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Seven receive Alumni Association awards
||Clockwise, from top left: Michael Stone, Frederick Halfen, Barbara Lee, Stacey Hanke, Charles Howe, the Rev. George Szews, Patricia Binder.
The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association presented awards to seven alumni and friends of the university Dec. 19 at a special luncheon and ceremony in conjunction with fall commencement. Read the recent news release for more details on the following recipients:
Michael Stone received 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.
Frederick Halfen received the Lifetime Excellence Award, which is presented to alumni who have demonstrated longtime and successful commitments to their careers and communities.
Patricia Binder and Barbara Lee received the President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievement and service to UW-Eau Claire.
The Rev. George Szews received the Honorary Alumnus Award, which recognizes distinguished service to the community, state or nation in a manner that brings credit upon the award recipient and UW-Eau Claire.
Stacey Hanke and Charles Howe received the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award, which acknowledges the special achievements and great promise of alumni who are within 15 years of their graduation from UW-Eau Claire.
Faculty and staff members announce retirements
The following UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members recently retired or have announced they will retire soon:
- Michael Alred, printing services supervisor, Printing Services
- Linda Dodge, academic department associate, political science
- Larry Green, HVAC/refrigeration specialist, Mechanical Maintenance Shop
- Dale Goshaw, custodian, Custodial Services
- Nancy Jackson, dean assistant, College of Business
- Janna Johnson, university services program associate, University Honors Program
- Patricia Kapanke, university services associate, Continuing Education
- Dennis Kegel, administrative telecommunications specialist, Learning and Technology Services
- Carol Lamirande, university services program associate, Recreation and Sport Facilities
- Rexann Lemke, lieutenant, University Police
- Charles Pederson, facilities maintenance specialist advanced, University Recreation and Sport Facilities
- Donna Raleigh, strategic projects manager emerita, Learning and Technology Services
- Ronda Swansen, university services associate, Recreation and Sport Facilities
- Dr. Darwin Wittrock, professor emeritus and department chair, biology
See recent news releases about retiring faculty and classified staff for more information about these employees' careers.
Speaker encourages graduates to live full lives
Graduates will find that the world is a complicated place, but complexity is often what makes life interesting, Dr. John Hildebrand, professor emeritus of English, said Dec. 19 during commencement ceremonies for 850 students at UW-Eau Claire.
Read more about Hildebrand’s message to the December graduates.
A total of 789 students were candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 300 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 217 from the College of Business, 215 from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and 57 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. A total of 61 students were master's degree candidates. Of those, 16 were from the College of Arts and Sciences, 27 were from the College of Business, and 18 were from the College of Education and Human Sciences.
Longtime assistant to the chancellor retires
People calling the Chancellor's Office at UW-Eau Claire are hearing a new voice at the end of the line.
Susie Johnson retired in December after 19 years as an assistant to the chancellor and 39 years of total service to UW-Eau Claire. During her tenure in the Chancellor's Office, Johnson has worked for four chancellors or interim chancellors.
Jan Sloan has taken over Johnson's duties as the new university executive staff assistant in the Chancellor's Office. Full story.
Student Senate supports Blugold Commitment
The Student Senate at UW-Eau Claire voted during its Dec. 7 meeting to increase differential tuition by $1,200 per academic year to support the Blugold Commitment, an initiative designed to enhance academic quality, said Michael Umhoefer, student body president.
In a series of votes, the senate supported the goals of the Blugold Commitment while also taking into consideration student concerns about the overall cost of the differential tuition needed to fund the initiative, Umhoefer said. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire ranked sixth nationally in number of undergraduate chemistry grads
UW-Eau Claire graduates more students with bachelor's degrees in chemistry than most other colleges and universities in the country that offer only undergraduate chemistry programs, according to the American Chemical Society.
UW-Eau Claire was ranked sixth nationally — the highest of any Wisconsin college or university — in the number of chemistry graduates among the 335 colleges and universities that offer ACS-approved undergraduate chemistry programs, the ACS's Committee on Professional Training determined in its analysis. Colleges and universities that also offer master or doctoral programs in chemistry were not included in the tally.
