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Web site celebrates couples' special Blugold connection

Presidential campaigns come to UW-Eau Claire

Study links Super Bowl ads to stock market success

Faculty/student research results in geological publication

Final fundraising campaign total nears $54 million

Wisconsin Trails recognizes UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff

Alumni input sought on UW-Eau Claire's draft strategic plan

Public-private group works for Hobbs Ice Arena renovation

Chippewa River's history to be January 'Let's Do Lunch' topic

USA Today features Blugold women's hockey player who served in Iraq

New Web site features campus maps, directions, tours

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

Alumni Links

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Alumni events

Blugold Babies

Photo album

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Alumni success stories

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February 2008

Web site celebrates couples' special Blugold connection
Blugold Bliss graphicMore than 10,000 Blugold alumni share a connection to UW-Eau Claire with a spouse or life partner. Just in time for Valentine's Day, we've created a Web site in celebration of the many Blugolds who've chosen to spend their lives together. Visit the Blugold Bliss Web site to read their accounts of Blugold romance.

Alumni couples who'd like to share their Blugold Bliss memories can follow the site's instructions to send their stories for possible inclusion on the site.

Happy Valentines Day from the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association! back to top

Presidential campaigns come to UW-Eau Claire

Chelsa Clinton at UW-Eau Claire
Chelsea Clinton campaigned on behalf of her mother, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Feb. 12 at UW-Eau Claire. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

Ahead of the Feb. 19 Wisconsin presidential primary, UW-Eau Claire is proving to be a desirable stop for some of those on the campaign trail:

  • Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama will hold a campaign rally Saturday, Feb. 16, in Zorn Arena. The doors will open at 11 a.m.
  • Chelsea Clinton, campaigning on behalf of her mother, Democratic candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, held a question-and-answer session with about 300 students and community members in the university's Blugold Room Feb. 12. Read related Eau Claire Leader-Telegram and Spectator stories. back to top

Study links Super Bowl ads to stock market success

Chuck Tomkovick Rama Yelkur
Chuck Tomkovick
Rama Yelkur

The aggregate stock price of publicly traded firms that ran in-game Super Bowl advertisements beat the Standard & Poors 500 performance in 10 of the last 12 years, according to UW-Eau Claire marketing professors and research partners Dr. Chuck Tomkovick and Dr. Rama Yelkur. (Read UW-Eau Claire news release.)

In addition, the aggregate stock price of publicly traded firms that ran in-game advertisements during the 2008 Super Bowl outperformed the Standard & Poors 500 index by a full 2 percent for the weeks immediately prior to and following the game (i.e., the Monday before the Super Bowl through the Friday after the game). This finding was continued validation for the Super Bowl stock price "bump" identified by Tomkovick and Yelkur before this year's game. (Read UW-Eau Claire media memo.)

The researchers' latest study was widely reported by media throughout the United States in the weeks leading up to the 2008 game. See "UW-Eau Claire in the News" for a listing and links to online coverage. back to top

Faculty/student research results in geological publication

student geology researchers

More than 10 years of research conducted by UW-Eau Claire geology professor Dr. Kent Syverson and 14 geology students came to fruition in late December with the publication of Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey Bulletin 103, "Pleistocene Geology of Chippewa County, Wisconsin."

The 53-page illustrated bulletin describes the sediments, landforms and glacial history of Chippewa County. It makes, for the first time, that information accessible to everyone from land-use professionals and land owners to area teachers or outdoor enthusiasts interested in knowing more about local geology. Full story.

In the summer 1999 photo at right, UW-Eau Claire student researchers and fellow geology majors Katie Thornburg Stariha (left, a 2001 graduate) and Joel Hyzer (a 2003 graduate) described sediment core in the Chippewa Moraine Ice Age National Scientific Reserve. Stariha and Hyzer were among 14 geology students who worked with Dr. Kent Syverson on a project that resulted in the December publication of an illustrated bulletin on the glacial geology of Chippewa County. back to top

Final fundraising campaign total nears $54 million

Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence campaign logoThe UW-Eau Claire Foundation's seven-year Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence campaign ended Dec. 31, 2007, after raising nearly $54 million. The campaign — the university's first comprehensive fund-raising effort — exceeded its goal of $50 million.

"The level of generosity demonstrated throughout the campaign exceeded our wildest expectations," said Kimera Way, Foundation executive director. "Through their generosity, our donors have touched the lives of scores of people and virtually every program at UW-Eau Claire."

