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CVTC President Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge

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CVTC President Bruce Barker follows through on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and is soaked with ice water Wednesday at the CVTC Business Education Center in Eau Claire. Pouring the water are, from left, CVTC vice presidents Tom Huffcutt, Margo Keys and Roger Stanford.2 / 2

EAU CLAIRE Shortly after taking three buckets of ice water himself, Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) President Bruce Barker called out new UW-Stout Chancellor Bob Meyer and UW-River Falls Chancellor Dean Van Galen in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Barker accepted a challenge from Eau Claire City Manager Russell Van Gompel and had buckets of ice water poured over him at noon Wednesday in front of CVTC’s Business Education Center in Eau Claire, with dozens of faculty, staff and students looking on. Doing the honors were CVTC vice presidents Tom Huffcutt, Margo Keys and Roger Stanford.

Barker wore one of his business suits, but also jokingly added a life jacket, goggles and snorkel, float tube and a pair of flippers.

Barker will be making a donation to ALS in addition to taking the ice water bath.

In remarks before the ceremonial pouring, Barker noted that Van Gompel also challenged UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt and Eau Claire Area School District Superintendent Mary Ann Hardebeck, who had not yet responded.

Afterwards, Barker said of the ice water bath: “Didn’t feel too bad. It’s a nice, sunny day.”

A video of Barker’s Ice Bucket Challenge can be seen at

CVTC is part of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and is one of 16 WTCS colleges located throughout the state.