Prudence Pick Hway, President and CEO of Pick Heaters, Inc. of West Bend will deliver UW-Washington County’s commencement address on Thursday, May 19. Hway completed her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University and her graduate degree at UW-Madison. Following graduation, she spent two years in the U.S. Peace Corps in Uganda, East Africa. Although she dubs her Peace Corps stint as the “ultimate volunteer experience,” Hway has played a vital and energizing force by serving on the board of directors for many local organizations including: Museum of Wisconsin Art, Kettle Moraine YMCA, Cedar Community Foundation, The Threshold Foundation Board, Westbury Bank Charitable Foundation, West Bend Mutual Charitable Foundation, West Bend Community and Alumni Scholarship Foundation, Inc., West Bend EDC and Economic Development of Washington County.
Hway is the third generation to run Pick Heaters, a local manufacturer of liquid heating equipment for the process industries. Her prior business experience includes general management and executive search consulting, including eight years as a managing director with Russell Reynolds Associates in both Chicago and Menlo Park, California offices, where she worked with venture capital and start-up companies.
The student speaker is Calvin Brice of Cedarburg, a mechanical engineering major who plans to transfer to UW-Platteville in the fall to complete his degree. Calvin is very active on campus, serving as Vice-President of SGA (Student Government Assn.), President of the Philosophy Club, Secretary of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Co-Vice President of STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) Club, and President of the new Running Club.
Brice is also the campus representative to UW System Student Representatives, which represents over 180,000 students in the UW System.
Also speaking will be Paul Brownlee, winner of this year’s outstanding alumnus award. After Brownlee overcame a major battle with the life-threatening bacterial spinal meningitis, doctors would now allow him to live in a dorm room for at least a year after his recovery. He attended UW-Washington County from 2000-2001 and credits his professors for “taking the extra time” to help him and encouraged him to be successful. Paul went on to graduate from Marquette University with a BA degree in Politics and Law. He is also a graduate of the Les Aspin Center for Government. A managing director and national sales executive with LM Funding America, Paul is grateful for his time at UW-Washington County and how it “prepared me for success at Marquette University and life.”
The evening’s main focus will be recognizing the accomplishments of graduating UW-WC students along with scholarships to transferring students. The ceremony begins at 7pm in the gym with a bagpiper led processional and a color guard that includes five UW-WC student veterans, including: Daniel Bruder (Army), Adam Bunkelman (Navy), Mitchell Bury (Marines), Quinn Paruch (Army), and Nathan White (Air Force). The National Anthem will be sung by Sophia Gibeau, a current UW-WC student, along with Moriah Hensler, Sean Lundquist, and Andrea Roth.
Scholarships to transferring students will be awarded along with departmental awards and service recognition awards. A complete list of graduates and scholarship winners will be released in the near future.
No tickets are needed to attend the event. For more information about UW-Washington County, contact the Student Affairs office at 262-335-5201. UW-Washington County has a current enrollment of over 900 students and is located at 400 University Drive in West Bend.