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James Schmidt confirmed as UW-Eau Claire chancellor

Watch for an alumni gathering near you

State Building Commission approves two campus projects

Columnist Ruth Marcus to speak at Devroy Forum

Noltner photo exhibit runs through May 12

Social work students participate in national genocide awareness project

Christina Hupy named Sustainability Fellow

Scott Lester receives civic engagement award

Faculty members publish new books

Student AMA chapter receives national recognition

Foyt named College of Business Emerging Leader

The Forum presents urban agriculture expert

Earth Week activities planned

UW-Eau Claire Pow-Pow set for April 20

UW-Eau Claire to observe Human Rights Week

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Claudia Emerson to give reading

Music, theater events scheduled for April

Phillip Phillips show at UW-Eau Claire sold out

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April 2013

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James Schmidt confirmed as UW-Eau Claire chancellor

James Schmidt
Dr. James C. Schmidt

Dr. James C. Schmidt has been confirmed by the UW System Board of Regents as the next chancellor of UW-Eau Claire.

Schmidt was recommended for the position March 18 by UW System President Kevin P. Reilly and a special regents committee. Schmidt will begin his new leadership role in July.

Schmidt currently serves as vice president for university advancement at Winona State University and as executive director of the WSU Foundation board of trustees. He joined WSU in 1998, overseeing development, government relations, marketing and other functions. Working with the WSU Foundation's president and other community leaders, Schmidt led efforts to secure significant new investments from the state and federal governments, as well as private benefactors, and assets grew significantly.

For more information about UW-Eau Claire’s next chancellor, see March 30 and April 5 Eau Claire Leader-Telegram stories. back to top

Watch for an alumni gathering near you

Garry Running

Let's Do Lunch noon-hour lecture series

 


The Wednesday, April 24, session of the Let's Do Lunch lecture series will feature Dr. Garry Running, professor of geography and anthropology, speaking on "What the Soil Told Us About Best Land Use at UW-Eau Claire's Newly Purchased Priory Land." Noon-1 p.m., Fanny Hill Restaurant, Eau Claire. More information.

 

 

 

 

 

Events across the country planned
The Alumni Association is busy planning events for Blugold grads in all areas of the country. A few of them in the works: April 25, Denver; May 9, New York City; May 30, Twins vs. Brewers, Target Field. The alumni events calendar is updated regularly.

For more information or to register for any of these events, call 715-836-3266 or email alumni@uwec.edu. back to top

State Building Commission approves two campus projects

Footbridge

The State Building Commission has approved two UW-Eau Claire projects for inclusion in the 2013-15 state capital budget: a new upper-campus residence hall and Garfield Avenue corridor improvements.
The projects were recommended in Gov. Scott Walker's capital budget, which will be considered by the full state legislature this spring.

New residence hall
The new residence hall project will construct an approximately 350-bed, semi-suite style residence hall, the first of its kind at UW-Eau Claire, on upper campus. The building will provide a significant number of single rooms with shared bathrooms and include recreational, study and community amenities typical to student residence halls.

A market study of campus housing was conducted for the creation of UW-Eau Claire's 20-year Campus Facilities Master Plan. The study found that existing halls are over capacity and that additional beds are necessary to relieve crowded conditions. Additionally, for more than a decade, the university has housed students in local hotels — including approximately 150 in fall 2012."

Garfield Avenue corridor improvements
The Garfield Avenue improvement project will reconstruct Garfield Avenue from the terminus of the city of Eau Claire right-of-way near the Ecumenical Religious Center west of Hibbard Humanities Hall to the base of the hill leading to upper campus, including the current Putnam parking lot.

Work will include improvement or replacement of water lines, steam and steam condensate lines, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, roadway surface, curb and gutter, sidewalks and lighting. The roadway will be realigned to allow reconfiguration of the south end of the Chippewa River footbridge for better pedestrian and bicyclist safety and handicap accessibility. Full story. back to top

Columnist Ruth Marcus to speak at Devroy Forum

Ruth Marcus
Ruth Marcus

Ruth Marcus, a columnist, reporter, editor and editorial writer at The Washington Post, will be the featured speaker at the 2013 Ann Devroy Memorial Forum, which will begin at 7 p.m. April 25 in Schofield Auditorium at UW-Eau Claire.

