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Local firm co-founded by alumnus pledges $500,000 for Confluence community arts center

Check out these exciting alumni events!

Men's hockey advances to Frozen Four, men's track and field wins two running events in NCAA championships

Vaughan named College of Business associate dean

Artists Series to present Step Afrika March 26

Journalism grad brings peace exhibit to campus

Eau Claire Jazz Festival set for early April

Students design artwork to wrap new hybrid city buses

'Ask a Scientist' presentation to explore exploding stars

Summer session registration now open

Show your spirit ... and win a T-shirt!

Tickets still available for April 12 Viennese Ball

Readers sought for International Poetry Reading

Save the date, golf fans!

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March 2013

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Local firm co-founded by alumnus pledges $500,000 for Confluence community arts center

Zach Halmstad
Zach Halmstad
Jason Wudi
Jason Wudi

JAMF Software has pledged $500,000 to support the construction of a new community arts center at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers in downtown Eau Claire.

The community arts center is the centerpiece of the public-private partnership known as the Confluence Project, a project that also includes plans to construct a commercial/retail complex and UW-Eau Claire student housing at the downtown site.
The $500,000 pledge announced today would help fund the construction of, and give JAMF Software naming rights associated with, the community arts center's 250-seat black box theater.

"We're very proud to support a community arts center in Eau Claire," said Zach Halmstad, JAMF Software co-founder and a 2004 UW-Eau Claire music graduate. "Because the benefits of the arts are difficult to quantify, many communities are supporting them less and less. I'm excited to see our city embrace this project, and I think it speaks volumes about the character and quality of our community. We have a bright and exciting future, and the Confluence Project is a huge step forward for us." Full story. back to top

Check out these exciting alumni events!

Arizona invitation

Arizona events set for late March

Tucson area alumni gathering, March 27
6-8 p.m., the Dakota Cafe & Catering, Co., 6541 E. Tanque Verde 7, Tucson

Scottsdale area alumni gathering, March 28
6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at the Village Tavern, 8787 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

Scottsdale area golf outing, March 29
Westbrook Village Vistas Golf Course and Vistas Restaurant, West Union Hills and Country Club Lane, 86th Ave, Peoria

Paul Kaldjian

Let's Do Lunch noon-hour lecture series

 


The Wednesday, March 27, session of the Let's Do Lunch lecture series will feature Dr. Paul Kaldjian, associate professor of geography, speaking on "Camels, Pilgrims and the Hokey-Pokey: Faculty-led Learning Abroad in Turkey." Noon-1 p.m., Fanny Hill Restaurant, Eau Claire. More information.

 

 

 

 

 

Watch for an alumni gathering near you
The Alumni Association is busy planning events for Blugold grads in all areas of the country. A few of them in the works: April 17, Madison; April 25, Denver; May 9, New York City. The alumni events calendar is updated regularly.

For more information or to register for any of these events, call 715-836-3266 or email alumni@uwec.edu. back to top

Men's hockey advances to Frozen Four, men's track and field wins two running events in NCAA championships

Men's hockey

The UW-Eau Claire men's hockey team has advanced to the finals of the 2013 NCAA Division III Championship for the first time in history and will compete Friday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) against Utica College (N.Y.) at Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y. The championship game is set for 7 p.m. (Eastern) Saturday. A Frozen Four Watch Party begins at 6 p.m. Friday at Hobbs Ice Arena in Eau Claire.

The UW-Eau Claire men's track and field team had never claimed first at Indoor Nationals in a running event. On March 9, they won two of them en route to placing third at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in Naperville, Ill., hosted by North Central College.

Visit Blugold.com for more information. back to top

Vaughan named College of Business associate dean

Timothy Vaughan
Dr. Timothy Vaughan

Dr. Timothy Vaughan, professor of management and interim associate dean of the UW-Eau Claire College of Business, has been named associate dean of the business college. He replaces Dr. Robert Sutton, who retired from the university in November 2012.

