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Newest grads receive diplomas

Six receive Alumni Association awards

Faculty and staff announce retirements

Check out the new, improved online View

Alumni events planned for the summer

Extraordinary new scholarship further distinguishes university's music program

Geography grad completing NGS internship

Campus construction projects progress

Rachel Minske receives prestigious Devroy Fellowship

Solar energy generation system approved for library

UW-Eau Claire spending results in more than $210 million in income, profits for local businesses

Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center receives Organization of the Year Award

UW-Eau Claire, Visit Eau Claire partner to boost tourism

Student receives Fulbright teaching assistantship

Research team to study Cambodian forest

Math education student receives prestigious scholarship

Grads making positive impact in industrial sand mining

Student accepted into NSF summer research program

Green Tea to open summer events series

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May 2013

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Newest grads receive diplomas

Spring commencement

Commencement exercises for students at UW-Eau Claire were held May 18 in Zorn Arena.

A total of 1,221 students were candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 552 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 301 from the College of Business, 273 from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and 95 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

A total of 10 students were candidates for doctoral degrees in nursing.

A total of 93 students were master's degree candidates. Of those, five were from the College of Arts and Sciences, 31 were from the College of Business, 26 were from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and 31 were from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Full story. back to top

Six receive Alumni Association awards

Zach Halmstad Andrew Burish
Zach Halmstad
Andrew Burish
David Wicker George Stroebel
David Wicker
George Stroebel
Monte Johnson Paul Stiller
Monte Johnson
Paul Stiller

Six UW-Eau Claire graduates received awards from the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association May 18 at a luncheon and ceremony in conjunction with spring commencement.

Zach Halmstad, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 2004 with a degree in music and theatre arts, received the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award, which acknowledges special achievements and great promise of alumni who are within 15 years of their graduation from UW-Eau Claire.

Andrew Burish, a 1981 marketing graduate of UW-Eau Claire, received the Lifetime Excellence Award, which is presented to alumni who have demonstrated longtime and successful commitment to their careers and communities.

David Wicker, who received a bachelor of business administration degree in management information systems from UW-Eau Claire in 1980, received the President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and service to UW-Eau Claire.

George Stroebel '74, Monte Johnson '80 and Paul Stiller '86 received the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes distinguished service to the community, state or nation in a manner that brings credit upon the recipient and the university. Full story. back to top

Faculty and staff announce retirements

Forty-five members of the UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff have retired or will retire during the university's 2012-13 fiscal year.

Retirees were honored for their years of service during a May 9 UW-Eau Claire recognition event. Full story. back to top

Check out the new, improved online View

Spring 2013 View cover

The spring issue of UW-Eau Claire’s new and improved online View magazine is now live! The magazine for alumni and friends has undergone a transformation, and its online version now features a richer design and multimedia elements that we think will enhance your “View-ing” experience. Beginning with the spring 2013 issue, the spring View will be published online only, and the fall issue will be produced in print and online versions.

Featured in the spring 2013 issue are stories about Zach Halmstad ’04 and his growing software company; student Taylor Kuether ’14 and her life-changing experience in China; John Noltner ’90 and his project dedicated to peace; and student nurses gaining valuable experience providing health screenings to immigrant farmworkers.

We hope you enjoy the spring issue of The View; your feedback is welcome. back to top

Alumni events planned for the summer

Harry Jol
Dr. Harry Jol

Let's Do Lunch noon-hour lecture series

 



The Wednesday, May 29, session of the Let's Do Lunch lecture series will feature Dr. Harry Jol, professor of geography and anthropology, speaking on "Investigations at the Church of the Annunciation and Mary's Well: Preliminary Results from the Holy Land." Noon-1 p.m., Fanny Hill Restaurant, Eau Claire. More information.

 

 

 

 

 

Other upcoming events

Lickety-Split Suppers: Thursday, June 6, Huntsinger's Red Brick Farmhouse, Eau Claire. Two sessions: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Join your fellow Blugolds for an exciting culinary experience as personal chef Laurel Robertson leads you in a hands-on class in which you’ll learn to make several fun and enticing entrees and two fabulous desserts. See invite.

