CPS alumni honored during UW-Stevens Point Homecoming
Two College of Professional Studies alumni will be among those honored for achievement and service as the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point marks Homecoming weekend. The Alumni Awards Banquet on Saturday, Oct. 3 will recognize a distinguished alumnus in each of the four colleges as well as the Trailblazer Award, Lifetime Achievement Award and Mary Ann Nigbor Volunteer of the Year.
Rear Admiral Steven E. Day, a resident of Port Edwards, Wisconsin, since 1975, obtained a Master’s Degree in Professional Development and Education from UW-Stevens Point in 1982. His undergraduate degrees include an associate of arts degree from Gogebic Community College and a bachelor of science degree from Northern Michigan University.
Admiral Day has a storied military career spanning more than 46 years. With command over missions from the Arabian Gulf to the Rocky Mountains, he proved to be an exemplary leader. On June 10, 2013, U.S. Coast Guard history was made when the 113th Congress confirmed his appointment as the first reserve flag officer to assume the duties of Director of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and Military Personnel.
At his retirement ceremony, Admiral Day was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his outstanding performance in that assignment. He performed his military service while employed by the Port Edwards School District as the industrial arts teacher for more than 11 years and with the Port Edwards paper mill for 21 years.
Tracie Lyn (Hobson) Roberson is a Stevens Point native who began her studies at UW-Stevens Point in fall 2000. While double majoring in business administration and communication with an emphasis in interpersonal and organizational communication, she completed three internships with Rudy Rack, American Express Financial Advisors and Target.
During her last year at UW-Stevens Point she did a semester abroad in London. After starting full time at Rudy Rack in January 2006 as general manager, she became president and part owner of the company in 2008. She sets up and maintains the distribution of Rudy Rack products in Europe from the United Kingdom. All the day-to-day operations are here in Stevens Point.