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Alumni Association events lead into spring

McIntyre Library launches online digital collections portal

Devroy Forum to feature Washington Post's Al Kamen

Extensive personal Robert Frost collection now housed at UW-Eau Claire

Centennial Hall opens its doors at start of spring semester

The Princeton Review again names UW-Eau Claire a best value college

David Leaman named dean of College of Arts and Sciences

Nursing professor receives grant to continue food insecurity research

International Fellows Program receives national award

Scott Kilgallon to retire from athletics director post June 30

Jeremy Miner awarded international fellowship to South Africa

Forensics team wins 22nd consecutive state championship

Physics education student receives prestigious national scholarship

UW MBA Consortium ranks among best online graduate business programs

40th annual Viennese Ball set for April 11-12 in Davies Center

Artists Series to feature jazz virtuosos Denise Donatelli, Geoffrey Keezer

New alumni success stories

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Alumni Association events lead into spring

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association is hosting several events in the coming months. Here are just a few:



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Let's Do Lunch noon-hour lecture series. Wednesday, Feb. 26, Fanny Hill Restaurant, Eau Claire, noon-1 p.m. James Oberly, UW-Eau Claire professor of history, will discuss Wisconsin State University-Eau Claire in the 1960s.Tickets are $13 per person and include presentation, buffet, beverage, tax and tip. To reserve your spot, send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call 715-836-3266. Learn more.

Beat the Winter Blues alumni gathering. Wednesday, Feb. 26, Eau Claire Golf & Country Club, 828 Clubview Lane, Altoona, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Appetizers and beverages, Blugold door prizes and music by The Swinging Babylonians. Free. RSVP by Feb. 25 by emailing alumni@uwec.edu or calling 715-836-3266. Rescheduled from Feb. 20. View invite.

Denver area alumni gathering. Thursday, Feb. 27, Blake Street Tavern, 2301 Blake St., Denver, 7 p.m. Wear your blue and gold gear.

Alumni lunch for 3M employees. Monday, March 3, 3M Customer Innovation Center, St. Paul, 11 a.m. welcome, noon lunch. Email Todd Carlson at trcarlson@mmm.com to RSVP by Feb. 26. View invite.

Madison area alumni gathering. Wednesday, March 12, Best Western Plus Inn on the Park, Top of the Park Room, 22 S. Carroll St., Madison, 5-7 p.m. View invite.

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Arizona alumni events. March 19, Peoria, golf outing; March 20, Scottsdale, alumni gathering; March 21, Tucson, alumni gathering. View invite.

Reunion for ENPH alumni. Saturday, March 29, Ojibwe Room, Davies Center, UW-Eau Claire. Featuring forum speakers, a building tour and dinner. Events start at 1 p.m.; social hour and dinner from 5-9 p.m. View invite.

For details about these events and others in the works, check out the alumni events calendar. back to top

McIntyre Library launches online digital collections portal
Dance, 1930 Periscope
This photo of the 1929 Christmas dance in the Schofield Hall gymnasium appeared in the 1930 edition of The Periscope and is one of thousands of photos available for viewing through UW-Eau Claire's new online digital collections portal.

Traveling through history at UW-Eau Claire without leaving home or office is now possible with McIntyre Library's new digital collections portal.

The portal hosts more than 50,000 unique and historic images from UW-Eau Claire, including a fully searchable digitized set of the university's yearbook, The Periscope, published from 1917-95, and photographs of faculty, staff, students, events and other campus scenes dating back to 1916.

The portal provides an opportunity for McIntyre Library to share unique materials with the university and Eau Claire area communities, said Greg Kocken, head of McIntyre Library's Special Collections and Archives department. Full story. back to top

Devroy Forum to feature Washington Post's Al Kamen
Al Kamen
Al Kamen

Al Kamen, who is in his 34th year at The Washington Post and his 21st year of writing its popular "In the Loop" column on executive branch news, will be the featured speaker April 17 for the 17th annual Ann Devroy Memorial Forum at UW-Eau Claire.

