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Power of AND

In this issue

Memories of Homecoming 2014

Fall alumni events scheduled

Eau Claire Jazz and UW-Eau Claire to host first Gatsby's Gala

Biologists provide update on deer tick research, bacteria that cause Lyme disease

Winterim classes move students toward graduation more quickly

German professor honored for commitment to students

Blugold Beginnings receives Great Lakes continuation grant

Feed My People to match gifts to UW-Eau Claire student food pantry

Xcel Energy gifts support UW-Eau Claire students, programs

International Folk Fair set for Nov. 2 in Davies Center

Champions of The Power of AND

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

Alumni links

Alumni events

Alumni success stories

Blugold Babies

eView archive

eView survey

Photo album

The View online







Memories of Homecoming 2014


Alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends gathered Oct. 3-4 for Homecoming 2014, the biggest Blugold celebration of the year. Events included the traditional parade, football game, Hall of Fame banquet, reunions and other special events.

Check out the Alumni Association's Homecoming photo album for images from this year's big event, and see the highlight video shot that weekend. Also view a photo album of the Golden Blugold Celebration.

Note: Homecoming 2015 is set for the weekend of Oct. 9-10! back to top

Fall alumni events scheduled

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

Jennifer Muehlenkamp

Let's Do Lunch. Jennifer Muehlenkamp, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of psychology, will present "The Truth About Self-Injury Among Youth." Wednesday, Oct. 29, Fanny Hill Restaurant, 3919 Crescent Ave., Eau Claire, noon-1 p.m. More info.

WMEA 2014 State Music Conference Alumni Reception. Thursday, Oct. 30, Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, Madison, 5:30-7 p.m. More info.

WAFLT 2014 Language Teachers Conference Alumni Reception. Friday, Nov. 7, Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, Appleton, 9-11 p.m. More info.

Tailgate with the Blugolds! Saturday, Nov. 8, Mahoney's Restaurant & Bar, Oshkosh, 11:30 a.m. Blugolds play the UW Oshkosh Titans at 2 p.m. at the Oshkosh Sports Complex. More info.

Lunch for Northwestern Mutual Alumni Employees. Tuesday, Nov. 18, Northwestern Mutual, 720 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, noon-1 p.m. More info.

College of Education and Human Sciences Alumni Reception. Thursday, Nov. 20, Grizzly's Wood-Fired Grill, 4890 Golf Road, Eau Claire, 6-8 p.m. More info.

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

Eau Claire Jazz and UW-Eau Claire to host first Gatsby's Gala

Gatsby logo

The music, dancing and historic costumes of the swinging 1920s will take center stage in November as Eau Claire Jazz Inc., in partnership with UW-Eau Claire, hosts its first Gatsby's Gala.

The gala — an all-ages show, play, dance and party rolled into one — will kick off at 8 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Ojibwe Ballroom of Davies Center at UW-Eau Claire.

UW-Eau Claire's award-winning Jazz I and Jazz II ensembles will provide the music. Full story. back to top

Biologists provide update on deer tick research, bacteria that cause Lyme disease

deer tick

Ixodes scapularis, commonly known as the deer tick

Fall is here, which means hunters and those taking advantage of cooler temperatures will be hitting the trails and wooded areas before winter arrives. One thing they'll need to watch out for is the ever-present deer tick, which can carry the Borrelia burgdorferi (the causative bacterial agent and insect vector of Lyme disease).

In ongoing research from 2013 examining the prevalence of deer ticks that carry Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, Lloyd Turtinen, professor of biology at UW-Eau Claire, and microbiology major Emily Holman, a senior from Rochester, Minn., once again headed into the lab to perform DNA extraction to determine if a tick is a carrier. Full story. back to top
Winterim classes move students toward graduation more quickly

Students can choose from more than 150 different classes — some on campus and some online — during the January three-week Winterim 2015 session at UW-Eau Claire.

Registration for classes began Oct. 6.

Winterim classes give students a chance to explore interesting subjects, discover new interests, immerse themselves in other parts of the world, take hard-to-get classes and move toward graduation more quickly. Class sizes often are small during Winterim, giving students even more opportunity to interact with faculty.

"I was able to finish some important prerequisites at a faster pace — and sooner than if I had taken them during a regular semester," said Charlie Erickson, a senior public relations major from Eau Claire.

Scheduling high-demand classes during a typical semester can be challenging for many students, who often run into conflicts when trying to fit particular courses into their schedules.

During Winterim, Erickson enrolled in a communication and journalism class and an accounting class, both classes required for his major that fill up quickly during the fall and spring semesters. Full story. back to top

German professor honored for commitment to students
Martina Lindseth

Martina Lindseth

Martina Lindseth, a professor of German in the department of languages, is the 2014-15 recipient of the Maxwell Schoenfeld Distinguished Professorship at UW-Eau Claire.

The professorship recognizes a faculty member's commitment to the university, achievement in scholarship and commitment to student learning and life.

"It is a great honor to have received this award and to see my name added to the list of all the amazing past recipients," Lindseth said. "Throughout my career at UW-Eau Claire, I have strived to sustain a meaningful relationship among my teaching, scholarship and service, and to assume leadership roles in these areas on university, UW System and national levels. This award is special because it acknowledges the importance of this relationship. In a special way, this award recognizes the Power of AND." Full story. back to top

Blugold Beginnings receives Great Lakes continuation grant
Blugold Beginnings
UW-Eau Claire student participants in the Blugold Beginnings Learning Community program completed a team-building exercise on the university’s ropes course during August orientation.

