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Chemistry professor receives prestigious Dreyfus award

Chancellor Levin-Stankevich installed as UW-Eau Claire's seventh chief executive

Regents excellence award goes to history department

Online Alumni Store gets new items in time for holidays

Jazz students play to crowds in China

Concerts ring in holiday season at UW-Eau Claire

Athletics announces Court 'n Rink Luncheons

Ready or not: Snow blankets UW-Eau Claire

Former bass horn player takes trip down memory lane

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November 2006

Chemistry professor receives prestigious Dreyfus award

Stephen Drucker
Stephen Drucker

Stephen Drucker, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of chemistry, has received the Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award from The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation of New York. The award honors him for his accomplishments in teaching, mentoring and research with undergraduate students.

With Drucker's award, UW-Eau Claire becomes one of just four public and private undergraduate institutions in the country to have four or more Dreyfus teacher-scholar winners on its faculty.

"Having a Dreyfus winner on our faculty is like having a Nobel Prize winner on the faculty of a large research institution," said Scott Hartsel, chair of the chemistry department. Full story. back to top

Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich at his inauguration
UW-Eau Claire photo by Bill Hoepner

Chancellor Levin-Stankevich
installed as UW-Eau Claire's
seventh chief executive

Approximately 400 guests were in attendance for the Oct. 27 inauguration of Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich in UW-Eau Claire's Gantner Concert Hall in the Haas Fine Arts Center. The video recording and text of Levin-Stankevich's inaugural address, titled "If I Had a Hammer …," are available online. Also read Eau Claire Leader-Telegram and Spectator coverage of the event. back to top

Regents excellence award goes to history department

Katherine Lang and Student Regent Christoper Semenas

Katherine Lang, associate professor of history and chair of UW-Eau Claire's history department, received the department's Excellence in Teaching Award from Student Regent Christopher Semenas at the November meeting of the UW System Board of Regents. (UW System photo)

The UW-Eau Claire history department received the UW System Board of Regents 14th annual Regents Teaching Excellence Award for Academic Departments and Programs Nov. 10 during the board's monthly meeting in Madison. Student Regent Christopher Semenas of UW-Parkside, a history major himself, presented the award. He said that the UW-Eau Claire history department helps find answers to the problems of today and tomorrow by looking to the past. It does this by offering students the chance to learn from a diverse faculty, by supporting undergraduate research, and through efforts to improve elementary and secondary education. The department also has attracted external grant funding, he said. Students in the history department have the opportunity to partner with local museums and historical agencies, and they testify to the collaboration, dedication, faculty mentorship and teaching excellence that the department offers, Semanas said. Full story. Also see related UW-Eau Claire news release. back to top

Alumni Online Store gets new items in time for holidays
alumni store pennantLooking for that perfect holiday gift for your favorite Blugold, or some great UW-Eau Claire clothing to add to your wardrobe? Be sure to check out the Online Alumni Store, where new items have just been added. The Alumni Store carries an array of UW-Eau Claire clothing and gift items at reasonable prices - all in the right colors to bring out your (or your loved one's) inner Blugold! back to top

Jazz students play to crowds in China

Jazz students in downtown Chongqing
Members of the media photographed UW-Eau Claire jazz students as they performed in the downtown area of Chongqing, China, Nov. 14 for a crowd of about 2,000 people who stood in the rain to hear the concert. (Contributed photo)
Baca, students perform at Sichuan Fine Arts Institute Robert Baca and his students played for a crowd of 1,000 Nov. 13 at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing. (Contributed photo)

A group of UW-Eau Claire jazz students, along with Robert Baca, director of jazz studies, made history in China last week by presenting the first jazz performances ever in two cities there.

The group performed concerts Nov. 13 and 14 in Chongquing, the home of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, where UW-Eau Claire representatives met with officials planning to start a music school within the next two years.

They also performed in Jinan during the Nov. 17 opening of Jinan Uuniversity's 100-year anniversary celebration and again during a Nov. 18 centennial event. The performances were broadcast on television throughout southern China.

"We are receiving a proclamation from the governor of one of the cities claiming that we are the first jazz group to perform at the city," Baca wrote in an e-mail message. "Our audiences have been no less than 1,000 for each concert, with the largest concert at over 7,000 people."

UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich also gave two speeches during the Jinan University celebration, which included representatives from many of the university's international partners. UW-Eau Claire has had a faculty and student exchange program with Jinan University for more than 15 years.

A $12,000 gift from an anonymous donor to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence campaign paid the travel expenses for Baca and the students. More information. back to top

Concerts ring in holiday season at UW-Eau Claire
An array of holiday concerts at UW-Eau Claire in the coming weeks will appeal to audiences of diverse musical tastes:

  • 32nd Annual Holiday Concert graphic
    The Dec. 10 UW-Eau Claire Holiday Concert is a gift to the community by the music and theatre arts department and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.
    UW-Eau Claire's Artists Series will present Colcannon, a Colorado-based five-person acoustic band, which will perform two Celtic holiday concerts at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 28 and 29, in UW-Eau Claire's Schofield Auditorium.
  • Favorite classics and new holiday songs will be performed by Twin Cities gospel great Robert Robinson at "Songs for the Season," a holiday concert to be held Saturday, Dec. 2, in Zorn Arena.
  • "Christmas with Dave Rudolf," a free comedy concert for families with kids of all ages, will be presented Sunday, Dec. 3, in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center.
  • The 32nd annual UW-Eau Claire Holiday Concert will be presented as a gift to the community by the music and theatre arts department and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation at 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, in Zorn Arena.
  • Perennial holiday favorite Lorie Line and Her Pop Chamber Orchestra will present the piano sensation's 2006 holiday extravaganza, "The Traditions of Christmas," at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, in Zorn Arena. back to top

