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Five Blugolds to receive Alumni Association awards

Committee interviews candidates for UW-Eau Claire chancellor

UW-Eau Claire suspends RA policy while review continues

Estate gift is largest from a former UW-Eau Claire faculty member

Study abroad program ranks at top in state, 10th in nation

Foundation gets
'Flash-y' with end-of-
year appeal

Cabaret XXVIII tickets go on sale Dec. 12

Bank endows Blugold Marching Band scholarship fund

Winterim session to begin Jan. 3

New Web site highlights science outreach programs

Alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

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December 2005

Five Blugolds to receive Alumni Association awards

David Anderson '66 Alan Zimmerman '70 David Larson '90 Patrick Rebman '95 Suzanne Slota '94
David Anderson '66
Alan Zimmerman '70
David Larson '90
Patrick Rebman '95
Suzanne Slota '94

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association will present awards to five alumni Dec. 17 at a special luncheon and ceremony in conjunction with commencement. Click on the recipients' names below for biographical information:

David Anderson '66 will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes distinguished service to the community, state or nation that brings credit upon the recipient and the university.

Alan Zimmerman '70 will receive the President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and service to UW-Eau Claire.

David Larson '90, Patrick Rebman '95 and Suzanne Slota '94 will receive the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award, which acknowledges the special achievements and great promise of alumni who are within 15 years of their graduation from UW-Eau Claire.

Committee interviews candidates for UW-Eau Claire chancellor
Chancellor search image and Web linkUW-Eau Claire's Chancellor Search and Screen Committee met Dec. 5 and 6 to interview 12 candidates for chancellor. Candidates interviewed were selected by the committee following a review of their credentials during two meetings in November with Dr. Jean Dowdall, Witt-Kieffer search consultant.

The committee now will meet to select five finalists, and the search consultant will conduct deep background checks. In accordance with the established search and screen timeline, the committee is scheduled to forward the finalists' application materials to the UW System by Jan. 6 and meet Jan. 13 on the UW-Eau Claire campus to present the finalists to UW System President Kevin Reilly and the special regent committee.

After Reilly names five finalists, the timeline calls for candidates to visit UW-Eau Claire the week of Jan. 23-29, 2006, and be interviewed by Reilly and the special regent committee Jan. 30 in Madison. The Board of Regents is scheduled to appoint a new chancellor during its meeting Feb. 9 and 10.

UW-Eau Claire suspends RA policy while review continues
UW-Eau Claire has suspended its practices and policies prohibiting resident assistants from organizing, leading or recruiting for certain activities in the rooms and residence halls where they live. Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson announced the suspension to UW-Eau Claire students Nov. 30 during a Chancellor's Roundtable. An all-campus e-mail and a news release was sent shortly after the roundtable began. Larson had on Nov. 29 announced to the UW-Eau Claire executive staff and UW System officials her decision to suspend the practices. The suspension was necessary, Larson said, because an initial campus review of the policies and practices found that there have been inconsistencies in how they have been communicated to resident assistants and because the UW System has announced it will appoint a systemwide advisory committee that will provide guidance about RA activities.

Various news sources have reported that a lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a UW-Eau Claire resident assistant over the recently suspended policies and practices. UW-Eau Claire had no knowledge of a lawsuit being filed prior to the suspension announcement and, to date, has not received notice of a lawsuit, Larson said.

Read UW-Eau Claire key dates and actions regarding the RA policy issue. Also find links to all previous related university e-mail messages, media memos, fact sheets and news releases on a University Communications Web page.

Estate gift is largest from a former UW-Eau Claire faculty member

Ethel Seitz Kerlin Seitz
Ethel Seitz
Kerlin Seitz

A longtime UW-Eau Claire geography faculty member has left $454,000 to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, designating $354,000 to endow a Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship and $100,000 to further endow scholarships for geography students. The estate gift from Ethel Seitz is the largest single endowment designated specifically for WAES awards in the history of the program at UW-Eau Claire. It also is the largest estate gift to the Foundation from a former UW-Eau Claire faculty member. Seitz, a UW-Eau Claire professor emerita of geography, was a member of the faculty from 1966-81. Her husband, Kerlin Seitz, also was a geography professor at UW-Eau Claire from 1966-81. He died in 1985. Ethel Seitz died April 1. Full story.

Study abroad program ranks at top in state, 10th in nation
UW-Eau Claire students in Potsdam, GermanyUW-Eau Claire sends more students abroad than any other master's-level institution in Wisconsin, and it ranks 10th nationally among all master's schools in the number of students who study abroad, according to the 2005 Open Doors Report of the Institute for International Education. The report indicates that 452 UW-Eau Claire students studied abroad during the 2003-04 academic year. That's almost 100 more students than any other master's level institution in Wisconsin, according to the report. "Our reputation for offering exceptional study abroad programs is why some students choose to attend to UW-Eau Claire,"said Karl Markgraf, director of the Center for International Education at UW-Eau Claire. "Many of our students have had an international experience before they even get to college and they're ready for more. The quality and diversity of our programs is very appealing to them." Full story.

Foundation gets 'Flash-y' with end-of-year appeal

'The Promise of Excellence' graphic and link
Click the image above to view "The Promise of Excellence."

