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In this issue

Senior Tayo Sanders II named 2015 Rhodes scholar

New Foundation scholarship to fund high-impact experiences for students

Haymarket Landing groundbreaking held Nov. 11

Students, alumnus bring Santa Claus to town in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

UW-Eau Claire earns multiple military-friendly designations for 2015

Student veteran shares stories through 'The Shrapnel Project'

Downtown space helps entrepreneurial students connect with professionals

The Forum to feature Minnesota's first African-American Supreme Court justice

Professor energizes growing German program

Political scientist works to bring Latino students to campus

Professor, grad's shared love of Scottish culture leads to book project

Host friends sought for international students

Donor to match young alumni donations to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation

Happy Holidays from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation!

Champions of The Power of AND

Ye Olde Madgrigal Dinner set for Dec. 5-6 in Davies Center

Holiday Concert celebrates its 40th year with two performances Dec. 7

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

Alumni links

Alumni events

Alumni success stories

Blugold Babies

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Senior Tayo Sanders II named 2015 Rhodes scholar

Tayo Sanders with Jennifer Dahl

Tayo Sanders II, named UW-Eau Claire’s second Rhodes Scholar on Nov. 22, works with his faculty mentor, Jennifer Dahl, in the UW-Eau Claire Materials Science Center.

A bright and ambitious UW-Eau Claire senior who has a passion for research and a natural ability to lead is among the 32 Americans named as 2015 Rhodes scholars.

As a recipient of the prestigious award, Tayo A. Sanders II, a materials science major from Neenah and a graduate of Kimberly High School, will have a full ride to attend Oxford University in England, where he plans to pursue a doctorate in materials.

Sanders was selected to receive the Rhodes scholarship from a pool of 877 applicants endorsed by 305 colleges and universities. He is the only Wisconsinite among the 2015 Rhodes scholars, a majority of whom are studying at nationally known private institutions or large research universities.

“I was truly at a loss for words,” Sanders said of his reaction upon learning on Nov. 22 that he was one of two selected for the award from among the 12 finalists in his district. “After spending hours getting to know the other finalists, I realized just how incredible each individual was. To actually be one of the two finalists selected was a reality that I never anticipated." Full story and video. back to top

New Foundation scholarship to fund high-impact experiences for students

Biology students conducting research

Student research is an example of a high-impact practice that will be supported by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's new Centennial Experience Scholarship.

UW-Eau Claire has a long history of providing students with high-impact practices in and outside of the classroom. Currently, four out of five UW-Eau Claire students participate in these value-added experiences during their college career. A new $5,000 scholarship established by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation will make these experiences more accessible to interested high-ability students.

The Centennial Experience Scholarship is geared toward incoming freshmen who demonstrate an interest in high-impact experiences, also called Blugold Signature Experiences, such as study abroad, research, immersion courses and internships. Recipients of the scholarship will receive an initial $2,500 award to be applied toward tuition their first year and an additional $2,500 to fund participation in any variety of UW-Eau Claire's signature high-impact programs to ensure an enhanced educational experience. Full story. back to top

Haymarket Landing groundbreaking held Nov. 11

Haymarket Landing

The downtown retail and student apartment complex that is part of the Confluence Project now has a name: Haymarket Landing. The name pays homage to that historic site as a place for public gatherings and commerce.

A ceremonial groundbreaking for Haymarket Landing was held Nov. 11 at the State Theatre in downtown Eau Claire.

The mixed-use building will have retail and commercial space on the first floor and five stories of apartments above. Plans call for 119 apartments that will range in size from studio to four bedrooms. The apartments will be suitable for university students but also would be available to nonstudent tenants.

Haymarket Concepts LLC, the private developer that owns the properties where the Confluence Project would be built, comprises Blugold Real Estate, a subsidiary of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation that will own the housing component, and Mar-Com, a partnership between Commonweal Development and Market and Johnson, which will own the retail component. Full story. back to top

Students, alumni bring Santa Claus to town in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

marching band members
Marching in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade are, front row from left, Bryan Kujawa, James Halverson, Travis Kaney, Bryan Jaeckel; back row, Brian Collicott, Kurtis Polishinski, Sean Conway and David Lofy.

