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Management grad receives $25,000 for business idea

Laila Robins tapped for role on Showtime's 'Homeland'

Carmen Manning named dean of College of Education and Human Sciences

Alumni, students contribute to Eau Claire's All-America City effort

Senior receives prestigious honor society scholarship

Coaching mentality in the classroom topic of new book

Student-created documentary featured at international film festival

Foundation offers new online giving site for credit card donations

Marvelous travelers enjoy springtime Mediterranean cruise

Alumni Association schedules Blugold gatherings

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

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Management grad receives $25,000 for business idea
Kory Peterson

Kory Peterson, a UW-Eau Claire management graduate, has received a $25,000 Ideadvance grant for his business idea, CSA Pros.

A UW-Eau Claire graduate is among 12 UW System faculty, staff, students and affiliated companies selected to receive up to $25,000 each through the Ideadvance Seed Fund, which provides support for entrepreneurs as they evaluate product or service ideas, explore key markets, validate demand and develop strategies for investment sources.

Kory Peterson, a 2014 management graduate with an entrepreneurship emphasis from Eau Claire, received a $25,000 grant for his business idea, CSA Pros. The grant, awarded by UW-Extension, also provides business mentoring to help develop a strategic business model for ideas and technologies generated at UW campuses. UW System and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. created the $2 million seed fund, which launched in February. Teams that complete this first stage of Ideadvance activities will be eligible for stage two funding, which offers grants up to $50,000. Full story. back to top

Laila Robins tapped for role on Showtime's 'Homeland'
Laila Robins
Laila Robins

Laila Robins has had a successful acting career spanning film, television and live theater. The 1981 UW-Eau Claire music graduate has, however, recently landed a role that may turn out to be her biggest yet.

Robins has just been signed on to the cast of the Emmy Award-winning Showtime series "Homeland." She will play Martha Boyd, U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, joining series regulars Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin and Rupert Friend.

Robins left New York City in early June for Cape Town, South Africa, where filming for the fourth season of the CIA spy thriller will continue for six months. Full story. back to top

Carmen Manning named dean of College of Education and Human Sciences
Carmen Manning
Carmen Manning

Carmen Manning has been named the next dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences at UW-Eau Claire following a national search.

Manning will assume the position of dean July 17. She will replace Gail Scukanec, who has taken on a new part-time administrative role with the university in academic affairs.

"Knowing firsthand the demands of the position, I believe Carmen Manning will be an excellent dean for the college," Scukanec said. "She has the energy and dedication necessary to lead the College of Education and Human Sciences." Full story. back to top

Alumni, students contribute to Eau Claire's All-America City effort
Catherine Emmanuelle
Catherine Emmanuelle, a 2011 UW-Eau Claire women's studies graduate and Eau Claire City Council member, was among the presenters at the National Civic League's All-America City awards event in Denver.

Lots of Blugold power — from eight UW-Eau Claire alumni and three current students — helped fuel efforts that resulted in the city of Eau Claire being named an All-America City by the National Civic League on June 14.

Nineteen city officials and members of Leadership Eau Claire and Visit Eau Claire represented the city at a recent awards presentation in Denver, Colo. Eau Claire was one of 10 U.S. cities to receive the All-America City designation.

Catherine Emmanuelle, a 2011 UW-Eau Claire women's studies graduate and member of the Eau Claire City Council, was one of the city officials representing Eau Claire in Denver. She said her service-learning experience as a student with the community nonprofit organization Clear Vision Eau Claire illustrates the value that civic engagement has in higher education.

"The Eau Claire community and UW-Eau Claire are excellent civic partners, and now as a graduate it's pretty easy to want to give back through civic engagement because so much was invested in me," Emmanuelle said. Full story. back to top

Senior receives prestigious honor society scholarship
Sydney Berger
Sydney Berger

UW-Eau Claire senior Sydney Berger has been awarded the $6,000 Gaylord F. Hatch Scholarship from the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society for the 2014-15 academic year.

Berger, a kinesiology/human performance major from Hudson, was initiated into the UW-Eau Claire Phi Eta Sigma chapter as a freshman in 2012. She has served as a general executive member and secretary for the chapter.

Phi Eta Sigma is the oldest and largest honor society for first-year college students in all academic disciplines. Its goal is to encourage and reward academic excellence among freshmen in institutions of higher learning. Those elected to membership have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale at the end of any first-year, full-time curricular period and rank in the upper 20 percent of their classes. Full story. back to top
Coaching mentality in the classroom topic of new book
Mickey Kolis
Mickey Kolis

"Science inquiry is the game and learning the intended outcome," said Dr. Mickey Kolis, an associate professor of education studies at UW-Eau Claire, describing his recently published book, "Brainball (Science Edition): Teaching Inquiry Science as a Team Sport."

