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Five to receive Alumni Association awards

Faculty and staff members announce retirements

Commencement ceremonies set for Dec. 20

Researchers seek subjects for military nurses study

UW-Eau Claire ranks high in number of physics graduates

UW System regents approve materials science major

Faculty member co-authors environmental Santa book

Cabaret XXXI to run Jan. 22-24 and 29-31

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December 2008

Five to receive Alumni Association awards

Terence McMahon Barbara Lee
Barry Moullet Virginia Janssen
Aaron Doty

Clockwise, from top left: Terence McMahon, Barbara Lee, Virgina Janssen, Aaron Doty, Barry Moullet.

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association will present awards to five graduates of the university Dec. 20 at a special luncheon and ceremony in conjunction with commencement. Read the recent news release for more details on the following recipients:

Terence C. McMahon will receive the Lifetime Excellence Award, presented to alumni who have demonstrated longtime and successful commitment to their careers and communities.

Barbara C. Lee and Barry Moullet will receive the President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and service to UW-Eau Claire.

Virginia Janssen will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes distinguished service to the community, state or nation that brings credit upon the recipient and the university.

Aaron Doty will receive the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award, which acknowledges special achievements and great promise of alumni who are within 15 years of their graduation from UW-Eau Claire. back to top

Faculty and staff members announce retirements
The following UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members recently retired or have announced they will retire soon:

  • Michael Christopherson, professor emeritus, art & design
  • Paul Diedrich, management information manager, Learning and Technology Services
  • Dr. J. Brady Foust, professor emeritus, geography
  • Marjorie Frankenberger, program associate, Records and Registration
  • Dr. William Frankenberger, professor emeritus, psychology, and director of the Human Development Center and school psychology program
  • Dale Gable, senior lecturer, foreign languages
  • Gary Grundman, senior power plant operator, Facilities Planning and Management
  • Gloria Hochstein, senior lecturer emerita, English
  • Stephen Lawrence, custodian, University Recreation & Sports Facilities

See recent news releases about retiring faculty and classified staff for more information about these employees' careers. back to top

Commencement ceremonies set for Dec. 20

Celebrating the Class of 2007
Visit the Celebrating the Class of 2008 Web site to meet UW-Eau Claire's featured December graduates and find additional commencement information.

UW-Eau Claire commencement exercises for 673 students will begin at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, in Zorn Arena. Candidates from the College of Business, College of Education and Human Sciences, and College of Nursing and Health Sciences will receive degrees during the 9 a.m. ceremony. Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and candidates for master's degrees will receive degrees during the 2 p.m. ceremony.

The ceremonies will be broadcast live via Web video streaming. Full story. back to top

Researchers seek subjects for military nurses study

Cheryl Lapp and student researchers
Cheryl Lapp, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of nursing (standing), and student researchers (from left) Allison Quinn, Emily Skurla and Heather Nichols are conducting a study on re-entry to civilian life for nurses who have served in active war zones. Also participating in the research project is graduate student Phillip Seep. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

Four UW-Eau Claire nursing students and their professor, Dr. Cheryl Lapp, seek participants for a research study of military nurses.

The study, "War and Its Aftermath: A Study of Nurses Who Served in Iraq and Afghanistan," will focus on the process of re-entry into civilian life for nurses who have recently served in combat or near-combat situations in active war zones.

Lapp said the study was inspired by the historical contributions of nurses in times of war. Now that a whole new generation of nurses has served in Afghanistan and Iraq, Lapp and her students hope to find out if there have been advances since Vietnam, when nurses, like soldiers, returned home from war with little preparation for what they would encounter and had no debriefing process.

Anyone interested in learning more about or participating in the study may contact Lapp at 715-836-5629 or lappca@uwec.edu. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire ranks high in number of physics graduates
UW-Eau Claire excellence sealUW-Eau Claire graduates more physics majors than most other colleges in the country, according to a recent American Institute of Physics study.

UW-Eau Claire has graduated an average of 11 physics majors per year during the three-year timeframe (2005-07) included in the American Institute of Physics study. Just 23 of the 510 bachelor's degree-granting departments at U.S. colleges and universities graduated more physics majors during that same time period, the study states.

Eight students graduated from UW-Eau Claire in physics in 2005, 14 in 2006 and 13 in 2007. The 11 graduates-per-year average is well above the national average of 4.5 physics graduates per year from other comparable institutions, according to the institute's study. Full story. back to top

UW System regents approve materials science major
UW System logoAt its Dec. 4-5 meeting, the UW System Board of Regents approved UW-Eau Claire's new interdisciplinary materials science comprehensive major.

