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Record number of National Merit scholars enroll as Blugolds

Students' volunteer service valued at more than $1.3 million

Professor seeks military spouses to participate in study

Alumni Association announces new officers, board members

Faculty member, recent grad receive Fulbright grants

Alumni encouraged to apply for development position

UW-Eau Claire joins U.S.-China partner program

Corporate donors support new student sales competition

John Pollitz to head UW-Eau Claire's McIntyre Library

Blugold athletics news

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

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July 2007

Record number of National Merit scholars enroll as Blugolds
UW-Eau Claire excellence sealEleven of the approximately 2,025 new freshmen enrolled at UW-Eau Claire for this fall are National Merit scholars - the largest number of incoming National Merit scholars UW-Eau Claire has ever had. These most recent recipients of the prestigious scholarship bring the number of National Merit scholars attending UW-Eau Claire this fall to 24. Admissions counselor Gretchen Switalski attributes UW-Eau Claire's success in consistently attracting top students to the university's strong liberal arts emphasis and the opportunities for students to pursue interests outside or complimentary to their academic majors. UW-Eau Claire's study abroad programs, service-learning and student-faculty collaborative research opportunities, and Honors Program all are attractions for National Merit scholars, Switalski said. Full story. back to top

Students' volunteer service valued at more than $1.3 million

Student Amy Krause reading to children
UW-Eau Claire student Amy Krause contributed to her community by reading with area youth on a weekly basis. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Bill Hoepner)

During the 2005-06 academic year, students at Campus Compact member colleges and universities, which include UW-Eau Claire, contributed an estimated 377 million hours of service in their communities.

According to Campus Compact's annual member survey, those hours are valued at $7.1 billion, which is a significant increase from last year's findings of $5.6 billion, reflecting greater support structures for service on campus as well as growth in membership.

"For 2005-06 our students contributed a conservative estimate of 86,000 community service hours, the majority of which were served in the Chippewa Valley region," said Dr. Don Mowry, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for Service-Learning. According to Mowry, the value of volunteer time contributed by UW-Eau Claire students was more than $1.3 million. Full story. back to top

Professor seeks military spouses to participate in study

Dr. Lois Taft
Dr. Lois Taft

Dr. Lois Taft, a professor and chair of the nursing systems department in UW-Eau Claire's College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is looking for volunteers to help with a research study, "Stress and Coping Strategies of Spouses of Deployed Soldiers."

Taft would like to interview spouses of National Guard or Reserve soldiers who are soon to be deployed, currently serving, or returned from Iraq or Afghanistan within the past year. She said the interview takes about 60 minutes and can take place in participants' homes or at other locations convenient for them. Interviews will be tape recorded, but information will not be connected to individual participants and the names of all participants will be kept confidential.

"Few healthcare providers will experience what it's like to be the spouse of a soldier deployed to a combat zone, but having an informed understanding of the experience may help us identify ways to support spouses and understand their sacrifices," she said.

Anyone willing to participate in the study can contact Taft by e-mail at taftlb@uwec.edu or leave a phone message at 715-836-4911. Full story. back to top

Alumni Association announces new officers, board members

Sam Stagliano '81
Read FAQs about Alumni Association board membership, or complete the online nomination form to be considered for service on the board.
Sam Stagliano '81

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association has announced changes to its board of directors for 2007-08, including the appointment of new officers, the retirements of several members and the addition of six new members.

Sam Stagliano '81 is the new board president. Katy Kiley '01 is vice president. New board members, whose three-year terms begin in August, are Andy Brown '00, Lori Haschke '02, Todd Pauls '96, Joseph Piket '86, Rick Schroder '77 and Linda Spaeth '72. Current board members who will serve a second three-year term include Matthew Greeson '01, Jeff Johnson '86 and Tim Skutley '99.

Mark Gilbertson '89, Mary Heimstead '75 and Joanne Horan '57 retired from the board in June after serving two three-year terms. Full story. back to top

Faculty member, recent grad receive Fulbright grants

Dr. Michael Penkava Erin House
Dr. Michael Penkava
Erin House

A UW-Eau Claire mathematics professor and a May 2007 UW-Eau Claire German graduate both have been announced as Fulbright grant recipients.

Dr. Michael Penkava has received a research award from the prestigious Fulbright Scholar Program. The award will allow Penkava to spend five months in Hungary to continue his collaborative research with Dr. Alice Fialowski of Etvs Lornd University in Budapest. Full story.

Recent graduate and Eau Claire native Erin House has been awarded a grant through the Fulbright U.S. Students Program to attend the University of Leipzig in Leipzig, Germany, where she will study German as a foreign language during the 2007-08 academic year. Full story. back to top

Alumni encouraged to apply for development position
A full-time, fixed-term professional academic staff position for a major gifts officer is available in UW-Eau Claire's alumni/development area. UW-Eau Claire alumni are encouraged to consider applying for this professional opportunity. Learn more on the university's Employment Opportunities Web site. back to top

UW-Eau Claire joins U.S.-China partner program
Chinese flagUW-Eau Claire has been accepted into a prestigious international exchange program that will allow students from China to earn dual degrees from UW-Eau Claire and their home institution in China.

