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Provost Emeritus Ronald Satz dies after battle with illness

MIS changes department name, academic programs

Statesmen host national men's chorus seminar

Cambodian killing fields survivor to speak at Forum

Linguists invite area residents to discuss 'Skahnsin' English

Senior Americans' Day to offer 'spring training'

Endowed scholarship memorializes alum John Kell

Tax law changes to be focus of luncheon session

Exhibit to feature alumna's decades-old shoe collection

Phillips Science Hall mosaic receives needed face-lift

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March 2006

Provost Emeritus Ronald Satz dies after battle with illness

Ronald Satz
Dr. Ronald Satz

Ronald N. Satz, UW-Eau Claire provost and vice chancellor emeritus, died March 7 following a long battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was 62.

Satz was honored in a memorial service March 13 in Gantner Concert Hall of UW-Eau Claire's Haas Fine Arts Center. Visitation and funeral services were March 12 at Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home in Eau Claire.

Satz was a part of the UW-Eau Claire campus community for 22 years, serving in a number of faculty and administrative positions, including as provost and vice chancellor from May 1, 1999, until his retirement Oct. 17, 2005.

"UW-Eau Claire, Wisconsin and the world of higher education have lost a brilliant scholar, an adept administrator and a faithful friend," Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson said. "Ron Satz embodied the university's motto of excellence. His vision and passion were instrumental in helping make UW-Eau Claire one of the finest public regional universities not only in the Midwest but in the nation."

Full story. Also read recent Leader-Telegram and Associated Press articles about Satz, as well as a full obituary.

MIS changes department name, academic programs

Dr. Thomas Hilton
Dr. Thomas Hilton

UW-Eau Claire's management information systems department has changed its name and revamped its academic programs to serve more students and better meet the needs of the growing number of businesses that want to hire its graduates. In the fall, the newly named information systems department will begin offering new major, minor and certificate programs, all of which better address student career interests and current IS trends in business and industry, said Dr. Thomas Hilton, chair of the department.

"The IS field has changed dramatically in the last 10 years," Hilton said. "Information systems now impact all levels of every organization in every country in the world. People in the IS field now focus less on the technical aspects of an information system and more on how the technology can help an organization solve business problems and achieve goals. As a department, we have re-invented ourselves to stay a leader in the field." Full story.

Cantus
U.S. Army Chorus
Minneapolis-based Cantus (top) and the U.S. Army Chorus will perform during the Intercollegiate Men's Choruses National Seminar March 16-18 at UW-Eau Claire.

Statesmen host national men's chorus seminar
UW-Eau Claire's Singing Statesmen will host the 42nd Intercollegiate Men's Choruses National Seminar March 16-18. Fifteen male choruses, representing 1,200 singers from eight states and the District of Columbia, will take part in the event. "This event represents the gathering of choral traditions from across the United States to celebrate the unique qualities and sounds of the male chorus," said Joshua Andrew, student coordinator of the seminar. The Statesmen last hosted the IMC National Seminar in 1996. Headline performers for the seminar are the U.S. Army Chorus and the male vocal ensemble Cantus, a Minneapolis-based group that in the past 10 years has become a full-time touring ensemble, performing with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and other Midwestern venues. Full story.

Cambodian killing fields survivor to speak at Forum

Loung Ung
Loung Ung

Loung Ung, a survivor of the killing fields of Cambodia, will speak at UW-Eau Claire Wednesday, March 29. Her Forum Series presentation, titled "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena. Her presentation title is the same as that of her memoir, which is a national bestseller and received the 2001 Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association award for excellence in adult nonfiction literature. The book has been published in 11 countries and translated into nine languages. Ung's second book, "Lucky Child," was published by Harper Collins in 2005. "As I tell people about genocide, I get the opportunity to redeem myself," Ung says. "I've had the chance to do something that's worth my being alive." Full story.

Linguists invite area residents to discuss 'Skahnsin' English

Erica Benson
Erica Benson

When people in Eau Claire say "sorry," does it rhyme with "glory" or with "starry?" Do they celebrate their "golden birthdays" by going canoeing on the "flowage" and playing "sheepshead" by the campfire? A UW-Eau Claire linguist is asking people who enjoy thinking and talking about language to share their insights and perceptions about the way people talk in this and other parts of the state. Assistant professor of English Dr. Erica Benson, along with five other specialists, will host multimedia public discussions in Eau Claire, Milwaukee and Madison to explore how Wisconsinites speak, how our regional English came to be so distinctive and the ways in which it is continuing to change. The research is sponsored by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council. The discussions will take place at the following times and locations:

  • Milwaukee: 6-8 p.m. March 22, Milwaukee Public Library (Central), 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.
  • Eau Claire: 7-8:30 p.m. March 27, Plaza Hotel & Suites Conference Center, 1202 W. Clairemont Ave.
  • Madison: 10 a.m.-noon April 1, Union South, 227 N. Randall Ave.

