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Plan now to attend July, August Blugold alumni events

Online store offers expanded array of Blugold merchandise

Alumni Association announces board changes

Team to assess outcomes for students of color

Improving student learning to be new center's focus

Experienced administrator selected as dean of students

Soll to leave UW-Eau Claire for Salem College post

Zwygart-Stauffacher named CONHS interim dean

Youth program loses federal funding, receives area grants

UW-Eau Claire to host International Native American Flute Association Convention

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June 2008

Plan now to attend July, August Blugold alumni events
The following opportunities to gather with fellow UW-Eau Claire alumni
are scheduled for July and August:

Alumni events graphic• July 30, 2008: Alumni gathering at Milwaukee's Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin — Alumni and friends are invited to a gathering at Milwaukee's Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin on Wednesday, July 30. Hear a university update from Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich and Alumni Director John Bachmeier, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and enter to win a Blugold door prize. We'll also tour the Pilot House and Wisconsin's flagship, the S/V Denis Sullivan.

• July 31, 2008: Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs game — UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends are invited to a gathering at Milwaukee's Miller Park on Thursday, July 31, when the Brewers play the Chicago Cubs. The event cost of $57 per person includes a Terrace reserved seat ticket and pregame tailgate party food and refreshments.

• Aug. 1-2, 2008: Golden Blugold Weekend — UW-Eau Claire alumni who graduated in 1958 or earlier have earned the title of "Golden Blugold" and are invited to a special weekend on campus Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1-2. On Aug. 1, Golden Blugolds will attend a reception hosted by Chancellor Brian and Debi Levin-Stankevich. In conjunction with summer commencement on Aug. 2, Golden Blugolds will be recognized during the commencement ceremony and attend a luncheon in their honor.

For reservation information and to view event invitations, go to the online alumni events calendar. back to top

Alumni store imageOnline store offers expanded array
of Blugold merchandise

An expanded selection of UW-Eau Claire apparel is now available through the online UW-Eau Claire Alumni Store. You'll find sweatshirts, T-shirts, caps and more, all in the right colors to bring out the Blugold in you. Check it out today!

Alumni Association announces board changes
Alumni board graphicThe UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association has announced changes to its board of directors for 2008-09, including the retirements of seven members and the addition of six new members.

Michael Carney '83, Eau Claire; Karen Coonen '81, Seymour; Joel Everts '95, Green Bay; Erica Keezer '92, '04, Prescott; and Richard Kneer '73, Eau Claire, are retiring from the board this month after serving two three-year terms. Julia Lokken '02, Eau Claire, is retiring after one three-year term. Marcia Nelson Jezwinski '71, Madison, retires after two three-year terms and after serving from 2005-07 as president of the board.

Six new members approved at the March 2008 board meeting will begin serving their terms on Aug. 4. They are Travis Colvin '04, St. Louis Park, Minn., financial analyst for Target India; Jill Fenn '01, Eau Claire, creative development and promotions supervisor for National Business Institute; Kent Letnes '06, Eau Claire, owner of Bear Creek Grille; Adam Mohr '02, Altoona, financial adviser for Ameriprise Financial; Shawn Pfaff '94, Fitchburg, senior associate of Capitol Consultants Inc.; and Andrew Schlafer '92, Altoona, financial adviser for Edward Jones.

A list of all UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association Board members is available online. back to top

Team to assess outcomes for students of color

David Shih
David Shih

UW-Eau Claire has begun a yearlong process of assessing its performance with regard to equitable outcomes for students of color.

With support from the UW System, UW-Eau Claire is part of the second cohort of UW System campuses to participate in the Equity Scorecard process, developed at the Center for Urban Education at the University of Southern California.

An "evidence team" comprising eight UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members will look at existing institutional data, disaggregating it by race and ethnicity, to learn how students of color fare in four key areas: access, retention, institutional receptivity and excellence (the latter including students' course grades, grade-point averages, honors and awards, and co-curricular program participation).