The strategies in "Brainball," co-authored with Todd Lenz, a high school science teacher and UW-Eau Claire alumnus, provide a framework for teachers on how to use a coaching mentality in the classroom while focusing students on conducting content inquiry.

"'Brainball' is meant to be an 'intellectual game,'" Kolis said. "It emphasizes a team concept, clear goal and external audience; all the things that make games, games."

Using "Brainball" helps convert a classroom into a team by developing a clear purpose, appreciation of diversity, and intellectual, emotional and social support, Kolis said.

"It provides an external audience for student learning performances and empowers the learners to own their learning and answer their own questions." Kolis said. Full story. back to top

Student-created documentary featured at international film festival
JR Smathers
Student JR Smathers filming the "Housing First" documentary.

A documentary short film created by UW-Eau Claire students screened June 22 as part of the Frameline38 San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival.

The film, titled "Housing First," is the third documentary produced by UW-Eau Claire students to be accepted into the festival — and the first to screen at one of the larger venues, San Francisco's Victoria Theatre.

"Housing First," which premiered locally at the Eau Queer Film Festival in October 2013, was produced by UW-Eau Claire seniors Nate Cooper, a journalism major from Rice Lake; Neil Robmann, a mathematics major from Madison; and JR Smathers, a liberal studies major from Altoona. Full story. back to top

Foundation offers new online giving site for credit card donations
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If you want to make a gift to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation before the end of the fiscal year, visit the new online giving site.

You can join more than 12,000 of your fellow alumni and friends in making great things possible at your alma mater.

The Foundation looks forward to hearing from you! back to top

Marvelous travelers enjoy springtime Mediterranean cruise
alumni travel group

A group of travelers posed for a photo op during the Alumni Association-sponsored Mediterranean Marvels cruise offered in May of this year.

Top, from left: Phyllis Skadahl '80, nursing grad; Peter Skadahl; and fellow traveler (name not known).

Seated, from left: John Boardman '70, chemistry; Sheila Boardman '70, special education; David Ruder '63. sociology; Bonnie Olson; Albert Gunn '75, psychology; and Barbara Gunn.

Learn more about alumni travel opportunities. back to top

Alumni Association schedules Blugold gatherings
Geoff Peterson
Geoff Peterson

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association is hosting several events in the next few months. Here's one coming up in the very near future:

Washington, D.C., political science and criminal justice alumni gathering. Friday, June 27, 6-8 p.m., Capitol City Brewing Co. | Downtown, 1100 New York Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. Join fellow Blugolds for appetizers and beverages and receive an update on what’s happening in the political science department from chair Geoff Peterson — as well as the latest news from campus. View invite.

For details about this event and others in the works, visit the Alumni Association's online calendar. 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:
Lindsey Thoma Lindsey Thoma '10, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate who works in the rehabilitation nursing department of Eau Claire's Sacred Heart Hospital, has earned her Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse certification. Full story.
Zach Halmstad Zach Halmstad '04, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate and co-founder of JAMF Software, has received, along with JAMF co-CEO Chip Pearson, the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Full story.
Hannah Schroeder Hannah Schroeder '10, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate who works in the cardiology department of Eau Claire's Sacred Heart Hospital, has earned her Progressive Care Certified Nurse accreditation. Full story.
Jason Stamm Jason Stamm '93, a UW-Eau Claire business finance graduate, has been named central region president for the private client reserve for U.S. Bank. Full story.
Justin Kaufenberg Justin Kaufenberg '03, a UW-Eau Claire economics graduate, and Carson Kipfer '04, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate, have been named to Minnesota Business magazine's The (Real) Power 50 list. Kaufenberg and Kipfer are co-founders of Sport Ngin. Full story.
Robyn Hansen Robyn Hansen '82, a UW-Eau Claire physical education graduate, has been elected president-elect of the National Association of Elementary School Principals. She follows in the footsteps of Mark White '82, a UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate, who assumes the role of president of NAESP July 1. Full story.
Seal Missy Abts '10, a UW-Eau Claire management graduate, manages the New Franken location of her family's dairy farm business, Abts Bou-Matic. 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 Blugold baseball cap. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the July 2014 issue of eView.

June Blugold Trivia question:

Carmen Manning has been named dean of UW-Eau Claire's College of Education and Human Sciences. Where did she receive her academic degrees?

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!

May's winner:

Congratulations to Joe Roach, a 1979 UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate and winner of the May Blugold Trivia prize! Joe's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that the materials used in Centennial Hall's new sculpture, "Starlight Heritage," were stainless steel, glass, rusted steel, birch plywood, stain and finish. back to top

 
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