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Eight to receive Alumni Association awards

Faculty and staff members announce retirements

Trivia winner shares memories of Blugold days gone by

Commencement ceremonies set for Dec. 15

Holiday giving idea: Blugold apparel at ShopBlugolds.com

Math researchers help communities with emergency plans

Faculty news: Bill Frankenberger, Ethan Wickman, Juan Carlos Chaves

Band marches on with support from alumni gift

Cabaret Diamond Anniversary performances set for January

WCCO reports Justin Greenwood's recovery story

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

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December 2007

Mark Fuhrmann Cathy Sultan
Mark Fuhrmann
Cathy Sultan
Patrick Dennis Megan Marx
Patrick Dennis
Megan Marx
Scott Pingel Capt. Shaun Westphal
Scott Pingel
Capt. Shaun Westphal
Robert Webb Randall Wilber
Robert Webb
Randall Wilber

Eight to receive Alumni
Association awards

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association will present awards to seven alumni and one friend of the university Dec. 15 at a special luncheon and ceremony in conjunction with commencement. Read the recent news release for more details on the following recipients:

Mark Fuhrmann '80 will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes distinguished service to the community, state or nation in a manner that brings credit to the recipient and UW-Eau Claire.

Cathy Sultan will receive the Honorary Alumnus Award, presented to nonalumni who have demonstrated great love of and service to UW-Eau Claire.

Patrick Dennis '65 will receive the Lifetime Excellence Award, presented to UW-Eau Claire alumni who have demonstrated longtime and successful commitment to their careers and communities.

Meghan Marx '00, Scott Pingel '96 and Capt. Shaun Westphal '97 will receive 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.

Robert Webb '74 and Randall Wilber '79 will receive the President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional or personal achievements or service to UW-Eau Claire. back to top


Faculty and staff members announce retirements
The following UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members recently retired or have announced they will retire soon:

  • Enid Bahnub, program assistant advanced, Academic Affairs
  • Dr. Kenneth De Meuse, professor emeritus, management and marketing
  • Mary Green, office associate, Custodial Services
  • Patricia Imberry, academic department associate, mathematics
  • Mimi King, associate professor emerita, McIntyre Library
  • Paul Kosower, professor emeritus, music and theatre arts
  • Richard Krause, custodian, Haas Fine Arts Center
  • Thomas Moore, assistant professor emeritus, computer science, and senior information processing consultant, Learning and Technology Services
  • Janice Morse, administrative officer emerita, Academic Affairs
  • Mary Ryan-Miller, associate dean emerita, Student Development and Diversity
  • Philip Staff, information technology services specialist, Learning and Technology Services
  • Dr. Roger Tlusty, professor emeritus, foundations of education
  • Dr. Anne Utschig, professor emerita, English

See recent news releases about retiring faculty and academic staff and classified staff for more information about these employees' careers. back to top

Trivia winner shares memories of Blugold days gone by

old photo of Davies cafeteria
UW-Eau Claire students were served in the lunch line in the Davies Center cafeteria in this historic photograph.

UW-Eau Claire alumna Carol (Guess) Andrus, a 1962 mathematics education graduate, shared the following memories when sending in her answer to the e-View's November Blugold Trivia question:

"I think the original Davies Center was built in 1959.  I was part of the freshman class in the fall of '58.  We ate our noon meal in the basement cafeteria in Old Main. Cost 68¢.  I ate supper every night in the old Blugold Room. also in the basement of Old Main.  For 38¢ I had a hot dog on a bun, a glass of milk, and a dish of vanilla ice cream.

"The next fall, 1959, we enjoyed the new cafeteria on the second floor of the Davies Center and the new Blugold on the first floor.

"My sorority had its winter formal in the new center with the theme, 'Evening in Evergreen.'

"Thanks for giving me a chance to relive some good memories."

Andrus was among those who correctly answered that W.R. Davies University Center was constructed in 1959 at a cost of $750,000. Thanks for sharing, Carol! (See this month's Blugold Trivia question.) back to top

Commencement ceremonies set for Dec. 15

Celebrating the Class of 2007
Visit the Celebrating the Class of 2007 Web site to meet some of UW-Eau Claire's outstanding December graduates and find additional commencement information.

UW-Eau Claire commencement exercises for 687 students will begin at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in Zorn Arena. Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and candidates for master's degrees will receive degrees during the 9:30 a.m. ceremony. Candidates from the College of Business, College of Education and Human Sciences, and College of Nursing and Health Sciences will receive degrees during the 2 p.m. ceremony.

The ceremonies will be broadcast live via Web video streaming. Full story. back to top


Holiday giving idea: Blugold apparel at ShopBlugolds.com
ShopBlugolds.com graphicTrying to finish your holiday shopping but can't find that perfect gift for the Blugold in your life? Feel like adding something blue and gold to your own wardrobe? Check out ShopBlugolds.com, the online connection to Shop Your Colors, owned by UW-Eau Claire alumnus Dan Coleman, a 2000 accounting graduate. Read a recent UW-Eau Claire Spectator article about Coleman and Shop Your Colors. back to top

Math researchers help communities with emergency plans

Simei Tong
Dr. Simei Tong

Researchers at UW-Eau Claire have created prototype mathematical models and software to help communities better plan for emergencies, a project inspired by the chaos that occurred in the city of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

"Watching Katrina was shocking," said Dr. Simei Tong, associate professor of mathematics. "The city clearly failed to appropriately plan for a disaster. As I watched that situation, I knew I wanted to find ways to use applied mathematics to solve real problems. If we can help cities prepare for disasters, we can reduce the loss of life." Full story.

