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Alumni Association plans spring events

Rigorous first-year writing initiative preparing students for academic, career success

UW-Eau Claire included in 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities

Robert Frost celebration, poetry reading set for March 26

Mogensen Lecture to feature expert on bullying, moral development

Economics graduate chosen to present research on Capitol Hill

Founder of UW-Eau Claire Viennese Ball passes away

Michael Carney named to associate vice chancellor post

UW MBA Consortium faculty recognized for outstanding teaching

Bonnie Isaacson receives Regents Academic Staff Excellence Award

Alumnus named curator of Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame

Forum speaker Carl Elliott to discuss health care and consumerism

Former Blugold soccer coach Scott Martin writes memoir about recovery from disease

Registration begins April 14 for WYSP summer camp

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Alumni Association plans spring events

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association is hosting several events in the coming months. Here are just a few:



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Let's Do Lunch noon-hour lecture series. Wednesday, March 26, Fanny Hill Restaurant, Eau Claire, noon-1 p.m. James Boulter, director of UW-Eau Claire's Watershed Institute for Collaborative Environmental Studies, will share a brief history of his life as a scientist and explain why he took that big — and somewhat unconventional — step toward studying climate change. Tickets are $13 per person and include presentation, buffet, beverage, tax and tip. To reserve your spot, send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call 715-836-3266. Learn more.

Environmental public health alumni reunion. Saturday, March 29, Ojibwe Room, Davies Center. The event begins at 1 p.m. and features forum speakers, a building tour and dinner. View invite.

Target employee luncheon. Monday, April 14, Target Corporate Headquarters, Minneapolis, noon. Target employees are invited to meet Chancellor James Schmidt and Alumni Association director John Bachmeier for a complimentary lunch. View invite.

UW-Eau Claire Concert Choir performance and alumni gathering. Monday, April 14, Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 790 N. Van Buren St., Milwaukee, 5:30 p.m. buffet dinner, 7 p.m. concert. View invite.

CUNA Mutual Group employee luncheon.
Thursday, April 24, International Commons Building, 5910 Mineral Point Road, Madison, noon. Employees are invited to meet Chancellor James Schmidt and Alumni Association Director John Bachmeier for a complimentary lunch. View invite.

For details about these events and others in the works, check out the alumni events calendar. back to top

Rigorous first-year writing initiative preparing students for academic, career success
Shevaun Watson

Shevaun Watson teaches a course in the Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing program.

A newly created rigorous first-year writing program at UW-Eau Claire is receiving national recognition for its innovation and effectiveness in helping students develop the strong communication skills employers say they value in new college graduates.

The Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing — designed to ensure that every student is prepared for the reading, writing and researching demands of college and beyond — has received the Writing Program Certificate of Excellence from the national Conference on College Composition and Communication organization. The UW-Eau Claire program will be honored by the CCCC during its March meeting.

"We have transformed an outdated English composition course into a modern and relevant first-year writing program," Carmen Manning, chair of the English department, said of the Blugold Seminar initiative. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire included in 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities
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For the second year in a row, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has been named in Military Advanced Education's 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities.

The guide provides military veterans and potential students with information about academic institutions that go out of their way to implement military-friendly policies in support of returning servicemen and women. This year, institutions were evaluated on their military culture, financial aid for veterans, flexibility, on-campus support and online support services. Full story. back to top

Robert Frost celebration, poetry reading set for March 26
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Joan Christopherson Schmidt
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Max Garland

UW-Eau Claire will host the first Frederick and Joan Christopherson Schmidt Robert Frost Celebration of American Poetry event at 4 p.m. March 26 on the third floor of Centennial Hall.

The poetry event, held on the 140th anniversary of Robert Frost's birth, celebrates the university's acquisition of the Frederick G. and Joan Christopherson Schmidt Robert Frost Collection. The collection was acquired by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation from Joan Christopherson Schmidt of Milwaukee as part of the Foundation's Power of Possible campaign.

Schmidt's husband, Frederick, was a personal friend of Frost and the collection is believed to be one of the most extensive Frost collections maintained outside of academia. It contains 44 Frost books, most of which are first or rare limited editions, including many that have been signed and inscribed by the poet. Also included are manuscript materials containing handwritten poetry, Christmas cards and pamphlets, as well as dozens of books about Frost.

