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In this issue

UW-Eau Claire to offer new degree in materials science and engineering

Biology grads among inaugural class at Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Programs help strengthen math education in western Wisconsin

Blugolds finding success in geospatial fields

Education alum receives national teaching award

Blugold earns NCAA DIII track athlete of the year honors

New master's degree in data science to be offered

ORSP receives UW System award for excellence

Champions of The Power of AND

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia


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UW-Eau Claire to offer new degree in materials science and engineering

Materials science and engineering students
Students, from left, Kelsey Steinke, Elizabeth Stubbs and Gavriel Deprenger-Gottfried work in the Materials Science Center making a metal composite to fill a mold made by a 3-D printer.

Ever wonder how snowboards get lighter and faster every year? Or how television screens get thinner and clearer? Well, a materials science and engineering graduate may be responsible.

As modern technology advances at a rapid rate, consumers constantly look for the next product that's bigger, better, faster and greener.  

To prepare students for careers in the science and technology that goes into creating those products, UW-Eau Claire will offer a new degree in materials science and engineering beginning in fall 2016. The UW System Board of Regents approved the new degree program on June 5. Full story. back to top

Biology grads among inaugural class at Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Jared Metropulos and Brandon Stradel
Recent UW-Eau Claire biology graduates Jared Metropulos, left, and Brandon Stradel have been accepted to the inaugural class of the Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

The Medical College of Wisconsin's new Green Bay campus is gearing up to welcome its inaugural class July 6, and two recent UW-Eau Claire biology graduates will be among that group.

Jared Metropulos, Cameron, and Brandon Stradel, Denmark, who both graduated from UW-Eau Claire May 23 with a biology major and chemistry minor, have been accepted to the MCW-Green Bay program, which is designed to train future doctors who are interested in primary care and who have a desire to practice in Wisconsin.

The new campus will offer a contemporary learning experience that links medical education to promoting health in local communities, said Julie Anderson, director of UW-Eau Claire's Health Careers Center.

"Both Brandon and Jared are interested in practicing in a small-town setting, so MCW-GB is a great fit for them," Anderson said. "They are both well-suited to be a part of something new and innovative. It takes a certain level of courage to be in the inaugural class of a new medical school campus. They are the type of individuals who are open to new and exciting adventures." Full story. back to top

Programs help strengthen math education in western Wisconsin

Karen Stuttgen
Karen Stuttgen, math intervention teacher at Fall Creek Elementary School and Blugold alumna, has taken part in math educator initiatives offered by UW-Eau Claire aimed at improving students' high school math readiness.

As a math intervention teacher at Fall Creek's elementary school, Karen Stuttgen spends her days helping struggling students achieve grade-level success by first identifying and then working to fill the gaps in their math understanding.

To do her job well, Stuttgen constantly looks for new ways to improve her skills as an educator, specifically looking to more effectively achieve student learning goals, enhance her teaching skills and better assess student learning. 

"Because I am a specialist working with struggling students, classroom teachers give me a different insight and, likewise, I can share my perspective as an interventionist," Stuttgen says. "When educators see learning through different lenses like this, we become better teachers."

Helping K-12 math teachers like Stuttgen build those connections with one another, as well as enhance their teaching and assessment skills, is at the heart of a series of multiyear math educator initiatives led by mathematics faculty at UW-Eau Claire. Full story. back to top

Blugolds finding success in geospatial fields

Mike Bomber with drone
UW-Eau Claire student Mike Bomber assists in drone demonstrations with area middle school students.

With the mapping business booming thanks to GPS and other technological advances, Continental Mapping Consultants — a long-established Sun Prairie-based company — expects its workforce to top 100 employees by the end of summer.

As it grows its team, the company's president and co-founder, Dave Hart, says they are looking more and more to UW-Eau Claire to provide them with graduates who have the skills and mindset Continental needs from its newest hires.

GIS"There is a certain set of skills that anyone in our business needs, and graduates from lots of places may have those skills," says Hart, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a geography degree in 1988. "But we're looking for people who have learned how to learn, and that's something that UW-Eau Claire does very well." Full story. back to top

Education alum receives national teaching award

Adam Keeton
Adam Keeton '01 has received the 2015 Outstanding Earth Science Teacher award from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.

A Blugold graduate who has continued to partner with his alma mater has earned national honors for his work as a high school science teacher.

Adam Keeton, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 2001, won the 2015 Outstanding Earth Science Teacher award from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.

An earth science teacher at North High School in Eau Claire, Keeton's ongoing partnerships with UW-Eau Claire and his outstanding methods of engaging students in research at the pre-college level were among his achievements noted by the association when announcing his award.

Through two distinct partnership efforts with the university, Keeton says he was able to expose high-school-age students to the wonders of science and to the thrill of making their own scientific discoveries in highly rigorous programs, yet keeping it fun and engaging. Full story. back to top

Blugold earns NCAA DIII track athlete of the year honors

Carly Fehler

UW-Eau Claire's Carly Fehler has been named the women's NCAA Division III Track and Field Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

A senior from Oak Creek, Fehler won three national titles in May, claiming her second-straight 100-meter dash championship with a time of 11.67. She is the only woman in UW-Eau Claire history to win the event.

