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Campus welcomes Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson

Donald Mash leaves for UW System post

Program aims to help improve Vietnam economy

Group connects students with area business leaders

MBA program information session set for April 5

National Geographic photographer to be March Forum speaker

Scholarships to benefit first-generation college students

Elder care to be March "Let's Do Lunch" focus

Professors will lead central Europe travel seminar

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March 2005

UW-Eau Claire Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson greeted and spoke to faculty, staff, emeriti and student leaders at her March 7 welcome reception. (UW-Eau Claire photos by Rick Mickelson)
Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson

Campus welcomes Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson
UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff, emeriti and student leaders welcomed Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson during a reception March 7, her first official day at the helm of the university. Larson told the university community that she's committed to helping the campus maintain its excellence and achieve its goals as the university searches for and hires a new chancellor. "My goal and objective as the interim chancellor is to do what is in the best interest of UW-Eau Claire … and I will be here as long as I am needed," Larson said during the reception that gave her a chance to mingle with dozens of members of the faculty and staff. Larson said she is "deeply honored and delighted" to be back at UW-Eau Claire, a campus that gave her her first tenure-track faculty position and her first administrative position. "I spent 18 wonderful years here," said Larson, who worked at UW-Eau Claire from 1973-1991. "This community is the best place I have ever lived. It feels great to be home." Full story and more background on Larson.

Donald Mash leaves for UW System post
Donald MashUW-Eau Claire faculty and staff, students, emeriti and community members filled the Council Fire Room in Davies Center Feb. 24 to bid farewell to Chancellor Donald Mash during his last day on campus before leaving to begin his new position in Madison as executive senior vice president of the University of Wisconsin System. At right, Mash addressed those gathered for his farewell reception. Below, he exchanged goodbyes with (left) Gloria Fennel, chair and associate professor in the department of social work, and (right) emeriti biology professors Mark Fay and Johng Lim. (Photos by Jason Tetzloff)
Gloria Fennel and Donald Mash Mark Fay, Johng Lim and Donald Mash

Program aims to help improve Vietnam economy

Karl Markgraf and VNU's Dean Phi Manh Hong Ed Young with VNU students
At left, Karl Markgraf, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education, shakes hands with Dean Phi Manh Hong of Vietnam National University-Hanoi during a farewell dinner for the group of UW-Eau Claire visitors. In the lower right corner is Rama Yelkur, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of management and marketing. At right, Ed Young and his wife, Jackie, were presented with flowers following Young's three-day series of lectures to VNU students. (Contributed photos)

Several UW-Eau Claire faculty members visited Vietnam in January as part of a program aimed at improving the economy of that country by adding to its knowledge of international economic models. Karl Markgraf, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education, led the delegation over the winter break to deliver a series of lectures at Vietnam National University-Hanoi through the Education for Reconciliation and Economic Opportunity Program. Markgraf lectured on U.S. higher education in general, while Dr. Rose-Marie Avin and Dr. Edward Young, professors of economics, and Dr. Rama Yelkur, associate professor of management and marketing, talked on a variety of topics. The Education for Reconciliation and Economic Opportunity program is made possible by a grant that the Center for International Education wrote in conjunction with the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. The grant of more than $80,000 was funded by the Arthur B. Schultz Foundation. Full story.

At left, UW-Eau Claire seniors Jessica Zank (in light suit) and Maureen Fox listen to Joe Hegge, vice president of education at Chippewa Valley Technical College, during a College Connections session March 1.
Students listen during College Connections session
Suzie Slota '94 and Ken Lee '79
UW-Eau Claire alumni Suzie Slota '94, left, executive director of the Childrens' Museum of Eau Claire, and Ken Lee '79, director of human resources at Luther Midelfort, were among the area employers who met March 1 with students in the College Connections program. (UW-Eau Claire photos by Rick Mickelson)

Group connects students with area business leaders
Students from UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stout and Chippewa Valley Technical College are part of a new program to meet and network with area professionals while learning about career possibilities in the Chippewa Valley. More than 100 students from the three institutions applied, and 30 were selected to be part of College Connections, a collaborative pilot program aimed at preventing "brain drain" from the region. The participants meet monthly this semester with leaders from area businesses, non-profit agencies, health care and industry. "The program was marketed to students with an interest in jobs or internships in the Chippewa Valley or those who want to stay here after graduation," said Jeanne Skoug, director of Career Services at UW-Eau Claire. "The large number of applicants tells us there is strong interest in living and working here." The program is sponsored by the regional economic development agency Momentum Chippewa Valley in partnership with Manpower, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stout and Chippewa Valley Technical College. Full story.

MBA program information session set for April 5
Applications for the master of business administration program at UW-Eau Claire are now being accepted for the 2005-06 academic year. To learn more about the only MBA program in northwestern Wisconsin accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the public is invited to attend an information session from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in Room 204 of Schneider Social Science Hall on the UW-Eau Claire campus. UW-Eau Claire's MBA classes meet in the evening to accommodate the needs of working adults. The program also offers the option of combining on-campus and online courses for even greater flexibility. For more information, contact Dr. Robert Erffmeyer, MBA director, at (715) 836-5930 or mba@uwec.edu.

