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UW-Eau Claire student, alumnus killed in October bus crash

University reviews policies regarding
RA activities

Scenes from Homecoming 2005

Alumni CareerLink offers new service to Blugold grads

Investment fund to help alumni launch Eau Claire businesses

Successful alumna shares career tips during campus visit

Chemistry professor's research featured in top science journal

Women-in-science proposal receives NSF funding

Grant gives geology students hands-on experience

Biology faculty acquire genetic analysis system

Blugold family vacation: SIsters join alumni on Ireland tour

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November 2005

UW-Eau Claire student, alumnus killed in October bus crash

Branden Atherton Douglas Greenhalgh '98
Branden Atherton

Douglas Greenhalgh
(Photo by Tom Arneberg)

UW-Eau Claire music education student Branden Atherton, a senior from Waukesha, and alumnus Douglas Greenhalgh, director of the Chippewa Falls High School marching band, were among the five people who died in a bus crash Oct. 16 as the band was returning home following a competition in Whitewater. Atherton, 24, was a student teacher at Chippewa Falls High School. He was the drum major for the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Marching Band for two years and was instrumental in assisting with the rapid growth of the university's band in recent years, said Randy Dickerson, Blugold Marching Band director. Greenhalgh, 48, received his master's degree in education-professional development from UW-Eau Claire in 1998.

Also killed in the collision on Interstate 94 just north of Osseo were Greenhalgh's wife, Therese Greenhalgh, 51, Chippewa Falls; the couple's granddaughter, Morgan Greenhalgh, 11; and the bus driver, Paul Rasmus, 78, Chippewa Falls.

UW-Eau Claire alumnus Brian Collicott, Chippewa Falls High School marching band assistant director, was among the 29 people injured in the crash. Collicott, a 1998 music graduate, was released Oct. 31 from St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn. He is now home recovering from his injuries. Five UW-Eau Claire students who assisted with the marching band also were among those injured in the crash. Jessica Rozga, a junior management major from Franklin, remains hospitalized at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. More information, including CaringBridge links and an archive of photos and articles related to the tragedy, is available on a Web site maintained by the parent of a Chippewa Falls High School student.

University reviews policies regarding RA activities
UW-Eau Claire's policies and practices related to the university's resident assistants organizing and leading certain activities have been the subject of recent media coverage. The news stories resulted after the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education issued a press release regarding the university's policy, which prohibits RAs from organizing or leading certain religious activities (Christian or other), partisan political activities, other ideological activities and “selling party” events in their dorm rooms or in the residence halls where they live. That longstanding policy is now under review and the university is consulting with legal counsel to ensure that it complies with legal standards, said Mike Rindo, UW-Eau Claire executive director of university communications. Read a recent University Bulletin article for an overview of the policy.

Scenes from Homecoming 2005
Blugolds came from near and far for the festivities Oct. 15 during Homecoming 2005. Alumni crowded Carson Park's Pine Pavilion for the pregame Blugold Fever Fest, then headed to the stadium to cheer the football team on to victory over UW-Stout. The fun continued at the postgame "Disco Fever, Blugold Style" party back on campus. See more Homecoming photos. (UW-Eau Claire photos by Rick Mickelson)

alumni at Blugold Fever Fest

alumni at postgame party

Blugold Marching Band members

Blugold Tony Hull makes a catch

Alumni CareerLink offers new service to Blugold grads
CareerLink logoUW-Eau Claire is offering a new career service to alumni. Alumni CareerLink, offered free of charge by the university's Academic and Career Services, is an online searchable database that will allow alumni employers to list job openings and search profiles of available candidates. It also will allow alumni seeking employment to search for positions and to list their own profiles for employers to view. To list themselves either as an employer or candidate seeking employment, alumni can go to the Alumni CareerLink Web site, www.uweccareerservices.org, and follow the directions for posting their information. The site will allow alumni seeking employment to list themselves anonymously if they wish to keep their job search confidential. Full story.

Investment fund to help alumni launch Eau Claire businesses

Raymond Hughes
Raymond Hughes

A new fund established through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation will provide up to $50,000 a year to startup businesses in the Eau Claire area that are founded by recent UW-Eau Claire graduates. "Through this fund, our aim is to keep more of UW-Eau Claire's best and brightest in the area, helping them succeed at their own ventures, create jobs and contribute to the economic well-being of the region," said Raymond Hughes, director of UW-Eau Claire's entrepreneur program and one of the initial investors in the Blugold Angel Fund. Read a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story about the Blugold Angel Fund.

Successful alumna shares career tips during campus visit

Ann Gunderson Thornburg '71Ann Gunderson Thornburg, a 1971 UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate who is now a national leader at global accounting and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, met with female accounting majors during an Oct. 13 visit to UW-Eau Claire. She discussed such issues as preparing for job interviews, how to approach a big four accounting firm, successfully launching a career and her thoughts on today's status of the accounting profession. Thornburg is featured in the cover story in the fall 2005 issue of The View, UW-Eau Claire's print magazine for alumni and friends. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

Chemistry professor's research featured in top science journal

Dr. Jason Halfen
Dr. Jason Halfen

Dr. Jason Halfen, UW-Eau Claire professor of chemistry, is a corresponding author on an article published this month in Science, one of the premier multi-field science journals in the world. The groundbreaking research described in the paper is the result of work by an eight-person research team from four universities. Besides Halfen, who teaches inorganic chemistry at UW-Eau Claire, the authors include three chemists from the University of Minnesota, three from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and one from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea. Their Science article describes the preparation and characterization of a compound that mimics the behavior of a key liver enzyme, cytochrome P450, which is responsible for the metabolism of many chemical compounds and toxins that people put into their bodies. It is the first time that some of the key features in this enzyme have been duplicated. Full story.

