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  April 2016

 
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In this issue

Blugold alumni named Pulitzer finalists

Regents approve new geospatial analysis and technology degree at UW-Eau Claire

Softball's Huntington becomes UW-Eau Claire's winningest coach

Chancellor's Blog: A story we must keep telling

UW-Eau Claire in a class by itself when it comes to undergraduate research opportunities

Journalism grad shares memories of interview with Prince

Garfield Avenue redesign gets regents' approval

Photo of Blugold voting puts freshman in national spotlight

International Poetry Reading to share beauty, emotional power of language

Eau Claire Marathon, Blugold Mile to return to campus mall

Upcoming events

Champions of The Power of AND: UWEC philosophy grad and now assistant professor Matthew Meyer

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia


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Blugold alumni named Pulitzer finalists
David Joles '87, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, and Elizabeth Willis '83, an English graduate, were among the 2016 honorees. Full story. back to top

Regents approve new geospatial analysis and technology degree at UW-Eau Claire
Students interested in pursuing a career in the high-demand, cutting-edge geospatial analysis and technology fields will have a new program option at UW-Eau Claire. Full story. back to top

Softball's Huntington becomes UW-Eau Claire's winningest coach
Softball head coach Leslie Huntington's current team of Blugolds helped her achieve her 400th career victory. Full story. back to top

Chancellor's Blog: A story we must keep telling
The realities of the impact of Wisconsin state budget reductions in funding for higher education (including a 26 percent cut for UW-Eau Claire) is a story that needs repeating, says Chancellor James Schmidt. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire in a class by itself when it comes to undergraduate research opportunities
Collegiate Bridge program targets underserved, underrepresented freshmen and provides them with a high-impact practice normally reserved for upperclassmen and high-performing students. Full story. back to top

Journalism grad shares memories of interview with Prince
In 2013, Blugold Amy Nelson interviewed the popular but elusive superstar. She shares her memories and impressions of her experience in a Pioneer Press column she wrote at the time. Full story. back to top

Garfield Avenue redesign gets regents' approval
Approximately 75 percent of project budget is for replacement of failing underground utilities. Full story. back to top

Photo of Blugold voting puts freshman in national spotlight
Student becomes a face of Wisconsin’s closely followed primary presidential election. Full story. back to top

International Poetry Reading to share beauty, emotional power of language
Campus and community members with a love for poetry and languages will gather May 4 for the 10th — and final — International Poetry Reading at UW-Eau Claire. Full story. back to top

Eau Claire Marathon, Blugold Mile to return May 1

Student-alumna duo share their
Blugold Mile experience

UW-Eau Claire student Zach Klein, above, and his mother, UW-Eau Claire alumna Traci Gerharz Klein, were among the runners who experienced the Blugold Mile in 2015. Read their story and view a video of last year's Blugold Mile.

Blugold alumni are invited to campus May 1 to join hundreds of UW-Eau Claire students, alumni, faculty and staff in cheering runners through the Blugold Mile during the Eau Claire Marathon. It's the second year the course will take runners in the full, full relay and half-marathon races through the UW-Eau Claire campus. The first runners are expected to reach the Blugold Mile around 9:45 a.m.

Visit the alumni tent
Be sure to stop in at the Alumni Association tent — we'll be set up along Garfield Avenue where the runners will approach the footbridge. We'll have cowbells to hand out for as long as they last!

Students running for a cause
In addition to cheering on the more than 3,000 race participants, Blugold alumni have a new way to show their support this year. UW-Eau Claire student organizations have set a goal to raise $10,000 for local charities and scholarships by sponsoring student runners. Visit the Blugold Mile CrowdRise page to support students who'll be running for a cause on May 1!