Marcus joined The Washington Post as a staff writer in 1984, covering many topics including the Justice Department, the Supreme Court, the White House, Congress and national politics. She became a member of The Washington Post editorial board in 2003 after serving as a deputy national editor, and her occasional op-ed columns developed into a weekly column in 2005. Marcus was a nominated finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2007 after only a year as a full-time columnist.

The Ann Devroy Memorial Forum is presented in memory of 1970 UW-Eau Claire alumna Ann Devroy, whose ambition and talent led her through an extraordinary career in journalism before her death in 1997 at age 49. Full story. back to top

Noltner photo exhibit runs through May 12

John Noltner
Alumnus John Noltner visited campus April 9-10 to attend the opening of his exhibit, "A Peace of My Mind," give public lectures and make class visits.

UW-Eau Claire is hosting the exhibit "A Peace of My Mind," created by John Noltner, a 1990 UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, through May 12 in Davies Center, Haas Fine Arts Center, Hibbard Hall and McIntyre Library.

"'A Peace of My Mind' feels like the highest use of my training and experience as a photographer to date," said Noltner, an award-winning photographer and author. "It makes perfect sense to bring the project back to UW-Eau Claire where my photographic and journalistic interests were nurtured and developed."

In 2009 Noltner began working on "A Peace of My Mind," a documentary project exploring the meaning of peace by asking ordinary people the question, "What does peace mean to you?" The exhibit contains portraits and personal stories of 52 diverse subjects.

Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, is scheduled to present a Forum Special presentation as the culmination of the "A Peace of My Mind" exhibit at 7:30 p.m. May 7 in Schofield Auditorium. Full story. back to top

Social work students participate in national genocide awareness project

One Million Bones project
Social work students are creating clay bones as part of the "One Million Bones" project.

Several social work majors at UW-Eau Claire are participating in a national project designed to raise awareness about mass violence, human rights violations and genocide around the world.

The students are creating clay bones as part of "One Million Bones," a large-scale social arts project devoted to creating awareness of and raising funds for victims of genocide and other atrocities in the Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, Burma and other countries.

Dr. Don Mowry, professor and chair of the social work department, offered students an opportunity to fulfill a class assignment through participation in the project. Those volunteering for the project were senior Ali Bradway, Maple Grove, Minn.; sophomore Merissa Kane, Stanley; senior Katherine Reuter, Lone Rock; senior Whitney Ryan, Wanamingo, Minn.; and senior Ashley Schleppenbach, Stoughton. Full story. back to top

Christina Hupy named Sustainability Fellow

Christina Hupy
Dr. Christina Hupy

Dr. Christina Hupy, assistant professor of geography at UW-Eau Claire, has been appointed as the university's third Sustainability Fellow.

Hupy succeeds Dr. James Boulter, associate professor of chemistry, who had served as Campus Sustainability Fellow since 2011.

The half-time Sustainability Fellow position was created in 2008 as part of the implementation of the Centennial Plan, UW-Eau Claire's strategic plan, which calls for identifying and prioritizing campus improvements focusing on sustainability. Full story. back to top

Scott Lester receives civic engagement award

Scott Lester
Dr. Scott Lester

Dr. Scott Lester, professor of management and director of the Center for Leadership at UW-Eau Claire, has been awarded the 2013 Sister Joel Read Civic Engagement Practitioners Award from the Wisconsin Campus Compact.

The award seeks to recognize outstanding faculty or staff members who have made significant contributions to the area of civic engagement on their campuses. The award honors practitioners who have built successful campus-community partnerships to both support student learning and development and the civic mission of the institution.

Lester created and has been the instructor for a class titled "Community Leadership" since 2007. The course focuses on combining service-learning and leadership and development. Full story. back to top

Faculty members publish new books

Asha Sen
Asha Sen

Dr. Asha Sen, a professor of English at UW-Eau Claire, has recently published a new book titled "Postcolonial Yearning: Reshaping Spiritual and Secular Discourses in Contemporary Literature," through Palgrave Macmillan Publishing. Sen specializes in teaching 20th-century British and postcolonial literature at UW-Eau Claire and is teaching at Harlaxton College in the town of Grantham, England, this semester as part of a study-abroad exchange. The book is born out of her experiences during and after the loss of her partner, Dr. Eberth Alarcon, a mathematics professor at UW-Eau Claire, to leukemia in 2006.

