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Newest grads receive diplomas May 22

Six receive Alumni Association awards

12 faculty, staff members retire

Journalism student receives Ann Devroy Fellowship

State Building Commission approves new student center

Biology faculty member receives NIH grant

Student receives Fulbright teaching assistantship

Endangered butterfly to be focus of May 'Let's Do Lunch!'

Business etiquette dinner aimed at young professional alumni

Continuing Education to offer fall personal enrichment courses

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May 2010

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Newest grads receive diplomas May 22

Class of 2010 See "Celebrating UW-Eau Claire's Class of 2010" for links to more information about commencement and featured UW-Eau Claire May graduates.

Spring commencement exercises for 1,418 students at UW-Eau Claire were held during morning and afternoon ceremonies May 22 in Zorn Arena.

A total of 1,303 students were candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 602 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 328 from the College of Business, 266 from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and 107 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

A total of 115 students were master's degree candidates. Of those, 14 were from the College of Arts and Sciences, including nine students who were candidates for specialist in education degrees; 28 were from the College of Business; 42 were from the College of Education and Human Sciences; and 31 were from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

UW-Eau Claire alumnus Kevin Steiner, president and CEO of West Bend Mutual Insurance, delivered the "Charge to the Class" during both ceremonies. Full
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Six receive Alumni Association awards

Randy Oostra Roberta Schmidt Bruce Hering
Randy Oostra
Roberta Schmidt
Bruce Hering
Kevin Steiner Evelyn Zabo Justin Vernon
Kevin Steiner
Evelyn Zabo
Justin Vernon

Six UW-Eau Claire graduates received awards from the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association May 22 at a luncheon and ceremony held in conjunction with spring commencement. Randy Oostra and Roberta Schmidt each received the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes distinguished service to the community, state or nation that brings credit upon the recipient and the university. Bruce Hering and Kevin Steiner each received the President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and service to UW-Eau Claire. Evelyn Zabo received the Honorary Alumnus Award, presented to non-alumni who have demonstrated great love of and service to UW-Eau Claire. Justin Vernon received 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. back to top

12 faculty, staff members retire

Twelve UW-Eau Claire faculty, academic staff and classified staff members recently retired or have announced they will retire soon:

  • Ronadin Carey, assistant professor of information literacy and periodicals librarian, McIntyre Library
  • Nancy Clark Scobie, lecturer, communication and journalism
  • Dr. V. Thomas Dock, dean emeritus, College of Business
  • Barbara Erdman, library science and media education program coordinator, education studies
  • André Gibault, custodian, Facilities Planning and Management
  • Dr. Patrick James "PJ" Kennedy, director emeritus, Counseling Services
  • Robert Lieske, media specialist emeritus, College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Karen Maddox, associate professor emerita, nursing
  • Paolo Ranaldi, senior lecturer emeritus, mathematics
  • Pamela Scheible, university services program associate, Registration Services
  • Rhonda Stokes, university services program associate, Educational Opportunity Center
  • Richard Young, custodial supervisor, Facilities Planning and Management

Read more about UW-Eau Claire's faculty and academic staff and classified staff retirees. back to top

Journalism student receives Ann Devroy Fellowship

Breann Schossow and Helen Thomas

UW-Eau Claire junior Breann Schossow, recipient of the 13th Ann Devroy Memorial Fellowship, posed with veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas at the university's Ann Devroy Memorial Forum.

UW-Eau Claire junior Breann Schossow of Houston, Minn., has been awarded the 13th Ann Devroy Memorial Fellowship, presented annually to a UW-Eau Claire journalism student who shows exceptional promise and ability.

The fellowship includes a three-week residency at The Washington Post, a $1,400 scholarship to offset the costs of the residency and a summer internship at a Wisconsin newspaper. Schossow will work at The Post during her winter break in January 2011.

"As much as any journalism student I've ever had in class, Breann Schossow has the drive and desire to follow in the footsteps of Ann Devroy as a government reporter," said Dr. Mike Dorsher, associate professor of journalism at UW-Eau Claire and chair of the Devroy Forum Committee. "She'll have the tools to do that, too, based on her course work, her broad experience at The Spectator, her Devroy residency at The Washington Post this coming January and her summer internship next year at one of Wisconsin's largest newspapers. After that, if Breann continues to get good opportunities, she'll go far." Full story. back to top

State Building Commission approves new student center

The State Building Commission gave final approval April 28 to UW-Eau Claire to construct a $48.8 million student center.

The building commission's action allows the project to proceed to full design, bid and construction. Bidding is estimated to take place in October, and construction of the approximately 170,000-square-foot, three-story student center could start in November. Occupancy is expected in 2012.

