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Zorn Arena basketball court to be named in honor of former coach

UW-Eau Claire, City Council declare Dec. 13 'Bon Iver Day'

Seven grads to receive Alumni Association awards

Commencement for 750 students set for Dec. 17

Two longtime faculty members retire

Seven members of the classified staff retiring

Chancellor visits Jinan University as invited lecturer

International students add $5 million-plus to local economy

AIDS Memorial Quilt on campus through Dec. 16

Chemistry professor starts business to develop safer anticoagulent medications

Kaldjian honored for work to facilitate better understanding of Islam and Muslims

Tickets for Cabaret XXXIV now available

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December 2011

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Zorn Arena basketball court to be named in honor of
former coach

Ken Anderson
Former Blugold men’s basketball head coach Ken Anderson.

The Zorn Arena basketball court at UW-Eau Claire will be named in honor of former Blugold men's basketball head coach Ken Anderson, Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich announced today during a news conference on the Zorn Arena court.

The announcement followed Levin-Stankevich's approval of a recent request from a group of men's basketball alumni to name the court. The Ken Anderson Court will be formally dedicated during Blugold Basketball Alumni Weekend in February 2012.

"The naming of the Ken Anderson Court pays tribute to a long and successful career and to Ken's influence on basketball in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and the country," Levin-Stankevich said. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire, City Council declare Dec. 13 'Bon Iver Day'

Bon Iver concert
Bon Iver crowd
Bon Iver performed before sold-out crowds Dec. 12 and 13 in Zorn Arena. (UW-Eau Claire photos by Bill Hoepner)

The Eau Claire City Council voted on a resolution in which the city and UW-Eau Claire jointly proclaimed Dec. 13 "Bon Iver Day."

The proclamation marked the Eau Claire-based indie rock band's wrap-up of its successful 2011 U.S. and European tours with sold-out concerts Dec. 12 and 13 at UW-Eau Claire's Zorn Arena.

The proclamation notes Bon Iver "has its roots in, and has brought and continues to bring widespread attention to, the rich and growing musical and cultural scene in Eau Claire." It also cites the band's founder, Justin Vernon, a graduate of Eau Claire Memorial High School and UW-Eau Claire, and his leadership of the group, as well as Bon Iver's four recent Grammy nominations as reasons for the proclamation.

View photos from the Dec. 12 concert on UW-Eau Claire's Facebook page, and read a concert review in the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Full story. back to top

Seven grads to receive Alumni Association awards

Beth Baier Faye Deich
Katina Kravik Scott Bertzyk
David Hein Lillian Friedberg
Todd Herbert Alumni Association award winners are, clockwise from top left, Beth Baier, Faye Deich, Scott Bertzyk, Dr. Lillian Friedberg, Todd Herbert, Dr. David Hein and Katina Kravik.

Seven accomplished alumni will return to campus to receive awards from the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association Dec. 17 at a luncheon and ceremony in conjunction with fall commencement.

"We will celebrate the talent, creativity and leadership of these individuals who represent and honor this university so well," John Bachmeier, director of Alumni Relations, said of the awards. "The university is proud to recognize these exceptional graduates for their professional success and for their service to others."

Receiving the Lifetime Excellence Award will be Beth Baier, who graduated in 1979 with degrees in journalism and Spanish; and Faye Deich, who graduated in 1979 with a nursing degree. The award is presented to alumni who have demonstrated longtime and successful commitment to their careers and communities.

Receiving the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award will be Scott Bertzyk, who graduated in 1981 with degrees in accounting and business administration; and Dr. Lillian Friedberg, who graduated in 1985 with degrees in German and English. The award recognizes distinguished service to the community, state or nation that brings credit upon the recipient and the university.

Receiving the President's Award will be Todd Herbert, a 1980 education graduate; and Dr. David Hein, a 1977 chemistry graduate. The award recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and service to UW-Eau Claire.

Katina E. Kravik, a 1997 English graduate, will receive the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award, which acknowledges special achievements and great promise of alumni who are within 15 years of their graduation. Full story. back to top

Commencement for 750 students set for Dec. 17

Class of 2011Commencement exercises for 750 students at UW-Eau Claire will be held Dec. 17 in Zorn Arena.

Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as candidates for master's degrees, will receive degrees during the 9 a.m. ceremony. Candidates from the College of Business, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and College of Education and Human Sciences will receive degrees during the 2 p.m. ceremony. Those unable to attend can view the ceremony online.