"'Equity is really the key word in this process," said Dr. David Shih, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of English and evidence team leader. "It's very different from other words used to discuss students of color, such as 'diversity.' Certainly diversity is a part of the discussion, but equity is the goal. You can't really talk about student success until you have equitable outcomes." Full story. back to top

Improving student learning to be new center's focus

Casey Sylla Robert Eierman
Casey Sylla '66
Robert Eierman

As the first step in implementing its new strategic plan, UW-Eau Claire has established the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. With a goal of providing better institutional support for improving student learning, CETL will involve faculty and staff in professional development activities that will help them design and implement superior educational experiences.

UW-Eau Claire 1966 education alumnus Casey Sylla, vice president of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation board and president of Sylla and Associates of Barrington, Ill., and his wife, Delores, have committed $100,000 to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to support the establishment of CETL and to kick off implementation of the strategic plan.

Dr. Robert Eierman, professor of chemistry, will serve as the interim director of CETL.

"CETL will serve an important function on campus for educators who want to learn new strategies to help students learn," said Eierman, a member of the faculty for 25 years. "I look forward to helping establish the center."

CETL will replace the Network for Excellence in Teaching, which has provided mostly technology-oriented faculty and staff development. Full story. back to top

Experienced administrator selected as dean of students

Beth Hellwig
Beth Hellwig

An administrator with nearly three decades of experience working in student affairs has been named vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students at UW-Eau Claire.

Dr. Beth Hellwig, who has served as dean of student services at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., since 2000, will begin her new position at UW-Eau Claire on July 14. UW-Eau Claire's new strategic plan — and the inclusive process by which it was created — were among the things that attracted her to the position, Hellwig said.

"I was very impressed by the manner in which the strategic plan and the reorganization were conducted," Hellwig said, referring to a reorganization of the university's senior-level administration that was announced late last year. "There seemed to be a very inclusive approach implemented where students, staff, faculty and administrators were asked to weigh in on the future direction of the university." Full story. back to top

Soll to leave UW-Eau Claire for Salem State College post

Andrew Soll
Andrew Soll

Andrew Soll, vice chancellor for business and student services at UW-Eau Claire, has accepted a new position as vice president for finance and facilities at Salem State College in Salem, Mass. Soll, who has served in his current position since July 1999, will leave UW-Eau Claire in mid-July and will begin his new duties July 20.

During his tenure at UW-Eau Claire, Soll has been responsible for financial management of the university, direction of general administrative functions and auxiliary operations, and all aspects of facilities planning and operation. He coordinated classroom and lab facilities improvements as well as major renovations of the Phillips Science Hall and McPhee Physical Education Center. In addition, he was instrumental in guiding successful student efforts for approval of the $49 million Davies Center redevelopment project as part of the 2007-09 state budget, led the preparation of UW-Eau Claire’s capital facilities development plan and has set the stage for development of the university’s first comprehensive physical facilities master plan.

Concurrently with Soll's departure, his wife, Beverly, will leave her position as assistant director for University Centers at UW-Eau Claire. In Salem, she will pursue a variety of endeavors as a professional musician, including performing, teaching, research and writing. Full story. back to top

Zwygart-Stauffacher named CONHS interim dean

Mary Zwygart-Stauffacher
Mary Zwygart-Stauffacher

Dr. Mary Zwygart-Stauffacher, associate dean of UW-Eau Claire's College of Nursing and Health Sciences, has been named interim dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Provost and Vice Chancellor Steve Tallant has announced. Zwygart-Stauffacher's appointment is effective July 1. She will succeed Dr. Elaine Wendt, who is retiring.

Tallant said Zwygart-Stauffacher will remain in the interim position until an extended national search to select a permanent dean is successfully completed. The recent campus interviews of two candidates did not result in the selection of either of those two finalists, according to Tallant.