Dr. Mickey Kolis
, associate professor of education studies at UW-Eau Claire, has recently published a new book intended to serve as a guide for teachers to reflect on how they "do learning" in the classroom. In "Rethinking Teaching: Classroom Teachers as Collaborative Leaders in Making Learning Relevant," published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Kolis provides real-life classroom examples demonstrating how the drive for learning can be directed into students' own hands while still meeting established learning benchmarks.

Two UW-Eau Claire faculty members recently released a book titled "Mathematics and Music: Composition, Perception, and Performance." The book is the result of a five-year interdisciplinary collaboration between Dr. Gary Don, associate professor of music and theatre arts, and Dr. James Walker, professor of mathematics. Throughout the book, Walker and Don show the connection between two seemingly unrelated fields: mathematics and music. back to top

Student AMA chapter receives national recognition

AMA student chapter

Representing UW-Eau Claire's AMA student chapter were, back row from left: Dallas Opelt, Mitch Lang, Patrick Connelly, Michael Boucher, Dr. Scott Swanson; and front row from left: Krista Roble, Karen Dahl, Ariel Wegner and Kaitlin Nix.

The UW-Eau Claire student chapter of the American Marketing Association brought home the gold at the 35th Annual American Marketing Association International Collegiate Conference held in March in New Orleans, La.

The UW-Eau Claire student chapter was presented with the AMA Gold Chapter Award, which recognizes excellence in professional development, community service, fundraising, communications, chapter operations and membership activities. Only three chapters out of all 327 AMA student chapters in North America are awarded this recognition annually. It is the first time the UW-Eau Claire chapter has received this honor.

"This is the strongest finish ever by a UW-Eau Claire AMA collegiate chapter,” said Dr. Scott Swanson, faculty adviser for the UW-Eau Claire organization. Full story. back to top

Foyt named College of Business Emerging Leader

Nicole Foyt
Nicole Foyt

Nicole Foyt, a UW-Eau Claire professional sales marketing student from Eden Prairie, Minn., has been named the 2013 College of Business Emerging Leader by the business college faculty and staff. Foyt will graduate in May 2014.

The Emerging Leader award is presented to a current business student who is not graduating in 2013 and who has shown early leadership and potential for success. Students were nominated for this award by College of Business faculty and staff.

Foyt will be recognized at the 2013 University Student Excellence Awards reception on May 8. Full story. back to top

The Forum presents urban agriculture expert

The UW-Eau Claire Forum lecture series will present Will Allen, a leading authority in the expanding field of urban agriculture, at 7:30 p.m. April 17 in Schofield Auditorium.

The founder of the nonprofit Growing Power will give a talk titled "The Good Food Revolution."

Growing Power, Milwaukee’s only urban farm, is an international model for intensive urban agriculture and community food systems. Allen’s work is guided by the recognition that the unhealthy diets of low-income urban populations, and such related health problems as obesity and diabetes, can be attributed to limited access to safe and affordable fresh fruits and vegetables. Full story. back to top

Earth Week activities planned

In celebration of Earth Week, several UW-Eau Claire organizations will host events from April 17-26. Event sponsors are the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate, Student Office of Sustainability, Housing and Residence Life, and Residence Hall Association. Additional partners are UW-Eau Claire Greek Life, University Activities Commission and PR Commission of the Student Senate, city of Eau Claire, Environmental Adventure Center and Flipside. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire Pow-Wow set for April 20

Pow-Wow graphic

The UW-Eau Claire Pow-Wow will be held April 20 in Zorn Arena.

Doors to the event will open to the public at noon. Grand entries will be at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. The feast will begin at 5 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

The admission fee, which includes the feast, is $4 for adults, $3 for those with a Blugold ID and free for children under 5 and seniors over 55. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire to observe Human Rights Week

UW-Eau Claire, in partnership with the Human Trafficking Abolitionists student organization, will present Human Rights Week 2013 from April 22-25. The theme of the event is "Every Person Matters."

"Human rights are fundamental truths and rights almost everyone in the world can agree upon," said Kristine Rivall, co-chair of the Human Trafficking Abolitionists. "We in HTA believe that human rights are the pathway to peace and something to be deeply celebrated. That is why our annual event is Human Rights Week, where you can come learn about some of the biggest issues going on in the world today and help us promote the idea of human rights." Full story. back to top

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Claudia Emerson to give reading

Claudia Emerson
Claudia Emerson

The Blugold Visiting Writer Series will present a reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Claudia Emerson at 6 p.m. April 24 in the Ojibwe Grand Ballroom of Davies Center at UW-Eau Claire.

