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  January 2016

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In this issue

Regent Scholar award supports geospatial mining project, prepares Blugolds for cutting-edge field

Blugold athletics announces new head football coach

Emerita sponsors award for quality journalism with disabilities focus

Former NFL quarterback to speak about son's suicide

Grad's internship becomes full-time job at growing software company

Blugold finds her passion advocating for people with communication disabilities

Eau Claire Marathon, Blugold Mile to return to campus mall

Upcoming events

Champions of The Power of AND: Alumnus Ginna Roe '14

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

Alumni links

Alumni events

Alumni success stories

Blugold Babies

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Regent Scholar award supports geospatial mining project, prepares Blugolds for cutting-edge field

Joseph Hupy

Dr. Joseph Hupy

For the second consecutive year, a UW-Eau Claire faculty member will receive a Regent Scholar award from the UW System Board of Regents Research, Economic Development and Innovation Committee. Dr. Joseph Hupy, an associate professor of geography, will formally receive the award Feb. 4 in Madison. The award includes a $50,000 stipend to support an innovative UW-Eau Claire project to help Wisconsin’s mining industry use unmanned aerial systems technology to improve efficiencies and reduce costs. Full story. back to top

Blugold athletics announces new head football coach

Dan Larson, a UW-Eau Claire alumnus and most recently the offensive coordinator at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, has been named UW-Eau Claire's new head football coach. Full story. back to top

Emerita sponsors award for quality journalism with disabilities focus

Dr. Katherine Schneider has established the Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability contest to recognize reporters who produce quality stories on disability issues that accurately reflect the lives of people with disabilities. Full story. back to top

Former NFL quarterback to speak about son's suicide

Eric Hipple, who lost his son to suicide in 2000, will speak for The Forum series at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 in UW-Eau Claire's Schofield Auditorium. Since his son's death, Hipple has devoted his life to building awareness and helping to break down the stigma surrounding depressive illness. He authored the award-winning book "Real Men Do Cry," which chronicles his personal journey with depression. Full story. back to top

Grad's internship becomes full-time job at growing software company

A week before he graduated from UW-Eau Claire, Christian Dooley got an unexpected but very welcome email — JAMF Software was offering him a full-time job in its Eau Claire office. Full story. back to top

Blugold finds her passion advocating for people with communication disabilities

For Haley McKee, pursuing a career in a helping profession was a given. With the support of her professors and advisers — and the help of UW-Eau Claire's liberal-arts based curriculum — McKee found her niche in the communication sciences and disorders program. Full story. back to top

Eau Claire Marathon, Blugold Mile to return to campus mall

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UW-Eau Claire and the Eau Claire Marathon are teaming up again! For the second year in a row, Eau Claire Marathon runners will follow a course — the Blugold Mile — that takes them through the UW-Eau Claire campus.

SAVE THE DATE for Blugold happenings April 30 and May 1 and plan to be a part of the Blugold Mile. Running in the marathon, marathon relay, half marathon or 5K? Be sure to sign up for Team Blugold when you register. (Note: All races except the 5K will go through campus.)

Want encouragement as you train for the big day? Join the UW-Eau Claire Build Up Runs at 8:15 a.m. Saturdays now through the end of April. Students and community members meet at UW-Eau Claire’s Haas Fine Arts Center and follow a training schedule with routes that over time will touch every art of the half-marathon course. For more information, contact Matt Evans, professor of physics and astronomy and a leader of the Build Up Runs, at evansmm@uwec.edu.

Watch future editions of eView for more Blugold Mile/Eau Claire Marathon details. back to top

Upcoming events

Let's Do Lunch lecture series. Jan. 27, noon-1 p.m., Eau Claire Golf & Country Club, Altoona. Dr. Harry Jol, professor of geography and anthropology, will discuss his recent research expedition to Lithuania, where he and a UW-Eau Claire student were part of an international team working on subsurface imaging of the destroyed Great Synagogue of Vilna. More information.

Chancellor's Centennial History Series. Jan. 27, 4-5 p.m., Centennial Room, Davies Center. Dr. Jim Oberly, professor of history, will present "What the kids were listening to — A journey through the music that shaped UW-Eau Claire's student culture." More information.

Alumni gathering in Naples, Florida. Jan. 27, 6-8 p.m., The Club Pelican Bay. More information.

Artists Series. The Milwaukee Ballet. Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m., Zorn Arena. More information.

The Jig's Up ice fishing contest. Feb. 13, 7 a.m., The Edge Pub & Eatery, Lake Wissota. More information.

Traveling Blugold Meetup-Eau Claire. Feb. 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m., JAMF Software. More information.

Traveling Blugold Meetup-Milwaukee. Feb. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Water Buffalo. More information.

