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Music alumnus establishes scholarship in father's name

Student center groundbreaking ceremony set for March 28

Please take our survey: Input to help guide website makeovers

'Freedom Writer' to present this year's Mogensen lecture

Scholarship encourages chemistry research opportunities

Parents establish scholarship in memory of social work grad

UW-Eau Claire grad named News Bureau director

Foundation board accelerates funding for global learning

Brick by Brick campaign supports new Children's Center

Student newspaper revamps website

'Let's Do Lunch!' program to address collective bargaining

Artists Series concludes with TU Dance

Music grad to perform with Iowa Brass Quintet

Volunteers needed for Blugold Beginnings program

Eau Claire Jazz Festival set for April 7-10

'Ask a Scientist' presentation to examine astrobiology

Financial management series to be offered

Accounting students to provide free income tax assistance

Posters in the Rotunda and UW Spirit Day set for April 6 in Madison

Save the date: Student Research Day set for May 2-4

Host friends sought for international students

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March 2011

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Music alumnus establishes scholarship in father's name

Scott Pingel
Scott Pingel

University Symphony Orchestra Concert

Friday, April 29, 7:30 p.m.
Gantner Concert Hall
Haas Fine Arts Center

Featuring Scott Pingel with a rare performance by USO Conductor Nobuyoshi Yasuda on violin. Reserved seating. Tickets available April 11. Reservations recommended.

Scott Pingel, principal bassist for the San Francisco Symphony and 1996 graduate of UW-Eau Claire, will return to campus April 29 to perform with the University Symphony Orchestra and promote a new scholarship established through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation in memory of his father.

Jack Pingel, a 1962 music education graduate of UW-Eau Claire and beloved music educator, died in February 2010. He taught high school music, primarily in the Madison area, for 31 years. He also had a master's degree in music and served as the associate director of the Wisconsin School Music Association until his retirement in 1993.

The elder Pingel was recruited to teach at the new McFarland High School in 1962 and was an instrumental factor in the school’s first years of success.

"My father definitely inspired me to pursue music," Scott Pingel said. "He never demanded that it be my career path. Nevertheless, I know he was very proud of my accomplishments."

Jack Pingel
Jack Pingel

According to his son, Jack Pingel seemed to know the names and programs of every high school band director in the state of Wisconsin, and everywhere Scott Pingel went, it seemed to him that they all knew him, too. The scholarship will be available to UW-Eau Claire music students, and Pingel is inviting his fellow alumni to donate to the fund if they wish.

"I believe this is a fitting remembrance for the legacy of all the people he touched," he said. Full story. back to top

Student center groundbreaking ceremony set for March 28

Student center groundbreakingA groundbreaking ceremony and reception celebrating the beginning of construction of the new student center at UW-Eau Claire will be held at 3 p.m. March 28 in the west lobby of the university's Davies Center.

UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff are invited to the ceremony and reception. Others in attendance will include current and former student leaders, UW-Eau Claire Foundation and Alumni Association board members, local business leaders, area legislators, local government and UW System officials, and others who have been instrumental in moving the project forward. Full story. back to top

Please take our survey:
Input to help guide website makeovers

Input from alumni and friends is invited as UW-Eau Claire prepares to revamp its home page, www.uwec.edu, and Alumni Association website, www.uwec.edu/alumni. Please take a quick, anonymous survey that will help the university make these sites more useful and easy to navigate for alumni, donors and friends. Survey results will be accepted through March 30. Follow this link to take the survey. back to top

'Freedom Writer' to present this year's Mogensen lecture

Manuel Scott
Manuel Scott

A former teen who was written off by teachers and whose life was portrayed in a Hollywood movie is the featured speaker for the eighth annual Martin Mogensen Education Lecture at UW-Eau Claire.

Manuel Scott
will bring "A Message of Hope" to Eau Claire area educators at 3:30 p.m. April 1 in Hibbard Humanities Hall Room 102. He will share his extraordinary story and offer the audience real-life examples of the transformative power educators can have in their students' lives. The movie "Freedom Writers" was drawn from the experiences of Scott and other down-and-out youths whose lives were changed by a teacher who believed in them. Full story. back to top

Scholarship encourages chemistry research opportunities

Jack Pladziewicz
Dr. Jack Pladziewicz

A scholarship to encourage research opportunities for chemistry majors has recently been established through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. It is also being endowed to honor Dr. Jack Pladziewicz, UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of chemistry, who made a big impact on faculty and students alike. Pladziewicz taught chemistry at UW-Eau Claire from 1973-2002 and served as department chair for a number of years.

