Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, October 29, 2009

Dresang receives Women's Philanthropy Council Champion Award

Dennis Dresang

Scholarship recognizes Dresang's dedication to Wisconsin, school

More than $15,000 has been raised thus far for a scholarship to honor Dennis Dresang and his role in training public affairs practitioners around the world. The La Follette School will use the funds to help support a master's degree student in domestic or international public affairs.

Dresang retired in December after 39 years of service to the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He played a pivotal role in the creation of what is now the La Follette School of Public Affairs.

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Donors who give $500 or more will be recognized on a plaque to be presented to Dennis Dresang. Donations will support a scholarship fund for La Follette School students.

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Dennis Dresang, an emeritus professor of public affairs, received a Champion Award from the Women's Philanthropy Council at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on October 29.

Dresang was research director for a policy initiative of Wisconsin's lieutenant governor to improve the status of women. For his research and public service on pay equity, he received distinguished service awards from the Women's Political Caucus and the Wisconsin Equal Rights Council. Dresang helped to establish the Women's Studies Research Center to work with governmental and private agencies to inform efforts to improve the status of women, locally, nationally, and internationally.

"For nearly 40 years, Dennis Dresang has worked tirelessly to advance career opportunities for women and to increase their leadership and management skills, challenging and breaking down barriers to their advancement along the way," says La Follette School director Carolyn J. Heinrich. "His commitment to finding ways to improve the climate for women on this campus and throughout government is inspiring."

Dresang and the La Follette School also collaborate with Wisconsin Women in Government to present a graduate seminar of management training to women managers in the public and private sectors. The course helps mid-level managers acquire the skills they need to move into leadership positions.

The Champion Awards are presented to a man and a woman from campus nominated by their peers for outstanding advocacy of women. Jo Handelsman, a professor in the departments of bacteriology and plant pathology, received the other Champion Award. She and Dresang will have the opportunity to designate a $5,000 grant to a program benefiting women at the university.

A program of the University of Wisconsin Foundation, the Women's Philanthropy Council pioneered national standards for women as philanthropists. Part of the council's mission is to advance women at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Two receive Women's Philanthropy Council Champion Awards, October 29, 2009, University of Wisconsin-Madison News