Eric Hoffman receives Kaplan Award honors

By Shawna Connor

University of Wisconsin-Richland recently named Campus Administrative Specialist Eric Hoffman their 23rd Kaplan Fellow. Hoffman was nominated for this award by his peers and selected by the campus Steering Committee.  The Kaplan Award recognizes the outstanding contributions to students made by UW Colleges’ faculty and instructional or non-instructional academic staff.

A Richland County native and Richland County High School graduate, Hoffman began his career at UW-Richland in 2010 in Student Affairs (now Solution Center), processing applications and monitoring admissions.  His new role as campus administrative specialist began in January 2016 as part of the regionalization of UW Colleges.

Hoffman’s colleagues state, “We can’t think of a more instrumental employee during the implementation of regionalization on the UW-Richland campus.  He has helped faculty, staff and students promptly with their issues.  He maintains a professional and pleasant demeanor even in the most stressful situations.  His knowledge and ability to handle a very demanding job on campus has served the employees well, which has indirectly helped all of us serve our students better.”

As Campus Administrative Specialist, Hoffman has his finger on the pulse of most everything happening on campus on any given day.  His tasks include providing directional support to campus administrators, faculty and staff; supporting business services with all financial transactions; management of events and room rental/reservations; and, supporting human resources, payroll and benefits functions.  Then there are the random pleas for help to which he responds; one from a Dane County resident calling for information about how to get a driver’s license in Richland County, for instance.

“I am happy that the campus is appreciative of what I am doing for faculty, staff and students.  I have received a lot of support from other campus members.  Every day is something new and never boring,” Hoffman explains. 

Hoffman attended UW-Richland as a student in 1992 and then transferred to UW-Milwaukee completing coursework in Information Studies.  He later served the UW-Milwaukee campus for a decade in multiple student services capacities.  Hoffman is also the recipient of the UW-Richland 2016 Roadrunner of the Year award.

The Kaplan Award, established in 1993, honors Arthur M. Kaplan, a former provost of the UW Colleges.  Each UW Colleges campus awards between one and four Kaplan Awards annually depending upon the size of the institution.  The UW-Richland award winner is named Kaplan Fellow for the academic year and receives a $500 stipend, $250 of which is provided by the UW Colleges, and $250 of which is provided by the Richland County Campus Foundation.  The funds may be used for professional development and/or supplies and equipment.

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Shawna Connor