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More alumni events in the offing

Community for the Confluence website launched

Official name announced for new Education Building

Project closes central walkway, Schofield entrances

Calling on all alumni to share Blugold memories

B.J. Hollars pens book about historic conflict over desegregation in Alabama

Courtenay O'Neil named director of UW-Eau Claire's Children's Nature Academy

Peggy O'Halloran named director of CASE, Off-Campus Student Life

Tuba solo earns student scholarship in Glenn Miller Festival competition

Journalism grad named 2013 Lee Ester News Fellow

Biology graduate serving internship at Como Park Zoo

Geology students take capstone projects into the field

Online degree offers flexibility to adult learners

WYSP receives support from new partnerships

Blugold volleyball team takes on Eastern Europe

New alumni success stories

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July 2013

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More alumni events in the offing

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association continues to add events to its summer calendar.

Fun and adventure in Door County: Thursday-Friday, July 25-26, alumni gathering at Rowley's Bay Resort, Ellison Bay. Fish boil and prime rib buffet, breakfast and alumni presentation, variety of recreational activities, performance by the Peninsula Players. View invite.

37th Annual Blugold Booster Golf Outing: Monday, Aug. 5, Wild Ridge Golf Course, 3905 Kane Road, Eau Claire. The 18-hole scramble tees off at 12:15 p.m. Entry deadline is July 26. Contact Blugold athletics at 715-836-2546 or email Tim Petermann for more details. View brochure.

 



Lunch for Phillips-Medisize employees: Tuesday, Aug. 6, Council Oak Room of Davies Center, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. You'll tour Davies Center and the new education building, Centennial Hall, and have a chance at some great Blugold door prizes. View invite.

Van Dusen Mansion

An evening at the elegant Van Dusen Mansion: Thursday, Aug. 8, Van Dusen Mansion and Event Center, 1900 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis. Network, learn, be inspired and have fun — all in one evening, in a beautiful setting on a wonderful summer night! UW-Eau Claire alumni can expand their business and social networks, pick up some tips from a fellow Blugold and check out the amazing Van Dusen Mansion. Social from 6-7:30 p.m.; program at 7:30 p.m. View invite.

Keep checking the alumni events calendar for information about upcoming events. back to top

Community for the Confluence website launched

Community for the Confluence logo

A website providing information about and generating support for Eau Claire's Confluence Project has been created. The Community for the Confluence website includes news and event updates related to the project and gives visitors an opportunity to express their support for this important development plan.

The Confluence Project is a public-private partnership that intends to develop a community arts center and mixed-use building at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa rivers in downtown Eau Claire.

The community arts center would serve the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council and local arts organizations along with music, theater and fine arts programs at UW-Eau Claire. The mixed-use building would include retail and office space, parking and an apartment-style residence hall primarily for UW-Eau Claire sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Add your name to the growing list of project supporters by filling out the online "Support the Confluence" form. back to top

Official name announced for new Education Building

Centennial Hall
UW-Eau Claire's newest academic building, currently under construction with an expected November completion date, will be named Centennial Hall in honor of the university's upcoming 100-year anniversary.

UW-Eau Claire's newest academic building, until now referred to as the Education Building, has officially been named Centennial Hall.

Interim Chancellor Gilles Bousquet selected Centennial Hall as the official name from a list of several choices forwarded to him by a building naming committee of university faculty, staff and students. The committee's suggestions were selected based on input from a survey that all students, faculty and staff were invited to complete. Full story. back to top

Project closes central walkway, Schofield entrances

Construction fencing for the Centennial Hall (formerly referred to as the Education Building) project at the UW-Eau Claire has been extended west, making Schofield Hall's east entrances and the sidewalk east of the building inaccessible until late summer.

The fencing will be extended as work continues on the restoration of the university's Central Campus Mall area between Centennial Hall and Schofield Hall. Workers also will remove and reconstruct the stairways at the two Schofield Hall east entrances. Full story. back to top

Calling on all alumni to share Blugold memories

Schofield Hall

As UW-Eau Claire gets ready for its centennial in 2016, students enrolled in assistant professor Erin Devlin's "Introduction to Public History" class are collecting oral histories in order to document and interpret the university’s past.

The Centennial Oral History Project has already begun to gather the recollections of administrators and faculty members. This fall, students will reach out to alumni and ask them to contribute their memories to this important repository of the university’s history.

Erin Devlin
Erin Devlin

Those interested in being interviewed can fill out an online contact information form. Interviews are expected to last on average between 30 and 45 minutes. Participants will receive a copy of their interview and may wish to donate a copy of the recording to the university's Special Collections and Archives department.

