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English professor to talk about new novel on NPR

Five Gilman Scholars to head overseas this fall

Freshman class to include three new National Merit scholars

Grafton High School teachers establish scholarship

Estate gift increases endowed scholarship fund for secondary education majors

Retired teacher and husband create scholarships for teacher education majors

Host Families/Friends sought for international students

Online health management certificate program now offered

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July 2009

English professor to talk about new novel on NPR

Jon Loomis

Jon Loomis
(Photo by Allyson Loomis)

UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of English Jon Loomis, whose second crime fiction novel, "Mating Season," hit bookstores in May, will discuss his book and its setting on an upcoming segment of National Public Radio's "Morning Edition." The book recently received a five-star review on Amazon.com, as well as favorable reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly.

Linda Wertheimer interviewed Loomis for "Morning Edition's" "Crime in the City" segment, which regularly features writers working in the mystery, detective or crime/thriller genres. Last month he took Werthheimer on a walking tour of Provincetown, Mass., the setting for "Mating Season" and his first novel, "High Season." The interview is set to air July 30. Full story. back to top

Five Gilman Scholars to head overseas this fall

Five UW-Eau Claire students, more than ever at one time before, have received scholarships to study abroad beginning in the 2009 fall semester through the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program.

Kristin Bomber, Eau Claire, and Justin Janicki, Wisconsin Rapids, both were awarded $5,000 scholarships to study abroad for one year. Bomber will study in Växjö, Sweden, and Janicki will study in Nagasaki, Japan.

Vedran Uzeirovic, Amery, and Luke Jacob, Waterford, will study in Thessaloniki, Greece, for one semester. Uzeirovic was awarded a $3,500 scholarship and Jacob received a $3,000 award. Casey Carroll, Eau Claire, received a $2,500 scholarship and also will study for one semester in Hirakata City, Japan. Full story. back to top

Freshman class to include three new National Merit scholars

Three of the approximately 2,000 new freshmen enrolled at the UW-Eau Claire this fall are National Merit scholars, according to Kristin Blake, an admissions counselor.

The three scholars are Luke Desilet, Oshkosh; Adam Schneider, Middleton; and Laurelyn Wieseman, Lake Geneva. Desilet will major in biochemistry/molecular biology, Schnieder will major in biology and Wieseman has not yet declared a major.

Sarah Hof, a National Merit semifinalist from Stillwater, will receive a National Merit 3M Corporate Scholarship. She will major in biochemistry/molecular biology.

These most recent recipients of the prestigious scholarship bring the number of National Merit scholars attending UW-Eau Claire this fall to 27, Blake said, noting that UW-Eau Claire and UW-Madison are the only two schools in the UW System to officially participate in the National Merit Scholarship program. Full story. back to top

Grafton High School teachers establish scholarship

Grafton teachers

Recent Grafton High School graduate Karri Estel, the first recipient of the UW-Eau Claire Grafton Faculty Alumni Scholarship, is pictured with UW-Eau Claire alumni who established the scholarship. Pictured are, back row from left, Chris Hanley, James Johnson and Paul Waitrovich; and front row from left, Fran Grant, Estel, Clare Weidner and Shannon Measner. (Contributed photo)

Six Grafton High School teachers who are UW-Eau Claire alumni, along with other UW-Eau Claire alumni from Grafton, recently established the UW-Eau Claire Grafton Faculty Alumni Scholarship through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

Chris Hanley, James Johnson, Paul Waitrovich, Shannon Measner, Claire Weidner and Fran Grant, all staff members at Grafton High School, created the scholarship. Other UW-Eau Claire alumni from around the country with connections to Grafton were invited to contribute as well. Jon Shoop, a Grafton native and 2004 UW-Eau Claire alumnus now living in Kent, Conn., added his support to his hometown scholarship. Full story. back to top

Estate gift increases endowed scholarship fund for secondary education majors

A 101-year-old woman recently left an initial estate gift of $100,000 to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to further increase an endowed scholarship fund established in memory of her brother, who was a 1934 graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

Thelma Johnson Damgaard, an Osseo native, was 90 when she established the Howard O. Johnson Endowed Scholarship in memory of her brother Howard, a teacher who graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a bachelor's degree in education.

The scholarship is one of the few UW-Eau Claire scholarships designed for secondary education majors. Full story. back to top

Retired teacher and husband create scholarships for teacher education majors

Jan Fuerstenberg
Jan Fuerstenberg

A retired elementary school teacher, who is a UW-Eau Claire graduate, and her husband have established two scholarships with the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to benefit students in the College of Education and Human Sciences at UW-Eau Claire.

The gift from Jan and Roy Fuerstenberg will support two $1,000 scholarships to be awarded to promising teacher education majors at UW-Eau Claire. One of the Jan Fuerstenberg Education Scholarships will be designated for an elementary education major and the other for a secondary education major.

Jan, who received her master's degree in elementary education from UW-Eau Claire in 1994, said she hopes the scholarships will help the next generation of teachers. Full story. back to top

Host Families/Friends sought for international students

Host Family/FriendThe Center for International Education at UW-Eau Claire invites Chippewa Valley community members to become hosts for international students arriving for the fall 2009 semester.

Host families/friends provide a weekend home stay Aug. 21-23 before the students move into their residence halls. Hosts and their students stay in touch for activities and outings throughout the students' time at UW-Eau Claire. The Center for International Education's Host Friend Program encourages intercultural sharing and understanding.