A total of 718 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 317 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 149 from the College of Business, 185 from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and 67 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

A total of 32 students are master's degree candidates. Of those, eight are from the College of Arts and Sciences, 20 are from the College of Business and four are from the College of Education and Human Sciences. Full story. back to top

Two longtime faculty members retire

Dr. Mohamed Elgindi
Dr. Mohamed Elgindi
Dr. Kate Hale Wilson
Dr. Kate Hale Wilson

Two longtime members of the UW-Eau Claire faculty retired in November.

Dr. Mohamed Elgindi, professor emeritus of mathematics, and Dr. Kate Hale Wilson, senior lecturer emerita of English, will be recognized during fall commencement Dec. 17.

Elgindi, who retired after 24 years of service, joined UW-Eau Claire's faculty in 1987 as an assistant professor of mathematics. He became an associate professor in 1995 and a professor in 2000. He was a visiting professor of mathematics at King Fahd University in Egypt in 1989-90 and in 2009-10. Elgindi earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Alexandria in Egypt in 1975, his master's degree from the University of London in England in 1978 and his doctorate from Michigan State University in 1987.

Hale Wilson, who retired after 24 years of service, joined the English department in 1987. In 2008 she was named UW-Eau Claire's first sustainability fellow, a position within the Chancellor's Office, which she held until 2011. She received her bachelor's degree in English from Milligan College in 1979, and her master's degree (1983) and doctorate (1994) from Michigan State University. Full story. back to top

Seven members of the classified staff retiring

Seven members of the classified staff at UW-Eau Claire have announced their recent or upcoming retirements. They are: Steven Erickson, custodian; Sally Felling, university services program associate; Joseph A. Garcia, custodian; Linda Glenna, academic department associate; Julie A. Lee, financial specialist; Kathleen LeMay, licensed practical nurse; and Susan Lue Olson, custodian. Full story. back to top

Chancellor visits Jinan University as invited lecturer

Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich
Chancellor Brian
Levin-Stankevich

UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich returned Dec. 7 from a three-week trip to China, where he was invited to serve as a visiting lecturer at Jinan University's Zhuhai College.

The trip, funded primarily by Jinan University and partly by the UW-Eau Claire Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, allowed the chancellor to enhance his ongoing teaching and research in legal history while also strengthening existing and developing new UW-Eau Claire ties with China.

Both objectives for the trip were "satisfied beyond my expectations," Levin-Stankevich said.

Levin-Stankevich, also a member of UW-Eau Claire's history faculty, regularly teaches a course on legal history. The China trip presented him with opportunities to add "significant perspective" and new material for his courses and research, he said. Full story. back to top

International students add $5 million-plus to local economy

Karl Markgraf
Dr. Karl Markgraf

The 228 international students who studied at UW-Eau Claire last year pumped more than $5.2 million into the Chippewa Valley economy, according to a report released this month by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

NAFSA's Economic Impact Statements report considered foreign students' spending on living expenses, tuition and fees when making its estimates about the economic impact of the international students and their families.

"Our international students are making significant contributions to the local and regional economy," said Dr. Karl Markgraf, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education. "In addition to paying their university tuition and fees, these students are spending money in restaurants, on entertainment, in stores and in other area businesses. They take advantage of the many experiences available to them on campus, as well as in the community and beyond. There is a substantial financial benefit to the region and the state by having foreign students on our campus." Full story. back to top

AIDS Memorial Quilt on campus through Dec. 16

AIDS Memorial Quilt logoUW-Eau Claire will display the largest community art project in the world — The AIDS Memorial Quilt — through Dec.16. People can view the quilt from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. each day in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt began with a single 3-by-6-foot panel created in San Francisco. Today, the quilt includes more than 47,000 individual 3-by-6-foot panels, each one commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS. The panels come from every state in the nation and every corner of the globe. Panels have been sewn by hundreds of thousands of friends, lovers and family members.

Providing an opportunity for the UW-Eau Claire and greater Eau Claire communities to experience The AIDS Memorial Quilt has been something Chris Jorgenson has wanted since becoming UW-Eau Claire's LGBTQ program coordinator.

