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Chemistry professors to patent fluorescent probes

Study abroad program ranks second in nation

Federal grant funds program to reduce high-risk drinking

Survey says: Blugold grads finding jobs, staying in state

Materials Science Center serving Wisconsin businesses

Alumni events promise Blugold summer fun

Scholarships to help students from couple's hometowns

Alumni success stories

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July 2005

Chemistry professors to patent fluorescent probes

live human fibroblast cells stained with fluoresence microscopy probe
This real-color photomicrograph shows a newly developed probe staining the Golgi apparatus (which serves as a cell's packaging and delivery center) in a live human fibroblast cell. (Photo by Lori Scardino, UW-Eau Claire chemistry student)

If all goes as planned, work in the medical science and diagnostic industries will advance because of the research of two UW-Eau Claire chemistry professors. Dr. David Lewis, an organic chemist, and Dr. Scott Hartsel, a biochemist, have developed a new class of probes (or dyes) for fluorescence microscopy of live cells. The probes can potentially be used for a variety of medical and diagnostic purposes, ranging from mass screening of cholesterol-lowering drugs to stem cell or cancer research to studying metabolic diseases of lysosomes such as Tay-Sachs disease, Lewis and Hartsel said. The two are working through the patenting process with WiSys Technology Foundation, an organization that offers UW System faculty free patenting and licensing services. Full story. back to top

Study abroad program ranks second in nation

UW-Eau Claire students in Potsdam, Germany
UW-Eau Claire students in front of Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, Germany, during an excursion offered as part of the Wittenberg study abroad program.

UW-Eau Claire ranks No. 2 nationally among master's level institutions sending students to study abroad for at least a semester, according to the newest Open Doors Report from the Institute for International Education. "We're excited because this ranking reflects our commitment to semester-long study abroad programs," said Karl Markgraf, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education. Unlike programs at some universities, a majority of UW-Eau Claire's study abroad programs involve students studying in a country for a period of months rather than weeks, Markgraf said. Research indicates that shorter programs sometimes perpetuate stereotypes because students don't have enough time to decode the culture and understand it, Markgraf said, adding that UW-Eau Claire's commitment to longer programs dates back more than 20 years. Full story. back to top

Federal grant funds initiative to reduce high-risk drinking

Jodi Thesing-Ritter
Jodi Thesing-Ritter

UW-Eau Claire has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to launch a comprehensive program aimed at reducing rates of drinking among first-year students. The program will be implemented through UW-Eau Claire’s newly created Center for Alcohol Studies and Education and will involve collaboration among the university, the Eau Claire City-County Health Department, law enforcement, alcohol distributors, parents and students. "When it comes to alcohol abuse prevention, you have to fight fire with fire, and that takes money and staffing," said Jodi Thesing-Ritter, UW-Eau Claire's associate dean of student development. "This grant will enable the university to move forward with an important alcohol initiative at a time when there is no state money available for staffing or program development." Full story. back to top

Survey says: Blugold grads finding jobs, staying in state

Travis Franz '04 in NAVTEQ vehicle Travis Franz '04 at office computer
Travis Franz, a 2004 UW-Eau Claire geography graduate, works in Madison as an analyst for digital mapmaker NAVTEQ. Ninety-seven percent of 2003-04 UW-Eau Claire alumni who responded to a recent Career Services survey have found employment or are continuing their education following graduation. (Contributed photos)

Despite a tight job market and struggling economy, UW-Eau Claire graduates are finding jobs, a Career Services survey found. Ninety-seven percent of the 2003-04 UW-Eau Claire graduates responding to the survey were employed or continuing their education a year after graduation, said Jeanne Skoug, director of Career Services. And a majority of the graduates included in the survey — 59 percent — are working for businesses and organizations in Wisconsin, Skoug said, noting that 23 percent are working in the Chippewa Valley. Seventy-four percent — or 1,322 of the 1,797 graduates — responded to the survey. Eighty-two percent reported they were employed full or part time, and 15 percent reported they were continuing their education. Less than 1 percent reported they were seeking employment. Full story. back to top

Associate Professor Matt Evans in Materials Science Center
Matt Evans, associate professor, in UW-Eau Claire's Materials Science Center. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

