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Power of AND

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UW-Eau Claire receives $418,869 grant for Geospatial Education Initiative

Sculpture honoring guide, other assistance dogs to be dedicated July 25 in Centennial Hall

Blugold grads earn spots among top U.S. young jazz composers

Jean Pratt to receive IACIS excellence award

Tickets for 2014-15 Forum, Artists Series on sale

The Power of AND personified

Alumni Association events scheduled in the region

Tune in to the Blugold Minute for news and events updates

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

Alumni links

Alumni events

Alumni success stories

Blugold Babies

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UW-Eau Claire receives $418,869 grant for Geospatial Education Initiative
Geospatial lab
Students receive hands-on training to enhance effective learning and use of geospatial technology in the geospatial lab.

Geospatial education at UW-Eau Claire is undergoing a significant transformation to provide students with real-world training, skills and workforce readiness necessary for successful careers in the growing geospatial industry.

An interdisciplinary Geospatial Education Initiative (GEI) developed at UW-Eau Claire by a team of faculty members from the geography and anthropology, physics and astronomy, computer science and information systems departments has been awarded a three-year $418,869 grant from the Growth Agenda for Wisconsin Grants Program.

In addition to the GEI grant, UW-Eau Claire received a second Growth Agenda grant for a project to broaden the impact of undergraduate research on student success and economic development in Wisconsin. Together, UW-Eau Claire's grants represent almost one-third of the nearly $1.4 million awarded through the Growth Agenda grant program. Full story. back to top

Sculpture honoring guide, other assistance dogs to be dedicated July 25 in Centennial Hall
Katherine Schneider and Luna

Katherine Schneider and guide dog Luna will be on hand for the July 25 dedication of the bronze sculpture "Juno," which honors guide and other assistance dogs. (Photo by Claire Madden)

A sculpture honoring guide and other assistance dogs will be dedicated July 25 at UW-Eau Claire.

Designed and cast by the Randolph Rose Collection of Yonkers, New York, the sculpture was commissioned by Katherine Schneider, UW-Eau Claire senior psychologist emerita, and friends in honor of Schneider's 41 years of partnerships with Seeing Eye dogs. The dedication will take place at noon in the second-floor lantern area of Centennial Hall. The sculpture is located near the university's Student Success Center, which houses the Services for Students with Disabilities office.

The life-size bronze sculpture of a yellow Labrador retriever with harness is accompanied by a plaque featuring text in both print and Braille. Titled "Juno," the sculpture is named after the initial walk a student takes at guide dog school. Full story. back to top

Blugold grads earn spots among top U.S. young jazz composers
Keith Karns
Keith Karns

For two years straight, UW-Eau Claire music graduates have received one of the nation’s highest honors for young jazz composers.

UW-Eau Claire alumnus Keith Karns, a trumpet player, composer and band leader now living in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, recently received a 2014 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award during the Jazz Wall of Fame event hosted in June by The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in New York City. Karns followed in the footsteps of UW-Eau Claire alumnus Aaron Hedenstrom, a saxophonist, composer and band leader also living in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, who received the honor in 2013.

A third UW-Eau Claire music alumnus, trumpet player, composer and band leader Andrew Neesley, received the award (then called the ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award) in 2004. Full story. back to top
Jean Pratt to receive IACIS excellence award
Jean Pratt
Jean Pratt

Jean Pratt, an associate professor of information systems at UW-Eau Claire, is the recipient of the 2014 International Association for Computer Information Systems Ben Bauman Award for Excellence. She will be presented with the award at the association's international conference in Las Vegas, Nev., Oct. 3.

The IACIS Ben Bauman Award for Excellence recognizes a faculty member who has compiled an outstanding record of professional service, teaching, and scholarship, and has made significant contributions to their university and their profession.

Founded in 1960, the International Association for Computer Information Systems is a nonprofit association dedicated to the improvement of information systems and the education of information systems and computer professionals. Full story. back to top

Tickets for 2014-15 Forum, Artists Series on sale
Sheryl WuDunn
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Sheryl WuDunn will open The Forum season Oct. 16.

Tickets are on sale for the 2014-15 season of The Forum and Artists Series at UW-Eau Claire.

The Forum lecture series opens Oct. 16 with a presentation by Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize. Her presentation, titled "Half the Sky: Female Equality," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. The program is the first of five Forum events scheduled for the 2014-15 season.

The Artists Series will open Oct. 23 with a concert by the Smetana Trio, the premier piano trio in its native Czech Republic. The performance at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of Haas Fine Arts Center will feature works by Czech composers Bedrich Smetana, Antonin Dvorak and Roman Haas. Four additional Artists Series events are scheduled during the 2014-15 season.

