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Commencement delivers new grads
to alumni ranks

Four receive Alumni Association awards

Alumnus, UW-Eau Claire supporter John Kell dies in accident

July 23 storm downs trees, leaves damage at UW-Eau Claire

Campus hill reopens after riverbank project completion

Alumni make impressive showing at Miller Park event

Turell receives national award for work to end sexual violence

Homecoming promises groovy Blugold fun

Alumni success stories

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August 2005

Commencement delivers new grads to alumni ranks
Honors go to alumni award recipients, Golden Blugolds

Graduate with parents
Happy graduates posing for photos were a common sight outside Zorn Arena following commencement exercises Aug. 6. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

UW-Eau Claire held summer commencement exercises for 212 graduation candidates Aug. 6 in Zorn Arena. A total of 177 undergraduate students received bachelor's degrees, including 79 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 54 from the College of Business, 27 from the College of Education and Human Sciences and 17 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Thirty-five graduate students received master's degrees, including 18 from the College of Arts and Sciences, one from the College of Business, 13 from the College of Education and Human Sciences and three from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. UW System Regent Peggy Rosenzweig delivered the "Charge to the Class."

Also honored during the commencement ceremony were four recipients of Alumni Association awards (see story below) and alumni who have reached the 50-year anniversary of their graduation from UW-Eau Claire. The following were honored as Golden Blugolds: Gene Aumann '55, Janet (Roe) Barney '55, Barbara (Bloom) Garnett '55 and Peg (Hancock) Siggens '46. back to top

Four receive Alumni Association awards

Mary Jo Gagan '82 Denise Sweet '85, '87
Mary Jo Gagan '82
Denise Sweet '85, '87
David Lassek Gerald Jacobson '75
David Lassek
Gerald Jacobson '75

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association presented awards to four alumni and friends of the university Aug. 6 at a special luncheon and ceremony in conjunction with commencement. Click on the recipients' names below for biographical information:

Mary Jo Gagan '82 and Denise Sweet '85, '87 received the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes distinguished service to the community, state or nation that brings credit upon the recipient and the university.

David John Lassek received the Honorary Alumnus Award, presented to nonalumni who have demonstrated great love of and service to UW-Eau Claire.

Gerald Jacobson '75 received the Lifetime Excellence Award, presented to alumni who have demonstrated longtime and successful commitment to their careers and communities. Recipients have made a positive and dramatic impact through dedication to service and living their lives as a testimony to UW-Eau Claire's motto, "Excellence."

See photos from the Aug. 6 alumni awards event. back to top

Alumnus, university supporter John Kell dies in accident

John Kell
John Kell received the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association's President's Award in May 2004.

John Kell, Chippewa Valley business leader, Blugold alumnus and active UW-Eau Claire supporter, died Aug. 5 in a motorcycle accident. He was 54.

"This is a huge loss for John's family and friends, for the Chippewa Valley and for UW-Eau Claire," said Carole Halberg, UW-Eau Claire Foundation president. "We have lost a great friend."

Kell, who was the president of Kell Container, Chippewa Falls, was secretary of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's board of directors and was slated to become chairman of the board this fall. A former Blugold football player, he also was on the universitiy's Football Advisory Council. He graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1973 with a degree in business administration. In May 2004 he received the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association's President’s Award.

Kell was a generous supporter of UW-Eau Claire athletics and academics. The prestigious Kell Container Corp. Scholarship pays a year's tuition and living expenses for a student working with faculty on a research project, and Kell Container was among the community partners who contributed to the 2004 artificial turf project at the football field in Eau Claire's Carson Park, where the Blugold football team plays. Kell also started the Kell Container Blugold Football Opportunity Endowment, which supports the university's football program.

Kell is survived by his wife, Betsy (Haydon) Kell, a 1973 UW-Eau Claire alumna; his two daughters; his mother and three brothers; and many other relatives and friends. Read the full obituary and related Eau Claire Leader-Telegram article. back to top

tree damaged outside Schofield HallJuly 23 storm downs trees, leaves damage
at UW-Eau Claire
A powerful thunderstorm that hit western Wisconsin July 23 left damage in its wake at UW-Eau Claire. Fifteen trees were downed, as well as numerous limbs and branches, like the one at right from the maple tree in front of Schofield Hall. Below is one of three large spruce trees downed outside of Towers residence hall on upper campus. In addition to the downed trees, several antennae on the hall's roof were destroyed, at least one window was broken and some items stored outside the building were damaged. (UW-Eau Claire News Bureau photos) back to top

Downed tree outside Towers

Campus hill reopens after riverbank project completion

riverbank stabilization project site

cars on UW-Eau Claire hill

Above, newly planted vegetation takes root along the Chippewa River on the UW-Eau Claire campus where a riverbank stabilization project recently was completed. Below, cars traveled up the hill on a recent morning. The hill reopened July 28 after completion of the riverbank project. (UW-Eau Claire News Bureau photos)

The hill connecting upper and lower campus at UW-Eau Claire is open to traffic following completion of the Chippewa River bank stabilization project that began last year. The hill, which reopened July 28, had been closed to traffic since mid-July 2004 to minimize traffic on Garfield Avenue during the riverbank project.

