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Blue skies, football victory make for great Blugold Homecoming celebration

UW-Eau Claire makes list of top Fulbright producers

Upcoming campus events

Alum retires after 40 years as sports information director

Alumni: Help create a plan of distinction for UW-Eau Claire

Research points to influence of ancient megadroughts on migration of humans out of Africa

Alumna creates women's soccer opportunity fund

Genealogical workshop set for Nov. 10 in McIntyre Library

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

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October 2007

Amy Croswell '07, Lori Scardino '07, Manuela (Crego) Coffey '99 and Darian Hall '01
Left to right: Alumni Amy Croswell '07, Lori Scardino '07, Manuela (Crego) Coffey '99 and Darian Hall '01 enjoyed the Oct. 6 Fifth Quarter celebration following the Blugolds' 31-29 Homecoming football victory over UW-La Crosse. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Bill Hoepner '98)

Blue skies, football victory make for great Blugold Homecoming celebration
Hundreds of UW-Eau Claire alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of UW-Eau Claire gathered Oct. 6 for Alumni Association Homecoming 2007 events. Blugolds young and old came from near and far to enjoy summerlike weather, a festive parade, a thrilling 31-29 football victory over UW-La Crosse and a Fifth Quarter celebration featuring music by the Blugold Marching Band and Home-Grown Tomatoes, a band including several UW-Eau Claire alumni. See photos from Homecoming 2007. back to top

UW-Eau Claire makes list of top Fulbright producers

UW-Eau Claire's 2007-08 Fulbrighters:

Erin House, a German major who graduated in May, is attending and conducting research at the University of Leipzig in Leipzig, Germany.

John Zanetti, a 2006 political science graduate, is in West Kalimantan (formerly known as Borneo), Indonesia, where he's teaching English to high school students and working with grassroots groups to solve community problems.

UW-Eau Claire is among the top producers of 2007-08 U.S. Fulbright Fellows, according to a list recently released by the Fulbright Program.

UW-Eau Claire is one of 21 institutions included in the master's institution category on the Fulbright Program's list of colleges and universities that produced the most U.S. Fulbright Fellows. The success of the top-producing institutions was highlighted in the Oct. 26 printed edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Two UW-Eau Claire students were awarded Fulbright awards for 2007-08. A third student was offered a Fulbright but turned hers down in favor of another international opportunity.

"In recent years, we've seen the number of our students and recent graduates who are interested in the Fulbright program increase," said Cheryl Lochner-Wright, UW-Eau Claire's Fulbright adviser from the Center for International Education. "Success tends to breed success. As more of our students and recent alumni receive Fulbright awards, more students hear about the program and believe that they can compete." Full story. back to top

Upcoming campus events

Also see UW-Eau Claire's online calendar of events and the alumni calendar of events for more upcoming activities of interest to Blugold alumni and friends.

Max Brooks
Max Brooks

Zombies to be topic of Oct. 29 Forum presentation: Max Brooks, the world's self-proclaimed expert on zombie culture, will present "Zombie Survival: Preparing for World War Z" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, in Zorn Arena as part of UW-Eau Claire's 2007-08 Forum series. An Emmy Award winner for his writing for "Saturday Night Live," Brooks - son of Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks - is the author of "The Zombie Survival Guide" (2003), a deadpan illustrated guide to fighting the living dead. His debut novel, "World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War," followed in 2006. Full story.

Mark Matthews
Mark Matthews

Longtime Middle East correspondent to discuss Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Mark Matthews, former diplomatic correspondent for the Baltimore Sun, will discuss "The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Is There Hope?" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in Room 100 of Hibbard Humanities Hall at UW-Eau Claire. The one-hour presentation will be followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session. Matthews covered the Middle East for 15 years and served as Middle East correspondent based in Jerusalem for close to three years. He covered such major landmarks as the Madrid conference of 1991, the Yitzhak Rabin-Yasser Arafat handshake at the White House in 1993, the aftermath of Rabin's assassination and the Intifada of 2000. Full story.

Julianne Baird
Julianne Baird

Acclaimed soprano to perform for Artists Series: Internationally acclaimed soprano Julianne Baird will present "The Musical World of Benjamin Franklin" Wednesday, Nov. 7, at UW-Eau Claire. The Artists Series concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Baird has been hailed as a "national artistic treasure" by The New York Times and as a peerless performer in the repertory of the baroque. With 115 recordings to her credit on Decca, Deutsche Gramophone, Dorian and Newport Classics, Baird is one of the world's ten most recorded female artists. Full story. back to top

Alum retires after 40 years as sports information director

Tim Petermann '71
Tim Petermann '71

For the first time in more than four decades, someone new is distributing news and sharing information about UW-Eau Claire athletics. Kevin Meinholz, a May 2007 graduate of UW-Eau Claire, is serving as the interim sports information director, replacing Tim Petermann, who retired from the position July 31 after 40 years of service to the university. Petermann, a 1971 UW-Eau Claire graduate, began working with the Blugold athletics program as a journalism student.

Petermann's commitment to the athletics program and his willingness to assume new responsibilities during his 40-year career have been critical to the athletics program's success, said Scott Kilgallon, UW-Eau Claire's athletics director.