The building will provide students with more and better meeting rooms, a larger ballroom, more lounge and casual space, larger dining spaces and a multipurpose auditorium, among other things. Full story. back to top

Biology faculty member receives NIH grant

Jamie Lyman Gingerich
Dr. Jamie Lyman Gingerich

Dr. Jamie Lyman Gingerich, assistant professor of biology at UW-Eau Claire, has received a $307,477 Academic Research Enhancement Award from the National Institutes of Health, to be used over a three-year period. The grant program is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The overall goal of Lyman Gingerich's research is to provide insight into the links between cilia signaling and human health, including heart development, fat storage and obesity, and polycystic kidney disease. Her lab uses the nematode C. elegans as a model for studying the links between cilia and perception of the environment.

"Improper cilia signaling can contribute to diverse symptoms in humans including obesity and congenital heart defects," said Lyman Gingerich. "Therefore, understanding the mechanisms involved in cilia function can better equip us to search for ways to improve human health." Full story. back to top

Student receives Fulbright teaching assistantship

Chris Dierich
Chris Dierich

A UW-Eau Claire student has received an English language teaching assistantship under the U.S. Student Fulbright program.

Senior Chris Dierich, Menomonie, is pursuing a double major in philosophy and German and a minor in history. He will spend nine months in the North Rhine-Westphalia area of Germany working with students beginning in September under the German Fulbright Commission and the German Teaching Exchange Service.

Dierich said he started out with a minor in German, but after a 2008 trip to Lutherstadt Wittenberg in eastern Germany through the UW-Eau Claire study abroad program, he changed it to a major. Full story. back to top

Endangered butterfly to be focus of May 'Let's Do Lunch!'

Let's Do LunchDr. Paula Kleintjes Neff, professor of biology at UW-Eau Claire, will discuss the life cycle and necessary habitat of the endangered Karner blue butterfly and report on the success of the Wisconsin Karner Blue Butterfly Habitat Conservation Plan during a May 26 "Let's Do Lunch!" presentation sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association.

Kleintjes Neff will present "Blue Butterfly or Butterfly Blues? Habitat Conservation Matters" from noon-1 p.m. at Sweetwaters Restaurant in Eau Claire. She will discuss the wild lupine, the sole larval host plant of the Karner blue butterfly, as well as the ecology and status of the endangered butterfly. Full story. back to top

Business etiquette dinner aimed at young professional alumni

Etiquette DinnerUW-Eau Claire alumni can learn business manners during a professional business etiquette dinner May 26 in The Dulany of Davies Center.

The event, sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association, will begin at 5 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres. The dinner and program will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Sheryl Poirier, coordinator of the Student Professional Development program for the College of Business, will present the etiquette program. Full story. back to top

Continuing Education to offer fall personal enrichment courses

Registration is now open for UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education/UW-Extension non-credit personal enrichment courses. Designed for adults interested in learning a new skill, exploring a topic in depth or developing creative abilities, the programs are taught by UW-Eau Claire faculty and community experts who are committed to sharing their knowledge and expertise. The courses fill quickly, so early registration is recommended.

Courses scheduled are "Middle Eastern Culture and Cuisine," "Writing the Memoir," "Scandal and American Politics," "Emancipating Eve: Judeo-Christian Women's History," "Archaeology in Wisconsin" and "Retirement Planning Today.” Full story. back to top

Watch for the spring issue of The View online!

The ViewUW-Eau Claire alumni and friends should have received the spring 2010 issue of The View in their home mailboxes a few weeks ago. The feature stories from the spring issue are now posted on The View online website as well.

The issue includes stories about rock climber Sarah Watson '04, the university's innovative fitness program for cancer survivors, "super-secret compiler engineer" Josh Conner '94 and Darden Restaurants senior VP Barry Moullet '83. 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:

Steve Thaler Steve Thaler '79, who received a master of business administration degree from UW-Eau Claire, has preserved forestlands in 10 western Wisconsin counties with perpetual conservation easements. (Photo by Dan Reiland of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Debra Sirek '89, who received a master of science in teaching degree from UW-Eau Claire, has been certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, along with her son Nicholas, who is taking a class at UW-Eau Claire. Full story.
Barry Kamrath

Barry Kamrath '90, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate who also received a master of music degree from UW-Eau Claire in 1993, was one of four people named by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction as 2010 Wisconsin Principal of the Year. Full story.

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal

Jay Hausser '96, a UW-Eau Claire elementary/middle education graduate, has been named 2010 Wisconsin Associate Principal of the Year by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Full story. back to top

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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 duffel bag. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the June issue of e-View.

May Blugold Trivia question:

Musician Justin Vernon received the Alumni Association's Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award during a luncheon and ceremony May 22. What is the name of the band Vernon formed while he was a student at Eau Claire's Memorial High School?

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!

April's winner:
Congratulations to Todd Ostrem, a 1986 UW-Eau Claire mathematics and computer science graduate! Todd has won the April Blugold Trivia prize in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that UW-Eau Claire's Davies Center opened in 1959. back to top

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