Joshua Pax receives Weidner Center scholarship
MENOMONIE, WI - Joshua Pax, of Elmwood, Wisconsin was named a recipient of the 2014 Weidner Center scholarship at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Pax, a graduate of Elmwood High School, is majoring in property management and will be a senior. Pax was selected by the advisory board for the real estate property management undergraduate program.

The second annual awards totaled $9,000.

Funding for the scholarships comes from a $1 million gift in January 2013 to Stout University Foundation from Dean Weidner of Kirkland, Wash., founder and owner of Weidner Apartment Homes.

The donation established the Weidner Center for Residential Property Management within UW-Stout's College of Management and School of Hospitality Leadership.

"We're pleased to announce this second group of very deserving scholarship winners, and we're excited about the growth taking place in the real estate property management program as a result of Dean Weidner's generous support," said Mark Parsons, vice chancellor for University Advancement and Marketing.

Weidner learned of UW-Stout's real estate property management program when his company recruited a number of graduates. He indicated the students had outstanding qualifications and that he wanted to help develop the program further. Weidner's three-part goal is to broaden the exposure of the program, grow the number and quality of the courses and expand it through giving students incentives to enroll through scholarships.

Marie Virgilio, director of recruiting for Weidner Apartment Homes, attended the scholarship announcement, which was held at the Weidner Center in Heritage Hall.

The real estate property management program produces graduates who can work in a variety of areas, including public housing, apartments, condominiums, community associations, vacation properties, offices, industrial parks and shopping centers. More information is available at

UW-La Crosse announces May 2014 graduates
LA CROSSE, WI - The following students completed degree requirements at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in May. The 104th annual Spring Commencement was held at the La Crosse Center Sunday, May 11.

UW-La Crosse, founded in 1909, is one of the 13 four-year institutions in the University of Wisconsin System. UW-L has more than 10,400 full and part-time students enrolled in 91 undergraduate programs, 17 master's degree offerings and three certificate degrees.

UW-La Crosse - - is the state's top-ranked public or private higher education institution by the US News & World Reports for master's degree institutions and has been ranked among the top four Midwestern public institutions for more than a decade. Kiplinger's magazine named UW-L No. 4 on its list of the 25 Best College Values Under $30,000 a Year.

Students earning degrees in May included Kyle Krause, BS - Bachelor of Science, Accountancy Major, Honors from Elmwood.