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Commencement set for Dec. 21 in Zorn Arena

Nine grads to receive Alumni Association awards

Susan Harrison receives honorary alumna award

Centennial Hall move-in to begin Dec. 27

David Gessner steps down after 32 years at UW-Eau Claire

Martin Hanifin named vice chancellor for administration and finance

Luke Kempen is interim director of UW-Eau Claire's SBDC

UW-Eau Claire continues to be a leader in sending students to study abroad

Chemistry grads enter workforce with skills for success

New book empowers tweens and teens to combat cyberbullying

University named to Military Times 'Best for Vets' list a second time

Second Cohen string scholarship awarded to student violinist

Nine undergraduate researchers named McNair Scholars

Happy holidays from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation!

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

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Commencement set for Dec. 21 in Zorn Arena
Commencement ceremony

Commencement exercises for students at UW-Eau Claire will be held Dec. 21 in Zorn Arena.

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

A total of 780 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 312 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 173 from the College of Business, 209 from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and 86 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

A total of 42 students are master's degree candidates. Of those, six are from the College of Arts and Sciences, 27 are from the College of Business and nine are from the College of Education and Human Sciences. Full story. back to top

Nine grads to receive Alumni Association awards
Robert Sindelar Rakesh Sreenivasam Tim Nelson
Robert Sindelar
Rakesh Sreenivasam
Dr. Tim Nelson
Jerry Eliason Krystyna Wolniakowski Bart Wilson
Jerry Eliason
Krystyna Wolniakowski
Bart Wilson
Brandon Johnson Kyle Newmaster Zachary Verriden
Brandon Johnson
Kyle Newmaster
Zachary Verriden

Nine UW-Eau Claire graduates will receive awards from the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association Dec. 21 at a luncheon and ceremony in conjunction with winter commencement.

Robert Sindelar '78, a physics and mathematics graduate of UW-Eau Claire, will receive the Lifetime Excellence Award, which is presented to alumni who have demonstrated longtime and successful commitment to their careers and communities.

Rakesh Sreenivasam '88 and Dr. Tim Nelson '98 will receive the President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and service to UW-Eau Claire.

Jerry Eliason '78, Krystyna Wolniakowski '77 and Bart Wilson '92 will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes distinguished service to the community, state or nation in a manner that brings credit upon the recipient and the university.

Brandon Johnson '98, Kyle Newmaster '99 and Zachary Verriden '04 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. Full story. back to top

Susan Harrison receives honorary alumna award
Susan Harrison
Susan Harrison

After 30 years of dedicated service to UW-Eau Claire, Susan Harrison, professor emerita of mathematics, received true Blugold status when she received the honorary alumna award from the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association Nov. 15.

Harrison began her career at UW-Eau Claire in 1983 teaching in the computer science department. In 1997 she was elected as chair of the University Senate, an office she held with distinction for 15 years, a university record. Harrison presided over 70 commencement ceremonies during her time as Senate chair. She later moved to the mathematics department. Full story. back to top

Centennial Hall move-in to begin Dec. 27
Centennial Hall

Preparations are underway for classes to begin Jan. 21, the start of the spring 2014 semester, in UW-Eau Claire's new Centennial Hall.

One college, four academic departments, several student support offices, and more than 150 faculty and staff will move into the facility from Dec. 27 through Jan. 9.

The $44.5 million, approximately 182,000-square-foot Centennial Hall is UW-Eau Claire's first new academic building since 1983. Full story. back to top

David Gessner steps down after 32 years at UW-Eau Claire
David Gessner
David Gessner

After 32 years of service to UW-Eau Claire, David Gessner, vice chancellor for administration and finance, is retiring this month.

Gessner joined the UW-Eau Claire staff in 1981 as chief accountant for the university. In subsequent years, he held the titles of associate director of business services, university budget officer and director of business services. Organizational changes in 2009 resulted in his being named assistant chancellor for budget and finance, and in 2012 he was named vice chancellor for administration and finance.

As vice chancellor for administration and finance, Gessner oversaw the development of the annual university budget and provided leadership and vision in financial planning as he worked with members of UW-Eau Claire's executive staff, student government leaders, senior leadership, University Senate and others in meeting the strategic goals of the university.

See the story about his replacement below. Full story. back to top

Martin Hanifin named vice chancellor for administration and finance
Martin Hanifin
Martin Hanifin

Martin Hanifin has been named vice chancellor for administration and finance and chief business officer at UW-Eau Claire following a national search.

Hanifin, who on Jan. 15 will begin his new duties at UW-Eau Claire, currently is vice president for finance and administration at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Hanifin replaces David Gessner, current vice chancellor for administration and finance and chief business officer, who is stepping down this month after a 32-year career at UW-Eau Claire. Full story. back to top

Luke Kempen is interim director of UW-Eau Claire's SBDC
Luke Kempen
Luke Kempen

Luke Kempen has been named interim director of the Small Business Development Center at UW-Eau Claire. His appointment follows the promotion of previous director Jim Mishefske, who was named statewide director of the Wisconsin SBDC Network in Madison Dec. 1.

Kempen joined UW-Eau Claire's SBDC June 1 as a small-business counselor. His previous experience includes working in the audit division of a large international public accounting firm in Milwaukee and in senior leadership positions at several private companies in Eau Claire. He also was a business owner who started a company, built it for five years and then sold it for a profit. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire continues to be a leader in sending students to study abroad
Study abroad in India

UW-Eau Claire continues to be a leader in sending students abroad, according to the 2013 Open Doors Report of the Institute for International Education.

