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Chancellor gives state-of-the-university address

Six faculty, staff receive excellence awards

Paul Thomas receives Regents Teaching Excellence Award

'Building Blugolds' program welcomes students to campus

UW-Eau Claire ranks high in U.S. News standings

Princeton Review names UW-Eau Claire a 2011 Best Midwestern College

Six athletes to be inducted into Blugold Hall of Fame

Student center construction timeline updated

Student Support Services to receive $3 million-plus in TRIO grant funding

Celebrating 45 years!

Alumna reunites with student from China teaching experience

New alumni success stories

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August 2010

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Chancellor gives state-of-the-university address

Opening meeting links:
View the archived video broadcast of the chancellor's state-of-the-university address.
Read the complete text of the state-of-the-university address.
Read the text of the opening meeting address by University Senate Chair Susan Harrison.

With preliminary work for several major campus building projects already begun, UW-Eau Claire begins the 2010-11 academic year amid very visible reminders that the university is always "under construction," a hard-hat-sporting Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich said Aug. 24 during his state-of-the-university address at the fifth annual Blugold Breakfast and faculty/staff academic year opening meeting in Zorn Arena.

Since the first Blugold Breakfast in 2006, university faculty, staff and students have made much progress toward UW-Eau Claire's 2016 centennial vision to be the premier undergraduate learning community in the upper Midwest, Levin-Stankevich said. The priorities for the new academic year will ensure that the university continues to progress toward that vision, he said.

"We are well into that journey, and our task is to continue to build upon what we've begun," he said. Full story. back to top

Six faculty, staff receive excellence awards

Excellence award winners

UW-Eau Claire's 2010 faculty and staff excellence award recipients are, front row from left, Dr. Paula Kleintjes Neff, Dr. Scott Lester, Wanda Schulner; and, back row from left, Constance Russell, Dr. April Bleske-Recheck and Theresa Wells. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Bill Hoepner)

Six UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members were recognized for excellence during the university's opening meeting Aug. 24:

Dr. April Bleske-Recheck, associate professor of psychology, received the Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dr. Paula Kleintjes Neff, professor of biology, received the Excellence in Service Award.

Dr. Scott Lester, professor of management, department of management and marketing, received the Excellence in Scholarship Award.

Constance Russell, associate registrar, received the Excellence in Performance Award for Academic Staff.

Wanda Schulner, program assistant to the vice chancellor for academic affairs, received the Excellence in Performance Award for Classified Staff.

Theresa Wells, academic adviser and senior lecturer, department of management and marketing, received the Excellence in Advising Award.

Each honoree received a university medallion and a $1,500 check from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Full story. back to top

Paul Thomas receives Regents Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Paul Thomas

Dr. Paul Thomas

Dr. Paul Thomas, a physics and astronomy professor at UW-Eau Claire for the past 21 years, has been named a recipient of the UW System's 2010 Regents Teaching Excellence Award.

The award is the highest recognition given to members of the UW System’s faculty and academic staff for outstanding career achievements in teaching.
Each year just two UW System faculty or academic staff members and one system academic department receive the $5,000 awards. Thomas received the award at the System's Aug. 20 board of regents meeting in Madison.

"I'm overwhelmed with this honor, especially considering the distinguished UW-Eau Claire faculty who have received this award in the past," Thomas said. "UW-Eau Claire faculty are the most dedicated teachers I've ever met in my life, and I draw inspiration from my colleagues daily." Full story. back to top

'Building Blugolds' program welcomes students to campus

Students on campus mallUW-Eau Claire will kick off the 2010-11 academic year with a day of events to welcome students and familiarize them with campus activities and programs to enrich their college experience.

"Building Blugolds" will take place Sept. 1 in and around Schofield Hall and the Central Campus Mall area. Co-sponsored by Activities and Programs, Career Services, University Recreation & Sport Facilities, the Alumni Association, and Erbert and Gerbert's Sandwich Shop on Water Street, the day will feature music, food, games, prizes and opportunities to get involved at UW-Eau Claire. Events will be held between move-in day and the first day of classes to help students get acclimated to campus, network with others and have fun.

The schedule includes an Alumni Meet ‘n’ Greet event. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire ranks high in U.S. News standings

University SealU.S. News & World Report magazine has again named UW-Eau Claire among the best public regional universities in the Midwest.

The 2011 edition of "America's Best Colleges" ranks UW-Eau Claire No. 5 among the top regional public universities in the Midwest and 24th among all private and public institutions in the Midwest. The publication has ranked UW-Eau Claire among the top public institutions in the Midwest every year since 1995.

Among the U.S. News-ranked regional universities, UW-Eau Claire also is recognized as one of 12 Midwestern universities whose faculty have an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and one of 33 Midwestern "A-Plus Schools for B Students." Full story. back to top

Princeton Review names UW-Eau Claire a 2011 Best Midwestern College

Princeton ReviewUW-Eau Claire has been named a 2011 Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review, a New York City-based education services company.
UW-Eau Claire is one of 152 schools in a 12-state region to receive the "Best Midwestern College" designation.

Kristina Anderson, UW-Eau Claire’s executive director of enrollment services and director of admissions, said UW-Eau Claire continues to attract talented students looking for a transformative college learning experience.

