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UW-Eau Claire student named to All-USA College Academic First Team

WNA: The Spectator is Wisconsin's best college newspaper

International education efforts earn national honor

Featured alumni events: Arizona gathering, golf outing

Program to serve young clients with Asperger's

Survey: Student alcohol use continues decline

Registration opens for Summer Session 2007

Faculty news: Chuck Tomkovich and Rama Yelkur, Maureen Mack, Todd Wellnitz, Linda Carpenter

Singing Statesmen release seventh CD, 'A Testament'

New alumni success stories

Photo corner: Alumni basketball players compete, campus survives cold snap

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February 2007

Lori Scardino
Lori Scardino

UW-Eau Claire student named to All-USA College Academic First Team
A senior chemistry and biology major at UW-Eau Claire is among 20 college students nationwide to be named to the 2007 All-USA College Academic First Team. Lori Scardino - an accomplished undergraduate researcher and single mother of two from Eau Claire - was featured with the other 19 award winners in the Feb. 15 issue of USA Today and will receive a $2,500 cash award. Scardino is the only student attending a Wisconsin college or university selected for 2007 First Team honors. Full story.

WNA: The Spectator is Wisconsin's best college newspaper
For the second time in five years, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association has The Spectator online logonamed UW-Eau Claire's campus newspaper, The Spectator, the state's best college newspaper.

"This is a campus paper that hits on all cylinders," WNA judges said in a published critique, "tackling tough issues, with a consistent design and interesting features stories, backed by a strong editorial voice."

The Spectator, which has been UW-Eau Claire's official student newspaper since 1923, also won the WNA's top collegiate award in 2003. Full story.

International education efforts earn national honor
GlobeA national organization has recognized UW-Eau Claire's commitment to helping more undergraduate students study abroad.

UW-Eau Claire's "Education Abroad: Removing Barriers and Extending the Reach" program received an Honorable Mention in the study abroad category for the Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education from the Institute of International Education. It's one of four programs in the nation to receive the prestigious award.

"We have a very successful international program but several years ago we recognized that few students of color or students who major in education and nursing study abroad," said Karl Markgraf, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education. "We did research to determine what was keeping those students from having an international experience and then we developed the 'Removing Barriers' plan to address those issues." Full story.

Featured alumni events: Arizona gathering, golf outing
golfer at sunsetBlugold alumni and friends seeking a sunny escape from winter weather may want to spend some time in Arizona with the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association, which will host the following two events in March:

  • A Scottsdale alumni gathering will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the Village Tavern. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and camaraderie on the beautiful outdoor patio. Hear the latest UW-Eau Claire news and enter to win great Blugold door prizes.
  • Join UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich and Debi Levin-Stankevich, as well as legendary Blugold men's basketball coach Ken Anderson and Gloria Anderson, for the Peoria Golf Outing and Buffet on Saturday, March 17 (St. Patrick's Day!), at West Brook Village Vistas Golf Course, Peoria. Register to golf and receive a great divot repair tool with the UW-Eau Claire seal. Prizes will be awarded. Also, everyone who registers to golf by the March 13 deadline will be entered in a drawing for one of four paid event entry fees. If golf isn't your forte, you can still join the fun by attending the picnic buffet that starts at 3:30 p.m.

View/print event brochure and registration form.

Also see more upcoming alumni events.

Program to serve young clients with Asperger's

Kristine Retherford Angie Sterling-Orth
Kristine Retherford
Angie Sterling-Orth

This spring UW-Eau Claire's Center for Communication Disorders will launch a first-of-its-kind pilot program designed to help area teens and young adults with Asperger's syndrome develop the skills they need to succeed in work and life settings.

Through the "Facilitating Functional Social-Communication Skills in Adolescents" program, faculty and graduate students in communication sciences and disorders will work directly with eight teens and offer support services to another 10 teens and young adults who have Asperger's, said Angie Sterling-Orth, a lecturer in the communication sciences and disorders department. Those receiving services will be between the ages of 14 and 24, she said.

The program, funded through a $60,000 grant from Wisconsin's Medicaid program, is unusual because it will be housed at UW-Eau Claire but will involve numerous community service providers, said Dr. Kristine Retherford, communication sciences and disorders department chair. Full story.

Survey: Student alcohol use continues decline
A recent survey found that alcohol use among UW-Eau Claire students is continuing to decline, an encouraging trend that began in 2002.

CASE logo"Fewer students reported drinking in the past month and more reported having three or fewer drinks in a typical week when compared to past surveys," said Peggy O'Halloran, director of the Center for Alcohol Studies and Education. "The findings show that improved coordination of alcohol prevention and education programming is having a real effect on student drinking."

The Core Alcohol and Drug Survey - completed by more than 680 randomly selected UW-Eau Claire students in May 2006 - measures student alcohol and other drug use. Full story.

Registration opens for Summer Session 2007
Summer Session graphicRegistration begins Feb. 23 for community members interested in enrolling in classes offered through UW-Eau Claire's Summer Session 2007.

"We always try to offer something for everyone during summer session, and this year is no exception," said Janice Morse, administrative officer for Academic Affairs. "There are approximately 200 undergraduate and graduate courses to choose from this summer, including 55 Web-based courses to help meet the needs of people who find it difficult to come to campus."

The three-week Summer Session will run May 21-June 8, and the eight-week session will run June 11-Aug. 3. Full story.

Faculty news

Chuck Tomkovick Rama Yelkur
Chuck Tomkovick
Rama Yelkur

Research examines success of Super Bowl-advertised movies: The best predictor of the overall success of a new movie advertised during the Super Bowl is the release date of the movie, according to new research by UW-Eau Claire marketing professors Chuck Tomkovick and Rama Yelkur. The two have conducted extensive research on Super Bowl advertising since 1998. Full story.

