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Good time was had by all: Homecoming 2006

Twins game gathering draws record number of alumni

Eberth Alarcon, math faculty member, dies at 40

Karlgaards give $500,000 more to computer science program

Chancellor's inauguration set
for Oct. 27

Psychology prof's study makes international news

NSF grants $500,000 to support ESTEAM program

Alumnus Scott Seawell leaves $200,000 estate gift

Behind the scenes with the Blugold Marching Band

New alumni success stories

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October 2006

Good time was had by all: Homecoming 2006

Professor Chuck Tomkovick and family in parade
Tim Skutley '99, left, and Jeff McCarthy '80

Top photo: Chuck Tomkovick, professor of marketing and the Homecoming parade grand marshal, was driven along the parade route with his family by Lloyd Joyal, UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of curriculum and instruction and a 1954 UW-Eau Claire alumnus. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson) Bottom photo: Tim Skutley '99, left, and Jeff McCarthy '80 enjoyed the Fifth Quarter postgame celebration. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Bill Hoepner)

Hundreds of happy alumni, spirited students, great weather, a dynamic Blugold Marching Band and several victories for Blugold athletic teams combined to make Homecoming 2006 a successful event, said John Bachmeier, UW-Eau Claire director of alumni relations. Attendance was high Oct. 7 at both the pre-football-game Blugold Fever Fest and Fifth Quarter postgame celebration in Carson Park, both of which featured performances by the Blugold Marching Band (see "Behind the Scenes" below). The Fifth Quarter also featured music by students in UW-Eau Claire's jazz studies program. The Blugold football team defeated UW-River Falls 23-3 for its third straight Homecoming victory (full story), and other UW-Eau Claire teams met with success during the weekend, including the women's golf team, the women's soccer team (with wins on both Saturday and Sunday) and the volleyball team.

Bachmeier encouraged those who missed this year's festivities to watch the UW-Eau Claire alumni Web site for information on Homecoming 2007. "It's a great time to come back, and next year promises to be another outstanding Blugold celebration," he said. See photos from Homecoming 2006.

Twins game gathering draws record number of alumni

Alumni at Sept. 30 Twins game
Singing Statesmen performing national anthem

Top photo: These were some of the more than 1,000 UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends who turned out for a UW Day event at the Sept. 30 Minnesota Twins baseball game. Below: The Singing Statesmen performed the national anthem before the game. (Photos by UW-Eau Claire alumnus Larry Allen '78)

A UW-Eau Claire alumni gathering Sept. 30 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis for the Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago White Sox baseball game drew 1,024 Blugold alumni and friends - a record number of attendees for a UW-Eau Claire alumni event. "I couldn't be more pleased with the response we received from our alumni living in and around the Minneapolis and St. Paul area," said John Bachmeier, UW-Eau Claire alumni relations director. "I know the Twins enjoyed an outstanding year, but I would never have guessed we would draw more than 1,000 UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends."

The gathering was part of UW Day at the Metrodome, to which alumni from all UW System campuses were offered a reduced ticket price.

"I think this also is a real tribute to Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff and The Singing Statesmen," Bachmeier added. "Those guys have a real following." The Singing Statesmen sang the national anthem before the game.

A schedule of upcoming Blugold alumni events is maintained on the Alumni Association Web site.

Eberth Alarcon, math faculty member, dies at 40

Eberth Alarcon
Eberth Alarcon

Dr. Eberth Alarcon, associate professor of mathematics at UW-Eau Claire, died Sept. 26 after a battle against acute leukemia. Alarcon, 40, joined the university's mathematics faculty in 1995. His wife, Asha Sen, is an associate professor of English at UW-Eau Claire. A memorial service was held Oct. 14 at UW-Eau Claire.

The Eberth Alarcon Memorial Scholarship Fund, as well as a benefit fund to assist with expenses, have been established through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Gifts to either of these funds can be directed to the Foundation, Schofield Hall Room 214, with either "Alarcon Help Fund" or "Alarcon Scholarship Fund" specified. Checks should be made payable to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

Read a full obituary and recent Spectator and Leader-Telegram articles in which colleagues and students remember Alarcon.

Karlgaards give $500,000 more to computer science program

David and Marilyn Karlgaard and Karlgaard Scholars
David and Marilyn Karlgaard, photographed with current UW-Eau Claire Karlgaard Scholars during a recent campus visit, have given a second $500,000 gift to support the university's computer science program, bringing to $5 million the couple's total gifts to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation since 2002. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Bill Hoepner)

A Virginia couple who gave a record $4.5 million to UW-Eau Claire in 2002 has donated another $500,000 to the university.

UW-Eau Claire alumni David and Marilyn Karlgaard made a $4.5 million gift at the start of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence campaign. The Karlgaards, who are the national chairpersons of the campaign, said the good that has come from their initial gift has inspired them to give another $500,000 to the university as the campaign nears its $50 million goal.

