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Commencement exercises set for Dec. 22

Six individuals to receive Alumni Association awards

Start out the new year with an alumni event

University named to Military Times 'Best for Vets' colleges list

Richard St. Germaine receives national education award

Geography students explore Southwest during immersion trip

UW-Eau Claire prepares students to meet geospatial technology demand in Wisconsin workforce

Students present research on area retail gas prices

Psychology faculty member explores age-old question, 'Can men and women be just friends?'

Student presents research at biblical archaeology conference

10 undergraduate researchers named new McNair Scholars

Senior serves in leadership role at Model United Nations conference

Cabaret XXXV tickets now on sale

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December 2012

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Commencement exercises set for Dec. 22

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Commencement exercises for students at UW-Eau Claire will be held Dec. 22 in Zorn Arena.

Candidates from the College of Business and College of Education and Human Sciences will receive degrees during a 9 a.m. ceremony. Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences will receive degrees during a 2 p.m. ceremony. Those unable to attend can view the ceremony online.

A total of 775 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 324 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 150 from the College of Business, 223 from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and 78 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

A total of 33 students are master's degree candidates. Of those, five are from the College of Arts and Sciences, 23 are from the College of Business and five are from the College of Education and Human Sciences. Full story. back to top

Six individuals to receive Alumni Association awards

Dr. Donald Primley Ken Thoreson
Dan and Debbie Market Rick Frenette
Carson Kipfer Alumni award winners, clockwise from top left, are Dr. Donald Primley, Ken Thoreson, Rick Frenette, Carson Kipfer, and Dan and Debbie Market.

Six accomplished individuals will receive awards from the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association Dec. 22 at a luncheon and ceremony held in conjunction with winter commencement.

Dr. Donald Primley, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1973 with a degree in biology, will receive the Lifetime Excellence Award.

Ken Thoreson, who received a bachelor's degree in economics and business administration from UW-Eau Claire in 1973, will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award.

Rick Frenette, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1974 with a degree in mathematics, will receive the President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and service to UW-Eau Claire.

Carson Kipfer, a 2004 UW-Eau Claire art graduate, 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.

Dan and Debbie Market of Eau Claire will receive the Alumni Association's Honorary Alumnus Award, which is presented to non-alumni who have demonstrated great love of and service to UW-Eau Claire. Full story. back to top

Start out the new year with an alumni event

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association plans numerous events for UW-Eau Claire alumni throughout the year. Here are a few coming up in the near future:

LA area alumni gathering: Thursday, Jan. 17, 6-8 p.m., Off Vine Restaurant, 6263 Leland Way, Hollywood, Calif. Enjoy the company of UW-Eau Claire alumni from the Los Angeles area during an event hosted by opera star and UW-Eau Claire alumnus Greg Fedderly. RSVP by Jan. 10. View invitation.

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Let's Do Lunch lecture series: Wednesday, Jan. 30, noon-1 p.m., Fanny Hill Restaurant, Eau Claire. Enjoy a luncheon buffet, informative presentation and engaging discussion with a UW-Eau Claire expert. More information.

National Presidents Day Choral Festival: Sunday, Feb. 3, 1 p.m. concert, 3 p.m. dinner, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. Featuring the UW-Eau Claire Concert Choir conducted by Gary R. Schwartzhoff. The performance will honor the life and service of John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States. RSVP by Jan. 21. View invitation. back to top

University named to Military Times 'Best for Vets' colleges list

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UW-Eau Claire has been named to the Military Times "Best for Vets: Colleges 2013" list, an annual ranking of colleges doing the most to support military veterans.

UW-Eau Claire is one of 68 "Best for Vets" colleges selected from more than 650 institutions that responded to a Military Times survey. UW-Eau Claire and UW Oshkosh are the only two UW System universities included on the list.

"More colleges and universities than ever before responded to the Military Times survey this year, so being included among the top schools in terms of support for student veterans is truly an honor," said Miranda Cross-Schindler, UW-Eau Claire's military education benefits coordinator. "We are dedicated to giving these deserving individuals the support they need to reach their higher education goals." Full story. back to top

Richard St. Germaine receives national education award

Dr. Richard St. Germaine
Dr. Richard St. Germaine

Dr. Richard St. Germaine, professor emeritus of history at UW-Eau Claire, received the 2012 Educator of the Year Award at the recent National Indian Education Association Convention in Oklahoma City.

St. Germaine was one of five NIEA members honored for their accomplishments in improving the lives of American Indians through education.

