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Alumni invited to hike, bike, paddle on Eau Claire Eco Tour

UW-Eau Claire receives honor for community service programs

Prestigious national journal features faculty members' article

Survey to measure campus carbon emissions

Award-winning jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon to perform

International Poetry Reading participants sought

Science faculty to present 'Ask a Scientist' events

NYSP summer camp to continue under new name

Foster Gallery features works of displaced New Orleans artists

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

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March 2008

Alumni invited to hike, bike, paddle on Eau Claire Eco Tour
Eau Claire Eco Tour graphicThe UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association invites alumni to participate April 26 in UW-Eau Claire's first Eau Claire Eco Tour, a hiking, biking and canoeing tour of Eau Claire in conjunction with the city's Earth Day celebration. The tour will include:

  • a guided nature tour of Putnam Park with biology professor Paula Kleintjes-Neff and UW-Eau Claire biology students;
  • biking along the beautiful trails through campus, along the Chippewa River and through Eau Claire (including a stop at the city's Earth Day celebration in Phoenix Park); and
  • canoeing and kayaking on Half Moon Lake in Carson Park following a discussion about the lake's ecosystems with Douglas Faulkner and Harry Jol from UW-Eau Claire's department of geography and anthropology, UW-Eau Claire geography students and the university's Environmental Adventure Center staff.

Learn more about the Eco Tour and register by completing the online registration form. back to top

UW-Eau Claire receives honor for community service programs

Jeremy Clements with Longfellow students

Jeremy Clements, a UW-Eau Claire senior kinesiology major, volunteers at Longfellow School in Eau Claire. Clements is one of 30-40 university students to help out at the local school daily. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

Volunteers in action
Longfellow School in Eau Claire is one of the many sites where UW-Eau Claire students
are engaged in community service. See a narrated slide show of some of the Longfellow volunteers in action.

For the second consecutive year, UW-Eau Claire has been recognized for its outstanding community service programs by a federal agency charged with fostering an ethic of volunteerism and service in America.

UW-Eau Claire was among 127 public and private colleges, universities and professional schools named in the 2007 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for General Community Service, compiled by the Corporation for National and Community Service. UW-Eau Claire joined UW-Madison and Marquette University as the only three schools in Wisconsin named to the 2007 Honor Roll with Distinction. Full story. back to top

Prestigious national journal features faculty members' article

Andrew Phillips Michael Wick
Dr. Andrew Phillips
Dr. Michael Wick

The winter issue of the Association of American Colleges and Universities' prestigious journal Liberal Education features an article written by two members of the UW-Eau Claire faculty.

In "A Liberal Education Scorecard," Dr. Andrew Phillips, interim associate vice chancellor of academic affairs and interim dean of graduate studies, and Dr. Michael Wick, professor of computer science and chair of the computer science department, describe their evolution from discipline-specific educators to liberal educators

Within a week of publication, their scorecard model was already being used to structure faculty conversations on liberal education at such prestigious liberal arts institutions as Wellesley College in Massachusetts and Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, Wick said. Full story. back to top

aerial campus photo
UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson

to measure campus carbon emissions
A comprehensive survey of UW-Eau Claire's current carbon emissions is under way, an important step in the university's effort to achieve carbon neutrality, said Dr. Kristina Beuning, a member of the campus' Climate Commitment Advisory Team.

During the 2008 spring semester, students enrolled in an advanced interdisciplinary studies in natural sciences course will gather data on energy use (coal, oil, gas and electricity consumption), transportation (commuting, fleet vehicle use, travel by faculty and students for university-related events), waste production and chemical use, said Beuning, an associate professor of biology who is teaching the course. Full story. back to top

Award-winning jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon to perform

Nnenna Freelon
Nnenna Freelon

Jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon will join UW-Eau Claire's Jazz Ensemble I in an Artists Series performance March 27. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

The show will kick off UW-Eau Claire's 41st annual Jazz Festival, one of the oldest and largest jazz festivals in the nation. Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Robert Baca, is the five-time winner of Down Beat magazine's Best College Big Band award.

Freelon, a multiple Grammy Award nominee, has won the Eubie Blake Award and was twice nominated for the "Lady of Soul" Soul Train Award. Don Heckman of the Los Angeles Times wrote, "There is no doubt that Freelon has now positioned herself in the very top echelon of jazz singers." Full story and ticket information. back to top

International Poetry Reading participants sought

Among the participants in the first International Poetry Reading, held in 2007, were, from left, Ioana Sumurducan, an international student from Romania; Yuhua Tang, a visiting professor from Jinan University in Guangzhou, China; and Anthonia Arikawe, an international student from Nigeria. (Photos by UW-Eau Claire Learning and Technology Services)
2007 poetry reading participant
2007 poetry reading participant
2007 poetry reading participant

Alumni, along with students, faculty, staff and community members, are invited to participate in UW-Eau Claire's second annual International Poetry Reading from 7-9 p.m. April 30 in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center.

