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 November 2016

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In this issue

Blugold book of the century

Alums marry surrounded by Blugold family

UW-Eau Claire news roundup

Attention, Blugold poets: Enter the Centennial Poetry Competition

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



Blugold book of the century: Faculty authors include successes, setbacks in new history of UW-Eau Claire

"Building Excellence" history book with Schofield Hall in background

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, are the authors of an "honest and comprehensive history" of UW-Eau Claire, a project nearly a decade in the making.

The two teamed up to create "Building Excellence: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 1916-2016," splitting between them the research, analysis and writing work involved on the book project. The project also provided valuable opportunities for students, with approximately 40 students conducting research for various parts of the book over the last five years. Full story.

Looking for a unique holiday gift for your favorite Blugold? "Building Excellence" can be purchased online. back to top

Alums marry surrounded by Blugold family

UW-Eau Claire alumni Heidi Hietpas and Ryan Schaefe and their many Blugold wedding guests

Having 60-plus members of their beloved Blugold family at their August wedding celebration was the icing on the cake for Heidi Hietpas and Ryan Schaefe, college sweethearts who now are newlyweds. Read their story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire news roundup

Celebrated author shares talents with creative writing students
How does a Blugold get his writing in front of a best-selling author whose books have been nominated for some of the most prestigious literary honors in the world? He enrolls in a UW-Eau Claire creative writing workshop taught by Nickolas Butler, a visiting professor who happens to be the author of the best-selling novel "Shotgun Lovesongs," an acclaimed collection of short stories and a much-anticipated new novel to will be released early in 2017.

Blugold alumnus brings history of leadership to local museum
The Chippewa Valley Museum has a new communications and outreach specialist — a Blugold with a long record of civic leadership in the community. Jeremy Gragert, a 2005 history graduate, brings his leadership skills to benefit a Chippewa Valley treasure.

Research explores male-female friendships
Sorry, guys, but she really does just want to be friends. A new study headed by Dr. April Bleske-Rechek, professor of psychology at UW-Eau Claire, finds men and women differ in their perceptions of their opposite-sex friends.

Campaigns inspire Blugolds to pursue careers in politics
While the 2016 presidential campaigns have turned many voters off of the political process, the unusual election season has left two Blugolds more determined than ever to make their careers in politics.

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

100 Years of Excellence

Attention, Blugold poets: Enter the Centennial Poetry Competition
UW-Eau Claire students, current and emeriti faculty and staff, alumni and residents of the greater Chippewa Valley are invited to submit their original poems on the theme “Reflections on Education” for the UW-Eau Claire Centennial Poetry Competition. Submission deadline is Dec. 31. More information. 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 there, 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

  • Celebrating 50 Years of Accounting Excellence. Nov. 29, Edina Country Club, Edina, Minnesota, 5:30-8:30 p.m. More information.
  • 42nd Holiday Concert. Dec. 4, UW-Eau Claire Zorn Arena, 2 and 5 p.m. Tickets on sale starting Nov. 1. More information.
  • Economics Department Centennial Celebration: Economic Development and UW-Eau Claire. Dec. 8, Dakota Ballroom South, UW-Eau Claire Davies Center, 5 p.m. More information.
  • Winter Alumni Awards Luncheon. Dec. 17, UW-Eau Claire Davies Center, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. More information.
  • Alumni Gathering in Fairbanks, Alaska. Jan. 14, Lavelle's Bistro, Fairbanks, 5:30.-8:30 p.m. More information.
  • SAVE THE DATE: 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.

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:

Steven Johnson '72, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, has been elected to the board of directors for Torchmark Corp. Full story.

Laila Robins '81, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate and successful film, television and theater actress, is starring in the Guthrie Theater's production of "The Lion in Winter" in Minneapolis. Full story.

Rebekah Morrisson '14, a UW-Eau Claire English-creative writing graduate, has shared her experiences as a trail worker and writer in the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild newsletter. Full story.

Barry Anderson '00, a UW-Eau Claire music education graduate, continues to play the character Bob Crewe in "Jersey Boys." Full story.

John Raymond '09, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, and his band, Real Feels, soon will release their new album, "Real Feels — Vol. 1," at a CD release party in Eau Claire. Full story.

Dave Stephan '86, a UW-Eau Claire management graduate, has been named the third-party origination manager for Inlanta Mortgage in Pewaukee. 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 sweatshirt. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the December issue of eView.

November Blugold Trivia question:

Who said the following about "Building Excellence," the new book tracing UW-Eau Claire's 100-year history?

"In our book there are accomplishments, there are achievements and successes, but there are also setbacks, and we address those. We think it makes for a better book."

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 Tom Garin '89, a UW-Eau Claire management information systems graduate and winner of the October Blugold Trivia prize. Tom's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that 45 percent of Blugolds have had at least one in-depth scholarly research experience by the time they graduate from UW-Eau Claire. back to top

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