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  July 2015

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In this issue

Chancellor discusses impact of state budget on UW-Eau Claire

Blugold interns help create the ultimate concert experience

Senior geology majors earn summer field study grants

Ramsey scholarship recognizes alum's tenacity in pursuing med school goal

Biology students explore, help protect future of Utah watershed

Biology researchers publish study on deer ticks

The Forum opens Sept. 24 with 'I Am the Change'

Tickets now available for 51st Artists Series season

Champions of The Power of AND

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

Alumni links

Alumni events

Alumni success stories

Blugold Babies

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Chancellor discusses impact of state budget on
UW-Eau Claire

Centennial Hall

Gov. Scott Walker has now signed the 2015-17 state budget into law. The budget will have a significant impact on UW-Eau Claire, as Chancellor James Schmidt outlined during a campus presentation held July 10. In his remarks to more than 200 faculty, staff and students he explained that the university's net annual reduction each year during 2015-17 will be $12.2 million.

"This includes our structural deficit of $4.5 million and the ending state budget reduction of $7.7 million per year," Schmidt said.

Read more in the Chancellor's Blog. back to top

Blugold interns help create the ultimate concert experience

Eaux Claires Festival interns
Blugold interns Leah Richardson, left, and Cherie Minske are pictured hard at work on the grounds of the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival.

This weekend, thousands of music and arts fans will arrive in Eau Claire expecting big things from a Grammy Award-winning artist's festival. Putting together an experience of this size is no small task, which is why the July 17-18 festival enlisted a few talented students from UW-Eau Claire.

Two Blugolds are putting their creative skills to the test as interns for the first-ever Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival — a two-day, multi-stage experience featuring live music and performance and visual art.

"Right now we're all just working really hard to make Eaux Claires memorable and meaningful to all attendees," Cherie Minske said.

Minske, a senior marketing major from Northfield, Minn., and Leah Richardson, a 2015 music graduate from Mukwonago, have landed two prestigious festival internships with 2004 UW-Eau Claire graduate and indie rock band Bon Iver frontman, Justin Vernon. The two interns have been working at Vernon's Eau Claire home and studio, April Base. Full story. back to top

Senior geology majors earn summer field study grants

Students at geology field camp in Montana
Unimin Corp. Field Geology II grant recipients participated in Field Camp II near Whitehall, Mont., in June.

This summer, 14 UW-Eau Claire senior geology majors were awarded a Unimin Corp. Field Geology II Grant to attend Field Camp II in Whitehall, Mont. The students spent three weeks in May and June learning field techniques and solving geological problems in the mountains of western Montana.

The grant is part of Unimin Corp.'s $10,000 sponsorship of UW-Eau Claire's Field Camp II course and provided a $700 grant to each student participant. Unimin Corp. has made a $50,000 annual commitment to the Responsible Mining Initiative at UW-Eau Claire. The financial commitment funds scholarships, grants and paid internships for geology majors. Unimin Corp. is a leading global producer of non-metallic industrial minerals. Full story. back to top

Ramsey scholarship recognizes alum's tenacity in pursuing med school goal

Brady Hauser

Brady Hauser recently received the James and Anne Ramsey Memorial Scholarship from Sue Schleppenbach, executor of the Ramsey estate.

Brady Hauser, a 2012 UW-Eau Claire kinesiology graduate, recently was recognized for his perseverance in pursuing his goal to attend medical school as the first recipient of the James and Anne Ramsey Memorial Scholarship through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

The scholarship, presented to Hauser by Sue Schleppenbach, executor of the James and Anne Ramsey estate, was established to recognize a pre-med student who has had to overcome great challenges.

Kimera Way, president of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, said the legacy of James and Anne Ramsey at UW-Eau Claire continues to grow with the awarding of the memorial scholarship.

"Thanks to the generosity of James and Anne, we were able to establish the first fully funded endowed chair at UW-Eau Claire in memory of James' brother," Way said. "That endowed chair carries Marion Oliver Ramsey's name, and we did not have anything here to reflect the role of James (Kenneth) and Anne Ramsey, who are responsible for this amazing legacy. Being able to help a student in the health sciences, which is where the endowed chair is located, seems to bring everything full circle." Full story. back to top

Biology students explore, help protect future of Utah watershed

Students on Utah biology trip
Students on the Utah trip hiked five miles to their Escalante Canyon base camp on their first day in the scenic region.

Hike and camp in one of the most picturesque areas of the desert southwest, and while you're there, learn about its biodiversity and work to preserve its beauty for generations to come.

Sounds like great travel brochure copy, right? In actuality, it describes the experience of eight UW-Eau Claire biology students during a 10-day trip this spring to southern Utah's Escalante River and the surrounding canyon country — a ruggedly beautiful area with majestic rock formations that is far different from western Wisconsin both geologically and biologically.

