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  March 2015

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In this issue

You're going to want to be part of the Blugold Mile!

Men's track and field wins national championship

Forensics team discovers state championship reign is 31 years

Registration for summer session classes now open

Reconnect with your alma mater through Experience U!

Jennifer Dahl named Regent Scholar for innovative facutly-student research

Documentary follows freshmen during first year in Blugold Marching Band

Washington Post columnist/blogger Al Kamen to speak at Devroy Forum

Alumni Association to present 'Let's Do Lunch' event

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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You're going to want to be part of the Blugold Mile!

Eau Claire Marathon runners

Blugold alumni, students, faculty and staff are invited to be part of an exciting event being held this spring.

The Eau Claire Marathon, set for Sunday, May 3, will follow a course that will take runners through the UW-Eau Claire campus, and a number of related events are being planned for that weekend. Here's how to get in on the fun:

Join Team Blugold. Run in the race (the full marathon, full relay marathon and half marathon all will go through campus) on May 3. You'll join other UW-Eau Claire alumni, students, faculty and staff in this highly popular Eau Claire event, including more than 80 current UW-Eau Claire students who are running the race as part of their kinesiology class. Special shirts are available so you can show off your Blugold pride!

Not a marathoner? Not to worry. Join the crowds on campus — arguably THE most scenic vantage point for watching the race and cheering on the competitors as they pass the 24-mile mark. Water and cheering stations, appearances by Blu, our mascot, and fun spectator activities are being planned.

Carbo-load with us. Whether you plan to run on Sunday or just want to get together with fellow Blugolds in Davies Student Center, join us for Blu's Pasta Feed from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, May 2.

For more information about the Eau Claire Marathon and to register for one of the races, go to www.eauclairemarathon.com. When registering, be sure to select Team Blugold. You will need to enter our password, UWEC.

Already registered and want to join Team Blugold? If you have not already joined another team, do the following: (1) Go to http://www.active.com; (2) select "Sign in" in the upper right corner and log in; (3) click on your name in the upper right to select "My Events"; (4) select "Join team" to join Team Blugold-UWEC. (Note: If you have already joined another team, contact the Team Blugold captain, Matt Evans, at evansmm@uwec.edu.)

Order your Team Blugold performance T-shirt (available for marathoners and non-marathoners alike) and your Blu's Pasta Feed tickets at our Online Marketplace. Prices are as follows: Blu's Pasta Feed: Adults and teens, $15; kids ages 5-12, $6.50; kids 4 and under, free. Team Blugold performance T-shirts: $15

Plan now to join us May 2-3! back to top

Men's track and field wins national championship

Men's track and field team

For the first time in school history, the UW-Eau Claire men's track and field team earned an NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Team National Championship. 

The Blugolds scored 62 points March 14 — the final day of the 2015 NCAA Division Indoor Track and Field National Championships — to take first-place honors. Full story. back to top

Forensics team discovers state championship reign is 31 years

Forensics team

As the UW-Eau Claire forensics team headed to UW-Stout to compete in the Wisconsin Collegiate Forensics Association State Tournament Feb. 20 and 21, they were hoping to secure the university's 23rd consecutive state championship win.

That did not happen, however. Instead, the team went home with UW-Eau Claire's 31st consecutive state championship. 

That's right, 31st. 

It was previously accepted that UW-Eau Claire had won the state tournament 22 years in a row, taking second place to UW-Madison in 1983, but no confirmation or denial could be made of that information — until now. Full story. back to top

Registration for summer session classes now open

Summer Session

Registration for summer session 2015 classes at UW-Eau Claire is now open. 

Many courses are offered during the three-week summer session from May 26-June 12 or the eight-week summer session from June 15-Aug. 7. Other courses are offered during varying periods within those timeframes. 

Approximately 260 courses are available during summer session, with about 150 of them offered online, 100 in the classroom and 10 as hybrids (some online content and some in class). Full story. back to top

Reconnect with your alma mater through Experience U!

Experience U

Blugold alumni are invited back to campus on Thursday, April 16, to participate in UW-Eau Claire's second Experience U event.

At Experience U, alumni will have an opportunity to share their advice and experiences with students. The event includes dinner, a keynote presentation by alumna Stacey Stratton '98 and an alumni cocktail hour.

Experience U is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, Alumni Association and Career Services to provide students with the opportunity to learn important life-after-college lessons from those with the knowledge and experience to share: UW-Eau Claire alumni.

To learn more and to register, visit the Experience U website. Space is limited, so register soon! back to top

Jennifer Dahl named Regent Scholar for innovative faculty-student research

Jennifer Dahl receiving Regent Scholar award

UW System President Ray Cross, left, and UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt, right, present Jennifer Dahl, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of materials science, with the Regent Scholar award.

Jennifer Dahl's nanoparticles research packs a one-two punch: It has the potential to lead to new business development in Wisconsin while at the same time providing opportunities of a lifetime to UW-Eau Claire students.

In recognition of her innovative faculty-student research, Dahl recently was named one of the first five recipients of a Regent Scholar award by the Research, Economic Development, and Innovation (REDI) Committee of the UW System Board of Regents. Dahl received a $50,000 grant as part of the award. 

Dahl, an assistant professor of materials science, received the Regent Scholar award for her project "Janus nanoparticles: A practical pathway toward functional materials for efficient photovoltaics, optical circuits, and nanomedicine." The project has implications for advances in solar cell technology, optoelectronics and anti-cancer treatments. Full story. back to top

Documentary follows freshmen during first year in Blugold Marching Band

UW-Eau Claire Blugold Marching Band "Pride AND Performance"

BMB! That's all you have to say to high school students across Minnesota and Wisconsin, where being a Blugold is the marching band benchmark of excellence.

