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  September 2014

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In this issue

Get ready for Homecoming 2014!

Blugold Hall of Fame induction planned for Homecoming weekend

Are you a Blugold legacy family?

U.S. News ranks UW-Eau Claire among top Midwest schools in quality, lowest in grad debt

Materials Science Center adds new high-tech microscope to its instrumentation

Seven faculty, staff members recognized for excellence

English professor challenges readers in new book that blends fact and fiction

Biology grad works to shape public policy for land management

Graduate program seeks your input

Three freshmen named National Merit Scholars

Ingrid Michaelson to perform Nov. 17 in Zorn Arena

Champions of The Power of AND

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

Alumni links

Alumni events

Alumni success stories

Blugold Babies

eView archive

eView survey

Photo album

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Get ready for Homecoming 2014!

Homecoming royalty

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association invites all alumni and friends to Homecoming 2014, scheduled for Oct. 3-4. Join friends and former classmates for the biggest Blugold bash of the year. Enjoy the Varsity Night Live! variety show, the traditional parade, Blugold Fever Fest and football game.

Other events include the Golden Blugold Celebration and reunions for the groups Alpha Kappa Lambda, political science and criminal justice alumni, alumni of color, Latin American studies alumni, nursing alumni and the class of '74. A softball alumnae reception and the annual Soccer Club alumni game also are planned during the weekend.

Check the Alumni Association website for additional Homecoming details. Plan now to join your friends for Homecoming 2014! back to top

Blugold Hall of Fame induction planned for Homecoming weekend

Hall of Fame

UW-Eau Claire's Blugold Hall of Fame class of 2014 will be inducted Saturday, Oct. 4, as part of Homecoming weekend.

Class members are football players Bill Perkins and Tyrone Cooper, softball players Heidi (Bergstrom) Kelly and Lisa Schueler, and swimmer Bill Underwood. This group represents the 38th class of men’s inductees and the 25th class of women’s inductees and brings the number of athletes, coaches and administrators who have been honored to 205.

The class will be recognized at halftime of the Homecoming football after an 11 a.m. induction banquet that precedes the 2:30 p.m. game.

Additional information about the Blugold Hall of Fame can be found on the Blugold athletics website. back to top

Are you a Blugold legacy family?

Blugold Legacy

Stop by the Blugold Fever Fest at Homecoming for a family photo!

We invite UW-Eau Claire students and alumni attending Homecoming with a Blugold parent, grandparent, son, daughter, sister, brother, aunt or uncle to stop by the Blugold Fever Fest for a family legacy photo. Blugold Legacy family photos will be taken Saturday, Oct. 4, from 1-2 p.m. at the Carson Park Pine Pavilion near the yellow tent on the east end.

The first 50 people to pose for an “I’m a Blugold Legacy” portrait will receive a free Blugold Legacy seat cushion. Blugold Legacy photos will be available to share online with family and friends at www.facebook.com/uweauclaire.

We look forward to seeing your legacy family at the Blugold Fever Fest for a Homecoming family photo. Go Blugolds! back to top

U.S. News ranks UW-Eau Claire among top Midwest schools in quality, lowest in grad debt

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For the 20th consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report magazine has named UW-Eau Claire among the best public regional universities in the Midwest.

The 2015 edition of "America's Best Colleges" ranks UW-Eau Claire No. 6 among the top regional public universities in the Midwest and 33rd among all private and public institutions in the Midwest. Every year since 1995, U.S. News has ranked UW-Eau Claire among the top public institutions in the Midwest and in the top third of public and private Midwestern regional universities.

"For two decades, U.S. News has recognized through its rankings the high-quality education UW-Eau Claire provides its students," Chancellor James Schmidt said. "I'm proud to be a part of this longstanding tradition of excellence." Full story. back to top

Materials Science Center adds new high-tech microscope to its instrumentation
Elizabeth Glowgowski Jamie Lyman Gingerich
Elizabeth Glowgoski
Jamie Lyman Gingerich

The acquisition of a new high-tech microscope with fast-scanning 3-D imaging capabilities will open new and advanced avenues of research for students studying in the sciences at UW-Eau Claire.