Also view video from a Dec. 5 news story about the research that aired Dec. 5 on WQOW-TV in Eau Claire. back to top

Faculty news
Bill Frankenberger• WSPA presents highest honor to Bill Frankenberger: Dr. William Frankenberger, a UW-Eau Claire psychology professor and nationally known expert on issues that relate to attention deficit disorder, has received the Wisconsin School Psychology Association's highest honor. Full story.

Also view an interview with Frankenberger that aired Dec. 11 on WEAU-TV in Eau Claire.

Ethan Wickman• Ethan Wickman receives BYU Barlow commission: Dr. Ethan Wickman, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of music, recently received a $6,000 commission from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University to compose a new work for the Avalon String Quartet, a group currently in residence at Northern Illinois University that performs frequently in Chicago. Full story.

Juan Carlos Chaves• Grant to fund travel to South American trade conference: Dr. Juan Carlos Chaves, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of foreign languages, has received a $5,000 grant from the Center for Business Education and Research at UW-Madison to attend the 12th annual MERCOSUR (Mercado Común del Sur, or Southern Common Market) program in Argentina, Brazil and Chile May 9-21, 2008. Chaves said his goal is to internationalize the curriculum of UW-Eau Claire's Spanish for Business program. Full story. back to top

Band marches on with support from alumni gift

Jeannie and Tom Flesch with members of marching band
Jeannie and Tom Flesch with members of the Blugold Marching Band (UW-Eau Claire photo by Bill Hoepner)

A UW-Eau Claire alumni couple has donated $50,000 to the Blugold Marching Band to become the band's first patrons. Tom Flesch of Powell, Ohio, graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1974 with degrees in business administration and economics, and his wife, Jeannie (Flock) Flesch, received her bachelor of science degree in education in 1973.

A portion of the Fleschs' gift will sponsor the marching band's trip to Rome, where on New Year's Day 2008 the band will play in St. Peter's Square for Pope Benedict XVI and an expected audience of 100,000 people. The gift also will help the band purchase additional uniforms to accommodate its rapid growth and for travel expenses to other venues. Full story.

Also read a feature story about Tom Flesch from the Fall 2007 issue of The View, UW-Eau Claire's printed alumni magazine. back to top

Cabaret Diamond Anniversary performances set for January
Tickets are on sale now for UW-Eau Claire's Cabaret XXX Diamond Anniversary show. Performances for the popular Cabaret are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17-19 and 24-26; 2 p.m. matinees are scheduled for Jan. 19 and 26. Tickets are available at the University Service Center in Davies Center.

Cabaret XXX logoThis year marks the diamond anniversary of Cabaret, which will feature a musical revue showcasing four decades of music, beginning with the 1970s. The show will feature performers from the Concert Choir, jazz ensembles, The Singing Statesmen, University Symphony Orchestra and Women's Concert Chorale. Performances will be held in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. Full story. back to top

WCCO reports Justin Greenwood's recovery story

Justin Greenwood
Justin Greenwood

Justin Greenwood, a former linebacker on the UW-Eau Claire football team who was critically injured Sept. 27, 2003, during a game against UW-River Falls, was featured Dec. 3 in a story on Minneapolis television station WCCO. See text and video of the story about Greenwood.

Also see a UW-Eau Claire University Bulletin article from Sept. 29, 2003, and Greenwood's CaringBridge Web site for more on the former football player's long road to recovery. 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:

Lorraine Smith '92, '03 More than 20 percent of UW-Eau Claire employees are Blugold alumni, and several of them were interviewed about their career paths in a Dec. 13 Spectator article. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal John Schmidt '82, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, recently was named vice president and chief financial officer of Families International Inc., the nonprofit parent company for the Alliance for Children and Families, Ways to Work, FEI Behavioral Health and United Neighborhood Centers of America. Full story.
Barbara (Odegard) Misselt '72 Barbara (Odegard) Misselt '72, a UW-Eau Claire music education graduate, in September became director of the East Central Regional Library System in Minnesota. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Brian Lani '83, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate, is the owner of Infusion, a Green Bay advertising agency. 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 UW-Eau Claire baseball cap. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the January issue of e-View.

December Blugold Trivia question:

The 2007-08 Blugold Marching Band has 202 members. How many members did the band have just seven years ago, in 2000?

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!

November's winner:
Congratulations to Carol (Guess) Andrus, a 1962 UW-Eau Claire math education graduate! Carol has won the November Blugold Trivia prize in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that W.R. Davies University Center was constructed in 1959 at a cost of $750,000. (See memories Carol shared in her Blugold Trivia response.) back to top

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