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Concerts ring in holiday season

UW System lauds UW-Eau Claire Rhodes Scholar

A tribute to Blugold troops

Gov. Doyle announces UW-Eau Claire's role in new Wisconsin Entrepreneur's Network

New partnership to address nursing shortage

Jumpstart Eau Claire receives $100,000

$40,000 gift starts elementary Spanish program

Foundation notes end-of-year giving options

Winterim session to begin Jan. 3

Israel expeditions to be next "Let's Do Lunch" topic

Former faculty member, longtime golf coach dies

Alumni success stories:
Richard Saykally '70, Scott Pingel '96, Denise Sweet '85, '87

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December 2004

Concerts ring in holiday season
The 30th annual UW-Eau Claire Holiday Concerts showcased the musical talents of hundreds of students during two performances Dec. 5 in Zorn Arena. More than 3,100 community members attended the free concerts, presented by the department of music and theatre arts and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation as the university's annual holiday gift to the community. The concerts included performances by the Wind Symphony, conducted by Richard Mark Heidel; the Symphonic Choir and the Women's Concert Chorale, conducted by Alan Rieck; the University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nobuyoshi Yasuda; and the Concert Choir and The Singing Statesmen, directed by Gary Schwartzhoff.

concertgoers in line at Zorn Arena

Above, concertgoers flooded into Zorn Arena before the 2 p.m. Holiday Concert. Below, colorful banners created a festive atmosphere in the crowded arena.

concert scene from Zorn gallery

Concert Choir members

Above, from left, students Stacie Olson, Joshua Andrew, Isaac Unseth and Margaret Meinen performed with the Concert Choir. Below, student violinist Steven Ethington played with the Symphony Orchestra.

violinist Steven Ethington

UW-Eau Claire photos by Rick Mickelson

UW System lauds UW-Eau Claire Rhodes Scholar

Chauncy Harris
Chauncy Harris

UW System President Kevin Reilly today congratulated UW-Eau Claire student and recently named Rhodes Scholar Chauncy Harris during the system board of regents December meeting, citing Harris as "one among (the UW System's) 160,000 students for whom higher education has indeed been a life-changing experience." In addition to recognizing Harris' individual accomplishment, "we take pride in knowing that Chauncy credits UW-Eau Claire for preparing him for the Rhodes program," Reilly said. UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Donald Mash also spoke at the regents' meeting, noting that while the media have focused on the fact that Harris is UW-Eau Claire's first Rhodes Scholar, there is a much more remarkable aspect to the story. "The real story here is that a regional public university anywhere in the country has a Rhodes Scholar," Mash said, noting that the honor almost exclusively goes to students at private and much larger public institutions. He added that through Harris, UW-Eau Claire faculty and administrators are learning more about the process of applying for awards like the Rhodes Scholarship. "We're going to take a look at how we prepare and nurture our promising students for these prestigious awards," he said. Read e-View Nov. 23 special edition about Chauncy Harris' recent selection as a Rhodes Scholar.

A tribute to Blugold troops

Maj. Douglas and Tammy (Greer) Torbert
Maj. Douglas Torbert and his wife, UW-Eau Claire alumna Tammy (Greer) Torbert '89 (business administration), were pictured with their children before Douglas' deployment to Afghanistan on Sept. 22 with the Army Reserve's 13th Psychological Operations Battalion based in Arden Hills, Minn.

Web page to honor alumni, students, faculty/staff in military or with family who serve
Blugolds across the United States are among the many Americans affected in a very personal way by our nation's involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan and other military operations around the world. If you are a UW-Eau Claire alumnus, student or faculty or staff member who is serving in the military or who has a spouse or child on active duty, you are invited to send information about you or your family member for inclusion on a new UW-Eau Claire Web page. Please e-mail the following information to eview@uwec.edu: the alumnus' name, class year and degree from UW-Eau Claire; the military member's name, military branch, rank and unit; the location where the military member is serving; and the date he or she was deployed. Digital photos of military members also may be submitted as e-mail attachments. A link to the new Web page will be provided in the January issue of e-View.

