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Beat the winter blues by attending an alumni event!

Alumni choir tour provides unforgettable experience

Graduate creates scholarship for farm-family students

Alumni establish fund to encourage leadership in multicultural affairs

Kiplinger's again names UW-Eau Claire a best-value college

Martin Luther King activities set for Jan. 17

Yes, we're printing a new alumni directory!

Health care reform focus of January 'Let's Do Lunch!'

Grads invited to serve on alumni board

Tournament to benefit Blugold women's golf team

Tickets for Cabaret XXXIII still available

'Ask a Scientist' series continues with children's program on skeletons

Anonymous donors fund endowment for global learning

Registration open for spring adult community classes

Plan now for Senior Americans Day

New alumni success stories

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January 2011

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Beat the winter blues by attending an alumni event!

Reconnect with your alma mater by participating in an alumni event near you. The following are examples of some of the events being offered by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association in February:

Women's basketball teamWomen's alumnae basketball game: Blugold women's basketball alumnae are invited to participate in the annual women's alumnae basketball game at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, in UW-Eau Claire's Zorn Arena. Participants are invited to remain on campus following the alumnae game to cheer on the Blugold men's and women's varsity basketball teams as they face UW-Platteville. The Blugold men will play at 3 p.m.; the women will play at 5 p.m. To participate in the women's alumnae game, contact Tonja Englund, women's basketball head coach, at engluntj@uwec.edu or 715-836-3489.

Wine and beer tasting at The Livery: UW-Eau Claire alumni are invited to attend a wine and beer tasting at The Livery Restaurant & Cowtown Saloon, 316 Wisconsin St., Eau Claire, Thursday, Feb. 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sample more than a dozen wines and beers and enjoy delicious appetizers. Blugold door prizes will be awarded. Cost is $30.

Beat the Winter Blues at Grizzly’s: A "Beat the Winter Blues" alumni gathering is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at Grizzly's Wood Fired Grill & Steaks, 4890 Golf Road, Eau Claire. Enjoy refreshments, appetizers, terrific Blugold door prizes and music by The Swinging Babylonians.

For additional details about these events and others in the works, go to the online alumni events calendar. back to top

Alumni choir tour provides unforgettable experience

Alumni Choir
Alumni Choir
Alumni Choir
Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff conducts the Alumni Concert Choir during a rehearsal at La Madeleine Dec. 28. (Photos by Jens Schott)

Nearly 40 UW-Eau Claire choral alumni, current Concert Choir students and other friends of the university’s choral program recently participated in an Alumni Concert Choir Tour to Paris and London.

Conducted by Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music and director of choral activities at UW-Eau Claire, the choir performed in three prestigious venues while touring Britain and France over the winter holidays.

While in Paris, the choir presented an afternoon concert in La Madeleine (Church of St. Mary Magdalene) Dec. 28 and gave a morning recital at Notre Dame Cathedral Dec. 30. The group then performed the evensong service at Westminster Abbey in London New Year’s Eve.

“The opportunity to perform at these three world-renowned venues is both humbling and exciting,” Schwartzhoff said. “For this ensemble, each performance offered a different opportunity, from a full concert to a recital to an Anglican choral service.

"The UW-Eau Claire Concert Choir and The Singing Statesmen have each appeared at these venues over the years," Schwartzhoff said. "In the case of Notre Dame Cathedral, this concert marked the fourth appearance by a UW-Eau Claire ensemble since 1994. I believe that the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Concert Choir will long remember this experience for its uniqueness and cultural opportunities.”

“It’s Schwartzhoff’s reputation in choral circles that got us into these venues,” said Marcia Van Beek, director of major gifts for the UW-Eau Claire Foundation and a member of the alumni choir. “For the choir, the experience was emotional and musically fulfilling. To sing in places where the great choral masters — both composers and conductors — have been, plus the historical value of each of these places, provided an experience none of us will forget.” back to top

Graduate creates scholarship for farm-family students

John Kaczmarczyk
John Kaczmarczyk

A 1972 UW-Eau Claire graduate has established a scholarship through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation that will help children from Wisconsin farm families afford a college education.

