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Campus celebrates UW Spirit Week

Former White House press secretary to be Devroy Forum speaker

Professor's work gains international attention

Carole Halberg receives UW System Regents excellence award

Jeff Oliphant named to WATA Hall of Fame

Students, retired faculty help with after-school program

Alumna and environmental science leader to speak on campus

Seniors receive $2,500 Karl Andresen Scholarship

Family support for adolescents to be "Let's Do Lunch" topic

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April 2005

Campus celebrates UW Spirit Week
I Am UW badgeA weeklong celebration of the UW System's positive impact on Wisconsin workplaces and communities will include a UW-Eau Claire gathering this Friday, April 15. UW-Eau Claire alumni are invited to join faculty, staff and students in wearing their Blugold colors at a 9:30 a.m. gathering on the Central Campus Mall, where participants will enjoy refreshments and camaraderie. (The Davies Center veranda will be the rain site.) See photos from last year's campus celebration. Campuses throughout the state will host activities and events April 11-15 as part of the second annual UW Spirit Week. In addition, Gov. Jim Doyle will sign a UW Spirit Week proclamation April 13. Full story.

More alumni events
Go to the online alumni events calendar for a complete listing of upcoming UW-Eau Claire alumni gatherings, including a social hour in Arlington, Va., a baseball alumni gathering and benefit for UW-Eau Claire Club Baseball, the Chippewa Valley Spring Fling at the Leinie Lodge, a golf outing at SentryWorld in Stevens Point and more.

Former White House press secretary Mike McCurry
to be Devroy Forum speaker April 19
Mike McCurryMike McCurry, former White House press secretary and State Department spokesperson, will be the featured speaker at the Ann Devroy Memorial Forum April 19 at UW-Eau Claire. The 2005 Ann Devroy Memorial Forum is slated for 7:30 p.m. April 19 in Schofield Auditorium. The title of McCurry's presentation is "Spinners and Snarks: Troubled Times in the Press-Politician Relationship and What to Do About It." McCurry, a veteran communications strategist and spokesperson with nearly three decades of experience in Washington, D.C., served in the White House as press secretary to President Bill Clinton from 1995-98. Prior to joining the White House staff, he was spokesman for the Department of State from 1993-95.

The Ann Devroy Memorial Forum and Devroy Memorial Fund were established through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to recognize the outstanding journalistic work of 1970 UW-Eau Claire graduate Ann Devroy, who died of cancer in 1997 at the age of 49. Devroy, a Green Bay native, was a White House correspondent — often described as the most challenging and glamorous assignment in journalism — for more than 15 years. She covered the Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations. Full story.

Professor's work gains international attention

Professor Len Gibbs
Len Gibbs

Invitations to speak in professional and academic settings are piling up on the desk of UW-Eau Claire social work professor Len Gibbs, a sure sign that his specialty, evidence-based practice, is becoming a hot topic in the field of social work. Gibbs, a national expert on evidence-based practice in social work, conducts workshops on evidence-based practice and critical thinking at professional conferences and universities throughout the nation. He writes extensively on the subject and is author of several books including "Evidence-Based Practice for the Helping Professions and Scientific Reasoning for Social Workers: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice." "Things have happened that I never would have expected," Gibbs said, referring to a series of upcoming national and international presentations. "Opportunities to share what our fieldwork and research students are doing seem to be coming out of the woodwork." Full story.

Carole Halberg and Regent Brent Smith
Carole Halberg receives the UW System Regents Academic Staff Award for Excellence from Regent Brent Smith. (UW System photo by Jay Salvo)

Carole Halberg receives UW System Regents excellence award
Carole Halberg, UW-Eau Claire Foundation president and special assistant to the chancellor, was honored during the UW System Regents' April 8 meeting as a 2005 recipient of the Regents Academic Staff Award for Excellence. Full story. "It's an honor to be recognized for doing work that I enjoy at a place that I love," Halberg said of her nearly 25-year career at UW-Eau Claire. "My greatest joy is knowing that what I do as a fundraiser and communicator makes a difference in the individual lives of our students, faculty and other people in this region." The award is presented annually to demonstrate the regents' appreciation for the UW System's non-instructional academic staff, said Regent Brent Smith. Read more about Halberg's honor in the April regents meeting Day 2 news summary. Also read Regent Smith's remarks during the award presentation.

