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Kiplinger's 2007 best-values list includes UW-Eau Claire

Presentation to address 'Privilege, Power and Difference'

Blugold spring break idea: March Arizona alumni events

MySpace research makes national headlines

Student receives heroism honor

First nursing alliance enrollees earn associate degrees

Alumna's gift supports Nurse Scholar Program

Faculty news: Jol returns from Antarctica; Schwartzhoff receives state award

Cabin concert series kicks off with Howard 'Guitar' Luedtke

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January 2007

Kiplinger's 2007 best-values list includes UW-Eau Claire
UW-Eau Claire excellence sealKiplinger's Personal Finance magazine has again included UW-Eau Claire among its 100 best values in public colleges.

UW-Eau Claire is ranked 65th in the magazine's 2007 rankings, which are published in the magazine's February issue. UW-Eau Claire was ranked 69th in the magazine's 2006 "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" list.

"What's special about these rankings is that they recognize the quality of education at UW-Eau Claire and also acknowledge that we're providing that first-class education at a price that students can afford," said Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich. "To make the list, institutions must offer top-notch academics at affordable prices." Full story.

Presentation to address 'Privilege, Power and Difference'

Allan Johnson
Allan Johnson

Issues of privilege, oppression and social inequality will be addressed during "Privilege, Power and Difference," a presentation by sociologist Allan Johnson at 3 p.m. Feb. 5 in Davies Theatre at UW-Eau Claire. The free event is open to the public.

Johnson, a writer, teacher and public speaker, has worked on unraveling the knot of social injustice since receiving a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan in 1972. After almost 30 years of teaching, he now devotes himself to writing and public speaking. He has worked with more than 150 schools and organizations in 34 states, and the books he has authored have been translated into several languages. Full story.

Blugold spring break idea: March Arizona alumni events
golfer at sunsetThe UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association will host two events in March for Blugold alumni and friends who could use an escape to sunny Arizona:

  • 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.

"Both of these events are great opportunities to see old friends, make new ones and catch up on what's happening at UW-Eau Claire," said John Bachmeier, director of alumni relations. "They're sure to be fun events for alumni and friends across the country who'd like a spring break escape." View/print event brochure and registration form.

MySpace research makes national headlines

Dr. Justin Patchin
Dr. Justin Patchin

Dr. Justin Patchin, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of criminal justice, and his co-researcher, Dr. Sameer Hinduja, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at Florida Atlantic University, recently have received national media attention for their first-of-its-kind analysis of teenagers' MySpace profiles.

Patchin and Hinduja's research found that a majority of teenagers are responsible when using the online social networking site MySpace, but a number of adolescents still share personal information that could put their safety at risk.

The professors' work was featured in a recent UW-Eau Claire news release that resulted in coverage by regional and national media, including:

Carter Crotteau

Student receives heroism honor
Carter Crotteau, a UW-Eau Claire junior kinesiology major and Blugold football player, was among those honored in December with Carnegie Medals for heroism. Crotteau was honored along with other individuals who were involved in the November 2004 incident in Sawyer County in which a gunman killed six members of a hunting party and wounded two others. Among those killed were Crotteau's father, Robert, and his brother, Joseph. Carter Crotteau evacuated one of the injured hunters from the shooting scene on an all-terrain vehicle. Full story.

First nursing alliance enrollees earn associate degrees
nurse on the jobThe number of nurses in Wisconsin increased in December thanks to an innovative partnership between UW-Eau Claire and two western Wisconsin technical colleges.

The Chippewa Valley Nursing Alliance allows students to enroll in nursing classes at Chippewa Valley Technical College while also taking general education classes at UW-Eau Claire. The university has a similar agreement with the Western Technical College in La Crosse.

After earning an associate degree, graduates can work as registered nurses and enroll in the UW System's BSN@Home program, formerly known as the Collaborative Nursing Program. Through the BSN program, students can earn a four-year nursing degree from UW-Eau Claire.

In December the first 15 students enrolled in the Chippewa Valley Nursing Alliance received their associate degrees from CVTC and four students graduated from WTC, said UW-Eau Claire Provost Steve Tallant. Three students who earned associate degrees also earned baccalaureate degrees in psychology, biology and business administration from UW-Eau Claire.

All but one of the December graduates have enrolled in the BSN program, Tallant said. Six more students who will graduate in the spring have said they also will enroll in the BSN program, he said. Full story.