Race-night carbo load
Whether you're running on May 1 or planning to cheer on the competitors, all are welcome at the Saturday pasta feed from 4-9 p.m. in Riverview Cafe East in UW-Eau Claire's Hilltop Center. Check out the Eau Claire Marathon Expo on upper campus — be sure to stop in at the UW-Eau Claire booth when you pick up your race registration packet at UW-Eau Claire's McPhee Center! Then head over to Hilltop for the feast! See more information and pricing on the Alumni Association events page. back to top

Upcoming events

  • Eau Claire Marathon and Blugold Mile. April 30-May 1, UW-Eau Claire. See details above.
  • Let's Do Lunch. May 25, Eau Claire Golf and Country Club. Presented by Greg Kocken, head of special collections/university archives, McIntyre Library, presents "History of Eau Claire Architecture." More information and registration.
  • SAVE THE DATE: Link Walker Golf Outing and Alumni Social. Football alumni social on July 22, golf outing on July 23 at Lake Hallie Golf Course, Chippewa Falls. View invitation.

View all Alumni Association events and universitywide events. back to top

Champions of The Power of AND

Power of AND

Spotlighting alumni and other Blugolds who exemplify The Power of AND

educator AND entrepreneur

Dr. Matthew Meyer

When Dr. Matthew Meyer earned his degree in philosophy from UW-Eau Claire he knew the skills he developed during his undergraduate years would serve him well in graduate school and beyond.

After all, the critical and creative thinking skills he nurtured through his liberal arts studies are exactly the kinds of skills he needed to succeed in what he hoped would be a teaching career at the university level.

After earning his graduate degree at Stony Brook University in New York, Matthew returned to the Midwest, where he now serves as an assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies at his alma mater. He credits his philosophy degree with allowing him to pursue his dream career of teaching and writing philosophy, but also with instilling in him an adventurous and entrepreneurial spirit.

In 2008, Matthew and his wife, Jill, started a hobby business called Tired Ol' Belts. Through their business, they make belts out of recycled bicycle tires and other recycled bike parts. The business is an opportunity to combine their passions for environmental awareness, vegan fashion and the cycling culture. Matthew says their approach to business is in the very nature of philosophical thinking. Full story.

Read more AND stories on The Power of AND website. back to top

Alumni success stories

Here are some of the latest stories of accomplishments of UW-Eau Claire alumni:

Phyllis Beebe '29, a UW-Eau Claire English education graduate, recently celebrated her 107th birthday. Full story.

Bridget Osborn '09, a UW-Eau Claire geology graduate, has been named to the 2016 class of New Faces of Engineering by DiscoverE. Full story.

Jaimie (Hoeschen) Larson '09, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, has been named the 2016 Young Professional of the Year by the I-94 West Chamber of Commerce. Full story.

Travis Schuh '12, a UW-Eau Claire English education graduate, has been honored with a Golden Apple Award for his work as a sixth-grade English language arts teacher at Wrightstown Middle School. Full story.

Emily Gunderson '84, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, is the new communications manager for the city of Savage, Minnesota. Full story.

David Joles '87,
a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate and photographer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, impacted nearly half a milliion people when his photo of a woman in Fort Snelling cemetery went viral on social media. Full story.

Chris Woleske '86, a UW-Eau Claire health care administration graduate, has been named chief operating officer of Bellin Health Oconto Hospital. Full story.

Dr. Sam Sekanick '05, a UW-Eau Claire kinesiology graduate, is co-owner of Midwest Spine and Nerve Center, a chiropractic practice with two locations in Madison. Full story. back to top

Blugold Trivia
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 into a drawing for a UW-Eau Claire baseball cap. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the May issue of eView.

April Blugold Trivia question:

How much was the three-year grant UW-Eau Claire received that supported the creation of a geospatial certificate program, which served as the foundation for the university's new geospatial analysis and technology major to be offered beginning in fall 2016?

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!

March's winner:

Congratulations to Karen Wilms Lehner '77, a UW-Eau Claire special education graduate, winner of the March Blugold Trivia prize. Karen’s name was drawn from among those who correctly identified two of the many UW-Eau Claire student organizations raising funds for local charities by sponsoring runners in the May 1 Eau Claire Marathon. Karen named the Student Council for Exceptional Children and Behavioral Applications Regarding Canines. back to top

 
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