"The AIDS Memorial Quilt remains a powerful symbol of the global impact of HIV/AIDS," Jorgenson said. "You can't adequately describe it. You have to experience it and feel it." Full story. back to top

Chemistry professor starts business to develop safer anticoagulant medications

David Lewis
Dr. David Lewis

A UW-Eau Claire chemistry professor who has expertise in synthetic chemistry has established a new business in an effort to develop a safer anticoagulant medication.

Dr. David Lewis is a founder of McDel-Topology LLC, a company established to help develop new and safer derivatives of warfarin, an anticoagulant medication used to decrease the development of blood clots in people with disorders such as heart disease and people who have undergone joint replacement surgery.

Doctors have found that there is great variability of patient response to warfarin; some patients are extremely susceptible to its properties, while others are fairly resistant, Lewis said. As a result, the dosage used is critical and must be monitored closely to avoid side effects, injury or death, he said. Full story. back to top

Kaldjian honored for work to facilitate better understanding of Islam and Muslims

Paul Kaldjian
Dr. Paul Kaldjian

A faculty member in the geography and anthropology department at UW-Eau Claire received the 2011 Building Bridges Award in the education category from the Islamic Resource Group.

Dr. Paul Kaldjian, associate professor of geography, received the award for his efforts in facilitating a better understanding of Islam and Muslims among college students. The Building Bridges Award acknowledges outstanding bridge builders from among educators, community leaders, interfaith activists, media representatives and healthcare providers.

Kaldjian was recognized at the Islamic Resource Group's 10th anniversary celebration and Building Bridges Awards Banquet Nov. 12 in Minneapolis, Minn. Full story. back to top

Tickets for Cabaret XXXIV now available

Cabaret XXXIVUW-Eau Claire's department of music and theatre arts will present Cabaret XXXIV in January with eight performances and a cast of 150 performers. Tickets for this year's show, "Careers," are now on sale.

Performances for the popular show are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19-21 and 26-28 in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. Matinee performances will be at 2 p.m. Jan. 21 and 28.

Cabaret features student performers from ensembles in the music and theatre arts department as well as various small acts and solo performers. The concert will include performances by Concert Choir, The Singing Statesmen, Women's Concert Chorale, UW-Eau Claire jazz ensembles and the University Symphony Orchestra. Full story. back to top

 

UW-Eau Claire Foundation provides
year-end giving information

As we approach the end of the 2011 calendar year, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation wants to take this opportunity to thank you for your past generosity and remind you that it's not too late to make an annual contribution in support of UW-Eau Claire. This is especially important for your tax planning.

We offer the convenience of a secure website for credit card gifts (www.uwec.edu/fndn/giving.htm). You can make a gift online through Dec. 31.

You also can stop by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, located in 214 Schofield Hall on campus, to make your gift in person, or phone us toll-free at 877-625-2473 to make your gift with a credit card. If you would like to mail your gift, please send it to:

UW-Eau Claire Foundation
214 Schofield Hall
105 Garfield Ave.
P.O. Box 4004
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004

The Foundation office will be open as follows:
Week of Dec. 12: Monday-Friday, 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Week of Dec. 19: Monday-Friday, 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Dec. 27-30: 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The Foundation office will be closed on:
Monday, Dec. 26
Monday, Jan. 2

Please note: Credit card gifts via U.S. mail must be received in our office on or before Friday, Dec. 30, to be processed in the current calendar year.

Thank you for considering an investment in UW-Eau Claire. We wish you a Happy New Year!

P.S. If you have already made your gift this year, please disregard this message and accept our sincere thanks for your generosity.

ONE WORD: FOUNDATION
Adding just one word — Foundation — to the university's name will make sure that your gift delivers maximum benefit to our campus. In your will or trust, or on your check, or in any other transfer document, such as a deed, beneficiary designation or stock power, direct your gift to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to ensure that your gift will be administered for Eau Claire, in Eau Claire, and not elsewhere. back to top

 

 

 

New year, great new UW-Eau Claire
Visa Signature® Card offer!

Start the year on the right foot with the UW-Eau Claire Visa Signature® Card. Sign up today, and you’ll get a 1.99% Intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for six billing cycles, and after that a variable rate, currently 9.99%-21.99%1!  Plus, whenever you use your UW-Eau Claire Visa Signature®, you’ll earn one point for every net dollar spent.

The UW-Eau Claire Visa Signature® Card also provides great benefits, including:

  • 1,000 bonus rewards points with your first purchase2
  • Unlimited rewards points2
  • No preset spending limit 3
  • Special Signature advantages such as Concierge Services4

Plus, with every Visa Signature Card purchase, U.S. Bank will make a contribution to the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association!

