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Softball team to play national championship game today

Golf teams also compete at NCAA Division III championships

Newest Blugold grads receive diplomas
May 17

Seven receive Alumni Association awards

UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff members announce retirements

Finalized strategic plan sets forth new university vision

UW-Eau Claire news roundup

Slide show looks back on academic year

Alums assist as UW-Eau Claire hosts national forensics event

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

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May 2008

Softball team to play national championship game today

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Watch the live Webcast of the Blugolds' national championship game at 1:30 p.m. CDT today, May 19, on the NCAA Division III championship Web site.

Although top-seeded Louisiana College (44-6) got an early jump on the UW-Eau Claire softball team, the Blugolds turned it on in the fifth inning to take the lead for good, winning 2-1 Sunday, May 18, at the 2008 NCAA Division III Championships at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Va.

The win for UW-Eau Claire (35-11) is its seventh straight, which is the team’s longest winning streak this season. The Blugolds ended Louisiana College’s six-game win streak.

Because the Blugolds have not dropped a game at the double-elimination national tournament, they now sit in the driver’s seat to take home the title. UW-Eau Claire will face the winner of the UW-Whitewater vs. Louisiana College game that will take place at 11 a.m. CDT today, May 19. The championship game will begin at 1:30 p.m. CDT. A win today for the Blugolds would mean they are national champions, while a loss would set up a second championship game on Tuesday, May 20, at 10 a.m. CDT. Full story. back to top

Golf teams also compete at NCAA Division III championships
UW-Eau Claire's men's and women's golf teams recently completed play at the NCAA Division III national championships. UW-Eau Claire senior Meghan Sobotta, Arcadia, finished in fourth place as the UW-Eau Claire women’s golf team brought home a 13th place finish out of 20 teams at Centennial Oaks Golf Club in Waverly, Iowa. Full story. The men’s team ended its 2008 NCAA Division III championships appearance in 23rd place out of 35 teams at Chateau Elan Resort in Braselton, Ga. Full story. back to top

Newest Blugold grads receive diplomas May 17

Celebrating the Class of 2008
Read about outstanding grads, view the archived commencement broadcast and more on UW-Eau Claire's commencement celebration Web site.

Spring commencement exercises for 1,166 students at UW-Eau Claire were held May 17 in Zorn Arena.

A total of 1,064 students were candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 521 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 223 from the College of Business, 245 from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and 75 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

A total of 102 students were master's degree candidates. Of those, 16 were from the College of Arts and Sciences, including eight students who were candidates for specialist in education degrees; 28 were from the College of Business; 41 were from the College of Education and Human Sciences; and 17 were from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Dr. Jane Schauer, a cardiologist with the Heart Group of Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M., and a 1976 UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, delivered the "Charge to the Class" during the morning and afternoon ceremonies. Full story. back to top

Seven receive Alumni Association awards

Dr. James M. Anderson Birgitta Kullberg Regi Munro
Marci Siker Terrance Craney

Top row, left to right: Dr. James M. Anderson, Birgitta Kulberg, Regi Munro; middle row, left to right: Marci Siker, Terrance Craney; bottom row, left to right: Dr. Jane Schauer, Jamie Andrews.

Dr. Jane Schauer Jamie Andrews

Seven graduates of UW-Eau Claire received awards from the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association May 17 at a luncheon and ceremony in conjunction with spring commencement. Dr. James M. Anderson received the Lifetime Excellence Award, which is presented to UW-Eau Claire alumni who have demonstrated longtime and successful commitment to their careers and communities. Birgitta Kullberg, Regi Munro and Marci Siker received the President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and service to UW-Eau Claire. Terrance Craney and Dr. Jane Schauer received the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes distinguished service to the community, state or nation that brings credit upon the recipient and the university. Jamie Andrews received the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award, which acknowledges special achievements and great promise of alumni who are within 15 years of their graduation from UW-Eau Claire. back to top

UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff members announce retirements
Thirty-three UW-Eau Claire faculty, academic staff and classified staff members recently retired or have announced they will retire soon:

  • Dr. Terry Allen, professor emeritus of theatre arts and director of University Theatre
  • Diann Benesh, senior lecturer emerita of economics
  • James Brun, senior power plant operator, Facilities Planning and Management
  • Corinne Charlson, university services program associate B, Chancellor's Office and UW-Eau Claire Foundation
  • Mary Corneiller, university services associate 1, University Recreation and Sport Facilities
  • Dr. Helen Dale, professor emerita of English
  • Dr. Stephen Gosch, professor emeritus of history
  • Jane Herrick, lecturer of art & design
  • Katherine Jewell, university services associate 2, Human Development Center
  • Judy Knoll, academic department associate B, English
  • Dr. Ardyth Krause, assistant professor of social work
  • Lee Marek, groundskeeper, Facilities Planning and Management
  • Dr. Lawrence Martin, professor of English and director emeritus of the American Indian Studies program
  • Nancy McFaul, senior library services assistant, McIntyre Library
  • Dr. Helaine Minkus, associate professor emerita of anthropology
  • Cynthia Mudrak, academic department associate B, sociology
  • Sharon Nergaard, university services associate 2, Activities and Programs
  • Ronald Peterson, PE/sports equipment area coordinator, University Recreation and Sport Facilities
  • Eddie Porter, groundskeeper, Facilities Planning and Management
  • Dr. Richard Ryberg, associate professor of social work
  • Dr. Nola Schmitt, professor emerita of nursing
  • Sandra Seefeldt, senior clinical nurse specialist emerita in the Student Health Service
  • Dr. Marilyn Skrivseth, professor emerita and department chair of kinesiology
  • Samuel Slota, security officer 2, Parking and Transportation
  • Dr. Cheryl Starr, professor emerita of theatre arts
  • Dr. Joan Stehle Werner, professor emerita of nursing
  • Steven Terwilliger, professor emeritus and chair of the art & design department
  • Elizabeth Tillotson, clinical instructor in nursing
  • Sue Ann Warden, IS business automation specialist, Records and Registration
  • James Weber, grounds crew lead, Facilities Planning and Management
  • Dr. L. Elaine Wendt, professor and dean emerita of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Dr. Barbara Wimunc-Pearson, professor emerita of music
  • Dr. Edward Young, emeritus professor and chair of the department of economics.

Read more about UW-Eau Claire's most recent faculty and academic staff and classified staff retirees. back to top

Finalized strategic plan sets forth new university vision
Council Oak treeStudents, faculty and staff were introduced May 7 to the final version of "Transforming Our Future," UW-Eau Claire's strategic plan for 2008 through 2016, the university's centennial year.

"The vision this plan sets before us is a bold one: We will become the premier undergraduate learning community in the upper Midwest," said Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich in an e-mail message to the university community. "(It is) a tall order, but one I believe we are fully capable of achieving, based on our long history of excellence and the demonstrated commitment of our faculty and staff."

The final strategic plan and a one-page goal summary are accessible from the strategic planning Web site. back to top

UW-Eau Claire news roundup …
Dr. Andrew Phillips has been named associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies at UW-Eau Claire. Full story.

Michael Ojibway, a graduating senior and Ronald E. McNair Fellow at UW-Eau Claire, has been awarded a prestigious Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching from the National Academies. Full story.

Recent UW-Eau Claire alumni Sarah Janes and James Patrick Hahn have received 2008-09 Fulbright grants.

A new joint program between UW-Eau Claire and the Eau Claire Area School District will help classroom teachers and university student teachers better meet the learning needs of students of color, according to the program's creator, Dr. Dwight C. Watson. Full story.

Several UW-Eau Claire geography students who traveled to New Zealand this spring as part of Dr. Harry Jol's spring semester field seminar capstone class have received full scholarships to attend graduate school in the fall. Full story. back to top

The Year in PhotosSlide show looks back on academic year
UW-Eau Claire photographers Rick Mickelson and Bill Hoepner have compiled a collection of their images depicting UW-Eau Claire campus life during the 2007-08 academic year.