Traveling Blugold Meetup-La Crosse. March 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m., The Old Crow. More information.

Traveling Blugold Meetup-Green Bay. March 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Fox Heights Pub & Grill. More information.

Experience U. April 14, UW-Eau Claire. Connect with other alumni and share your “life after college” experiences with current students! More information.

Eau Claire Jazz Festival. April 30-May 1, Eau Claire. Save the date to join Blugold alumni, students and faculty and staff, as well as other jazz enthusiasts from near and far, on "52nd Street" in downtown Eau Claire during the Eau Claire Jazz Festival. More details coming soon. back to top

Champions of The Power of AND: Alumna Ginna Roe '14

Power of AND

Spotlighting alumni and other Blugolds who exemplify The Power of AND

Enterprising reporter AND Emmy award winner

Ginna Roe

Ginna Roe

As a TV reporter, Ginna Roe has had plenty of experience sharing stories about how specific events have changed the lives of others. But it was a personal experience she had as a Blugold that inspired a series of stories that earned the May 2014 UW-Eau Claire journalism grad a prestigious Emmy Award. As a student, Ginna was among the Blugolds who participated in the Civil Rights Pilgrimage, a student-led trip that takes Blugolds to the South where they visit sites of historic importance to the U.S. civil rights movement. The trip, Ginna says, changed her as a person and helped ignite a passion within her because it opened her eyes to injustices she’d not recognized before and inspired her to want to do her part to fight back against those injustices. With that in mind, the young journalist was determined to tell the story of the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, a significant event in the civil rights movement. With the support of her bosses at WXOW-TV in La Crosse, where she works as a multimedia journalist, Ginna traveled to Selma, Alabama, to cover the March 2015 anniversary of the historic march. Once in Alabama, she interviewed all sorts of people, ranging from the original foot soldiers who marched on Bloody Sunday 50 years ago, to representatives from an organization she believes is leading the movement of today, the Freedom Foundation. From her interviews, she created three pieces, one that was reflective of the movement back then and the actual events of Bloody Sunday, and another that was about the city of Selma and where it is now, including the poverty and disparity that still exist there. Her third piece was about the future of Selma and the civil rights movement, and how a young man from Wisconsin is helping to lead that movement. When she returned to La Crosse, her “Wisconsin to Selma: Bringing History Home” three-part story earned her a Midwest Regional Emmy Award. While her initial trip to Selma as a student was her inspiration for her award-winning piece, she credits the UW-Eau Claire journalism program with helping to prepare her to tell the story so well as a professional journalist. Her professors, Ginna says, taught her the basics of journalistic writing, but they also taught her how to ask the right questions, and they gave her the confidence to follow her curiosity and her instincts. All of that helped prepare her for success in the challenging media industry. Making the spring journey to Selma even more meaningful was the opportunity to connect with Jan Larson, her former journalism professor, and current Blugold journalism students who also were there to cover the Bloody Sunday anniversary events. UW-Eau Claire’s Ginna Roe is an enterprising reporter AND an Emmy-winning journalist … and that’s pretty powerful!

Read more AND stories on The Power of AND website. And please submit your AND story as well! back to top


Alumni success stories

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

Jason Voiovich '97, a UW-Eau Claire public relations graduate, recently served as a speaker at Frost & Sullivan’s 10th Anniversary New Product Innovation and Development Executive MindXchange in San Diego, California. Full story.

Randall Larson '79, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, has been elected to the board of directors for ONEOK Inc. Full story.

Emily Rickman '13, a UW-Eau Claire health care administration graduate, was chosen to participate in the National Emerging Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. Full story.

Dustin Luecke '10, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, is a morning news anchor for WXOW-TV in La Crosse. Full story.

Heidi Herron '98, a UW-Eau Claire American Indian studies graduate, has been named regional director of community development for the St. Croix branch of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin. Full story.

Brenda Maas '91, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, has been promoted to managing editor of Magic City Magazine and Big Sky Bride at Billings Gazette Communications. Full story.

Dan Greil '81, a UW-Eau Claire management information systems graduate, has been named national strategic account manager for BCS Global. Full story.

Craig Koenigs '91, a UW-Eau Claire management information systems graduate, and his wife, Kari, are entrepreneurs who have started several businesses in Fond du Lac and have begun a special initiative to support charities in their community. 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 Blugold travel mug. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the February issue of eView.

January Blugold Trivia question:

In what year did Dan Larson, the new Blugold head football coach, graduate from 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!

December's winner:

Congratulations to Shari DePoister, a 1995 mathematics graduate and winner of the December Blugold Trivia prize! Shari's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that Brian Goldbeck, John Sonnentag and Carolyn Sonnentag were the three December 2015 recipients of the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association's Lifetime Excellence Award. back to top

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