Annual Campaign

Your gifts to the UW-Fond du Lac Foundation Annual Fund Campaign support excellence at UW-Fond du Lac while enhancing the educational and cultural activities on campus. You can donate online or call the Foundation Office at (920) 929-1335.

Letter from the President

Dear friends,

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”  Bethany Rusch, UW‑Fond du Lac’s campus administrator, shared this William Butler Yeats quote at our recent Scholarship and Donor Recognition reception. She went on to say, “This quote says everything to me about what goes on within these walls and the transformative power of education.  Just ask any of our professors what it’s like to experience the ‘a-ha! moments’ in their classroom.”

Our faculty are lighting fires. At the reception, we recognized three faculty members that have recently won awards: Dr. Kayoung Kim, Dr. Paisley Harris, and Dr. Carey Woodward. Dr. Kim received the prestigious Alliant Energy Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award. Only three Underkofler Awards are presented each year throughout the entire UW System of 27 campuses.

The student speaker for the evening, Dylan Palmer, highlighted Dr. Kim when he said, “I didn’t know the blessing I stepped into when I entered my first Intro to Psych class. Professor Kim is always ‘psyched!’ to teach us Psychology. She’s got such devotion to her field and to her students, that we simply can’t help but love her, and learn from her. It’s professors like Dr. Kim that make this campus a pleasure to attend. I learn best when the professor knows my name and can help me one-on-one. This is something that is commonplace here, but a rarity on some other campuses. The small classes and close-knit relationships are just one part of why this campus is ideal for people like me. The location and easy transfers make for a great starting point in anyone’s college experience.”

Dylan is one of 47 students who benefited from over $45,000 in scholarships this academic year. Dylan continued, “I’d like to thank the donors. Without donors like those here today, we wouldn’t be attending this reception, and more importantly, some of us wouldn’t even be able to attend college.”

This is your opportunity to light a fire…to invest in the future of our community and our world. As the President of the UW-Fond du Lac Foundation Board, I am committed to the UW‑Fond du Lac mission. I invite you to join me lighting the fire of education for students like Dylan.

Light a fire today. Donate to the UW-Fond du Lac Foundation.


Mike Palomaki

University of Wisconsin–Fond du Lac Foundation Board


Student Spotlight: Emily Belling

Emily Belling

Emily Belling
2015 - 2017
Goal: Veterinarian
Plans to transfer to: UW Madison

Academic excellence, volunteerism, work commitment, community service, undergraduate research—UW-Fond du Lac’s Emily Belling has accomplished much during her tenure here, and she’s not done yet. A stellar student of Fond du Lac High School, Emily immersed herself in academics and extra-curricular activities, as well as extensive volunteerism and employment. Her work ethic and love of animals come together in the pet-sitting business, which she started at age ten. Belling’s goal of becoming a veterinarian took root last year at UWFond du Lac where she excelled academically, as demonstrated by her acceptance into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and earning recognition on the Dean’s Honor List. Under the guidance of Associate Professor of Biology, Dr. David Demezas, Emily’s undergraduate research project about invasive garlic mustard was selected for the prestigious Posters in the Rotunda in Madison. The UW-Fond du Lac Foundation is proud to support Emily through well-deserved scholarships.  Belling plans to continue her education next year at UW Madison.   We are confident that she will accomplish great things in the future, as she has in the past.



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