Karen Stoltz, a Boaz resident, began service as University of Wisconsin-Richland associate student affairs coordinator on June 16. Stoltz has served during the past year as a temporary employee in UW-Richland’s student affairs office and was selected for the full-time year-around position that encompasses duties related to event planning, high school relations, student activities, working with adult students, and otherwise assisting students on campus and future students as they make their college choice.
Annette Hackbarth-Onson, who heads the student affairs office at UW-Richland, said, “I’m pleased to welcome Karen Stoltz as a permanent addition to our student affairs team. She started her own college education at UW-Richland and returned to UW-Richland in 2012 to work with our student senate. With the resignation last spring of Lisa Behling, Karen’s role expanded and she has done an excellent job engaging our students.”
UW-Richland students expressed their appreciation of Stoltz in May, naming her the 2014 “Roadrunner of the Year,” a student-selected award recognizing a faculty or staff person for participation in and support of campus activities, accessibility to students, and a positive attitude toward UW-Richland.
Stoltz, who was born and raised in Richland County, studied at UW-Richland before transfer to UW-Platteville, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and ornamental horticulture, with minors in environmental science and biotechnology. She went on to complete a master’s degree in instruction of life science at St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota. Her previous employment includes work as a resident assistant with UW-Platteville student housing and teaching at a local school.
In her spare time, Stoltz is an avid gardener. She also enjoys baking, especially desserts.
“I loved UW-Richland when I was a student,” Stoltz said. “As I went on to other campuses, I realized just how awesome UW-Richland is. Working here felt like coming home. At UW-Richland, we’re able to be responsive to individuals. I’m excited to be talking to future UW-Richland students to share my enthusiasm and answer their questions.”
Stoltz is available now to meet with people who are interested in learning more about the campus and student life, to provide campus tours, answer questions and assist. To make an appointment with her or for more information, contact her by email at email@example.com or by calling the campus at (608) 647-6186, Extension 239.