John Kaczmarczyk, who was a history major and member of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity at UW-Eau Claire, grew up on a dairy farm. Because of the family farm's limited income, Kaczmarczyk, his brother Thomas and sister Karen Kaahui were the only three members of his family of nine to be able to attend UW-Eau Claire. Recognizing the continuing need to help farm-family children attend college, Kaczmarczyk established the Kaczmarczyk Kaahui Memorial Blugold Promise Scholarship for students from farm families who have academic potential but limited income. The scholarship was established in memory of his parents, Stanley and Delores, and sister Karen. Full story. back to top

Alumni establish fund to encourage leadership in multicultural affairs

Angela Pittman Taylor and Angie Hambrick

Angela Pittman Taylor and Angie Hambrick recently established a UW-Eau Claire scholarship fund to promote student leadership in multicultural affairs.

Two communication graduates from UW-Eau Claire have established a scholarship to assist students interested in leading activities related to multicultural affairs and social justice.

The Alumni of Color Social Justice and Inclusion Scholarship was funded through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation with initial gifts from Angie Hambrick and Angela Pittman Taylor, who graduated in 2002 and 2000, respectively. While studying at UW-Eau Claire, Hambrick and Pittman Taylor were involved with most of the multicultural student organizations and events on campus and were dedicated to inclusion and social justice for all students. Pittman Taylor served as president of the Black Student Association for two years. Hambrick was vice president at the time and then became president for two years after Pittman Taylor graduated. Full story. back to top

Kiplinger's again names UW-Eau Claire a best-value college

Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine has again named UW-Eau Claire one of the nation's 100 best values in public colleges.

In Kiplinger's 2010-11 "100 Best Values in Public Colleges," UW-Eau Claire is ranked 68th for in-state students and 69th for out-of-state students. The rankings are based on academic quality, overall costs and financial aid availability.

"This ranking reinforces earlier studies by the College Board and U.S. News and World Report citing the affordability of and access for low-income families to the extraordinary education offered here at UW-Eau Claire," Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich said. "Our deeply committed faculty and staff offer both classroom and experiential learning opportunities that prepare the accomplished graduates that Wisconsin needs to be globally competitive. The Kiplinger's recognition demonstrates our success in cost-effectively meeting the challenges to higher education laid out in the recent 'Be Bold Wisconsin' study." Full story. back to top

Martin Luther King activities set for Jan. 17

Martin Luther King ceremonyA ceremony to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Ecumenical Religious Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

More than 60 youth from Lakeshore Elementary and Delong Middle schools in Eau Claire, along with UW-Eau Claire students and community members, will participate in the Martin Luther King Remembrance ceremony.

"This is going to be a wonderful celebration that brings together people of all ages from throughout the community and the campus," said Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, associate professor of history and UW-Eau Claire's Campus Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity Fellow. "The messages shared through song, Dr. King's speeches, videos and photographs will be very powerful." Full story. back to top

Yes, we're printing a new alumni directory!

AlumniFor the first time since 2002, the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association will print a new alumni directory, and the 2011 directory project is under way.

Some of you may have already been contacted by Publishing Concepts Inc. by mail, phone or e-mail and asked to update your information. If not, you should hear from PCI soon. We understand that you might not want to provide your information to just anyone, so we want you to know that the company’s request is legitimate. Your participation is critical to compiling an up-to-date directory, and the finished product will give you the opportunity to reconnect with old friends. PCI will offer you several options for purchasing a directory.

Questions about the directory project should be directed to John Bachmeier ’81, director of alumni relations at UW-Eau Claire, at bachmejg@uwec.edu or 715-836-3266. back to top

Health care reform focus of January 'Let's Do Lunch!'

Let's Do Lunch!The complex details of health care reform will be presented in an easily digestible form during an upcoming luncheon hosted by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association.

"The Economics of Health Care Reform" — a user-friendly summary of the legislation and how it may affect the economic health of consumers — is scheduled for noon-1 p.m. Jan. 26 at Sweetwaters Restaurant in Eau Claire as part of the Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch!" series. The event is open to the public and reservations are required.

