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Tenth Ann Devroy Memorial Forum to feature Washington Post's Kaiser, Woodward

Lisa Herb retires as Blugold volleyball coach

Viennese Ball tickets still available for Friday, April 13

March, April Alumni Association gatherings stretch coast to coast

Alumna shares Katrina recovery work experience

Donors encourage service-learning through scholarships

'Live Now … Age Later' is Senior Americans' Day theme

Preserving family history to be 'Let's Do Lunch' topic

New alumni success stories

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March 2007

Tenth Ann Devroy Memorial Forum to feature
Washington Post's Kaiser, Woodward

Bob Kaiser Bob Woodward
Bob Kaiser
Bob Woodward

Washington Post editors Bob Kaiser and Bob Woodward will be the featured speakers at the 10th annual Ann Devroy Memorial Forum April 26 at UW-Eau Claire.

The forum presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena and will feature a live conversation, via video hookup, with Woodward, Washington Post assistant managing editor. Kaiser, The Post's associate editor, will be in Eau Claire to join in the conversation. Both journalists will take questions from the audience after their presentation.

UW-Eau Claire's Ann Devroy Memorial Forum and Devroy Memorial Fund were established to recognize the outstanding journalistic work of Devroy, a 1970 graduate of UW-Eau Claire who died of cancer in 1997 at the age of 49. Devroy, a Green Bay native, was a White House correspondent for more than 15 years. She covered the Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations. Full story.

Lisa Herb
Lisa Herb

Lisa Herb retires as Blugold volleyball coach
UW-Eau Claire head volleyball coach Lisa Herb has announced her retirement from coaching after 22 seasons at UW-Eau Claire and 28 seasons overall as a head coach, Director of Athletics Scott Kilgallon announced March 8.

Herb compiled a 626-208 record (.751 winning percentage) in her 22 years at UW-Eau Claire and coached 1,086 career matches in 28 years, finishing with a 789-297 career mark (.726). She started the 2006 season as the third winningest coach in Division III.

Herb will continue in her position as an associate professor in UW-Eau Claire's department of kinesiology, where she is serving as the interim department chair. Full story.

Viennese Ball tickets still available for Friday, April 13
Viennese Ball logoFriday-night tickets remain for the 33rd annual Viennese Ball, to be held April 13-14 at UW-Eau Claire. (Tickets for Saturday night's event are sold out.) The largest social event hosted annually by the university, the Viennese Ball is presented from 6:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. in Davies Center.

Tickets are available at the Service Center in Davies Center's East Lobby. The Service Center is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. (Note: Due to spring break, the Service Center will be closed Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18, and open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 19-23. Regular hours will resume March 24.) Patrons also may charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone at 715-836-3727 or 800-949-UWEC. A printable ticket order form and information about dress and activities at the ball may be found on the Viennese Ball Web site.

Washington, D.C., event attendees
These smiling Blugolds attended the Jan. 13 alumni reception in Washington, D.C. Pictured, left to right, are Robbin Brinkhoff, Jim Brinkhoff '78, Craig Gilbert, Carol Van Dam '81, Carol Guensberg '79, John Price '78 and Jeff Custer '82. A number of similar gatherings are planned in March and April at various locations across the country.

March, April
Alumni Association gatherings stretch coast to coast

Blugolds on both U.S. coasts and at several locations in between will gather for UW-Eau Claire alumni events in March and April. Scheduled gatherings include the Peoria, Ariz., Golf Outing and Buffet on March 17, as well as receptions March 22 in Albuquerque, N.M.; March 23 in Houston; March 24 in Chicago; April 13 in Knickerbocker, N.Y.; April 20 in San Francisco; and April 28 in Washington, D.C. Plan to attend if you live or will be visiting in or near one of these locations! Find details in the online Alumni Events Calendar.

JoAnn Parks
UW-Eau Claire photo by Bill Hoepner

Alumna shares Katrina recovery work experience
UW-Eau Claire alumna JoAnn Parks, right, who earned a bachelor's degree in geography in 1996, spoke March 2 in Phillips Science Hall about her experiences providing GIS support to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of recovery efforts for Hurricane Katrina. Parks' employer, Applied Data Consultants Inc., has provided GIS support personnel for 15 tours of duty as part of the Mississippi Task Force Hope through the Vicksburg District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. During her tour, Parks was the only GIS person supporting the recovery field offices on the coast. Working 12-hour days, seven days a week for a month straight, she provided GIS support for debris removal and cleanup efforts. See the The Spectator's coverage of Parks' presentation.