Santa Claus has a new sled team in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Four UW-Eau Claire students and four alumni are set to march ahead of the Santa Claus float in the 88th annual parade as part of the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps of Madison.

In celebration of its 76-year history, the corps will be performing as the Madison Scouts — Corps of Brothers, a special unit that combines both members of the current corps with alumni members.

James Halverson, a junior organizational communication major from Oregon; David Lofy, a junior music major from Merrill; Kurtis Polishinski, a senior music major from Sun Prairie; Sean Conway, a senior music major from Rosemount, Minn.; Brian Collicott, a 1998 music graduate from Chippewa Falls; Bryan Jaeckel, a 2004 music graduate from River Falls; Travis Kaney, a 2012 music graduate from Sun Prairie; and Bryan Kujawa, a 2013 music graduate from Greenfield, will make their Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade debut alongside 422 other members of the corps. Each student and alumnus has participated in the Blugold Marching Band.

The Madison Scouts will be playing “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” along the 3-mile parade route, and for the televised presentation in front of the Macy’s storefront, the corps will perform “Happy Christmas,” a holiday-themed version of Pharrell’s “Happy.”

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade held in New York City will air at 8 a.m. Nov. 27 on NBC. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire earns multiple military-friendly designations for 2015

Veterans Club sign

The Veterans Club is one of the many services and programs provided to student veterans at UW-Eau Claire.

"You served. We care." That's UW-Eau Claire's motto for providing student veterans with programs and services necessary to be successful. UW-Eau Claire's efforts have once again been recognized as it receives three military-friendly designations.

The first designation came from Victory Media, a veteran-owned business and publisher of G.I. Jobs and the Guide to Military Friendly Schools. For the sixth consecutive year, UW-Eau Claire was named in Victory Media's list of Military Friendly Schools. The second designation came with the university's inclusion in Military Advanced Education's 2015 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities, marking the third consecutive year UW-Eau Claire was included in the guide. The third designation came from Military Times as UW-Eau Claire has been named to the Military Times "Best for Vets: Colleges 2015" list for the third year in a row. Full story. back to top

Student veteran shares stories through 'The Shrapnel Project'

Philip Schladweiler
Philip Schladweiler poses with three pieces from "The Shrapnel Project" photo exhibit.

Where there is crisis, there is opportunity.

For UW-Eau Claire student and U.S. Army veteran Phillip Schladweiler, being injured in combat while serving with the Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry unit, provided him with the opportunity to share his and other veterans' stories through his photography exhibit titled "The Shrapnel Project."

Schladweiler, a senior with majors in art (photography emphasis) and psychology, was medically retired from the army in 2008 — two years after he was attacked by insurgents while providing cover for gun trucks in Ramadi, Iraq. His bunker was hit by a railcar rigged with a pressure plate and three artillery rounds. The force from the blast blew out the back of Schladweiler's right eye, resulting in total vision loss in that eye. He also had pieces of shrapnel removed from his right hand, left shoulder and right temple, which became the inspiration for "The Shrapnel Project." Full story. back to top

Downtown space helps entrepreneurial students connect with professionals
Downtown WorkSpace

UW-Eau Claire students, from left, Adam Bergman, Brianna Noeldner and Gunner DeFlorian talk with entrepreneur Blair Foley in Volume One’s WorkSpace.

As Gunner DeFlorian talks about his future, it's no surprise that running his own business tops his list of career goals.

After all, the UW-Eau Claire junior marketing major from Chaseburg grew up watching his father and grandfather build their own successful businesses.

As president of the student Collegiate Entrepreneur's Organization, DeFlorian has plenty of opportunities to interact with other entrepreneurial-minded students. The organization's members meet regularly to discuss topics related to building and running their own businesses.

Now, thanks to a new partnership between UW-Eau Claire and a downtown business, DeFlorian and other like-minded students have a place to go that will allow them to also rub elbows with already established entrepreneurs. Full story. back to top

The Forum to feature Minnesota's first African-American Supreme Court justice
Alan Page

Alan Page

Alan Page, Minnesota's first African-American Supreme Court justice, will speak as part of The Forum series Dec. 3 at UW-Eau Claire.

