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Degrees conferred during spring commencement

Eight grads receive Alumni Association awards

College ROI Report ranks university among top in Wisconsin and Minnesota

UW-Eau Claire among top U.S. schools in helping students improve earnings, employability

Spring 2014 issue of The View is now online

Heather Kretz named UW-Eau Claire admissions director

Joel Schumacher named university athletics director

Student-created sculpture installed in Centennial Hall

Students propose plan to manage invasive species in Putnam Park

Nick Erickson awarded prestigious Devroy Fellowship

Four students receive NSF summer research opportunities

Two materials science majors receive Goldwater Scholarships

Education major receives Fulbright English teaching assistantship

Bilingual Beginnings language camps to be offered this summer at The Priory

Join your fellow Blugolds at upcoming alumni events

For all things Blue and Gold!

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

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Alumni events

Alumni success stories

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Degrees conferred during spring commencement
Commencement

Commencement exercises for students at UW-Eau Claire were held May 17 in Zorn Arena.

A total of 1,258 students were candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 621 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 318 from the College of Business, 239 from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and 80 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

A total of 80 students were master's degree candidates. Of those, 12 were from the College of Arts and Sciences, 37 were from the College of Business, 21 were from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and 10 were from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Full story. back to top

Eight grads receive Alumni Association awards
Geroge Rossman Dave Carlson
Dr. George Rossman
Dave Carlson
James Sweet and Catherine Furay Neil Lipinski
James Sweet and Catherine Furay
Neil A. Lipinski
Gregory Mercer Julie and Steven Henseler
Dr. Gregory Mercer
Drs. Julie and Steven Henseler

Eight UW-Eau Claire graduates received awards from the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association May 17 at a luncheon and ceremony in conjunction with spring commencement.

Dr. George Rossman, a 1966 chemistry and mathematics graduate of UW-Eau Claire, and Dave Carlson, a 1972 journalism graduate, received the Lifetime Excellence Award, which is presented to alumni who have demonstrated longtime and successful commitment to their careers and communities.

Catherine Furay, a 1974 psychology graduate, and James Sweet, a 1975 philosophy and political science graduate, received the President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and service to UW-Eau Claire.

Neil A. Lipinski, a 1980 political science graduate, Dr. Gregory Mercer, a 1985 chemistry graduate, Dr. Julie (Hintz) Henseler, a 1989 biology graduate, and Dr. Steven Henseler, a 1989 biology graduate, received the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes distinguished service to the community, state or nation in a manner that brings credit up on the recipient and the university. Full story. back to top

College ROI Report ranks university among top in Wisconsin and Minnesota

UW-Eau Claire ranks among the top three colleges and universities in Wisconsin and Minnesota — public or private — in annual return on investment (ROI) for students who pay in-state tuition and receive financial aid, according to the 2014 PayScale.com College ROI Report.

UW-Eau Claire's annual ROI is 10.4 percent, according to the recently released report. UW-Platteville and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities are the only higher education institutions in Wisconsin or Minnesota with higher annual ROI rankings, according to the report.

PayScale.com's annual ROI rankings compare a person's return over 20 years when investing their money in a degree at a certain school, as opposed to investing their money in other ways, like the stock market or bonds.

"Our students' investment in a UW-Eau Claire degree is paying off," said UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt. "Their annual ROI is greater than it would be had they gone to college almost anywhere else in Wisconsin or Minnesota." Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire among top U.S. schools in helping students improve earnings, employability

UW-Eau Claire is among the top schools in the nation in terms of helping its students improve their earnings and attain quality employment after graduation, according to Educate To Career's newly released College Rankings Index.

UW-Eau Claire is ranked No. 47 in the ETC index, an outcome-based college rankings tool that includes more than 1,200 schools across the country.

UW-Stevens Point is the only other Wisconsin university and Martin Luther College in New Ulm is the only Minnesota school rated among the ETC index's top 50 schools. Full story. back to top

Spring 2014 issue of The View is now online
Spring 2014 View cover

The spring 2014 issue of The View, UW-Eau Claire's magazine for alumni and friends, is now online.

