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Klenke to lead international alumni relations

Lora Klenke, a leader with nearly 20 years of experience in international development, is directing new efforts to connect the University of Wisconsin-Madison and alumni around the globe.

Lora Klenke

Lora Klenke

Klenke will serve alumni and advance the university’s position as a global leader through her work as the managing director of international alumni relations. The newly created position is a partnership of the Wisconsin Alumni Association and the UW-Madison Division of International Studies.

Following her recent service as vice president of international business development with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Klenke brings ties to university faculty and staff, and a deep understanding of the university’s global reach. She is a 1994 UW-Madison alumna.

Her previous experience also includes developing global agricultural economic-development programs with the State of Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection. She currently serves on the boards of directors for the Midwest U.S. Japan Association, the Wisconsin China Initiative and the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

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UW students excel in Chinese speech contests

Brendan Dowling, a recent University of Wisconsin–Madison graduate, placed first among U.S. students and third among students from the Americas at the 13th Chinese Bridge – Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students, held July 2-August 3 in Changsha, the capital of China’s Hunan Province.

The 13th Chinese Bridge is a large-scale international competition organized by the Hanban (the Chinese National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language). The 126 participants, who represent 87 countries, qualified for the competition through 110 regional contests.

Dowling, of Carpentersville, IL, earned his spot by winning a gold medal in the fourth/fifth-year and heritage group this spring at the Midwest Universities Chinese Speech Contest.

Also, a team of UW-Madison students competing against peers from other U.S. institutions emerged with the highest percentage of medalists at the 2014 Chinese Speech Contest of U.S. Summer Programs in China.

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