For more information, contact Erin Devlin, who is supervising the Alumni Centennial Oral History Project, or Don Bredle, chair of UW-Eau Claire's Institutional Review Board. back to top

 

B.J. Hollars pens book about historic conflict over desegregation in Alabama
B.J. Hollars

B.J. Hollars, who teaches creative writing at UW-Eau Claire, recently completed a book about the civil rights movement inspired by the four years he spent as a graduate student and instructor at the University of Alabama. (Photo by Shane Opatz, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram)

By Eric Lindquist
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
Reprinted with permission

Fifty years ago — on June 11, 1963 — Alabama Gov. George Wallace stood in the doorway to block two highly qualified black students from enrolling at the University of Alabama.

The famous confrontation, often referred to as the "stand in the schoolhouse door," ended later that day with Wallace stepping aside and reluctantly allowing students James Hood and Vivian Malone to desegregate the university.

The historic day in the civil rights movement is at the center of a new nonfiction book by B.J. Hollars, an assistant professor of English at UW-Eau Claire who earned his master's degree at the University of Alabama. Full story. back to top

Courtenay O'Neil named director of UW-Eau Claire's Children's Nature Academy

Courtenay O'Neil
Courtenay O'Neil

Courtenay O'Neil has been named the director of the Children's Nature Academy at UW-Eau Claire.

For the past four years, O'Neil has served as the director of the Davidson-Cornelius Child Development Center, a nonprofit center located in Davidson, N.C., that provides affordable child care to all families. O'Neil began her post as the director of the Children's Nature Academy on June 17.

The Children's Nature Academy provides children of students, faculty and staff with a high-quality program that is both affordable and convenient. The nature-based early childhood program promotes physical, social, emotional and intellectual development in a safe and nurturing environment. Full story. back to top

Peggy O'Halloran named director of CASE, Off-Campus Student Life

Peggy O'Halloran
Peggy O'Halloran

Peggy O'Halloran has been named the director of the Center for Alcohol Studies and Education (CASE) and Off-Campus Student Life at UW-Eau Claire.

O'Halloran has a background in public health and has worked on many projects focusing on preventing disease and improving the health of populations. She has been involved with CASE since 2009, where she worked part time assisting with research, grant writing and programming, and served as the full-time interim director from 2012-13.

While working part time in CASE, O'Halloran also held a position with UW-Madison's Wisconsin Research and Education Network, where she supported regional clinics in the Eau Claire area by conducting quality improvement projects and research studies on improving patient health. Full story. back to top

Tuba solo earns student scholarship in Glenn Miller Festival competition

Nicholas Liebl
Nicholas Liebl

When he was in sixth grade, UW-Eau Claire sophomore Nicholas Liebl decided he wanted to play the tuba. He recalled it was a tall order — because the instrument was bigger than he was.

"I played a huge white sousaphone," Liebl said. "I had to sit on about four or five large textbooks just to reach the instrument."

Liebl, a music major from Owatonna, Minn., grew, and so did his talent as a musician. Those years of practice paid off when he was named one of three recipients of an instrumental scholarship during the 38th annual Glenn Miller Festival, held June 13-16 in Clarinda, Iowa. Liebl, one of 10 finalists, placed third with his tuba solo, earning him a $1,000 scholarship from the Glenn Miller Birthplace Society. Full story. back to top

Journalism grad named 2013 Lee Ester News Fellow

Breann Schossow
Breann Schossow

Wisconsin Public Radio has named UW-Eau Claire graduate Breann Schossow its 2013 Lee Ester News Fellow, continuing a fellowship program honoring a dedicated journalist who was passionate about the Wisconsin news business.

“Lee was always a newsman," said his wife, Leota Ester. "He wanted to get to the bottom of the news, and he was always fair and honest."

Schossow, a 2012 UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, is the sixth fellow in a program (endowed by Leota Ester) that provides the opportunity for a young journalist to more fully develop his or her broadcast journalism skills. Lee Ester was an avid Wisconsin Public Radio listener and a board member of the Wisconsin Public Radio association from 1992-98. He died in 2006.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to learn from seasoned reporters in a historic newsroom," Schossow said. "I know that my time at Wisconsin Public Radio will help me grow as a journalist.”

Schossow previously interned for NPR, the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel among other organizations. Her work has been honored by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists named Schossow the 2012 Julie Galvan Outstanding Graduate in Journalism.

“We’re thrilled to have Breann working with us,” WPR news director Michael Leland said. “She already has quite a list of accomplishments to her credit and comes highly recommended by people who’ve worked with her in the print and broadcast fields."

Established in 2008, the fellowship is a nine-month position designed for recent graduates or those in the early years of their careers who show promise as radio news reporters. back to top

Biology grad serving internship at Como Park Zoo

gorilla at Como Park Zoo
A gorilla stands guard over the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory's Gorilla Forest, which opened to the public in June..

For UW-Eau Claire alumnus Scott Mustonen, life is a zoo, and he wouldn't have it any other way. Mustonen, a 2013 graduate in organismal biology from Eagan, Minn., is in the process of completing a four-month internship in the brand new Gorilla Forest at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in St. Paul, Minn.

