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Seven grads to receive Alumni Association awards
||Clockwise from top left: Michelle Altobelli-Andersen, Glenn H. Yamahiro, Sheila D. Corbine, Todd Michael Eberhardt, Terry Schadeberg, Patrick O'Brien, Matthew Ryan Beasley.
A well-known actor, a circuit court judge, an international project manager, two corporate CEOs, the attorney general for the Ho-Chunk tribe and a corporate president will receive awards from the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association Dec. 18 at a luncheon and ceremony in conjunction with winter commencement.
Michelle Altobelli-Andersen and Judge Glenn H. Yamahiro will each receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes distinguished service to the community, state or nation that brings credit upon the recipient and the university.
Sheila D. Corbine, Todd Michael Eberhardt and Terry Schadeberg will each receive the President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and service to UW-Eau Claire.
Patrick O'Brien will receive the Lifetime Excellence Award, which is presented to alumni who have demonstrated longtime and successful commitment to their careers and communities. Recipients have made positive and dramatic impacts through dedication to service and have lived their lives as a testimony to UW-Eau Claire's motto, "Excellence."
Matthew Ryan Beasley will receive the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award, which acknowledges special achievements and great promise of alumni who are within 15 years of their graduation from UW-Eau Claire. Full story.
Commencement for 839 students set for Dec. 18
Commencement exercises for 839 students at UW-Eau Claire will be held Dec. 18 in Zorn Arena.
Candidates from the College of Business, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and College of Education and Human Sciences will receive degrees during a 9 a.m. ceremony. Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as candidates for master's degrees, will receive degrees during a 2 p.m. ceremony. Those unable to attend can view the ceremony online.
A total of 775 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 320 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 180 from the College of Business, 201 from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and 74 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
A total of 64 students are master's degree candidates. Of those, 18 are from the College of Arts and Sciences, 29 are from the College of Business and 17 are from the College of Education and Human Sciences. Full story.
Faculty and staff members announce retirements
The following UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members recently retired or have announced they will retire soon:
- Betty Feia, university services program associate, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
- Dr. Irene Lazda, associate professor emerita, foreign languages
- Dr. Maureen D. Mack, professor emerita, education studies
- Dr. Donald F. Reynolds, professor emeritus, mathematics
- Constance J. Russell, associate registrar emerita, Registrar's Office
- La Vone Sneen, university services program associate, Continuing Education/UW-Extension
See recent news releases about retiring faculty/academic staff and classified staff for more information about these employees' careers.
Tickets for Cabaret XXXIII now on sale
Tickets are now on sale for UW-Eau Claire's 2011 Cabaret XXXIII show, "Broadcast."
Performances for the popular show are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20-22 and Jan. 27-29, 2011, in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. Matinees are scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 22 and Jan. 29.
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.
Cabaret — the music and theatre arts department's largest annual production — has raised more than $250,000 to support ongoing scholarships for music students in the voice/choral and jazz areas. The production began in 1978 to provide experience for music and theatre arts students in arranging and staging a variety show similar to ones they might encounter in their professional careers. Today it is a student-run production. Full story.
State Building Commission approves new Children's Center
A new $3.8 million Children's Center at UW-Eau Claire was approved Dec. 15 by the State Building Commission.
The new 14,709-square-foot facility will replace the current Children's Center housed in UW-Eau Claire's Campus School, which will be razed to make way for the university's new Education Building.
"We're pleased that the new Children's Center project will move forward," said Jodi Thesing-Ritter, UW-Eau Claire associate dean of students and chair of the Children's Center Steering Committee. "The new facility will allow us to bring all of our child care services under one roof and increase our capacity to provide services for the children of our students, faculty and staff." Full story.
James Barrett named registrar at UW-Eau Claire
A professional who has worked in leadership positions at educational institutions for nearly 20 years has been named the registrar at UW-Eau Claire.
James Barrett will begin his new duties Jan. 3, 2011. He replaces Sue Moore, who recently retired from UW-Eau Claire.
"We have hired an experienced, innovative and energetic professional to lead the Registrar's Office," said UW-Eau Claire Provost Patricia Kleine. "Given his significant experience and many skills, I am confident Jim Barrett will be an active and effective campus leader." Full story.
New alumni directory project under way
Dear Fellow Blugolds,
For the first time since 2002, the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association will print a new alumni directory, and the 2011 directory project is under way.
Over the next couple of months, Publishing Concepts Inc. (PCI) will contact alumni like you via mail, phone and e-mail to request that you update your information. We understand that you might not want to provide your information to just anyone, so we want you to know that the company’s request for information is legitimate.
Please feel free to contact us, here in the alumni office, should you have any questions regarding this project.
John Bachmeier ’81
Director, Alumni Relations
New scholarship established for graduate students in communication sciences and disorders
The Nancy McKinley Scholarship, a new fund for outstanding UW-Eau Claire communication sciences and disorders graduate students, has been established with the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.