Page's presentation, "Mentoring and Role Models: Two Things Students Cannot Live Without," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. A question-and-answer session will follow. A meet-and-greet reception in the Dakota Room of Davies Center will be held after the presentation.

Alan Page was elected to the court in 1992 after serving as an assistant attorney general. He was re-elected in 1998 and 2004. Previously he was an associate with the Minnesota law firm of Lindquist and Vennum.

Page is renowned for his former career as a professional football player, particularly for his defensive efforts with the Minnesota Vikings in the 1970s. While playing football, he became a full-time law student at the University of Minnesota and earned his juris doctor degree in 1978. Full story. back to top

Professor energizes growing German program
Josh Brown leading German class
Josh Brown is recognized nationally for his innovative and successful style of teaching German.

Making mistakes might not seem like the best idea for students looking to impress their professor but it's a winning strategy in Josh Brown's German classes.

"Mistakes are part of the learning process," says Brown, an assistant professor of German and affiliate faculty member in women's studies at UW-Eau Claire. "I like to hear students trying to add to what they already know, and they can't do that if they're worried about making mistakes. I want them to experiment with language. I'm thrilled if they recognize that a verb needs an ending even if they don't always get the ending right — it shows they are developing Sprachgefühl, a feel for the language."

Brown, who strives to make every class "an experience" for students, uses everything from German written regalia to German soap operas to help his students not only master the German language but also to understand the diversity of the people and cultures where German is spoken. Full story. back to top

Political scientist works to bring Latino students to campus
John Evans
John Evans

When Wisconsin native John Evans returned to the Midwest three years ago, the political scientist was looking for opportunities to share his time and talents with community groups whose missions matched his interests.

His love of languages and appreciation for the Latino culture soon led Evans — an assistant professor at UW-Eau Claire — to Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio, a long established civic organization that serves the Twin Cities' large Latino population.

"I speak Spanish and love the passion and spirit of Latinos," said Evans, who also worked with the Latino community when he lived in Los Angeles. "I asked for an opportunity to be part of CLUES because the work they do is so impressive. I was thrilled when CLUES asked me to be a speaker in a program they have for high school students."

As a volunteer in CLUES' Youth in Action (YA!), Evans shared his expertise on issues relating to political science, talking with the high school students about the importance of Latino community members being knowledgeable about and active in politics. Full story. back to top

Professor, grad's shared love of Scottish culture leads to book project
Bob Nowlan Zach Finch
Bob Nowlan
Zach Finch

A British cinema course taught by a UW-Eau Claire English professor with a passion for Scotland sparked Zach Finch's interest in Scottish film and culture.

"Certain aspects of Scottish culture have intrigued me from childhood, like the Loch Ness monster and so forth," said Finch, who graduated in 2003 with a degree in political science. "But through that class I discovered Scottish film and culture to be far richer, complex and varied than most realize."

Seven years after auditing Bob Nowlan's British cinema class, Finch is collaborating with his former professor on a book project that explores Scottish film.

Nowlan and Finch soon will release "Directory of World Cinema: Scotland," a segment in a book series by the Intellect Publishing Co. and University of Chicago Press. Their "Directory of World Cinema" contribution will be in print in December. Full story. back to top
Host Friends sought for international students
Host Friend logo

The Center for International Education at UW-Eau Claire invites Chippewa Valley community members to become host friends for international students. Host friends provide a three- to four-day home stay for international students before they move into their residence halls.

Host friends are accepted on a rolling basis and are given the choice as to whether or not they can accommodate new international students when they arrive. New international students arrive for both fall and spring semesters. Host friends currently are needed for the spring 2015 semester; home stay dates are Jan. 17-21.

For more information, visit the Host Friend Program Web page or contact Sarah Vowels, community outreach/host friend coordinator, at vowelssj@uwec.edu or 715-836-4181. Or click here to apply. back to top

Donor to match young alumni donations to UW-Eau Claire Foundation
Foundation donors

Donations made to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation by alumni from the last decade will be matched dollar for dollar through Dec. 31.

