The University of Wisconsin-Richland Alumni Association has named two individuals to be honored as “Outstanding Alumni of 2013.” Educator and community leader Eileen Eberle, Spring Green, and Westby Coop Credit Union President and community leader Kevin Hauser, Richland Center will be honored during the Fall Alumni brunch scheduled for Saturday, October 5 on campus, an event that is open their families, friends, classmates, all alumni and campus friends.
Each year the UW-Richland Association selects two from among many nominees for this award, one from the Richland County College and another from the current campus. The UW-Richland Alumni Association is an organization for alumni of both campuses. Eberle is a member of the Class of 1950 and Hauser of the Class of 1987. In addition to their career achievements, both have made significant service contributions to their communities.
Friends admire Eileen Eberle for her enthusiasm in all she does.
After graduation from Richland County College, she went on to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree from UW-Platteville and completed work towards a doctorate at Edgewood College.
Her career as an educator continued until the age of 79 and included teaching for two-year stints at Balmoral School, Muscoda; Little Bear School, Lone Rock; West Spring Green School; and Fair Valley School, Sauk City. After a break to raise children, she returned to the classroom and taught for 12 years at St. Luke’s in Plain and St. John’s in Spring Green, before becoming a teacher at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Monona, where she taught for 20 years.
Eberle’s service to the community includes over 60 years as a Sauk County 4-H leader. Among her other leadership service is president of St. Killian’s Church Altar Society, Sauk County Fair superintendent, recording secretary for the Lambda Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, president of the County Liners Home and Community Education (HCE) as well as district HCE director for a nine-county region. She’s worked to raise funds for scholarships and for veteran’s, helped support safety programs, the dairy industry and American Players Theatre. Eberle has served as coordinator for the Grandparent’s Reading Program with the Richland and Riverdale school districts. She was elected Bear Creek Township clerk, a position she held for over 30 years. She and her husband initiated the River Valley School Fair, which has been held for what will be 50 years this fall.
Eileen and her husband Lawrence Eberle have been married for over 50 years. They have five children, 14 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Kevin Hauser’s Ithaca High School classmates may recall him as a four-sport athlete, member of the math and forensics team, and an honor student. His UW-Richland classmates may remember him as a cast member in the campus theatre production of A Christmas Carol. Today he is probably best known as president of the Westby Coop Credit Union, a position he’s held since 2004.
From UW-Richland, Hauser transferred to UW-Platteville where he earned a degree in mathematics in 1989. He taught math a MATC prior to joining the WCCU loan department in 1991. In 1998, he was promoted to Richland Center Branch Manager. When Hauser became WCCU president, the credit union had offices in Westby, Viroqua and Richland Center. WCCU has since added offices in Reedsburg, Cashton and Lake Delton. Hauser is active in state and national credit union governance, and presently serves as president of the Wisconsin Credit Union League.
Hauser’s leadership in the community is demonstrated by his service to the Neighborhood Housing Services board of directors. He’s a charter member of Ithaca Lions Club and a member of the Ithaca High School Foundation. Also at Ithaca Schools, he’s served as a junior high school coach. He’s a member of the Westby and Viroqua Chambers of Commerce and of Viroqua’s Main Street Program. He’s served as a volunteer/supporter of the Children’s Miracle Network, Second Harvest Food Bank, Richland Center Get Real program, Salvation Army and has done other volunteer work.
Hauser is married to the former Shari Parker and they have two children, Andrea and Nate.
Details about the October 5 Alumni Brunch will be in the August issue of the UW-Richland Alumni News and more information is available by contacting alumni liaison John Poole by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the campus at (608) 647-6186, Extension 266. From 3-5pm also on October 5, the Alumni Association is planning a Microbrew Tasting & Competition
The Alumni Association accepts nominations for Outstanding Alumni Awards from anyone who wishes to make a nomination including families and friends of alumni, and their former teachers. A list of all honorees since the award was instituted in 1974 can be found in the Alumni section of the UW-Richland website at richland.uwc.edu and on a plaque located in Melvill Hall on campus.