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November 2003
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NEWS SUMMARY

Irish dancers

International showcase
UW-Eau Claire senior Erin Flehmer and sophomore Serena Davis take their turn at an Irish dance they were teaching at the Center for International Education’s International Folk Fair Nov. 2 in Davies Center. Students, community organizations and ethnic groups represented nearly 40 countries with food, live music, crafts and educational information. An estimated 4,000 people attended the fair, which was free to the public. (UW-Eau Claire Spectator photo by Butch McCartney)

Regents OK continued progress toward credit transfer plan, approve “Return to Wisconsin” pilot program
The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents on Nov. 7 approved four action items as part of a plan that will increase opportunities for credit transfer between the UW System and Wisconsin Technical College System. The Regents also approved a three-year pilot “Return to Wisconsin” program, which will offer a 25 percent discount on tuition for nonresident students who are children or grandchildren of UW alumni at participating campuses. Campuses that will participate include UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point and UW-Whitewater. Full story.

State commission approves Phillips Science Hall improvements
Phillips Science HallThe State Building Commission has approved $1.9 million for improvements to Phillips Science Hall at UW-Eau Claire. The commission voted Oct. 15 to approve the request submitted by UW-Eau Claire for the 2003-05 biennium. The funds will be used for a variety of projects, including modifications to a number of classrooms that will accommodate installation and use of new instructional technology; replacement of floor tiles and cabinetry throughout much of the building; replacement of ceiling tiles in the office wing; and upgrades to the heating system that will reduce noise, increase efficiency and allow for improved climate control to protect sensitive scientific instruments. Full story.

New student newspaper debuts on campus
The Flip Side logoAs of Oct. 29, UW-Eau Claire has another student newspaper on campus. The editors of The Flip Side,
who describe their paper as an alternative campus media outlet, plan to publish every two weeks on Wednesdays during the fall and spring semesters. Full story. Read the current issue, available on The Flip Side Web site, and read an editorial from longtime student newspaper The Spectator welcoming The Flip Side to campus.

Gift funds equipment for athletic training facility
Campaign Web site linkChippewa Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and the OakLeaf Surgical Hospital, Eau Claire, have made a gift of $50,000 through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation for the purchase of treatment and rehabilitation equipment to be used in UW-Eau Claire’s newly renovated athletic training facility. University funds paid for the renovations to the facility in the McPhee Physical Education Center, which included increasing the size of the treatment and rehabilitation areas and creating a separate, more private evaluation room, said Jeff Oliphant, assistant professor of kinesiology and athletics and director of the university’s athletic training education program. Now, the gift is allowing the university to adequately equip the space, he said. Full story. The gift is recognized as a contribution to the university’s ongoing fund-raising campaign, Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, which so far has raised $27 million toward its goal of $35 million in private support for the university by July 2005.

Students commit $300,000 to Carson Park turf project

Football game at Carson Park

UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson

UW-Eau Claire’s Student Senate voted Oct. 20 to commit $300,000 to help pay for the installation of artificial turf and a new scoreboard at the Carson Park football field. The financial commitment represents three of the eight “shares” needed to raise a total of $800,000 in donations to complete the project, which will not receive tax support. The Student Senate action brings total student contributions to Carson Park improvements to nearly $1 million since 1996, including contributions toward the construction of home and visitor locker rooms, restrooms, concession stands and other enhancements. Funds committed by Student Senate come from student segregated fees, which are allocated by the Senate each year to fund a variety of activities, organizations and projects. Segregated fees are separate from tuition, housing and other fees paid by students. Full story.

New Center for Collaborative Leadership in Education announced
UW-Eau Claire’s School of Education recently announced the establishment of a new center on campus: the Center for Collaborative Leadership in Education. The Center is part of an ongoing initiative by the School of Education and UW-Eau Claire to serve the students and programs of area school districts, said Mark Clark, dean of the College of Professional Studies. The Center will identify and secure resources to help promote collaboration among undergraduate and graduate students in education, university faculty and staff and professional teachers and administrators in the region, said Katherine Rhoades, associate dean of the School of Education. Full story.

Web site offers estate planning, planned giving information
Do you have questions about estate planning? Planned giving? Your will? Each month, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's gift-planning Web site, “Giving Wisely, Changing Lives,” features new articles and interactive features that cover such topics. For example, the recently updated site now features an article on the significant changes to the U.S. Tax Code by the 2003 Tax Act, as well as free e-brochures on such topics as “Appreciated Property: Uncover the Value of Your Appreciated Assets,” “Retirement Income Plans: Ways to Pay You More” and “Questions and Answers About Wills.” To access the articles and e-brochures, click on the site's “gift-planning guide” link. To read stories about alumni and friends who’ve included UW-Eau Claire in their estate plans, click on the site's “planned giving stories” link.

Two emeriti faculty members die
Ruth Johnson — Ruth Johnson, professor emerita of English, died Oct. 7 at the M.B. Syverson Lutheran Home in Eau Claire. She was 102. Johnson joined the UW-Eau Claire English faculty in 1940 and retired in 1961. Full obituary.

John MorrisJohn Morris — John Morris, professor emeritus of English and former administrator at UW-Eau Claire, died Oct. 11 at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire. He was 77. Dr. Morris taught in UW-Eau Claire’s English department, rising to the position of vice chancellor under then-Chancellor Leonard Haas and Vice President Dick Hibbard. Morris served as acting chancellor for a time. He retired in 1988 after serving UW-Eau Claire for 32 years. Full obituary.

