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UW-Eau Claire ranks high in number who study abroad

Football team advances to second round in NCAA Division III playoffs

Football coach Todd Glaser is WIAC Coach of the Year

Alumni check in with updates from California wildfire area

Nursing alumna to speak about Abu Ghraib experiences

UW-Eau Claire presents 33rd annual Holiday Concert Dec. 9

Class to help businesses with workplace wellness programs

Recent alums invited to apply for grad scholarships

UW-Eau Claire Foundation news

New alumni success stories

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November 2007

UW-Eau Claire ranks high in number who study abroad

Matt Biedermann, Nessa Severson and Bethany Nikstad on Mt. Pilatus
UW-Eau Claire students (from left) Matt Biedermann, Nessa Severson and Bethany Nikstad made an excursion to Mt. Pilatus near Lucerne, Switzerland, while they were studying abroad in Graz, Austria, during the 2006-07 academic year. (Contributed photo)

UW-Eau Claire ranks 14th nationally among all master's-level schools in the number of students who study abroad, according to the 2007 Open Doors Report of the Institute for International Education.

The 2007 Open Doors Report indicates that 484 UW-Eau Claire students studied abroad during the 2005-06 academic year, up from the previous year when 440 students participated in a study abroad program.

UW-Eau Claire's long-standing commitment to placing students in countries for months rather than weeks also sets it apart, according to the Open Doors Report. The report's "duration of study abroad" survey ranks UW-Eau Claire seventh nationally. Full story. back to top

Alumni Association plans tailgate party
Blugold alumni and friends are invited to a pregame tailgate party from 10-11:30 a.m. Nov. 24 at the Blue Fox Bar and Grill in St. Paul. More info.

Football team advances to second
round in NCAA Division III playoffs

The Blugold football team will advance to the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs following a 24-20 first-round win over St. Norbert Nov. 17 in Green Bay. With the win the Blugolds improved to 9-2, their best record since a 10-3 season in 1998. That year was the lone other appearance UW-Eau Claire has had in the national playoffs. Next the team will face Bethel University at noon Saturday, Nov. 24, in St. Paul. Full story and ticket info.
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Football coach Todd Glaser is WIAC Coach of the Year

Todd Glaser
Todd Glaser

UW-Eau Claire head football coach Todd Glaser has been named the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's George Chryst Coach of the Year. Glaser, a UW-Eau Claire alumnus who played defensive line for the Blugolds from 1987-90, is in his second year as UW-Eau Claire's head coach and led the team to a second-place finish in the WIAC this season with an 8-2 record. He is only the second coach in program history to lead his team to an NCAA Division III postseason appearance (the first was Bob Nielson in 1998) and the second to be named WIAC coach of the year (Link Walker received the honor in 1981 and 1983). Full story. back to top

NASA photo of California wildfires
Oct. 22 NASA image showing smoke from southern California wildfires.

Alumni check in with updates
from California wildfire area

A recent e-mail message from John Bachmeier, alumni relations director, to many of UW-Eau Claire's approximately 770 alumni living in southern California drew responses from several Blugolds who shared information regarding the October wildfires in that region.

Read Bachmeier's Nov. 1 message to southern California alumni and the responses received. back to top

Nursing alumna to speak about Abu Ghraib experiences

Retired Lt. Col. Deanna Germain
Retired Lt. Col. Deanna Germain

"A Nurse at Abu Ghraib" is the topic of UW-Eau Claire's 2007 M.P. Coffman Lecture from 5-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Fanny Hill in Eau Claire.

Retired Lt. Col. Deanna Germain, U.S. Army Reserve - a UW-Eau Claire alumna, nurse practitioner, speaker and co-author of "Reaching Past the Wire: A Nurse at Abu Ghraib" - will describe her experiences with the physical and emotional difficulties that she and other nurses endured as they cared for U.S. soldiers and Iraqi detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison hospital.

Early registration is recommended as space is limited; the registration deadline is Dec. 6. Full story and registration information. back to top

UW-Eau Claire to present 33rd Holiday Concert Dec. 9
Holiday Concert imageUW-Eau Claire's department of music and theatre arts and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation will continue a long-standing tradition by presenting the 33rd Holiday Concert at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 9 in Zorn Arena.