As associate dean, Vaughan is the second ranking administrator in the College of Business and is authorized to act on behalf of the college when the dean is absent. Vaughan’s major responsibilities include overseeing the curriculum, developing and coordinating the assurance of learning assessment processes, and coordinating all aspects of the AACSB reaffirmation process including the preparation of the annual updates. He will continue to oversee the research and scholarship activities of the faculty and staff. Full story. back to top

Artists Series to present Step Afrika March 26

Step Afrika

Step Afrika, the first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping, will perform as part of the UW-Eau Claire Artists Series March 26. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

In stepping, a unique dance created by African-American college students, the body is used as an instrument to create intricate rhythms and sounds through a combination of footsteps, claps and spoken word. The tradition grew out of the song and dance rituals practiced by historically African-American fraternities and sororities in the early 1900s. Learn more. back to top

Journalism grad brings peace exhibit to campus

John Noltner
John Noltner

UW-Eau Claire will host the "A Peace of My Mind" exhibit created by 1990 journalism graduate John Noltner from April 1-May 12 in Davies Center.

Noltner is a freelance photographer based in Minneapolis specializing in images of people, lifestyle and travel. In 2009 he began working on "A Peace of My Mind," a documentary project exploring the meaning of peace by asking ordinary people the question, "What does peace mean to you?" The exhibit contains portraits and personal stories of 52 diverse subjects. The subjects are each showcased on a 24-by-36-inch canvas gallery wrap that includes their name, a short biography, a portrait and a 250-word excerpt from their interview about what peace means to them. The people profiled include Holocaust survivors and a homeless man, a Somali refugee and a military chaplain, a pottery instructor and an oil company executive.

Watch UW-Eau Claire's news Web page for additional details. back to top

Eau Claire Jazz Festival set for early April

Geoffrey Keezer
Geoffrey Keezer

Eau Claire Jazz Inc. will bring world-class jazz back to Eau Claire during the 46th annual Eau Claire Jazz Festival, with headliner concerts featuring trumpeter Claudio Roditi and Eau Claire native and pianist Geoffrey Keezer on Friday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 6, at 7 p.m. at Eau Claire Memorial High School. Both concerts will feature the premiere of a song co-written and performed by Keezer and local best-selling author, humorist and radio show host Michael Perry.

The UW-Eau Claire alumni band Triosé will open the Friday headliner concert from 7-7:30 p.m., and the Saturday concert will open with UW-Eau Claire student band Malonious Thunk from 6:30-7 p.m.

Jazz fans of all ages are invited to the headliner shows. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased online, by calling 715-836-4092 or at the door.

Michael Perry
Michael Perry
(Eau Claire Leader-Telegram photo
by Andi Stempniak)

Also as part of the Jazz Festival, Eau Claire Jazz Inc., in collaboration with UW-Eau Claire, will host the second annual 52nd Street celebration on Friday from 5 p.m.-2 a.m. on Barstow Street. The 52nd Street event is designed to bring many jazz and jazz-related live performances to the public along a walking strip of Eau Claire.

This year’s festival includes a variety of educational opportunities, multiple live performances, clinics for students and special jazz events throughout the city. The festival also will feature two full days of competition for middle, high school and college bands. Learn more. back to top

Students design artwork to wrap new hybrid city buses

Students with bus wrap design
UW-Eau Claire art & design students (from left) Alison Wheeler, Luke Benson and Jennifer Johns held up a proof of one of their three designs for wraps to be featured on the city of Eau Claire's new hybrid buses.

Three students in the UW-Eau Claire department of art & design are completing their college careers by designing artistic wraps to be featured on the city of Eau Claire's new hybrid city buses.

Seniors Alison Wheeler, Viroqua, Jennifer Johns, St. Louis Park, Minn., and Luke Benson, Eau Claire, began work on the hybrid bus art project in August 2012 after being selected from a pool of 30 student applicants.

UW-Eau Claire's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs awarded each student a scholarship for the many hours they spent producing and perfecting designs under the guidance of faculty mentors Jyl Kelley, an assistant professor in photography, Ned Gannon, an associate professor in illustration, and Sooyun Im, an assistant professor in graphic design. Full story. back to top

'Ask a Scientist' presentation to explore exploding stars

Justin Vasel
Justin Vasel

Justin Vasel, a 2011 UW-Eau Claire physics graduate, will present "Stealthy Neutrinos and the Search for Exploding Stars" March 20 as part of the "Ask a Scientist" series.

