Jacqueline Bonneville, associate dean, said Ruch “has a perfect disposition and ability to show warmth and a calm and reassuring presence to everyone who walks through our door (virtually or in person).”
Along with other duties, Ruch co-manages the Helping Hand Food+ Pantry for students in the Administration Building. She manages the inventory, assists with volunteers and has worked to promote the pantry and receive additional funding to supports its efforts.
“This experience has been an absolute blessing. I have met lots of wonderful students and learned a lot about food insecurities on our campus. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to assist with the pantry and do my best to make sure it’s a welcome space for all students,” Ruch said.
This is the third time in three years a UW-Stout employee has received a WCPA honor. Ian Foley and Adam Ludwig, both from University Housing, received the Nora McGuire Outstanding Professional honor in spring 2023 and 2021, respectively.
WCPA formed nearly 50 years ago. Its mission is to provide “professional development for higher education professionals serving students in Wisconsin,” according to its website.