Newest grads receive diplomas May 16
Spring commencement exercises for 1,217 students at UW-Eau Claire were held May 16 in Zorn Arena.
A total of 1,107 students were candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 572 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 227 from the College of Business, 229 from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and 79 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
A total of 110 students were master's degree candidates. Of those, 16 were from the College of Arts and Sciences, including six students who were candidates for specialist in education degrees; 32 were from the College of Business; 30 were from the College of Education and Human Sciences; and 32 were from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
JoAnne Brandes, a retired chief administrative officer and attorney at SC Johnson and JohnsonDiversey Inc. and a 1975 UW-Eau Claire journalism and political science graduate, delivered the "Charge to the Class" during the morning and afternoon ceremonies. Full story.
Five receive Alumni Association awards
Five graduates of UW-Eau Claire received awards from the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association May 16 at a luncheon and ceremony in conjunction with spring commencement. JoAnne Brandes 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. Reggie Bicha and Ritter Diaz 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. Michael Carney received the President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and service to UW-Eau Claire. Samual Ecoff 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. Full story.
Eighteen faculty, staff members retire
Eighteen UW-Eau Claire faculty, academic staff and classified staff members recently retired or have announced they will retire soon:
- Dr. Linda Carpenter, professor emerita of communication sciences and disorders
- Sylvia Emerson, operations program assistant, Parking and Transportation Services
- Larry Glenn, senior media specialist emeritus in Learning and Technology Services
- MaryEdna Hagen, university services program associate, College of Education and Human Sciences field experience office
- John Hildebrand, professor emeritus of English
- Marilyn Kanne, outreach program manager emerita in Continuing Education
- Ann Klawiter, university services associate, history
- Larry Lawrence, custodian, Schofield Hall
- Jeffery Odenbreit, electronics/media technician, Housing and Residence Life
- Larry Pittman, groundskeeper, Facilities Planning and Management
- Rick Richmond, administrative program manager emeritus in Learning and Technology Services
- Sandra Schulner, dean's assistant, College of Education and Human Sciences
- Theodore Short, advanced engineering specialist, Facilities Planning and Management
- Dr. Nicholas Smiar, professor emeritus of social work
- Dr. Lois Taft, professor emerita of nursing
- Ione Valk, office associate, University Centers and Programs
- Dr. Karen Welch, assistant professor emerita of English and director of composition
- Janet Wittrock, financial specialist, University Centers and Programs.
Read more about UW-Eau Claire's faculty and academic staff and classified staff retirees.
Alumni receive Kohl Foundation fellowships
The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2009 Fellowship award has been presented to 10 UW-Eau Claire alumni.
Each year the foundation awards 100 teachers throughout Wisconsin with $1,000 fellowships, and an additional $1,000 grant is awarded to each teacher's school for use in innovative educational projects.
Fellowship recipients are chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, ability to motivate others, and leadership and service in and outside of the classroom.
UW-Eau Claire alumni receiving the fellowship are: Benjamin Dallman ’03 (master of education-professional development), DeLong Middle School, Eau Claire; Jacquelyn Gaedtke ’73 (French), Tomahawk High School, Tomahawk; Jennifer Guenther ’94 (elementary/middle education), Saylesville School, Rubicon; Julie Hendricks ’82 (physical education and art), Weyauwega-Fremont High School, Weyauwega; Maggie Menard-Mueller ’74 (journalism), Woodlands School, Milwaukee; Vicki Santacroce ’88 (journalism), Parkview Middle School, Green Bay; David Schepp ’91 (music), West De Pere High School, De Pere; MaryAnn Smasal ’93 (art), Owen-Withee School, Owen; Michele Tippel ’94 (elementary/middle education), St. Stanislaus School, Stevens Point; and Kay Zastrow ’75 (special education), Kennedy Elementary School, Green Bay.
Sustainability practices focus of 'Let's Do Lunch' event
The food services director at UW-Eau Claire will discuss during a May 27 UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association luncheon how the university's dining service is using more sustainable practices.