Forty UW-Eau Claire students graduated with degrees in chemistry during the 2007-08 timeframe used by ACS-CPT to develop its rankings. Full story.
New liberal studies degree and major are launched
Beginning with the fall 2009 semester, UW-Eau Claire is offering a major in liberal studies.
The new degree program also will provide a framework for pursuing the liberal education knowledge and skills that are essential in many careers and graduate education today, such as written and verbal communication, analysis and problem solving, teamwork and collaborative abilities, Cassidy said, noting the program will emphasize cross-disciplinary understandings. Full story.
The innovative academic program will allow students to design an interdisciplinary major around a theme of the student's choosing in consultation with an adviser, said Margaret Cassidy, associate dean for academic affairs and curriculum in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Chancellor selects site option for new student union
UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich has instructed the Davies Center Redevelopment Steering Committee to proceed with a site option for a new student center that will preserve the site of the Historic Council Oak tree by shifting the building to the east toward Phillips Science Hall.
"This option respects the considerable work done to date, maintains as close a timeline to the original plan as possible and meets the criteria I set when I asked for additional options to preserve the Council Oak — lower cost and timely completion," Levin-Stankevich said of the recommended plan. Full story.
Initiative aims to eliminate racism on campus
Dr. Ari Anand knows that students in his anthropology classes at UW-Eau Claire often are uncomfortable when he pushes them to think about people and cultures they perceive as different.
With most of his students growing up in homogeneous Midwestern communities, few have had sustained or extensive interactions with people who are racially or culturally different from them, he said. As an anthropologist and an educator at a liberal-arts-based university, helping students learn to respectfully engage people across racial, social or cultural differences is an important part of his job, Anand said.
"I'm not out to offend my students but they need to learn to appreciate differences so they can get along in our fast-changing world," said Anand, an assistant professor of anthropology. "In my classes, I push and prod students to help them understand all kinds of differences without their approving or disapproving of the differences. We often talk about societal or cultural practices that differ greatly from what they've always assumed to be normal or right, including things that go against their moral or religious beliefs." Full story.
Aldo Leopold Banquet set for late February
UW-Eau Claire's Environmental Adventure Center will collaboratively host the fifth annual Aldo Leopold Banquet and silent auction from 5 to 10 p.m. Feb. 26, 2010, at the Westgate Sportsmans Club in Eau Claire.
The popular banquet honors the conservation legacy of Aldo Leopold, celebrates his life and writings, and aims to further foster the idea of developing a land ethic. The theme of this year's banquet is "Connecting Aldo Leopold with the 'Next Generation' and the UW-Eau Claire Clean Bicycle Commute." The gathering is designed to pass the land legacy torch to the next generation and to support the bicycling program at UW-Eau Claire. Full story.
Tickets for Cabaret XXXII still available
Tickets for UW-Eau Claire's 2010 Cabaret XXXII show, "Cinema," are for sale.
Cabaret features student performers from ensembles in the music and theatre arts department as well as various small acts and solo performers. The concert will include performances by Concert Choir, The Singing Statesmen, Women's Concert Chorale, UW-Eau Claire jazz ensembles and the University Symphony Orchestra. Full story.
Performances for the popular show are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21-23 and Jan. 28-30 in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. Matinees are scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 23 and Jan. 30.
Alumni success stories
Read about the accomplishments of these and other UW-Eau Claire alumni on the Alumni Success Stories Web pages:
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 (email@example.com). Those sending correct responses to this month's question will be entered in a drawing for a UW-Eau Claire insulated mug. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the January issue of e-View.
December Blugold Trivia question:
Frederick Halfen recently received the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association's Lifetime Excellence Award. What was his first job out of college?
Know the answer? E-mail it, along with your name and class year, to firstname.lastname@example.org. You'll be notified by e-mail if you are this month's winner!
Congratulations to Anna Kincannon, a 2005 UW-Eau Claire business finance graduate! Anna has won the November Blugold Trivia prize in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that Wanrudee Buranakorn is the instructor for the bookbinding course being offered next spring as part of UW-Eau Claire's Accessible Arts Series.