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Countdown to Homecoming 2012!

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

GI Jobs again names UW-Eau Claire a Military Friendly School

System president charges UW-Eau Claire chancellor search committee

News you can use in 60 seconds or less

Little Niagara Creek restoration project topic of year's first 'Let's Do Lunch!' presentation

Biology professor named research faculty fellow

ACLU senior policy analyst to speak Sept. 20

Hispanic Heritage Month, Latin American Studies Week events planned at UW-Eau Claire

The Forum opens Oct. 9 with lecture by Tim Wise

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

Alumni Links

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Alumni events

Blugold Babies

Blugold Bliss

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'The View' online

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September 2012

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Countdown to Homecoming 2012!

Homecoming fans

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association invites all Blugolds to Homecoming 2012, scheduled for Sept. 27-29. Join friends and classmates for the university's biggest celebration of the year. Enjoy the traditional parade, football game, tailgate party and more. The Golden Blugolds celebration will be held in the brand-new W.R. Davies Student Center. Nursing and soccer reunions also are planned.

Recently added to the schedule: Priory Rededication Ceremony and Children's Nature Academy Open House, Thursday, Sept. 27, 3 p.m., The Priory, Eau Claire.

See complete listings of Homecoming activities on the University Activities Commission and Alumni Association websites. Plan now to join your friends for Homecoming 2012!

Other upcoming alumni events:

Rochester, Minn., Alumni Gathering: Thursday, Sept. 20, Whistle Binkies on the Lake, 247 Woodlake Drive S.E., Rochester, 5:30-7:30 p.m. RSVP deadline extended to Sept. 17. View invitation.

College of Business Bash: Thursday, Oct. 11, The Alley Sports Tavern, 100 N. Sixth St., Minneapolis, 5:30-8 p.m. RSVP to the Alumni Association.

Arlington, Texas, Alumni Gathering: Thursday, Oct. 25, Olenjack's Grille, 770 Road to Six Flags E., Arlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. View invitation.

WMEA 2012 State Music Conference Reception: Thursday, Oct. 25, Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, 1 John Nolen Drive, Madison, 5-6:30 p.m. RSVP to the Alumni Association by Oct. 18.

Portland, Ore., Alumni Gathering: Thursday, Oct. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nike World Campus, 3 p.m.; Hall Street Grill, 5:30 p.m. Beaverton, Ore. View invitation.

More information about these events and others can be found in the Alumni Association's calendar of events. back to top

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

Students in front of Schofield Hall

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

The 2013 edition of "America's Best Colleges" ranks UW-Eau Claire No. 5 among the top regional public universities in the Midwest and 31st 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.

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

GI Jobs again names UW-Eau Claire a Military Friendly School
Military Friendly Schools logoFor the fourth straight year, UW=Eau Claire has been named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine.

G.I. Jobs' 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools honors the top 15 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

The criteria for selection as a G.I. Jobs MilitaryFriendly School became even more stringent this year, said Beth Hellwig, UW-Eau Claire vice chancellor for student affairs.

"To again be included in this group is a credit to our faculty, staff and student veteran leaders working together to ensure that we are doing all we can as a university to help our student veterans succeed," Hellwig said. Full story. back to top

System president charges chancellor search committee
UW System President Kevin Reilly has appointed a search and screen committee to assist in identifying a new UW-Eau Claire chancellor. Reilly, along with UW System Special Regent Committee Chair Edmund Manydeeds, visited the UW-Eau Claire campus Sept. 14 to charge the committee.

The committee must recommend at least five finalists for the chancellor position to Reilly and the Special Regent Committee by spring 2013, which in turn will recommend one of the finalists to the UW System Board of Regents for appointment. Full story, including search committee members' names. back to top

News you can use in 60 seconds or less

Blugold Minute

Stay up to date on campus happenings by tuning in to the Blugold Minute every Monday morning.

The weekly newscast is delivered by two UW-Eau Claire students and includes information about upcoming events, campus programs, building projects, student and faculty accomplishments, and much more.

Keep informed by making the Blugold Minute a part of your regular routine. back to top

Little Niagara Creek restoration project to be topic of year's first 'Let's Do Lunch!' presentation

Lynn Peterson
Lynn Peterson of UW-Eau Claire's facilities management will speak about the restoration of Little Niagara Creek during a "Let's Do Lunch!" presentation Sept. 26. (Photo by Dan Reiland of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram)

Join the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association for this month's "Let's Do Lunch!" noon-hour speaker series Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Fanny Hill Restaurant in Eau Claire. Enjoy a luncheon buffet, informative presentation and engaging discussion with a UW-Eau Claire expert.