In the 200-meter event, Fehler became the first national champion in UW-Eau Claire history, winning the finals in 23.88 seconds to break her own school record of 23.94 set in early May.

Fehler finished her career as one of the fastest women in NCAA Division III history. Her 11.62 100-meter dash time at the WIAC championships earlier in the season makes her the third fastest DIII 100 runner ever. (Photo by Brandon68Photo) Full story. back to top

New master's degree in data science to be offered

Students and working professionals will be able to prepare themselves for the fast-growing field of data science thanks to a new UW-Eau Claire master of science degree in data science. Courses will start in September.

The online degree is a collaborative partnership, coordinated by the UW-Extension with instructors from six UW campuses including Eau Claire, Green Bay, La Crosse, Oshkosh, Stevens Point and Superior. Upon completion of the 12-course, 36-credit online program, students will earn a master of science degree from their home institution.

"The MSDS was designed with significant input from business and industry leaders," said Alex Smith, chair of the math department and academic director of MSDS at UW-Eau Claire. "The program is about learning to mine data sets, find patterns and communicate ways to make use of the findings. Full story. back to top

ORSP receives UW System award for excellence

ORSP staff
ORSP staff honored with a UW System Academic Staff Excellence Award include, from left, Kelsey Dery, Heather Johnson Schmitz, Karen Havholm, Ann Statz and Jeremy Miner. Staff members not pictured are graduate assistants Erik Williams and Chris Zimmerman.

Thirty-seven percent of UW-Eau Claire students have opportunities to work on collaborative research and other scholarly and creative projects with faculty. Through those hands-on experiences, students gain skills that prove invaluable when it comes to landing a job or gaining acceptance to graduate school.

That doesn't happen in a vacuum.

In fact, important work is done year-round by a team of professionals whose mission is to maintain a supportive environment for the research, scholarship and creative activity of faculty, academic staff and students. That team, the staff of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, was honored June 5 as recipients of a UW System Academic Staff Excellence Award. Karen Havholm, who leads ORSP, accepted the award along with Jeremy Miner, ORSP's director of grants and contracts, during the UW System Board of Regents meeting in Milwaukee. 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.

Marguerite Gilbertson

Art AND agriculture

Marguerite Gilbertson
has lived and breathed art since she was a child. "It has always been a part of who I am and shapes how I see life," she says. The UW-Eau Claire senior art education major discovered her niche in sculpture during a class she took her junior year and found inspiration in the positive environment created by the art & design program's faculty and students. Having grown up on an area farm, Marguerite has always had access to the discarded rusted metal pieces dotting the farm property. "No longer were they just old fence posts, tractor parts and gears, but instead they molded together to form art pieces that illustrate my passion for my family and farm." Marguerite's artistic skills are the building blocks that are preparing her for a career as a sculpture instructor at the university level. Her long-term goals have her taking over the family farm and building it into a place she can share with the Eau Claire community. "I want to incorporate both of my passions into a place where art and agriculture can be united," she says. "I want to use my ability as an artist to create pieces that have meaning to others and signify the connection I have to the farm. Ideally, I would create my own business at the farm, where I can sell my artwork but also provide other assets that would encourage families to experience a piece of farm life." Marguerite Gilbertson has big dreams to combine art and agriculture in her future — 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:
Charlotte Kodner Charlotte Kodner '72, a UW-Eau Claire business education graduate, has received the Spirit of DCTC (Dakota County Technical College) Award. Full story.
Luke Strand Luke Strand '05, a UW-Eau Claire kinesiology graduate, has been named UW-Madison men's hockey assistant coach. Full story.
Aldrid Parker Aldrid Parker '61, a UW-Eau Claire social science graduate, has received a "Certificate of Appreciation" plaque for his 50 years as a WIAA licensed official. (Photo by Marisa Wojcik of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.
Henry Kiema Henry Kiema '82, a UW-Eau Claire business finance graduate, has been appointed director of the Institute of Directors-Kenya chapter. Full story.
Eric Konkol Eric Konkol '00, a UW-Eau Claire kinesiology graduate, has been named men's basketball head coach at Louisiana Tech. Full story.
Linda Walbrun Linda Walbrun '77, a UW-Eau Claire music education graduate, has retired from the Hudson School District. Full story.
Tom Borowski Tom Borowski '87, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, is the new site administrator for Mayo Clinic-Waseca. Full story.
Seal Murphy Huston '71, a UW-Eau Claire speech graduate, recently shared his story about his experience with breast cancer with Catch It In Time, a cancer awareness and prevention organization. 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 Team Blugold T-shirt. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the July 2015 issue of eView.

June Blugold Trivia question:

Two recent UW-Eau Claire biology graduates are among the inaugural class of the Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay. How many students per year does MCW-GB expect to enroll?

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!

May's winner:

Congratulations to Robert Schuelke, a 2001 UW-Eau Claire social studies graduate and winner of the May Blugold Trivia prize! Robert's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that Gary L. Berg, Alumni Association award recipient, delivered the "Charge to the Class" during spring commencement exercises in May. back to top

 
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