The new confocal laser scanning microscope (CLSM), acquired by the Materials Science Center, will further faculty-student collaborative research experiences and expand multidisciplinary research projects in the materials science, chemistry and biology departments.

The addition of the CLSM to the already extensive list of equipment and instrumentation currently used in the Materials Science Center is made possible with a $460,000 grant from the National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation program, which is designed to increase access to shared instrumentation for research and research training in science and engineering within research-intensive learning environments. Elizabeth Glogowski, an assistant professor of materials science, co-wrote the grant proposal with Derek Gingerich, an associate professor of biology, Jamie Lyman Gingerich, an assistant professor of biology, and Matt Jewell, an assistant professor in materials science. Full story. back to top

Seven faculty, staff members recognized for excellence
Excellence award winners

Excellence award winners are, from left, Leah Olson-McBride, Mary Hoffman, Matt Evans, Andy Jepsen, Jane Brownell, Jennifer Muehlenkamp and Jean Pratt.

Seven UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members were recognized for excellence during the university's academic year opening meeting Aug. 26.

Chancellor James Schmidt presented 2014 Excellence Awards to Jane Brownell, services associate and financial specialist in Admissions; Andrew Jepsen, assistant director of administration and facilities for University Recreation and Sport Facilities; Jean Pratt, associate professor and interim department chair of information systems; Matt Evans, professor of physics and astronomy; Jennifer Muehlenkamp, associate professor of psychology; Mary Hoffman, professor and department chair of communication and journalism; and Leah Olson-McBride, assistant professor of social work.

Each honoree received a university medallion and $1,500. The Excellence in Teaching, Scholarship, Service, Advising and Performance awards for classified and academic staff are funded by Markquart Motors and Markquart Toyota of Eau Claire. The 2014 UW System Board of Regents Excellence in Teaching Award nominee is funded by the Arnold and Lois Domer Foundation of Eau Claire. Full story. back to top

English professor challenges readers in new book that blends fact and fiction
B.J. Hollars
B.J. Hollars

Fact or fiction? That's what B.J. Hollars, assistant professor of English at UW-Eau Claire, asks students and readers to determine in his newly published book, "Dispatches from the Drownings: Reporting the Fiction of Nonfiction." The hybrid text is intended to challenge readers and inspire students to look deep into subjects to seek the truth.

"Dispatches from the Drownings" is Hollars' fourth published book. Being a published author provides him with a unique perspective from which to mentor students in UW-Eau Claire's creative writing program, Hollars said.

"Dispatches from the Drownings" presents 100 drowning reports, mainly in the Chippewa Valley region, between 1875 and 1922. Of the 100 reports, 75 are factual accounts of reported events while 25 are completely fictitious accounts created by Hollars. Hollars pairs many of the accounts with images from the collection of Black River Falls photographer Charles Van Schaick, whose images capture life and death in the Black River Falls region from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. Full story. back to top

Biology grad works to shape public policy for land management
Brielle Cummings
Brielle Cummings took part in a two-day wilderness experience in the Apache Creek Wilderness area within the Prescott National Forest as part of the Student Congress on Public Policy for Land Management.

A UW-Eau Claire biology graduate seized an opportunity to get actively involved in protecting and managing existing wilderness areas by representing the next generation of policy advisers and public land professionals at the Second Biennial Student Congress on Public Policy for Land Management held in Arizona in early September.

Brielle Cummings, from Plainfield, was selected from students across the nation to take part in the student congress, which focused on three main topics regarding public lands and wilderness policy: education and engagement; resource management; and employment. The students presented their policy recommendations to State Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service officials at the conclusion of the congress.

"Each area of recommendation was met with different obstacles and required collaboration from all members of the congress," said Cummings, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in May 2014. "My course work in the sciences and the liberal arts education I gained at UW-Eau Claire supported a well-rounded point of view that I was able to use to approach different problems and topics to help reach a solution. Full story. back to top

Graduate program seeks your input

UW-Eau Claire is making plans to launch a new online graduate certificate program next fall. Alumni are asked to provide feedback in order to help select a program title and to aid the university in reaching the right people.