"Rick is one of the most skilled, knowledgeable, dedicated and generous faculty members I have ever met," said Dr. Kate Lang, associate professor and chair of the UW-Eau Claire history department. "He taught in the history department at UW-Eau Claire from 1991 until he retired last year, reaching out to students at all levels and receiving numerous accolades for his work, including an invitation to be a visiting scholar at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University." Full story. back to top

Geography students explore Southwest during immersion trip

Students at Fort Ord Dunes

UW-Eau Claire geography students set up ground penetrating radar to study the Fort Ord Dunes in Marina, Calif.

Sandy beaches, ocean views, huge sand dunes and military bunkers were the backdrop for part of a recent UW-Eau Claire geography field seminar trip to the Southwest region of the United States.

A student field research project at the Fort Ord Dunes in Marina, Calif., a former World War I military post that was converted into a state park in 2009, concentrated on how giant coastal sand dunes formed over cement bunkers, and was the first research to be conducted in the new park.

The class collaborated with graduate students from California State University, East Bay, and used ground penetrating radar to study the layering effects of the dunes. The students from both universities continue to share and analyze data that was collected for their research, which will be presented at UW-Eau Claire's Student Research Day and the 2013 Association of American Geographers conference. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire prepares students to meet geospatial technology demand in Wisconsin workforce

Dr. Christina Hupy with student
Senior geology major Samantha Taylor receives instruction from Dr. Christina Hupy during a lab session.

UW-Eau Claire students and graduates with knowledge of geospatial technologies are being pursued by businesses and government agencies across Wisconsin and beyond as demand for employees with geospatial skills is soaring.

"Today, if an organization does not employ someone with geospatial skills, it is likely they have a consulting firm that does," said Martin Goettl, a geospatial technology facilitator in the UW-Eau Claire geography and anthropology department. "These skills are in high demand in the private and public sectors. Our students and graduates who have these skills are being offered internships and jobs in organizations of all kinds and sizes. Demand on our campus for geospatial classes has increased dramatically as our students have recognized how much prospective employers value these technology skills." Full story. back to top

Students present research on area retail gas prices

Gas pricing student researchers

Student and faculty researchers review their study of gas pricing in the Eau Claire market. “I learned a lot about independent problem solving while doing research,” said Emily Anderson, far right, an accounting and business economics major. “I hope it helps people better understand some of the possible reasons why we observe higher gas prices here.” Anderson is shown with, from left, Dr. Ryan Weichelt; Ben Possi, a geography and economics major; and Dr. Laura Middlesworth.

Two students from UW-Eau Claire had the opportunity to present their research before the Eau Claire Fiscal Policy Advisory Committee Dec. 12. Their study provided data to help explain the geographic and economic factors affecting gasoline pricing in the area.

Ben Possi, a senior geography and economics major from Milwaukee, and Emily Anderson, a senior business economics and accounting major from Osseo, researched the Wisconsin Unfair Sales Act (also known as the minimum markup law) and surveyed current pricing in nearby areas, including Eau Claire, Wausau, Stevens Point and Hudson. The students also researched pricing in cities in other states, including Ames, Mason City and Iowa City in Iowa; and St. Cloud, Mankato and Albert Lea in Minnesota.

UW-Eau Claire offers many opportunities for students to collaborate with faculty on researching important issues of the day. After observing much public dialogue about the significant differences in gas prices between Eau Claire and nearby communities, Dr. Ryan Weichelt, assistant professor of geography, approached Dave Duax, a member of the Eau Claire City Council, about the possibility of exploring the issue in depth. Full story. back to top

Psychology faculty member explores age-old question, 'Can men and women be just friends?'

Dr. April Bleske-Rechek
Dr. April Bleske-Rechek

Can men and women be just friends? That is the question Dr. April Bleske-Rechek, a UW-Eau Claire associate professor of psychology, attempted to answer with her research on cross-sex friendships.

The research project, titled "Benefit or burden? Attraction in cross-sex friendships," was published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships in August and has gained national and international attention for its in-depth look at platonic relationships between men and women. The two-part study, conducted in collaboration with student researchers, proposes that "because cross-sex friendships are a historically recent phenomenon, men's and women's evolved mating strategies impinge on their friendship experiences."

"Friendship is an intriguing relationship from an evolutionary perspective," Bleske-Rechek said. "In the animal kingdom, most mutually supportive alliances are between genetically related individuals (kin) or reproductive partners. Little research has explored how men and women navigate platonic cross-sex friendships, which are presumed to involve neither sexual relations nor kin." Full story. back to top

Student presents research at biblical archaeology conference

Nick Jaeger
Nick Jaeger

A UW-Eau Claire student was the sole student presenter at the 2012 Batchelder Conference for Biblical Archaeology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Nov. 8-10.

Senior computer science major Nick Jaeger, Oconomowoc, presented a lecture titled "Digital Literacy in Biblical Archaeology."