The event begins at 7 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

The Ann Devroy Memorial Forum and the Devroy Memorial Fund are presented in memory of 1970 UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate Ann Devroy, whose ambition and talent led her through an extraordinary career before her death in 1997 at age 49. Full story. back to top

Extensive personal Robert Frost collection now housed at UW-Eau Claire
Joan Christopherson-Schmidt says the love her husband, Fritz, and Robert Frost had for nature and the outdoors made UW-Eau Claire a natural selection as a new home for the collection.

A friendship that began more than 70 years ago between a 20th-century great American poet and a quiet country boy from Wisconsin will live on in McIntyre Library's Special Collections and Archives department at UW-Eau Claire through the acquisition of a rare and extensive collection of Robert Frost materials.

The collection — acquired by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation in part as a purchase and in part as a gift from Joan Christopherson Schmidt of Milwaukee — is believed to be one of the most extensive Frost collections maintained outside of academia. It contains 44 Frost books, most of which are first or rare limited editions, including many that have been signed and inscribed by the poet. The collection also includes manuscript materials containing handwritten poetry, Christmas cards and pamphlets, as well as dozens of books about Frost. Full story. back to top

Centennial Hall opens its doors at start of spring semester
Centennial Hall dedication
About 150 people attended the Centennial Hall dedication ceremony at UW-Eau Claire Feb. 5.

When students returned to UW-Eau Claire for the start of spring semester Jan. 21, they witnessed something not seen on campus in more than three decades.

Centennial Hall, UW-Eau Claire's newest academic building, was up and running and fully operational after a nearly two-year period of construction in the central campus mall area. The $44.5 million building, located between Schneider Hall and Zorn Arena, is the first new building to be entirely funded with state tax dollars on the UW-Eau Claire campus since 1982.

The approximately 182,000-gross-square-foot building houses the university's College of Education and Human Sciences administrative units; significant new classroom space for use by the entire campus; the departments of education studies, special education, English and languages; and select student support services.

The project was conceived in 2001 as a result of an intensive study led by UW-Eau Claire's facilities planning unit and involving UW System and all UW-Eau Claire departments from academic and student affairs, said Ricardo Gonzales, UW-Eau Claire director of facilities planning.

View the videos Centennial Hall start to finish and Centennial Hall first day of classes. Full story. back to top

The Princeton Review again names UW-Eau Claire a best value college
Princeton Review seal

UW-Eau Claire has been named one of The Princeton Review's 150 "Best Value Colleges for 2014" in the United States.

The Princeton Review's list includes 75 public and 75 private institutions. UW-Eau Claire and UW-Madison are the only colleges or universities from Wisconsin on the list. The best-value-colleges list appears in The Princeton Review's new book, "The Best Value Colleges: 2014 Edition," as well as on dedicated areas of the company's free website and on the USA Today newspaper website.

When creating its "Best Value" list, The Princeton Review, a New York-based education services company, looked at academics, costs and financial aid — using the most recently reported data from each institution for its 2012-13 academic year — for 2,000 undergraduate institutions in the United States. Student surveys also provided input for the academic ratings. Full story. back to top
David Leaman named dean of College of Arts and Sciences
David Leaman
David Leaman

David Leaman has been named the next dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UW-Eau Claire following a national search. Leaman will join UW-Eau Claire July 1.

Leaman currently is associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and an associate professor of political science at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. He will replace David Baker, who has served as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since May 2012.

As dean of UW-Eau Claire's College of Arts and Sciences, Leaman will serve as the intellectual and administrative leader of the college, be the chief advocate for the college's academic programs, and promote scholarly and creative activities of the college's faculty and academic staff. Full story. back to top

Nursing professor receives grant to continue food insecurity research
Mary Canales
Mary Canales

Mary Canales, a professor of nursing at UW-Eau Claire, and her colleagues at Feed My People Food Bank and UW-Extension recently received a two-year $50,000 development grant from the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health's Wisconsin Partnership Program to continue a community-academic collaborative research project on food insecurity and hunger in Eau Claire County.

