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Five receive Alumni Association awards

Commencement ceremonies honor newest Blugold alumni

Regents approve Davies Center redevelopment project

Coming soon: Blugold e-Mail for Life

Professor's research analyzes teens' use of MySpace

New Jazz Ensemble I holiday CD includes alumni performers

Grants support geology faculty/ student research projects

Faculty and staff members announce retirements

Recent alumni can apply for graduate scholarship program

Alum Bert Colianni heads UW-Eau Claire Foundation board

Student association gift endows nursing scholarship

Kerm's closes, ending longtime student shopping tradition

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December 2006

Five receive Alumni Association awards

David and Vicky Crane
Carter Wahl
Top, l-r: Vicky Crane, David Crane, Carter Wahl. Bottom, l-r: Lynn Frank, Linda Clark.

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association presented awards to five alumni Dec. 16 at a special luncheon and ceremony in conjunction with commencement. Follow the links on the recipients' names below for biographical information:

Dr. David Crane (att. 1962) and Vicky Crane '81 received the Lifetime Excellence Award, which is presented to UW-Eau Claire alumni who have demonstrated longtime and successful commitment to their careers and communities.

Dr. Carter Wahl '98 received the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award, which acknowledges special achievements and great promise of alumni who are within 15 years of their graduation from UW-Eau Claire.

Lynn (Knitter) Frank '69 received the President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and service to UW-Eau Claire.

Linda Clark '88 received the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes distinguished service to the community, state or nation in a manner that brings credit to the recipients and UW-Eau Claire. back to top

Commencement ceremonies honor newest Blugold alumni
Celebrating the Class of 2006December commencement exercises for 740 students were Saturday, Dec. 16, in UW-Eau Claire's Zorn Arena. Visit the "Celebrating the Class of 2006" Web site for features about some of UW-Eau Claire's outstanding December graduates, a link to the archived commencement broadcast and more.

A total of 712 students received bachelor's degrees, including 288 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 178 from the College of Business, 187 from the College of Education and Human Sciences and 59 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Twenty-eight students received master's degrees, including 13 from the College of Arts and Sciences, seven from the College of Business and eight from the College of Education and Human Sciences. back to top

Regents approve Davies Center redevelopment project
W.R. Davies University CenterA student-initiated proposal to redevelop UW-Eau Claire's W.R. Davies University Center received approval Dec. 8 from the UW System Board of Regents, who voted to add the Davies Center project to the UW System's 2007-09 capital budget request.

The up to $48.8 million project will be funded through student segregated fees. Under the proposal, the segregated fee increases would begin to be phased in for the 2007 fall term and reach a maximum of $125 per semester by 2010. Current segregated fees are about $600 per academic year. No tax dollars would be involved in the development or operation of the building.

The project still must be approved by the State Building Commission, the legislature and governor for inclusion in the overall state budget.

The student center opened in 1959. A 1964 addition doubled its size, with additional expansion and updates made to the building in 1976, 1982 and 1991. See related Dec. 5 news release and Eau Claire Leader-Telegram articles dated Dec. 6 and Dec. 9. back to top

Blugold e-Mail for Life logoComing soon: Blugold e-Mail for Life
Starting in January, the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association will offer "Blugold e-Mail for Life," a free and easy way for alumni to keep connected to UW-Eau Claire, fellow Blugolds and other friends, family members and colleagues. Through "Blugold e-Mail for Life," you can receive a permanent Blugold e-mail address, which you may use to have messages forwarded to your personal or work e-mail address. As time passes and you change jobs or home e-mail providers, simply notify us when your forwarding e-mail address changes, and your friends, family and colleagues will always be able to contact you using the same permanent Blugold alumni address. In addition, all participants in "Blugold e-Mail for Life" may be listed in a new online Blugold e-Mail Directory. Watch next month's e-View for details! back to top

Professor's research analyzes teens' use of MySpace

Dr. Justin Patchin
Dr. Justin Patchin

A majority of teenagers are responsible when using the online social networking site MySpace, but a number of adolescents still share personal information that could put their safety at risk, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis of teenagers' MySpace profiles.

