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Dr. Steven Tallant named provost/vice chancellor

Building Commission approves spending for Davies Center project, new academic building planning

Student Research Day participation grows this year

Empowering girls and women is next 'Let's Do Lunch' topic

Behind the Scenes … with the Student Radio Initiative

Travel opportunities to Central Europe, Prague and Bavaria

Alumni, friends put 2006-07 Telefund on track to success

New alumni success stories

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April 2007

Dr. Steven Tallant named provost/vice chancellor

Dr. Steven Tallant
Dr. Steven Tallant

Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich announced April 9 that he has named Dr. Steven Tallant as the new provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UW-Eau Claire.

Tallant, who has served as interim provost and vice chancellor at UW-Eau Claire since April 2005, surfaced as a top candidate in a highly competitive national search, Levin-Stankevich said.

"I consider it a great honor and privilege to be asked to serve this university in the permanent role of provost and vice chancellor," Tallant said. "This is an exceptional university with a very bright future. I'm looking forward to working with all members of the campus community to move UW-Eau Claire forward under the leadership of Chancellor Levin-Stankevich." Full story. back to top

Building Commission approves spending for
Davies Center project, new academic building planning

Davies Center
Davies Center project Web site —
A University Centers Web site provides background information and updates on the proposed Davies Center redevelopment project. View the Web site.

The State Building Commission on March 19 approved a $48.8 million plan to redevelop UW-Eau Claire's Davies University Center, as well as $1.1 million for planning for a new academic building on campus.

Both projects still must be approved by the Legislature and the governor. The Davies Center project would be funded by student segregated fees, which could begin rising next fall. Students would pay an additional $125 per semester by 2010 to fund the project. No tax dollars would be involved in the development or operation of the building. (See related Leader-Telegram story, as well as a December 2006 university news release.)

The $1.1 million in planning funds would allow UW-Eau Claire to move forward on a new academic building that would primarily house the College of Education and Human Sciences, which now has programs scattered throughout a number of academic buildings. Brewer Hall and Campus School, constructed in 1952 and among the oldest buildings on campus, would be demolished to make way for the new building. back to top

Student Research Day participation grows this year

2006 Student Research Day photo

First-place winners in the 2006 Student Research Day business and professional studies category were Phong Xiong and Erin Quinlan, shown here explaining their project to Karen Havholm, interim assistant vice chancellor for research and sponsored programs. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

UW-Eau Claire students will display their student and faculty collaborative research as well as independent student research at the 15th annual Student Research Day April 23-24.

Student research posters will be on display from noon to 5 p.m. Monday, April 23, and from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 24, in Zorn Arena. Judging will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.

Dr. Karen Havholm, interim assistant vice chancellor, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, said she was happy to see more than a 25 percent increase in submissions of abstracts this year, prompting the move to Zorn Arena. Last year 196 projects were displayed in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center, but a larger space was needed for the 252 projects to be displayed this year. Full story. back to top

Empowering girls and women is next 'Let's Do Lunch' topic
'Let's Do Lunch' graphicDr. Maureen Mack, a professor in UW-Eau Claire's department of curriculum and instruction, will discuss the contemporary circumstances that affect the lives of girls and women and offer empowering tools to transform external pressures into internal strengths at an April 25 luncheon presentation hosted by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association. Mack will present "Finding Center: Strategies to Build Strong Girls and Women" from noon to 1 p.m. at Sweetwater's restaurant, Eau Claire. The presentation is part of the Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch" series. More information. back to top

Behind the scenes …
with UW-Eau Claire's Student Radio Initiative

AJ Moen in the SRI-75 studio
Sophomore philosophy major AJ Moen, Stevens Point, hosts his weekly SRI-75 radio program, "Just Another Indie Show." Learn more about the Student Radio Initiative at UW-Eau Claire in the newest installment of "Behind the Scenes." (UW-Eau Claire poto 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 campus life, focuses on the university's Student Radio Initiative.

