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University Centers director honored by state organization

October 23, 2012

A University of Wisconsin-Stout administrator has been honored by the Wisconsin College Personnel Association.

Darrin Witucki, University Centers director, received the Annabelle E. Wolf Award during the Oct. 11 WCPA annual conference in Wisconsin Dells. He was recognized for “his significant contributions to the college student personnel profession, both at his home institution and to the broader student personnel community,” according to the WCPA.

Darrin Witucki“Upon learning of my nomination for the award, I did some biographical research on Annabelle E. Wolf. Two themes emerged: helping students get the most from their college experience and positioning staff members to help students succeed. It is an honor to win an award with such an inspiring namesake,” Witucki said.

Wolf was a former assistant dean of the College of Letters and Science at UW-Madison.

Witucki was named University Centers director in May 2011. He oversees the Memorial Student Center, Merle M. Price Commons, which houses a student dining hall, offices and other facilities.

He helped plan and manage the student center’s $19 million yearlong renovation project, which was completed in January.

Witucki was nominated by more than a dozen staff and students after the successful renovation. “His attention to detail, care and student-centered approach that he put into every decision was evident,” the nomination said.

The nomination also said he is “truly dedicated to the development and education of the whole student and expects nothing less from his colleagues and peers in the field.”

A student nominator noted her career path was guided by Witucki. “Due to these opportunities, his encouragement and his ongoing support, he is one of the largest reasons I decided to go into student affairs.”

Witucki, a native of Silver Lake, Minn., who lives in Menomonie, began working at UW-Stout in 2000. He previously was associate director and interim director of the student center.

WCPA is dedicated to the advancement of student affairs by supporting administrators and the broader higher education community. WCPA is the state division of the American College Personnel Association.

“I am grateful to my staff, colleagues and students for their thoughtful nomination. I’m also thankful to the association. WCPA is a special organization and has contributed much to my professional development over the years,” Witucki said.

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