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 August 2016

 
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Seven faculty and staff recognized for excellence

UW-Eau Claire projects included in approved UW System capital budget request

Chancellor's Blog: August update

Celebrating 100 years of excellence

Fortune 500 Blugold: Alumna leads Veritiv to spot on esteemed list

Recent medical school graduate gives UW-Eau Claire high marks

Blugold political science grad finds first job, success in local politics

Help build the next Blugold generation

Students from diverse backgrounds dive into research at UW-Eau Claire thanks to NSF grant

UW-Eau Claire Foundation helps Blugolds shine light on Eau Claire landmark

Blugolds share their perspectives of 2016 Eaux Claires festival

Upcoming events

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia


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Seven faculty and staff recognized for excellence

UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members were honored at the university's opening meeting Aug. 23.

Chancellor James Schmidt presented 2016 Excellence Awards to Dr. Rosemary Battalio, Dr. Mary Canales, Dr. Anne Cummings Hlas, Dr. Eric Kasper, Dr. David Lewis, Deborah Newman and Greg Rineck at the university's academic year opening meeting Aug. 23. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire projects included in approved UW System capital budget request
Two major UW-Eau Claire building projects are included in the UW System 2017-19 capital budget request approved Aug. 18 by the system’s Board of Regents. Full story. back to top

Chancellor's Blog: August update
Chancellor Schmidt provides an update on a variety of activities and opportunities that he and the Blugold community are focused on as the fall semester arrives. Full story.
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Celebrating 100 years of excellence

100 years of excellence

UW-Eau Claire's Centennial Celebration runs through commencement in May 2017! Check the centennial website frequently for stories, photos, merchandise, more event details and new events as they are added to the calendar.

  • Don't miss the Centennial Alumni Reception
    All alumni and their guests are invited to start their Homecoming weekend at this Sept. 30 gathering from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in Davies Center. Connect with fellow alums as well as current and former faculty and staff while enjoying great hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. Chancellor James Schmidt will speak briefly at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.50 and available online.
  • Entries invited for Centennial Poetry Competition
    UW-Eau Claire students, current and emeriti faculty, alumni and residents of the greater Chippewa Valley are invited to submit their original poems on the theme “Reflections on Education” for the UW-Eau Claire Centennial Poetry Competition. More information.
  • 'Building Excellence': Book chronicling UW-Eau Claire history available for purchase
    "Building Excellence: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 1916-2016" chronicles the centurylong transformation of what began as a small single-purpose normal school for prospective teachers into a large regional comprehensive university. The authors, longtime UW-Eau Claire history professors Dr. Robert Gough and Dr. James Oberly, examine the roles that state policies, national crises, educational trends, community involvement, campus leadership and student demands played in shaping a university that embodies excellence. More information. back to top

Fortune 500 Blugold: Alumna leads Veritiv to spot on esteemed list
Mary Laschinger, a 1985 UW-Eau Claire business administration graduate, is chairman and CEO of Veritiv Corporation, a 2-year-old company that already has earned a spot on the 2016 Fortune 500 list. Full story. back to top

Recent medical school graduate gives UW-Eau Claire high marks
Alyssa Walker, a 2012 UW-Eau Claire biology graduate who received her medical degree this past May, credits UW-Eau Claire for preparing her for the rigors of medical school. Full story. back to top

Blugold political science grad finds first job, success in local politics
Forget getting your foot in the door. When Amelia Neas graduated from UW-Eau Claire this past May, she took her first steps through a door that was wide open. Full story. back to top

Help build the next Blugold generation
Know any potential future Blugolds? This fall, remember to encourage them to schedule a visit or consider applying to UW-Eau Claire! More information. back to top

Students from diverse backgrounds dive into research at UW-Eau Claire thanks to NSF grant
Thanks to a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, eight students had the chance this summer to work on research projects in the areas of biophysical/biochemistry, physical chemistry, materials science and biology at UW-Eau Claire. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire Foundation helps Blugolds shine light on Eau Claire landmark
The UW-Eau Claire Foundation is partnering in a unique project to shed light on a landmark in downtown Eau Claire — and provide UW-Eau Claire students with a learning opportunity they won't find anywhere else in the Midwest. Full story. back to top

Blugolds share their perspectives of 2016 Eaux Claires festival

The reviews are in: This year’s Eaux Claires music and arts festival was an unquestionable success, bringing thousands of people to the area for two days of live music, interactive art exhibits and genuine collaboration.

