Area Notebook: Ex-Willmar great recognized at University of Chicago
Brian Bock, Willmar class of '94, gets award from university
Brian Bock, a 1994 graduate of Willmar High School, recently drew recognition from the University of Chicago where he has been employed since 2003.
Bock, the son of Dewey and Mary Bock of Willmar, is the Associate Athletic Director for Recreation and Fitness within UChicago's Department of Athletics & Recreation. In that role, Bock provides oversight and leadership for the department's recreational sports and fitness programs. His areas of supervision include sport clubs (1,100 participants), intramurals (8,400 participants), recreational sports, fitness classes, personal training and facility rentals.
Bock was presented with the "Outstanding Service to Students'' annual award on June 17, according to a university release.
One student nominator wrote, "Brian continues to be one of the shining stars in the U of C community, and the work he does fundamentally impacts and improves the lives of so many students." Another added that he is an "incredibly positive spirit" and one of the most "selfless people you will ever meet."
Bock has degrees from Augustana (S.D.), where he started four years on the men's basketball team, and Minnesota State-Mankato.
Bock also was the male recipient of the West Central Tribune’s Hengstler-Ranweiler Award in 1994. It’s given to the area’s outstanding three-sport athlete.
The BOLD Mudhens 18U team lost late Monday at Marshall.
Starting pitcher Aidan Elfering went 2-for-3 with a run and Braeden Tersteeg was 1-for-3 with a run, a double and a stolen base. Blake Flann was 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI and Tim Peppel was 1-for-3.