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UW-Eau Claire begins search for new chancellor

More than 1,100 graduates join Blugold alumni ranks

Family includes three generations of Blugolds

Alumni Association honors six with awards

University faculty, academic staff members retire

Summer alumni events offer something for everyone

'Ask An Alum and Friends' links students with alumni, university partners

Gifts create opportunities campuswide

Alumni success stories

e-View photo album: A look back at May 2005

Blugold Trivia

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June 2005

UW-Eau Claire begins search for new chancellor

UW System President Kevin Reilly
UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Search and Screen Committee
UW-Eau Claire photos by Rick Mickelson

UW System President Kevin Reilly, right, formally charged the newly appointed UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Search and Screen Committee May 17 in the Presidents Room of Davies Center. The group has begun the process of searching for a new UW-Eau Claire chancellor to replace Dr. Donald Mash, now executive senior vice president of the UW System.

The committee must recommend at least five finalists for the chancellor position to Reilly and the UW System Special Regent Committee, who in turn will recommend one of the finalists to the UW System Board of Regents for appointment. In recent years, the search and screen process for UW System chancellors has taken from 6 to 10 months, from the authorization to recruit through the final appointment by the Board of Regents. back to top

More than 1,100 graduates join Blugold alumni ranks
graduates and guests heading to commencement
Some of UW-Eau Claire's most recent degree candidates, along with friends and family members, made their way to Zorn Arena May 21 for the morning commencement ceremony. A total of 1,083 students received bachelor's degrees, and 87 received master's degrees. UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Emeritus Donald Mash, now executive senior vice president of the UW System, delivered the commencement address. See more commencement day images in this issue's e-View photo album. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson) back to top
Condit family UW-Eau Claire graduates
On campus for Adam Condit's May 21 graduation were family members and fellow Blugolds (from left) Sharon (Joslin) Condit '81, Elroy Condit '51, Karen (Sentz) Condit '77 and Randy Condit '76. Not pictured is Lindsey (Condit) Stephan '04, Adam's sister. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

Family includes three generations
of Blugolds
When Adam Condit graduated May 21 from UW-Eau Claire, he was the sixth member of his family over three generations to receive a UW-Eau Claire diploma. Adam's sister, Lindsey (Condit) Stephan, graduated in 2004; his father, Randy Condit, in 1976; his mother, Karen (Sentz) Condit, in 1977; his aunt, Sharon (Joslin) Condit, in 1981; and his grandfather, Elroy Condit, in 1951. ( Elroy Condit taught psychology at UW-Eau Claire from 1965-85.) The Condits were featured in a May 20 article in the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Read story. back to top

 

Alumni Association honors six with awards

Donald Mash Dean Olson Michael Cleary '85
Donald Mash
Dean Olson
Michael Cleary '85
Jerome Laurent '61 Carl G. Wahl '74 Melissa Spagnolo Sherman '93
Jerome Laurent '61
Carl G. Wahl '74
Melissa Spagnolo Sherman '93

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association presented awards to six alumni and friends of the university May 21 at a special luncheon and ceremony in conjunction with commencement. Click on the recipients' names below for biographical information:

Donald J. Mash and Dean Olson received the Honorary Alumnus Award, presented to nonalumni who have demonstrated great love of and service to UW-Eau Claire.

Michael Cleary '85 and Jerome Laurent '61 received the President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional or personal achievements or service to UW-Eau Claire.

Carl G. Wahl '74 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.

Melissa Spagnolo Sherman '93 received the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award, which acknowledges special achievements and great promise of alumni who are within 15 years of their graduation from UW-Eau Claire.