See you in Seattle! Thursday, June 6, alumni gathering at The Museum of Flight. Social from 5:30-7 p.m.; tour of museum from 7-8 p.m. Friday, June 7, Seattle Mariners vs. New York Yankees, Safeco Field. Pregame gathering at Silver Cloud Hotel-Stadium, 5-6:30 p.m.; first pitch at 7:10 p.m. See invite.

Mallards logo

Alumni Association Night at the Duck Pond: Tuesday, July 9, Mallards vs. Eau Claire Express at Warner Park (aka the Duck Pond), Madison. Pregame gathering at 5:35 p.m.; first pitch at 7:05 p.m. Get ready for a night of food, fun, camaraderie and exciting baseball with Madison area Blugolds. See invite.

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. See invite.

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

Extraordinary new scholarship further distinguishes university's music program

Kaitlyn Witherspoon
Kaitlyn Witherspoon, a sophomore cellist from Monona, is the first recipient of the Eileen Phillips Cohen String Scholarship.

A new scholarship program established with the UW-Eau Claire Foundation will grant full tuition to four UW-Eau Claire string musicians each year and create a rare professional development opportunity for undergraduate students interested in the performing arts.

According to the Kim Way, president of the Foundation, the Eileen Phillips Cohen String Scholarship, created by Eileen Phillips Cohen, of Eau Claire, is not based on financial need.

"The scholarship is designed to attract and invest in the best of the best musical talent," Way said. "It also reflects the L.E. Phillips Family Foundation's deep commitment to the University Symphony Orchestra and honors the work of orchestra conductor Nobuyoshi Yasuda."

Recipients of the scholarships will be awarded full in-state tuition and become principal players in the Eileen Phillips Cohen String Quartet, a distinguished ensemble that will represent the university at special events and in touring performances. Full story. back to top

Geography grad completing NGS internship

Jon Bowen
Jon Bowen visits a remote island off the coast of Honduras.

Jon Bowen, a 2012 geography graduate of UW-Eau Claire, is in the process of completing a three-month internship with the National Geographic Society, one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world.

Bowen, a Green Bay native, said the idea of applying for an internship with National Geographic struck when he was working at his desk in Puerto Ayora, a town in central Galápagos, Ecuador, during a 2012 summer internship experience through UW-Eau Claire. Full story. back to top

Campus construction projects progress

Several construction projects are underway at UW-Eau Claire.

Education Building construction

Construction of the $44.5 million Education Building is proceeding toward on-time completion in November 2013, with the first classes in the facility scheduled for spring semester 2014. Take a video tour of the new building above.

The approximately 182,000-square-foot building replaces the obsolete Campus School and is located between Schneider Hall and Zorn Arena.

The new Education Building will house UW-Eau Claire's College of Education and Human Sciences administrative units; significant new classroom space for use by the entire campus; the departments of education studies, English, foreign languages and special education; and select student support services, including Services for Students with Disabilities, the Student Success Network and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Full story. back to top

Rachel Minske receives prestigious Devroy Fellowship

Rachel Minske
Rachel Minske

UW-Eau Claire junior Rachel Minske, Northfield, Minn., has been awarded the 16th Ann Devroy Memorial Fellowship, presented annually to a UW-Eau Claire journalism student who shows exceptional promise and ability.

The fellowship includes a three-week residency at The Washington Post, a $2,000 scholarship to offset the costs of the residency and a paid summer internship at a Wisconsin newspaper. Minske will work at The Post during her winter break in January 2014. Full story. back to top

Solar energy generation system approved for library

Sustainability logo

UW-Eau Claire's Student Office of Sustainability (SOS) recently received approval from the Student Senate for a 40-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) solar energy generation system to be installed on the McIntyre Library roof later this year.