Athletics announces Court 'n Rink Luncheons

Tonja Englund Terry Gibbons
Tonja Englund
Terry Gibbons
Mike Collins Luke Strand
Mike Collins
Luke Strand

The weekly 1st and 10 Luncheons for media and Blugold fans started by UW-Eau Claire first-year football coach Todd Glaser will continue throughout the winter as the Court 'n Rink Luncheons, Director of Athletics Scott Kilgallon has announced.

The Court 'n Rink Luncheons will feature Blugold basketball coaches Tonja Englund and Terry Gibbons and hockey coaches Mike Collins and Luke Strand. Two of the four will speak each week with each of the four coaches making six appearances throughout their seasons.

The luncheons will begin Nov. 21 and run from noon to 1 p.m. in the Wisconsin Room of the Quality Inn, 809 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire. The luncheons will be catered by Mancino's. The cost for attendees is $6 per week and includes a sandwich, cookie and beverage. No advance registration is necessary. See full luncheon schedule. back to top

Ready or not: Snow blankets UW-Eau Claire
student biking in snow This student was not discouraged from bicycling to class Nov. 10 despite winter's early arrival on campus. The city of Eau Claire received 6½ inches of snowfall during the season's first winter storm. The white stuff has since melted, with temperatures in the 40s and 50s predicted for the week of Thanksgiving. (UW-Eau Claire Photo by Bill Hoepner) back to top

Former bass horn player takes trip down memory lane

Bob Heck '51 playing his bass horn
Bob Heck '51, at home with his bass horn. (Contributed photo)

It had been more than 50 years since Bob Heck '51, a retired insurance underwriter from Marshfield, had played the bass horn in the UW-Eau Claire (then Eau Claire State Teachers College) College Band under Robert Gantner. But after visiting with UW-Eau Claire professor Jerry Young at a Wood County Symphony concert last summer, where Young was a guest bass horn soloist, Heck soon would have the chance to be reunited with the very instrument he played as a student.

During their discussion, Young said the horn Heck played was still in storage at UW-Eau Claire. Arrangements were made to deliver the horn to Heck when he was in Eau Claire for a visit, and he took it home for several months. "We loaned it to Bob so he could go down memory lane, music-wise, for a while," said Kimera Way, UW-Eau Claire's executive director of development, who helped arrange the instrument loan.

"Back in the good old days we only had about 1,200 students," Heck recalled of his time on campus. "We were never initiated as freshman in 1946. As returning GIs, we had been initiated before we arrived at school."

Heck, who was a math major and a music minor, said he played in the band and sang in the chorus as a student. "I remember traveling to a number of area high schools to sing solos as part of a program to interest students in attending Eau Claire. In those days we were looking for good students. It seems to me that UW-Eau Claire was promoting for good students 50 plus years ago and is successfully doing so today."

Heck's love of music led him to establish a scholarship through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. The Robert O. Heck Instrumental Music Endowed Scholarship, when fully endowed, will provide an annual scholarship to an outstanding music major with a specialty in instrumental music. Students who are bass horn or tuba players will receive highest consideration.

And what of his reunion with the bass horn?

"It was proven to me when I brought the horn home that pushing 83 doesn't provide enough wind to play much," Heck said. "But I appreciated the opportunity to buzz my lips." 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:

Russell Klisch '81 Russell Klisch '81, a UW-Eau Claire chemistry graduate, is president of Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee. Lakefront's sales volume was expected to increase more than 40 percent following last November's launch of gluten-free New Grist beer. Full story.
Ron Lostetter '72

Ron Lostetter '72, a UW-Eau Claire business administration graduate, began Oct. 1 as president for finance and administrative services at Carroll College in Waukesha. Lostetter is the former vice chancellor of administration and finance at UW-La Crosse. Full story.

Robin Rosemeyer '92

Physical education graduate Robin Rosemeyer '92, head football coach at Gilman High School, was named Green Bay Packers Coach of the Week on Nov. 9. Full story. The Gilman Pirates won the WIAA Division 7 state title Nov. 17 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. Full story.

Tim Seeley '99 Art graduate Tim Seeley '99 has acquired an impressive list of credits in his young career as a comic book artist. Read interviews on silverbulletcomics.com and comicbookresources.com, and see Seeley's Web site.

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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 (trivia@uwec.edu). Those sending correct responses to this month's question will be entered in a drawing for a UW-Eau Claire long-sleeve T-shirt. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the December issue of e-View.

November Blugold Trivia question:

UW-Eau Claire's theatre facility adjacent to Brewer Hall was named Kjer Theatre in 1965 in honor of former faculty member, director of theater and speech department chair Earl S. Kjer. The facility, however, was first used in 1952. What was it called until it was renamed in Kjer's honor?

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!

October's winner:
Congratulations to Carl Deutsch
, a 1981 UW-Eau Claire psychology graduate. Carl has won a UW-Eau Claire fleece blanket in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that Robert Gantner was the organizer and first director of the College Band, known today as the Blugold Marching Band. back to top

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