Christian Wise, director of Blugold Dining, will present "Sustainability: Another Word for Efficient," from noon to 1 p.m. at Sweetwaters Restaurant in Eau Claire. Wise will examine how various changes in dining service practices are helping the university save water and energy and waste less food. Full story.
Shop for the blue and gold online
New items have recently been added to the Alumni Association's UW-Eau Claire Alumni Store. You’ll find great Blugold merchandise, including sweatshirts, T-shirts, caps and more, all in the right colors to bring out the Blugold in you!
Spring issue of The View online now posted
The electronic version of the spring 2009 issue of The View is now posted online.
The issue includes feature stories about indie music sensation Bon Iver, the Blugold Fellowship program, a partnership with Hormel Foods Corp., the benefits of student immersion experiences and the origin of the Blugold.
The View online also includes links to archived issues, online class notes, the alumni Web site, athletics and more.
UW-Eau Claire news roundup
Dr. Michael Wick has been named associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies for a two-year interim appointment. Read announcement.
Dr. Marty Wood has been named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for a two-year term. Read announcement.
Dr. Mary Zwygart-Stauffacher will continue as interim dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences for a second year. Full story.
The UW System Board of Regents has approved establishing a doctorate of nursing practice degree program at UW-Eau Claire. Media memo. Also see related news release.
UW-Eau Claire has established the Watershed Institute for Collaborative Environmental Studies. Full story.
An NSF grant will support a summer science research program beginning in June at UW-Eau Claire. Full story.
Alumni success stories
Read about the accomplishments of these and other UW-Eau Claire alumni on the Alumni Success Stories Web pages:
||Kevin Steiner '82, who received a master of business administration degree from UW-Eau Claire, has been promoted to president and chief executive officer of West Bend Mutual Insurance Co. Full story.
Amy Rubenzer-Wilder '99, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate, has won the logo design contest for the Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest celebration for the second time. Full story.
Travis Myren '97, a UW-Eau Claire political science and economics graduate, has been appointed director of Dane County's Department of Administration. Full story.
||Jason Gillette '96, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate and a music teacher at Brookfield Central High School, has received Lawrence University's 2009 Outstanding Teaching in Wisconsin Award. Full story.
||Shawn LaPean '83, a UW-Eau Claire political science graduate, is director of Cal Dining at the University of California, Berkeley. Full story.
Jane Berenz '82, a UW-Eau Claire special education graduate, has been chosen as the new superintendent of the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagen (Minn.) School District. Full story.
||Dennis Luginbill '92, '99, who received bachelor's and master's degrees in music from UW-Eau Claire, was commissioned to write a composition for the Chippewa Valley Symphony. (Photo by Dan Reiland of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.
||Steve Shimon '78, a UW-Eau Claire biology graduate, co-owns Peaceful Pets, a pet funeral and cremation service based in Richfield. Full story.
||Luke Bruflat '07, a UW-Eau Claire kinesiology graduate, has been named sport conditioning specialist at Momentum Sport Fitness of Eau Claire. Full story.
||Jon Sunde '06 and his brother, Jason '03, both UW-Eau Claire music graduates, make up two-thirds of the indie pop band Daredevil Christopher Wright. Full story.
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 (email@example.com). Those sending correct responses to this month's question will be entered in a drawing for a Blugold T-shirt. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the June issue of e-View.
May Blugold Trivia question:
Two alumni received the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award during an Alumni Association luncheon and ceremony held in conjunction with spring commencement. What are the names of the two recipients?
Know the answer? E-mail it, along with your name and class year, to firstname.lastname@example.org. You'll be notified by e-mail if you are this month's winner!
Congratulations to Gordon Meyer, a 1966 UW-Eau Claire social science graduate! Gordon has won the April Blugold Trivia prize in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that Buster Bulldog was the name of the mascot receiving the largest number of votes in a mascot contest sponsored by the Art Club in 1956.