You don't see their faces. But every day you can hear their creative observations, wit, and banter; listen to the music they love; and learn something in the process. Broadcasting from their sound booth in the Haas Fine Arts Center, "they" are the Student Radio Initiative, UW-Eau Claire's only 100 percent student-run, free-format radio station. SRI currently produces 15 different weekly programs, including a Wednesday night two-hour hard rock set with faculty adviser Dr. H. (aka J. Erik Hendrickson, associate professor of physics and astronomy).

Take an audiovisual look behind the scenes with the Student Radio Initiative. The sound track for this "Behind the Scenes" installment was created by SRI members Jake Kolstad, a sophomore information systems major from Marinette, and Scott Morfitt, a freshman communication and journalism major from Amery. Music was provided by Ryan Clark, a freshman computer science major from Neillsville, for Get Off My Couch Productions and Overred.
Prague
Bavaria

Travel opportunities to Central Europe, Prague and Bavaria open
to UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends

Two travel opportunities in late summer and fall are available to university alumni and friends:

  • Central Europe Travel Seminar: UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education/UW-Extension will sponsor this seminar from July 30 through Aug. 25. More information.
  • Prague and Fairy Tale Bavaria Tour: The Alumni Association will sponsor this trip Sept. 20-28. More information. back to top

Alumni, friends put 2006-07 Telefund on track to success
Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence campaign logoThe generosity of UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends is keeping the 2006-07 Telefund drive on track to continue its four-year trend of raising more than $500,000 annually in gifts and pledges. The success was celebrated at a recent lunch hosted by Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich for five student Telefund callers who have raised the most pledge dollars for the current Telefund drive.

Thirty-five UW-Eau Claire student callers contact university alumni and friends to update them on the latest news from campus and invite them to support the people and programs at UW-Eau Claire.

"These dedicated students represent the entire student body," said Levin-Stankevich. "They deliver the important message that alumni make a crucial difference in supporting the excellence at UW-Eau Claire especially in the current state fiscal climate." Full story. back to top

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

Tanya (Bauer) Nash '98 Tanya (Bauer) Nash '98, a UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate and former Blugold women's basketball player, has been named head women's basketball coach at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. See stories from Santa Clara University and WEAU-TV in Eau Claire.
Carla (Cockson) Twardowski '95 Carla (Cockson) Twardowski '95 finds comfort in her work as a veterinarian while her husband serves in the U.S. military in Iraq. Full story.
Pat Ranfranz '89 Pat Ranfranz '89, a UW-Eau Claire history graduate, continues a quest to find his uncle, who he believes is entombed with nine others in a B-24 bomber that crashed in the South Pacific during World War II. Read April 8 and April 9 articles from the Sioux Falls, S.D., Argus Leader.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Justin Kaufenberg '03, a UW-Eau Claire economics graduate, Carson Kipfer '04, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate, and Greg Blasko '04, a UW-Eau Claire management information systems graduate, have found a successful niche for their Web site development company, which Kaufenberg and Kipfer started while at the university and now brings in annual revenue of more than $1 million. Full story.
Diana Laufenberg '97 Diana Laufenberg '97, a UW-Eau Claire social studies education graduate, has been named the 2007 Arizona Technology in Education Alliance Innovation Award Technology Teacher of the Year. 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 (trivia@uwec.edu). Those sending correct responses to this month's question will be entered in a drawing for a golf visor, golf balls and towel. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the May issue of e-View.

Central Campus Mall clockApril Blugold Trivia question:

A four-faced electric street clock with backlighted dials was the finishing touch to UW-Eau Claire's Central Campus Mall, completed in 1986. In what year was the clock manufactured?

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!

March's winner:
Congratulations to Joe Nawikas, a 2005 UW-Eau Claire geology graduate! Joe has won a UW-Eau Claire golf visor, golf balls and towel in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that recently retired Blugold head volleyball coach Lisa Herb competed at UW-La Crosse as an undergraduate
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