Gov. Doyle announces UW-Eau Claire's role in new Wisconsin Entrepreneur's Network

Gov. Jim Doyle Audience gathered to hear Doyle's announcement
Gov. Jim Doyle announced UW-Eau Claire's designation as a regional center for the new Wisconsin Entrepreneur's Network to a standing-room-only audience in the Hormel Foods Team Project Lab in Schneider Hall. (UW-Eau Claire photos by Rick Mickelson)

Gov. Jim Doyle visited UW-Eau Claire Dec. 1 to announce the selection of the university as one of four regional centers for the new Wisconsin Entrepreneur's Network. UW-Eau Claire's regional center will be in the Continuing Education office at 210 Water St. WEN, established to promote entrepreneurship and innovation in the state, is a joint effort among the UW Extension, the WiSys Technology Foundation, the Wisconsin Technical College System and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. The network will be funded with $1 million a year through 2006, as part of a bill signed by Gov. Doyle in April. The measure provides money for the entrepreneurial centers and tax credits for early-stage investors and establishes a technology commercialization grant and loan program. In addition to the UW-Eau Claire center, WEN will include regional centers in Green Bay, Madison and Milwaukee and several outreach centers. The centers are to open in three to six months. Governor's office news release.
Chancellor Donald Mash and CVTC President Bill Ihlenfeldt
UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Donald Mash (left) and Chippewa Valley Technical College President Bill Ihlenfeldt at the Nov. 10 news conference announcing the Chippewa Valley Nursing Alliance program. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

New partnership to address regional nursing shortage
Nursing enrollments in the Chippewa Valley will increase 10 percent in a year thanks to a new, joint venture that creates slots for an additional 24 nursing students. The Chippewa Valley Nursing Alliance, a partnership of UW-Eau Claire and Chippewa Valley Technical College, was established to help meet the rising demand for nurses in western Wisconsin. The agreement promotes dual enrollments in the schools, providing opportunities for students to enroll in CVTC nursing classes and UW-Eau Claire general education classes concurrently. After completing the CVTC nursing associate degree program, students participating in the Chippewa Valley Nursing Alliance can enroll in the UW System's Collaborative Nursing Program to earn a nursing bachelor's degree from UW-Eau Claire. Full story.

Jumpstart Eau Claire receives $100,000
UW-Eau Claire's Jumpstart Eau Claire program has been awarded a $100,000 appropriation by the U.S. House Appropriations bill through the efforts of Wisconsin Congressmen Herb Kohl and Ron Kind. UW-Eau Claire's Jumpstart Eau Claire program recruits, trains and supervises college students to work with early childhood programs, including Head Start, in low-income neighborhoods to provide one-to-one attention to young children struggling in preschool. During the 2002-03 school year, 40 university students provided 36 children individual Jumpstart sessions and assisted 260 children in centers served by Jumpstart. Full story.

$40,000 gift establishes elementary Spanish program

Foundation notes
end-of-year giving options
As the end of 2004 approaches, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation reports that gifts and commitments to its ongoing Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence campaign now total $40 million. "Our alumni and friends, through their support of this campaign, are making an impact and promoting great learning across this campus," said Carole Halberg, UW-Eau Claire Foundation president. Those wishing to make an end-of-year gift in support of UW-Eau Claire's people and programs can do so online or by calling toll free at 1-877-625-2473. (Note: The Foundation office will be closed Dec. 31, so those wishing to make an end-of-year contribution should contact the Foundation before that date.)

Elementary students from the Eau Claire Area School District will have the opportunity to begin learning Spanish language and culture thanks to a $40,000 gift from the Presto Foundation to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. The language immersion program, starting in January, will match a total of 40 first graders in two classes at Robbins and Roosevelt elementary schools with a student in the foreign language program at UW-Eau Claire and with a native Spanish speaker. The classes will include age-appropriate language instruction as well as cultural experiences. The program will continue to offer these students instruction in Spanish in grades two through five and enroll at least 40 new first graders each year. "This is a great opportunity for elementary students to develop a significant interest in Spanish, and because there will be a longer exposure to the language there will be more development of language proficiency," said Paul Hoff, UW-Eau Claire professor of Spanish and foreign language education and director of the Honors Program. Full story. The gift from the Presto Foundation is recognized as a gift to Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's ongoing fund-raising campaign for the university's people and programs.