National Geographic photographer to be March Forum speaker
Photographer Jodi Cobb's presentation "Hidden Worlds" will be the featured Forum presentation at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 14, in Schofield Auditorium. As a staff photographer for the National Geographic Society, Cobb has worked in more than 50 countries, primarily in the Middle East and Asia. She was one of the first photographers to cross into China when it reopened to the West, traveling 7,000 miles in two months for the book, "Journey into China." Her travels also have taken her into Israel and the West Bank and into Saudi Arabia to document the hidden lives of women in that culture. Her book, "Geisha: The Life, the Voices, the Art" (1995), explores the hidden world of women in Japan. Cobb has been a major contributor to six National Geographic books, and her contributions to National Geographic magazine include 24 articles. Her photographs have been exhibited at the International Center of Photography in New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and other major galleries in the United States and abroad. Full story and ticket information.

Scholarships to benefit first-generation college students

Arnold and Lois Domer
Arnold and Lois Domer

First-generation college students attending UW-Eau Claire and Chippewa Valley Technical College will benefit from scholarships established at both institutions thanks to the generosity of the Arnold and Lois Domer Foundation. The Arnold and Lois Domer Foundation has established $1,000 annual scholarships at UW-Eau Claire and CVTC in memory of Arnold and in honor of Lois, both longtime Eau Claire residents and business owners. Arnold Domer died in November 2003. The Domer gift to UW-Eau Claire is recognized as a contribution to Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's comprehensive campaign to benefit UW-Eau Claire's people and programs. More information on the UW-Eau Claire Arnold and Lois Domer Scholarship is available online. Full story.

Elder care to be March "Let's Do Lunch" focus

Katherine Rhoades
Katherine Rhoades

"Love, Life and Work: The Challenge of Elder Care in the Era of Hypertasking" will be the topic of the next session of "Let's Do Lunch" at noon on Wednesday, March 30, at Sweetwaters Restaurant in Eau Claire. Dr. Katherine Rhoades, dean of UW-Eau Claire's College of Education and Human Sciences, will be the featured speaker. "Let's Do Lunch," the monthly noon-hour speaker series sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association, offers community members a chance to participate in interactive discussions with members of UW-Eau Claire's faculty and staff. More information.

Professors will lead central Europe travel seminar

Budapest, Hungary
Budapest, Hungary, will be one of the cities visited during the August travel seminar in central Europe.

UW-Eau Claire professors Dr. Paulis Lazda, Dr. Irene Lazda and Teresa Sanislo will lead a travel seminar to the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and Latvia Aug. 2-29. The seminar will explore the history, culture, music, art and cuisine of central Europe. Side trips will include visits to Auschwitz, the Berlin Wall, the Stasi Museum, Wenceslas Square, the Hungarian Terror Museum and meetings with central European diplomats and academics. The estimated cost of the travel seminar is $2,395 per person for full-time students and $2,620 for non-students and includes health insurance, lodging, two meals per day, activities (museums, concerts, operas, etc.) and transportation while in Europe. Flights are not included. Participants must obtain their own passports. Cost is subject to change based on the U.S. dollar/Euro exchange rate. A $600 payment is due by March 31. To register or for more information, contact UW- Eau Claire Continuing Education by calling (715) 836-3636 or (866) 893-2423 or sending e-mail to CE@uwec.edu.

link to Alumni Benefits Web pageBlugold alumni benefits: Check them out
UW-Eau Claire graduates automatically become members of the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association, and their dues-free membership includes a number of great benefits. In addition to frequent alumni events both on campus and where alumni live and work, Blugolds can avail themselves of other benefits exclusively for them, including a student loan consolidation program, affinity credit card services, career services, discounts on home and auto insurance, and more. Find more benefits information on the alumni Web site.

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

Greg Fedderly '85Music grad performs with the Met: Greg Fedderly, a 1985 UW-Eau Claire music graduate, is in his second season performing as a tenor with the New York Metropolitan Opera. He previously performed with the Los Angeles Opera House for 18 years. Full story.

nursing alumnaeNursing alumnae are leaders in Chippewa Valley health care: A number of UW-Eau Claire nursing graduates who hold executive-level positions in Chippewa Valley health care facilities were the focus of a January newspaper article. Full story.

Blugold Trivia headline
Show 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 . All correct responses to this month's question will be entered in a drawing for a new style UW-Eau Claire baseball cap. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the April issue of e-View.

March Blugold Trivia question:

Frank L. Wrigglesworth, who passed away last November at the age of 87, coached the Blugold men's golf team for 22 years and developed the men's golf program into a national power. How many conference championships did Wrigglesworth's golf teams win while he was head coach?

Think you know the answer? E-mail it, 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!

image of Campus Mall clock decorationFebruary's winner:
Congratulations to Chris Scribner, a 1992 UW-Eau Claire psychology graduate, who won the February drawing for a UW-Eau Claire sweatshirt! Chris was one of those who correctly identified the image at left as the embossed decoration on the base of the Campus Mall clock.

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