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Welcome, Interim Chancellor Bousquet!

Alumni Association plans more summer fun

New Davies Center opens its doors

Little Niagara Creek restoration project to begin Aug. 6

University to house one of nation's largest jazz collections

History professor recognized during U.S. Embassy event

Career Excellence in Teaching Award presented to history faculty member

Local businessmen donate historical blueprints to university archives

Recent grad conducts experiments aboard NASA's Weightless Wonder

Scholarships available for enrolled BPS students

New alumni success stories

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July 2012

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Welcome, Interim Chancellor Bousquet!

Gilles Bousquet
Interim Chancellor Gilles Bousquet

Gilles Bousquet has begun his one-year term as interim chancellor at UW-Eau Claire. His appointment follows the departure of Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich, who left UW-Eau Claire for a position as president of Westminster College in Utah in May.

Bousquet serves as UW-Madison's dean of the division of international studies and vice provost for globalization, director of the International Institute, special assistant to the chancellor for international engagement and the Pickard-Bascom professor of French.

Visit the Office of the Chancellor website for more information about Bousquet and the search process for UW-Eau Claire's next chancellor. back to top

Alumni Association plans more summer fun

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association announces the following upcoming events:

Singing StatesmenSaturday, Aug. 11: UW-Eau Claire's Singing Statesmen will perform the national anthem at the Minnesota Twins game, Target Field, Minneapolis. Statesmen alumni are invited to participate. Game time is 6:10 p.m. Contact the Minnesota Twins box office, 1-800-33-TWINS, for tickets. Ask for the UW- Eau Claire Blugold Night promotion. Tickets are available for this group in the Home Plate view at $29 per ticket and Skyline view at $21 per ticket. All members should meet in the promenade area outside Gate 6 at 5 p.m. to meet with Gary Schwartzhoff, conductor, and Craig Gumz, former Statesman and Minnesota Twins employee. Details available from Gary Schwartzhoff at 715-836-4056.

Saturday, Aug. 25: Join men's basketball coach Matt Siverling for the first Blugold Basketball Anderson Open. Enjoy a fun day of golf and dining at Hickory Hills Golf Course, featuring plenty of refreshments and a chance to win prizes. Details available from Matt Siverling at 715-836-3737. View brochure. back to top

New Davies Center opens its doors

Davies Center Bookstore
Davies Center bookstore.
Davies Center ballroom
Davies Center ballroom.
(UW-Eau Claire photos by Bill Hoepner)

UW-Eau Claire's new W.R. Davies Student Center opened for business Monday, July 30. Building hours for the rest of the summer are from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and hours during the academic year will be from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.

The facility's opening was a "soft opening," meaning some services are still limited and finishing work will continue throughout the building.

Limited food service consisting of "grab-and-go" fare, including coffee and other beverages, sandwiches and salads, is available in The Cabin. Additional food venues will open over the next few weeks.

A student celebration of the building's opening is being planned for the start of the fall semester, and an official ribbon-cutting and grand opening event will be held during UW-Eau Claire's Homecoming weekend in late September.

In other construction news, demolition of the old Davies Center is nearly completed, and construction of the university's new Education Building continues to progress. Reconstruction of UW-Eau Claire's Haas Fine Arts parking lot, Second Avenue south of Water Street and the circular drive at the Haas Fine Arts Center's southwest entrance began July 5, making parking in the lot unavailable through completion of the project.

Visit UW-Eau Claire's construction news Web page to stay up-to-date. back to top

Little Niagara Creek restoration project to begin Aug. 6

Little NiagaraThe Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will begin restoration work Aug. 6 on the section of Little Niagara Creek that runs through the UW-Eau Claire campus.

The two- to three-week restoration project will include removing silt and sediment from the stream bed, restoring eroded soil banks that have slumped into the stream, removing invasive plant species, and fortifying the new banks with rock and finally soil with a native seed mixture. The project also will include providing natural stone stream access areas to UW-Eau Claire students and faculty for stream-based study. Full story. back to top

University to house one of nation's largest jazz collections

Jazz photo collection

A jazz quintet consisting of UW-Eau Claire music faculty, alumni and other friends performed in the Haas Fine Arts Center July 21 in celebration of the university's acquiring one of the nation's largest jazz collections. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Bill Hoepner)

The UW-Eau Claire Foundation hosted a celebration July 21 of its acquisition for the university of one of the nation's largest collections of charts and recordings by many of the biggest names in jazz.

Woody Herman, Sammy Nestico, Count Basie, Neil Hefti, Shorty Rogers, Maynard Ferguson, Bill Holman, Stan Kenton, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Henry Mancini and Glenn Miller are some of the jazz musicians whose original charts and recordings (many of which are autographed and one of a kind) are in the collection.

A collection of jazz charts and recordings recently donated to UW-Eau Claire has been named the John L. Buchholz Jazz Library after the UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of English and longtime jazz musician and supporter of jazz studies.

The celebration event, attended by university alumni, current and former faculty members and other friends and supporters of jazz studies at UW-Eau Claire, took place in the Haas Fine Arts Center. The collection has been named the John L. Buchholz Jazz Library after the UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of English and longtime jazz musician and supporter of jazz studies.

"It is thrilling for us to increase opportunities for student and faculty professional development as a result of the scholarship and creative activities that will be generated by this collection," said Dr. Vanissa Murphy, chair of UW-Eau Claire's department of music and theatre arts. Full story. back to top

History professor recognized during U.S. Embassy event

Hillary Clinton and Paulis Lazda

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shakes hands with Dr. Paulis Lazda, UW-Eau Claire professor of history, during an event at the U.S. Embassy in Riga, Latvia.

