Nowicki awarded Charles G. Schesel Memorial Scholarship

July 2, 2013

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — David Nowicki, an incoming freshman to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville from Athens, Wis., is the recipient of the Charles G. Schesel Memorial Scholarship. The $2,500 scholarship was made available by Short Elliot Hendrickson, which is headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., with 10 offices in Wisconsin. SEH is a multi-disciplined firm of engineers, architects, planners and scientists serving public, private and industrial sector clients.

The scholarship honors the life of Chuck Schesel, who began working with SEH in its Chippewa Falls, Wis., office immediately after his graduation from UW-Platteville in 1978. He worked for SEH for his entire career.

“This memorial scholarship provides the opportunity to honor the life-long dedication of Chuck Schesel to helping make our communities stronger through better infrastructure,” said Jim Newman, P.E., SEH senior vice president. “While at the same time, the scholarship provides the opportunity to contribute to the educational journey of a student following in similar footsteps as Chuck, with a career in civil engineering.”

In his 31 years of service at SEH, Schesel's career took several turns. He started as a municipal engineer, serving several area communities, including his hometown of Stanley, Wis., and led major work in the city of Ashland, Wis.

Schesel was also instrumental in the development of SEH's penetration into the Wisconsin Department of Transportation market. He established SEH offices in Rice Lake, Wis.; Madison, Wis.; and Milwaukee, Wis., to initially serve the WisDOT clients in those regions.  

At the same time, Schesel began SEH's services to the Wisconsin Bureau of Aeronautics, becoming the project and client service manager for Eau Claire, Wis., La Crosse, Wis.; and other Wisconsin airports.  

In 2000, Schesel volunteered to lead SEH's geographic market expansion into the western United States by opening an office in Denver, Colo. Over the eight years that followed, he led a number of mergers and acquisitions, eventually extending SEH into a total of seven offices in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming.  

In 2007, Schesel and his family moved back to Chippewa Falls. He retired from SEH in 2009 due to health reasons. After a battle against a rare blood disease, Schesel passed away in the fall of 2010. He leaves behind his wife, Becky and daughters, Carly and Abby.  

Schesel accomplished much in his career at SEH and is remembered with great affection by his family and countless staff and clients.

The scholarship was open to students majoring in civil or environmental engineering. Nowicki will be majoring in civil engineering.

Formatted by: Dan Wackershauser, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, wackersd@uwplatt.edu

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