Tomkovick and Yelkur have been quoted and their research cited in recent media stories across the nation. See links to the stories in the Jan. 29, Feb. 5 and Feb. 12 issues of UW-Eau Claire's University Bulletin.

Maureen Mack
Maureen Mack

Book aims to help girls become strong women: Helping girls grow into strong, independent women is the topic of a new book written by a UW-Eau Claire professor of women's studies and education. In "Finding Center: Strategies to Build Strong Girls and Women," Dr. Maureen Mack encourages females to build inner strength and strong self-esteem, traits they will need as they become young women and face gender barriers in work places and other life settings. Full story.

Todd Wellnitz
Todd Wellnitz
Linda Carpenter
Linda Carpenter

Biology prof receives $740,000 NSF grant: A prestigious award from the National Science Foundation will enable Dr. Todd Wellnitz, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of biology, to study the question of how much water a stream needs to maintain the ecosystem it supports. Wellnitz received a five-year, $740,000 NSF Career Grant, which recognizes a young researcher's dual commitment to scholarship and education. Full story.

Prestigious award honors Linda Carpenter: The Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association has awarded its highest honor to Dr. Linda Carpenter, a professor of communication sciences and disorders at UW-Eau Claire. Carpenter received the Honors of the Association Award Feb. 9 at the association's annual convention in Madison. Full story.

Singing Statesmen release seventh CD, 'A Testament'
'A Testament' CD coverUW-Eau Claire's The Singing Statesmen, one of the premier university male choruses in the United States, recently released their seventh compact disc, titled "A Testament." Director of The Singing Statesmen Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff describes the recording as a testament to different types of sacrifices - those of an individual, a race or a nation. Each of the songs performed tells the story of one of these types of human experiences. All seven of The Statesmen's compact disc recordings are available for purchase through the UW-Eau Claire department of music and theatre arts Web site. Full story.

Jerry and Sharon Ehrmeyer
Jerry and Sharon Ehrmeyer

Scholarship honors memory of UW-Eau Claire alum, former administrator
An endowed scholarship for Beaver Dam High School graduates who plan to attend UW-Eau Claire has been established by the spouse of a UW-Eau Claire alumnus and former assistant director of the university's Career Services Office.

Dr. Sharon Ehrmeyer, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, wanted to honor her husband, Jerry Ehrmeyer, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1960 with a bachelor's degree in sociology and in 1962 with a bachelor's degree in social science.

Jerry Ehrmeyer had a long and distinguished career at UW-Eau Claire. From 1971-78 Ehrmeyer served as an assistant professor of psychology; he then was assistant director of the Career Services Office from 1978 until his retirement in 1996. He died in December 2005. Full story.

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

Spencer Peck '05 Spencer Peck '05, a UW-Eau Claire political science graduate, is honored with an American Red Cross Real Heroes award for his actions that saved a man's life. Full story.
Carol Hubbard '86 and Clancy and work Carol Hubbard '86, a UW-Eau Claire biology graduate, teams up with the country's only mercury-sniffing dog to rid Minnesota's schools of a toxic danger. Full story.
Aaron Yonda '96 Aaron Yonda '96 , a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, and fellow filmmaker Matt Sloan have created the "Chad Vader" series of short films that have become a YouTube sensation. Full story.
Ann Christy Dybvik '86, '87

Ann Christy Dybvik '86, '87 (MS), a UW-Eau Claire communication sciences and disorders graduate, authors the recently released book "Images of America — Menomonie." Full story.

Photo corner: Alumni basketball players compete,
campus survives cold snap

Meagan (Whatley) Konkol and Rachel Becker Jon Wallenfelsz, Dan Boetcher and Matt Fermanich

Takin' it to the hoop — Fifty-one former Blugold basketball players returned to UW-Eau Claire Feb. 10 for the annual men's and women's alumni basketball games in Zorn Arena. Above left, Meagan (Whatley) Konkol (who played for the Blugolds from 1997 to 2001) drives on Rachel Becker (2002-06). At right, Jon Wallenfelsz (1997-2000) goes to the basket with Dan Boetcher (1999-2000) looking on. On the bench watching the action is Matt Fermanich (1997-2000). See the results from the men's and women's alumni games. (UW-Eau Claire photos by Rick Mickelson)

Brrrrrrrr — This photo of UW-Eau Claire student Reid Filiatreaux, taken by Eau Claire Leader-Telegram photo editor Steve Kinderman, provided a glimpse of the region's recent cold snap to readers of the Leader-Telegram as well as those of other publications that picked up the photo on the Associated Press wire, including U.SNews & World Report and the Sarasota, Fla., Herald-Tribune. Filiatreaux was dressed for the frigid cold while walking to class Feb. 5, when Eau Claire's low temperature was 22 below zero and the high was 2 below. (Photo used with permission)
UW-Eau Claire student Reid Filiatreaux

Blugold Trivia headline
long-sleeve Blugold 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). Those sending correct responses to this month's question will be entered in a drawing for a long-sleeve UW-Eau Claire Blugolds T-shirt (shown at right). The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the March issue of e-View.

mystery buildingFebruary Blugold Trivia question:

What was this building, formerly the Dulany Mansion and located on the site of what is now UW-Eau Claire's Hibbard parking lot, called when it was a university residence hall from 1947-70?

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!

January's winner:
Congratulations to Jennifer Kosmalski, a 2005 UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate! Jennifer has won a UW-Eau Claire baseball cap in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that Michael Fedo was the first 2007 Forum speaker and Evidence Dance Company gave the first 2007 Artists Series performance at UW-Eau Claire. back to top

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