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Newest Blugold alumni receive diplomas May 19

Alumni, friends receive Alumni Association awards

Faculty, staff members announce retirements

Extra! Extra! Read all about it — online

Blugolds finish third at NCAA national softball tournament

UW-Eau Claire news roundup

Dorellen Haas dies at age 89

Host families/friends sought for international students

New alumni success stories

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May 2007

Newest Blugold alumni receive diplomas May 19

smiling graduates in Zorn Arena
Smiles were as prevalent as caps and gowns among the ranks of graduates during UW-Eau Claire commencement ceremonies May 19. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Bill Hoepner '98) See more photos below.
'Celebrating the Class of 2007' graphicRead about outstanding grads, watch the archived commencement broadcast and more on UW-Eau Claire's commencement Web site.

Spring commencement exercises for 1,206 students at UW-Eau Claire were held May 19 in Zorn Arena.

A total of 1,106 students were candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 519 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 271 from the College of Business, 225 from the College of Education and Human Sciences and 91 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

One hundred students were master's degree candidates. Of those, 16 were from the College of Arts and Sciences, including 10 students who were candidates for specialist in education degrees; 30 were from the College of Business; 29 were from the College of Education and Human Sciences; and 25 were from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Dr. Randall L. Linton, president and chief executive officer of Luther Midelfort-Mayo Health System of Eau Claire, delivered the "Charge to the Class" during the ceremonies. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire photos by Bill Hoepner ' 98
May 2007 grad David Billingsley Sandy and Megan Irwin
Above left, David Billingsley, a music graduate from Racine, waited with other graduates in the corridor of Brewer Hall before joing the morning commencement procession into Zorn Arena. Billingsley is one of eight outstanding graduates featured on UW-Eau Claire's 2007 commencement Web site. Above right, mother and daughter Sandy (left) and Megan Irwin shared the excitement of receiving their diplomas at the morning commencement ceremony. Sandy, a teacher at Pedersen Elementary School in Altoona, earned her master's degree in professional development. She previously received her bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1991. Megan received her bachelor's degree in special education.

2007 retirees Katherine Rhoades and Mary Ellen Alea

 

 

 

Dr. Katherine Rhoades, right, dean of UW-Eau Claire's College of Education and Human Sciences and associate professor of foundations of education, will retire in September after 11 years at the university. She visited before the May 19 morning commencement ceremony with Mary Ellen Alea, adjunct assistant professor and senior lecturer of English, who will retire this month after 30 years at UW-Eau Claire. Read more below about all of UW-Eau Claire's recent retirees.

Alumni, friends receive Alumni Association awards

Yoshikazu Usui, Elizabeth Flores, Roger Knauf, Diane Postler-Slattery and Dr. William Klish
Spring 2007 Alumni Association awards recipients were (left to right) Yoshikazu Usui, Elizabeth Flores '95, Roger Knauf, Diane Postler-Slattery'81, '88 and Dr. William Klish '63. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Bill Hoepner '98)

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association presented awards to five alumni and friends of the university May 19 at a special luncheon and ceremony in conjunction with commencement. Dr. William Klish 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. Elizabeth Flores '95 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. Diane Postler-Slattery received the President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional or personal achievements or service to UW-Eau Claire. Roger Knauf and Yoshikazu Usui received the Honorary Alumnus Award, which is presented to nonalumni who have demonstrated great love of and service to UW-Eau Claire. Full story. back to top

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

  • Mary Ellen Alea, adjunct assistant professor and senior lecturer emerita of English
  • Dr. Steve Baumgardner, professor emeritus of psychology
  • Dr. Alan Gallaher, associate professor emeritus of communication sciences and disorders
  • Dr. Cynthia Gray, associate professor of foundations of education and co-director of the Center for Collaborative Leadership in Education
  • Dr. Charles Hanson, associate professor emeritus of English
  • Dr. William Harms, associate vice chancellor emeritus-student services
  • Jeannie Harms, senior student services coordinator emerita, Advising and New Student Initiatives
  • Jeff Johnson, craftsworker supervisor, Facilities Planning and Management
  • Judy Johnson, office operations associate, Facilities Planning and Management
  • Mary Kemp, administrative assistant, foundations of education
  • Dr. Lucretia Mattson, professor emerita of accounting and finance
  • Josette Migawa, senior lecturer emerita of foreign languages
  • Dr. Thomas Miller, professor emeritus of history
  • Dr. Winifred Morse, professor emerita of adult health nursing
  • Damian O'Brien, admissions counselor emeritus
  • Dr. Duane Oyen, professor emeritus of economics
  • Karen Pope, associate professor, library services
  • Dr. Kathryn Proctor Duax, professor emerita of music
  • Dr. Katherine Rhoades, dean emerita of the College of Education and Human Sciences and associate professor of foundations of education
  • Dr. Kenneth Schmidt, professor emeritus of curriculum and instruction
  • Derold Schubert, shop supervisor, Facilities Planning and Management
  • Rita Sorkness, library services assistant, McIntyre Library special collections
  • David Steagall, facilities maintenance specialist, Facilities Planning and Management
  • Kathleen Tank, administrative program specialist in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Bruce Taylor, poet and professor emeritus of English
  • Lucille Van Beek, university services associate, Records and Registration
  • Dr. Michael Wilson, professor emeritus and chair of the department of accounting and finance.