The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Acoustic Café in downtown Eau Claire.

During his presentation, Vasel — who currently is pursuing a master's degree in physics and is a student researcher and teaching assistant in the physics department at the University of Minnesota Duluth — will discuss the solution to a current problem in astronomy research: the difficulty in studying exploding stars, also known as supernova explosions. Full story. back to top

Summer session registration now open

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Registration for summer session 2013 classes at UW-Eau Claire is now open.

Many courses are offered during the three-week summer session from May 20-June 7 or the eight-week session from June 10-Aug. 2. Other courses are presented during varying periods within that timeframe; please check individual courses for specific dates. Full story. back to top

Show your spirit ... and win a T-shirt!

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Tell us why you are proud to be a Blugold! Request your I’m a Blugold! sign here. Then submit your photo using the automated form. Photos are periodically updated on the website and the Facebook I’m a Blugold! album. Entries are included in an ongoing random drawing for I’m a Blugold! T-shirts. back to top

Tickets still available for April 12 Viennese Ball

Viennese Ball

Friday-night tickets remain for the 39th annual Viennese Ball April 12-13 at UW-Eau Claire. Tickets for Saturday night's event are sold out.

Tickets for April 12 are available at the Service Center in Davies Center's east lobby. The Service Center is open from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. weekends. Tickets are $42.50 for the public or $27.50 for UW System students, Chippewa Valley Technical College students and high school students. The traditional midnight breakfast is $10 in advance or $11 at the ball. Full story. back to top

Readers sought for International Poetry Reading

Poetry Reading graphic

The seventh annual International Poetry Reading will take place from 7:30-9:30 p.m. April 24 in the Ojibwe Grand Ballroom of UW-Eau Claire's Davies Center.

During the event — which aims to celebrate the sounds of the world — students, community members, faculty and staff come together to read and listen to poems in languages other than modern, standard English. Last year, poems were read in 41 different languages.

Dr. Audrey Fessler, associate professor of English and women's studies and co-organizer of the event, said the program will delight everyone who enjoys the beauty and emotional power of language and everyone who appreciates cultural diversity. Full story. back to top

Save the date, golf fans!

golf ball

The 37th annual Blugold Booster Golf Outing will be held Monday, Aug. 5, at the Wild Ridge Golf Course (3905 Kane Road, Eau Claire). The 18-hole scramble tees off at 12:15 p.m.

The event is the annual fundraiser for the entire athletics program. A committee of athletics and community people are working on the planning for the event.

Watch the Blugold.com website for additional details in the coming weeks. back to top

Tune in to the Blugold Minute for news and events updates

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Stay up to date on campus happenings by tuning in to the weekly Blugold Minute.

Updates are made available every Monday morning during the academic year. UW-Eau Claire students deliver the news and provide information about upcoming events, campus programs, building projects, student and faculty accomplishments, and much more. 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:

Jon Ames

Jon Ames '12, a UW-Eau Claire biology graduate, is wrestling head coach at UW-Eau Claire. Full story.

Seal

Mary Farr '77, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, recently released the book "Never Say Neigh: An Adventure in Fun, Funny and the Power of You." Learn more.

Robert Sandelar Robert Sandelar '77, a UW-Eau Claire mathematics and physics graduate, is on a two-month assignment in Japan as a U.S. Embassy Science Fellow. Full story.
Seal Jeff Brice '03, a UW-Eau Claire corporate finance and accounting graduate, has launched the new online startup TrustEgg. Full story.
Noah Wiedenfeld Noah Wiedenfeld '12, a UW-Eau Claire political science graduate, is a spring 2013 participant in the prestigious White House Internship Program in Washington, D.C.. Full story.

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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 baseball cap. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the April 2013 issue of e-View.

March Blugold Trivia question:

UW-Eau Claire's 39th annual Viennese Ball is set for April 12-13 in Davies Student Center. What historic event serves as a model for UW-Eau Claire's ball?

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!

February's winner:
Congratulations to Ian Oberg, a 2009 UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate and winner of the February Blugold Trivia prize! Ian's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that the organization receiving the proceeds from the Shamrock Shuffle run/walk is the Wisconsin Youth Success Program. back to top

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