UW-Eau Claire's Materials Science Center serving Wisconsin businesses
Before connecting with scientists at UW-Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls-based Northern Crossarm Co. was spending significant dollars to get its wood products weather tested. "The analysis was costing the company a lot of money because it had to send samples to a testing facility in the state of Washington," said Dr. Kim Pierson, professor of physics and astronomy. Now, thanks to state-of-the-art equipment in UW-Eau Claire's Materials Science Center and faculty consultants, the 83-year-old company is doing the analysis for a fraction of the cost. The project with Northern Crossarm is an example of the kind of connections UW-Eau Claire has made with regional industries in the year since it opened its Materials Science Center. Full story. back to top

Alumni events promise Blugold summer fun
UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends are invited to participate in the following UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association events (for complete details, registration information and additional future events, visit the online Alumni Events Calendar):

  • See photos from UW-Eau Claire alumni events in the online Alumni Photo Album.
    UW System Big Reunion II at Miller Park: Saturday, July 16. UW System-wide tailgate party, 4 p.m.; Brewers vs. Washington Nationals, 6 p.m. More information.
  • UW-Eau Claire Night at Carson Park: Tuesday, July 19. Gates open at 6 p.m.; food served on fan deck, 7 p.m.; Eau Claire Express vs. Madison Mallards, 7:05 p.m. More information.
  • "Let's Do Lunch" speaker series: "Treating Children with Psychiatric Disorders: Is Medication Enough?" Wednesday, July 27, noon to 1 p.m. More information.
  • Blugold Booster Golf Outing: Monday, Aug. 1. Hillcrest Golf and Country Club, Altoona (on Highway 12 just east of Eau Claire). More information. back to top

Scholarships to help students from couple's hometowns

Jeanette (Hatfield) and David Suchla
Jeanette (Hatfield) and David Suchla

A UW-Eau Claire alumni couple who needed financial assistance to obtain their college educations will be returning the favor for future generations of college students. David Suchla, a 1969 UW-Eau Claire graduate, and Jeanette Hatfield Suchla, a 1970 graduate, have endowed a new $1,000 scholarship to help high school students from their hometowns of Holcombe and Arcadia. The first award recipient will be selected in spring 2006 and will receive the award to attend UW-Eau Claire in the 2006-07 academic year. "Both of us are from families that worked hard to make a living and where money was definitely at a minimum," said Jeanette Suchla. "Without that assistance, it would have been very difficult for our parents to come up with the money to cover our college tuition and expenses." The Suchlas' gift is recognized as a contribution to the Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's ongoing comprehensive fundraising campaign to benefit UW-Eau Claire's people and programs. Full story. back to top

Alumni success stories
Read about the accomplishments of these and other UW-Eau Claire alumni on the Alumni Success Stories Web pages:

Tom Meindel '79Milwaukee Brewers fans recently voted on whether they'd like to see the return of the Brew Crew's old ball-and-glove logo. The old logo, which was official from 1978-93, was designed in 1977 by then UW-Eau Claire student Tom Meindel, a 1979 art education graduate. Find out how Meindel's logo fared in the informal vote. Full story.

Five By Design members Kurt Niska '89, Lorie Carpenter-Niska '89, Terrence Niska '87 and Michael Swedberg '87, '89 are members of the vocal quintet Five By Design, which performs about 65 shows a season, many of them with symphony orchestras throughout the United States. They booked their first gigs as a UW-Eau Claire jazz group. Full story.

Susan (Solie) HartzelRosemary (Rooney) Dutter '67Rosemary (Rooney) Dutter and Susan (Solie) Hartzel, both 1967 UW-Eau Claire elemetary education graduates, recently retired after working together for decades in the Beloit, Wis., school district.. Full story.


Marina Majeski '04Marina Majeski's experience as a cancer survivor helps the 2004 UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate relate to patients in her work as an oncology nurse. Full story. back to top


Blugold Trivia headline
'An Amazing Day' CDShow how much you know about UW-Eau Claire — AND win great Blugold prizes! E-mail 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 copy of the CD "An Amazing Day," released in 2004 by the UW-Eau Claire Concert Choir. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the August issue of e-View.

July Blugold Trivia question:

What is UW-Eau Claire's current men-to-women ratio among its students?

E-mail your answer, along with your name and class year, to trivia@uwec.edu. You'll be notified by e-mail if you are this month's winner!

June's winner:
Congratulations to Marsha Steffen, a 1969 UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, who has won a UW-Eau Claire alumni T-shirt! Rebecca was among those who correctly identified the six departments that make up the UW-Eau Claire College of Education and Human Sciences: curriculum and instruction, foundations of education, special education, communication disorders, kinesiology and social work. back to top

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