A UW-Eau Claire history professor recently attended an event at the U.S. Embassy in Riga, Latvia, during which he was recognized in remarks given by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Dr. Paulis Lazda was an invited guest at the June 28 program, which marked 90 years of unbroken state relations between the United States and Latvia. Clinton was on hand to dedicate a street in front of the U.S. Embassy in Riga in honor of former Undersecretary of State Sumner Welles (1937-43). Clinton recognized Lazda for his effort to honor Welles and for originating the idea of renaming the street in his honor. Full story. back to top

Career Excellence in Teaching Award presented to history faculty member

Slika Ducksworth-Lawton
Dr. Selika

UW-Eau Claire's second annual College of Arts and Sciences Career Excellence in Teaching Award recently was presented to Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, associate professor of history. She will receive the $1,000 award at the opening of the 2012-13 academic year.

The award was created by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation through the generosity of an individual donor who wished to remain anonymous. The intent is to recognize one member of the faculty or instructional academic staff each year for a careerlong history of excellence in teaching.

In addition to academic instruction, Ducksworth-Lawton advises the Black Student Alliance through the UW-Eau Claire Office of Multicultural Affairs, coordinates university activities for Black History Month and assists in organizing the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance event. Full story. back to top

Local businessmen donate historical blueprints to university archives


Blueprints and other documents from Hoeppner Building Corp. were recently donated to UW-Eau Claire and are being housed in the university's Special Collections and Archives department.

A collection of construction documents found in a building previously owned by Hoeppner-Bartlett Construction Co. (later Hoeppner Building Corp.) was recently donated to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation and will become part of the university library's archives.

The gift of documents was made by Matt Moss and Ken Landis of K&M Landscaping, 631 E. Madison St., Eau Claire. The business owners came into possession of the collection when their company moved to their current building in 2006. That same building had been occupied by Hoeppner Building Corp. since 1923.

The documents include 420 blueprints, 178 account ledgers and three boxes containing unsorted correspondence. Among the collection's original blueprints are those for UW-Eau Claire's Schofield Hall (1914), W.R. Davies University Center (1957), music building (1954), classroom buildings (1947) and two residence halls. Also included are blueprints for the Eau Claire YMCA, Eau Claire County municipal building, L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Chippewa County Courthouse, National Presto Industries, Uniroyal Inc. and other area buildings. Full story. back to top

Recent grad conducts experiments aboard NASA's Weightless Wonder

Allison Pittman Stalker
Allison Pittman Stalker

Allison Pittman Stalker, a spring 2012 UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate, traveled to NASA's facilities at Ellington Field in Houston earlier this month to conduct experiments aboard the Weightless Wonder aircraft as a member of the Pre-Service Teacher Institute (PSTI) Alumni Flight Team. Stalker, a Hudson native, now lives in Fond du Lac.

Stalker and four teammates were a part of NASA's Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program (RGEFP), which gives participants the opportunity to propose, build and fly experiments in reduced gravity. Participants performed the experiments aboard a microgravity aircraft that produces periods of weightlessness for up to 25 seconds at a time by executing a series of approximately 30 roller coaster-like parabolas over the Gulf of Mexico. During the free falls, participants gather data in the unique environment that mimics space.

Stalker's opportunity to work aboard the Weightless Wonder is the result of her participation in the PSTI program during summer 2011. Stalker and her teammates were selected based on their submission of an in-depth lesson plan proposal with outreach extensions.

See Stalker's blog about her RGEFP participation, as well as her team's website and Facebook page. Full story. back to top

Scholarships available for enrolled BPS students

Do you know someone who wants to finish his or her bachelor’s degree at UW-Eau Claire?

Scholarships are now available for UW-Eau Claire’s online Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) Degree Completion Program.

Designed for busy adults by UW-Eau Claire faculty, the fully online Bachelor of Professional Studies in Organizational Leadership and Communication Degree Completion Program provides the practical knowledge and creative thinking skills necessary for success and advancement in many careers.

Complete BPS degree completion program and scholarship details are available online. 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:

Eric Peterson

Eric Peterson '87, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, has been named a general assignment reporter for FOX 11 News in Green Bay. Full story.


Julie Woodzicka '91, a UW-Eau Claire psychology graduate, has been promoted to full professor at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. Full story.

Eric Thomas

Eric Thomas '79, a UW-Eau Claire management graduate, is director of commercial banking in Wisconsin at Fifth Third Bank’s new office in the Honey Creek Corporate Center on Milwaukee’s far west side. Full story.

Seal Nicki Donlon '00, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, has been named a partner at the accounting and advisory firm Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP. Full story.
Sona Mehring

Sona Mehring '83, a UW-Eau Claire computer science graduate, celebrates 15 years as CEO of the CaringBridge social network. Full story.

Seal Kristina Paider '92, a UW-Eau Claire communication arts graduate, contributed to the book "Unbreakable Spirit: Rising Above the Impossible" written by Lisa Nichols and published in December 2011. Full story.
Christopher Jorgenson Christopher Jorgenson '10, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate who also received a master of arts in English in 2012, has been appointed coordinator of the UW-Eau Claire Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center. Full story. back to top

Blugold Trivia headline
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 UW-Eau Claire water bottle. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the August 2012 issue of e-View.

July Blugold Trivia question:

Who was the original owner of the collection of jazz charts and recordings recently donated to UW-Eau Claire?

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!

June's winner:
Congratulations to Robin (Fox) Barth, a 2003 UW-Eau Claire finance graduate and winner of the June Blugold Trivia prize! Barth's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that the campus landmark that would be inaccessible during the Phllips parking lot reconstruction project is the Putnam Drive stairway. back to top

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