The major in materials science — the study of condensed matter (solids and liquids) and how it can be applied to fabricating devices and structures — is the first new academic program resulting from the state-approved $3 million NanoSTEM initiative. Nearly $2 million of the funds support materials science at UW-Eau Claire.

The NanoSTEM initiative, which was designed to enhance economic development in the Chippewa Valley and the state, demonstrates how higher education can be a catalyst for economic growth through targeted programs that benefit students and businesses. The new materials science major will provide Wisconsin businesses with employees who are prepared to work in the newer fields of materials science and nanotechnology. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the employment of materials scientists is expected to grow by 9 percent from 2006-16.

Read a related UW-Eau Claire media memo and news release. For details on other business during the regents' December meeting, see the Day 1 and Day 2 news summaries. back to top

Faculty member co-authors environmental Santa book
'Riding with Santa' book coverLi-Ying Bao, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of art & design, and Eau Claire entrepreneur Michael Webb have co-written a children's Christmas book with an environmentally friendly message. Eau Claire resident Paul Modjeski is the book's main illustrator.

UW-Eau Claire foreign language department and art & design students and alumni also helped with the language translations and illustrations in the book.

"Riding with Santa" tells the story of how Santa, while flying over the earth, sees some surprising changes in the landscape. Santa meets children who share his concern about melting icebergs and smoggy cities. Together they decide to make changes to help solve the environmental problems.

The book is available online in English, Chinese, German and Spanish. For each book sold, $10 will be donated to UW-Eau Claire's Campus Sustainability Initiatives Fund. back to top

Cabaret XXXI to run Jan. 22-24 and 29-31
Cabaret XXXI graphicTickets are now on sale for UW-Eau Claire's 2009 Cabaret XXXI show.

Performances for the popular Cabaret are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22-24 and 29-31 in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. Matinees are scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 24 and 31. Doors open one hour before each performance.

The theme for this year's production is "Colors," with each set named for a color represented by titles, composers or artists associated with that color. For example, the green set will include songs all performed by Al Green, the blue set will include songs that all have the word "blue" in the title, and the white set includes titles performed by singer Barry White. 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:

Ryan Casper '94 Capt. Ryan Casper '94, a UW-Eau Claire social studies education graduate, is serving with the U.S. Army in northern Afghanistan and is supporting a charitable effort in cooperation with students and a colleague at Ellsworth (Wis.) High School, where he is a history teacher, to provide school supplies to children in Afghanistan. Learn more about the efforts of the Just Do Something Club, and read about Casper's previous charitable efforts during his military service in Iraq.
Mary Hopkins-Best '75

Mary Hopkins-Best '75, a UW-Eau Claire special education graduate, has been appointed dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at UW-Stout in Menomonie, Wis. Full story.

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John Ullsvik '67, a UW-Eau Claire economics graduate, has announced he will retire in 2009 after serving 17 years as Jefferson County (Wis.) Branch I Circuit Court judge. Full story.

Heather Johnson Schmitz '00 Heather Johnson Schmitz '00, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, is the new grants coordinator in UW-Eau Claire's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Full story.
Michael Knetter '83 Michael Knetter '83, a UW-Eau Claire economics and mathematics graduate who is now dean of the School of Business at UW-Madison, has been named a special assistant to UW-Madison's chancellor for long-term strategy and development. Full story.
Masami Imai '95 Masami Imai '95, a UW-Eau Claire economics graduate, has been granted tenure in his position as associate professor of economics and East Asian studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Ct. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Joellyn Dahlin '77, a UW-Eau Claire geography graduate and city planner in Fond du Lac, Wis., takes a humorous look at online dating in her first book, "Men Are Like Buses." Full story. back to top

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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 UW-Eau Claire hooded sweatshirt. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the January issue of e-View.

December Blugold Trivia question:

UW-Eau Claire alumnus Aaron Doty will receive the university's Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award Dec. 20. Where is he currently employed and what is his title?

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!

November's winner:
Congratulations to Leslie Sutton, a 2007 UW-Eau Claire business economics graduate! Leslie has won the November Blugold Trivia prize in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that UW-Eau Claire's remaining Forum speakers for 2008-09 are Cathi Tactaquin and Robert M. Sapolsky. back to top

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