Winterim session to begin Jan. 3
Registration remains open through Dec. 30 for classes during UW-Eau Claire's 2005 Winterim session. The three-week session from Jan. 3-21 will offer more than 60 classroom courses and five Web-based courses. Winterim is open to both current students and people not currently enrolled at the university. More information is available online or by calling the Registration and Scheduling office at (715) 836-2425.

Israel expeditions to be next "Let's Do Lunch" topic
Let's Do Lunch graphic"Geoarchaeological Adventures in the Holy Land" will be the topic of the next session of "Let's Do Lunch" at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Sweetwaters Restaurant in Eau Claire. Harry Jol, associate professor of geography and anthropology, will be the featured speaker. "Let's Do Lunch," the monthly noon-hour speaker series sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association, offers community members a chance to participate in interactive discussions with members of UW-Eau Claire's faculty and staff. More information.

Former faculty member, longtime golf coach dies
Frank WrigglesworthFrank L. Wrigglesworth, who developed UW-Eau Claire men's golf program into a national power, died Nov. 29 at the age of 87. Services were held Dec. 4 at St. Patrick’s Church in Eau Claire. Wrigglesworth taught at UW-Eau Claire — his alma mater — from 1964 to 1981, when he retired from his position as assistant professor of physical education in 1981. He retired from UW-Eau Claire in 1997 for the second time at the age of 80 after 22 years as the Blugold men's golf coach. Eight Wisconsin State University Conference championships and 10 national tournament appearances highlighted his tenure as Blugold head golf coach. Wrigglesworth spent 11 years as a Blugold assistant football coach beginning in 1964. He was an assistant to the Blugold basketball team for a year, and he coached the baseball team for seven seasons. He was inducted into the Blugold Hall of Fame in 1985 and into the NAIA District 14 Hall of Fame in 1992. He earned his bachelor's degree from UW-Eau Claire (then Eau Claire State Teachers College) in 1940 and his master's degree from UW-Madison. Full obituary.

Alumni success stories
Read about the accomplishments of these and other UW-Eau Claire alumni on the Alumni Success Stories Web pages:

Richard Saykally '70

Chemistry graduate receives prestigious Department of Energy award: Richard Saykally, a 1970 UW-Eau Claire chemistry graduate, has been named one of seven new winners of the E.O. Lawrence Award by U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham. Saykally won the award in the chemistry category for his groundbreaking developments in the field of spectroscopy. Full story.

Scott Pingel '96Music grad lands prominent symphony spot: Scott Pingel , a 1996 UW-Eau Claire music graduate, is the principal bassist with the San Francisco Symphony. Previously he was principal bassist with the Charleston (S.C.) Symphony Orchestra. Full story.

Denise Sweet '85, '87

Writer becomes Wisconsin's second poet laureate: Denise Sweet, who earned both bachelor's and master's degrees in English from UW-Eau Claire and is now a UW-Green Bay professor, was appointed in August by Gov. Jim Doyle to a four-year term as Wisconsin's poet laureate. Full story.

Woman wearing cap from Alumni Store Man wearing shirt from Alumni Store

Online Alumni Store: Where Blugolds love to shop for the holidays
Looking for that perfect holiday gift for your favorite Blugold, or some great UW-Eau Claire clothing to add to your wardrobe? Be sure to check out the Online Alumni Store, where new items are added regularly. The Alumni Store carries an array of UW-Eau Claire clothing and gift items at reasonable prices — all in the right colors to bring out your (or your loved one's) inner Blugold!

Blugold Trivia headline
alumni sweatshirtShow how much you know about UW-Eau Claire — AND win great Blugold prizes! E-mail your answer to this month's question to the Blugold Trivia mailbox . All correct responses to this month's question will be entered in a drawing for a Blugold alumni sweatshirt (pictured at right). The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the January issue of e-View.

December Blugold Trivia question:

What former Blugold football coach is currently an assistant coach in the NFL and with which team?

Think you know the answer? E-mail it, along with your name and class year, to trivia@uwec.edu. You'll be notified by e-mail if you are this month's winner!

November's winner:
Congratulations to Paul H. Smits, a 1986 UW-Eau Claire business finance graduate, who won the drawing for a UW-Eau Claire baseball cap! Paul was one of those who knew that construction on the UW-Eau Claire footbridge was completed in 1970.

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