"Tim Petermann is synonymous with UW-Eau Claire and Blugold athletics," Kilgallon said. "He has a tremendous work ethic; he's dedicated, loyal and innovative. But what's impressed me most is that while he's accomplished so much, he doesn't want credit for any of it. Everything he does, he does to make sure our student-athletes have a great experience." Full story. Also read related Leader-Telegram story. back to top

Alumni: Help create a plan of distinction for UW-Eau Claire
Strategic planning logoFor the past six months, a strategic planning process launched by Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich has involved hundreds of UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff and students. Now university alumni are invited to join the process.

So far, work groups of faculty, staff and students have created a range of proposals that outline new opportunities for distinction for the university.

"From increased international study opportunities to creative community partnerships, the proposals paint a picture of learning that will prepare UW-Eau Claire students for a rapidly changing world," said Mary Jane Brukardt, special assistant to the chancellor for stragetic planning.

The proposals have been shared with the campus community, and almost 1,000 responses and comments have been submitted about the ideas, Brukardt said. The feedback will be reviewed and a draft of a strategic vision and plan for the university will be ready for more comment in early January.

In the meantime, focus groups of community members are sharing their vision for the university's future, and alumni are invited to provide input as well.

"Alums' ideas and comments are critical to helping the university create a plan of distinction for the next decade," Brukardt said. "We invite alumni to ensure the strong value of their UW-Eau Claire degree for years to come by participating in this process."

The proposals (in their entirety or in summary form) are available on the strategic planning Web site. Comments can be submitted via an online forum or an anonymous Web comment form, or in an e-mail to Brukardt at brukarmj@uwec.edu. back to top

Research points to influence of ancient megadroughts
on migration of humans out of Africa

Dr. Kristina Beuning
Dr. Kristina Beuning

New research that documents extreme megadroughts thousands of years ago in Africa may provide an ecological explanation for humans' migration out of Africa during the early Late Pleistocene, said a UW-Eau Claire biologist whose research recently was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

From 135,000 to 90,000 years ago tropical Africa had megadroughts that were more extreme and widespread than previously known for that region, said Dr. Kristina Beuning, associate professor of biology. These new findings, as deduced from the study of sediment cores from Lake Malawi, indicate that Africa was an arid scrubland during the early Late Pleistocene, she said. Full story. back to top

Alumna creates women's soccer opportunity fund

Regi Munro '89
Regi Munro '89
Photo by Roy Pope Photography

Regi Munro, a 1989 UW-Eau Claire graduate and one of four former students who helped establish women's soccer as a Blugold varsity sport, has established the first endowed opportunity fund for women's Blugold soccer. The fund, which honors her mother, is also the first for a women's sport at UW-Eau Claire.

Women's Blugold soccer coach Sean Yengo said the opportunity fund will provide a welcome supplement to the soccer team's budget.

"This will really help ease the burden of having to fundraise to provide the extras, like a new scoreboard, that the budget just won't allow," Yengo said. "It's just great that Regi had the vision to come forward to help establish soccer as a varsity sport and now is giving back because of her positive experiences at UW-Eau Claire. It's an example of the values we're trying to teach our players." Full story. back to top

Genealogical workshop set for Nov. 10 in McIntyre Library
Special Collections and Archives at UW-Eau Claire, along with the Wisconsin Historical Society Library Archives, will hold a genealogical workshop from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov.10, at McIntyre Library on the UW-Eau Claire campus.

Lori Bessler, microforms librarian and outreach coordinator for the Wisconsin Historical Society, and Colleen McFarland, university archivist and head of Special Collections at UW-Eau Claire, will lead three programs in a single workshop designed to provide information on locating and organizing family history. Everyone from the novice to the advanced genealogist will find these programs useful. The workshop will be held in a computer lab, so all attendees will receive hands-on experience with the online resources that will be highlighted. 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:

Tom Luer '97 Tom Luer '97, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, is currently a band member on tour with Queen Latifah promoting her new CD, "Travelin' Light." Full story. (Also see Luer's Web site.)
Photo credit: Diego Nebel
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Steve Scott '83, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, is the new pastor at North Presbyterian Church, Eau Claire. Full story.
Ben Richgruber '00 Ben Richgruber '00, a UW-Eau Claire theatre arts graduate, is the new director of the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center. Full story.
Mickey Judkins '79 Mickey Judkins '79, a UW-Eau Claire sociology graduate, has been appointed administrator of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce Division of Export and Investment. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Hayes Callaghan '78, a UW-Eau Claire speech graduate, and David Hanson '80, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, are frequently heard on-air announcers for Blugold and other western Wisconsin sporting events. 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 an alumni T-shirt. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the November issue of e-View.

October Blugold Trivia question:

UW-Eau Claire is seeking state support to construct a new academic building to replace the obsolete Brewer Hall/Campus School complex. What was the last academic building to be constructed on campus and when did it open?

Olson Addition entryway to McPhee CenterKnow 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!

September's winner:
Congratulations to Stephanie Lopez, a 2007 UW-Eau Claire athletic training graduate! Stephanie has won a long-sleeved alumni T-shirt in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that the photo at right is of the Olson Addition entryway to UW-Eau Claire's McPhee Physical Education Center
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