All gifts made online by graduates will be matched by an anonymous donor through the Dollars for Blugold Scholars fund. Gifts of any amount to the Dollars for Blugold Scholars fund go directly toward supporting well-deserving students who wish to become Blugolds but may require additional financial assistance to attend UW-Eau Claire.

See how donations touch the lives of current students in a thank-you video. back to top

Happy Holidays from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation!

The UW-Eau Claire Foundation office will be closed for the holidays on Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1, and open regular business hours on Dec. 26, 29, 30 and Jan. 2 from 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Donations to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation can be made online by clicking here. Online donations processed before midnight CST on Wednesday, Dec. 31, will be receipted as a 2014 gift. Please consult your tax adviser to determine the tax considerations of your donations.

Thank you to the alumni and friends who have played a special role in the success of UW-Eau Claire! 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.

Maria Gifford

Editor AND educator
For more than two decades Maria Gifford has been using her journalism talents to help people live healthier and more balanced lives. Through her work as a health writer and editor, the 1998 UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate shares valuable information about health and wellness issues in ways that are easy for people to understand and incorporate into their daily lives. She's written and edited articles and information for the Mayo Clinic and other health care organizations, as well as edited and guided content on websites such as everydayhealth.com.

Maria's consumer health and wellness stories appear in international publications such as Ladies' Home Journal magazine. She also wrote a book on alcoholism and ghostwrote chapters for other health-related books.

By using her communication skills to share complex medical and scientific information in ways consumers can understand, Maria Gifford is an editor AND educator, 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

Ye Olde Madrigal Dinner set for Dec. 5-6 in Davies Center
Madrigal Dinner

The UW-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department will present Ye Olde Madrigal Dinner at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6 in the Ojibwe Ballroom of Davies Center.

The dinner is a 15th-century-style holiday banquet with music and entertainment provided by the Court Chamber Choir, Court Brass Choir, Court Recorders and Court Thespians complete with costumes, seasonal music and a lavish recreation of a royal holiday court. A period-appropriate royal feast will be served. A vegetarian option also will be available. Those attending are invited to dress in period attire.

Tickets for Ye Olde Madrigal Dinner are $32.50 each and can be purchased through the UW-Eau Claire Service Center in person, online or by phone at 715-836-4636. Ticket sales end at noon Dec. 5. back to top

Holiday Concert celebrates its 40th year with two performances Dec. 7

Holiday Concert

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:
Vicki Hoehn Vicki Hoehn '80, a UW-Eau Claire management graduate, has been named vice president of community engagement for Royal Credit Union of Eau Claire. Full story.
Sandy Bishop Sandy Bishop '88, a UW-Eau Claire health care administration graduate, is director of workforce development for Nicolet College in Rhinelander. (Photo by Timi Eckes/Star Journal/Oct. 14, 2104/c. 2014 Multi Media Channels LLC, reproduced with permission) Full story.
Katie Imholte Katie Imholte '05, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, has received the 2014 Young Professional Group Member of the Year award from the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants. Full story.
Ginna Roe Ginna Roe '14, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, has joined the WXOW News 19 team in La Crosse as a multimedia journalist. Full story.
Shaun Westphal Shaun Westphal '97, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, is the recipient of the Air Mobility Command and U.S. Air Force Clinical Excellence in Nursing awards. Full story.
Seal Barbara Tewes '75, a UW-Eau Claire biology graduate, has developed dry seasoning mixes called Wine Seasonings through her company, Tewes Corp. Full story.
Seal Richard Fulwiler '61, a UW-Eau Claire chemistry graduate, had an article on safety leadership featured as the cover story in EHS Today. 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 Blugold hat and scarf. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the December 2014 issue of eView.

November Blugold Trivia question:

UW-Eau Claire senior Tayo Sanders II, who recently was named a 2015 Rhodes scholar, is the second Blugold to receive this prestigious honor. Who is the first?

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!

October's winner:

Congratulations to Melody Matty, a 1995 UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate and winner of the October Blugold Trivia prize! Melody's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that UW-Eau Claire German professor Martina Lindseth will use the funds awarded with the 2014-15 Maxwell Schoenfeld Distinguished Professorship to travel to Germany and collaborate with leading European scholars at Leipzig University. back to top

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