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Check your mailbox: The View arrives this week

May events planned for Blugold alumni and friends

Online program helps 82-year-old pursue MBA

WCME library to be named for Morris D. Hayes

Awards honor faculty members' outstanding contributions

Alumni gift provides opportunities for biology students

Alumni success stories

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May 2005

Check your mailbox: The View arrives this week
Spring 2005 View coverThe newest issue of The View, UW-Eau Claire's alumni magazine, is in the mail and on its way this week to the more than 60,000 Blugold alumni and friends of the university. Read great feature articles about interesting alumni, including Seattle's Best Coffee founder Jim Stewart, CaringBridge creator Sona Hunter Mehring, Broadway drummer Larry Lelli and San Francisco Symphony principal bassist Scott Pingel. Learn more about Chauncy Harris, UW-Eau Claire's first Rhodes Scholar. Also find coverage of the departure of Chancellor Donald Mash and the arrival of Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson, Blugold athletics highlights, Alumni Association news, class notes and more. You won't want to miss the spring 2005 issue of The View! back to top

May events planned for Blugold alumni and friends
Alumni and friends are invited to participate in the following events during May (for complete details, registration information, and other events scheduled through the summer months, visit the online Alumni Events Calendar):

  • Early Birdie Golf Outing: The UW-Eau Claire University Recreation Early Birdie Golf Outing on Friday, May 13, at Princeton Valley Golf Course in Eau Claire. All proceeds from the event will go to support UW-Eau Claire's award-winning National Youth Sports Program (Learn more about NYSP).
  • Geology alumni gathering: UW-Eau Claire geology alumni are invited to an Alumni Association gathering on Thursday, May 19, from 5-6:30 p.m. at Gluek's Bar and Restaurant, 16 N. 6th St., Minneapollis.
  • Retirement party for business professor Dale A. Johnson: Alumni are invited to a May 19 celebration for Dr. Dale A. Johnson, associate dean of the UW-Eau Claire College of Business and professor of MIS, who will retire in July. The retirement party will be from 6-8 p.m. at Sweetwater's Restaurant, 1104 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire.
  • Alumni awards presentation and luncheon: Six alumni and friends of UW-Eau Claire will be honored May 21 during the morning commencement ceremony and at an 11:30 a.m. luncheon in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center. Learn more about UW-Eau Claire's alumni awards.
  • Chippewa Valley Spring Fling at the Leinie Lodge: Join the Alumni Association on Tuesday, May 24, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for the second annual Chippewa Valley Spring Fling at the Leinie Lodge, 1 Jefferson Ave., Chippewa Falls.
  • "Let's Do Lunch" speaker series: "End of Life: Philosophical and Religious Perspectives" will be the topic of the May session of the "Let's Do Lunch" noon-hour lecture series sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association. Sean McAleer, Ph.D., and Charlene Burns, Ph.D., both on the faculty of the UW-Eau Claire department of philosophy and religious studies, will speak at the event from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, at Sweetwaters Restaurant in Eau Claire. back to top

Online program helps 82-year-old pursue MBA
James RochLifelong learning is more than a cliché for Chippewa Falls resident James Roch. At age 82, Roch is pursuing a master's degree in business administration through the University of Wisconsin Internet Business Consortium MBA program, offered jointly by the business schools at UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh and UW-Parkside. Confined to a wheelchair and suffering from severe hearing loss, Roch takes his classes via his home computer and the Internet. He doesn't need to come to campus or sit in a classroom. "In this case online education is reaching someone who probably couldn't do this on campus," said Robert Erffmeyer, UW-Eau Claire professor of management and marketing and director of the MBA program. Full story. back to top

WCME library to be named for Morris D. Hayes

Morris D. Hayes
Morris D. Hayes
(1983 photo)

The Wisconsin Center for Music Education — a state-of-the-art center that will provide music teachers, students and community members with innovative music education programs and resources — will name one of its libraries after a UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of music. The Center, which is slated to open in July in Waunakee, will include the Morris D. Hayes Choral Library, named after the man who served as the director of choral activities at UW-Eau Claire from 1966-1987. "I deeply appreciate the honor that has been bestowed upon me," Hayes said of the library, which is being built by the Wisconsin School Music Association. "I owe it all to those talented students who I had the privilege to work with at UW-Eau Claire. Their preparation before entering the university can be credited to the excellence of the music programs in the public schools." A state and national leader in music education during his years at UW-Eau Claire, Hayes is donating his personal music collection to the Center, which is the first facility of its kind in the country. Full story. back to top

