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History department receives $1 million federal grant

UW-Eau Claire grads finding jobs in state

University partners support Carson Park turf project

Concert Choir performs for veterans on European tour

New programs take students to Thailand, South Africa

Staff members assume Student Development and Diversity posts

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July 2004

Teachers in Learning by Doing programHistory department receives $1 million federal grant
More than 200 elementary and secondary teachers from 39 school districts in northern and western Wisconsin are learning new ways to teach American history, thanks to a $1 million grant awarded to the UW-Eau Claire history department by the U.S. Department of Education. The teachers are participants in “Learning by Doing: Public History in the Classroom,” a free professional development program for history teachers provided by the history department in collaboration with CESA 10 and 11 and the Chippewa Valley Museum. The program is the first of its kind in the United States. Full story.

Altoona MIddle School teachers Terri Hanson (left) and Barb Nelson collaborate as they learn about the uses of an old farm hand tool during a recent session of the "Learning by Doing" public history program. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

UW-Eau Claire grads finding jobs in Wisconsin

Jeanne Skoug
Jeanne Skoug

Fifty-six percent of 2002-03 UW-Eau Claire graduates in a recent survey are working for businesses and organizations in Wisconsin, and 21 percent are working in the Chippewa Valley. "UW-Eau Claire students are choosing to remain in Wisconsin after graduation, adding to the state's brain gain," said Jeanne Skoug, director of UW-Eau Claire Career Services, which conducted the survey. "Wisconsin's businesses and communities are benefiting from our graduates' talent, energy and knowledge." Ninety-seven percent of the 2002-03 UW-Eau Claire graduates responding to the survey were employed or continuing their education a year after graduation. Full story.

University partners support Carson Park turf project

Carson Park football field renovation under way
In late June, a worker removed the drainage tile from the Carson Park football field in preparation for the installation of articifial turf. (Eau Claire Leader-Telegram photo by Steve Kinderman)

This fall, those responsible for washing the uniforms of UW-Eau Claire football players should have an easier time of it. Several longtime partners of UW-Eau Claire, including RCU Services Corp. and Chippewa Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, have made gifts through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to help pay for the installation of artificial turf and a new scoreboard at Eau Claire’s Carson Park, the Blugolds’ home field. The UW-Eau Claire Student Senate also has pledged $300,000 toward the project. Completion of the $800,000 project is expected in time for the fall 2004 football season. The gifts in support of the turf project are recognized as contributions to the Foundation's ongoing comprehensive fund-raising campaign, Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence. Full story.

Concert Choir European tour includes concerts for veterans

Concert Choir member and WWII veteran

The UW-Eau Claire Concert Choir, conducted by Gary Schwartzhoff, performed concerts at nine historic locations in Spain and France during their recent summer European tour. Highlights of the choir's performance schedule included a concert at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and a performance for World War II veterans in Caen, France. Both of these concerts, as well as several others, were planned as part of the 2004 American Celebration of Music in France. On June 5, four Concert Choir members (Amanda De Pons, Margaret Aspinwall, David Fehr, Daniel Sinclair) participated in a special performance of Gabriel Fauré's “Requiem” at Omaha Beach, a D-Day commemoration performed by an international choir of singers and musicians from all the World War II allied countries. Full concert itinerary.

Concert Choir at la Madeleine Cathedral, Paris
Top left, Concert Choir member Amy Buehner exchanged an emotional greeting with a World War II veteran from the 29th Infantry Division Association. The two stood outside the Abbaye de Cerisy-la-Foret following the choir's June 5 performance for 300 veterans at the historic site in Caen, France. Above, the Concert Choir performed its final European tour concert June 8 at la Madeleine Cathedral in Paris. (Contributed photos)

New summer programs take students to Thailand, South Africa

Students riding elephants in Thailand rain forest
UW-Eau Claire students in the new Thailand study abroad program had the opportunity to ride elephants through a tropical forest. (Contributed photo)

Twenty-five UW-Eau Claire students have headed for exciting destinations through two new summer study abroad programs offered by the university's Center for International Education. Thirteen students from a variety of disciplines are living and taking classes at the University of KwaZulu-Natal International School in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (full story), and 12 students are studying at Payap University in Chiang Mai, an international city of 250,000 in Northern Thailand (full story).

Staff members named to Student Development and Diversity positions

Jodi Thesing-Ritter Jesse Dixon
Jodi Thesing-Ritter
Jesse Dixon

Two UW-Eau Claire staff members have been appointed to senior administrative positions in the Office of Student Development and Diversity. Jodi Thesing-Ritter has been named the new associate dean of student development. She will replace Robert Shaw, who retired in May. Jesse Dixon has been appointed director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Dixon has been serving as interim director of the office. Full story.

Alumni success stories

Christine Kadonsky '01 Ryan Casper '94 Chad Opicka '99 Larry Lelli '90

Christine Kadonsky receives a prestigious fellowship from the U.S. Congress. Ryan Casper, a high school history teacher now serving as a soldier in Iraq, starts a charity to benefit Iraqi schoolchildren. Chad Opicka receives awards for the creative programs he's started as a police-school liaison officer. Larry Lelli makes it as a drummer on Broadway. What do all these people have in common? They're UW-Eau Claire alumni! Read their stories and those of many other successful Blugolds on the Alumni Association's Alumni Success Stories Web pages.

Plan to attend Coeur D'Alene reception, Homecoming 2004
Do you live in or near Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, or will you be traveling there in July? Don't miss UW-Eau Claire's alumni reception at the Coeur d'Alene Resort on Friday, July 23. Thinking about making a trip back to Eau Claire? Plan to be here for "Return to the North Woods: Homecoming 2004" on Oct. 1 and 2. Get all the details on these upcoming Alumni Association events in the online Alumni Events Calendar.

Blugold Trivia gives UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends the chance to show how much they know about the university — AND win great Blugold prizes! E-mail your answer to the Blugold Trivia mailbox — all correct responses will be entered in a drawing for a prize. This month's prize is a UW-Eau Claire alumni water bottle. The name of this month's winner will be published in the August issue of e-View.

July trivia photoJuly Blugold Trivia question:

The photo at left depicts a scene on the UW-Eau Claire campus. Can you identify the the image and where it was taken?

Think you know the answer? E-mail it, along with your name and class year, to trivia@uwec.edu. You'll be notified by e-mail if you are this month's winner!


June's winner:
Congratulations to Paula Riddle, a 1993 UW-Eau Claire graduate, who won the drawing for a UW-Eau Claire alumni T-shirt! Paula was one of those who correctly identified Horan Hall as the first residence hall to open on UW-Eau Claire's upper campus.

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