Emerson is the author of five collections of poetry — "Pharaoh, Pharaoh" (1997), "Pinion" (2002), "Figure Studies" (2008), "Secure the Shadow" (2012) and "Late Wife" (2005), for which she was awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize. The recipient of a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, she was named poet laureate of Virginia in 2008. Emerson's reading is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase. Full story.

Chippewa Valley Reads! hosts poet
Renowned poet Marilyn Nelson will present public reading as a part of the annual Chippewa Valley Reads! event at 7 p.m. April 23 in the Woodland Theater of Davies Center. The topic of the reading will be African-American history in verse. A book signing and reception will follow.

Nelson is the author or translator of 15 books and five chapbooks. Her work — spanning a readership that includes adults, young adults and children — focuses on race, civil liberties and African American history. Full story.

International poetry reading scheduled
UW-Eau Claire's seventh annual International Poetry Reading will showcase the beauty of languages from around the world from 7:30-9:30 p.m. April 24 in the Ojibwe Grand Ballroom of Davies Center.

More than 50 readers, singers and interpreters will recite poems in 40 ancient and modern languages and dialects, including, new to the program this year, Akkadian, Amharic, Tunisian Arabic, Armenian, Green Hmong, Ladino, Sanskrit and Slovene. Full story. back to top

Music, theater events scheduled for April

Midsummer Night's Dream poster

The UW-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department will present William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at 7:30 p.m. April 18-20 and April 24-27, and at 1:30 p.m. April 28 in Riverside Theatre of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The production is directed by F. Reed Brown, assistant professor of the theatre arts.

The UW-Eau Claire Concert Choir will perform its spring concert at 2 p.m. April 21 in the Ojibwe Ballroom of Davies Center. The choir, directed by Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music, will perform a wide range of music, including several pieces from the group's concert at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in February.

The University Symphony Orchestra will present its spring concert at 5 p.m. April 21 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Nobuyoshi Yasuda, associate professor of music, will open with "Petrouchka" by Igor Stravinsky.

View the music and theatre arts calendar for information about these and other upcoming events. back to top

Phillip Phillips show at UW-Eau Claire sold out

Phillip Phillips

Singer-guitarist Phillip Phillips — winner of the 11th season of the Fox television series "American Idol" — will appear in concert May 6 at UW-Eau Claire. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for the show, which will begin at 7 p.m. in the Ojibwe Ballroom of Davies Center. New Zealand singer-songwriter Gin Wigmore will be special guest. The show is sold out; only 1,100 tickets were available.

The same day in May 2012 that Phillip Phillips claimed his "American Idol" victory, the 22-year-old from Georgia released "Home," a debut single that showcases his rich vocals and guitar skills. It marked the biggest opening sales week for an "Idol" winner's coronation song. The track went triple platinum, was used as the soundtrack for the 2012 U.S. Olympics Women's Gymnastics Team and became the unofficial theme for Hurricane Sandy relief. Full story. back to top

Mark your calendars!

Softball championship

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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:

Kathryn Splan Kathryn Splan '99, a UW-Eau Claire chemistry graduate, has been granted tenure as a faculty member at Macalester College. Full story.
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Jeff Tarras '81, a UW-Eau Claire religious studies graduate, is north-central Wisconsin's area Fellowship of Christian Athletes representative. Full story.

Cathy Rodda

Cathy Rodda '96, a UW-Eau Claire geography graduate, is a master recycler who works for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Full story.

Seal Rick Schmidt '91, a UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate, has been named the Winona Daily News Girls Basketball Coach of the Year. Full story.
Rhonda Lanford Rhonda Lanford '88, a UW-Eau Claire political science and French graduate, has been elected Dane County's newest judge. Full story. back to top

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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 Blugold T-shirt. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the May 2013 issue of e-View.

April Blugold Trivia question:

The UW-Eau Claire Pow-Wow will be held April 20 in Zorn Arena. Who will serve as master of ceremonies for the event?

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!

March's winner:
Congratulations to Jane Bauer, a 1993 UW-Eau Claire psychology and German graduate and winner of the March Blugold Trivia prize! Jane's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that UW-Eau Claire's Viennese Ball is modeled after the historic Kaiser Ball held in Vienna, Austria. back to top

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