Among the features in the spring issue is a story about UW-Eau Claire's acquisition of a rare and extensive collection of Robert Frost materials. We also introduce you to the new kid on the block — Centennial Hall. Another story features Rada Hanana, a Syrian pianist who left her war-torn country to study music at UW-Eau Claire.

The View also includes campus and alumni news, class notes, alumni profiles and sports updates.

We hope you enjoy the spring issue! back to top

Heather Kretz named UW-Eau Claire admissions director
Heather Kretz
Heather Kretz

Heather Kretz has been named director of admissions at UW-Eau Claire. Kretz has served as UW-Eau Claire's interim director of admissions since June 2013.

As director of admissions, Kretz is responsible for developing a strategic recruitment plan and providing campuswide leadership in helping UW-Eau Claire reach its enrollment goals.

"I am thrilled to serve as director of admissions for the very place where my education and career passion first intersected," said Kretz, a UW-Eau Claire mass communication graduate. "It's my privilege to share the outstanding UW-Eau Claire experience with students. I look forward to leading a passionate, service-oriented admissions staff, and collaborating across campus units to recruit and serve our future Blugolds." Full story. back to top
Daniel Schumacher named university athletics director
Daniel Schumacher
Daniel Schumacher

Daniel Schumacher has been named director of intercollegiate athletics at UW-Eau Claire following a national search.

For the past two years, Schumacher has served as director of the NCAA Division I athletics program at Chicago State University. Schumacher will assume UW-Eau Claire athletics director responsibilities June 15. Current director Scott Kilgallon is leaving for a new post at Webster University in Webster Groves, Mo.

"Dan Schumacher comes to UW-Eau Claire with a proven background in successfully building and improving intercollegiate athletics programs while maintaining a strong academic focus for student-athletes,” said UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt. “He is ready to be out in the community, both building support for resources and creating the engagement that fosters community spirit around Blugold athletics.” Full story. back to top

Student-created sculpture installed in Centennial Hall
Centennial Hall sculpture and students

Catelyn Mailloux and Pheng Vang created the sculpture "Starlight Heritage," which was installed May 9 in the third floor Lantern area of Centennial Hall.

A recently installed student-created sculpture titled "Starlight Heritage" celebrates the long history, the present-day and the future of teacher education at UW-Eau Claire.

Art students Catelyn Mailloux, a senior sculpture major from St. Cloud, Minn., and Pheng Vang, a senior art education major from Eau Claire, along with their mentor, Dan Ingersoll of the art & design department, created the sculpture, which was installed this spring in the third floor Lantern area of Centennial Hall.

"The sculpture is about teacher education at UW-Eau Claire through the passage of time," said Gail Scukanec, dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences, who initiated and commissioned the work as a collaborative faculty-student creative project. "We wanted to celebrate teacher education here at UW-Eau Claire, which started as a normal school educating future teachers back in 1916." Full story. back to top

Students propose plan to manage invasive species in Putnam Park
Putnam Park invasive species

Five major types of invasive plant species have been found in Putnam Park.

Students in a conservation biology class are proposing that the UW-Eau Claire and Eau Claire communities work together to better manage the spread of invasive plant species in Putnam Park, a 230-acre nature reserve that cuts through the campus and city neighborhoods.

After researching the invasive plants identified in Putnam Park as well as potential techniques for managing them, the students wrote a management plan that they now are sharing with campus and community groups with ties to the park.

"I don't know many universities with this kind of opportunity right in their backyard," Quinn Collins, a biology, ecology and environmental biology major, said of Putnam Park. Full story. back to top

Nick Erickson awarded prestigious Devroy Fellowship
Nick Erickson

2014 Devroy Fellow Nick Erickson with his parents, UW-Eau Claire journalism graduates Mary and Paul Erickson.

UW-Eau Claire junior Nick Erickson, Platteville, has been awarded the 17th 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 $2,500 scholarship to offset the costs of the residency and a paid summer internship at a Wisconsin newspaper. Erickson will work at The Post during his winter break in January 2015.