Tickets are available at the Service Center, 715-836-3727, in the east lobby of Davies Center. More information about the upcoming season of The Forum and Artists Series is available online. back to top

The Power of AND personified
Power of AND

This spring UW-Eau Claire unveiled its new brand message: The Power of AND. The Power of AND describes how UW-Eau Claire challenges students, faculty, staff and alumni to explore multiple passions and academic pursuits. Blugolds are not defined solely by one interest or discipline. They are scientists AND poets; musicians AND marketing gurus; nurses AND world travelers.

Kayla Lake

With this issue of eView, we begin a monthly column highlighting alumni and other Blugolds who exemplify The Power of AND. This month we feature Kayla Lake, a 2012 communication sciences and disorders graduate, who is an advocate to the hearing impaired AND a social media guru. Her education helped instill in her a passion that has fueled her career as a marketing executive at the largest hearing aid manufacturer and research institute in the country. And she can build a website!

Read Kayla's full story and more AND stories on The Power of AND brand page. And please submit your AND story as well! back to top

Alumni Association events scheduled in the region

Winona area alumni gathering. Join fellow Blugolds from the Winona, Minn., area for an alumni gathering Friday, July 18, at Signatures Restaurant at The Bridges Golf Course in Winona. Meet UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt and host Jack Richter '80 for lunch and an update on what's happening back on campus. The event runs from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. View invitation for details.

Dan Schumacher
Dan Schumacher

Meet UW-Eau Claire's new athletic director! The Blugold Athletic Club invites you to meet UW-Eau Claire's new athletic director at three meet-and-greet events in the Minneapolis, Green Bay and Milwaukee areas July 29-31. Athletic director Dan Schumacher and Blugold coaches will go on a three-city tour to meet with alumni and friends of Blugold athletics and provide an update on the Blugold athletics program. Phone 715-836-3266 or email alumni@uwec.edu to RSVP, and indicate which event you plan to attend. Visit the Alumni Association's events calendar for details about the three event locations.

38th annual Blugold Booster Golf Outing. The event is set for Monday, Aug. 4, at the Wild Ridge Golf Course in Eau Claire. $175 includes: 18 holes of golf, two carts per fivesome, lunch, dinner and a gift. Shotgun start at 12:15 p.m. Entry deadline is July 25. For details, contact the Blugold athletics office at 715-836-2546, or visit www.blugolds.com and click on Summer Golf Outings. View brochure. back to top

Tune in to the Blugold Minute for news and events updates
Blugold Minute

Stay up to date on campus happenings by tuning in to the weekly Blugold Minute.

An update is posted on the university website every Monday morning. UW-Eau Claire students deliver the news and provide information about upcoming events, campus programs, student and faculty accomplishments, and much more. 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:
Molly Menard Molly Menard '06, a UW-Eau Claire business finance graduate, is co-founder of the National Volleyball League. (Photo provided by the National Volleyball League) Full story.
Shelli Adamczyk Shelli Adamczyk '13, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, is a photographer for WACH FOX TV in Columbia, S.C.. Full story.
Deb Jacobson Deb Jacobson '88, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, recently published her first book, titled "The Enlightened Cat: 12 Feline Lessons in Life and Spirituality," under the pen name Debbra Anne. Full story.
Jeff Sargent Jeff Sargent '01, a UW-Eau Claire geography graduate, has been named director of community development for the city of New Hope, Minn. (Photo by Gina Purcell of the Sun Post) Full story.
John Peterson John Peterson '96, a UW-Eau Claire psychology graduate, has been named special services supervisor for the Hamilton School Board (Waukesha County). Full story.
Matt Deniger Matt Deniger '11, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, has earned his critical care registered nurse certification. Full story.
Laureen Seeger Laureen Seeger '83, a UW-Eau Claire business administration graduate, has been appointed executive vice president and general counsel for American Express Co. Full story.
Seal Michael Fox '11, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, was recently featured on Wisconsin Public Radio for his research on the Wisconsin accent. 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 mug. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the August 2014 issue of eView.

July Blugold Trivia question:

The 2014-15 season of UW-Eau Claire's Forum lecture series includes a talk by Minnesota's first African-American Supreme Court justice. Who is that person?

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 Gloria (Steinkraus) Kwallek, a 2001 UW-Eau Claire social work graduate and winner of the June Blugold Trivia prize! Gloria's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that Carmen Manning, dean of UW-Eau Claire's College of Education and Human Sciences, received her bachelor's degree from Augustana College, her master's degree from Colorado State University and her doctorate from the University of Chicago. back to top

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