As part of UW-Eau Claire's "Collaborative Research in Biology" course, taught by Todd Wellnitz, the students assisted with an invasive species removal project led by the Escalante River Watershed Partnership, removing Russian olive trees in an assigned section along the Escalante. Their work on the project went toward fulfillment of their UW-Eau Claire service-learning requirement. Full story. back to top

Biology researchers publish study on deer ticks

Students doing research in Putnam Park
UW-Eau Claire biology students conduct field study in Putnam Park for deer tick research.

People typically avoid pesky deer ticks at all costs. We spray repellent on our yards, on ourselves, and we even arm our pets against the tiny insects.

So why were a UW-Eau Claire biology professor and a team of student researchers determined to collect as many deer ticks as they could from 2010-13? To inform the public about their risk of contracting Lyme disease.

TurntinenIn a research project recently published in the Journal of Vector Ecology, biology professor Lloyd Turtinen and student researchers Alyssa Kruger, a 2013 graduate in biochemistry/molecular biology, and Madeleine Hacker, a 2013 graduate in microbiology, studied the percentage of deer ticks that carry Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease. Full story. back to top

The Forum opens Sept. 24 with 'I Am the Change'

The Forum "I Am the Change"
The Forum season opens with a presentation by, from left, Donisha Rita Claire Prendergast, Ndaba Mandela and Jasmine Rand.

Tickets for the 74th season of The Forum at UW-Eau Claire are now on sale. The 2015-16 season of the distinguished lecture series will open Sept. 24 with a presentation by Ndaba Mandela, Nelson Mandela's grandson; Donisha Rita Claire Prendergast, Bob and Rita Marley's granddaughter; and Jasmine Rand, the family attorney for Trayvon Martin. The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.

Titled "I Am the Change," the program featuring an esteemed trio of human rights luminaries and legends will demonstrate how the "power of one" can transform the world.

The program is the first of five Forum events scheduled for the 2015-16 season. Full story. back to top

Tickets now available for 51st Artists Series season

Black Violin opens Artists Series

Tickets are now on sale for the 51st season of the Artists Series at UW-Eau Claire.

The 2015-16 season will open Oct. 7 with a concert by Black Violin, a classically trained violin duo praised for their ability to blend music from the classics to pop culture. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.

The duo, South Florida natives Wilner "Wil B" Baptiste and Kevin "Kev Marcus" Sylvester, will perform their signature genre-busting act featuring a groundbreaking blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B and even bluegrass music.

Four additional events are part of the 51st Artists Series season. Full story. back to top

Champions of The Power of AND
Power of AND

In this issue of eView, we continue our series spotlighting alumni and other Blugolds who exemplify The Power of AND.

Kayla Shoemaker

Guiding young musicians AND growing a business

There's an expression that goes, "Do what you love, and you'll never work a day in your life." Some people live their whole lives without finding this fortunate path, but music alumna Kayla Shoemaker has found the beauty in that adage already and is making it a reality — and she's just graduated from college. As a piano performance major, Kayla took advantage of all the UW-Eau Claire music program has to offer, including an immersion study in New York City, where she met influential NYC musicians and gained a true sense of the diverse opportunities she would find in the world of concert piano. She returned with the inspiration to build her own private piano studio, where she currently instructs 25 young students (and maintains a long waitlist), and contracts her piano services for private concerts, weddings, accompaniments for choirs and church services. Kayla Shoemaker is guiding young musicians AND growing a successful business — and that's pretty powerful.

Read more AND stories on The Power of AND website. And please submit your AND story as well! 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:
Paula Gibson Paula Gibson '98, a UW-Eau Claire communication graduate, has received the Alzheimer's Association's statewide Outstanding Professional of the Year Award. Full story.
Seal Julie Anderson '90, a UW-Eau Claire geography graduate, has been appointed to a six-year term on Wisconsin's natural resources board. Full story.
Seal Steve Kueppers '97, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, has been named by Key Equipment Finance as vice president, equipment finance officer. Full story.
Seal Heidi Eliopoulos-Taylor '01, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, has been named superintendent of the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District. Full story.
Seal Charles Walker '00, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, played a free show with his band at the MOTR Pub in Cincinnati in May. 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 tote bag. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the August 2015 issue of eView.

July Blugold Trivia question:

The 74th season of The Forum lecture series at UW-Eau Claire opens Sept. 24 with a presentation titled "I Am the Change." Who will present the season's last lecture next spring?

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 Dan Williams, a 1991 UW-Eau Claire business finance graduate and winner of the June Blugold Trivia prize! Dan's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that the Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay, which accepted two recent UW-Eau Claire biology graduates into its inaugural class, expects to enroll 25 students per year. back to top

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