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Homecoming 2011 is just around the corner!

U.S. News again ranks UW-Eau Claire among the top

UW-Eau Claire in the midst of construction projects

Watch your mailbox for the fall issue of The View

Grafton High School faculty celebrate their alma mater with scholarship

AmeriCorps funding helps Blugold Beginnings expand

Jamie Tworkowski to give Forum lecture Oct. 19

UW-Eau Claire named G.I. Jobs Military Friendly School

McIntyre Library commits to making research more accessible

Planetarium opens for fall semester

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

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September 2011

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Homecoming 2011 is just around the corner!

Homecoming fansThe UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association invites all Blugolds to Homecoming 2011, to be held Oct. 7-8. From the parade on First Avenue to the Blugold Fever Fest, football game and Fifth Quarter tailgate party in Carson Park, you won't want to miss a thing!

Other events include the Golden Blugolds Celebration, Nursing Alumni Homecoming Walk and annual soccer alumni game. See complete listings of Homecoming activities on the University Activities Commission and Alumni Association websites.

Plan now to join your friends for Homecoming 2011! Full story. back to top

U.S. News again ranks UW-Eau Claire among the top

Schofield HallU.S. News & World Report magazine has again named UW-Eau Claire among the best public regional universities in the Midwest.

The 2012 edition of "America's Best Colleges" ranks UW-Eau Claire No. 5 among the top regional public universities in the Midwest and 32nd among all private and public institutions in the Midwest. Every year since 1995, U.S. News has consistently ranked UW-Eau Claire among the top five public institutions in the Midwest and in the top third of public and private Midwestern regional universities.

Among the U.S. News-ranked regional universities, UW-Eau Claire also is recognized as one of 37 Midwestern "A-Plus Schools for B Students."

U.S. News & World Report ranks UW-Eau Claire in the "Regional Universities" category. The category's Midwest region includes schools in 12 states stretching from the Dakotas in the west to Missouri in the south and Ohio in the east. Public and private universities included in this category provide undergraduate- and master's-level programs, and typically draw students from surrounding states. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire in the midst of construction projects

Education BuildingSeveral construction projects at UW-Eau Claire are currently under way or in the planning stages. Work on the new Education Building (image at right) is scheduled to begin in spring 2012 and be completed in fall 2013.

Learn more about UW-Eau Claire's current and upcoming projects and view a time-lapse video of the new Davies Student Center under construction. back to top

Watch your mailbox for the fall issue of The View

Fall 2011 ViewUW-Eau Claire alumni and friends will soon receive the fall 2011 issue of The View in their home mailboxes. The feature stories from the fall issue will soon be posted on The View online website as well.

The issue includes stories about former Blugold runner Laureen McGurk Seeger '83 (see a special video preview in which Seeger talks about her commitment to the Blugold women's cross country program); state fair executives Rick Frenette '74 and Jim Sinclair '73; the international immersion program TIES Argentina; and UW-Eau Claire's flurry of construction projects. back to top

Grafton High School faculty celebrate their alma mater with scholarship

Grafton High School teachers
Grafton High School teachers pose with scholarship recipient. From left are James Johnson, Clare Weidner, Christopher Koehler (2011 recipient), Fran Grant, Shannon Measner and Chris Hanley.

The Grafton High School Faculty Alumni scholarship was awarded this year to Christopher Koehler, a freshman elementary education major at UW-Eau Claire. The scholarship was conceived in 2009 and is funded by teachers and counselors at Grafton High School. It is the only scholarship at UW-Eau Claire sponsored by teachers in the high school where it is awarded.

"Many of us would talk about old times in Eau Claire and all the fun we had," teacher Paul Waitrovich '86 said. "But more than that, we talked about how much of a positive influence UW-Eau Claire had in our lives. I came up with the idea that we would sponsor a scholarship so a Grafton high school graduate would be able to experience the very positive influence of UW-Eau Claire."

According to Waitrovich, other Grafton natives with ties to UW-Eau Claire alumni were invited to contribute, and many gave multiyear pledges. The goal is for the fund to become endowed as a perennial award for Grafton students.

"Winning a scholarship funded by my own teachers was very special and something that a lot of students don't get the chance to experience," Koehler said. "All of the teachers and counselors from our high school who are UW-Eau Claire graduates were great resources about the university. I have absolutely fallen in love with the campus and the students here."

The fund still is accepting contributions, so others with any type of connection to Grafton High School may add to the scholarship through a gift to UW-Eau Claire. For more information, contact the UW-Eau Claire Foundation at 715-836-5630 or foundation@uwec.edu. back to top

AmeriCorps funding helps Blugold Beginnings expand

Blugold Beginnings logoUW-Eau Claire has received a $266,000 AmeriCorps grant to expand Blugold Beginnings, a program designed to give more area youth access to higher education through precollege outreach.

