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  September 2015

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Power of AND

In this issue

Get ready for Homecoming 2015!

Nursing 50th Anniversary Gala

U.S. News again ranks UW-Eau Claire among top in the Midwest

Never forget: Blugolds play tribute on Sept. 11

Blugold research team strives to save a dying language

Big dreams found in a small town

Hanson-Rasmussen receives Tomkovick teaching award

Donation match for hunger relief

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

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Get ready for Homecoming 2015!

Blugold Marching Band

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association invites all Blugolds to Homecoming 2015, scheduled for Oct. 9-10. Join friends and former classmates for the university's biggest celebration of the year.

Event highlights include:

  • Golden Blugold Celebration: A special weekend on campus for alumni who graduated in 1965 or earlier.
  • Hall of Fame Banquet: See the 2015 Blugold Hall of Fame inductees.
  • Nursing Alumni Homecoming Walk: Fundraising walk to be held from 8-10 a.m. Oct. 10.
  • Parade: Homecoming parade begins at 10 a.m. Oct. 10 on First Avenue.
  • Blugold Fever Fest: Join alumni and the Blugold Marching Band for pregame fun at 11 a.m. at Carson Park.
  • Football game: The Blugolds take on UW-River Falls at 1 p.m. at Carson Park.
  • The Fifth Quarter: Join the Blugold Marching Band and The Pour Boyz for postgame festivities beginning at 4 p.m. in Carson Park.

Check the Alumni Association website for additional Homecoming details as they are finalized. Plan now to join your friends for Homecoming 2015! back to top

Nursing 50th Anniversary Gala

The UW-Eau Claire Nursing program celebrates "50 Years of Excellence" with a gala to be held from 5-11 p.m. Oct. 9 at Florian Gardens. Register online by Sept. 21. You can also reserve tickets by sending an email message to alumni@uwec.edu or calling 715-836-3266. back to top

U.S. News again ranks UW-Eau Claire among top in the Midwest

For the 21st consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report magazine has named UW-Eau Claire among the best public regional universities in the Midwest. Full story. back to top

Never forget: Blugolds play tribute on Sept. 11

Two young Blugolds, perhaps with only the vaguest of memories about what happened on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, brought their trumpets to the end of the footbridge on campus. They didn't do it for a class assignment; there was no extra credit involved. They simply did it to honor and remember. See video. back to top

Blugold research team strives to save a dying language

Three seniors and a UW-Eau Claire French professor are conducting a research project aimed at saving a little-known Wisconsin language from extinction. Full story. back to top

Big dreams found in a small town

Anna Kerber left the comforts of her upbringing to explore the social injustices that plagued African Americans in the 1960s and led to the civil rights movement. What she learned was more than any history book could teach. Full story. back to top

Hanson-Rasmussen receives Tomkovick teaching award

Dr. Nancy Hanson-Rasmussen is the recipient of the 2015 UW-Eau Claire Chuck Tomkovick Department of Management and Marketing Teaching Excellence Award. Full story. back to top

Donation match for hunger relief

Feed My People Food Bank to match donations to UW-Eau Claire’s on-campus food pantry through Oct. 17. Full story. 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.

giving back AND going for gold

Junior Sarah Engstrom competes in a 2014 gymnastics competition.
Sarah Engstrom competes for the UW-Eau Claire women's gymnastics team in a 2014 competition.

Junior student-athlete Sarah Engstrom, communications, works hard as a gymnast on the UW-Eau Claire women's gymnastics team. She also works hard to find a balance between her athletic achievements and her desire to use sports as a platform to help others. Sarah's membership in the UW-Eau Claire chapter of Athletes in Action, an on-campus Christian ministry for athletes, gave her that opportunity as she spent the month of June serving alongside student-athletes from across the nation in communities in south central Los Angeles.

"Sports can be self-centered and self-glorifying, which is ultimately unfulfilling," Sarah said. "I try to look at how I can combine my passion for sports and my passion for helping others. I need to use the opportunities I have to make a difference. That's what makes life fulfilling. I believe that no matter what field or activity you're involved in, you should have an outward focus."

While serving on the Urban Project-Los Angles trip, Sarah worked at a community center sports clinic in a housing project in Compton. Among the activities was a trip to the beach, which for most of the kids was their first trip even though they live only 30 minutes from it.

"Serving at the sports clinic was one of my favorite experiences, but also one of the hardest," Sarah said. "We saw the reality of life for the kids in that area, and that motivated us to give them at least one fun day. It was great to see them run, play and just be kids."

When people think of Los Angeles they think of Hollywood and beaches, she said, but like any city, it's also full of people living in poverty.

"I never realized how privileged I am," she said. "I have had so many opportunities in my life. In America, many of us know that poverty and injustice exists, but we don't always do anything to help. I learned that by not doing something, I am allowing the problem to exist. This experience will be something I will remember for the rest of my life, and I am so thankful for the opportunity."

Sarah Engstrom is a student-athlete who uses her talent to reach out to others. She is giving back AND going for gold, 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

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:

Nick Nowaczyk '06, a UW-Eau Claire criminal justice graduate, is co-owner of Urbal Tea in West Allis. Full story.

Dr. Brian Strand '74, a UW-Eau Claire biology graduate, has been named regional Medicare medical director for Humana’s Gulf States Medicare market operations in Louisiana and Mississippi. Full story.
Loren Martell '88, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, recently showed an art exhibit created by his late wife Karen Burmeister '86, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate, in the Steffl Gallery at the Duluth Art Institute. Full story.
Ken Morgan '78, a UW-Eau Claire theatre graduate, directs "The Lizard King" at the Arcade Theater in Milwaukee. Full story.
Christopher Fell '04, a UW-Eau Claire geology graduate, has earned his Certified Professional Geologist certification. Full story.
Duane Ring '81, a UW-Eau Claire management information systems graduate, has been named senior vice president of global field operations for CenturyLink. Full story.

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 stocking cap. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the October 2015 issue of eView.

September Blugold Trivia question:

What language are Blugold researchers trying to save from extinction?

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!

August's winner:

Congratulations to Connie (Bauer) Bushman, a 1976 UW-Eau Claire business education graduate and winner of the August Blugold Trivia prize! Connie's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that the geology department is involved with the Responsible Mining Initiative. back to top

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