View "2007-08: The Year in Photos." back to top


Alums assist as UW-Eau Claire hosts national forensics event

Eric Plantenburg and John Walsh '72
Eric Plantenburg, left, a UW-Eau Claire junior, placed sixth at the Interstate Oratory Contest April 24-26 at the state capitol in Madison. John Walsh, right, a 1972 UW-Eau Claire graduate, was among several forensics alumni on hand to help the UW-Eau Claire forensics team host the event. (Contributed photo)

Several UW-Eau Claire forensics alumni were on hand to assist the university's forensics team as it hosted the Interstate Oratory Contest April 24-26 at the state capitol in Madison. 

The IOC, the oldest intercollegiate persuasive speaking competition in existence, celebrated its 136th anniversary. It was just the second time the competition was held in Wisconsin and the first time UW-Eau Claire hosted the event.

Eric Plantenberg, a UW-Eau Claire junior from Monroe, placed sixth in the nation during the event with a strong performance in the semi-finals and in the finals. He competed against 88 individuals representing 35 states.

Among the judges at the competition were several forensics alumni who participated or placed in the IOC event during their time at UW-Eau Claire: Beth Moberg-Wolff '86, a physician at Children's Hospital, Milwaukee; Michael Rindo '78, UW-Eau Claire executive director of university communications and special assistant to the chancellor; Kelly Bender '06, an accountant in Appleton; and Jodi Becker '01, a news reporter and anchor for KFI Radio in Los Angeles. Also judging were UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Emeritus Donald Mash and Sally Webb, UW-Eau Claire professor emerita of communication and journalism.

Also in attendance was forensics alumnus John Walsh '72, a Madison attorney. Read related UW-Eau Claire news release. 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:

Mark Green Mark Green '83, a UW-Eau Claire English and political science graduate and former U.S. congressman for Wisconsin's 8th congressional district, is now the U.S. ambassador to Tanzania. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Thomas Fassbender '80, a UW-Eau Claire criminal justice graduate and a special agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation’s Special Assignments Bureau, recently received the Wisconsin Association of Homicide Investigators Meritorious Service Award for his work in the Teresa Halbach Homicide Investigation/Steven Avery case. Full story.
Bob Knuth Bob Knuth '90, a UW-Eau Claire theater and art graduate, is the marketing art director at The Second City Theatre in Chicago, as well as producing director and resident scenic director at Circle Theatre, also in Chicago. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Jacob McDonald '07, a UW-Eau Claire geography and American Indian studies graduate, is a GIS technician/cartographer with the Antarctic Geospatial Information Center, creating maps for all operations at the McMurdo and South Pole stations in the Antarctic. Full story.
George Utphall George Utphall '75, '91 (MEPD), a UW-Eau Claire music education and master's of education-professional development graduate, is retiring this spring from his position as choir director at Eau Claire's Memorial High School, where he has taught for 19 years. Full story. (Eau Claire Leader-Telegram photo by Shane Opatz)
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Kimberly (Holig) Gochanour '93, a UW-Eau Claire health care administration graduate, is the new administrator of the Sauk County Health Care Center in Reedsburg, Wis. Full story.
Sue Caley-Opsal Sue Caley-Opsal '94, who received a biology master's degree from UW-Eau Claire in 1994, is a professor of anatomy and physiology at Illinois Valley Community College and recently received IVCC's 2008 Faculty Excellence Award. Full story. back to top

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 (trivia@uwec.edu). Those sending correct responses to this month's question will be entered in a drawing for a UW-Eau Claire golf towel and balls. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the June issue of e-View.

May Blugold Trivia question:

What are the three learning goals set forth in UW-Eau Claire's new strategic plan, "Transforming Our Future"?

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!

April's winner:
Congratulations to Ron Hamilton, a 2007 UW-Eau Claire social work graduate! Ron has won the April Blugold Trivia prize in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that Emmet Horan was the first Eau Claire appointee to Wisconsin's Board of Regents of State Normal Schools. back to top

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