Click here to apply today!

Hurry, offer ends March 31, 2012.

1 The 1.99% introductory APR applies to purchases and is valid for the first six billing cycles. The 0% introductory APR applies to balance transfers [made within 30 days of account opening] and is valid for the first six billing cycles. The introductory rate does not apply to cash advances. Thereafter, the APR may vary and as of 10-01-11, the undiscounted variable APR for Purchases and Balance Transfers is 9.99% - 21.99% based on your creditworthiness. The variable APR for Cash Advances is 23.99%. Cash Advance fee: 4% of each advance amount, $10 minimum. Convenience Check fee: 3% of each check amount, $5 minimum. Cash Equivalent fee: 4% of each cash amount, $20 minimum. Balance Transfer fee: 3% of each transfer amount, $5 minimum. There is a $2 minimum finance charge where interest is due. The annual fee is $0. Foreign Transaction fee: 2% of each foreign purchase transaction or foreign ATM advance transaction in U.S. Dollars. 3% of each foreign purchase transaction or foreign ATM advance transaction in a Foreign Currency. We may change APRs, fees, and other Account terms in the future based on your experience with U.S. Bank National Association ND and its affiliates as provided under the Cardmember Agreement and applicable law. We apply your minimum payment to balances with lower APRs first. Amounts paid over the minimum payment will be applied in the order of highest to lowest APR balances.

2 Accounts must be open and in good standing (not past due) to earn and redeem points.

3 Certain restrictions and exclusions may apply. Individual transactions are evaluated by U.S. Bank based on factors such as suspected fraud, Account history, credit record, payment resources, revolving balances, prior cash advances, and safety and soundness considerations. If U.S. Bank authorizes a transaction that causes you to exceed your revolving credit line, then you must pay, as a part of your monthly minimum amount due, the amount by which your new balance exceeds your credit line.

4 Cardmembers are responsible for the cost of any goods or services purchased by Visa Signature Concierge on cardmembers’ behalf.

The creditor and issuer of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Card is U.S. Bank National Association ND, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. back to top

 

Alumni success stories

In addition to the alumni below, you can read about the accomplishments of other UW-Eau Claire alumni on the Alumni Success Stories Web pages:

Carol Isaksson Carol Isaksson '82, a UW-Eau Claire French graduate who also received a bachelor of science in nursing degree in 2011, has been named assistant director of surgery for Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal

Chad Frase '01, a UW-Eau Claire elementary education and art graduate, has written a book about deer for children. Full story.

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal

Jay Olstad '01, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, has joined KARE-TV in Minneapolis as a general assignment reporter. Full story.

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Dawn Marcott '09, who received a master of science in teaching degree in elementary education from UW-Eau Claire, is a "wish granter" for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Ryan Burr '01, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, ran 11 marathons in 2011 to rase money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Full story.
Charles Grossklaus

Charles Grossklaus '69, a UW-Eau Claire business administration graduate, has retired as CEO for RCU in Eau Claire after 40 years with the credit union. Full story.

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal John Woodington '06, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, has had his short story "Camouflage" published in the fall issue of the nation's oldest continuously published literary journal, The Sewanee Review. Full story.
Kim Schulte-Shoberg Kim Schulte-Shoberg '09, who received a master of business administration degree from UW-Eau Claire, has joined UW-Stout as director of business and financial services. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Sean Carey '07, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, was recently interviewed about his association with the indie rock band Bon Iver in the Madison alternative weekly newspaper, Isthmus. Full story. back to top

Blugold Trivia headline
Show how much you know about UW-Eau Claire — AND win great Blugold prizes! Email 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 hooded sweatshirt. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the January 2012 issue of e-View.

December Blugold Trivia question:

Commencement exercises for 750 students at UW-Eau Claire will be held Dec. 17 in Zorn Arena. Who will deliver the "Charge to the Class" at the morning and afternoon ceremonies?

Know the answer? Email it, along with your name and class year, to trivia@uwec.edu. You'll be notified by email if you are this month's winner!

November's winner:
Congratulations to Kurt Johnson, a 1974 UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate and winner of the November Blugold Trivia prize! Kurt's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that the role of the court jester in this year's "Ye Olde Madrigale Dinner" was played by sophomore Jared Beebe. back to top

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