Zwygart-Stauffacher joined the UW-Eau Claire faculty in 2000 as a professor and chair of the department of nursing systems. She has nearly 30 years' experience in gerontological nursing practice, particularly in the nursing home arena, where she has implemented new advanced practice roles and clinical best practice models. She has held a variety of faculty positions in schools of nursing and is a co-principal investigator with Dr. M. Rantz on the University of Missouri-Columbia NIH/NINR-funded Nursing Home Quality Improvement Study. back to top

Youth program loses federal funding, receives area grants
wysp logoThe Wisconsin Youth Sports Program, a free summer camp formerly known as the National Youth Sports Program that has served more than 10,000 area youth at the UW-Eau Claire campus during the past 27 years, has received grants from two area foundations.

Grants from the Eau Claire Community Foundation's John and Betsy Kell Family Fund and the AnnMarie Foundation will help support this summer's WYSP program, which runs from June 10-July 11. Federal funding for NYSP was eliminated beginning this year, but UW-Eau Claire decided to continue the program and rename it, said Lisa Schuetz, WYSP activity director. The program, which serves more than 400 children ages 10-16 for five weeks each summer and has an annual operating budget of just over $83,000, now relies on community partnerships and private funding for support, she said.

"We hope to be able to continue WYSP for years to come," said Vicki Funne Reed, UW-Eau Claire interim director of university recreation and sport facilities and WYSP project administrator. "For almost three decades, this program has provided opportunities for area youth from families with limited financial resources to develop their leadership, academic and athletic skills and to have a quality, memorable summer camp experience. The large number of registrations we receive each year is evidence of a need for this program in the community, and we hope to receive the continued support needed to make it happen into the future." Full story. back to top

Peter Phippen Quartet
The Eau Claire-based Peter Phippen Quartet will be among the Grammy-caliber performing artists at the 2008 International Native American Flute Association Convention July 9-13 at UW-Eau Claire.

UW-Eau Claire to host International Native American Flute Association Convention
The 2008 International Native American Flute Association Convention will be held July 9-13 at the Haas Fine Arts Center at UW-Eau Claire.

The five-day event will be sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire department of music and theatre arts and hosted by Eau Claire's Clear Water Flute Circle. The public is invited to the multicultural musical and educational event.

The convention will feature performances by Grammy-caliber performing artists and day classes with recognized specialists, as well as vendors offering flutes, percussion instruments, music, crafts and more. Vendor areas will be open to the public at no charge. 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:

Harry Kaiser '79 Harry Kaiser '79, a UW-Eau Claire economics graduate, has been named the Gellert Family Professor of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Craig Beemer '82, a UW-Eau Claire business finance graduate, is the new owner of the River Oasis Cafe in Stillwater. The cafe previously had been under the same ownership for nearly 20 years and has been in operation for more than 50 years. Full story.
Colleen Willard-Holt '79 Colleen Willard-Holt '79, a UW-Eau Claire special education graduate, has been appointed the inaugural dean of the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Shana (Fellner) Herzfeldt '03, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate and supervisor of medical services for the collaborative care unit at Appleton Medical Center, recently was featured as an Inc. Innovator on postcrescent.com, the Web site of the Appleton Post-Crescent newspaper. Full story.
Luke Swanepoel Luke Swanepoel '02, a UW-Eau Claire history and political science graduate, is legal attaché to Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the apostolic nuncio to the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Michael Wagner '00, a UW-Eau Claire entrepreneurship graduate, has been hired as vice president of marketing for Catch the Best, an on-demand applicant tracking software company in Kirkland, Wash. 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 UW-Eau Claire T-shirt. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the July issue of e-View.

June Blugold Trivia question:

The Blugold softball team's 2008 NCAA Division III national championship is UW-Eau Claire's seventh national title and its second NCAA championship. What team earned the Blugolds' first NCAA championship and in what year was that title earned?

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!

May's winner:
Congratulations to Rachel Zollpriester, a 2007 UW-Eau Claire human resource management graduate! Rachel has won the May Blugold Trivia prize in a drawing from among those who correctly identified the three learning goals of UW-Eau Claire's new strategic plan,"Transforming Our Future": (1) foster purposeful learning, (2) promote connected learning and (3) accelerate global learning. back to top

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