Students enrolled in the China 1-2-1 Partnership Program - facilitated through the China Center for International Educational Exchange and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities - will spend a year at a Chinese university, study at UW-Eau Claire for two years and return to the institution in China for their final year.

The first Chinese exchange students are expected to arrive at UW-Eau Claire in fall 2008, said Karl Markgraf, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education. He expects five to 10 Chinese exchange students to attend UW-Eau Claire the first year, but up to 25 students in future years. Full story. back to top

Corporate donors support new student sales competition
The Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up graphicThanks in part to two $50,000 corporate donor gifts to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, business students in the upper Midwest will be able to participate in a sales competition to be hosted by the UW-Eau Claire College of Business Nov. 15-17.

The Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up, supported by Hormel Foods and Cintas Corp., is a development opportunity for students interested in sales as a career. At the competition, students will make sales presentations that will be evaluated by a panel of sales professionals. They also will participate in a job fair and professional development workshops. There will be time for networking at a reception Thursday night, a dinner Friday night and an awards banquet on Saturday.

In addition to the two major sponsors, Hormel and Cintas, the competition also has sponsorship from Enterprise Rental-A-Car, Larson Companies, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network and Silver Spring Gardens Inc. Full story. back to top

John Pollitz to head UW-Eau Claire's McIntyre Library

John Pollitz
John Pollitz

A library services professional with 17 years of university library experience has been named director of libraries at UW-Eau Claire.

John Pollitz, currently associate university librarian for public services and innovative technology at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., will start Aug. 1 in his new position at UW-Eau Claire. He succeeds former director Robert Rose, who retired in October 2006.

"John Pollitz brings a wealth of experience in leadership positions at both small and large campus libraries," said Andrew Phillips, UW-Eau Claire's interim associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies. "He also has many significant professional contacts in our region, and he has a wonderful vision for the future of our library." Full story. back to top

Blugold athletics news

Jerry Kollross Kim Wudi Dan Schwamberger
Jerry Kollross
Kim (Arndt)
Wudi '00
Dan Schwamberger

• Three new head coaches announced: UW-Eau Claire Director of Athletics Scott Kilgallon recently announced three new head coaches for Blugold teams. Jerry Kollross has been named the UW-Eau Claire men's and women's swimming and diving coach, alumna Kim (Arndt) Wudi '00 has been selected as the head coach of the UW-Eau Claire women's volleyball team, and Dan Schwamberger has been named the UW-Eau Claire men's and women's head cross country country coach and assistant men's and women's track coach.

golf outing brochure cover• Blugold Booster Golf Outing to be Aug. 6: The entry deadline is July 27 for the 31st annual Blugold Booster Golf Outing, to begin at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, at Wild Ridge Golf Course, Eau Claire. The registration fee of $150 includes free driving range balls, 18 holes of golf with a cart (two carts per fivesome), lunch, sirloin steak buffet dinner, a gift and a chance to win prizes on every hole. Three to four dozen Blugold athletes will participate in the event, some putting or hitting drives for groups of golfers. Athletes also will be involved in the registration process and help participants get ready before the shotgun start. All participants will receive a hooded Blugold sweatshirt. Alumni are invited to participate in this day of golf and dining at Wild Ridge. Hole sponsorships for this event are still being accepted. For more information, download the online brochure and registration form or contact Tim Petermann at 715-836-4184 or petermta@uwec.edu.

Blugold athletics logo• Hall of Famers chosen: Eight UW-Eau Claire athletes from the 1980s and 1990s have been selected for induction into the Blugold Hall of Fame Sept. 15. The inductees and their sports include brothers Alex Hicks '92 and Mark Hicks '94, hockey; Pete Balistrieri '91 and Dan Kelner '91, '94 (MS), football and track; Dan Schmidt '92, track; Steve Hollman '87, swimming; Beth Brochhausen '91, volleyball and softball; and Tammy Brandt Stanius '96, soccer and softball. Watch for more details about the time and location of the Blugold Hall of Fame event in the August issue of e-View. 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:

James Vyvan '91 James Vyvyan '91, a UW-Eau Claire chemistry graduate who now is a chemistry professor at Western Washington University, is conducting research that could lead to advances in the treatment of liver cancer. Full story.
Judy (Klukas) Moungey '72, '76 Judy (Klukas) Moungey '72, '76 (MST) , a UW-Eau Claire business education and master's in teaching graduate, has been inducted into the Southeastern Wisconsin Educators Hall of Fame. Full story.
Drew Niese '07 Drew Niese '07, a UW-Eau Claire information systems graduate, continues to run his software company, Fresh Software, which he founded at the age of 15. The company recently released a major update to its network monitoring software, X-NetStat. Full story.
Jo Lindoo '82 Jo Lindoo '82, a UW-Eau Claire physical education graduate, climbs a mountain to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer — despite challenges following her own battle with brain cancer. 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 Blugold visor and golf towel. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the July issue of e-View.

July Blugold Trivia question:

In fall 2006, what were the percentages of women and men enrolled at UW-Eau Claire?

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!

June's winner:
Congratulations to Christina Thrun, a 2003 UW-Eau Claire business administration graduate! Christina has won a UW-Eau Claire alumni T-shirt in a drawing from among those who correctly identified the recipients of the 1977 Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award: David Wood '58, John Crowley '26 and Erna G. Buchholz '20. back to top

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