The Frederick and Joan Christopherson Schmidt Robert Frost Celebration of American Poetry event is free and open to the public. Full story. back to top

Mogensen Lecture to feature expert on bullying, moral development
Ron Jacobson
Ron Jacobson

An educator known for his leadership and research in school bullying, moral development and classroom culture is the featured speaker for the 11th annual Martin Mogensen Education Lecture at UW-Eau Claire.

Ron Jacobson is the dean of the School of Education at Northwest University in Kirkland, Wash., where he is also an associate professor of education. Jacobson will present "Rethinking School Bullying: Dominance, Identity and School Culture" March 27 from 4-5:15 p.m. in room 1415 of Centennial Hall.

The focus of Jacobson's lecture is to better understand both the question of why kids bully, and the complex answers to that question.

The presentation, hosted by the College of Education and Human Sciences in partnership with the Martin Mogensen family, is free and open to the public with a reception to follow. Full story. back to top

Economics graduate chosen to present research on Capitol Hill
Ruth Cronje and Laurelyn Sandkamp

Ruth Cronje, professor of English, left, and Laurelyn Sandkamp, 2013 economics graduate.

Research on food insecurity in Eau Claire and the barriers low-income residents face in gaining access to and preparing healthy food will be on display April 28 as part of Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C. Laurelyn Sandkamp, a 2013 UW-Eau Claire economics graduate from Lake Geneva, is one out of 60 presenters chosen from more than 600 applications to present her research to top decision-makers in the nation's capital.

Sandkamp began working on the project titled "Nutritional Agency Constraints Among Food Insecure Residents of Eau Claire County" as an undergraduate student in 2012 with her faculty mentor Ruth Cronje, a UW-Eau Claire professor of English, and Rachel Keniston, executive director of The Community Table in Eau Claire. The project was sponsored by UW-Eau Claire's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, which also is funding the travel costs of the trip. Full story. back to top
Founder of UW-Eau Claire Viennese Ball passes away
Ada Bors
Ada Bors

Ada Smalley Bors, UW-Eau Claire special events coordinator emerita, passed away March 6 at her home in Eau Claire. She was 77.

Bors was the founder of the Viennese Ball at UW-Eau Claire and was coordinator of the event for 25 years. Since its founding in 1974, proceeds from the Viennese Ball and contributions to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation’s Viennese Ball Endowment Fund have provided more than $1.5 million in music, service and international study awards for deserving UW-Eau Claire students. The endowment fund is now being renamed the Ada Bors Memorial Viennese Ball Endowment Fund.

As the Viennese Ball grew in size, so did Bors' position at UW-Eau Claire, and she eventually became the university's full-time special events coordinator, planning such events as commencement, Cabaret and other universitywide events. Read full obituary. back to top

Michael Carney named to associate vice chancellor post
Michael Carney
Michael Carney

Michael Carney has been named UW-Eau Claire's associate vice chancellor for curriculum, internationalization and immersion following an internal search.

Carney had served as interim associate vice chancellor for curriculum, internationalization and immersion since August 2013.

A member of UW-Eau Claire's chemistry faculty since 2000, Carney served as the chemistry department chair from 2010-13. He previously held positions in industry as a staff scientist with W.R. Grace & Co. and as a research chemist with Chevron Chemical Co.

"I'm honored to be selected for this position," Carney said. "During my short tenure as the interim associate vice chancellor, I've appreciated the chance to interact with the people and programs reporting to me, and I've been incredibly impressed by their dedication to our students." Full story. back to top

UW MBA Consortium faculty recognized for outstanding teaching
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Three UW-Eau Claire faculty members recently received UW MBA Consortium Outstanding Faculty Awards for excellence in teaching. Voting was done during the fall 2013 semester by students enrolled in the consortium's Foundation program and/or MBA program the past two years.

Robert Erffmeyer, professor of marketing, was named the 2014 Outstanding Foundation Faculty Member. Nancy Hanson-Rasmussen, assistant professor of management, was honored as the 2014 Outstanding Module/Core Faculty Member. Kristy Lauver, associate professor of management, received the 2014 Outstanding Elective Faculty Member award. Full story. back to top

Bonnie Isaacson receives Regents Academic Staff Excellence Award
Bonnie Isaacson
Bonnie Isaacson

A UW-Eau Claire nontraditional student adviser known for her optimism and can-do attitude is the recipient of the UW System's 2014 Regents Academic Staff Excellence Award.