For many, it was an introduction to Eau Claire. But for Blugolds attending the festival, it was an opportunity to share the city’s homegrown artistic community they’ve come to know so well. After a weekend celebrating their new home town, two students share their experiences at the 2016 Eaux Claires festival. Full story.

Contributing to the success of the festival were 43 UW-Eau Claire students who set up the event, supported the artists as stage technicians, and served in many other support roles throughout the festival. Learn more about the students' important work and read some of their first-person reflections on the experience. back to top

Upcoming events

  • Cross Country Alumni Gathering. Sept. 10, Lowes Creek Park, Eau Claire, 10 a.m.
  • UW-Eau Claire Then and Now: A Reader's Theatre. Sept. 20, Schofield Auditorium, UW-Eau Claire, 12-12:45 p.m. More information.
  • UW-Eau Claire Celebrating 100 Years of Education. Sept. 20, Dakota Ballroom, Davies Center, UW-Eau Claire, 4:30 p.m. program, 5:45 p.m. reception. More information.
  • UW-Eau Claire Night at the Twins Game. Sept. 24, 6:10 p.m., Target Field, Minneapolis. Come watch the Minnesota Twins vs. the Seattle Mariners and enjoy hearing the UW-Eau Claire Singing Statesmen perform the nathional anthem! More information.
  • Let's Do Lunch with Chancellor James Schmidt. Sept. 28, noon-1 p.m., Eau Claire Golf & Country Club, Altoona. More information and registration.
  • UW-Eau Claire Centennial Celebration. Through May 2017. More information.

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Alumni success stories

Read some of the latest stories featuring accomplishments by UW-Eau Claire alumni:

Amy Stelling '00, a UW-Eau Claire management information systems graduate, has been named president and CEO of Enviance, a company focused on cloud-based environmental, health and safety management software. Full story.

Colin Boone '10, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, has been named corporate risk manager for Royal Credit Union. Full story.

Sara Lubinski '83, an artist who earned bachelor's and master's degrees in biology from UW-Eau Claire, will have her works featured in the "Bluff & River: Where Art & Science Meet" exhibit Aug. 27 in Red Wing, Minnesota. Full story.

Vicki Bernards '99, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, has been appointed vice president of financial analysis and strategic planning for Telephone and Data Systems Inc. Full story.

Richard Gust '71, a UW-Eau Claire chemistry graduate, has been inducted into the Tire Industry Association Hall of Fame. Full story.

Nick Manesis '80, a UW-Eau Claire biology and chemistry graduate, has been appointed vice president of research and development for ReVision Optics Inc. Full story.

Rita Rahoi-Gilchrest '92, a UW-Eau Claire communication arts graduate, has been named interim associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Winona State University. Full story.

Brenda Maas '91, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, has joined the Visit Southeast Montana team as marketing manager. Full story. back to top

Blugold Trivia
Show how much you know about UW-Eau Claire — AND win great Blugold prizes! Email your answer to this month's question to the Blugold Trivia mailbox (trivia@uwec.edu). Those sending correct responses to this month's question will be entered into a drawing for a UW-Eau Claire travel mug. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the September issue of eView.

August Blugold Trivia question:

Who are two of the composers whose commissioned works will be performed at UW-Eau Claire's Centennial Gala on Oct. 8?

Know the answer? Email it, along with your name and class year, to trivia@uwec.edu. You'll be notified by email if you are this month's winner!

July's winner:

Congratulations to Angela (Krueger) LaVoy '99, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate and winner of the July Blugold Trivia prize. She studied abroad in Lismore as a UW-Eau Claire student and would love to travel there again! Angela's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that Lismore, Australia, became Eau Claire's sister city in 2001. back to top

 
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