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Campus economic impact on region tops $161 million

Technology keeps family connected on graduation day

Newest Blugold grads receive diplomas

UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff announce retirements

Dreams come true as alum's son attends UW-Eau Claire

Blugold alumnus, first Wisconsin DNR chief, dies at 90

High school seniors, parents invited to Financial Aid Night

'Get Connected' Web page helps Blugolds stay in touch

Student feature: Women's hockey standout hails from unlikely hometown

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January 2006

Campus economic impact on region tops $161 million

student grocery shopping

UW-Eau Claire's employees and its 10,000-plus students spend a majority of their dollars in the Eau Claire area. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

UW-Eau Claire's regional economic impact totals more than $161 million annually, according to a recently completed analysis prepared by a university economist and a student researcher. On average, every dollar of UW-Eau Claire local spending generates about $1.41 in local business sales, said Dr. Wayne Carroll, the professor of economics who completed the analysis with Victoria Udalova, Eau Claire, a senior economics major. "The bottom line of the analysis is that if UW-Eau Claire were to disappear tomorrow, local sales and spending in the Eau Claire economy would be about $161 million lower each year and the region would lose more than 3,000 jobs," Carroll said.

The study also demonstrates that cuts to the UW-Eau Claire budget have a significant negative impact on the local economy, Carroll said. "If the university's annual budget is cut by just $1 million, it causes a reduction of nearly $1.1 million in local sales and it could lead to the loss of 20 jobs in the area," Carroll said, adding that that's an important finding given the significant cuts to the UW-Eau Claire budget in recent years. Full story.

Technology keeps family connected on graduation day

Newest Blugold grads receive diplomas
Winter commencement exercises for 685 students at UW-Eau Claire were held Dec. 17 in Zorn Arena. A total of 661 students were candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 306 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 161 from the College of Business, 141 from the College of Education and Human Sciences and 53 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Twenty-four students were master's degrees candidates. Dr. Patricia Quinn, director of the university's Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program and the special assistant for external funding for the associate vice chancellor of student development and diversity, delivered the "Charge to the Class" during both the morning and afternoon ceremonies. Quinn, a member of UW-Eau Claire's academic staff since 1983, received the Administrative and Professional Academic Staff Excellence in Performance Award at the beginning of the fall semester. Full story.
David Maas '05 and Mary Kay Maas '03
David Maas '05 and Mary Kay Maas '03. Read Mary Kay's first-person account of how technology allowed her to be a part of David's recent UW-Eau Claire graduation.

Mary Kay Maas, a 2003 UW-Eau Claire Spanish education graduate, was especially grateful to watch her younger brother and close friend, David Maas, receive his diploma during UW-Eau Claire's Dec. 17 afternoon commencement ceremony. Had it not been for the university's live commencement Webcast, Maas, who lives in Asturias, Spain, would have had to settle for sending her brother a congratulatory e-mail. As it turned out, she was able to hear "Pomp and Circumstance" and watch David walk across the Zorn Arena stage — all from her home across the sea. Read Mary Kay's first-person account of how technology allowed her to be a part of her brother's big day.

UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff announce retirements
Six UW-Eau Claire faculty or academic staff members and four classified staff members have recently retired or have announced they will retire soon:

  • Patricia Christopherson, associate dean emerita of the College of Education and Human Sciences and a professor of social work, retired in October after almost 29 years of service.
  • Dr. Leonard Gibbs, professor emeritus of social work, retired in November after 28 years of teaching at UW-Eau Claire.
  • Dr. Christopher Lind, assistant vice chancellor for Research and Sponsored Programs and director of the Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration, will retire in February after 13 years at UW-Eau Claire and 17 years with the UW System.
  • Kay Magadance, senior policy and planning analyst, Institutional Planning, will retire in January 2006 after 31 years of service to UW-Eau Claire.
  • Diane Omtvedt, a senior clinical nurse specialist in the Student Health Service, will retire in February 2006.
  • Dr. Daniel Perkins, professor of communication and journalism, retired at the end of December after 23 years of teaching at UW-Eau Claire.
  • Cheryl Barrows, a dean's assistant in Graduate Studies, is retiring in January after 35 years of service to that department.
  • Carolyn Chasteen, an IS comprehensive services-senior in Facilities Planning and Management, retired in October. She started working for the university in 1993.
  • Catherine Jones, a library services assistant advanced/lead, will retire in February 2006. She has worked for the university for 27 years.
  • Judy Kilde, a medical assistant in Student Health Services, is retiring in January after 14 years of assisting with students' medical needs.

Read more about the accomplishments of UW-Eau Claire's retiring faculty and academic staff and classified staff.