Canales' project was one of five chosen to receive funding out of more than 40 applicants.

Canales, who is interested in food and local justice issues and public health and public policy research, is partnering with Feed My People Food Bank and the Eau Claire County UW-Extension Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program to form a coalition in Eau Claire County to address food insecurity and hunger issues in the area. Members of the coalition will create a five-year strategic plan that will align city, county and health system plans to streamline efforts dedicated to improving access to healthy and affordable food for low-income residents. Full story. back to top

International Fellows Program receives national award
Students in Moldova

Moldovan students in the village of Giurgiulesti practiced their journalistic interviewing skills after being coached by UW-Eau Claire students who were in Moldova through UW-Eau Claire’s International Fellows Program.

An innovative program that allows UW-Eau Claire students and faculty to engage in research and service throughout the world has received a prestigious award from the Institute of International Education.

UW-Eau Claire's International Fellows Program will receive IIE's 2014 Andrew Heiskell Award for Internationalizing the Campus. The award will be presented in March in New York City during an IIE conference that highlights best practices in international education.

"UW-Eau Claire's pillars of excellence — academics, international education, research and service — all come together in the International Fellows Program," said Karl Markgraf, director of the Center for International Education. Full story. back to top

Scott Kilgallon to retire from athletics director post June 30
Scott Kilgallon
Scott Kilgallon

Scott Kilgallon, UW-Eau Claire athletics director, will retire from the university as of June 30 after 10 years in the Blugold athletics leadership post.

"This is a bittersweet decision for me given the many great relationships over the years with our student-athletes, athletics staff, supporters and alumni," Kilgallon said. "I have given my heart and soul the past decade, focusing on the welfare and academic success of our student-athletes and working hard to provide a great athletic experience at the highest level possible."

Kilgallon said he is being considered for athletics director positions at other institutions and is announcing his retirement now to give the university adequate time to recruit his replacement. Full story. back to top

Jeremy Miner awarded international fellowship to South Africa
Jeremy Miner
Jeremy Miner

Jeremy Miner, director of grants and contracts at UW-Eau Claire, is the recipient of an international fellowship to South Africa.

The fellowship, a joint initiative between the National Council of University Research Administrators and the South African Research & Innovation Management Association, aims to increase capacity for engaging in sponsored international projects.

"It is an honor to be awarded this NCURA-SARIMA International Fellowship, particularly at this momentous time in South Africa's history with the passing of Nelson Mandela, one of the country's — and the world's — greatest citizens," Miner said.

He will spend two weeks at Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, South Africa, the largest university in the Western Cape province with more than 32,000 students. Full story. back to top

Forensics team wins 22nd consecutive state championship

For the 22nd year in a row, the UW-Eau Claire forensics team earned the championship trophy at the Wisconsin State Forensics Tournament, held Feb. 14-15 at Ripon College.

Sophomore Elijah Freeman, Ladysmith, placed first in persuasion, which qualified him to represent the state of Wisconsin at the Interstate Oratory Contest in Harrisonburg, Va., in April. Full story. back to top

Physics education student receives prestigious national scholarship
Michael Yohn
Michael Yohn

UW-Eau Claire physics education major Michael Yohn recently was named a 2013 Barbara Lotze Scholarship for Future Teachers recipient.

The junior, a native of Marshfield, was selected by the American Association of Physics Teachers Executive Board to receive the prestigious national scholarship. Only five scholarships are available annually.

Recipients of the scholarship are awarded a stipend of up to $2,000 and a complimentary yearlong AAPT student membership. All applicants must be in undergraduate preparation to become a physics teacher. Full story. back to top
UW MBA Consortium ranks among best online graduate business programs
MBA Consortium logo

For the second year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium Program among its "Best Online Graduate Business Programs." The Consortium is ranked No. 41 in the nation, which puts it in the top 20 percent of online graduate programs. It is the top ranked program among Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Iowa universities, both public and private.