For more information, contact community outreach coordinator Kathryn Hurd at hostfriend@uwec.edu or 715-836-4411. Applications and additional program information are available online. back to top

Online health management certificate program now offered

My SeniorCare logoUW-Eau Claire now offers an online health management certificate program to help individuals develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills needed to better serve residents, manage current operations and capitalize on future opportunities in the senior care business environment.

The My SeniorCare Edvantage program, which begins this fall, is offered in partnership with My InnerView, a provider of quality improvement solutions for the senior care profession. The program is for those pursuing licensure as nursing home administrators, seeking professional development to advance their education and/or making a job transition to the long-term-care field. Full story. back to top

All alumni now eligible for Blugold e-Mail for Life
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Blugold e-Mail for Life logoThe Alumni Association now offers Lifetime Blugold benefits to all UW-Eau Claire graduates. As a Lifetime Blugold, you will have access to UW-Eau Claire's MyBlugold Web site — which allows you to access your academic record, make online transcript requests, and view and maintain your address and phone number information.

You also may subscribe to Blugold e-Mail for Life, a free e-mail forwarding service that provides you with a permanent Blugold e-mail address. As a subscriber to Blugold e-Mail for Life, you may use your Blugold e-mail address to have messages forwarded to your personal or work e-mail address. In the future if your personal e-mail address changes and you notify us of the change via MyBlugold, your friends, family and colleagues will always be able to contact you using your permanent Blugold e-mail address.

To become a Lifetime Blugold ...

For UW-Eau Claire alumni who graduated in May 2007 or later, follow the instructions for recent graduates. For alumni who graduated before May 2007, complete and print out the Lifetime Blugold Access Request Form, sign it and mail it to the address provided on the form. You will receive an e-mail containing a temporary password so you can log on to the MyBlugold Web site and subscribe to Blugold e-Mail for Life! back to top

Alumni Association offers varied schedule of events

The following opportunities to gather with fellow UW-Eau Claire alumni are scheduled in the coming weeks:

 

Monday, Aug. 3: Support Blugold athletics by participating in the 33rd annual Blugold Booster Golf Outing.

Tuesday, Aug. 11: Alumni and friends are invited to a gathering at Union Oyster House in Boston.

Wednesday, Aug. 12: Meet fellow alumni at a gathering at Pyramid Alehouse in Seattle.

Thursday, Aug. 13: Enjoy an evening dinner cruise with fellow Seattle alumni on the Royal Argosy.

Saturday, Sept. 12: Blugold basketball alumni from 1968-95 are invited to the Ken Anderson Basketball Reunion.

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 16-17: Alumni who graduated in 1959 or earlier are invited to Golden Blugolds Weekend.

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 16-17: Homecoming 2009!

For details about these and other upcoming alumni events, check out the alumni events calendar. 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:

Suzie Slota Suzie Slota '94, a UW-Eau Claire history graduate, moves on after nine years with the Children's Museum of Eau Claire. (Photo by Dan Reiland of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.
Chuck Larscheid

Chuck Larscheid '76, a UW-Eau Claire biology graduate, is director of the Brown County Port and Solid Waste Department. (Photo by H. Marc Larson/Green Bay Press-Gazzette) Full story.

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal

Tiffany Chartier '01, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, won the women's title in the 31st annual Moe's Firecracker 5K road race in Naples, Fla. Full story.

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Pamela Wold '82, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate who also received a master of science in nursing degree in 1988, is on the board of directors of Luther Midelfort Northland. Full story
Ryan Miescke

Ryan Miescke '03, a UW-Eau Claire management graduate, is co-owner of The Secret Garden restaurant in Eau Claire's Eastridge Center. (Photo by Andi Stempniak of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Scott Dickinson '04, a UW-Eau Claire management information systems graduate, is participating as a track and field sprinter in the 2009 State Games of America in Colorado Springs, Colo. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Joe Krolak '82, who received a master of business administration degree from UW-Eau Claire, has been named a business development director at KePRO, a quality improvement and care management organization in Harrisburg, Pa. Full story.
Hjordy Wagner Hjordy Wagner '90, who received a master of education-professional development degree from UW-Eau Claire, and Paul Wagner '74, an elementary education graduate who also received a master of science in teaching degree in 1981, have written a book about their experience as parents of gay sons. (Photo by Dan Reiland of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal

Luke Strand '04, a UW-Eau Claire kinesiology graduate, has been hired as general manager/head coach of the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League. Full story.

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Keith Schilling '98, who received a master of business administration degree from UW-Eau Claire, has been named director of quality resources at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Jessie Lidbury '09, a UW-Eau Claire political science graduate and primary organizer for the area Obama campaign in 2008, was a panelist for the "Achieving Healthcare for All" panel discussion held in Eau Claire. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Randy Oostra '85, who received a master of science degree in medical technology from UW-Eau Claire, has been named chief executive officer of ProMedica Health System in Toledo, Ohio. Full story. back to top

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 UW-Eau Claire T-shirt. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the August issue of e-View.

July Blugold Trivia question:

UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of English Jon Loomis has written two novels: "High Season" and "Mating Season." What is the name of the main character in both books?

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 Lu Scheer, a 1980 UW-Eau Claire business education graduate! Lu has won the June Blugold Trivia prize in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that UW-Eau Claire geology professor Kent Syverson will teach the course titled "Exploring the Glacial Landscape of Chippewa County" offered as part of this fall's UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education/UW-Extension noncredit Personal Enrichment Courses. back to top

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