See photos from the alumni awards luncheon. back to top

University faculty, academic staff members retire
The following faculty or academic staff members recently retired or will retire this spring or summer from UW-Eau Claire:

  • David A. Baker, professor emeritus of music and chair, department of music and theatre arts
  • Margaret Barnard, preschool teacher in the UW-Eau Claire Children's Center
  • Gary E. Bartlett, administrative program manager III emeritus
  • Wilma Clark, associate dean emerita of student affairs and graduate studies in the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of English
  • Bruce Dybvik, distance operations specialist in the Teaching and Learning Technology Development Center
  • Stanley Ediger, instructional program manager in the Mathematics Lab and senior lecturer emeritus in mathematics
  • Patricia Garber, associate professor emerita of adult health nursing
  • Elizabeth Hicks, director emerita of services for students with disabilities, Educational Support Services
  • Josephine Ingle, professor emerita of mathematics
  • Dale A. Johnson, associate dean emeritus of the College of Business and professor of management information systems
  • Thomas King, professor emeritus of communication disorders
  • Robert Langer, professor emeritus of mathematics
  • John Melrose, professor emeritus of management information systems
  • Allan Moose, senior lecturer in mathematics
  • Barbara Stevens, assistant to the chancellor for affirmative action and associate professor emerita, library services
  • Jean Wilcox, career counselor emerita, Career Services
  • Steven Zantow, financial aid counselor emeritus

Full story. back to top

Summer alumni events offer something for everyone
UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends are invited to participate in the following summer events (for complete details, registration information and additional future events, visit the online Alumni Events Calendar):

  • See photos from UW-Eau Claire alumni events in the online Alumni Photo Album.
    Cruise on Lake Mendota: Thursday, June 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m. More information.
  • "Let's Do Lunch" speaker series: "The Best Children's Books of 2005 (So Far)." Wednesday, June 29, noon to 1 p.m. More information.
  • UW System Big Reunion II at Miller Park: Saturday, July 16. UW System-wide tailgate party, 4 p.m.; Brewers vs. Washington Nationals, 6 p.m. More information.
  • UW-Eau Claire Night at Carson Park: Tuesday, July 19. Gates open at 6 p.m.; food served on fan deck, 7 p.m.; Eau Claire Express vs. Madison Mallards, 7:05 p.m. More information.
  • "Let's Do Lunch" speaker series: "Treating Children with Psychiatric Disorders: Is Medication Enough?" Wednesday, July 27, noon to 1 p.m. More information.
  • Blugold Booster Golf Outing: Monday, Aug. 1. Hillcrest Golf and Country Club, Altoona (on Highway 12 just east of Eau Claire). More information. back to top
Student Kate Roden and alum Charlie Grossklaus
UW-Eau Claire student Kate Roden met with alumnus Charles Grossklaus at his credit union's headquarters. The meeting was arranged through UW-Eau Claire's Ask An Alum and Friends program. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

'Ask An Alum and Friends' links students with alumni, university partners
UW-Eau Claire student Kate Roden was a bit nervous before meeting with Charlie Grossklaus, president of Eau Claire-based credit union RCU and a 1969 UW-Eau Claire business administration graduate, in his new company headquarters. "As intimidating as it was to meet with Charlie in such an elaborate building, I am very pleased to have made the appointment," Roden said. "Charlie gave me insight about where to go for answers if I want to pursue a business major with hopes of climbing high on the ladder."

The meeting between Roden and Grossklaus was arranged through their participation in Ask An Alum and Friends, a program cosponsored by Career Services and Alumni Relations at UW-Eau Claire. Grossklaus encouraged other UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends to participate in the program. "Do it," he said. "Successful alumni accomplish their goals in different ways. Talking to several successful alumni will give the leaders of tomorrow the tools necessary to compete in this very competitive world that we live in."

Roden, who said she was impressed with the organization of the Ask An Alum and Friends program, plans to participate one day as an alumna. "If Charlie, the president of such an acclaimed institution, can make the time to help people through this resourceful program, I think that just about anybody can squeeze this into their schedules." Register with Ask and Alum and Friends. back to top

Gifts create opportunities campuswide

Paula Smith performing on new concert grand harp
A successful campaign by UW-Eau Claire's Friends of Music made possible the recent purchase of a new concert grand harp for the UW-Eau Claire department of music and theatre arts. The harp, being played above by music faculty member Paula Smith, made its first appearance during the University Symphony Orchestra concert in April. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

Gifts to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation continue to make a difference for people and programs across the university:

  • An anonymous couple has notified the UW-Eau Claire Foundation of plans to contribute $1 million through their estate. The gift will go to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's Endowment for Excellence Fund, which is used to support the university's top priorities. Full story.
  • Through an innovative gift, 1970 UW-Eau Claire alumnus Norman Danielson provides incentive for eighth graders in his hometown of Boyceville to pursue a UW-Eau Claire education. Full story.
  • Proceeds from the sale of land given to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation will establish the Robert and Patricia Gilberts Education Opportunity Endowment, the first fund of its kind in the College of Education and Human Sciences. Robert Gilberts is a 1950 UW-Eau Claire alumnus. Full story.
  • Gifts to a recent campaign by UW-Eau Claire's Friends of Music helped purchase a new concert grand harp for the department of music and theatre arts. Full story.
  • UW-Eau Claire alumnus Shane Butterfield '02, currently a graduate student at the University of Rochester, has established the Butterfield American History Scholarship. Full story.

All of these gifts are recognized as contributions to Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's ongoing comprehensive fundraising campaign. back to top

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

Jerry Poling '90 (MA)A movie based on "A Summer Up North: Henry Aaron and the Legend of Eau Claire Baseball," a book by Jerry Poling '90 (MA) about Henry Aaron's summer playing for the Eau Claire Bears, debuted in early April at the 2005 Wisconsin Film Festival. Poling is the news-wire editor and a columnist for the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Full story.

Pam Matson '75 Pam Matson '75, dean of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University and chairwoman of the National Research Council's Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability, spoke at UW-Eau Claire on April 28 about the future of our planet. Her lecture was titled "Reconciling the Needs of People and the Planet in the 21st Century." Full story.

Pat Kreitlow '86Pat Kreitlow '86 steps down as a news anchor at TV-13 in Eau Claire after nearly 20 years as a broadcast journalist in the region. In an interview with the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Kreitlow talked about the state of the media, what he'll miss most about broadcast work and his plans for the future. Full story.

Michael Perry '87Writer Michael Perry '87 publishes a collection of essays and begins work on his next book after the success of his memoir, "Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time." Full story. back to top

 

e-View photo album: A look back at May 2005

Commencement: May 21, 2005
graduate and guest graduate holding cap in wind
Smiles of accomplishment and pride were on the faces of graduates, their families and friends following commencement ceremonies May 21 at UW-Eau Claire. At right, a graduate struggled to keep hold of both his diploma and cap during a strong gust of wind. (UW-Eau Claire photos by Rick Mickelson)
group of smiling grads graduate wearing lei
The final weeks: Scenes from the Campus Mall

students on Campus Mall
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau photo

Above left, UW-Eau Claire students enjoyed a beautiful noon hour in early May listening to live music on the Central Campus Mall. Above right, performing the lunchtime concert were assistant professor of English Joel Pace, left, and Bernard "Duffy" Duyfhuizen, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Their performance was one of a series during the university's 10th annual English Fest. At right, colorful tulips provided festive color just in time for commencement.

Joel Pace and Bernard  Duyfhuizen performing on Campus Mall
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau photo

tulips
UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson

Photo finishes: Blugolds boast national pole vaulting champion,
third-place at nationals for women's golf team

Blugold women's golf team with NCAA trophy

Above, the UW-Eau Claire women's golf team tied for third place at the NCAA Division III National Championship May 13 in Southern Pines, N.C. Pictured (l-r) are Maggie Loney, Andrea Kloppman, Jesse Thompson, Meghan Sobotta and Kelly Gerzsenyi. Full story. At right, Stephanie Barnes, pictured during the Blugold Outdoor Open in April, won the national pole vaulting championship May 26 during the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Full story. back to top

Stephanie Barnes competing in pole vault

UW-Eau Claire photos
by Rick Mickelson

Blugold Trivia headline
UW-Eau Claire alumni T-shirtShow 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). All correct responses to this month's question will be entered in a drawing for a UW-Eau Claire alumni T-shirt (pictured at right). The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the July issue of e-View.

June Blugold Trivia question:

What are the six departments that make up UW-Eau Claire's College of Education and Human Sciences? (Hint: The answer can be found on the university Web site, www.uwec.edu.)

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!

May's winner:
Congratulations to Rebecca Immich, a 2002 UW-Eau Claire English graduate, who has won a UW-Eau Claire water bottle! Rebecca was among those who correctly submitted information from the UW-Eau Claire Web site on four events that took place on campus during the week of May 8-14. back to top

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