The purpose of the PV system, which will use solar panels to convert sunlight into electricity, is to help UW-Eau Claire become more environmentally sustainable and carbon neutral.

A total of 160 Helios panels will be furnished and installed to create the solar array. Eighty panels will be attached to the roof "skirt" of the library and an additional 80 panels will be ballast-mounted on the rooftop. The PV system will be purchased at a cost of approximately $4.15 per watt for a total allocation of $166,686. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire spending results in more than $210 million in income, profits for local businesses

UW-Eau Claire brings hundreds of millions of dollars, thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenues into the Chippewa Valley each year, according to UW-Eau Claire's most recent regional economic impact analysis.

Each year, UW-Eau Claire generates more than $317 million in spending in the Chippewa Valley, resulting in nearly $210 million in annual income and profits for local businesses, more than $21 million in tax revenue for local and state governments, and jobs for more than 3,300 workers, according to the university's most recent economic impact analysis. Full story. back to top

Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center receives Organization of the Year Award

Christopher Jorgenson
Christopher Jorgenson

UW-Eau Claire's Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center recently received the Organization of the Year Award from the Fair Wisconsin Education Fund.

Fair Wisconsin is an organization whose mission is to educate the public about the harms of discrimination toward LGBT individuals and to build more inclusive communities and workplaces for members of the LGBT community in the state.


Support for LGBTQ students


The LGBTQ Resource Center has created a student support fund through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. For more information, contact Christopher Jorgenson at jorgencj@uwec.edu or 715-836-2693.

Christopher Jorgenson, the Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center coordinator, said receiving the Organization of the Year Award is important because it shows people that UW-Eau Claire is growing and becoming a safe place for the LGBTQ community and its allies.

"The award is also validation that the work we are doing here is supporting the vision of the UW System's Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, which is to 'transform the UW System into a higher educational community that represents, reflects, respects and values diverse persons, voices and perspectives of Wisconsin.,'" Jorgenson said. "We are living out that vision and transforming the initiative into actual work." Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire, Visit Eau Claire partner to boost tourism

Davies Student Center
UW-Eau Claire's new W.R. Davies Student Center is among the university facilities to which Visit Eau Claire hopes to attract new events that could generate close to $5 million in new visitor spending in the Eau Claire area.

UW-Eau Claire and Visit Eau Claire have formed a strategic partnership to expand and enhance local tourism.

The partnership will provide Visit Eau Claire with improved access to new and existing university facilities for events, enabling the organization to more effectively market the Eau Claire area.

Visit Eau Claire and UW-Eau Claire signed a facility use agreement May 17 during the Wisconsin Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus Leadership Breakfast with state and local leaders at UW-Eau Claire's W.R. Davies Student Center. The facility use agreement will provide Visit Eau Claire with preferred scheduling of university facilities during off-peak university calendar periods such as summer and the weeks between the fall and spring semesters. Full story. back to top

Student receives Fulbright teaching assistantship

Adam Bosetski
Adam Bosetski

A UW-Eau Claire student has been awarded a Fulbright grant to complete an English teaching assistantship from August 2013-April 2014.

Senior Adam Bosetski, a Spanish and history education major from Denmark, will teach English to university students in Barranquilla, Colombia. He also will work on a supplementary project that focuses on promoting Colombian society and further cooperation between the U.S. and Colombia. Full story. back to top

Research team to study Cambodian forest

Freund research group

A UW-Eau Claire student-faculty research team will spend six weeks this summer doing research in a remote Cambodian forest. Researchers are students Kelsey Pischke, Joe Weirich, Joel Smith and Breana Meyer, and Deb Freund, biology lecturer.

As she grew up in a small Wisconsin town, Breana Meyer spent hours watching Animal Planet and Discovery Channel nature shows that took her on adventures around the world. Steve Irwin (the Crocodile Hunter) and famed naturalist David Attenborough inspired her to dream of someday having her own adventures in far-flung locales.