Last year AmeriCorps funding helped UW-Eau Claire develop a Blugold Beginnings College and Career Readiness program targeted at youth from low-income families, first-generation higher education youth, and youth from minority racial and ethnic families.

The most recent grant will allow that programming to continue in the Eau Claire and Arcadia school districts, and expand it to serve the Altoona and Chippewa Falls school districts. Full story. back to top

Jamie Tworkowski to give Forum lecture Oct. 19

Jamie Tworkowski
Jamie Tworkowski

The founder of To Write Love on Her Arms — a global movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for those who suffer from depression, addiction, self-injury and suicidal tendencies — will speak Oct. 19 at UW-Eau Claire.

Jamie Tworkowski will be presented by The Forum at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. Sharing the stage with musician Noah Gundersen, he will lead a conversation about issues that millions live with but few talk about.

"To Write Love on Her Arms" is the title of a story Tworkowski wrote in 2006. It was the true story of five days he spent with a friend, Renee, who was denied entry into a drug treatment center in Orlando, Fla. As a way to pay for her treatment, Tworkowski posted a blog on Myspace and began selling T-shirts. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire named G.I. Jobs Military Friendly School

G.I. Jobs logoFor the third straight year, UW-Eau Claire has been named a Military Friendly School by GI Jobs magazine.

G.I. Jobs' 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s service members and veterans as students, according to a G.I. Jobs news release. Full story. back to top

McIntyre Library commits to making research more accessible

McIntyre LibraryLibrarians at UW-Eau Claire's McIntyre Library have committed to providing greater and more immediate access to scholarly research. By signing an Open Access Declaration, the library joins other academic libraries around the world in making more resources available to students and researchers.

According to John Pollitz, McIntyre Library director, open access removes barriers to information.

"Libraries across the country have seen their budgets squeezed by unsustainable inflation of journal prices. Resulting journal cancellations have hampered our ability to provide access to information that is the lifeblood of higher education," Pollitz said. "As librarians, we support the open access movement as a way to reverse this trend and expand access to scholarship." Full story. back to top

Planetarium opens for fall semester

Stars in the sky
(Image courtesy of Flickr user Namibnat.)

UW-Eau Claire's planetarium is now open for the 2011-12 academic year.

Public shows at the L.E. Phillips Planetarium are offered at 7 p.m. Tuesdays for adults and children 12 and older. Shows for children ages 4-12 are presented at 11 a.m. Saturdays. Group shows and school field trips can be arranged for groups of 50 or fewer people.

Each show includes a presentation on a specific topic, which changes monthly. The programs, which run for one hour, generally include a 20-minute multimedia presentation. 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:

Warren Kraft

Warren Kraft '74, a UW-Eau Claire political science graduate, has received the inaugural Brad D. Bailey Assistant City/Council Attorney Award from the International Municipal Lawyers Association. Full story.

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal

Lucas Knowles '10, a UW-Eau Claire history graduate, conducted an award-winning oral history thesis project about Beloit migrants. Full story.

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Sara Finger '99, a UW-Eau Claire political science graduate, has been named one of the top 25 emerging leaders competing for the CLASSY Young Nonprofit Leader of the Year Award. Full story.
Rose Vincent Rose Vincent '04, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, is co-owner of Offbeats Violin and Guitar Studio in Eau Claire. (Photo by Shane Opatz of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.
Justin Vernon

Justin Vernon '04, a UW-Eau Claire comparative studies in religion graduate, recently performed with his band Bon Iver at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. Read related stories in the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram and the Minneapolis StarTribune.

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Corey Sauerwein '05, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, has been named general manager of Devron Security's Minneapolis branch. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Katlyn Head '11, a UW-Eau Claire mass communication graduate, has embarked on an around-the-world adventure in Christian mission work. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Josh Fizel '07, a UW-Eau Claire kinesiology graduate, was named Green Bay Packers High School Coach of the Week in early September. Full story.
Nathan J. Anderson Nathan J. Anderson '94, a UW-Eau Claire biochemistry/
molecular biology graduate, has authored "Jak and the Scarlet Thread," the first in a young adult book series that will take readers through the Bible. (Photo by Shane Opatz of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.
Michael Perry Michael Perry '87, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, has released a new CD titled "The Clodhopper Monologues." Full story. back to top

Blugold Trivia headline
Show how much you know about UW-Eau Claire — AND win great Blugold prizes! Email 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 insulated mug. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the October issue of e-View.

September Blugold Trivia question:

Who will serve as emcee for Homecoming 2011's "Varsity Night Live!" talent show?

Know the answer? Email it, along with your name and class year, to trivia@uwec.edu. You'll be notified by email if you are this month's winner!

August's winner:
Congratulations to Leslie Kay Ballantine, a 2011 UW-Eau Claire mass communication graduate and winner of the August Blugold Trivia prize! Her name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that sports journalist Dave Zirin will be the Forum speaker at UW-Eau Claire in March 2012. back to top

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