An initial gift of $10,000 was made by Dr. Michael Carney and his wife, Randee, of Eau Claire. Michael Carney, a UW-Eau Claire alumnus, is now a professor of chemistry and current chair of the UW-Eau Claire chemistry department. The Carneys have encouraged faculty, alumni and friends to make additional contributions that will help sustain an annual scholarship of at least $1,000 to be awarded to an outstanding student who shows exceptional promise and has excelled in a collaborative research project with a chemistry department faculty member.

"This scholarship honors the high standards Jack set as a teacher and scholar," Carney said of his mentor and friend. "Collaborative research with Jack was the defining experience of my undergraduate education. It showed me the scientific process in action. It convinced me that I could be a research chemist and, maybe more importantly, that I wanted to be a research chemist." Full story. back to top

Parents establish scholarship in memory of social work grad

Samantha DeLong
Samantha DeLong

A scholarship was recently established through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to honor the memory of Samantha DeLong, a 2010 social work graduate. Her parents, Joe and Susan DeLong of Green Bay, set up the fund to provide a $500 award to be given to an outstanding UW-Eau Claire social work major each semester for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.

Samantha DeLong died in June 2010. She was a 2006 graduate of Green Bay Southwest High School. At the time of her death, she was working for Lutheran Social Services in Eau Claire. She was known for her musical talents, her love of animals and her compassion toward others.

"We set up the Samantha DeLong Memorial Scholarship as a way of honoring our daughter and the career path she had chosen," Susan DeLong said. "By providing scholarships to UW-Eau Claire students, we are investing in the development of knowledgeable and compassionate social workers of the future." Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire grad named News Bureau director

Julie Poquette
Julie Poquette

Julie Poquette, a UW-Eau Claire graduate with more than 25 years' experience in the communications field, has been named director of the UW-Eau Claire News Bureau.

Poquette, who has worked in the News Bureau in a variety of positions since 2000, was named interim director of the unit in September 2010.

"Throughout her 10-plus years working in the News Bureau, Julie has played an increasingly important role in UW-Eau Claire's communication efforts," said Mike Rindo, executive director of University Communications. "Her writing and technical skills, knowledge of the university and commitment to helping UW-Eau Claire meet the goals of its strategic plan will serve her well as she moves into her new leadership position." Full story. back to top

Foundation board accelerates funding for global learning

Martha and Dan Wenzel
Martha and Dan Wenzel '82 recently established a scholarship for global learning opportunities.

The board members of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation have jump-started a fund to support global learning opportunities for students with its own seed money.

The board members are in the third year of a three-year challenge to raise a total of $125,000 for study abroad and domestic immersion experiences. The members collectively have given $75,000 toward that challenge. According to Casey Sylla, board chairman, in 2009 $25,000 was raised within eight months, with 75 percent participation among the 50 board members. An additional $50,000 was raised in 2010 with 95 percent of the board and 100 percent of the Foundation staff working with board participating. The board's goal for the end of 2011 is to raise an additional $50,000. In addition, all of these gifts are being matched by other UW-Eau Claire donors who take up the cause.

"The fundamental belief among board members on the importance of a geographically dispersed, multicultural learning experience at UW-Eau Claire has been so strong that not only has it encouraged the Foundation to provide financial support, but virtually all board members have made their own personal financial commitments as well," Sylla said. Full story. back to top

Brick by Brick campaign supports new Children's Center

Brick by Brick campaignThe UW-Eau Claire Foundation is raising money for a new Children's Center, to be built just east of UW-Eau Claire's Human Sciences and Services Building on Water Street. A long waiting list, space constraints and building code issues have necessitated a new home for the campus child care facility that serves students, faculty and community families.

A campaign to raise money through commemorative bricks will help support the addition of a nature center playground and furnishings for the building. The playground will complement the center's emphasis on nature-based learning, taking advantage of nearby green space to provide quality educational experiences outdoors. Full story. back to top

Student newspaper revamps website

The SpectatorThe UW-Eau Claire student newspaper, The Spectator, launched its new website this semester, offering a more intensive way for students to get their news.

