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Friends of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and the UW Oshkosh Foundation celebrated the legacy of Muriel Hawkins during a reception Oct. 18 in Reeve Memorial Ballroom. Hawkins, assistant vice chancellor for academic support and diversity (CASD), will leave the University in 2009.

Since her arrival at UW Oshkosh in 1993, Hawkins has worked tirelessly to promote diversity and to provide a sense of welcome and inclusion among students who compose our growing multicultural student population. She and her staff have fostered a campus environment conducive to achievement for all UW Oshkosh students, especially those who are underrepresented, such as those who are first in their families to attend college.

Throughout her professional career, Hawkins has been a liaison between the University and community. She has written and been awarded grants, which provided educational opportunities for students of all backgrounds and interests.

A scholarship has been created in recognition of Hawkins’ service and dedication. It will provide funding for CASD students who wish to study abroad.

For more information about the scholarship, contact Sarah Currie, Center for Academic Support and Diversity, at (920) 424-3080 or, or Becky Payne, UW Oshkosh Foundation, at (920) 424-1020 or