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ALUMNI HIGHLIGHTS

Alumni, former coach are newest Blugold Hall of Fame inductees

2003 Hall of Fame inductees The newest inductees into the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Hall of Fame were honored at a ceremony and banquent Nov. 1. The 2003 inductees included (left to right) Robert Scott, former head men's tennis coach; Tom Peck '75, basketball; Ken Cychosz '83, tennis; and Mike March '84, football. Not pictured is Brenda Dahl-Erickson '88, swimming. Full story. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Bruce Dybvik)

Alumni Success Stories
Dr. James Anderson '63James Anderson elected to Institute of Medicine
Dr. James M. Anderson, a 1963 UW-Eau Claire chemistry graduate, is one of 65 newly elected members to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine is a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on issues related to human health. Members devote a significant amount of volunteer time as members of IOM committees, which engage in a broad range of studies on health policy issues. Full story. In October, Anderson was inducted into UW-Eau Claire's College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Hall of Honor.


James Doucette '87
James Doucette receives Milken Educator Award
James Doucette, a 1987 UW-Eau Claire education graduate who teaches history and law at Franklin (Wis.) High School, received the 2003 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award in a surprise assembly Oct. 13 at his school. Each of the nation’s 47 Milken educators receive a $25,000 award that they can use in any way they choose. On hand to present Doucette with his award were Elizabeth Burmaster, Wisconsin's state superintendent of public instruction; Wisconsin first lady Jessica Doyle; and Lowell Milken, Milken Family Foundation chairman. Read more about Doucette and the Milken Educator award on the Wisconsin Education Association Council and Milken Family Foundation Web sites.

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ALUMNI EVENTS

Statesmen performances in Fond du Lac, Shell Lake
UW-Eau Claire’s Singing Statesmen will give public performances in November in Fond du Lac and Shell Lake:

    two Singing Statesmen
  • They will perform in Fond du Lac at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Fond du Lac High School Performing Arts Center, 801 Campus Dr. The group will perform classical and folk music. A free-will donation will be accepted at the performance, and an alumni reception will follow in the high school commons. For more information or to register to attend, send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call (715) 836-3266.
  • The group will perform in Shell Lake on Friday, Nov. 14, in the Indianhead Arts & Education Center gymnasium, 802 1st St. The performance will include a variety of music, including sacred, patriotic, contemporary and Broadway selections. The Innocent Men, an accapella men’s group from UW-Eau Claire, also will perform after intermission. Tickets for the Shell Lake performance are $8 for adults and $5 for students. For more information or to order tickets, contact the Indianhead Arts & Education Center at (715) 468-2414, or visit the center's Web site at http://www.IndianheadArtsCenter.com.
The Statesmen, a 55-member chorus under the direction of Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, celebrated their 35th anniversary season in 2002-03 as one of the premier university male choruses in the United States. See their Web site for audio clips and a 2003-04 performance schedule.

Alumni reception in Madison
The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association is hosting a gathering for Madison, Wis., area alumni who are employees of American Family Insurance and Alliant Energy. Plan to attend this complimentary luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at American Family Insurance, Building A, Room A3151, 6000 American Family Way, Madison. Enjoy delicious pizza, salad, soda and dessert; hear a UW-Eau Claire update from Chancellor Donald Mash; and register to win great Blugold door prizes. If you’d like to attend, call the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association at (715) 836-3266 or send an e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu by Friday, November 28.

Alumni Association trip to Rome
Roman ColosseumPlan now to join the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association’s trip to Rome from Feb. 20-28, 2004. Departures to “The Eternal City” are available from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison and additional cities. The cost of the trip ($1,299 per person, double occupancy, or $1,599 single occupancy) includes round-trip airfare, first-class hotel accommodations in Rome, daily buffet breakfast and more. For best availability, those interested are encouraged to make reservations by Dec. 1. Find details online, or call (800) 842-9023 for additional information.

Spring art trip to New York
UW-Eau Claire’s department of art & design invites alumni to join the department’s annual spring trip to New York City. An informational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in Room 105 of the Haas Fine Art Center. The trip will depart from the Haas Fine Arts Center at 6 p.m. Friday, March 19, 2004, and return Sunday, March 28. The cost of the trip ($550 or $750 per person for quad and double rooms, respectively) includes round-trip motor coach transportation and seven nights at the Wellington Hotel, a modern hotel in the middle of the theater district and just a few blocks from Central Park. Although not a guided tour, there are optional group activities planned for most days, including trips to major museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in its temporary Queens location and the new Dia:Beacon Contemporary Art Center located up the Hudson River. The deadline for purchasing tickets is 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9. Tickets may be purchased in person at the University Service Center in Davies Center or by phone at (715) 836-3727. Cash, credit card or checks will be accepted. For more details, contact the department of art & design at (715) 836-3277, or send e-mail to Bobby Pitts at pittsbl@uwec.edu or Stephen Katrosits at katrossr@uwec.edu.

For more information . . .
Contact the Alumni Association for more information about any of the events above or about planning an alumni event in your area.

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CAMPUS EVENTS
For a complete listing of upcoming events at UW-Eau Claire and links to detailed information, see the university’s online Calendar of Events.

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MORE CAMPUS NEWS
Follow this link to find more campus news, including recent and past news releases, the University Bulletin (faculty/staff newsletter), The Spectator (student newspaper), and Blugold athletics news.

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