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Professional Counseling graduate students recognized during hooding ceremony

Twenty-five University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Professional Counseling graduate students were recognized for their achievements at the department’s 2010 spring hooding ceremony May 14 at Reeve Memorial Union.

Instituted in December 2003, “this semi-annual personalized ceremony acknowledges the achievements of our most recent Professional Counseling graduates who have sacrificed significant time, sweat, tears and finances, and who have persevered through academic and personal challenges to earn their degree,” said Alan Saginak, chair of the Professional Counseling Department.

The ceremony enables the students to share personal statements about what their new degree means to them, and provides an opportunity to thank and honor individuals who have supported them in their journey including family members, faculty, department staff, site supervisors, fellow students, and others. “The students invest a lot in the program and it’s an emotional and celebratory time for both the graduates and the faculty,” said Saginak.

Accredited since 1992 by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) at the master's level, the counseling program emphasizes experiential, hands-on learning supported by supervision and mentoring.

Students are challenged to reflect extensively on their own lives, and decide what they would like to change themselves so that when they go out into the world as counseling professionals they can help others confidently. This challenge was evident in many of the personal statements graduates shared during the ceremony.

Lynn Swoverland, who earned a master’s of science in education with an emphasis in school counseling, said “The experience has been more than just an education. I’m a better person for learning alongside so many wonderful people – my peers, my professors and my site supervisors. Their beautiful impressions on me will be lifelong.”

“I learned comfortableness with being me, which I didn’t have before enrolling,” said Rhiannon Kelleher, who earned her master’s of science in education with an emphasis in student affairs and college counseling. “I’m leaving the program a different person than I was when I started.”

“In entering the program, I thought it would help me learn about other people,” said Julie Braunreiter, who earned her master’s of science in education with an emphasis in community counseling, “but the program helped me learn more about myself than I thought possible.”

Students at the ceremony who earned their master’s of science in education and were hooded included:

Kim Marie Auer, emphasis in school counseling
Julie A. Braunreiter, emphasis in community counseling
Desiree’ Aleen Crocker, emphasis in student affairs and college counseling
Bobbie Jo Daul, emphasis in school counseling
Ammie Ann Ebben, emphasis in community counseling
Matthew James Fure, emphasis in community counseling
Keri Ann Gerlach, emphasis in school counseling
Jennifer Susan Hanni, emphasis in school counseling
Helen Cochran Holmes, emphasis in school counseling
Aaron Michael Homp, emphasis in school counseling
Rhiannon Katherine Kelleher, emphasis in student affairs and college counseling
Anne Wysocki Louis, emphasis in community counseling
Lori Jean Lustig, emphasis in student affairs and college counseling
Kelly Melvin, emphases in student affairs and college counseling, and community counseling
Michelle Joy Taczala Miller, emphasis in community counseling
Anne Michelle Peaslee, emphasis in community counseling
Amanda L. Popp, emphasis in school counseling
Angela Marie Savides, emphasis in community counseling
Lindsay Lee Schumacher, emphasis in school counseling
Katherine Marie Seibel, emphasis in student affairs and college counseling
Lynn Marie Swoverland, emphasis in school counseling
Danielle Elyse Urban, emphasis in community counseling
Jamie A. Ver Hage-Riley, emphasis in school counseling
Melissa Ann Wells, emphasis in community counseling
Lisa R. Zeman, emphasis in student affairs and college counseling

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