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Election day: Campus voter turnout rises

Introducing UW-Eau Claire e-postcards, screensavers

University expands program for children with autism

Alumna's gift honors parents, John and Mary Lou Gerberich

James Phillips receives prestigious Dreyfus award

Susan Haugen named Computer Educator of the Year

New luncheon series features faculty/staff experts

Online Alumni Store open for holiday shopping

November brings Artists Series, Forum events

Alumni success stories: Mark Klawiter '80, Kristi Larsen '97

Blugold Trivia

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Alumni events

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November 2004

Election day: On-campus voter turnout rises 25 percent
Student registering to vote Student reads while waiting to vote

Election day line in Davies CenterThe number of UW-Eau Claire students voting on campus rose from 2,227 in the 2000 presidential election to 2,784 in 2004, the UW-Eau Claire Spectator reported Nov. 4. Above left, Evan Kruzitski, a freshman from Stevens Point, registers to vote. At right, a student reads "The President," Miguel Angel Asturias' Nobel prize-winning novel, while waiting to cast her ballot (UW-Eau Claire photos by Rick Mickelson). Lower left, some students waited in line for two hours or more for their turn to vote on Nov. 2 (Eau Claire Leader-Telegram photo by Shane Opatz).

UW-Eau Claire e-postcardsIntroducing UW-Eau Claire e-postcards, screensavers
The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association introduces two new ways for university alumni and friends to show their Blugold spirit: free UW-Eau Claire e-postcards and screensavers! Send e-postcards to stay in touch with friends, family and your favorite faculty members, and download a UW-Eau Claire screensaver to enjoy campus images right on your work or home computer desktop.

UW-Eau Claire expands program for children with autism
Kevin Klatt
"There is an incredible demand for people in this field. Wisconsin alone could use hundreds of people trained in this area." — Kevin Klatt, assistant professor of psychology

For two years, UW-Eau Claire has been bringing children with autism and their families to campus for intensive behavior intervention sessions. Last summer, the program expanded and now offers in-home services, which involve university psychology students working with children and families in their homes for up to 35 hours a week, said Dr. Kevin Klatt, assistant professor of psychology and coordinator of the program. Julie Ackerlund, a junior psychology major from Colfax, said her work with the on-campus and in-home programs has confirmed her career choice. "These kids and their parents have become like family to me," she said. Full story.

Alumna honors parents, John and Mary Lou Gerberich, through gift to support scholarships

John and Mary Lou Gerberich
John and Mary Lou Gerberich

Anne (Gerberich) Waddington, a 1975 UW-Eau Claire College of Business graduate, and her husband, Rick, have made a $25,000 gift to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation in support of two long-standing scholarship funds that honor the memory of her parents, Dr. John and Mary Lou Gerberich. Dr. John Gerberich was a UW-Eau Claire professor of biology from 1954-81. Mary Lou Gerberich was an educator and later an advocate on behalf of the aging. John died in 1995 and Mary Lou in 1988. The Waddintons' gift is recognized as a contribution to Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, the Foundation's ongoing campaign for private support for UW-Eau Claire's people and programs. Full story.

James Phillips receives prestigious Dreyfus award
Dr. James PhillipsDr. James Phillips, UW-Eau Claire professor of chemistry, has been awarded a Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation of New York. Phillips, one of nine 2004 award recipients, was honored with the $60,000 award for his accomplishments in teaching, mentoring and research with undergraduate students. Phillips is one of the most scholarly active faculty members in UW-Eau Claire's chemistry department, said Cheryl Muller, chair of the chemistry department. "Since his arrival in 1998, he has been continuously successful working with students, obtaining funding for projects, and disseminating the results through papers and presentations," she said. Phillips is the second member of UW-Eau Claire's chemistry department to receive the Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. Dr. Jason Halfen won the award in 2001. Full story.

Susan Haugen named Computer Educator of the Year
Dr. Susan HaugenDr. Susan Haugen, UW-Eau Claire professor of accounting and finance, was recently named the 2004 Computer Educator of the Year by the International Association for Computer Information Systems for her outstanding academic and service accomplishments. The Computer Educator of the Year award is the highest award given by the association. Haugen was selected from a group of outstanding candidates from colleges and universities throughout the world. "Many of the past awardees are truly outstanding educators and researchers in the field of information systems, so it was very rewarding for me to be recognized for my accomplishments in teaching, research and service as a member of the faculty at UW-Eau Claire," said Haugen. Full story.

New luncheon series features faculty/staff experts
Let's Do Lunch graphic"Let's Do Lunch," a 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. "International Travel: Changing Places Changes Minds" will be the focus of the next session on Wednesday, Nov. 24, at Sweetwaters Restaurant, Eau Claire. Karl Markgraf, director of the university's Center for International Education, will discuss the benefits of international study and travel during all stages of life. More information.

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!


Jennifer Grim, flutist
Jennifer Grim, flutist with the New York Chamber Soloists

Chamber soloists, drug policy reformist slated for upcoming Artists Series, Forum events

Two presentations through the UW-Eau Claire Artists Series and The Forum are scheduled during the remaining weeks of November:

The New York Chamber Soloists quartet of winds will perform music by Mozart, Villa-Lobos, Stravinsky, Milhaud, Debussy, Françaix and others during UW-Eau Claire's next Artists Series presentation Monday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall.

Ethan Nadelmann
Ethan Nadelmann

Ethan Nadelmann, founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance and author of the book "Cops Across Borders," will present "Building a Political Movement to End the War on Drugs" Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena. The Drug Policy Alliance is the leading organization in the United States promoting alternatives to the war on drugs, and Nadelmann is widely regarded as the outstanding proponent of drug policy reform both in the United States and abroad. Nadelmann's presentation is part of the university's Forum series.

Go to The Forum and Artists Series Web sites for more information on these and future presentations. Ticket purchasing information is available from the University Service Center.

Alumni success stories

Mark Klawiter '80

Einstein Fellow lives and works in nation's capital, far from Ladysmith science classroom: Mark Klawiter '80 has received an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship. On leave from his teaching position at Ladysmith High School, where he's taught chemistry and physics for 24 years, Klawiter is living and working in Washington, D.C., on projects funded through the National Science Foundation. Full story.

Kristi Larsen '97

Alumna overcomes major obstacles to achieve fitness success: Kristi Larsen '97 competed in a bodybuilding and fitness contest and was featured in a national women's fitness magazine after recovering from spinal surgery, coping with her father's death and dealing with the loss of her job before achieving her goal to compete. Full story.

Blugold Trivia headline
Blugold baseball capShow 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 baseball cap (pictured at right). The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the November issue of e-View.

November Blugold Trivia question:

During what year was construction completed on the UW-Eau Claire footbridge that spans the Chippewa River?

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!

October's winner:
Congratulations to Bill Sepnafski, a 1972 UW-Eau Claire history education graduate, who won the drawing for a large UW-Eau Claire coffee mug! Bill was one of those who knew that Mike Ratliff was the All-American center on former coach Ken Anderson's Blugold men's basketball team who was pictured in Sports Illustrated standing on the UW-Eau Claire footbridge. Sepnafski was one of Ratliff's teammates.

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