The Foundation kicked off its campaign in July 2000, with a goal to raise $35 million by June 30, 2005. After exceeding the $35 million goal by October 2004, the Foundation extended the campaign's closing date to Dec. 31, 2007, and increased its goal to $50 million. Full story. back to top

Wisconsin Trails recognizes UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff

faculty members with bikes

Among faculty and staff members who established the Clean Commute Initiative at UW-Eau Claire are (from left) Paul Kaldjian, geography and anthropology; Jeff De Grave, geography and anthropology; Doug Faulkner, geography and anthropology; John Stupak, physics and astronomy; Bob Eierman, chemistry; and Analisa De Grave, foreign languages. (Eau Claire Leader-Telegram photo by Dan Reiland)

The January/February issue of Wisconsin Trails magazine salutes UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff as being among the publication's 2008 "People Who Make a Difference." The magazine features faculty and staff members who helped establish the Clean Commute Initiative, a campuswide effort promoting greener ways to commute. Through the initiative, more than 200 faculty and staff members have signed a pledge promising to bike, walk, carpool or use public transportation as much as possible. Faculty and staff also have proposed several ways the university could encourage green commuters, such as providing more bike racks. View the Wisconsin Trails article. Also read a September 2007 UW-Eau Claire news release about the Clean Commute Initiative. back to top

Alumni input sought on university's draft strategic plan
Strategic planning logoIn 2016 when UW-Eau Claire celebrates its centennial, what kind of university will we be?

A new draft strategic plan — developed by the university community and now ready for review and discussion — lays out an aggressive new vision: “By 2016 the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be Wisconsin’s premier undergraduate learning community for global leaders, advancing the strongest graduate and professional programs for the needs of the region.”

Read the vision — and more about the goals and strategies that support it — on the UW-Eau Claire strategic planning Web site. Then, let the University Planning Committee know what you like about the draft and what could be changed by completing and submitting the online Web survey or contacting MJ Brukardt at brukarmj@uwec.edu or 715-559-5775. back to top

Future of Ice graphicPublic-private group works for Hobbs Ice Arena renovation
UW-Eau Claire is one of several public and private entities collaborating to raise support for a plan to renovate and expand Hobbs Ice Arena in Eau Claire. The Ice Sports Consortium, which has launched the Future of Ice Campaign to raise $2 million for the $6 million project, includes the UW-Eau Claire men's and women's hockey programs, the City of Eau Claire, the Eau Claire Figure Skating Club, Memorial and North high schools' hockey programs and Eau Claire Youth Hockey. Read a recent newspaper column about the project written by UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich, and watch video from a Feb. 1 news story aired on Eau Claire's WQOW TV-18. back to top

Lindsay Savat
Lindsay Savat

USA Today features Blugold women's
hockey player who served in Iraq

Lindsay Savat, freshman co-starting goalie on the UW-Eau Claire women's hockey team and an Iraq War veteran, was featured in the sports section of the Feb. 10 issue of USA Today. Savat served in Iraq with the Minnesota Army National Guard from September 2005 to July 2007. Read the USA Today story. back to top

New Web site features campus maps, directions, tours
compassA recently launched UW-Eau Claire "Maps, Directions and Tours" Web site provides a "one-stop shop" for people seeking directions to campus or information about specific university facilities. The site, accessible from a link toward the bottom of the university home page, includes five maps, directions to upper and lower campus as well as to athletics facilities, links to four campus tours and a guide to campus services. Check out the new site. 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:

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Adam Griggel '07, a UW-Eau Claire criminal justice graduate and bacterial meningitis survivor who lost his right leg to the infection, is nearing completion of the Police Academy program at Chippewa Valley Technical College. Full story (see video link).
Barbara Lee Barbara Lee '85 (MSN), a UW-Eau Claire nursing master's graduate, is director of the National Farm Medicine Center of the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation. Corporate Report Wisconsin magazine featured Lee in the cover story of its January issue. Full story.
Ruth Gullerud Ruth Gullerud '71, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, has served as executive director of United Cerebral Palsy of West Central Wisconsin since 1984, and this year she led the organization's first Wissota Winter Classic ice fishing contest on Lake Wissota. Full story.
Jerry Weiner Gerald (Jerry) Weiner '68, a UW-Eau Claire economics graduate, recently retired after a successful banking career that included terms as president and CEO of several Wisconsin financial institutions. Full story.
Shelly Winemiller Shelly (Kraus) Winemiller '91, a UW-Eau Claire music therapy graduate, was honored by Rochester Women magazine with the 2008 Extraordinary Rochester Women award, in part for her work as founder and director of the Rochester, Minn., Bella Voce Young Women's Choir.
Roberta Poirier Roberta (Davis) Poirier '74, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, was honored Jan. 31 as a “real hero” by the Chippewa Valley chapter of the American Red Cross. Full story.
Debora Kunferman Debora (Movrich) Kunferman '88, '91 (MBA), a UW-Eau Claire finance and master's in business administration graduate, has been named chief executive officer/administrator of Cumberland Memorial Hospital-Extended Care Unit. 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 a UW-Eau Claire hooded sweatshirt. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the March issue of e-View.

February Blugold Trivia question:

Who are the current UW-Eau Claire student body president and vice president?

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!

January's winner:
Congratulations to Nathaniel Shuda, a 2007 UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate! Nathaniel has won the January Blugold Trivia prize in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that the production schedule for Cabaret, UW-Eau Claire's annual student-produced variety show, is 12 months long and this year included a cast of 133 students and 11 student directors. back to top

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