Erickson said he is excited, honored and thankful to have been named a Devroy Fellow.

"I truly have put in a lot of hard work in the name of journalism, and it was very flattering to have my efforts recognized by the people who have mentored me," Erickson said.

Erickson was awarded the fellowship at the Ann Devroy Memorial Forum April 17. The forum featured Scott Wilson, White House bureau chief for The Washington Post. Full story. back to top

Four students receive NSF summer research opportunities
Shelby Hamlin Anneliese Laskowski
Shelby Hamlin
Anneliese Laskowski
Max Dylla Tayo Sanders II
Max Dylla
Tayo Sanders II

One biology student and three materials science students at UW-Eau Claire have been selected to participate in the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) summer research program.

Students spending the summer conducting research at graduate programs around the world are Shelby Hamlin, a senior biology major from Eau Claire; Anneliese Laskowski, a junior materials science major from Osseo; Max Dylla, a junior materials science major from Rochester, Minn.; and Tayo Sanders II, a junior materials science major from Kaukauna. Each student is currently engaged in faculty-student research projects at UW-Eau Claire.

The REU program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any NSF funded area of research and provides students with the opportunity to engage in research at prestigious colleges and universities.

"REU research experiences are very competitive," said Wilson Taylor, professor and chair of the UW-Eau Claire biology department. "Being selected speaks mainly to the high quality of the students and their achievements thus far." Full story. back to top

Two materials science majors receive Goldwater Scholarships
Max Dylla and Matt Jewell

Max Dylla , left, with research mentor Matt Jewell, an assistant professor of materials science, is one of two UW-Eau Claire students receiving prestigious Goldwater Scholarships this year.

Two materials science students at UW-Eau Claire have been awarded prestigious Goldwater Scholarships, two of only nine awarded in Wisconsin and 283 awarded in the United States for 2014.

Max Dylla, a junior materials science major from Rochester, Minn., and Tayo Sanders II, a junior materials science major from Kaukauna, have received the scholarships, which are awarded to students pursuing careers in science, mathematics or engineering.

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers

.Dylla and Sanders also have been selected to participate in the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) summer research program. See story above.

After he graduates in May 2015, Dylla plans to pursue a Ph.D. in materials science. He said he attributes receiving the Goldwater Scholarship and REU opportunity to the quality research experiences he has had at UW-Eau Claire.

Following graduation in May 2015, Sanders plans attain a Ph.D. in materials science and supplement it with a postdoctoral experience to diversify his fields of expertise. Full story. back to top

Education major receives Fulbright English teaching assistantship
Samantha Kobs
Samantha Kobs

UW-Eau Claire senior Samantha Kobs has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student grant for an English teaching assistantship in South Africa from January through September 2015.

Kobs, an education major from Deer Park, will depart for Washington, D.C., to engage in pre-departure orientation following her last day of student teaching with her eighth-grade students at Eau Claire's South Middle School in June.

Upon arrival in South Africa, Kobs will work with college professors or secondary school English teachers for 20 hours per week, providing assistance in the classroom as well as individual tutoring and mentoring in English reading and writing. Full story. back to top

Bilingual Beginnings language camps to be offered this summer at The Priory
The Priory

This summer the UW-Eau Claire department of languages will offer its new Bilingual Beginnings language immersion camps at the university's Children's Nature Academy at The Priory.

Bilingual Beginnings will offer classes in French, German and Spanish. Five two-week camps, offered from June 16-Aug. 22, will be available to students entering grades one and two. Participants may choose between morning (8:15 a.m.-noon) and afternoon (12:30 p.m.-4:15 p.m.) sessions.
Carter Smith, professor of Spanish and chair of the department of languages, said one of the goals of the program is to maintain a language immersion format with a nature theme.