Read more about UW-Eau Claire's most recent faculty and academic staff and classified staff retirees. back to top

Extra! Extra! Read all about it — online
The View online logoWith the click of a mouse, you can now read UW-Eau Claire's award-winning alumni magazine, The View, online as well as in print. To make The View available to new readers, each issue's feature stories will now be posted online at www.uwec.edu/theview. The online version of The View also includes links to related information, including class notes, news and athletics. And because the online View will be archived, readers can use the Web site's search function to find stories from past issues. Be sure to check out The View online! back to top

Blugolds finish third at NCAA national softball tournament

Casey Leisgang (in the air) celebrated the Blugolds' May 5 win over UW-Oshkosh with Mallory McKinney as teammate Michelle Butkus (number 14) looked on. The win earned the Blugolds the WIAC title for the second consecutive year and earned the team a spot in the NCAA Division III regional tournament, which they also went on to win before advancing to the NCAA national tournament in Salem, Va. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS).

It's been a memorable spring for the UW-Eau Claire softball team. After a 10-6 record in the regular season, the Blugolds went on to host and win both the 2007 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the NCAA Division III regional tournaments, earning a spot in the NCAA national tournament held May 18-22 in Salem, Va. The team finished third in Salem, its best finish ever at the NCAA championships. (The Blugolds placed fourth in both 1999 and 2000.) Following the national championships, three Blugolds — designated player Mallory McKinney, shortstop Mandy Tschernach and second baseman Casey Leisgang — were named to the 13-person NCAA Division III All-Tournament team. Read UW-Eau Claire news releases for more information on the team's WIAC title, regional tournament win, national tournament third-place finish and all-tournament team selections. Also find links to a WIAC tournament photo gallery and NCAA regionals slide show on the Blugold softball team's Web site. back to top

UW-Eau Claire news roundup …
The Princeton Review has again named UW-Eau Claire one of the nation's best value undergraduate institutions. Full story.

Dr. Gail Scukanec of Central Michigan University will begin July 15 as the new dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences at UW-Eau Claire. Full story.

Dr. Karen Havholm has been named assistant vice chancellor for research and director of the Center of Excellence for Faculty/Student Research Collaboration at UW-Eau Claire. Full story.

Carole Halberg, president of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation and special assistant to the chancellor, has departed UW-Eau Claire after 26 years to accept a position at a hospital in Madison. Full story.

UW-Eau Claire celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Ann Devroy Memorial Forum and Fellowship April 26 with a forum presentation by Washington Post editors Bob Kaiser and Bob Woodward and guests that included all but one of UW-Eau Claire's Devroy Fellowship recipients. Full story.

UW-Eau Claire's music therapy program, currently part of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, will move into the department of music and theatre arts in the College of Arts and Sciences effective July 1. Full story. back to top

Dorellen Haas dies at age 89

Dorellen M. Haas

Dorellen M. Haas, 89, died April 20 at the Syverson Lutheran Home in Eau Claire.

Haas was an active member of the UW-Eau Claire campus community for many years as her husband, the late Leonard C. Haas, served the university first as a faculty member and later as president (1959-1971) and chancellor (1973-80). She provided leadership for all women's activities at UW-Eau Claire, and befriended countless students, especially those from distant countries and far from home. Her service to the university community was recognized in 1980 when she was awarded an Honorary Alumnus Award.

In 1980, the Leonard and Dorellen Haas Endowment Fund was established through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to promote International Education through exchange programs. In 1986, the UW-Eau Claire Fine Arts Center was dedicated to Leonard and Dorellen Haas.

The family suggests memorials to the Haas Scholarship Fund (in care of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation), Grace Lutheran Foundation Chaplaincy Services or Grace Lutheran Church. Full obituary. back to top

Host families/friends sought for international students
globeHost families/friends are needed for international students arriving this fall at UW-Eau Claire. Host families/friends will provide a three-day home stay, August 24-27, for students arriving in Eau Claire and then are asked to keep in touch with the students during the semester.

For more information about becoming a host family/friend, send e-mail to pyykolsk@uwec.edu or call the Center for International Education at 715-836-4411. 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:

Dan Hunt '90 Dan Hunt '90, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, is the CEO of Mason Companies Inc., one of the oldest, most historic companies in Chippewa Falls. Full story.
Tina Storck '03 Tina Storck '03, a UW-Eau Claire French graduate, spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya and is now a recruiter for the organization. Full story.
Eric Konkol '00 Eric Konkol '00 , a UW-Eau Claire kinesiology graduate, has been named assistant men's basketball coach at North Dakota State University. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Chris Heye '86, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, has been named vice president of marketing for Welch's, a leading marketer of grape-based products. 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 Blugolds sweatshirt. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the June issue of e-View.

May Blugold Trivia question:

The UW-Eau Claire campus is situated on how many acres?

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!

April's winner:
Congratulations to Carl Deutsch, a 1981 UW-Eau Claire psychology graduate! Carl has won a UW-Eau Claire golf visor, golf balls and towel in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that the clock located on UW-Eau Claire's Central Campus Mall was manufactured in 1890. back to top

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