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 May 2016

 
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Power of AND

In this issue

Seven receive UW-Eau Claire alumni awards

Celebrating Blugold grads

Handcrafted ceremonial mace to help kick off university's Centennial Celebration

Centennial Celebration to run through May 2017

Giant numbers find home on campus mall as UW-Eau Claire celebrates centennial

New scholarship encourages local students to choose UW-Eau Claire

Professor earns prestigious fellowship at think tank in Washington, D.C.

Alumnus looks back as The Singing Statesmen turn 50

Video series aims to attract nurse educators to UW System

Blugolds raise funds for safe drinking water systems around the world

Math whiz falls in love with research at UW-Eau Claire

Upcoming events

Champions of The Power of AND: International student Sindija Balode

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia


Alumni links

Alumni events

Alumni success stories

Blugold Babies

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Seven receive UW-Eau Claire alumni awards
Seven alumni were recognized May 21 for their professional and personal successes as well as their contributions to UW-Eau Claire, their communities and their professions. Full story.

Related story: Alumni award honorees share words of advice for new grads back to top

Celebrating Blugold grads

We celebrated the 100th spring graduating class in a big way at two commencement celebrations May 21. Full story.

Also see the Facebook commencement photo album.

Other commencement-related stories:

No regrets: Blugold alum gives new grads pointers for leading 'a life well lived'

May grad continues her family’s Blugold legacy

Alumni award honorees share words of advice for new grads

Fifteen years after dropping out of college, Blugold to graduate with honors

May grad soars in gymnastics and in the sciences back to top

Handcrafted ceremonial mace helps kick off university's Centennial Celebration
Those at UW-Eau Claire's 100th spring commencement ceremonies witnessed the start of new tradition deeply rooted in university's history. Full story. back to top

Centennial Celebration to run through May 2017
Plan now to help UW-Eau Claire celebration 100 years of excellence! Following the kickoff of UW-Eau Claire's centennial year at spring commencement on May 21, Centennial Celebration events will resume in the fall. Check the centennial website frequently for stories, photos, merchandise, more event details and new events as they are added to the calendar. back to top

Giant numbers find home on campus mall as UW-Eau Claire celebrates centennial

A graduation gift from the Class of 2016, large 1916 sign to serve as photo opp backdrop. Full story. back to top

New scholarship encourages local students to choose UW-Eau Claire
The Local Blugold Scholarship soon will provide incentive for college-bound students from the Chippewa Valley to make UW-Eau Claire their college of choice, at the same time increasing the odds those students will stay in the region after graduation. Full story. back to top

Professor earns prestigious fellowship at think tank in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Peter Myers, professor of political science, has received a $110,000 award from The Heritage Foundation Simon Center’s Visiting Fellowship in American Political Thought, a prestigious organization that has a long history of producing politically significant research. Full story. back to top

Alumnus looks back as The Singing Statesmen turn 50
Max Athorn, a UW-Eau Claire Singing Statesmen alumnus, reflects on what his involvement with the prestigious men's chorus has meant during and since his time as a student. Full story.

Video series aims to attract nurse educators to UW System
Nurses for Wisconsin, a partnership between UW System nursing programs including UW-Eau Claire, has created a series of videos focused on the urgent demand for nurse educators within the UW System. Full story.
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Blugolds raise funds for safe drinking water systems around the world
When forming a relay team for the May 1 Eau Claire Marathon and deciding on a cause for which to raise funds, members of SNEHA chose Crabtree Scientific, a company that develops water chlorination systems for communities worldwide. Full story. back to top

Math whiz falls in love with research at UW-Eau Claire
Nellie Brushaber is not only a mathematician, her research into knot theory is being recognized at conferences, in classrooms, and by the likes of Chancellor Schmidt. Full story. back to top

Upcoming events

  • 40th Annual Blugold Booster Golf Outing. June 13, Mill Run/Wild Ridge golf courses, Eau Claire. Entry deadline is June 10. View brochure.
  • Link Walker Golf Outing and Alumni Social. Football alumni social July 22, golf outing July 23 at Lake Hallie Golf Course, Chippewa Falls. View invitation.
  • SAVE THE DATE: Blugold Night at the Eau Claire Express. Aug. 3, 6:35 p.m., Carson Park, Eau Claire.
  • SAVE THE DATE: 50-year class reunion and Golden Blugolds celebration. Sept. 30, UW-Eau Claire.
  • SAVE THE DATE: UW-Eau Claire Athletics Blugold Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Sept. 30, Davies Center, UW-Eau Claire.
  • SAVE THE DATE: Centennial events: Alumni Day and Homecoming 2016. Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

View all Alumni Association events, universitywide events and Centennial Celebration events. back to top

Champions of The Power of AND

Power of AND

Spotlighting alumni and other Blugolds who exemplify The Power of AND

communicator AND cultural connoisseur

Sindija Balode (third from right) is a member of the Baltic Student Organization and Event Production Crew.

After having worked for the U.S. Embassy in Riga, Latvia, international student Sindija Balode decided to apply for a study visa to explore the United States and find her voice as a global communicator. After she obtained a scholarship and her acceptance letter from UW-Eau Claire, Sindija came to Wisconsin to study public relations, which she believes will help her develop the expertise needed for international communication.

In the meantime, she’s actively building bridges across nations on a smaller scale. Last year, Sindija and other students from the Baltic Student Organization collaborated to put together a summer solstice-themed booth for the International Folk Fair. Sindija says that experience helped her share her culture, including everything from traditional Latvian dances to unique food. Sindija joined both UW-Eau Claire’s Baltic Student Organization and Event Production Crew while on campus. Full story.

Read more AND stories on The Power of AND website. back to top

Alumni success stories

Here are some of the latest stories of accomplishments of UW-Eau Claire alumni:

Abou Amara '09, a UW-Eau Claire graduate, has been named public policy director for Neighborhoods Organizing for Change in Minneapolis. Full story.

Caitlin Shuda '11, a UW-Eau Claire mass communication-public relations graduate, is the new Going Out reporter for the Daily Tribune in Wisconsin Rapids. Full story.

Richard Johnson '82, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, has been named chairman of the board of directors for Foot Locker Inc., where he serves as president and CEO. Full story.

Jeffrey Bilbrey '94, a UW-Eau Claire management information systems graduate, has been appointed president, North America, for NetSol technologies Inc. Full story.

Steven Hyden '00, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, has had his book, "Your Favorite Band is Killing Me: What Pop Music Rivalries Reveal About the Meaning of Life," published. Full story.

Kate Beaton '14, a UW-Eau Claire social work graduate, has been elected as an at-large member of the Eau Claire City Council. Full story.

Kristie Franz '95, a UW-Eau Claire geology graduate, was the keynote speaker at the 31st annual Excellence in Education banquet in Chippewa Falls. Full story.

Vinnie Rose '03, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, will kick off this summer's "Music in the Park" series in Farmington, Minnesota. Full story.

Autumn Cole '11, a UW-Eau Claire master of science in nursing graduate, has joined the Winona Health pediatrics team. Full story. back to top

Blugold Trivia
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 into a drawing for a UW-Eau Claire umbrella. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the May issue of eView.

May Blugold Trivia question:

Beginning in fall 2017, qualifying incoming freshmen at UW-Eau Claire who graduate from area high schools within a 30-mile radius of the university will automatically receive the Local Blugold Scholarship. What is the dollar amount of the scholarship?

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!

April's winner:

Congratulations to Karen Huth Becker '73, a UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate, winner of the April Blugold Trivia prize. Karen's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that the three-year grant UW-Eau Claire received that supported the creation of a geospatial certificate program was $418,869. back to top

 
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