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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

Volunteer Recognition

2018 Awards

Past Award Recipients

2018 Awards – This year MVAC presented two related awards.

2018 Awards

Kathy Stevenson (center) presented this year’s awards to Ben Niffenegger (left) and Cathy Wendt (right).

James P. Gallagher Award in Archaeology Excellence – Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company

The 2018 James P. Gallagher Award in Archaeology Excellence was presented to the Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company (WVIC), based in Wausau, Wisconsin. WVIC manages 21 reservoirs on the Wisconsin River, from the Upper Michigan border to Marathon County in central Wisconsin. As part of its environmental work, WVIC is responsible for managing all of the archaeological sites on its reservoirs. With over 800 miles of shoreline and over 300 recorded archaeological sites, that is a complex task. The company’s early efforts in this area led to receiving the Gallagher Award in 1992. Over the past decade, the company’s level of support and involvement has reached an even higher level, primarily due to the efforts of Cathy Wendt, Vice President of Environmental Affairs, and Ben Niffenegger, Senior Environmental Specialist. WVIC and MVAC staff conduct fieldwork together, using an interdisciplinary approach to implement—and keep improving—best practices for managing the cultural resources in the company’s care. We thank Cathy, Ben, and the other WVIC staff for their genuine interest and their ethical, preservation-oriented approach to cultural resources management.

Special Recognition Award – Cathy Wendt

MVAC also presented a Special Recognition Award to Cathy Wendt, who is retiring after 34 years with WVIC, including overseeing the company’s past decade of cultural resources work. Her wide-ranging knowledge, clear thinking, and commitment to the work have been greatly appreciated, and she will be truly missed by WVIC and MVAC staff alike.

2018 Support and Volunteer Recognition

The following friends have providing in-kind donations and volunteer services.

Rich Althaus Jim Losinski
Andrew Anklam Dan Maas
Connie Arzigian Tim McAndrews
Dave Becwar Bill Meyer
Mike Bednarchuk John Morris
Danielle Beisecker Daniel Napientek
Jay Bittner Kathy O’Driscoll
Art Boehm William O’Driscoll
Loren & Margaret Cade Ellsworth & Ardith Olson
David Christensen David Palmquist
Jaremy Cobble Douglas Patschull
Jean Dowiasch Marcee Peplinski
Gary Eldred Mark Pingel
Brandon Emerson Olivia Schauls
Bill Gresens Jacquelyn Schnabl
James Hansen Sarah Schultz
Michael Hansen Jaelyn Stebbins
Wendy Holtz-Leith Betty Steele & Family
Shane Howe Todd Stein
Phillip Humfeld Kathy Stevenson
Gene & Jeanne Hynek Hoyt & Jeanine Strandberg
Bonnie Jancik Maryan Stubbs
Jim Jordan Jim Theler
Robert Keiper Vicki Twinde-Javner
David Kreisel Kyle Willoughby
Jeanette Laack Toua Yang
Michael Lahner Christina Yuen
Frank Lightfoot Jonathan Yuen

Past Award Recipients


James P. Gallagher Award in Archaeology Excellence

2018 Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company
2017 Dr. Thomas C. Pleger
2016 Gundersen Health System
2015 City of Onalaska
2014 Ruthann Benson
2013 Joseph A. Tiffany
2012 A-1 Excavating, Inc.
2011 Constance M. Arzigian
2010 Prairie Sand & Gravel, Inc.
2009 James L. Theler
2008 Carole McGinley Edland
2007 Katherine Stevenson
2006 Kathleen Brosius
2005 William “Bill” Gresens
2004 John Magerus
2003 Elmwood Partners
2002 James P. Gallagher
2001 Susan Motschman
2000 Robert Thorud
1999 Richard Hilliker
1998 Dr. Adolf Gunderson
1997 Robert “Ernie” Boszhardt
1996 Frank Linder
1995 Jim Terman
1994 University of Wisconsin – La Crosse Sociology/Archaeology Department
1993 Wisconsin River Power Company
1992 Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company
1991 Gunderson Clinic
1990 United Fund for the Arts and Humanities
1989 Charles D. Gelatt
1988 Charles F. Mathy
1987 University of Wisconsin – La Crosse Foundation


Regional Archaeology Award

2016 Suzanne Harris
2015 Gene and Jeanne Hynek
2014 Jay Bittner
2013 Robert “Bob” Halseth
2012 Dan and Judy Maas
2011 Mississippi Valley Conservancy
2010 Todd and Andrea Trocinski Family
2009 Robert Keiper
2008 John Ebersold
2007 James Losinski
2006 Fort Crawford Museum
2005 Mauston Panther Spirit Mound Project
2004 Steve Allen
2003 Todd Murphy
2002 Dan Wendt
2001 Bill Schneller
2000 Daniel Arnold
1999 Craig Malven
1998 Al Reed
1997 Jeff Woodward
1996 Todd Reichert
1995 LeVern DeVries
1994 Loren Cade
1993 Betty Steele
1992 Harland Stone
1991 William “Bill” Gresens
1990 Paul Wiste
1989 Gary Steele
1988 Tim Blumentritt
1987 Steven Raith


Archaeology Education Award

2016 Jack Larson
2015 Marilyn Burkhart
2014 Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center
2013 Loren and Margaret Cade
2012 Robert and Gretchen Chalsma
2011 John Morris
2010 William “Bill” Gresens
2009 Robert “Ernie” Boszhardt
2008 James L. Theler
2007 Effigy Mounds National Monument
2006 Jim and Donna Rankin
2004 Susan Motschman
2003 LeVern DeVries
2002 James P. Gallagher
2001 Greg Walsko
2000 School on the River, Longfellow Middle School, La Crosse, Wisconsin
1999 Carol Ziff
1998 Onalaska Middle School – 6th Grade Teachers
1997 Betty Hembd-Steele
1996 City of La Crosse Park and Recreation Department
1995 La Crosse North Woods Elementary School
1994 Marilyn Van Wyk
1993 Cooperative Educational Service Agency District #4
1992 La Crosse School District


Special Awards

2018 Special Recognition: Cathy Wendt
2016 Special Recognition: McHugh Excavating
2013 Distinguished Service Award: George Garvin
2007 Distinguished Service Award: Dairyland Power Cooperative
2006 Common Ground Award: Chloris Lowe
2005 Common Ground Award:  Jay Toth
2004 Distinguished Service Award: John and Otto Swennes
2003 Distinguished Service Award: Jason Gilman
2001 Common Ground Award: Ho Chunk Historic Preservation Office
Distinguished Service Award: City of La Crosse
1999 Special Award: Connie Arzigian
Distinguished Service Awards: Timme, Inc., and Mead and Hunt, Inc.
1998 Common Ground Award: Merlin Red Cloud Jr.
Distinguished Service Awards: Dean Wilder and Paul Stoelting
1997 Salute: Jim Gallagher
1995 Salute: William “Bill” Gresens
1994 Salute: Jim Theler