Full story.

Senior Americans' Day to offer 'spring training'
Senior Americans' Day brochure imageUW-Eau Claire's 18th Annual Senior Americans' Day, titled "Spring Training for the Mind, Body & Spirit," will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in Davies Center. The program features keynote speaker Camille Wade Maurice, internationally known speaker and humorist, who will share insights on being human and caring in her presentation "Alive to Life." The event also will offer nearly 50 workshops on a variety of topics. The cost of the program is $25 per person and includes materials, continental breakfast and lunch. Full story.

Endowed scholarship memorializes alumnus John Kell

John Kell
John Kell

When John Kell, who was president of Kell Container in Chippewa Falls, died last summer in a motorcycle accident, his wife, Betsy Kell, established the John Kell Memorial Fund with the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to honor the business leader, Blugold alumnus and active university supporter. Betsy Kell and her daughters, Sadie and Angela, recently designated the fund to endow the John Kell Memorial Blugold Promise Scholarship, which will be awarded for the first time this fall. The Kell Blugold Promise Scholarship is the first endowed scholarship in the Foundation's new Blugold Promise Scholarship Program, aimed at garnering donor support for two-year scholarships to be awarded to outstanding freshmen with limited means to pay for their college education. Full story.

Tax law changes to be focus of luncheon session
'Let's Do Lunch' imageEvery year brings interesting changes to the tax law. Lucretia Mattson, CPA, CFP, DBA, UW-Eau Claire professor of accounting and finance, will examine changes taxpayers still might take advantage of on their 2005 tax returns, as well as explore some new items for 2006, such as energy credits for your home and credits for purchasing hybrid cars. She also will discuss how UW-Eau Claire's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program affects students and the community. Mattson'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, March 29, 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.

Exhibit to feature alumna's decades-old shoe collection

shoes from ARTShoe exhibit
Photo by Becky Mauch

Two UW-Eau Claire alumnae will combine their love of shoes and photography to create ARTShoe, an exhibit that will open March 21 in the Foster Gallery of the university's Haas Fine Arts Center. Virgelee (Watenpuhl) LeDue, who has lived in Eau Claire since 1942, has a collection of shoes that dates back more than 60 years. Some of the shoes and photographs of many others will be featured in the ARTShoe exhibit, which will open in conjunction with Senior Americans' Day at UW-Eau Claire. LeDue's shoes have been photographed and catalogued by her friend Becky Mauch, who designed the gallery exhibit. The ARTShoe exhibit will be on display March 21-25. An opening reception will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. March 21. Full story.

Phillips Science Hall mosaic receives needed face-lift
UW-Eau Claire student volunteer Sally Johnson recently completed a repair project on the mosaic located on the first floor of Phillips Science Hall. The artwork's original artist was former UW-Eau Claire art faculty member Ron Udy. Johnson, a sophomore music therapy major, reports many faculty, staff and students have commented that they are glad the mosaic has been repaired.

In the top photo at right, Johnson stands in front of the repaired mosaic. Below, a "before" photo shows some of the many areas where missing and damaged tiles needed replacing. (Top photo by Rick Mickelson, UW-Eau Claire; bottom photo by Sally Johnson.)

Sally Johnson

 

 

 

 

'before' photo of mosaic

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

Linda Poirier '83, '96 Nurse practitioner Linda Poirier '83, '96 recently opened the Willow Creek Women's Clinic in downtown Eau Claire. Full story.
Jerry Bauer '74

Jerry Bauer '74 heads one of the top 10 commercial tire dealerships in the United States. Full story.

Tim Valentyn '77 Former Blugold basketball player Tim Valentyn '77 now works as an agent, representing numerous professional athletes and coaches. Full story.
Sona (Hunter) Mehring '83

Sona (Hunter) Nehring '83 is the founder of CaringBridge, an online service for families and friends that helps them create networks of communication and support during times of medical crisis. 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 copy of the UW-Eau Claire Singing Statesmen's CD, "An American Journey." The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the April issue of e-View.

Blugold Trivia imageMarch Blugold Trivia question:

The photo at left was taken on the UW-Eau Claire campus. Can you identify the image and where it was taken?

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!

February's winner:
Congratulations to Dave Bentz, a 1981 UW-Eau Claire sociology graduate, who has won a Blugold coffee mug.
Dave was among those who correctly answered that the Blugold baseball uniforms of the late 1970s and early 1980s were patterned after the uniforms of the Houston Astros. back to top

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