The Karlgaards' initial gift, the largest announced to date by a Wisconsin public regional university, established a $4 million charitable trust designated for the university. In addition, they gave $500,000 to establish the Karlgaard Excellence in Computer Science Program. The newest $500,000 gift will extend the excellence fund's initiatives. Full story.

university medallion and ribbonsChancellor's inauguration set for Oct. 27
The inauguration of UW-Eau Claire's new chancellor, Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich, will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, in Gantner Concert Hall of the university's Haas Fine Arts Center. All university faculty and staff, community leaders from the region, and representatives from universities across the state and nation are among those invited for the occasion. The inauguration will be broadcast live via the Internet. More information.

Psychology prof's study makes international news

April Bleske-Rechek
April Bleske-Rechek

Research by April Bleske-Rechek, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of psychology, and Martie Haselton from UCLA has received international attention from news media since it was published last week. Their research findings, published in Hormones and Behavior, indicate that women who are ovulating tend to pay more attention to their appearance, perhaps in a subliminal effort to attract a mate.

In the study, women's clothing patterns coincided with the basic finding that when fertile, women dressed to impress: they wore more accessories and more fashionable clothing. Bleske-Rechek said the research supports a strong line of previous research suggesting that women experience a whole set of changes when in the fertile phase of their cycle, including more feelings of sexiness, more desire to flirt with and meet men, and stronger feelings of attraction toward men outside their primary relationship.

Read a related UW-Eau Claire media memo and news stories from the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram; WEAU-TV; CBS News; ABC News; WTVF-TV in Nashville, Tenn.; the UCLA Daily Bruin; Ireland On-Line; Monsters and Critics.com based in Glasgow, Scotland; Medical News Today based in Bexhill, England; Medindia.com; Spotlighting News; and the Los Angeles Times as published in the Houston Chronicle.

NSF grants $500,000 to support ESTEAM program
UW-Eau Claire excellence medallionUW-Eau Claire has received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop the "Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics" scholarship program.

The ESTEAM initiative will provide approximately 20 students who major in science or mathematics and demonstrate financial need and academic potential with scholarships of up to $10,000 a year (renewable up to four years) and opportunities to enhance their academic programs. Science majors include biochemistry/molecular biology, biology, chemistry, computer science/software engineering, geology, physics and pre-engineering.

Dr. Michael Howe, associate professor of mathematics, is the program director and author of the grant proposal. "This NSF program was very competitive and the success of our proposal is a clear affirmation of the strength of UW-Eau Claire's programs in science and mathematics," Howe said. Full story.

Alumnus Scott Seawell leaves $200,000 estate gift

Scott Seawell '84
Scott Seawell

Scott Seawell, a leader in sales, marketing and product development in the communication industry and a 1984 UW-Eau Claire graduate, has made a $200,000 estate gift to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, permanently endowing a scholarship fund for UW-Eau Claire students majoring in computer science.

Seawell, who died of leukemia in October 2005 at the age of 43, wanted others to have the opportunity for a college education at the university he loved.

"Scott felt very strongly about education and wanted his gift to make a significant difference to deserving students," said Todd Seawell, Scott's brother. Full story.

Behind the scenes …
With the Blugold Marching Band

Blugold Marching Band trombone player

This issue of e-View introduces "Behind the Scenes .," produced by UW-Eau Claire's Learning and Technology Services to provide a look at the seldom-seen side of various aspects of university life.

This month, go behind the scenes with the Blugold Marching Band.

Well before classes start in the fall, the nearly 200 members of the Blugold Marching Band arrive on campus for an intense week of getting to know music, drill patterns and each other. The week ends with a march across the footbridge to perform at the Freshman Colloquium. All this work leads to a polished finished product showcased at football games, parades and exhibitions across the region.

This year the band has prepared two musical programs. Its pregame and parade performances are in the funk style and feature the music of Earth, Wind, and Fire. The band's half-time show, titled "Shut Up and Dance," combines intricate, fun marching maneuvers with the hard-driving music of Aerosmith.

Be sure to catch one of the band's upcoming fall performances — BUT FIRST, take a look behind the scenes!

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

Michael Andrew '87 Michael Andrew '87 achieves his dream of working as an entertainer and collaborates with Jerry Lewis on plans for a Broadway musical. Full story.
Margaret (Mogensen) Nelson '69 and Marti Mogensen '71 Marti Mogensen '71 and Margaret (Mogensen) Nelson '69, whose father, Martin Mogensen '52, was one of the first victims of school violence, share their perspective following a recent tragic school shooting in Cazenovia, Wis. Full story.
Gail Skamfer '74

Gail Skamfer '74 just spent her 12th season running the Menomonie Golf and Country Club. Full story.

Janet Dykema '99 Janet Dykema '99 is the new northern field services representative for the Wisconsin Historical Society. Full story.

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 fleece blanket. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the October issue of e-View.

October Blugold Trivia question:

Who was the organizer and first director of what was then called the "College Band" and is now called the Blugold Marching Band?

Know the answer? E-mail it, 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!

September's winner:
Congratulations to Jim Brockpahler
, a 2001 UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate. Jim has won a UW-Eau Claire fleece blanket in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that Gloria Steinem's first UW-Eau Claire Forum appearance was in 1971. back to top

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