Editor-in-chief Frank Pellegrino, of Shorewood, said that while the organization's former website "got the job done," there was a need for something more visually appealing.

"We wanted something more exciting that commanded people's attention," he said.

The first print issue of The Spectator came out in October 1923, and the newspaper offered an online version in 2001 with a site hosted by College Publisher. Full story. back to top

'Let's Do Lunch!' program to address collective bargaining

Let's Do Lunch!The political frenzy and fallout over the removal of collective bargaining rights in Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill will be addressed at a March 30 luncheon sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association.

"Clashing Ideals: The Struggle over Unions and Collective Bargaining in Wisconsin" will be held from noon-1 p.m. at Sweetwaters Restaurant in Eau Claire as part of the Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch!" series. Full story. back to top

Artists Series concludes with TU Dance

TU DanceA performance by TU Dance on April 4 will conclude the Artists Series season at UW-Eau Claire. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of Haas Fine Arts Center.

TU Dance is a nonprofit professional dance organization founded in 2004 by Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands. The Minnesota-based company reaches across dance styles, drawing on a broad range of dance traditions from contemporary ballet to modern and traditional forms. TU Dance's work aims to reveal the connective power of dance, celebrating a beautiful diversity on stage.

In its first few seasons, TU Dance has premiered a compelling repertory of new work by choreographer Uri Sands, named as one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" and recipient of the inaugural 2005 Princess Grace Award in choreography. The company has also premiered works by leading American choreographers such as Dwight Rhoden and Ronald K. Brown. Full story. back to top

Music grad to perform with Iowa Brass Quintet

Iowa Brass Quintet
Iowa Brass Quintet

A guest artist recital at UW-Eau Claire will feature the Iowa Brass Quintet at 7:30 p.m. March 30 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Amy Schendel, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, plays trumpet in the quintet. Other members are Ed Hong, trumpet; Jeffrey Agrell, horn; David Gier, trombone; and John Manning, tuba. The concert will include pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, Victor Ewald, Morley Calvert, William Schmidt and Joseph Horovitz.

The Iowa Brass Quintet originated as a resident faculty ensemble at the University of Iowa in the early 1960s. The group performs for schools, universities and community concert associations throughout the Midwest. Schendel joined the group after her appointment as assistant professor of trumpet at the University of Iowa. Full story. back to top

Volunteers needed for Blugold Beginnings program

Blugold BeginningsThe Blugold Beginnings program is looking for community volunteers to assist with a two-day program that will bring 1,400 fifth-graders to the UW-Eau Claire campus next month.

Students from Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, Altoona and Arcadia schools will be on campus April 20-21 as part of the Blugold Beginnings Fifth-Grade Tour Day.
Blugold Beginnings is a precollege access program that pairs UW-Eau Claire student mentors with youth in area schools. The program aims to inform and inspire underrepresented students about higher education and how it is attainable for them, said Lissa Martinez, Blugold Beginnings program coordinator.

"Fifth-Grade Tour Day allows students to visit the UW-Eau Claire campus, helping them to feel comfortable in a university setting," Martinez said. "Students have the opportunity to explore campus and experience class demonstrations created just for them. We're asking the community to help us make them feel welcome on our campus." Full story. back to top

Eau Claire Jazz Festival set for April 7-10

Jazz FestivalThe 44th annual Eau Claire Jazz Festival, scheduled for April 7-10, will feature more than 100 Midwestern bands, interactive clinics and thousands of jazz enthusiasts.

Guest artists for 2011 include jazz saxophonist Eric Marienthal, Afro-Latin drumming sensation Bobby Sanabria, The Hornheads and the Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble of The United States Air Force Band of Mid-America. The jazz festival kicks off March 29 with a two-week communitywide celebration of jazz, culminating in the four-day festival in Eau Claire and Menomonie.

The Eau Claire Jazz Festival is presented annually by Eau Claire Jazz Inc. in partnership with UW-Eau Claire. Learn more. back to top

'Ask a Scientist' presentation to examine astrobiology

UW-Eau Claire's "Ask a Scientist" series will continue this month with a presentation by Bev Pierson, an earth sciences teacher at Memorial High School in Eau Claire.

