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Top campus news stories of 2004

Ten receive highest alumni honors

Peace worker describes tsunami aftermath

Web page honors Blugold troops

University employee helps save heart attack victim

December graduates receive diplomas

Alumnus honored with memorial scholarship

Community information session, registration night set

Campus helps area agencies secure grant

Super Bowl ad research to be topic of next "Let's Do Lunch" session

Alumni Association offers trip to Vienna

Alumni success stories

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January 2005

Professor James Phillips with student researcher

A look back: Top campus news stories of 2004
From new cooperative programs to award-winning faculty to important student-faculty research projects, UW-Eau Claire's top stories of 2004 show the wide-reaching impact of this nationally recognized, interactive public regional university. Full story.

In 2004, Dr. James Phillips, professor of chemistry (right, working with a student researcher), was one of nine recipients nationwide of the Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation of New York. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

Ten receive highest alumni honors

Dr. Ralph and Peggy Hudson '04
Sharon Weber '88 George Arndt '80 Juli Buehler '83
Ralph and Peggy Hudson
Sharon Weber '88
George Arndt '80
Juli Buehler '83
Jorge Won '76 Stuart Knoll '75 Lisa Stark '79 Brent Willi '74 Casey Sylla '66
Jorge Won '76
Stuart Knoll '75
Lisa Stark '79
Brent Willi '74
Casey Sylla '66

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association presented awards to 10 alumni and friends of the university Dec. 18 at a special luncheon and ceremony in conjunction with commencement. Ralph and Peggy Hudson received the Honorary Alumnus Award; Sharon Weber '88 received the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award; George Arndt '80, Juli Buehler '83 and Jorge Won '76 received the President's Award; Stuart Knoll '75, Lisa Stark '79 and Brent Willi '74 received the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award; and Casey Sylla '66 received the Lifetime Excellence Award. See the Alumni Photo Album for photos from the awards event.

Peace worker escapes injury, describes tsunami aftermath

Rita Webb
Rita Webb

UW-Eau Claire academic staff member Rita Webb, currently on a two-year peace mission in Sri Lanka, escaped injury Dec. 26 when the small island country was among the nations hit by devastating tsunamis set off by a powerful earthquake in the Indian Ocean. Webb, a UW-Eau Claire academic adviser and coordinator of the Adult Opportunity Office, has been on a leave of absence from the university since September 2003 as a member of a civilian “peace army" from the Nonviolent Peaceforce organization. The group works to protect human rights, deter violence and help local peace workers in Sri Lanka. Webb has communicated with colleagues via e-mail with updates on the situation in her area and with suggestions for organizations to which those interested can direct donations. Read a recent e-mail from Webb, a Dec. 30 Eau Claire Leader-Telegram article about her experience immediately following the disaster and a Minneapolis Star Tribune article in which Webb is quoted.

UW-Eau Claire students in Iraq

Web page honors Blugold troops
A new alumni Web page pays tribute to some of the UW-Eau Claire alumni, students, and faculty and staff members who are serving or have served in the military or who have a spouse or child who is or has been on active duty. View the "Tribute to Blugold Troops" page, which includes instructions on how to send in information about yourself or your child or spouse for inclusion on the page.

Bob Riese and Bob Leidholdt
Bob Reise, left, and UW-Eau Claire employee Bob Leidholdt stood in front of the Christmas tree Reise picked out just before suffering a heart attack in the tree lot. Leidholdt is one of a group of people credited with saving Reise's life. (Contributed photo)

University employee helps save heart attack victim
Bob Leidholdt, a UW-Eau Claire maintenance mechanic, normally would not have been driving down Rudolph Road in Eau Claire on a Sunday afternoon. But fortunately for Bob Reise, that's exactly the route Leidholt took Dec. 4 at the same time Reise suffered a heart attack in a local Christmas tree lot. Leidholt, heading back to his Chippewa Falls home after being called in to work, passed the lot and noticed a group gathering around a man lying on the ground. After driving by the lot, "something kept telling me, 'turn around, turn around,'" Leidholt said. He did, and once at the scene he proceeded to administer CPR to Reise until EMTs arrived. "It was like he had a guardian angel that made me stop in there," he said. Leidholt received his CPR training on the job several years ago and said he would like to see the training during work hours reinstated for university employees. "After going through this, I just think it's really important," he said. Read accounts of the story in the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram and The Chippewa Herald, as well as a Chippewa Herald feature story about Reise and Leidholdt's first meeting after the incident.
UW System President Kevin Reilly speaking at commencement

December graduates receive diplomas
Winter commencement exercises for UW-Eau Claire's 661 newest alumni took place Dec. 18 in Zorn Arena. UW System President Kevin Reilly, top left, delivered the "Charge to the Class" to 642 recipients of bachelor's degrees, 17 recipients of master's degrees and two recipients of specialist in education degrees. Of the candidates for bachelor's degrees, 285 were from the College of Arts and Sciences, 164 were from the College of Business, 147 were from the College of Education and Human Sciences and 46 were from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Commencement was a family affair for sisters Mary (left) and Michelle Moltzen from Granton. Both received bachelor's degrees, Mary in accounting and Michelle in sociology.