"A number of us thought about the possibility of summer immersion language camps that would have a curricula focused on nature," Smith said. "We also thought it was important to create camps that would introduce the study of languages and cultures to the area children since they are at the perfect age to begin to learn a second language, and in this way we could create some important outreach to Eau Claire and surrounding communities." Full story. back to top

Join your fellow Blugolds at upcoming alumni events
Harry Jol Shanti Freitas
Harry Jol
Shanti Freitas

Let's Do Lunch noon-hour lecture series. Wednesday, May 28, Fanny Hill Restaurant, Eau Claire, noon-1 p.m. Harry Jol, UW-Eau Claire professor of geography and anthropology, and Shanti Freitas, intercultural immersion coordinator, will discuss a research opportunity through the International Fellows Program that took three undergraduates to the South Island of New Zealand. Tickets are $13 per person and include presentation, buffet, beverage, tax and tip. To reserve your spot, send email to alumni@uwec.edu or call 715-836-3266. Learn more.

Milwaukee political science and criminal justice alumni gathering. Thursday, June 4, 6-8 p.m., Hilton Milwaukee River, 4700 N. Port Washington Road, Milwaukee. View invite.

Ecolab employee luncheon. Friday, June 13, noon. Complimentary lunch featuring an update from Chancellor James Schmidt and Blugold door prizes. View invite.

Mastersingers USA

Mastersingers Milwaukee reunion. Mastersingers USA, a male choral ensemble made up of Singing Statesmen alumni, will perform the national anthem at the Milwaukee Brewers vs. Cincinnati Reds game Friday, June 13, at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. On June 14, the ensemble will provide musical accompaniment during the 4:30 p.m. Mass at Church of the Gesu, 1145 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Following Mass, the group will perform a concert of sacred music, world folk songs and American spirituals at the church. Tickets are free and are available from the Mastersingers USA website.

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. View invite.

Alpha Kappa Lambda reunion. Return to UW-Eau Claire for the 50th anniversary of Alpha Kappa Lambda during Homecoming weekend (Oct. 3-4). For more information, contact Tim Coburn,at 715-836-0181, or timothycoburn@att.net.

For details about these events and others in the works, visit the Alumni Association's online calendar. back to top

For all things Blue and Gold!
Alumni Online Store

Visit the Alumni Online Store, and shop for T-shirts, sweatshirts, baseball caps, scarves, beanies and jackets. You'll find quality merchandise to fill all your Blugold apparel needs.

Check it out! 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:
Randy Marten Randy Marten '74, a UW-Eau Claire management graduate, has guided Marten Transport to become one of the top trucking companies in the U.S. (Photo by Bob Brown, Chippewa Valley Business Report) Full story.
Zach Halmstad Zach Halmstad '04, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate and co-founder of JAMF Software, was recently featured in an article in Forbes magazine. Full story.
Paul Evans Paul Evans '76, a UW-Eau Claire psychology graduate, has retired after a 36-year career with the UW-Madison housing program, serving as housing director for the past 16 years. (Photo by Joel Ninmann, UW-Madison) Full story.
Jeff Mastin Jeff Mastin '89, a UW-Eau Claire business education graduate, has been named superintendent of the Lake Holcombe School District. Full story.
Seal Sean Carey '08, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, UW-Eau Claire, has released his second album as a singer/songwriter, "Range of Light." Full story.
Seal Kelly Lessman '00, who received a master of science degree in communication disorders from UW-Eau Claire, has been named director of special education for Forest Lake (Minn.) Area Schools. Full story.
Seal Caroline Akervik '99, who received of master of arts degree in English from UW-Eau Claire, recently had her book "White Pine: My Year as a Lumberjack and a River Rat" released by Fire and Ice, an imprint of Melange Books. 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 tote bag. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the June 2014 issue of eView.

May Blugold Trivia question:

A student-created sculpture, "Starlight Heritage," was recently installed in Centennial Hall. What materials did the artists use in producing the sculpture?

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 Maria Gifford, a 1998 UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate and winner of the April Blugold Trivia prize! Maria's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that a total of 832 schools responded to The Princeton Review's 2013 green college sustainability survey. back to top

 
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