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 January 2017

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In this issue

Excellence in teaching: The final four

UW-Eau Claire news roundup

Grads invited to serve on alumni board

Get your copy! Blugold book of the century

Changing addresses during the winter? Let us know!

Upcoming events

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

Alumni links

Alumni events

Alumni success stories

eView archive

eView survey

Photo album

The View online



Excellence in teaching: The final four

A Blugold is one of four teachers in the running for the 2017 National Teacher of the Year Award. Chris Gleason, who earned his degree in music education from UW-Eau Claire in 1997, learned recently that he’s a finalist for the nation’s top teaching honor. The Sun Prairie middle school band director is the first Wisconsin teacher in 50 years to be named a national finalist for the award, considered the most prestigious national honor that focuses on excellence in teaching. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire news roundup

History + football = dream internship
A bit of Blugold networking led history graduate student Jeremy Swick to an internship at the Pro Football Hall of Fame — and the chance to meet his childhood hero, Brett Favre.

'Unboxed' is theme for Cabaret 2017
Cabaret Productions of UW-Eau Claire's department of music and theatre arts is presenting its student-produced musical variety show, "Unboxed," from Jan. 19-28 in the Ojibwe Ballroom of Davies Center.

UW-Eau Claire offers two new art degrees
The department of art & design announces innovative programs in graphic communications and studio arts.

Entrepreneurial Training Program begins Feb. 7
Interested in starting or growing a business? The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will offer the 10-week Entrepreneurial Training Program beginning Feb. 7.

Want more UW-Eau Claire news?

For more UW-Eau Claire news and events info, check our Blugold Briefing page anytime: www.uwec.edu/news back to top

Grads invited to serve on alumni board
UW-Eau Claire alumni interested in serving on the Alumni Association board of directors are encouraged to submit the online application for board membership. Applications received by Feb. 1 will be considered for the board term beginning in May. Applications received after that date will be considered for future board terms. Orientation for new board members will be held during the group's May 19 meeting. For more information, read the frequently asked questions about board membership and view the list of current board members. back to top

100 Years of Excellence

Get your copy! Blugold book of the century
In honor of UW-Eau Claire's centennial year, Dr. Robert Gough, professor emeritus of history, and Dr. James Oberly, professor of history and American Indian studies, teamed up to create "Building Excellence: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 1916-2016." Read the story behind the project. "Building Excellence" can be purchased online. back to top

Changing addresses during the winter? Let us know!
Many Blugolds change their places of residence during the colder months. While you’re enjoying your warmer, sunnier location, the Alumni Association and UW-Eau Claire Foundation don't want you to miss a thing. And unfortunately, any mailings we send to your "regular" address are returned to us, rather than forwarded like some of your other mail. If you'll be living at an alternate address this winter, send us an email at alumni@uwec.edu with your temporary address and the dates you'll be residing there. We look forward to staying in touch! back to top

Upcoming events

  • Cabaret Productions presents "Unboxed." 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19-21 and 26-28, 2 p.m. Jan. 21 and 28, Ojibwe Ballroom, Davies Center. More information.
  • Let's Do Lunch with Dr. Harry Jol — "A Story of Horror and Hope in Lithuania: Research Vignettes from Vilnius." Jan. 25, Eau Claire Golf & Country Club, Altoona, noon-1 p.m. More information.
  • Campus Films. "Beauty and the Beast." Jan. 27-29, Woodland Theater, Davies Center, 2 and 7 p.m. More information.
  • Blugold Women's Basketball Game and Alumni Day. Jan. 28, Zorn Arena. Alumnae game at 11 a.m.; Blugolds vs. UW Oshkosh at 5 p.m.; Reception at 7 p.m. More information.
  • Foster Gallery Exhibit. "Surfacing." Jan. 27-Feb. 15; Opening reception, 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 26. Foster Gallery, Haas Fine Arts Center. More information.
  • 4th annual JIG'S UP Blugold Ice-Fishing Contest. Feb. 11, The Edge Pub & Eatery and The View on Lake Wissota, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. More information.
  • Chippewa Valley Connect employment event for alumni and students. Feb. 15, Foster Gallery, UW-Eau Claire Haas Fine Arts Center, 3-5 p.m. More information.

See more Alumni Association events and universitywide events. back to top

Alumni success stories

Read some of the latest stories featuring accomplishments by UW-Eau Claire alumni:

Ben Bliven '98, a UW-Eau Claire criminal justice graduate, has been named deputy chief of the Wausau Police Department. Full story.

John Frank '74, a UW-Eau Claire economics and political science graduate, has retired from Chippewa Valley Technical College after teaching at the college for the past 28 years. Full story.

Carl Laurino '84, a UW-Eau Claire business finance graduate, has been elected to the board of directors for Appvion Inc. Full story.

Shane Leonard ’07, a UW-Eau Claire English education graduate, has been featured as one of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s five Wisconsin bands to watch in 2017. Full story.

Brenda Lichman '98, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate, has her artwork on display through Feb. 11 at Barton Community College’s Shafer Art Gallery in Great Bend, Kansas. Full story.

Melissa Matczak '96, a UW-Eau Claire political science and journalism graduate, has been named executive editor of the Omaha World-Herald. Full story.

Bryce Miles '16, a UW-Eau Claire health care administration graduate, has been named assistant administrator of skilled nursing and assisted living for Dove Healthcare-Osseo. Full story.

Aaron Olson '05, a UW-Eau Claire geography graduate, has been named to Golf Digest’s Best Young Teachers in America list for 2016-17. Full story.

Jon Wendorf '07, a UW-Eau Claire accounting and business finance graduate, has been named a partner at MBE CPAs. Full story.

David Whitman '05, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, recently recorded his first solo jazz album, "Oh, Clara!" 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 stocking cap. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the February issue of eView.

January Blugold Trivia question:

How many elected members serve on the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association board of directors?

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 Carla (McNallan) Tentis '03, a UW-Eau Claire communication graduate and winner of the December Blugold Trivia prize. Carla's name was drawn from among those who correctly named Mark Faanes and Nancy Rice Baker as the two Blugold alumni honored Dec. 17 as recipients of the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association's Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award. back to top

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