The concert will feature performances by The Symphonic Choir and Symphony Orchestra, The Singing Statesmen, the Women's Concert Chorale, the Women's Chorus, the Concert Choir and the Wind Symphony. There will be a preconcert performance by Two Rivers Brass, a brass quintet.

Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance by using the online ticket reservation form or calling the University Service Center, 715-836-3727. More information. back to top

Class to help businesses with workplace wellness programs

Dr. Susan Moch
Dr. Susan Moch

A UW-Eau Claire faculty member is looking for Chippewa Valley businesses or organizations that have an interest in starting or enhancing a workplace wellness program.

Students in "Wellness in the Work World," a class offered in spring 2008 for the first time, will work with local organizations to gather information and/or plan a wellness program that will meet the needs of the individual businesses, said Dr. Susan Moch, a professor of nursing who will teach the course.

"We're open to any small project that an agency or business might have that will create a healthier work world," Moch said. "We want to contribute in a meaningful way to the health of our community and possibly to helping keep health care costs down." Full story. back to top

Recent alums invited to apply for grad scholarships
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation logoOutstanding UW-Eau Claire seniors and alumni who have graduated since spring 2003 are invited to apply for nomination to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship Program, one of the largest and most competitive scholarship programs in the country. Scholarships can total as much as $300,000 (up to $50,000 per year for up to six years).

Complete eligibility information and application materials are available on the foundation's Web site or by calling 800-498-6478.

UW-Eau Claire also has a Web site with specific information about applying for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship program. A completed application with supporting documents is due to the dean of Graduate Studies by March 1, 2008. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire Foundation news

campaign logoFulfilling the Promise of Excellence campaign total surpasses $52 million: The UW-Eau Claire Foundation's comprehensive campaign has exceeded $52 million in gifts and commitments, the Foundation board learned at its annual meeting Oct. 26.

The Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence campaign, which concludes Dec. 31, had a goal of $50 million. More than 20,000 alumni and friends have supported the campaign since its kickoff in 2002.

Telefund caller
UW-Eau Claire Foundation student Telefund caller
Additionally, six new members were elected to the Foundation's board of directors. New board members are Charlie Bauer, Charles Lasker, Jane Lokken, Betsy Kell and Sam Stagliano, all of Eau Claire, and Jerry Strop of Castle Rock, Colo. Full story.

2006-07 Telefund donors give more than $450,000 for university people, programs: Interesting fact: Of the $450,060 in donations raised during the 2006-07 UW-Eau Claire Foundation Telefund, $120,207 was secured through matching gifts from donors' employers. Another interesting fact: The average pledge made by 2006-07 Telefund donors was $65.90. Learn more about the Telefund and the student callers who ensure its success in a presentation recently prepared by Foundation staff. View presentation. 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:

Laura Dean '03 Laura Dean '03 , a UW-Eau Claire political science graduate, is currently spending a year in Latvia on a Fulbright Fellowship. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Drew Sterwald '85, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, is a staff writer for the The News-Press of southwest Florida. He recently wrote a column on the topic of college mascots that included a mention of UW-Eau Claire's Blugolds. Full story.
Rita Sullivan '89 Rita Sullivan '89, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, has been appointed regional administrator for Luther Midelfort Northland-Mayo Health System. Full story.
Brad Pribbenow '94 Brad Pribbenow '94 , a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, is a seminary student and worship minister at a church in Fergus Falls, Minn., as well as a musician who as recorded four CDs. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Jim Jorgensen '87, a UW-Eau Claire communication graduate, has documented the life of a World War II veteran in a film for the Minnesota Historical Society. Full story.
Lori (Glasheen) Lahm '98 Lori (Glasheen) Lahm '98, a UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate, recently was the Fond du Lac Reporter's featured educator . Full story. back to top

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 UW-Eau Claire baseball cap. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the December issue of e-View.

November Blugold Trivia question:

The recently passed 2007-09 state budget authorizes UW-Eau Claire students to spend $49 million over time for the redevelopment of W.R. Davies University Center. In what year was the original Davies Center constructed and how much did the project cost?

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!

October's winner:
Congratulations to Stacy Miron, a 2003 UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate! Stacy has won an alumni T-shirt in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that the last building to be constructed
on campus was the Human Sciences and Services building, which opened in 1982. back to top

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