UW-Eau Claire sends more students abroad for midlength study-abroad experiences than any other master's-level university in Wisconsin, according to the report.

With 255 students participating in midlength study abroad programs in 2011-12 (the academic year data used in the 2013 report), UW-Eau Claire ranks 14th nationally among all master's-level schools in the number of students who participate in quarterlong or semesterlong study-abroad programs, according to the Open Doors Report. UW-Eau Claire is the only Wisconsin school — public or private — included on the top-20 list of master's-level schools that send students on midlength programs.

The Open Doors Report also ranks UW-Eau Claire 35th nationally among all master's-level schools in overall numbers of students who study abroad, with 415 students studying abroad during the 2011-12 academic year. Full story. back to top

Chemistry grads enter workforce with skills for success

When Arrianna Zirbes began her career as a quality control specialist in a microbiological lab at Nestle Nutrition in Eau Claire in 2012, the UW-Eau Claire graduate didn't have to look far to find another Blugold.

With more than 70 UW-Eau Claire alumni working at the Nestle facility in Eau Claire, including 22 chemistry graduates, Blugolds make up almost half of the employees in Nestle's Eau Claire laboratories.

"Nestle sounded like a really good fit for what I wanted to do with my career," said Zirbes, who graduated in 2012 with a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. "I love science and I knew I wanted to continue working and learning in that field. I also wanted to stay in Eau Claire; it's a beautiful city and I like the feeling here. Being able to find a job in Eau Claire in my field right out of college was great." Full story. back to top

New book empowers tweens and teens to combat cyberbullying
Justin Patchin
Justin Patchin

Tweens and teens who want to combat cyberbullying and make their schools and social communities safer and kinder places now have a handbook that offers advice and proven strategies for staying safe online.

"Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral," to be released this week, is the first book written specifically for middle and high school students on cyberbullying and the importance of standing up for themselves and others online, said Justin Patchin, the book's co-author and a professor of criminal justice at the UW-Eau Claire.

"This book speaks directly to tweens and teens who have been cyberbullied or who are tired of seeing others being bullied," said Patchin, a nationally recognized expert on cyberbullying. "A lot has been published to help parents, teachers and other adults understand cyberbullying, but there were no resources for teens. By giving teens tools and strategies that they can easily use, we're empowering them to delete cyberbullying." Full story. back to top

University named to Military Times 'Best for Vets' list a second time
Best for Vets logo

UW-Eau Claire has been named to the Military Times "Best for Vets: Colleges 2014" list for the second year in a row. The list is an annual ranking of colleges doing the most to support military veterans.

UW-Eau Claire is one of 86 "Best for Vets" colleges selected from more than 600 institutions that responded to a Military Times survey. UW-Eau Claire, UW Oshkosh and UW-River Falls are the only three UW System universities included on the list. Full story. back to top

Second Cohen string scholarship awarded to student violinist
Hannah Kennedy
Hannah Kennedy

A UW-Eau Claire freshman music major from Stillwater, Minn., is the second recipient of the university's Eileen Phillips Cohen String Scholarship.

Hannah Kennedy, who is studying violin performance with Nobuyoshi Yasuda, director of the University Symphony Orchestra, will receive full in-state tuition and become a member of the Eileen Phillips Cohen String Quartet, named for the donor who created the scholarship fund with the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. The distinguished ensemble will represent the university at special events and in touring performances.

The remaining Cohen awards are available to string musicians who plan to be enrolled at UW-Eau Claire during the 2014-15 academic year. The application deadline is March 15, 2014. Applicants also must meet university admissions guidelines. For more information, visit the department of music and theatre arts website. Full story. back to top

Nine undergraduate researchers named McNair Scholars

Nine UW-Eau Claire students have been selected to participate in 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
Happy holidays from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation!
winter scene

As we approach the end of the 2013 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 2013 giving record (as long as the processing time and date reflect Dec. 31, 2013).

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. 16: Monday-Friday, 7:45 am.-4:30 p.m.
Dec. 23, 26 and 27: 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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

Please note: Credit card gifts via U.S. mail must be received in our office on or before Tuesday, Dec. 31, 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:
Tony Palchik Tony Palchik '97, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, has earned CNOR certification. Full story.
Shane Leonard Shane Leonard '07, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, is recording an album with national artists and UW-Eau Claire alumni Ben Lester '09, Jess McIntosh '12 and Kevin Rowe '07. The band will record at April Base studio, which is owned by Justin Vernon '04 of Bon Iver. Full story.
Lisa LaBeau Lisa LaBeau '12, a UW-Eau Claire Spanish graduate, spent a year in South Korea as a teacher and private tutor. Full story.
Mark Green Mark Green '83, a UW-Eau Claire English and political science graduate, has been named president of the International Republican Institute. Full story.
Seal Barbara Barry Smith '51, a UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate, has self-published a children's book titled "Sixteen Sails," based loosely on her family's past travels. 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 fleece pullover.The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the January 2014 issue of eView.

December Blugold Trivia question:

Student violinist Hannah Kennedy is the second recipient of UW-Eau Claire's Eileen Phillips Cohen String Scholarship. What is the name of the first recipient?

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 Stephanie Cold, a 2010 UW-Eau Claire music and English graduate and winner of the November Blugold Trivia prize! Stephanie's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that Chancellor James Schmidt held the position of vice president for university advancement at Winona State University and served as executive director of its board of trustees just prior to joining UW-Eau Claire. back to top

 
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