The Gorilla Forest opened to the public in June and houses seven gorillas as well as the largest all-mesh gorilla enclosure in North America. The gorillas are kept in two separate groups, the first with one adult male and three adult females, and the second with three younger males. Mustonen's responsibilities include training the gorillas, logging behaviors, preparing daily meals, interacting with the public and cleaning the exhibits. Mustonen also works with four orangutans, five spider monkeys, three langurs, three saki monkeys, two lemurs and one sloth. Full story. back to top

Geology students take capstone projects into the field

geology students during Montana field camp
Twenty UW-Eau Claire geology students participated in a three-week geology field camp in Montana this summer.

Twenty geology students from UW-Eau Claire recently journeyed west to complete their final projects during a three-week geology field camp experience held near Whitehall, Mont.

The Montana field camp trip, led by J. Brian Mahoney and Geoff Pignotta of the geology department at UW-Eau Claire, is the second of a two-part field geology sequence, which consists of two three-week field courses that integrate with and complement on-campus upper-division lecture and laboratory course work.

"Field experiences in the geology department provide students with actualistic experience in scientific methodology and problem-solving in the earth sciences," Mahoney said. "These field experiences integrate geologic field methods, data acquisition and analysis, and computer-mapping skills as an introduction into modern geoscience investigative techniques." Full story. back to top

Online degree offers flexibility to adult learners

online degree graphic

The bachelor of professional studies in organizational leadership and communication was designed to help busy adults complete their degree. Since the 2011-12 academic year, 70 students have been admitted to the program. Life circumstances that prevented them from staying in college after high school vary, and some students already have associate degrees but want a bachelor’s degree to advance in their careers. Many have said that they specifically wanted a degree from UW-Eau Claire and would not be able to do so without the flexibility of online course work.

The degree has an emphasis on communication, business, information literacy and leadership. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook Report, employers today are seeking candidates with qualities that include decision-making and problem-solving skills, the ability to write and verbally communicate well with external and internal colleagues, ability to work collaboratively, and analytic and technical skills, which are a key focus of the BPS program.

More information about the bachelor of professional studies in organizational leadership and communication is available online. back to top

WYSP receives support from new partnerships

WYSP logo

The Wisconsin Youth Success Program on the UW-Eau Claire campus has formed new partnerships with local businesses and organizations, which will aid the program in providing continuous resources for area youth.

WYSP is a free five-week summer program offered to youth ages 10-16 in the Chippewa Valley. The program has been offered to the community for more than 30 years as an opportunity for youth to develop leadership, academic and athletic skills. In addition, the program offers free medical exams and dental screenings to each camper. In 2009 all federal funding for the program was removed.

The newest partners of WYSP are Sacred Heart Hospital, Feed My People Food Bank, Buffalo Wild Wings and the Eau Claire Cavaliers. Full story. back to top

Blugold volleyball team takes on Eastern Europe

Blugold volleyball team
The Blugold volleyball team enjoys the sights while visiting Bled, Slovenia.

The UW-Eau Claire women's volleyball team departed Eau Claire in mid-May for a 10-day tour of Eastern Europe, a trip that included six matches against volleyball teams throughout the region as well as numerous cultural sightseeing adventures. The team was accompanied by head volleyball coach Kim Wudi.

Thirteen student-athletes from the Blugolds' 2012 roster took part in the trip. The Blugolds played their first two matches in Prague against Olymp Praha, one of the strongest and most established volleyball clubs in the Czech Republic. Following two days of sightseeing and competition in Prague, the team traveled to Vienna to experience Austrian culture before departing for Bled, Slovenia. In Bled, the Blugolds played two matches and then spent two days in Rovinj, Croatia, where they wrapped up competition against the Croatian Youth National Team. 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:

Suzanne Sparger Suzanne Sparger '89, a UW-Eau Claire psychology graduate who also received a nursing degree in 2000, has been named quality resources supervisor for Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. Full story.
Seal Dave Carlson '72, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, has been inducted into the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. Full story.
Keith Downey Keith Downey '83, a UW-Eau Claire management information systems graduate, has been elected chairman of the Minnesota Republican Party. (Photo by Chris Polydoroff/St. Paul Pioneer Press) Full story.
Seal

Chase Brakke '08, a UW-Eau Claire business finance and business administration graduate, and Brock Schreiner '09, a UW-Eau Claire psychology graduate, have founded a semipro football team, the North Bank Bulls, based in Cottage Grove, Minn. 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 August 2013 issue of e-View.

July Blugold Trivia question:

UW-Eau Claire's newest academic building will be named Centennial Hall in honor of the university's upcoming 100-year anniversary. When will classes first be held in the new building?

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!

June's winner:
Congratulations to Tom Marten, a 1990 UW-Eau Claire management information systems graduate and winner of the June Blugold Trivia prize! Tom's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that the W.R. Davies Student Center was designed by Stantec and the Wisconsin-based firm Bray Architects. back to top

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