Alumna's gift supports Nurse Scholar Program

Nancy Fugate Woods
Nancy Fugate Woods

One of UW-Eau Claire's first nursing graduates has committed $25,000 to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to support a new Nurse Scholar Program and celebrate the 40th anniversary of UW-Eau Claire's bachelor's degree program in nursing.

The gift from Nancy Fugate Woods, an Eau Claire native and 1968 nursing graduate, and her husband, James, will be matched by a Casper Foundation challenge grant to create a $50,000 endowment. Woods, dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Washington, established the fund in memory of her parents, Elizabeth and Robert Fugate, longtime Eau Claire residents.

"Jim and I are making this gift to UW-Eau Claire in memory of my parents because my mother was a 1935 UW-Eau Claire graduate and believed our entire family benefited from her education," Woods said. "In addition, UW-Eau Claire provided me with an outstanding academic foundation on which to build an exciting and fulfilling career." Full story.

Dr. Harry Jol
Dr. Harry Jol
Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff

Faculty news: Jol returns from Antarctica;
Schwartzhoff receives state award
UW-Eau Claire professor of geography and anthropology Dr. Harry Jol recently returned from an international research project in Antarctica, where he used his expertise in ground penetrating radar to help a team investigate the internal structure of the sand dunes in the Victoria Valley sector of the Antarctica Dry Valleys. The results from the research will lead to increased understanding of the formation of cold climate dunes and help to interpret dunes of similar morphology on Mars, Jol said. Full story.

Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music and director of choral activities at UW-Eau Claire, received the Outstanding Church Musician Award Jan. 12 from the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association at its annual convention. At UW-Eau Claire, Schwartzhoff conducts the Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and Singing Statesmen, and teaches conducting. Full story. Also recognized at the WCDA convention was Sarah (Daly) McVeigh, a 2003 UW-Eau Claire music education graduate, who was honored as Wisconsin's outstanding young music teacher.

Howard
Howard "Guitar" Luedtke

Cabin concert series kicks off
with Howard 'Guitar' Luedtke
Solo shows by Howard "Guitar" Luedtke Jan. 26-27 will open the spring semester schedule of performances in The Cabin at UW-Eau Claire. Luedtke, one of the best blues slide guitar players in the Midwest, will take the stage at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Cabin hosts free shows nearly every weekend and jazz concerts on many Wednesday nights. The spring schedule includes monthly open stage opportunities for campus and area talent; monthly open prose and poetry readings sponsored by NOTA (None of the Above), the campus literary magazine; and performances by students, faculty, staff, community members and nationally touring artists. Full story.

Black baseball to be Jan. 31 'Let's Do Lunch' topic
'Let's Do Lunch' graphic"Black Baseball and Beyond: Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson and Other Greats" will be the topic of a Jan. 31 luncheon presentation hosted by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association.

Dr. Mark Clark, UW-Eau Claire professor of education, will give the presentation from noon to 1 p.m. at Sweetwaters restaurant in Eau Claire. The event is open to the public. Clark will talk about local baseball, the Negro Leagues and other facts about African-American participation in baseball history. He has written and presented for 15 years in the field of black baseball and the Negro Leagues and is working on a book related to black baseball before the Negro Leagues. Full story and reservation information.

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

Karla Olson Teasley '80 Karla Olson Teasley '80, a UW-Eau Claire criminal justice graduate, has been appointed president of Illinois American Water. Full story.
JoAnne Brandes '75 JoAnne Brandes '75, a UW-Eau Claire journalism and political science graduate, recently announced she will retire from her position as executive vice president, chief administrative officer, general counsel and secretary of JohnsonDiversey Inc. Full story.
In December, Carol (Rasmussen) Erickson '61, a UW-Eau Claire music education graduate, played the organ at church on Christmas Eve for the 55th year straight. Full story.
Beth (Couturier) Richardson '99

Beth (Couturier) Richardson '99, a UW-Eau Claire health care administration graduate, is the administrator of Attic Angel Place, a continuing care retirement community in Madison. Full story.

Blugold Trivia headline
UW-Eau Claire baseball capShow 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 baseball cap (shown at right). The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the February issue of e-View.

January Blugold Trivia question:

Who will be the first UW-Eau Claire Forum speaker and Artists Series performers in 2007?

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!

December's winner:
Congratulations to Lisa Schueler, a 2000 UW-Eau Claire criminal justice graduate! Lisa has won a UW-Eau Claire sweatshirt in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that, before its third-place finish in the 2003 NCAA Final Four tournament, the Blugold women's basketball team also competed in the Final Four competition in 1994 and 1997. back to top

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