"UW-Eau Claire, with our focus on high-impact educational practices, is a good match for students who are eager for a meaningful education," Anderson said. Full story. back to top

Six athletes to be inducted into Blugold Hall of Fame

Blugold Hall of FameTwo baseball players, both of whom were multiple-year All-Conference selections, are among six athletes selected for induction into the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Hall of Fame next month.

The honored group also includes a national champion, two first-team All-Americans and a two-time conference champion.

The 2010 class, which will be inducted Sept. 12, includes baseball players Ron Parks and Vic Cable; hockey player Mike Schwengler; softball player Jill (Schoenike) Martin; track athlete John Mago; and tennis player Kady (Hickman) Monson.

The group represents the 34th class of men's inductees and the 21st class of women's inductees and brings the number of athletes, coaches and administrators who have been honored to 180. Full story. back to top

Student center construction timeline updated

Construction NewsThe project timeline for the new university student center at UW-Eau Claire has been clarified to meet all processes required for final design, bidding and start of construction.

The project timeline is being adjusted to provide the architecture and engineering firms of Bray and Burt Hill sufficient time to finalize the design of the building and to provide the Davies Center Redevelopment Steering Committee time to thoroughly review the design and construction documents. The initial timeline projected the final design and review process would be completed by the end of this month; the new timeline extends that process to late October.

Under the new project timeline, bidding is estimated to take place in November, and construction of the approximately 170,000-square-foot, three-story student center could now start in early 2011 rather than late November. Occupancy still is expected in 2012. Full story. back to top

Student Support Services to receive $3 million-plus in TRIO grant funding

UW-Eau Claire has received notification from the U.S. Department of Education that it has been awarded five-year TRIO grants totaling more than $3 million to provide funding for its Student Support Services programs.

Nearly $2 million will support the general Student Support Services program, which offers supplemental services to improve the retention and graduation rates of 300 participants who are first-generation students, are eligible based on income or have disabilities. A second grant of more than $1 million will allow UW-Eau Claire to develop a separate Student Support Services project to improve the retention and graduation rates of 100 students with disabilities.

The general Student Support Services grant will provide $390,620 for the 2010-11 program year and a five-year total of more than $1.95 million. The grant for the new project for students with disabilities will provide $220,000 for 2010-11 and a five-year total of more than $1.1 million. Full story. back to top

Celebrating 45 years!

Singing StatesmenThe UW-Eau Claire Singing Statesmen will celebrate their 45th anniversary Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12 and 13. Alumni of the ensemble are invited to return to campus for a reunion and a performance by The Singing Statesmen Alumni Choir. A banquet is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday at the Plaza Hotel & Suites in Eau Claire, followed by the alumni choir concert at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall on campus. View invitation. RSVP form. back to top

Alumna reunites with student from China teaching experience

Bethine Ellie and Pan Qunying
Bethine Ellie and Pan Qunying
(UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

It had been 20 years and the span of an ocean since UW-Eau Claire alumna Bethine (Hagen) Ellie had seen her former student, Pan Qunying. On a recent Sunday in July, time and distance became irrelevant as they reunited at Ellie's alma mater.

Ellie, of Weston, and Qunying, of Zhuhai, China, picked up exactly where they had left off, walking arm in arm, laughing and conversing happily — and fluently — in English.

After receiving her undergraduate degree in English and journalism at UW-Eau Claire in 1990, Ellie taught English as a second language in the industrial city of Siping City, Jilin Province, in northeast China. Qunying was an English major at Siping Teacher's College (now known as Jilin Normal University), taking oral English, one of the five courses Ellie taught from 1990-92. Ellie was 22 and Qunying was 19 at the time. 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:

Michael Knetter Michael Knetter '83, a UW-Eau Claire economics and mathematics graduate, has been named president and chief executive officer of the UW Foundation. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Scott Mattison '83, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, has led West Carroll High School of Mount Carroll, Ill., to its first state music championship. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Matt Gullickson '10, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, is Waseca (Minn.) High School's new band director. Full story.
Joe Fittante Joe Fittante '93, a UW-Eau Claire criminal justice graduate, has been nominated as chair of the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Jenny Unbi You '10, a UW-Eau Claire journalism and women's studies graduate, has received the 2010 Julie Galvan Outstanding Graduate in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Full story.
Terri Hoepner Terri Hoepner '99, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, and three other alumnae, Carrie Groseth '93, accounting, Shalyn Gagnon '00, elementary education, and Rebecca Mohr '02, communication disorders and French, '04 communication disorders (M.S.), participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure event in Minneapolis. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Melissa Emmerich '87, a UW-Eau Claire biology graduate, has been named president of the medical staff at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. Full story.
Seri Johnson Seri Johnson '90, a UW-Eau Claire theatre arts graduate, is performing in a leading role in a production of "All Shook Up" at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres in Minnesota. 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 stadium seat cushion. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the September issue of e-View.

August Blugold Trivia question:

Of the six athletes being inducted into the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Hall of Fame in September, three are now educators in the Chippewa Valley. What are their names?

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!

July's winner:
Congratulations to Paul Katzfey, a 1985 UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate! Paul has won the July Blugold Trivia prize in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that the open-framed inverted cone in the new sculpture outside Phillips Science Hall represents the study of structure in UW-Eau Claire's newly created Materials Science Center. back to top

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