Please help by completing this anonymous survey. back to top

Three freshmen named National Merit Scholars

Three of the approximately 2,050 new freshmen enrolled at UW-Eau Claire this fall have been named National Merit Scholars.

The prestigious honor has been awarded to Kylie Stai, Rochester, Minn.; Mara Reed, Apple Valley, Minn.; and Rachel Esselman, Greenwood. They bring the total number of National Merit Scholars attending UW-Eau Claire this fall to 17.

UW-Eau Claire is one of the few schools in the UW System that officially participate in the National Merit Scholarship program. About 200 higher education institutions in the nation offer college-sponsored scholarships through the program. Full story. back to top
Ingrid Michaelson to perform Nov. 17 in Zorn Arena
Ingrid Michaelson

Indie-pop singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson will appear in concert Nov. 17 at UW-Eau Claire.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the show, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena. A special guest will be announced at a later date.

An advance ticket sale for UW-Eau Claire students only took place Sept. 25. Remaining tickets will be on sale at the Service Center in the east lobby of Davies Center. Call 715-836-3727 for details. 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.

Jennifer Sallis

Businesswoman AND bicyclist
Packing up and relocating to Paris, France, to begin a business career immediately following college was proof that Jennifer Sallis welcomed adventure. The 1992 UW-Eau Claire French and Spanish graduate worked first in marketing for an American company in "The City of Light" until her transfer with French cosmetics giant L'Oreal in 2001 to New York, "The City that Never Sleeps."

Almost 10 years later, Jennifer experienced another grand adventure when she completed a 4,200-mile bicycle trek. The trip departed from Seattle with more than 50 cyclists from around the world. They crossed over the Rocky Mountains, the Great Plains, the Midwestern states (including Wisconsin) and the Adirondacks, completing the journey as a group nine weeks later in Boston. The cross-country journey exposed Jennifer to amazing scenery, the kindness of her fellow riders and the abilities they never knew they had.

Soon after, the Ralph Lauren Corp. hired Jennifer to lead change management for its global system implementation based on her experience at L'Oreal. Today she continues at Ralph Lauren and lives with her husband in Princeton, N.J. Jennifer chose adventures in business AND bicycling, 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:
Denise Robson Denise Robson '83, a UW-Eau Claire economics graduate, has received UW Oshkosh's Barbara G. Sniffen Faculty Governance Service Award. Full story.
Jeanne Weggel Jeanne Weggel '97, who received a master of science in nursing degree from UW-Eau Claire, has received the university's Ihle Family Award for her work in teaching the school's graduate students. Full story.
Carla Kuffel Carla Kuffel '99, a UW-Eau Claire mathematics graduate, has been named Wisconsin's High School Teacher of the Year. Full story.
Seal Mark McKenzie '79, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate and orchestrator for numerous Hollywood films, recently returned to his hometown of Lake City, Minn., to present a solo piano concert. Full story.
Seal Patricia Shelton '99, a UW-Eau Claire mathematics graduate, has joined Waterton Residential as senior vice president, based in Atlanta. Full story.
Seal Sean Carey '08, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate who released his second album earlier this year, recently performed a sold-out concert in Green Bay. Full story.
Seal Robert Gehrke '73, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate, is exhibiting new artwork at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire through Oct. 15. Full story.
Seal Kyle Sawyer '07, a UW-Eau Claire accounting and business finance graduate, has been promoted to assistant finance director for the city of Edina, 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 Homecoming T-shirt. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the October 2014 issue of eView.

September Blugold Trivia question:

U.S. News & World Report magazine has again named UW-Eau Claire among the best public regional universities in the Midwest. How did UW-Eau Claire rank on U.S. News' "Best Colleges for Veterans" list for 2015?

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!

August's winner:

Congratulations to Mary (Grondin) Hummel, a 1968 UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate (MST '84) and winner of the August Blugold Trivia prize! Mary's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that the legendary trumpeter who produced UW-Eau Claire music graduate John Raymond's debut album, "Strength & Song," was Jon Faddis. back to top

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