"My presentation focused on how researchers put their findings on the Internet while in the field," Jaeger said. "I discussed Web development software, responsive design for mobile devices and the levels of technical aptitude required to implement them." Full story. back to top

10 undergraduate researchers named new McNair Scholars

Ten students at UW-Eau Claire have been selected for the prestigious Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. The McNair Program is a learning community that prepares students for careers in research.

Each year eight to 12 talented UW-Eau Claire undergraduates are recognized for their academic achievements and selected by faculty nomination. McNair Scholars plan to attend graduate school to pursue doctoral degrees. As undergraduates they engage in two years of collaborative research with faculty, which generally leads to publication and scholarly presentations in their respective disciplines. Full story. back to top

Senior serves in leadership role at Model United Nations conference

UW-Eau Claire senior Nathan Zeckmeister served as a staff member at the American Model United Nations International Conference, "Bringing Global Perspectives to Future Leaders," last month in Chicago.

Zeckmeister, Antigo, a comprehensive world politics major and economics minor, was invited to be on staff two years ago when he attended the event as a participant. As senior vice president of the General Assembly at the conference, he was responsible for chairing the debate and assisting participants in drafting and debating resolutions on two topics: "International Cooperation on Humanitarian Assistance in the Field of Natural Disasters, from Relief to Development" and "Strengthening Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Responses to Violence Against Women." Full story. back to top

Cabaret XXXV tickets now on sale

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UW-Eau Claire's department of music and theatre arts will present Cabaret XXXV in January, with eight performances and a cast of 125 performers. Tickets for this year's show, "School Day," are now on sale.

Performances for the show are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17-19 and Jan. 24-26, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. Jan. 19 and 26.

Cabaret is an annual show that supports ongoing scholarships for music students at UW-Eau Claire. Since it began in 1978, Cabaret has raised more than $325,000 in scholarship funds. The show also provides students in the music and theatre arts department with an opportunity to practice arranging and staging a variety show similar to what they might encounter in a professional career. Full story. back to top

One last Blugold Minute before the end of the semester

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Check out the last Blugold Minute of the semester on Monday, Dec. 17. Our student broadcasters have enjoyed bringing you a weekly rundown of campus news, upcoming events, student and faculty accomplishments, and more.

Blugold Minute will make its spring semester debut on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Don't forget to tune in! back to top

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Happy Holidays from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation! As we approach the end of the 2012 calendar year, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation is most appreciative of your past generosity. It’s not too late to make an annual contribution in support of UW-Eau Claire.

We offer the convenience of a secure website for credit card gifts. For tax planning purposes, you may make an online gift as late as Dec. 31, and we will accept and credit it to your 2012 giving record (as long as the processing time and date reflect Dec. 31, 2012).

You may also stop by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation office, located on campus in 214 Schofield Hall, to make your gift in person, or call us toll-free at 877-625-2473 to make your gift by credit card. If you would like to mail your gift, please send it to:

UW-Eau Claire Foundation Inc.
P.O. Box 4004
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004

December office hours:
Week of Dec. 17: Monday-Friday, 7:45 am.-4:30 p.m.
Dec. 26-28: 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Office closed:
Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24-25
Monday, Dec. 31 and Tues. Jan. 1

Please note: Credit card gifts via U.S. Mail must be received in our office on or before Friday, Dec. 28, to be processed in the current calendar year.

Thank you for considering an investment in UW-Eau Claire. We wish you a Happy New Year! back to top

Alumni success stories

In addition to the alumni below, you can read about the accomplishments of other UW-Eau Claire alumni on the Alumni Success Stories Web pages:

Kate Nulsein

Kate Nulsen '11, who received a master of science in nursing degree from UW-Eau Claire and who is director of critical care at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, has earned her Certified Nurse Manager and Leader accreditation. Full story.

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Christopher Porterfield '06, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, leads the band Field Report, which released its debut album earlier this year. Full story.

Nicole Wilson

Nicole Wilson '97, a UW-Eau Claire management graduate, has been named employee services manager at Royal Credit Union in Eau Claire. Full story. back to top

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Show how much you know about UW-Eau Claire — AND win great Blugold prizes! Email 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 Blugold mug. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the January 2013 issue of e-View.

December Blugold Trivia question:

Carson Kipfer, a 2004 UW-Eau Claire art graduate, will receive the Alumni Association's Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award during a luncheon and ceremony being held in conjunction with winter commencement Dec. 22. What is the name of the Minneapolis-based company he co-founded with fellow grad Justin Kaufenberg '03?

Know the answer? Email it, along with your name and class year, to trivia@uwec.edu. You'll be notified by email if you are this month's winner!

November's winner:
Congratulations to Corissa Niemi-Prior, a 2009 UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate and winner of the November Blugold Trivia prize! Corissa's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that junior Jared Beebe played the court jester in this year's production of the Ye Olde Madrigale Dinner. back to top

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