Academic Year Wrap-Up • Spring Semester • May 20, 2004
Spring commencement exercises for 1,164 students at UW-Eau Claire will be held May 22 in Zorn Arena.
Candidates from the College of Business and College of Professional Studies will receive degrees during a 9:30 a.m. ceremony. Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and candidates for master’s degrees will receive degrees during a 2 p.m. ceremony.
The Honorable Jim Doyle, Governor of the State of Wisconsin, will deliver the “Charge to the Class” during the morning ceremony. The Rev. Donald Wisner, a 2001 honorary UW-Eau Claire alumnus and pastor of the University Lutheran Church, will deliver the “Charge to the Class” during the afternoon ceremony. His speech is titled “You Can Get to Oulu from Here.”
A reception for graduates and guests will follow each ceremony on the Central Campus Mall. If it rains, the reception will move to the Spruce-Tamarack Room of Davies Center. Full story.
This Saturday Jonathan Watson will become the first student to graduate from UW-Eau Claire’s physics and engineering dual degree program.
“The dual degree program was a great advantage in preparing for engineering course work because I began with experience in areas such as electronics and optics,” Watson said. “It gave me a greater understanding of the concepts presented in the initial engineering courses and allowed me to stay ahead of the curve throughout the entire program.”
Watson will participate in UW-Eau Claire’s commencement ceremonies May 22. He went through graduation ceremonies at the University of Minnesota May 7. Full story.
First online MBA class graduates Saturday
The MBA students who are unable to attend the ceremony, can view the event with their relatives and friends online. the Web site also includes information about the program and the 11 graduates.
When UW-Eau Claire senior Kerri Grube was in the second grade, she enrolled in a summer school German class. The experience laid the foundation for high school and college studies in German language and culture, which have led to the award of a prestigious Fulbright Teaching Assistantship for 2004-05.
Grube, a Wisconsin Rapids native who will graduate from UW-Eau Claire May 22 with majors in German and English literature, will teach English to students in the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen. She will be assigned to a German teacher of English to assist him or her in the classroom for up to 12 hours per week. Full story.
Seven UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff selected as 'Wisconsin Idea Fellows'
The UW-Eau Claire fellows are among 100 faculty and staff from across the state who were nominated by the president and chancellors of the UW System's 15 institutions. The Board of Regents intends to award the designation to 100 new Wisconsin Idea Fellows each year. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association to present awards May 22
The university has honored its alumni through the awards program since 1961, Bachmeier said.
Brothers John, Michael and Thomas Kell will be honored for their shared commitment to UW-Eau Claire. John Kell, a 1973 UW-Eau Claire business administration graduate, will receive the President’s Award, which recognizes outstanding professional or personal achievements or service to UW-Eau Claire. He is the CEO of Kell Container Corp., Chippewa Falls, one of the nation’s largest corrugated sheet plants. He is secretary of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation board and has been a member of the board since 1996. He also serves on the university’s Football Advisory Council.
Michael and Thomas Kell will be honored with the Alumni Association’s Honorary Alumnus Award. Thomas Kell, of Chippewa Falls, is president of Kell Container, and Michael Kell, of Stone Lake, is a retired Kell officer. Michael Kell also is a past member of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation board and investment committee.
Peter Eckerline also will receive the President’s Award. Eckerline received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from UW-Eau Claire in 1982 and 1983. He has been employed with Merrill Lynch since 1983 and is now a first vice president of investments with the firm. He heads Merrill Lynch’s Eckerline, Bencini, Boyd Group in Wayzata, Minn., which manages more than $1 billion in clients’ assets.
James Doucette, a 1987 UW-Eau Claire social studies education graduate, will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes distinguished service to the community, state or nation in a manner that brings credit upon the recipient and the university. Doucette teaches U.S. history and law at Franklin High School in Franklin, where he has taught for 12 of his 16 years as an educator. Last October, he was one of just two Wisconsin teachers named as recipients of the 2003 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award.
Claire B. (Bennett) Lang, a 1976 UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, also will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award. Lang is a full-time anchor with NASCAR Radio on XM Satellite Radio, based in Washington, D.C.
Lang also is editor of Winners Magazine, the publication of The Speedway Club at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Charlotte; does free-lance feature reporting for RACELINE, a syndicated television show about NASCAR racing, broadcast nationally and internationally; and operates Claire B. Lang & Co. Media, specializing in broadcasting, writing, reporting, consulting and public relations.
Concert Choir to participate in D-Day performances in France
Take some time to study this painting in the lobby of Financial Aid, and you could learn a thing or two about the people who work there. Program Assistant Vicki Vogler spent many evenings and weekends with paints and brushes creating the detailed collage of staff and students, which she presented to the office when she retired in February.
Vogler said she is very fond of the people she worked with for 12 years, so she wanted to create something that portrays what she sees in them. “I like painting people, but not necessarily what they look like,” she said. “I prefer capturing who they are and what they’re like.”