The riverbank stabilization project was necessary because of a history of bank erosion and concerns about public safety and damage to the university's infrastructure along the river that could result from a failure of the bank, according to Andrew Soll, UW-Eau Claire's vice chancellor for business and student services. The project began in January 2004 when trees and other vegetation were cleared from 1,200 feet of riverbank along Garfield Avenue from the university's pedestrian bridge to the Putnam parking lot. Other phases of the project began last July and included the removal of concrete rubble and reshaping the bank, installation of concrete cassions to stabilize the bank, placement of rock riprap, guardrail installation and replanting the bank with noninvasive native vegetation. Plantings included 56 trees, 291 shrubs and a wetland grass mix, said Terry Classen, UW-Eau Claire's director of facilities planning and management.

Classen noted that the quality of construction on the project is excellent, although the time it took to complete was much longer than anticipated and held up plans for a reconstruction project along Garfield Avenue. "We are now in the initial phases of planning a renovation of Garfield Avenue," he said. See related Eau Claire Leader-Telegram story. back to top

Alumni make impressive showing at Miller Park event
UW-Eau Claire alumni accounted for 230 of the 638 UW System alumni in attendance at the July 16 UW System Big Reunion 2 at Milwaukee's Miller Park. UW-Eau Claire's Singing Statesmen, along with Statesmen alumni, sang the national anthem before the the Milwaukee Brewers vs. Washington Nationals game. Blugold alumni from the 1950s through 2005 attended the event. "This was another great showing of Blugold spirit by UW-Eau Claire alumni, who consistently show outstanding support for our alumni events," said John Bachmeier, UW-Eau Claire director of alumni relations.

See additional photos from the UW System Big Reunion 2 at Miller Park. back to top

alumni at Miller Park event
Among the 230 UW-Eau Claire alumni who attended the recent UW System Big Reunion 2 at Miller Park were (left to right) Peg (Peterson) Banks '96, Jim Hoffmann '96, Karianne (Weir) Carr '96 and Kari Young '97. (Photo by John Bachmeier, Alumni Office)

Dr. Susan TurellTurell receives national award
for work to end sexual violence
Dr. Susan Turell, UW-Eau Claire professor of psychology and coordinator of the university's women's studies program, is the recipient of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center's 2005 Award for Outstanding Advocacy and Community Work in Ending Sexual Violence. Under Turell's leadership, the Center for the Awareness of Sexual Assault was established at UW-Eau Claire. The center is a collaborative effort with a local non-profit domestic violence/sexual assault agency. More than 40 UW-Eau Claire undergraduate students were trained to provide on-call services for the center on a volunteer basis."UW-Eau Claire now has a statewide reputation as a campus with sensitivity for victims of sexual assault," said Ann McKinley, program development coordinator for the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, which nominated Turell for the award. "All of this would not have happened without Susan's work." Full story. back to top

Homecoming 2005 promises groovy Blugold fun
Disco Fever - Blugold Style artworkThe UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association is gearing up for Homecoming 2005, "Disco Fever — Blugold Style" on Oct. 14 and 15. (Read Homecoming 2005 details.) Alumni planning to attend are encouraged to complete the online Homecoming 2005 Attendance Form. Names, class years and favorite UW-Eau Claire memories of those who submit the form will be posted on the Homecoming 2005 Attendance List, which alumni can check regularly for names of old friends and classmates. Plan to boogie down to UW-Eau Claire and join your friends for Homecoming 2005!

Alumni success stories
Read about the accomplishments of these and other UW-Eau Claire alumni on the Alumni Success Stories Web pages:

Ave Bie '79 Ave Bie '79, a Madison, Wis., attorney and former chair of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, begins a two-year term on the board of directors of the Green Bay Packers. Bie is one of four women on the 45-member board. Full story.
Luke Strand '04 Luke Strand '04, an Eau Claire native and a four-year Blugold letterwinner, has been named the new UW-Eau Claire men's hockey coach. Full story.
Heather (Cadotte) Halonie '98 Heather (Cadotte) Halonie '98 is the training manager and first employee of Wisconsin's new Intertribal Child Welfare Training Partnership. Full story.
Laurel (Rolland) Robertson '90 Laurel (Rolland) Robertson '90 cooks up a storm after turning her love of cooking and interest in nutrition into a personal chef business venture. Full story. back to top

Blugold Trivia headline
UW-Eau Claire alumni sweatshirtShow how much you know about UW-Eau Claire — AND win great Blugold prizes! E-mail 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 in a drawing for a UW-Eau Claire alumni sweatshirt (shown at right). The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the September issue of e-View.

August Blugold Trivia question:

Who will give the opening performance of UW-Eau Claire's 2005-06 Artists Series?

E-mail your answer, 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!

July's winner:
Congratulations to Stephanie Cress, a 2002 UW-Eau Claire advertising/graphic design graduate, who has won a copy of the CD "An Amazing Day" by the UW-Eau Claire Concert Choir. Stephanie was among those who correctly answered that UW-Eau Claire's men-to-women ratio is 2 to 3. back to top

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