"Astrobiology — The New Science of Life in the Universe" will begin at 7 p.m. March 29 at the Acoustic Café in downtown Eau Claire.

Pierson will share her experiences from a science and curriculum institute for high school science teachers that she attended last summer. The workshop, "Astrobiology Summer Science Experience for Teachers," was sponsored by the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. The event is free and open to the public. Full story. back to top

Financial management series to be offered

Registration is now open for the Financial Management Series offered through the UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education's Center for Business Solutions. Designed for small business owners and non-financial managers, all workshops will be held on the UW-Eau Claire campus from 6-9:30 p.m. The workshops are:

  • "Financial Accounting: Underlying Concepts," March 31.
  • "Financial Accounting: Using Financial Statements," April 7.
  • "Managerial Accounting: Profit Planning and Budgeting," April 14.
  • "Managing Cash Flow," April 21.
The cost per workshop is $99 and includes free parking. A discounted rate of $380 is available for those who register for the entire series. Full story. back to top

Accounting students to provide free income tax assistance

UW-Eau Claire accounting students will provide free income tax assistance through April 13 to those who cannot afford to pay for professional help.

The assistance is provided through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, a special program of the Internal Revenue Service and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. VITA provides income tax assistance to those with adjusted incomes under $49,000.

VITA volunteers will prepare federal and state tax forms and related schedules, said Brenda Thalacker, a lecturer of accounting and finance at UW-Eau Claire. Taxpayers with more complex returns and questions will be referred to the IRS or will be advised to seek professional assistance. Eligibility will be determined on a case-by-case basis by a VITA volunteer. Full story. back to top

 

Posters in the Rotunda and UW Spirit Day set for April 6 in Madison

Madison-area alumni are invited to join other UW-Eau Claire alumni and students April 6 at the Capitol for "Posters in the Rotunda: A Celebration of Undergraduate Research." Students from UW-Eau Claire and other UW System campuses will present their student-faculty collaborative research projects. Be sure to wear your blue and gold and represent UW-Eau Claire as part of UW Spirit Day, a celebration of UW System grads and how they make a difference in communities and businesses throughout Wisconsin. Learn more. back to top

 

Save the date: Student Research Day set for May 2-4

Interested alumni may want to plan now to attend Student Research Day, scheduled for May 2-4 at UW-Eau Claire. Nearly 500 students will present the results of their research and creative projects in Zorn Arena during those three days. Learn more. back to top

Host friends sought for international students

The Center for International Education at UW-Eau Claire invites Chippewa Valley community members to become hosts for international students arriving for the 2011 fall semester.

The Host Friend Program encourages intercultural sharing and understanding. Host friends assist with international students' adjustment to American life and culture, while the students offer a unique cultural perspective of their own. Full story. back to top

Alumni success stories

In addition to the alumni below, you can read about the accomplishments of other UW-Eau Claire alumni on the Alumni Success Stories Web pages:

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Andrew Keogh '70, who received a master of arts in teaching degree in history from UW-Eau Claire, has been named interim dean at UW-Fox Valley in Menasha. Full story.
Donna Martin Donna Martin '69, a UW-Eau Claire English and history graduate who also received a master of science in teaching degree in English in 1975, recently raised $13,000 to finance a new school in poverty-stricken rural Cambodia. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Horacio Rozanski '90, a UW-Eau Claire business administration graduate, has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer for Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Mark Green '83, a UW-Eau Claire English and political science graduate, has been named senior director for public policy and field operations for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. Full story.
Eric Konkol Eric Konkol '00, a UW-Eau Claire kinesiology graduate, is an assistant basketball coach at George Mason University. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Dave LePlavy '79, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, has been promoted to senior vice president for Securian Financial Group. 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 travel mug. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the April issue of e-View.

March Blugold Trivia question:

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association's next "Let's Do Lunch!" presentation is scheduled for March 30. Who will be the featured speaker?

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:
Congratulations to Karen Wilms Lehner, a 1977 UW-Eau Claire special education graduate and winner of the February Blugold Trivia prize! Karen's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that Wil Denson, UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of theatre arts, was a member of the university faculty for 30 years. back to top

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