Awards honor faculty members' outstanding contributions
Dr. Kate ReynoldsDr. Kate Reynolds , UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of foreign languages, will spend five weeks in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam this summer through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad seminar, "Highlighting Southeast Asian Heritage & Culture in the Curriculum." At UW-Eau Claire, Reynolds directs teaching of English to speakers of other languages and teaching English as a foreign language programs. More than 200 K-12 and university-level educators applied for the Fulbright-Hays seminar, with just 18 selected to participate. The group will travel in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, visiting schools, meeting with educators, attending seminars and workshops relating to the people and culture, and participating in other activities intended to further their understanding of the region. Full story. back to top Dr. Susan HarrisonDr. Susan Harrison, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of computer science, is one of 10 faculty advisers from throughout the country to receive the National Academic Advising Association's 2005 Outstanding Advising Award. The award recognizes qualities associated with exceptional academic advising of students. As the adviser to all new freshmen computer science majors, Harrison regularly has 50 to 100 advisees seeking her advice and support. She contacts new freshmen as soon as they complete orientation, ensuring that their fall schedules are correct and providing them with a faculty connection before classes start. She follows up with regular e-mails and arranges face-to-face meetings at least twice a semester. Harrison will be presented with the Outstanding Advising Award in October in Las Vegas during the annual NACADA National Conference. Full story. back to top

Dr. Rose-Marie AvinDr. Rose-Marie Avin, UW-Eau Claire professor of economics, received a UW System Women of Color in Education Award during the UW System's 29th Annual Women's Studies Conference April 15-16 in Madison. Each UW System campus was asked to select a woman to receive the recognition. A member of UW-Eau Claire's faculty since 1987, Avin has extensive teaching and research experience in Latin America and has been recognized for her distinguished contributions in the field as the recipient of the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Award in Brazil in 2000. She has received a second Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Award to India during the summer of 2005. Avin also is involved with the Wisconsin Coordinating Council on Nicaragua, a non-profit organization based in Madison that works to help empower poor women in Nicaragua. Full story. back to top

Dr. Katherine Schneider and guide dog, GarlynDr. Katherine Schneider, senior psychologist emerita, UW-Eau Claire Counseling Services, has been selected to receive a philanthropy award from the Wisconsin Council of the Blind. "I'm really pleased to be receiving one of the Wisconsin Council of the Blind's philanthropy awards," Schneider said. "This organization promotes the dignity and independence of blind and visually impaired people. In my guest lecturing, public speaking and in my establishing of awards for children's books about the disability experience and scholarship for a psychology student at UW-Eau Claire who has a disability, I have similar goals." Full story. back to top

Alumni gift provides opportunities for biology students
Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence graphicA $20,000 endowed gift from 1989 alumni Steve and Julie (Hintz) Henseler will create an opportunity fund grant program for UW-Eau Claire biology students. The Henseler's gift is recognized as a contribution to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence campaign. To qualify for grants from the fund, students must develop a project proposal and a budget and establish a mentor relationship. "This will require students to understand the process of seeking and justifying the need for funding — a useful skill in many professions," said Carole Halberg, president of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. "We would like to develop opportunity funds for all university departments to give as many students as possible the chance to participate in this critical thinking process and extend their learning opportunities." Full story. 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:

Dr. Ronald Bennett '65Physics/math grad named engineering dean: Dr. Ronald Bennett '65 is named founding dean of the University of St. Thomas School of Engineering. Full story.

Sara Privett '01Fine arts major heads up modeling/casting agency: Sara Privett '01 is president and co-owner of Facestation Inc., a modeling and casting agency in Green Bay. Full story.

Kaying Xiong-Vue '96First Hmong woman school principal featured in regional magazine: Kaying Xiong-Vue '96, the nation's first Hmong woman to become a school principal, is featured in an article in Wisconsin West Magazine. Full story. back to top

Blugold Trivia headline
UW-Eau Claire water bottleShow 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 water bottle (pictured at right). The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the June issue of e-View.

May Blugold Trivia question:

What are four of the many events that will take place on the UW-Eau Claire campus during the week of May 8-14? (Hint: Answers 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!

April 2005 Blugold Trivia imageApril's winner:
Congratulations to Keith Dillinger, a 2002 UW-Eau Claire business graduate, who has won an insulated UW-Eau Claire alumni mug! Keith was THE ONLY e-View subscriber of the many who responded to correctly identify the photo at left, which shows the stream gauge alongside Little Niagara Creek just before it disappears into the culvert under "The Hill" leading to upper campus. back to top

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