Jeff Oliphant named to WATA Hall of Fame
Jeff OliphantJeff Oliphant, assistant professor of kinesiology and director of UW-Eau Claire's athletic training education program, has been inducted into the
Wisconsin Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame. Oliphant, the youngest person ever selected for the WATA's Hall of Fame, was inducted April 8 during the WATA annual business meeting and symposium awards banquet. Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor a WATA member can receive from the organization. Full story.

Students, retired faculty help with after-school program

Delbert Anderson tutoring a 3-5 Club student Delbert Anderson, UW-Eau Claire associate professor emeritus of mathematics, works with a student on her math homework during a recent session of the 3-5 Club. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

Twice weekly a cadre of retired UW-Eau Claire faculty, student tutors and other volunteers demonstrate that it really does take a village to raise a child. Their effort is called the 3-5 Club, an after-school program housed at First Presbyterian Church in Eau Claire. The five-year-old program is aimed at students who are having problems in school, often math. It's a place students of all ages can go after school to get help with their school work. Barbara Rolland, who taught in the UW-Eau Claire foreign languages department for 33 years, said the volunteers work with between 20 and 35 kids, grades 3 through 12, from 3-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Most of the students are from John Flynn elementary school, Memorial High School and South Middle School. Full story.

Alumna and environmental science leader to speak on campus
Dr. Pam MatsonA UW-Eau Claire alumna who is an international leader in the area of environmental science will talk about environmental issues during a visit to campus April 28. Dr. Pam Matson, a 1975 UW-Eau Claire biology and English graduate and the current dean of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University, will give a public lecture, titled "Reconciling the Needs of People and the Planet in the 21st Century." The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. April 28 in room 007 of Phillips Science Hall on lower campus. In addition to the evening lecture, Matson will lead a technical seminar for biology students during the afternoon. Full story. Matson's visit to campus is part of the Biology Department Seminar Series, sponsored by Marshfield Clinic through a gift to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

Seniors receive $2,500 Karl Andresen Scholarship

Karl Andresen

The UW-Eau Claire Foundation awarded seniors Jacob Curtis, Muskego, and Krista Steinmetz, Chippewa Falls, the Karl Andresen Political Science Scholarship for the 2004-05 academic year. The award was established by former students of Dr. Andresen, professor emeritus of political science, to recognize a graduating senior who has demonstrated academic excellence and the promise of future academic achievements. Each recipient will receive an award of $2,500. Full story. The Karl Andresen Scholarship is one of many ways that gifts through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation support the university's political science program. More information.

Family support for adolescents to be "Let's Do Lunch" topic

Karen Maddox
Karen Maddox

"Adolescent Health: Building Assets, Reducing Risk " will be the topic of the next session of "Let's Do Lunch" at noon on Wednesday, April 27, at Sweetwaters Restaurant in Eau Claire. Karen Maddox, associate professor and interim chair of UW-Eau Claire's department of family health nursing, 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.

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

David Joles '87 and Elizabeth Flores '95 Double exposure: Alumni couple David Joles '87 and Elizabeth Flores '95 are reaping awards as news photographers for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Full story.

Jesse Okiror '04Political science grad heads to South Africa: Jesse Okiror '04 finishes work on a successful re-election campaign for a U.S. senator and begins a four-month internship in Cape Town, South Africa. Full story.

Carol (Noeldner) Johnson '66Children's singer spreads uplifting messages: Carol (Noeldner) Johnson '66 turned a love of writing children's songs into a full-time career. Full story.

Blugold Trivia headline
Show 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 an insulated UW-Eau Claire alumni mug. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the May issue of e-View.

April Blugold Trivia question:

April '05 Blugold Trivia imageThe photo at left was taken on the UW-Eau Claire campus. Can you identify the image and where it was taken?

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!

March's winner:
Congratulations to Susan (Pierce) Walton, a 1981 UW-Eau Claire social work graduate and master of business administration graduate, who won the March drawing for a UW-Eau Claire baseball cap! Susan was one of those who correctly answered that former Blugold head men's golf coach Frank Wrigglesworth led his teams to a total of eight conference championships during his 22 years as coach.

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