To be included on the list of readers for the event, those interested should immediately send an e-mail to Dr. Jeff Vahlbusch, foreign languages, with "poetry reading" in the subject line. The message should include the prospective reader's name, e-mail address and chosen language. Readers will be scheduled as the event time permits.

Prospective readers may then choose a short poem (under 40 lines) in any language but modern English and send Vahlbusch electronic copies of the poem and its English translation in a Microsoft Word file. Participants are encouraged to send their poems with full bibliographic information and translation as soon as possible, but no later than midnight April 9. Full story. back to top

Science faculty to present 'Ask a Scientist' events
Several UW-Eau Claire scientists will share their expertise with the Chippewa Valley through a new community event called "Ask a Scientist."
The first "Ask a Scientist" event — slated for 7 p.m. March 25 at The Acoustic Café — will feature Dr. Doug Dunham, associate professor of physics and astronomy. Dunham will give a 30-minute presentation on nanotechnology and then take questions from the audience.
"Ask a Scientist" talks, planned monthly in March, April and May, will be geared toward the educated layperson on topics of current interest. The April 8 event will feature Dr. Jim Phillips, professor of chemistry, speaking on global climate change. Full story. back to top

NYSP summer camp to continue under new name
WYSP logoThe National Youth Sports Program summer camp that has served more than 10,000 area youth at the UW-Eau Claire campus during the past 27 years is getting a new name.

Although the federal government has eliminated funding for the program, UW-Eau Claire has decided to continue it and rename it the Wisconsin Youth Sports Program, said Lisa Schuetz, director of NYSP for the past five years.
"Our camp has been free to all participants, and we are keeping that the same," said Schuetz. "We are looking for sponsors in the Chippewa Valley to fund our program for years to come."

Schuetz said organizers are proud of the long-standing partnerships they have with the Eau Claire Area School District, the Building Bridges program and the Altoona School District, as well as the UW-Health/Family Medicine Clinic in Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley Technical College. WYSP also will receive support through local charity events such as the Shamrock Shuffle 5K run/walk in early March, the Blugold Rock Hard Triathlon on May 3, and the Early Birdie Golf Classic on May 9. Full story. back to top

Foster Gallery features works of displaced New Orleans artists

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"Overtopped III" by Jonathan Ferrara (left photo) and "Left Behind" by Sandy Chism are among the works on display in the "New Orleans Artists in Exile" exhibit in Foster Gallery through March 31.

The exhibit "New Orleans Artists in Exile" will run through March 31 in the Foster Gallery in the Haas Fine Arts Center at UW-Eau Claire. The gallery will be closed during spring break, March 15-24.

Curated by the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, the exhibit features the works of eight artists in a variety of mediums. Ferrara has worked with New Orleans artists who were displaced by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Foster Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6-8 p.m. Thursday and 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 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:

Chris Pauls Chris Pauls '92, a UW-Eau Claire communication graduate, is a co-author of "The Dangerous Book for Dogs: A Parody by Rex and Sparky," published in October 2007 by Random House Publishing Group (see the book Web site). Pauls also is a contributing writer for The Onion.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Mary O'Leary '80, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate, has a show of her artwork on display in New Holstein through April 27, 2008. Full story.
Paul Gilbertson Paul Gilbertson '78, a UW-Eau Claire psychology graduate, and his wife, Chris, are co-founders of the nonprofit organization With Wings and a Halo - R.E.A.C.H. a Child. Read a Waunakee Tribune article featuring their organization.
Michael Effinger Michael Effinger '80, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, has been named chief financial officer of Infusion Software of Gilbert, Ariz. Full story. back to top
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Krista Finstad Hanson '93, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, is the author of "Minnesota Open House: A Guide to Historic House Museums," published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press (see book information online).

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 April issue of e-View.

March Blugold Trivia question:

What was the Blugold women's basketball team's overall season record after losing to Simpson College in the second round of this year's NCAA women's basketball championship tournament?

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!

February's winner:
Congratulations to Gloria Kwallek, a 2001 UW-Eau Claire social work graduate! Gloria has won the February Blugold Trivia prize in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that Ray French is the current UW-Eau Claire student body president and Meghan Charlier is the vice president. back to top

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