Dr. Justin Patchin, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of criminal justice, and Dr. Sameer Hinduja, an assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at Florida Atlantic University , randomly selected 2,423 adolescent MySpace profiles to analyze for the study.

"The results of our research show that problems with MySpace are not as widespread as most people assume," Patchin said. "The media and many parents have demonized MySpace, but we found that an overwhelming majority of adolescents are using the site responsibly."

Of concern, however, is the small percent of the adolescent MySpace users who put themselves at risk by including personal or private information in their profiles, Patchin said. Full story. back to top

New Jazz Ensemble I holiday CD includes alumni performers
Jazz Ensemble I CD coverUW-Eau Claire's award-winning Jazz Ensemble I has recorded its first Christmas CD. "Jazz in Clear Water-Christmas Day, My Favorite Day" features nearly 30 current UW-Eau Claire jazz students or alumni performing holiday classics like "Good King Wenceslas," "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "Let It Snow," "Jingle Bells" and "Silent Night."

Directed by Robert Baca, professor of music, the Christmas CD also includes performances by singer, composer and entertainer Michael Andrew, a 1987 UW-Eau Claire alumnus, and Five by Design, a vocal quintet performing throughout the United States whose core members booked their first gigs as a UW-Eau Claire jazz group. Alumni members include Kurt Niska, Lorie Carpenter-Niska, Terrence Niska and Michael Swedberg. Full story. back to top

Grants support geology faculty/student research projects

Dr. Katherine Grote Dr. J. Brian Mahoney
Dr. Katherine Grote
Dr. J. Brian Mahoney

Two recent grants of more than $200,000 each were received by faculty members in UW-Eau Claire's geology department to fund faculty/student research projects:

  • Dr. Katherine Grote, assistant professor of geology, has received a $234,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for research with important implications for agriculture and the environment. Full story.

  • Dr. J. Brian Mahoney, professor of geology, has received a $221,000 grant from the government of British Columbia that will support continued research opportunities for UW-Eau Claire undergraduate students both in the field and the laboratory. Full story. back to top

Faculty and staff members announce retirements
The following UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members have recently retired or announced they will retire soon:

  • J. Roger Selin, professor emeritus of accounting and finance, officially retired from UW-Eau Claire in June after 40 years of service to the university. Full story.
  • Fay Bobb, a university services program associate in the Center for International Education, retired in November 2006 after 37 years of service to the university. Full story.
  • Joanne Karshbaum, an IS resources support tech senior in Institutional Planning, retired in August 2006 after 25 years of service to the university. Full story.
  • Thomas Kazmierski, an engineering specialist in Facilities Planning and Management, will retire in January 2007 after six years of service to the university. Full story. back to top

Recent alumni can apply for graduate scholarship program
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation logoUW-Eau Claire alumni who have graduated since May 2002, as well as current students with senior status, are invited to apply for nomination to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship Program, one of the largest and most competitive scholarship programs in the country. Scholarships can total as much as $300,000 (up to $50,000 per year for up to six years).

The faculty representative at UW-Eau Claire is Andrew Phillips, interim dean of graduate studies and interim associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. He may be contacted at phillipa@uwec.edu. UW-Eau Claire also has a Web site with specific information about applying for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship program. Full story. back to top

Alum Bert Colianni heads UW-Eau Claire Foundation board

Bert Colianni
Bert Colianni

Bert Colianni has been elected chairman of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation board of directors. Colianni, a 1976 UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, is executive vice president and chief operating officer of Marquette Financial Companies, headquartered in Minneapolis. He succeeds David Anderson, who had served as board chairman since October 2003.

