Distinguished Alumni

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented annually by the UW-Barron County Foundation to outstanding UW-BC alumni who reflect the ideals of UW quality and have established an exceptional reputation in their careers and communities.

The UW-BC Foundation is soliciting nominations from the public for the Distinguished Alumni Award. The criteria and selection process has been determined by the Friends of the University Committee of the UW-BC Foundation. The nomination form should be submitted by March 15, 2014.

2013: Reverend Peter Muschinske
Class of 1983
Native of Rice Lake, Wisconsin

Reverend Peter Muschinske, 2013 Distinguished AlumniReverend Peter  Muschinske was named as the recipient of the UW-Barron County Foundation’s 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award.  This annual award recognizes outstanding UW-Barron County alumni who reflect the ideals of UW quality and have established an exceptional reputation in their careers and communities.

This award was presented to Rev. Muschinske by nominator Jim Pannier, Professor Emeritus of UW-Barron County, at the UW-Barron County Commencement Ceremonies on May 22.

Muschinke, a Rice Lake High School graduate and the son of George and Mae Muschinske, earned his UW-Barron County Associate Degree in 1983 and later graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a double major in psychology and communication and theatre arts. He then graduated from Luther Theological Seminary and completed all course work toward a Doctor of Ministry from Eden Theological Seminary.

He has served as intentional interim pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church in Rice Lake since January 2013. His father served as pastor at Bethany from 1972-80.

For decades he served in several capacities of ministry. Ordained in 1992, he was a pastor at congregations in Wisconsin and California. For the last several years he served on active duty as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy, first deployed to Iraq with the Seabees out of Fort McCoy and most recently on an extended assignment with Navy Recruiting Command. He is now in the Navy Reserves.

Muschinske and his wife Katherine (Mianecki) and children Nicole, Erik and Lianna live in St. Louis, Missouri. From his base in St. Louis, he covers over a dozen states recruiting chaplain candidates from students in a master’s program and chaplains from many faith traditions.

As intentional pastor at Bethany, Muschinske is charged with guiding the congregation through the transition process before selection of a regularly called pastor.

Many individuals recorded comments during the Distinguished Alumnus nomination process about Muschinske including:

“He has unique talents and leadership abilities, providing stability in a time of need, inspiring action toward positive solutions”; “he successfully navigates diversity of opinion, personalities, and cultures, facilitating reconciliation and consensus-building”; “he helps move people toward a common vision, a brighter future, a light at the end of the tunnel”; “he would be the last person to tell you about his accomplishments.”

One person said simply, “He is the right person in the right place at the right time with the right intentions and the right motivation.”

Read about our previous Distinguished Alumni honorees.