(UW-Eau Claire photos by Rick Mickelson)

December graduates Mary and Michelle Moltzen

Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence campaign logo

1960 alumnus honored with memorial scholarship

William Elstran
William Elstran
(1960 UW-Eau Claire Periscope photo)

High school graduates from Chippewa Falls will benefit from a new UW-Eau Claire scholarship established through a $25,000 gift to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Sydney D. Elstran has established the endowed William Elstran Memorial Scholarship in memory of her husband, Bill, who died in February 2004. Bill, a 1960 UW-Eau Claire alumnus, was a Chippewa Falls native and a graduate of Chippewa Falls High School. Jan Ver Hagen, a lifetime friend of Bill, and his wife, Kathryn, a UW-Eau Claire Foundation board member and UW-Eau Claire alumna, also have made a significant commitment to support the scholarship annually while the endowment is building. Full story. The gifts supporting the William Elstran Memorial Scholarship are recognized as gifts to Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's ongoing fund-raising campaign for the university's people and programs.

Community member information session, registration night set
Two upcoming events are scheduled for community members interested in attending UW-Eau Claire. A free Back-to-School Program will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 19 and from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 20 for community members new to the university this spring or returning from an extended break in their educations. Preregistration is required by calling (715) 836-3259. Community Registration Night will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, in Schofield Hall for community members interested in registering for classes as special students during the spring 2005 semester, which begins Jan. 26. Those who register must complete required forms, available in advance by calling (715) 836-2425 or sending e-mail to registration@uwec.edu, and pay a $100 deposit. Full story.

MIS majors and client at local agency

Campus helps local agencies secure SBC technology grant
Five local non-profit agencies will receive $2,000 each to improve their efficiency by implementing long-range information technology management plans thanks to a $10,000 Excelerator Competitive Technology Grant from SBC Corp.

All the agencies received free help with developing their plans and applying for the SBC grant from UW-Eau Claire professor of management information systems Dr. Tom Hilton, his MIS 460 class and Dr. Don Mowry, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for Service-Learning. Grants will be awarded to Regional Enterprises for Adults and Children (REACH), the Eau Claire YMCA, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), the L.E. Phillips Senior Center and the Epilepsy Foundation of Western Wisconsin. Full story.

Senior MIS majors Curtis Berryman, left, and Joel Swanson observe client use of a computer at REACH Inc. in Eau Claire. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

Super Bowl ad research to be next "Let's Do Lunch" topic

"Super Bowl Advertising: At Work While You Play!" will be the topic of the next session of "Let's Do Lunch" at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at Sweetwaters Restaurant in Eau Claire. Chuck Tomkovick, professor of management and marketing, will be the featured speaker. Tomkovick was a researcher in the first known Super Bowl advertising effectiveness study, the results of which were published in 2004. "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 Association offers spring trip to Vienna

Schonbrunn Palace
Schonbrunn Palace

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association offers alumni and friends of the university the opportunity to travel to Vienna April 23 through May 1. The trip to Vienna, a city rich in Baroque art and architecture and the home of composer Johann Strauss, also will include optional tours of Budapest, Prague, the romantic Danube Valley, the Vienna Woods, Schonbrunn Palace, historical Vienna City, and Habsburg Palace and the Lipizzaner horses. See additional information and more alumni travel opportunities.

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

Nathan Hager '04Writer, Packers fan lands dream job: Following graduation in August 2004, journalism alumnus and avid Green Bay Packers fan Nathan Hager began working as a writer for the Packers organization. Full story.

Laurie Farnan '75Grad makes a difference through music : Laurie Farnan, a 1975 music therapy graduate, works magic as the coordinator of the music therapy program at the Central Wisconsin Center for the Developmentally Disabled. Full story.

Manish Joshi '04Nepal native achieves goal of earning degree: Manish Joshi arrived in the United States nine years ago with $600 in his pocket and a dream of getting an education. After learning a new language and working menial jobs to pay his way through first a technical college program and then classes at UW-Eau Claire, Joshi received his diploma in December and has begun a career. Full story.

Suzie Slota '94 and Patrick Rebman '95Pair help establish Eau Claire's first children's museum: Patrick Rebman, a 1995 UW-Eau Claire geography graduate, and Suzie Slota, a 1994 UW-Eau Claire history graduate, are co-founders of the recently opened Children's Museum of Eau Claire. Full story.

Mary Ellen Leicht '83Former Blugold basketball player, business grad receives NJCAA honor: Mary Ellen Leicht, a 1983 UW-Eau Claire business management graduate and former Blugold basketball player, has been named to the 2004 Volleyball Hall of Fame of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Full story.

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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 a Blugold fleece blanket. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the February issue of e-View.

January Blugold Trivia question:

Who were the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates who spoke at UW-Eau Claire in February and March 1968, respectively?

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!

December's winner:
Congratulations to David Comp, a 1993 UW-Eau Claire Spanish graduate, who won the December drawing for a UW-Eau Claire alumni sweatshirt! David was one of those who correctly identified Jim Lind as the former Blugold football coach who now is an NFL assistant coach with the Seattle Seahawks.

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