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Taking Stock

6:21 PM, Sep. 28, 2013  |  Comments
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Education

? U.S. News and World Report has again ranked the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point as one of the best public universities in the Midwest. The magazine's 2014 rankings place UW-Stevens Point in a tie for ninth in the top tier of Midwestern comprehensive public universities.

Victory Media has recognized UW-Stevens Point as a 2014 Military Friendly School for its commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students.

The university was recognized by U.S. News for having high retention rates, one of the highest percentages of full-time faculty in the region, a low student-to-faculty ratio of 20:1 and a solid reputation among peer institutions.

The 2014 edition of "America's Best Colleges" ranks UW-Stevens Point No. 9 among the top regional public universities in the Midwest, and 42nd among all private and public institutions in the Midwest.

In general, U.S. News and World Report's rankings placed more weight on improved retention, graduation and acceptance rates, as well as student-to-faculty ratios. They are available at www.usnews.com/colleges.

? For the fourth year, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has made G.I. Jobs' list of the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensuring their success on campus. These schools are noted for having world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services for those who served.

UW-Stevens Point has about 340 veterans, National Guard members, reservists and military dependents, according to Ann Whipp, coordinator of Veterans Services. She assists them with benefits, provides guidance and assistance and fosters relationships with community veterans groups, federal agencies, support groups and local law enforcement.

A list of 2014 military friendly schools will be distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in late September by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business and publisher of G.I. Jobs and the Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Finance

? Managing Partner and Chairman Rick Dreher of Wipfli LLC, Wausau, has been selected as one of 2013's Most Admired Peers in the accounting profession by Inside Public Accounting.

As Wipfli's managing partner, Dreher oversees the vision and strategy, leadership, growth and overall performance of the firm. Under his leadership, Wipfli has grown significantly, rising to its current position among the top 25 largest accounting firms in the United States. The firm was established in Wausau in 1930 and currently employs more than 115 associates in its Wausau location.

Dreher is chairman-elect and a member of the Board of Directors for PKF North America, and serves as a member of PKF North America's Membership Committee. He is also a council member for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Wipfli provides private and publicly held companies with industry-focused assurance, accounting, tax and consulting services to help clients overcome their business challenges today and plan for tomorrow.

Natural Resources

? Bob Nack, Fall River,has been appointed as the Department of Natural Resources', or DNR, Deer Management Assistance Program, DMAP, and Big Game Section Chief.

Nack begins full-time in his new position on Oct. 28. Until then, he is currently serving as supervisor of the DNR State Game Farm in Poynette during the fall to assure continuity of operations during the peak of pheasant stocking.

Nack will focus on developing and delivering the DMAP program to Wisconsin landowners. Initiating DMAP in Wisconsin is a central recommendation of the Deer Trustee Report and is intended to improve relationships between hunters, landowners and DNR.

The program is under development and is expected to begin in 2014. It will include site specific management of deer, wildlife and habitat, as well as the collection of biological data for management decisions.

Prior to working for DNR, Nack was a wildlife specialist with the USDA/Wildlife Services program in Waupun.

Services

? The Marathon Area Swim Association, MASA, will to celebrate their 25th anniversary on Oct. 1. Over the past 25 years, MASA has been, and continues to be, a great resource for swimming education along with fitness and recreational opportunities for the surrounding communities.

Thanks to the generous gift of Ray and Marie Goldbach, MASA provides positive growth experiences for both children and adults in learning to swim, offering beneficial physical activities, as well as family fun.

As a nonprofit, they are subsidized mainly by the Raymond and Marie Goldbach Foundation. To help allocate the cost, MASA offers memberships, non-member daily pass rates and programing fees.

Programs offered at MASA are American Red Cross, ARC, preschool - 6 months to 6 years - and progressive swim lessons for ages 6 years and up, adult and private swim lessons, ARC Lifeguarding, Water Safety Instructor, WSI, and WSI aide certifications, lap swim, water walking/jogging, water fitness, swim team, youth group swims and more.

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