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 April 10, 2017.

2017: Karla (Schreiber) Hulne

Karla HulneClass of 2002
Ladysmith, WI

The University of Wisconsin-Barron County (UW-BC) Foundation recently named Ladysmith native Karla (Schreiber) Hulne as its 2017 Distinguished Alumnus award recipient. Hulne attended UW-BC from 2000 to 2002 and was active in the Red Cedar Choir, Communiversity Band, Red Cedar Orchestra, and pit bands for campus theater productions “Big River” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” In 2002 she received a campus Outstanding Service award. Hulne is currently Director of Instrument Music at Blair-Taylor school district where she directs concert bands for grades 5-12, two jazz ensembles, three handbell choirs, ukulele and guitar ensembles, and leads the marching band and pep band. She places strong emphasis on creativity in the classroom and teaches a Youth-Tutoring-Youth program.

In 2009, Hulne founded a very active advanced student handbell choir that has performed over 100 concerts as well as shows at Ashley for the Arts, helping raise over $10,000 in donations to the school.

In 2014, Hulne established a reading initiative to encourage literacy associated with Music in our School Month. That same year, she also co-founded the Couleeland Honors Band, the first middle school honors band in the area. This ensemble currently serves 13 schools and up to 200 talented young musicians a year.

In her free time, Hulne serves with her cats, Luna and Pearl, as a certified pet therapy team with the Coulee Region Humane Society. Luna is a Reading Educational Assistance Animal, and through the “Read to Rover” program they have helped hundreds of students become more independent readers.

Hulne has received the 2014 Ashley for the Arts Humanitarian Award, a 2015 Herb Kohl Fellowship and a 2015 Ellison Award. In 2016, she had two music education articles published in the Journal of the Handbell Musicians of America.  In 2017, she accepted a seat on the regional board of the Handbell Musicians of America.

Previous Alumni Honorees

Read about our previous Distinguished Alumni honorees.