Donors encourage service-learning through scholarships
Several donors to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation recently created or endowed scholarships that encourage university students to participate in service activities. Applications currently are being accepted for each scholarship. All have an April 1 application deadline.

  • Sally Webb
    Sally Webb
    Mary Hilfiker
    Mary Hilfiker '67
    Sally Webb, who retired as a UW-Eau Claire professor of communication and journalism in 2003 and is currently a development officer for the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, has endowed the Sally A. Webb International Service Fellowship, which will provide $500 annually to an outstanding UW-Eau Claire student seeking to complete a service project in an international setting. Full story.
  • Mary Hilfiker, a 1967 UW-Eau Claire alumna and an education specialist with the U.S. Department of Education, has endowed the Mary Roelli Hilfiker Service Fellowship. The annual $1,000 fellowship will be awarded to an outstanding sophomore or junior seeking to complete a service project in Wisconsin, the United States or internationally. Full story.
  • Nancy and David Prechel have created the Ryan Prechel Community Service Fellowship in honor of their son, a 2005 UW-Eau Claire alumnus. The annual $1,250 award will go to a student or group of students who have a specific community service activity they wish to complete. The community service must directly impact the lives of those served. Full story.

'Live Now . Age Later' is Senior Americans' Day theme

Jane Kirkpatrick
Jane Kirkpatrick

The 19th annual Senior Americans' Day program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in UW-Eau Claire's Davies Center. The theme this year is "Live Now . Age Later."

The program features keynote speaker Jane Kirkpatrick, an award-winning author, presenter and mental health professional noted for her blend of humor and story. Her keynote address is titled "Hardiness and Hope" and focuses on commitment, control, challenge and coping.

The event also will offer nearly 50 workshops on topics ranging from computers to healthcare, crafts to spirituality, financial and estate planning, books, dance and art. This year's entertainment features Charlie and Jayne Plumer, husband and wife entertainers with a musical comedy act that takes a close look at the various stages of a relationship, love and marriage. Full story.

Preserving family history to be 'Let's Do Lunch' topic
'Let's Do Lunch' image"Preserving Your Personal History Through Family Records Management " will be the focus of the March 28 session of "Let's Do Lunch," sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association. Colleen McFarland, UW-Eau Claire head of special collections and university archivist, will speak from noon to 1 p.m. at Sweetwater's restaurant, Eau Claire, about organizing and preserving letters, photos and other historical family documents for use by current and future generations. Reservations are requested. More information.

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

Michael Perry '87 A Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal article about Michael Perry '87, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate and published author, features two of his books, "Population 485" and "Truck: A Love Story." Full story. (Photo at left Copyright © 2008 J. Shimon & J. Lindemann)
Laila Robins '81 Laila Robins '81, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, continues a successful acting career on the stage as well as in films and television. Full story. (Photo at left Copyright © 2008 Meredith Zinner Photography)
Patrick Schillinger '89 Patrick Schillinger '89, a UW-Eau Claire political science graduate, leaves his position as president of the Wisconsin Paper Council to join Integrys Energy Group as assistant vice president in government affairs and public relations. Full story.
Gordon Halverson photo not available Gordon Halverson '59, a UW-Eau Claire education graduate, has 13 pieces of his artwork on exhibit at the Ellsworth, Wis., public library. 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 golf visor, golf balls and towel. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the April issue of e-View.

March Blugold Trivia question:

Where did recently retired UW-Eau Claire head volleyball coach Lisa Herb (see story above) compete as a player herself as an undergraduate?

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!

February's winner:
Memorial Student HallCongratulations to Joan Hardy Cook, a 1949 UW-Eau Claire speech and English graduate! Joan has won a long-sleeve UW-Eau Claire Blugolds T-shirt in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that the building at left,
formerly the Dulany Mansion and located on the site of what is now UW-Eau Claire's Hibbard parking lot, was called Memorial Student Hall when it was a university residence hall from 1947-70. back to top

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