University alumni and friends are receiving a different kind of message this year as the UW-Eau Claire Foundation makes its year-end appeal. "The Promise of Excellence," a Flash presentation incorporating audio and video along with text and graphics, was sent to all those for whom the Foundation has e-mail addresses. The audio includes music performed by the University Symphony Orchestra and The Singing Statesmen, a voiceover by a UW-Eau Claire student and a recording of the carillon atop Schofield Hall. "This new way of communicating with our alumni and friends enables us to more effectively show how their generosity has a real impact on UW-Eau Claire students," said Heidi Fisher, director of annual giving and major gifts officer. "The Flash message tells wonderful stories of promise in a way we couldn't duplicate in a print piece." A postcard sent to individuals without e-mail addresses on file includes images and text from the Flash message, along with the Web link to the message. "Donors will see and hear through this message that their support does indeed make a difference in students' lives," Fisher said.

Cabaret XXVIII tickets go on sale Dec. 12
Cabaret XXVIII logoTickets will go on sale Monday, Dec. 12, for Cabaret XXVIII, the largest annual production of the UW-Eau Claire music department. The show is set to open at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. Additional performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20-21 and Jan. 26-28. Matinee performances will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 and 28.

The theme for this year's production is Cabaret Platinum. All the music featured will be from artists' albums that reached platinum status, selling over one million copies. The sets include the music of Jamiroquai, The Doobie Brothers, Ricky Martin, ABBA, The Commodores, Shania Twain, Tony Bennett and Pat Benatar. UW-Eau Claire's Concert Choir, Women's Concert Chorale and The Singing Statesmen will perform. Each group will be accompanied by the student orchestra, directed by senior Ben Herpel-Dobay, Salem, Ore. Since 1978, Cabaret has raised more than $200,000 in support of ongoing scholarships for dedicated music students in the voice/choral and jazz areas at UW-Eau Claire. Full story.

Bank endows Blugold Marching Band scholarship fund

Blugold Marching Band

The Blugold Marching Band performed during the Homecoming 2005 halftime show. (IW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

A $25,000 endowed scholarship fund for the Blugold Marching Band has been established with the UW-Eau Claire Foundation by Northwestern Bank in Chippewa Falls. The endowment will generate $1,000 annually for scholarships to UW-Eau Claire students who are active in the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Marching Band and enrolled for the next academic year. Applicants also must be involved in working with high school or middle school band programs in the Chippewa Valley. The scholarships are the result of the October bus crash involving the Chippewa Falls High School marching band and UW-Eau Claire marching band students and alumni. Five people were killed in the crash, including a UW-Eau Claire student and an alumnus. Several UW-Eau Claire students and an alumnus also were injured. (See related November 2005 e-View story.) Jerry Jacobson, president of Northwestern Bank and a UW-Eau Claire alumnus, said the Northwestern Bank Band Scholarships honor the memory of those lost and the commitment to marching band participation by all those who were on the bus. Full story.

students snowshoeing on Campus MallWinterim session to begin Jan. 3
Registration remains open through Dec. 30 for classes during UW-Eau Claire's 2006 Winterim session. The three-week session from Jan. 3-20 will offer more than 70 classroom courses and four 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.

New Web site highlights science outreach programs
science outreach program participantThanks to the generosity of a UW-Eau Claire alumna, the university has created a new Web site that provides detailed information on demonstrations, tours and speakers available from the UW-Eau Claire departments of astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, geography, geology and physics. The site provides a brief description of each offering, including its age appropriateness, optimal audience size, costs (if any), scheduling and contact information. The site is part of an overall science education outreach effort supported by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's Gritzmacher Science Education Fund. The Gritzmacher Fund, established by Christine A. Gritzmacher, who graduated with a degree in biology from UW-Eau Claire in 1972, provides two scholarships for students coordinating science education outreach programs. A stipend also is paid to a faculty member who serves as a student adviser and mentor, and additional money is provided for material support. Full story.

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

Terrie Hanke '86 Terrie Hanke '86 (MEPD) is providing students across the country with fun, new ways to learn and will travel Alaska's Iditarod Trail in March as the 2006 Wells Fargo 2006 Teacher on the Trail. Full story.
Michael Bicay '81 Michael Bicay '81 is named science director of NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. Full story.
Tom Meindel '79 The Milwaukee Brewers logo used from 1978-1993, designed by UW-Eau Claire alumnus Tom Meindel '79, will make a comeback on "Retro Sundays" during the 2006 season. Full story. (Also see a related story published in an earlier issue of e-View.)
LaVahn Hoh '64 LaVahn Hoh '64, a professor of drama at the University of Virginia, teaches the only accredited course on the history of the American circus taught in the United States. See stories on the Web sites of the University of Virginia and the university's student newspaper, The Cavalier Daily.

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 (trivia@uwec.edu). Those sending correct responses to this month's question will be entered in a drawing for a blue and gold UW-Eau Claire ceramic mug. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the January issue of e-View.

December Blugold Trivia question:

Campus Mall sculpture imageThe sculpture in the photo at right is displayed on UW-Eau Claire's Central Campus Mall. What is the name of this sculpture and the name of the artist who created it?

E-mail your answer, 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 Mary (Szymanski) Larson, a 1989 UW-Eau Claire music therapy graduate, who has won a UW-Eau Claire picture frame.
Mary was among those who correctly answered that the historic tree that once stood on the south lawn of the UW-Eau Claire campus was called the Council Oak. back to top

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