"We travel to high schools across the region and are the featured college band at Bands of America regional and national high school marching band competitions," says Randal Dickerson, the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Marching Band director whose creativity and energy has propelled the BMB to record numbers and brought the band national recognition. "Once a high school marching band sees the BMB perform, the kids are hooked, and they want to become a Blugold."

A new documentary, "Pride AND Performance" funded by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, follows freshmen Eduardo Rafael Leoncio do Nascimento, a cymbalist, Briar Swann, a baton twirler, and Ben Mackie, a mellophonist, through their first year as members of the Blugold Marching Band, one of the most active bands in the Upper Midwest.

The students' first-year journey is narrated by Dickerson and the band's senior drum majors Nick Hansberry, Kara Metzger and David Lofy. The story follows the three freshmen from band camp to their first on-field performance at Homecoming and to the annual BMB showcase performance at Chippewa Falls High School.
"Pride AND Performance" provides an inside look at Dickerson's personal commitment to developing a nationally celebrated marching band —a band he grew from 60 members to more than 300 in just a few years —that serves as a model for the next generation of music educators.

Full performance videos are available on the UW-Eau Claire YouTube channel. Full story. back to top

Washington Post columnist/blogger Al Kamen to speak at Devroy Forum

Al Kamen
Al Kamen

The first thing Al Kamen remembers from all those years of sitting next to Ann Devroy in The Washington Post newsroom is the flying coffee.

"I had the distinction of having about 20 shirts ruined by all of the cups of coffee spilled on me," Kamen said. "She was always popping up from behind the low partition that divided us, yelling, 'Kamen, did you hear this? Here's something for your column!'  

So when Kamen heard that Devroy's widower, Mark Matthews, suggested he fly to Eau Claire for this year's Devroy Forum at UW-Eau Claire, Kamen said he was "delighted" to comply. 

Kamen, who is in his 35th year at The Washington Post and his 22nd year of writing its popular "In the Loop" column on executive branch news, will be the featured speaker for the 18th annual Ann Devroy Memorial Forum April 23 at UW-Eau Claire. Full story. back to top

Alumni Association to present 'Let's Do Lunch' event

Saori Braun
Saori Braunl

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association is planning a number of events in the weeks ahead. Here are a couple:

Let's Do Lunch lecture series. Wednesday, March 25, noon, Eau Claire Golf & Country Club, Altoona. Saori Braun, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of kinesiology, will discuss osteoporosis, a condition known as the "silent killer" due to its symptomless development and lack of public awareness. More info.

Concert Choir Spring Tour Performance. Thursday, April 23, 7 p.m., St. Norbert Abbey Church, 1016 N. Broadway, De Pere. Alumni, parents and friends of the Concert Choir and members of the university community are invited to enjoy an evening of music and a reception following the choir's performance.

For more information about these events and others in the works, check out the Alumni Association's events calendar, call 715-836-3266 or email alumni@uwec.edu. 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.

Zachary Moore

Aspring music teacher AND award-winning composer
As a student in UW-Eau Claire's rigorous music education program, Zachary Moore already has enough on his overflowing plate. Yet despite his demanding schedule, the full-time undergraduate still manages to pursue his unique and remarkable talent for musical composition. Moore began arranging and composing at the age of 15 and has since turned an enjoyable hobby into a successful aptitude and career. This year, the student claimed third place in the national American Prize competition for the submitted recording of his work titled "I Will Lift My Eyes." Moore's arrangements continue to escalate in status, and, in recent years, he even received multiple commissions from choral groups and societies nationwide. Zachary Moore perfectly demonstrates how to balance academic studies with a thriving and prosperous passion. He is an aspiring music teacher AND an award-winning composer, 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:
Andrea Finn Andrea Finn '06, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, has been awarded the RCU 2014 Positive Impact Award. Full story.
Nick Berger Nick Berger '05, a UW-Eau Claire social studies graduate, has joined HSHS Sacred Heart (Eau Claire) and St. Joseph's (Chippewa Falls) hospitals as divisional client services executive. Full story.
Peter Eckerline Peter Eckerline '82, a UW-Eau Claire business administration graduate who also received an MBA in 1983, has been named Minnesota's top financial adviser by Barron's for the eighth time in the last 10 years. Full story.
Seal Trina Jashinsky '84, a UW-Eau Claire public administration graduate, has joined Journal Communications as vice president of human resources. Full story.
Seal Barbara Haas '75, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, has been elected chairperson of Nursing Education Xchange, a national collaborative of doctoral programs in nursing. Full story.
Seal Nick Reimer '06, a UW-Eau Claire criminal justice graduate, has been named deputy chief of the Manitowoc Police Department. Full story.
Seal Gary Wendt '90, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, recently performed as part of Concert for Peace: Fallen Heroes in Glenview, Ill. Full story.
Seal Jason Voiovich '97, a UW-Eau Claire communication graduate and vice president of marketing, research and analytic services for Logic PD, recently presented at Meritide's Technology User Group. Full story.
Seal Jon Gadbois '05, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, has been named Stevens Point poet laureate. 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 T-shirt. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the April 2015 issue of eView.

March Blugold Trivia question:

Washington Post columnist/blogger Al Kamen will be the featured speaker at the 2015 Ann Devroy Memorial Forum. In what year did Ann Devroy graduate from UW-Eau Claire?

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!

February's winner:

Congratulations to Cara (Shimon) Schwartz, a 2011 UW-Eau Claire management graduate and winner of the February Blugold Trivia prize! Cara's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that the director of the University Honors Program is Jeff Vahlbusch. back to top

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