Women-in-science proposal receives NSF funding
UW-Eau Claire biology student (photo by Rick Mickelson)A proposal from investigators at UW-Eau Claire, UW-Oshkosh and UW-Green Bay to increase the participation of women in science has been funded by the National Science Foundation. Marc Goulet, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of mathematics, along with Susie Sandrin, director of the UW System Women and Science Program, and Heidi Fencl, associate professor of physics at UW-Green Bay, have received a $199,891 NSF grant for "Wisconsin Women in Science, Technology and Engineering." The grant will run from January 2006 through December 2007. Full story.

Grant gives geology students hands-on experience

student doing geology field work

UW-Eau Claire senior Adam Kjos collected rock samples over the summer during field work for a research project funded by a grant from the government of British Columbia. (Contributed photo)

A number of UW-Eau Claire geology students are spending the fall semester busily analyzing rock samples collected and brought back from the mountains of British Columbia thanks to a $310,000 grant (Canadian — approximately $260,000 American) from the government of British Columbia and the collaborative summer field work of several faculty members and students. Professor of geology J. Brian Mahoney proposed the research grant in collaboration with the University of British Columbia and the Geological Survey of Canada. The two-year grant is for bedrock mapping and associated geologic studies and mineral assessment along the Intermontane/Coast Belt Boundary of the Whitesail Lake map-area of British Columbia. According to Mahoney, the Geological Survey of Canada has established a working relationship with UW-Eau Claire because the geology department can offer them regional expertise, excellent on-campus analytical facilities, and the enthusiastic involvement of students. "We've demonstrated through long association that we're extremely good at what we do," said Mahoney, who estimates that a total of seven to nine students will ultimately be involved in work related to this two-year grant. Full story.

Biology faculty acquire genetic analysis system

biology students, faculty with new gene-sequencing equipment
Julie Anderson, assistant professor of biology, explains data displayed by the new gene-sequencing instrument recently acquired by the UW-Eau Claire biology department. Looking on are senior biochemistry/molecular biology students Amy Croswell, left, and Megan O'Brien, seated, and biology professor Lloyd Turtinen. (UW-Eau Claire News Bureau photo)

UW-Eau Claire science students preparing for careers involving genetics and genomics will benefit for years to come from a genetic analysis system recently installed in the biology department. The department purchased the $120,000 gene-sequencing instrument, called a CEQ 8000 Genetic Analysis System, thanks to a Genomics Educational Grant from Beckman Coulter Inc., a life science research and diagnostic company and manufacturer of the CEQ, and matching funds from UW-Eau Claire. Students in the lab sections of several different courses and those working with faculty members on research projects will use the CEQ. Julie Anderson, assistant professor of biology, and Lloyd Turtinen, professor of biology, were awarded the $60,000 grant, which was matched by funding from the biology department, College of Arts and Sciences, Provost's Office and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Full story.

Blugold family vacation: Sisters join alumni on Ireland tour

Four sisters on alumni trip to IrelandThirty-eight alumni and friends took advantage of the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association's travel opportunity to Ireland in September. Among the travelers were four sisters, all of whom are UW-Eau Claire graduates: (from left) Janet (Smith) Veleke '65, Plymouth; Shirley (Smith) Parejko '63, Eau Claire; Karen (Smith) Hart '67, Manitowoc; and Donna (Smith) Wold '68, Madison. The four women, who grew up in Eau Claire, posed outside the elegantly furnished Muckross House adjacent to the Killarney National Park in southwest Ireland. Read about upcoming Alumni Association travel opportunities. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Janice Wisner)

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

Carey (Bernhagen) Stillman '88 Carey (Bernhagen) Stillman '88 overcomes great obstacles to compete in her first Wisconsin Ironman Triathalon. Full story.
Richard Hendricks '81 Richard Hendricks '81 coauthors a book about weird Wisconsin folkore and best-kept secrets. Full story.
Becca Spaeth '05 Becca Spaeth '05 faces the challenges of a first-year teacher in her position as an environmental science instructor at Eau Claire North High School. Full story.
Matthew Beasley '04 For Matthew Beasley '04, a yearlong internship in London kicks off an international business career. Full story. back to top

Blugold Trivia headline
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 (trivia@uwec.edu). Those sending correct responses to this month's question will be entered in a drawing for a UW-Eau Claire 5-by-7 picture frame. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the December issue of e-View.

November Blugold Trivia question:

What was the name of the historic tree that stood on the south lawn of the UW-Eau Claire campus until 1987 and that once served as a shelter, marker and gathering place for generations of Native Americans who lived in the area?

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!

October's winner:
Congratulations to Vanessa (Wilson) Petersen, a 1992 UW-Eau Claire business administration graduate, who has won a UW-Eau Claire alumni sweatshirt.
Vanessa was among those who correctly answered that 1971 was the year Wisconsin State University-Eau Claire became a full partner in the new UW System and changed its name to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. back to top

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