Four University of Wisconsin-Stout graduates from the 1970s recently were honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award.
The honors, given out during 40th reunion events on campus, went to:
• Bill Burmesch, of Northfield, Minn. Burmesch, who earned a bachelor’s degree in 1973 and a master’s from UW-Stout in 1980, was honored for his contributions as a faculty member at UW-Stout, his service on program advisory boards, his support of students through Stout University Foundation and his work with business and industry.
• Jim Lewis, of Jim Falls. Lewis, who earned a bachelor’s degree in 1972, was recognized for his dedicated support of current students and alumni of the ROTC program and their military service.
• Steve VandeBerg, of Menomonie. VandeBerg, who earned a master’s degree in 1975, was honored for his service to the Menomonie community, his support of students through the Stout University Foundation and his service on the board of directors of the foundation.
• Nancy Zieman, of Beaver Dam. Zieman, who earned a bachelor’s degree in 1975, was recognized for her work in business and industry as host of “Sewing with Nancy,” a half-hour TV show produced by Wisconsin Public Television and her support of students through the foundation.
The awards are sponsored by the Stout Alumni Association. UW-Stout has more than 66,000 alumni.
A 50th class reunion, for the classes of 1962-64, is scheduled Oct. 17-19. For more information, go to the Alumni Association website.