Chancellor Mash accepts UW System post, Vicki Lord Larson appointed to interim chancellor position
UW System President Kevin Reilly has appointed UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Donald
Mash to the newly created position of UW System executive senior vice president. On Feb. 11, the UW System Board of Regents approved Reilly's appointment of Vicki Lord Larson, a former UW-Eau Claire faculty member and
administrator and retired UW-Oshkosh provost, as interim chancellor at
UW-Eau Claire. Mash's appointment is part of an effort "to help maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the University of Wisconsin
System," stated a Feb. 4 UW System news release. Mash will begin his new position March 1. The position is made possible by Reilly’s restructuring of UW System administration and the cost savings from eliminating two positions — senior vice president for administration and vice president for university relations. Larson will begin her term as interim chancellor in early March. Read more.
Accelerated nursing program to begin in 2006
UW-Eau Claire will offer a “fast track” baccalaureate nursing degree program for individuals who have already completed a bachelor’s degree in another field, thanks to a nearly $300,000 federal education grant. The congressionally directed grant, obtained with the help of U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.), will be used for planning and start-up costs for an accelerated nursing program, which is expected to increase the number of nurses in the region. “Wisconsin and the nation are currently experiencing a shortage of registered nurses,” said Kind, a member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. “With these grant funds, UW-Eau Claire can build upon its exceptional nursing program to meet the professional nursing needs of the region and expand the learning opportunities for students interested in the field.” The program will be offered at UW-Eau Claire and its nursing satellite site at Marshfield. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for the Chippewa Valley and the region and should help meet the nursing shortage in this area,” said Elaine Wendt, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire hosts Fulbright scholar from Russia
Larisa Mikhaylova, a Fulbright Visiting Scholar from Moscow State University, will conduct research for a book on science fiction during a six-month research appointment at UW-Eau Claire. Mikhaylova, who will be on campus until August, is researching the role of science fiction and science fiction characters in American society. Mikhaylova is on the journalism department faculty at Moscow State University. "I will be glad to share my knowledge about the state of American Studies in Russia, the modern situation in Russia, women in Russia, and, of course, science fiction," Mikhaylova said. Karl Markgraf, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education and Fulbright faculty adviser, said the university has hosted four Fulbright scholars in the last two years. Full story.
| Youths play soccer during NYSP 2004. The 2005 program will run from June 9-July 15 at UW-Eau Claire, with registration beginning April 4. More information.
NYSP named top U.S. program
The award-winning National Youth Sports Program at UW-Eau Claire is once again the top NYSP program in the country. The National Youth Sports Corporation recently selected UW-Eau Claire for the Silvio O. Conte Award of Excellence for 2004. It is the third time UW-Eau Claire has received the prestigious award, an unmatched achievement among the 205 programs in the nation. UW-Eau Claire also received the honor in 1991 and 1998. NYSP was created in 1969 as a free summer camp aimed at economically deprived families. Boys and girls ages 10 to 16 receive academic and sports skill instruction, said Lisa M. Schuetz, activity director for UW-Eau Claire’s program. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funds the program, and the USDA summer food service program provides food. The program helps young people acquire good health practices and become better citizens. It also provides them with opportunities to learn various sports skills, participate in sports competition and improve physical fitness. Full story.
Nursing scholarship honors alumna's distinguished career
A longtime Chippewa Falls area nurse and former Wisconsin school nurse of the year has been memorialized with an endowed scholarship for high school graduates from Chippewa Falls. The family of Joan Wiensch, who served for 23 years as a school nurse in the Chippewa Falls School District, has established the Joan M. Wiensch Memorial Nursing Scholarship with the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Joan (Hable) Wiensch died on Dec. 2, 2004. She was a UW-Eau Claire alumna. Full story.
Tsunamis and earthquakes to be next "Let's Do Lunch" topic
"Tsunamis and Earthquakes: A Dynamic Earth " will be the topic of the next session of "Let's Do Lunch" at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at Sweetwaters Restaurant in Eau Claire. UW-Eau Claire faculty members Phillip Ihinger, associate professor of geology, and Harry Jol, associate professor of geography and anthropology, will be the featured speakers. "Let's Do Lunch," the monthly noon-hour speaker series sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association, offers community members a chance to participate in interactive discussions with members of UW-Eau Claire's faculty and staff. More information.
Alumni success stories
Read about the accomplishments of these and other UW-Eau Claire alumni on the Alumni Success Stories Web pages:
Peace Corps volunteer works with youth in Ukraine: Carrie Kiley, a 2002 UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, is working for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine. Her work includes serving as international director of Youth CAN, a program that empowers young Ukrainians to make changes in their communities. Full story.
Chemistry grad is world-class lumberjack competitor: Nancy Zalewski is ranked number one in the world in two lumberjack events. This spring she'll compete in Australia as a member of the U.S. women's team. Full story.
Alumnus bikes his way to fitness: Mike Magnuson, a 1989 UW-Eau Claire English graduate who now is an English professor at Southern Illinois University, pedaled off 88 pounds in less than a year. Full story.
Show 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 . All correct responses to this month's question will be entered in a drawing for a "distressed" style UW-Eau Claire sweatshirt. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the March issue of e-View.
February Blugold Trivia question:
The photo at left was taken on the UW-Eau Claire campus. Can you identify the image and where it was taken?
Think you know the answer? E-mail it, along with your name and class year, to email@example.com. You'll be notified by e-mail if you are this month's winner!
Congratulations to Jen (Gillis) Clancy , a 2001 UW-Eau Claire MIS graduate, who won the January drawing for a Blugold fleece blanket! Jen was one of those who correctly identified Eugene McCarthy and Richard Nixon as the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates who spoke at UW-Eau Claire in February and March 1968, respectively.