Bonnie Isaacson will receive the award during the UW System Board of Regents meeting March 6 in Madison. The award recognizes the recipient's dedication, excellence of performance, personal interaction, initiative and creativity, and outstanding achievement.

Isaacson began her career at UW-Eau Claire in 1990 working as a program assistant in several departments while completing her bachelor's and master's degrees. As someone who returned to college after several years away, her journey was similar to those of the adult students she advises today.

Isaacson has been advising and advocating for nontraditional, veteran and transfer students at UW-Eau Claire since 1995. Full story. back to top

Alumnus named curator of Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame
Brent Hensel
Brent Hensel at Lambeau Field.

Growing up in Black River Falls, Brent Hensel, like many Wisconsin kids, followed the Green Bay Packers. But while his peers may have dreamed about playing for the green and gold, Blugold alumnus Hensel had different aspirations.

"I can recall watching my first Packers game on TV when I must have been 3 or 4 years old," Hensel said. "I asked my father what this game was and even told him that I wanted to work for them someday."

That dream has come true. Hensel, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a master's degree in history in 2004, has been named curator of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, located at historic Lambeau Field. Full story. back to top

Forum speaker Carl Elliott to discuss health care and consumerism
Carl Elliott
Carl Elliott

A professor in the Center for Bioethics and the department of pediatrics at the University of Minnesota and an affiliate faculty member in the department of philosophy and the school of journalism and mass communications will deliver a Forum lecture at UW-Eau Claire March 26.

Carl Elliott will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.

Elliott's 2010 book, "White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine," which is also the title of his lecture, explores the question of whether health care and consumerism can go hand in hand. Drawing on his professional experience as well as extensive interviews with former and current industry professionals, Elliott combines stories of drug production, research and marketing with tales of bioethicists, professional guinea pigs and pseudo-scientific ghostwriters. His research and experience inform his study of how money has infiltrated the health care system and deception has subverted medical professionals. More information. back to top

Former Blugold soccer coach writes memoir about recovery from disease
Scott Martin

Former Blugold soccer coach Scott Martin returned to campus in December 2013 to speak at the Blugold soccer banquet.

Scott Martin was hired as the Blugold women’s soccer coach and associate head resident of Towers Hall in the summer of 1992. He was the third Blugold head coach in the school’s fourth year of varsity women’s soccer, which became a conference sport that fall.

Martin's life took a dramatic turn the following summer when he was infected with a virulent strain of the group A streptococci bacteria. He's recently co-written his memoir, "Moving Forward in Reverse," which was published in 2013 and details his long road of rehabiliation.

Read about Martin's recovery and how he's overcome his setbacks. back to top

Registration begins April 14 for WYSP summer camp
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Registration for the Wisconsin Youth Success Program, a free summer camp at UW-Eau Claire, begins April 14.

The camp, for youth ages 10-16 who live in the Chippewa Valley, runs from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, June 16-July 10. No camp will be held July 3.

The camp offers a wide variety of physical and educational activities throughout the summer. Free breakfast and lunch are provided each day. Participants whose parents or guardians live in the Eau Claire or Altoona school districts also receive transportation to and from camp. Full story. 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:
Brandon Riechers Brandon Riechers '98, a UW-Eau Claire business finance graduate, was recently named a Trailblazer 40 Below by Credit Union Times. Full story.
Dustin Englebert Dustin Englebert '12, a UW-Eau Claire athletic training graduate, plans to participate this summer in the nonprofit Bike and Build program, which gives young adults an opportunity to contribute to the need for affordable housing nationwide. Full story.
Seal Keith Karns '08, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, has received a 2014 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award. Full story.
Seal Caleb Klebig '08, a UW-Eau Claire criminal justice graduate, is a crime analyst for the Madison Police Department. Full story. back to top

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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 baseball cap. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the April 2014 issue of eView.

March Blugold Trivia question:

Alumnus Brent Hensel has been named curator of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, which is currently closed for renovations. When is the Hall of Fame due to reopen?

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 Karen Miller, a 1979 UW-Eau Claire music education graduate and winner of the February Blugold Trivia prize! Karen's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that the title of pianist Geoffrey Keezer's 2013 CD is "Heart of the Piano." back to top

 
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