Also elected as Foundation board officers were Dan Market, vice president; Jo Ellyn DeCesare, treasurer; and Dean Olson, secretary. Market is chief executive officer and president of Market & Johnson Inc., Eau Claire; DeCesare, a 1984 UW-Eau Claire graduate, is a retired CPA from McMahon, Schleifer & Wood, Eau Claire; and Olson is president and CEO of Charter Bank, Eau Claire. See full story for the complete list of new board members. back to top

Student association gift endows nursing scholarship

Deborah Chopper
Deborah Chopper

A student nursing association at UW-Eau Claire has given $15,000 to endow a nursing scholarship through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence campaign.

As a result of a matching gift challenge issued by the Casper Foundation to encourage giving to the UW-Eau Claire nursing program, the $15,000 gift from ECSNA will be doubled to $30,000.

The gift establishes the Eau Claire Student Nurses Association Scholarship, which will fund two UW-Eau Claire scholarships - one for nursing students with financial need and another to benefit nursing students interested in participating in an international study abroad program.

ECSNA is one of a handful of student organizations that have established scholarship funds through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

"ECSNA hopes that by a student organization stepping up to the plate and funding a new scholarship, it might create momentum for other people and organizations to create new scholarships or contribute to this one," said Deborah Chopper, ECSNA president. Full story. back to top

Kerm's closes, ending longtime student shopping tradition
Kerm's, a small Water Street grocery store frequented for years by UW-Eau Claire students, closed this month. The store had been open for business since 1964, except for a short period in the late 1980s. Read Leader-Telegram articles dated Nov. 28, Nov. 30 and Dec. 3 (parts I and II).
Kerm's at night (Leader-Telegram photo by Shane Opatz)
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram photo by Shane Opatz

Behind the scenes …
in the Phillips Science Hall chemistry stockroom

Blugold Marching Band trombone player

Chemistry stockroom student worker James Zook assists a student in need of a volumetric flask. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

This newest installment of "Behind the Scenes …," produced by UW-Eau Claire's Learning and Technology Services to provide a close-up look at various aspects of university life, focuses on the chemistry stockroom in Phillips Science Hall.

If you make the long climb up the stairway to Room 410 of Phillips Science Hall, you'll discover a small service window allowing limited access to one of the university's valuable centers of support for teaching, learning,and scholarship: the chemistry stockroom. One needn't be a chemist to take advantage of the stockroom's services - the facility provides campuswide support. Whether a person needs a one-liter "vol" flask, dichlorobenzene or a lab setup, manager Denis Setwyn, a 1999 UW-Eau Claire chemistry graduate, and his dedicated student staff can be of assistance. 

Take an audiovisual look behind the scenes of the chemistry stockroom ..

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

Larry Vorpahl, Kurt Mueller, Tom Day UW-Eau Claire marketing graduates Tom Day '80, Kurt Mueller '79 and Larry Vorpahl '85 all are vice presidents with Hormel Foods in Austin, Minn. Full story.
Mary Campbell Bliss '78 Mary (Dewey) Campbell Bliss '78, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, received the California 2006 Nursing Spectrum Excellence Award for Community Service. Full story.
David Paul Kuhn David Paul Kuhn '00, a UW-Eau Claire journalism and religious studies graduate, recently had an article published in the Washington Post Magazine. Read Kuhn's article.
Keith Michlig '96

Keith Michlig '96, a UW-Eau Claire communication graduate, has been hired as general manager of the South Georgia Peanuts of the South Coast League of professional baseball. Full story.

Blugold Trivia headline
model wearing UW-Eau Claire 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 (trivia@uwec.edu). Those sending correct responses to this month's question will be entered in a drawing for a UW-Eau Claire sweatshirt (shown 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:

The UW-Eau Claire women's basketball team last made an NCAA Final Four appearance in 2003, when the Blugolds finished third. In what two previous years did they play in the Final Four competition?

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 Bob Stroebel
, a 1961 UW-Eau Claire speech graduate. Bob has won a UW-Eau Claire long-sleeve T-shirt in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that UW-Eau Claire's Kjer Theater was known as the Little Theatre from the time it opened in 1952 until 1965, when it was renamed in honor of former faculty member Earl S. Kjer. back to top

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