007
Andy Janicki loved the outdoors and was an active outdoorsman. Driven by his passion for protecting one of our planet's most vital resources, water, he set out to receive a degree in aquatic biology and water.
Andy's life took a tragic turn one night, however, when a freak accident left him paralyzed and in a wheelchair. Rising to the challenge of living as a quadriplegic, he returned to UWSP the following semester to finish his degree. He assumed a leadership role in student government and founded a new university committee, advocating for disability rights and improved access to campus.
After re-learning the basic skills, such as writing, Andy's greatest challenge became getting back outdoors. In 2008, Andy was hired by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as Wisconsin's first-ever Accessibility Coordinator, working to enhance outdoor recreation for people with disabilities Having an active lifestyle as a disabled and an able-bodied individual has given Andy a unique perspective on how to best provide quality outdoor experiences for people of all abilities.
UWSP Alumni Service Award
Lori Dehlinger, Class of 1981
Lori Dehlinger is the executive director of the Portage County Business Council, a countywide economic development corporation and chamber of commerce with approximately 500 members.
Lori has served on the board of directors for the Wisconsin Institute of Sustainable Technology, North Central Wisconsin Development Corporation, Centergy and the Association of Downtown Businesses. She is a member of the International Economic Development Council, Wisconsin Economic Development Association, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, and Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Executives.
She was also executive director of the Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust, a manager of an award-winning Wisconsin Main Street program focusing on downtown revitalization, and a staff sergeant in the Wisconsin Army National Guard. She participates in Reaching Across Generations, a mentoring program for UW-Stevens Point senior women students.
UWSP Lifetime Achievement Award
Frederick J. "Fritz" Wenzel, MBA, FACMPE, Class of 1956
Frederick J. Wenzel, MBA, FACMPE, 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 Wisconsin, 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 served top administrative positions and boards for several medical organizations and groups, including the Marshfield Clinic and the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation and others in Colorado, Pennsylvania and Minnesota. He has also chaired the Board of the American Cancer Society Midwest Division and has 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 coauthored 100-plus papers in addition to speaking and consulting throughout the country. He recently coauthored a book on "The Future of Healthcare Leadership Competencies" and co-wrote and edited "Fundamentals of Physician Practice Management" with Jane M. Wenzel, Ph.D.