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Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich to be next UW-Eau Claire chancellor

Kiplinger's ranks UW-Eau Claire among top U.S. values

State approves funds to create media lab in Hibbard Hall

Alumni partner with employers to create geology scholarship

University to offer two new MEPD programs in fall 2006

UW-Eau Claire calling: Telefund drive runs through May 11

Marimba virtuoso to give Artists Series performance

Eau Claire area incomes to be focus of luncheon session

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February 2006

Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich to be next UW-Eau Claire chancellor

Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich
Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich

The UW System Board of Regents Feb. 10 approved the recent recommendation by system President Kevin Reilly that Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich serve as the next chancellor at UW-Eau Claire. Levin-Stankevich (pronounced LEV'-in stan-KEV'-ich) has been the interim president of Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash., since June 2005. He previously served at Eastern Washington University as provost and vice president for academic affairs from 2002-05 and as vice president for student affairs from 1995-2002. Levin-Stankevich's start date at UW-Eau Claire will be June 1. See UW-Eau Claire's chancellor search Web site for more information about Levin-Stankevich and the search process.

Kiplinger's ranks UW-Eau Claire among top U.S. values

UW-Eau Claire students
UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson

UW-Eau Claire is one of the best values in public higher education in America, according to Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. UW-Eau Claire was ranked 69th in the magazine's 2006 "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" list. The magazine states that schools making the list are "noteworthy for their combination of top-flight academics and affordable costs."

"We've always known that UW-Eau Claire ranks among the best of the best in terms of academic quality," said Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson. "It's satisfying to see that according to the variables used in this publication's rankings, our students are getting great value for their tuition dollars." Full story.

State approves funds to create media lab in Hibbard Hall

Hibbard Humanities Hall
Hibbard Humanities Hall will be home to a new media lab for UW-Eau Claire communication and journalism students, resulting in all communication and journalism facilities being housed under one roof for the first time.

The State Building Commission has approved funding for a new state-of-the-art media lab for communication and journalism students at UW-Eau Claire. The $1.4 million project, slated for construction in 2007, will create a media lab in Hibbard Humanities Hall, which will include modern technologies used by most news organizations. The project will allow the communication and journalism department to move its television and radio programs from Haas Fine Arts Center to Hibbard Humanities Hall, where all the other programs in the department are housed. If all goes as planned, construction will begin in May 2007 and the lab will be ready for use during the 2007 fall semester. Full story.

Greg and Julia (Weinstock) Beckstrom
Greg Beckstrom '84 and Julia (Weinstock) Beckstrom '85 (Contributed photo)

Alumni partner with employers
to create geology scholarship
Two UW-Eau Claire alumni from Minneapolis have partnered with their employers to establish the first UW-Eau Claire scholarship for students majoring in geology. Greg and Julia (Weinstock) Beckstrom made an initial $1,000 gift to establish the Golder Associates Scholarship (named for Greg's employer, which matched his gift). While establishing the scholarship with the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, Greg Beckstrom learned that Cargill, his wife's employer, also would match her gift, significantly increasing the value of the scholarship. The beneficiary will be an outstanding geology major with a strong academic record and financial need. Full story.

University to offer two new MEPD programs in fall 2006

Dr. Susan McIntyre
Dr. Susan McIntyre

The UW-Eau Claire College of Education and Human Sciences and UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education will begin two new master of education in professional development programs for fall 2006. The Initial Teacher Program (MEPD-ITP) is designed specifically for new teachers, and the Professional Educator Program (MEPD-PEP) is for experienced educators. Both programs are 30 credits and combine online and weekend formats convenient for working professionals. Informational meetings are scheduled in March.

"UW-Eau Claire has a long tradition of working closely with teachers in the surrounding area, professionals in the field," said Dr. Susan McIntyre, professor and chair of the COEHS department of curriculum and instruction. "These two new flavors of graduate study provide excellent opportunities for new teachers, as well as more experienced teachers, to continue their professional development while earning their master's degrees." Full story.