"We are extremely pleased with our ranking," said Robert Erffmeyer, director of the UW Consortium MBA program. "Credit goes to the faculty and staff at our Consortium partner schools as well as our students whose dedication, academic credentials, GMAT scores and course performance all contribute to the ranking."

While U.S. News & World Report has been ranking colleges and universities for the last 30 years, the publication has only ranked online graduate schools since 2013. The UW MBA Consortium has been ranked among the best both of those years. Full story. back to top

40th annual Viennese Ball set for April 11-12 in Davies Center
Viennese Ball

The 40th annual Viennese Ball will be presented April 11-12 at UW-Eau Claire. The doors of Davies Center will open each day at 6:30 p.m. The largest Viennese ball outside of Vienna itself, the event is presented in duplicate each evening and is a much-anticipated fundraiser for music, service and international study scholarships for UW-Eau Claire students.

A printable ticket order form is available online; ticket orders must be submitted by U.S. Mail. If ticket requests exceed availability, orders will be returned.

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

Artists Series to feature jazz virtuosos Denise Donatelli, Geoffrey Keezer
Denise Donatelli
Denise Donatelli

UW-Eau Claire's Artists Series will present Denise Donatelli and Geoffrey Keezer in concert with the university's Jazz Ensemble I Tuesday, March 4. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

Donatelli, a Grammy Award-nominated Savant recording and international concert artist, is one of today’s premier jazz vocalists. The Los Angeles Jazz Society named her 2012 Jazz Vocalist of the Year, and she was voted one of the top 10 Female Vocalist Rising Stars in the 2013 DownBeat Critics Poll.

Pianist Geoffrey Keezer, a native of Eau Claire, commands the attention typically reserved for the living legends of jazz. He has performed twice before on the Artists Series — in 1990, as a 19-year-old member of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, and four years later with the Contemporary Piano Ensemble in a four-piano tribute to jazz innovator Phineas Newborn. Full story. 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:
Matt Zaruba Matt Zaruba '94, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, has been appointed to the position of chief information security officer for Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company. Full story.
Tim Upward Tim Upward '06, a UW-Eau Claire social studies graduate, has been named an assistant coach for UW-Eau Claire's Blugold volleyball team. (Photo by Sam Oleson of The Chippewa Herald) Full story.
James Wagner James Wagner '11, a UW-Eau Claire business finance graduate, and Chris Schasse, a UW-Eau Claire senior management major, have produced a documentary series titled "The Break Side." Full story.
Anne Rapp Anne Rapp '05, a UW-Eau Claire mass communication and Spanish graduate, recently took off on a yearlong adventure through India and Southeast Asia. Read Anne's blog.
Seal Jessica Hoel '08, a UW-Eau Claire mass communication and Spanish graduate, is a contestant on the 24th season of the CBS reality series "The Amazing Race." Full story.
Seal Timothy Ocain '81, a UW-Eau Claire biology graduate, has been named senior vice president, new product strategy and development, for Enanta Pharmaceuticals Inc. Full story.
Seal Michael Thies '12, a UW-Eau Claire mass communication and English graduate, has started his own publishing company, Writers Block Press, and published his first book, “Guardian of the Core: Trials of the Core.” 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 sweatshirt. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the March 2014 issue of eView.

February Blugold Trivia question:

Pianist Geoffrey Keezer will perform with jazz vocalist Denise Donatelli during a UW-Eau Claire Artists Series concert March 4. What is the name of the CD Keezer released in 2013?

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!

January's winner:

Congratulations to Kay Magadance, a 1972 UW-Eau Claire business education graduate ('82 master of science in teaching) and winner of the January Blugold Trivia prize! Kay's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that the entertainment for the 26th annual Senior Americans Day set for March 18 on campus will be provided by Matt Wahl. back to top

 
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