The scholarship is named in memory of McKinley, an internationally recognized expert on adolescent language disorders, who was president and CEO of Thinking Publications in Eau Claire until her death in 2005. McKinley was a 1974 graduate of UW-Eau Claire and served as a clinical instructor in the department of communication sciences and disorders for 14 years. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire ranks high in study abroad report
|UW-Eau Claire students Justin Holman and Bryce Bielec visited the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary while studying abroad in Australia. (Contributed photo)
UW-Eau Claire sends more students abroad for mid-length study abroad experiences than any other master's-level university in Wisconsin, according to the 2010 Open Doors Report of the Institute for International Education.
UW-Eau Claire ranks sixth nationally among all master's-level schools in the number of students who participate in mid-length (quarter- or semesterlong) study abroad programs, according to the Open Doors Report, which was released in mid-November. UW-Eau Claire is the only Wisconsin school — public or private — on the top-20 list of master's-level schools that send students on mid-length programs.
The report uses 2008-09 data to make its rankings, said Dr. Karl Markgraf, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education, noting that 299 students who studied abroad that year participated in mid-length programs. Full story.
Music faculty to release piano CD with major classical label
Dr. Nicholas Phillips and Dr. Ethan Wickman
(Photo by Rachel Schimmelman, R|S Designs)
Two members of the music faculty at UW-Eau Claire will release a CD of piano music with a major classical record label Jan. 1, 2011.
"Portals and Passages," from Albany Records, features music written for solo piano by Dr. Ethan Wickman and performed by pianist Dr. Nicholas Phillips. Both are assistant professors of music at UW-Eau Claire.
The project, which was funded by UW-Eau Claire's University Research and Creative Activities grant program and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, began in earnest in fall 2009. The result is a CD with a diverse lineup of music Phillips describes as "alternately full of rhythmic intensity, exquisite lyricism, musical quotation and virtuosic writing for the piano," and includes a composition that begins with a lullaby theme written by Wickman's great-grandfather and a fantasy variation on that theme. It was recorded at Wild Sound Recording Studio in Minneapolis, Minn. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire Foundation provides
year-end giving information
As we approach the end of the 2010 calendar year, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation wants to take this opportunity to thank you for your past generosity and remind you that it's not too late to make an annual contribution in support of UW-Eau Claire. This is especially important for your tax planning.
We offer the convenience of a secure website for credit card gifts (www.uwec.edu/fndn/giving.htm). You can make a gift online through Dec. 31.
You also can stop by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, located in 214 Schofield Hall on campus, to make your gift in person, or phone us toll-free at 877-625-2473 to make your gift with a credit card. If you would like to mail your gift, please send it to:
UW-Eau Claire Foundation
105 Garfield Ave.
P.O. Box 4004
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
The Foundation office will be open as follows:
Week of Dec. 13: Monday-Friday, 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Week of Dec. 20: Monday-Thursday, 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Dec. 28-30: 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Foundation office will be closed on:
Friday, Dec. 24
Monday, Dec. 27 (for a state-mandated furlough day)
Friday, Dec. 31
Please note: Credit card gifts via U.S. mail must be received in our office on or before Thursday, Dec. 30, to be processed in the current calendar year.
Thank you for considering an investment in UW-Eau Claire. We wish you a Happy New Year!
P.S. If you have already made your gift this year, please disregard this message and accept our sincere thanks for your generosity.
ONE WORD: FOUNDATION
Adding just one word — Foundation — to the university's name will make sure that your gift delivers maximum benefit to our campus. In your will or trust, or on your check, or in any other transfer document, such as a deed, beneficiary designation or stock power, direct your gift to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to ensure that your gift will be administered for Eau Claire, in Eau Claire and not elsewhere.
Alumni success stories
Read about the accomplishments of these and other UW-Eau Claire alumni on the Alumni Success Stories Web pages:
||Jason Price '02, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, recently released his debut CD, "Collaborations." Full story.
||Shannon Meyer '08, a UW-Eau Claire communication graduate, has been named president of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Full story.
||Gregg McManners '77, a UW-Eau Claire sociology graduate, has been nominated as director of Monona Terrace in Madison. Full story.
||Faye Deich '79, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, was recently included in The Hospital Review magazine's list of 50 women hospital and health care leaders. Full story.
Russ Klisch '81, a UW-Eau Claire chemistry graduate, is owner of Milwaukee's Lakefront Brewery, which has been classified as a regional craft brewer by the Brewers Association trade group. Full story.
||Robin Rosemeyer '92, a UW-Eau Claire physical education graduate, coached the Gilman Pirates football team to WIAA Division 7 state title this fall. His brother, Jeff Rosemeyer '80, a UW-Eau Claire mathematics graduate, coached the Colby Hornets to a second-place finish in Division 5. Full story. Read more.
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 baseball cap. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the January issue of e-View.
December Blugold Trivia question:
High school football coaches and brothers Robin Rosemeyer '92 and Jeff Rosemeyer '80, who recently coached their respective teams to impressive finishes in the WIAA tournament, have two other brothers (also alumni) who also coach football. What are their names and where do they coach?
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 Ruth Porter, a 1974 UW-Eau Claire English graduate! Ruth has won the November Blugold Trivia prize in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that actor Patrick O'Brien '75 will receive the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association's Lifetime Excellence Award Dec. 18.