Lynn Peterson, assistant director of operations for UW-Eau Claire’s facilities management, will speak about the recent restoration of the section of Little Niagara Creek that runs through the university campus.

Reservations are requested for "Let's Do Lunch!" sessions, which are open to the public. The ticket price of $10 per session includes the presentation, Fanny Hill buffet, beverage, tax and tip. To make reservations, call 715-836-3266 or email alumni@uwec.edu. back to top

Biology professor named research faculty fellow

David Lonzarich
Dr. David Lonzarich

Dr. David Lonzarich, professor of biology at UW-Eau Claire, has been selected as the faculty fellow in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for the 2012-13 academic year.

In his role as ORSP's faculty fellow, Lonzarich will participate in UW Systemwide efforts to institutionalize undergraduate research. Those efforts will be aided by a conference development grant recently awarded by UW System to Dr. Karen Havholm, assistant vice chancellor for research and director of the Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration.

"With this grant support, statewide conferences will be held in spring 2013 and during the 2013-14 academic year to identify ways for campuses to work together on undergraduate research initiatives," Havholm said. Full story. back to top

ACLU senior policy analyst to speak Sept. 20

Christopher Soghoian
Dr. Christopher Soghoian

Dr. Christopher Soghoian, senior policy analyst and principal technologist of the Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at the American Civil Liberties Union, will speak at UW-Eau Claire Sept. 20.

The presentation, "Can You Hear Me Now? Law Enforcement Surveillance of the Internet and Mobile Communications," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the role third party providers play in facilitating law enforcement surveillance of their customers.

Soghoian, who holds a doctorate from Indiana University, is an expert on information security. He is a TEDGlobal 2012 fellow, was an Open Society Foundations fellow between 2011 and 2012, and was a student fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University between 2008 and 2009. Full story. back to top

Hispanic Heritage Month, Latin American Studies Week events planned at UW-Eau Claire

Latin American Studies logo

UW-Eau Claire will host a series of events this fall to celebrate Hispan ic Heritage Month and Latin American Studies Week.

A Sept. 18 reception will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month activities. UW-Eau Claire's Office of Multicultural Affairs will sponsor the reception, which will run from 4-6 p.m. in the Dakota Ballroom of Davies Center.

Hispanic Heritage Month and Latin American Studies Week events are sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Latin American Studies program, Blugold Commitment, UW-Eau Claire Foundation and Center for International Education.
Full story. back to top

The Forum opens Oct. 9 with lecture by Tim Wise

Tim Wise
Tim Wise

The 71st season of The Forum lecture series at UW-Eau Claire opens Oct. 9 with anti-racist writer and educator Tim Wise.

Wise's speech, titled "They Want their Country Back: Racial Nostalgia and White Anxiety in an Era of Change," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.

This year's Artists Series begins with a performance by the Twin Cities-based Terra Madre at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Fine Arts Center. The ensemble presents a synthesis of jazz, classical and indigenous folk music.

More information is available from the Activities, Involvement and Leadership website. 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:

Michael Perry

Michael Perry '87, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, had his most recent book, "Visiting Tom: A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace," land at No. 21 on The New York Times best-seller list. Full story.


Chris Porterfield '06, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, is frontman for the band Field Report, which was recently named to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's list of 10 Wisconsin Bands to Watch. Full story.

Jane Hilgart-Nessel

Jane Hilgart-Nessel '94, a UW-Eau Claire psychology graduate, is a counselor for The Healing Place at Eau Claire's Sacred Heart Hospital, which is offering a new program called Responders for Kids. Full story.


John Horn '98, a UW-Eau Claire physical education graduate, has been named interim director of the division of recreational sports at UW-Madison. Full story.

Betty Reinke Betty Reinke '72, a UW-Eau Claire sociology graduate, will retire from her position as executive vice president of the L.E. Phillips Career Development Center in Eau Claire Sept. 30. (Photo by Andi Stempniak of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.
Brandon Byrd Brandon Byrd '01, a UW-Eau Claire kinesiology graduate, has started his own business, Goodies Frozen Custard, in the Washington, D.C., area. 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 T-shirt. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the October 2012 issue of e-View.

September Blugold Trivia question:

UW-Eau Claire came in fifth among the top regional public universities in the Midwest and 31st among all private and public institutions in the Midwest in U.S. News & World Report's recent "America's Best Colleges" rankings. The four geographic areas represented in the regional rankings are comprised of how many schools?

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 Al Arndt, a 1980 UW-Eau Claire business education graduate (also MST '89) and winner of the August Blugold Trivia prize! Arndt's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that the name of the student talent show held each year on Homecoming Friday is Varsity Night Live! back to top

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