This summer, the UW-Eau Claire junior ecology and environmental biology major from Fall Creek will make her childhood dreams come true when she travels as part of a faculty-student research team to a remote part of Cambodia to conduct biodiversity studies in a community forest managed by Buddhist monks. Full story. back to top

Math education student receives prestigious scholarship

Lindsey Alger
Lindsey Alger

A UW-Eau Claire mathematics education major recently received a prestigious and competitive Wisconsin mathematics scholarship.

Senior Lindsey Alger, Thorp, was selected for the 2013 Ethel Neijahr Scholarship from the Wisconsin Mathematics Education Foundation and the Wisconsin Mathematics Council.

The $2,000 scholarship recognizes high-achieving students enrolled in teacher education programs in the state of Wisconsin. Full story. back to top

Grads making positive impact in industrial sand mining

Sand mining

UW-Eau Claire students enrolled in Dr. Brian Mahoney's "Sedimentation and Stratigraphy" class examine grains of sand during a tour of Wisconsin Industrial Sand Co.'s mining operations.

Amanda Lierman, a 2007 UW-Eau Claire geology graduate, is among a growing number of UW-Eau Claire alumni and students with expertise in geology, biology and chemistry who are bringing their knowledge of environmental and public safety practices to the growing industrial sand mining industry.

Lierman worked at Fairmount Minerals in Menomonie as a lead laboratory technician before acquiring her current position as a junior geologist at Preferred Sands in Bloomer.

Currently, at least 10 UW-Eau Claire alumni are working in the industry in positions such as geologist, environmental health and safety coordinator, environmental compliance coordinator, science technician and sediment lab supervisor. Full story. back to top

Student accepted into NSF summer research program

Cheryl Salmonson
Cheryl Salmonson

A UW-Eau Claire student has been selected for a summer research position in the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.

Cheryl Salmonson, a junior physics and chemistry major from Chippewa Falls, will spend nine weeks at the Louisiana Alliance for Simulation-Guided Applications, a seven-member alliance of universities throughout Louisiana. She will work with faculty to investigate new materials for lithium ion batteries, which could have a much higher capacity than current options. Full story. back to top

Green Tea to open summer events series

Green Tea
Green Tea

A free outdoor concert by Green Tea on June 10 opens an eight-week series of Summer Events presented by UW-Eau Claire.

After a one-year hiatus due to campus construction and moving to the new W.R. Davies Student Center, the program will feature concerts Mondays at 7 p.m. in the Owen Park band shell and outdoor movies on campus Wednesday nights. All events are free and open to the Chippewa Valley community. 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:

Barb Oas Barb Oas '81, a UW-Eau Claire criminal justice graduate, has been ranked as a Scotsman Guide 2012 Top Originator. Full story.
Robert I. Webb

Robert I. Webb '74, a UW-Eau Claire business finance graduate, has recently had his book "Shock Markets: Trading Lessons for Volatile Times," co-authored by his son, Alexander, published. Full story.

Jill Barth

Jill Barth '92, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, has been named cardiology director for Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. Full story.

Steve Dupee Steve Dupee '98, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, is senior vice president, client management, for GMR Marketing, headquartered in New Berlin. Full story.
Seal John Enright '92, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, has been named president of Betaseed, a market leader in the beet sugar industry. Full story.
Seal Kelly Ross Tokarski '05, who received a master of science in nursing degree from UW-Eau Claire, has joined the endocrinology department at Marshfield Clinic's Eau Claire location as a nurse practitioner. 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 UW-Eau Claire water bottle. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the June 2013 issue of e-View.

May Blugold Trivia question:

Zach Halmstad '04 received the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award this month and also was the subject of a feature story in the spring 2013 issue of The View. What is the name of the company he co-founded?

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!

April's winner:
Congratulations to Aric Gregg, a 2011 UW-Eau Claire psychology graduate and winner of the April Blugold Trivia prize! Aric's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that the master of ceremonies for the UW-Eau Claire Pow-Wow in April was Larry "Amik" Smallwood. back to top

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