UW-Eau Claire Telefund student callers
Student callers are contacting university alumni and friends again this semester during the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Telefund drive, which runs through May 11. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

UW-Eau Claire calling: Telefund drive runs through May 11
On the heels of a record-setting fall Telefund drive, UW-Eau Claire student callers are back to the phones contacting university alumni and friends, updating them on the latest news from campus and inviting them to consider supporting people and programs at UW-Eau Claire. Last fall, alumni and friends contributed more than $265,000 through Telefund to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, surpassing the fall goal of $250,000 and resulting in the highest semester contribution total ever. Parents of current UW-Eau Claire students contributed nearly $24,000 of the fall total.

UW-Eau Claire alumnus Joe Romano '75 was a big help to the Foundation as it reached its record fall Telefund total. "Joe provided matching funds to help secure new donors and increase our average pledge," said Heidi Fisher, UW-Eau Claire director of annual giving and major gifts officer, who noted that the Foundation still is seeking a matching donor for the spring drive.

This spring, 38,000 alumni and friends can expect to hear from a student Telefund caller during the calling period, which goes through May 11. For the past two years, UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends have made a record number of gifts and pledges — more than $500,000 each year — through the Telefund program. "Telefund has a goal of securing dollars for our Excellence Fund and Parents Fund, which provide critical support to the university in areas where it's most needed," Fisher said. "Every Telefund gift has a direct impact on today's UW-Eau Claire students."

Marimba virtuoso to give Artists Series performance

Nancy Zeltsman
Nancy Zeltsman

Marimba virtuoso Nancy Zeltsman will perform for the UW-Eau Claire Artists Series Tuesday, Feb. 21. Her 7:30 p.m. recital in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center will include works by Thomas Oboe Lee and Steven Mackey, as well as her own compositions. Described by the Boston Globe as playing "with sparkling rhythmic inflection, stamina, speed, accuracy, and a full spectrum of colors," Zeltsman is a leading performer, recording artist, teacher, author, and festival director. She has commissioned and premiered over a hundred works for solo marimba or marimba within chamber music. Full story.

Eau Claire area incomes to be focus of luncheon session
'Let's Do Lunch' imageFor at least the last 30 years, Eau Claire has ranked last or near to last in measures of earnings and income among the 11 Wisconsin urban areas. Despite efforts to improve economic conditions in the Eau Claire area, the ranking has not been much affected. In his Feb. 22 presentation titled "Earnings and Incomes in Eau Claire and Other Wisconsin Cities," Edward Young, UW-Eau Claire professor of economics, will examine the income statistics over time and the reasons why this low-income ranking persists. Young's presentation, part of the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association's monthly "Let's Do Lunch" series, will be from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Sweetwaters Restaurant in Eau Claire. The ticket price of $10 includes the presentation, Sweetwaters buffet, beverage, tax and tip. Make reservations by calling (715) 836-3266 or sending an e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu.

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

Deb Le Air '88 Ceramicist Deb Le Air '88 is displaying her artwork through the end of February at Eau Claire's L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. The display shows the evolution of her work from functional ceramic pieces to abstract hand-carved tiles. Full story.
Alisha (Sievers) Ramirez '01

Alisha (Sievers) Ramirez '01 feels the support of her community as she recovers from a bout with a rare, life-threatening disease. Full story.

Dan Johnston '03

Dan Johnston '03 completes two years of Peace Corps service as a schoolteacher in Mozambique. 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 (trivia@uwec.edu). Those sending correct responses to this month's question will be entered in a drawing for a Blugold coffee mug. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the March issue of e-View.

February Blugold Trivia question:

The Blugold baseball uniforms of the late 1970s and early 1980s were patterned after the uniforms of what professional baseball team?

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!

January's winner:
Congratulations to Ryan Chesney, a 2003 UW-Eau Claire business finance graduate, who has won a UW-Eau Claire baseball cap.
Ryan was among those who correctly answered that the dates of the two major additions to McIntyre Library were 1972 and 1993. back to top

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