Dreams come true as alum's son attends UW-Eau Claire

Mary Hilfiker '67 Samson Gimui
UW-Eau Claire alumna Mary Hilfiker '67, left, is supporting a scholarship to cover tuition and fees for freshman Samson Gimui, right, who is from Uganda. Samson's father, Joab Kiboma Gimui, is a 1970 UW-Eau Claire graduate. (UW-Eau Claire photos by Rick Mickelson)

When Samson Gimui walked onto UW-Eau Claire's campus this fall, he made the dreams of two UW-Eau Claire alumni come true. Samson's father, Joab Kiboma Gimui, had long dreamed that one of his six children would attend his alma mater. And Mary Hilfiker -- a 1967 UW-Eau Claire graduate with a love for the people of Africa -- longed to give a young African the opportunity to study at an American university. Hilfiker, with the help of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, contacted UW-Eau Claire alumni who live in Africa, asking them if they had children or grandchildren who might want to attend their alma mater. Within weeks, they heard from Joab Kiboma Gimui, a 1970 graduate who came to UW-Eau Claire through a government-sponsored exchange program. He wrote that it was his dream that his children could study in the United States, preferably at UW-Eau Claire. But he didn't have the resources to make his dream come true, and the government-sponsored programs that had helped him no longer existed. Now Hilfiker is supporting a scholarship to cover tuition and fees for Samson Gimui, Joab Kiboma Gimui's youngest son, who entered UW-Eau Claire as a freshman last fall. Full story.

Blugold alumnus, first Wisconsin DNR chief, dies at 90

Lester P. Voigt
Lester P. Voigt

Lester P. Voigt, a 1937 education graduate of UW-Eau Claire who went on to be the first secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, died Dec. 28. He was 90. Voigt began his career in state government in 1954 as director of the Wisconsin Department of Conservation. The conservation and resource development departments merged in 1967, and Voigt was named secretary of the newly formed DNR. He served in that position through 1975 and then as an adviser to the department until 1977, when he retired. Voigt, 1968 recipient of UW-Eau Claire's Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, was a longtime prominent figure in the national conservation community. He was the U.S. representative to the International Fishery Commission under five U.S. presidents; served as president of both the International Association of Game, Fish and Conservation Commissioners and the Natural Resources Conservation Administrators Association; and served as chairman of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. See related stories from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Wisconsin State Journal.

High school seniors, parents invited to Financial Aid Night
financial aid imageHigh school seniors planning to attend post-secondary schools and their parents are invited to attend Financial Aid Night at UW-Eau Claire from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006. The free informational event about financial aid options will be held in Schofield Auditorium. The event is open to all students and parents regardless of the higher education institution a student plans to attend. Full story.

'Get Connected' Web page helps Blugolds stay in touch
'Get Connected' imageAlumni and friends of UW-Eau Claire can find all the options for staying connected to the university on the Alumni Association's "Get Connected" Web page. Whether you'd like to update your contact information, submit news for a class note, attend a university or alumni event, nominate someone for an alumni award, mentor current students, join the Alumni Association board of directors or help the efforts of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, this page will link you to the informaton you need! Check it out, and get connected today!

Lauren Havard
Lauren Havard (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

Student feature:
Hockey standout hails
from unlikely hometown
A quick glance at the Blugold women's ice hockey team roster reveals what one might expect: lots of players from hometowns in Minnesota, and a few from Wisconsin. But wait — can this be right? It says No. 18, freshman Lauren Havard, is from San Angelo, TEXAS. Do they even have rinks down there?? It seems they do, and Havard made the most of the facilities and programs available to play the sport she loves. A recent San Angelo Standard-Times article tells the story of how Havard, so far the Blugolds' season goal leader, found a place on the UW-Eau Claire roster. Full story.

 

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

Janel (Soppeland) Seaholm '04 Janel (Soppeland) Seaholm '04, a former Blugold women's basketball player, is in her first season as head coach of the Cadott high school girls basketball team. Full story.
Kevin Keane '87 Kevin Keane '87 is named senior vice president for communications with the American Beverage Association. Full story.
Patrick Gerrits '01 has returned home following his second tour of duty in Iraq, most recently with the 1158th Transportation Co. of the Wisconsin Army National Guard. Full story.

Blugold Trivia headline
UW-Eau Claire baseball capShow 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 baseball cap (shown at right). The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the February issue of e-View.

January Blugold Trivia question:

McIntyre Library east entranceUW-Eau Claire's William D. McIntyre Library, built in 1960, underwent two major additions that expanded the facility's stacks, study areas, and staff office and support space and incorporated the Technology Resource Center. In what two years were those major additions completed?

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!

'Sprites'December's winner:
Congratulations to Cory Kuelbs, a 2004 UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, who has won a blue and gold UW-Eau Claire ceramic mug.
Cory was among those who correctly answered that the sculpture at right is named "Sprites" and that it was created by sculptor Paul Granlund. back to top

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