The successful outcomes of the 2013-14 Blugold Beginnings Learning Community program has earned UW-Eau Claire a College Success continuation grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation.

Blugold Beginnings, a program designed to give area youth access to higher education and support successful completion of a degree, received $159,189 to continue the Blugold Beginnings Learning Community program developed with Great Lakes College Success funding in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

"This grant is so important because it allows the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Beginnings program to serve an additional 50 underrepresented students with unique services to ensure their successful transition from high school to the new and independent world of college," said Jodi Thesing-Ritter, Blugold Beginnings program director and associate dean of students. Full story. back to top
Feed My People to match gifts to UW-Eau Claire student food pantry
Campus Harvest logo

Any monetary donations to the UW-Eau Claire Campus Harvest Food Pantry made by Oct. 30 will be matched in "food dollars" up to $5,000 by Feed My People Food Bank in Eau Claire.

"For every $1 we receive between now and Oct. 30, we can purchase $10 worth of food from Feed My People Food Bank," said Julie Carr, Campus Harvest administrative supervisor.

So far this semester, 40 students have picked up food from Campus Harvest, and the number of students using the pantry is expected to grow, Carr said. Full story. back to top
Xcel Energy gifts support UW-Eau Claire students, programs

Xcel Energy has made gifts totaling $30,000 to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation during 2014, providing support for student scholarships and key university programs.

To date Xcel Energy has contributed more than $630,000 through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, said Kimera Way, UW-Eau Claire Foundation president.

"Xcel Energy's ongoing support has widespread impact on the success of our students all across the university, in a wide range of majors," Way said. "These students are our future workforce and will be the leaders in our communities, and Xcel Energy is making a difference by helping to ensure they are prepared for that future." Full story. back to top

International Folk Fair set for Nov. 2 in Davies Center
Folk Fair poster

A cherished tradition for more than 35 years will once again be celebrated this fall when UW-Eau Claire hosts its annual International Folk Fair Sunday, Nov. 2, from noon to 4 p.m. in Davies Center.

New this year, the International Folk Fair will feature a unique theme: "Fabrics of the World." The theme highlights different patterns, textures and colors of the world, integrating them into cultural representations.

Thirty student and community organizations will participate in the event. Visitors can sample different cultural delicacies, learn about different cultures and their unique history, and watch live entertainment.

The Folk Fair is free and open to the public. Learn more. back to top

Champions of The Power of AND
Power of AND

In this issue of eView, we continue our series spotlighting alumni and other Blugolds who exemplify The Power of AND.

William Klish

Children's health advocate AND
health career champion

Dr. William Klish had a successful, decades-long career as a physician and nationally recognized researcher and expert on childhood obesity. Now he and his wife, Marian Klish, have donated $100,000 to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation in support of a center at UW-Eau Claire that guides students along the path to successful careers in the health sciences.

The William J. and Marian A. Klish Health Careers Center, dedicated in fall 2013, will make possible for today's students what Klish was able to accomplish after earning his Blugold degrees in chemistry and biology back in 1963.

Dr. William Klish has made his mark both as a children's health advocate AND health career champion for UW-Eau Claire's health sciences students.

Read more AND stories on The Power of AND website. And please submit your AND story as well! 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:
Debra Monroe Debra Monroe '80, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, author and university professor, was a headliner at the recent Chippewa Valley Book Festival. (Photo by Suzanne Reiss) Full story.
Shauna Stoeger Shauna Stoeger '12, a UW-Eau Claire Spanish and pyschology graduate, spent four months in remote Amazonian villages as a Florida Gulf Coast University grad student investigating the effects of oil drilling on local people and their environment. Full story.
Andrea Finn Andrea Finn '06, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, was recently appointed to the Wisconsin Credit Union League Young Professionals Network Advisory Board. Full story. She also has been named a credit union Rock Star by Credit Union Magazine. Full story.
Elisa Kurt Elisa Kurt '04, a UW-Eau Claire environmental and public health graduate, is the new optometrist at May Vision in Waunakee. (Photo by The Waunakee Tribune) Full story.
Seal Brad Parker '93, a UW-Eau Claire business finance graduate, has been promoted by BBVA Compass to city president in Phoenix. Full story.
Seal Jarret Ford '93, a UW-Eau Claire economics graduate, has joined CBBC as vice president and commercial lender. Full story.
Seal Erin Quinlan '06, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, has been awarded a Miliken Educator Award from the Miliken Family Foundation. Full story. back to top

Blugold Trivia headline
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 UW-Eau Claire blanket. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the November 2014 issue of eView.

October Blugold Trivia question:

UW-Eau Claire German professor Martina Lindseth is the 2014-15 recipient of the Maxwell Schoenfeld Distinguished Professorship. Lindseth says she will use the funds awarded with the professorship to travel to Germany to collaborate with leading European scholars at what university?

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!

September's winner:

Congratulations to Brenda Scheurer, a 1997 UW-Eau Claire psychology graduate and winner of the September Blugold Trivia prize! Brenda's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that UW-Eau Claire ranked No. 3 among public universities and No. 14 among public and private Midwestern schools on U.S. News & World Report magazine's "Best Colleges for Veterans" list for 2015. back to top

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