Dr. Eric Jamelske, associate professor of economics at UW-Eau Claire, will put this complex information into perspective with an overview of U.S. health care spending, the effect on insurance and the uninsured, comparisons with other developed countries and a user-friendly synopsis of the recent health care reform legislation. Full story. back to top

Grads invited to serve on alumni board

Alumni Association logoUW-Eau Claire alumni interested in serving on the Alumni Association board of directors are encouraged to submit the online application form for board membership. Applications received by Monday, Jan. 31, will be considered for the board term beginning in May 2011. Applications received after that date will be considered for future board terms. Orientation for new 2011 board members will be held during the group's May 20 meeting. For more information, read the frequently asked questions about board membership and view the list of current board members. back to top

Tournament to benefit Blugold women's golf team

Women's golf teamRegistrations are now being accepted for the Doug Georgianni Memorial Golf Tournament, scheduled for Tuesday, March 22, at the Rio Verde Country Club in Rio Verde, Ariz.

Proceeds from the tournament, named in memory of UW-Eau Claire’s first women’s golf coach, will benefit the Blugold women’s golf program.

The UW-Eau Claire 2010-11 women’s golf team will be on hand to play golf with tournament participants. The event also includes contests, prizes and dinner. Play begins at 12:45 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m.

Georgianni was the Blugold women’s golf coach from 1995 to 2001 and was instrumental in building a nationally recognized program. He first took the team to the NCAA Division III nationals in 2001, and this tradition has been repeated annually since then. Georgianni died in April 2009 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Registration closes March 1. For registration and sponsorship information, visit www.douggeorgianni.org or call 602-228-2569. Charitable gifts from those who cannot participate are welcome and may be made online. Designate your gift to the Georgianni Women’s Golf Fund. back to top

Tickets for Cabaret XXXIII still available

CabaretTickets are limited but still available for UW-Eau Claire's 2011 Cabaret XXXIII show, "Broadcast." This year's musical revue showcases songs that define sections of a television news broadcast, including breaking news, politics, sports, weather and more.

Performances for the popular show are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20-22 and Jan. 27-29, 2011, in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. Matinees are scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 22 and Jan. 29.

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

'Ask a Scientist' series continues with children's program
on skeletons

David Lonzarich
Dr. David Lonzarich

The "Ask a Scientist" series continues this month with a presentation for children by Dr. David Lonzarich, professor of biology at UW-Eau Claire. The event will take place from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Children's Museum of Eau Claire

Lonzarich will have a vast array of skeletal models available for children to see and touch. The main purpose of the models is to let children compare and contrast the different forms present in the skeletons. The various forms lead to explanations and descriptions of the ways that animals function in the real world. For example, how are the "fingers" of a bat similar and yet different from human fingers and why? Does the size and structure of the jaw bone of an animal tell us anything about what the animal might eat? Full story. back to top

Anonymous donors fund endowment for global learning

Mai Neng Vang
Mai Neng Vang

Donors who wish to remain anonymous have established a scholarship with the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to support students who seek to expand their global awareness. The first recipient of the scholarship, created in honor of Tom and Eleanor Wildrick, is sophomore Mai Neng Vang, Stevens Point, a political science major who will study at William Paterson University in New Jersey this spring through the National Student Exchange program.

"I was delighted to hear that a donor has provided this opportunity for students with financial need to participate in global learning experiences," said Bruce Ouderkirk, director of the university's Student Support Services program. "The cost is a barrier for many students who would like to engage in these experiences, and this scholarship will make an important difference." Full story. back to top

Registration open for spring adult community classes

Registration is now open for spring 2011 Community Classes for Adults from UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education/UW-Extension.

Designed for beginners and beyond, the noncredit courses will be held on the UW-Eau Claire campus. Courses vary in cost. Spring 2011 courses are:

  • "Intermediate Digital Photography"
  • "Historical Bindings: German and Coptic"
  • "Drawing: For the Absolute Beginner"
  • "Chinese Culture, Communication and Customs"

To register, obtain a brochure with full course descriptions and additional program information, or request reasonable accommodations for disabilities, call 715-836-3636 or 866-893-2423, use the Wisconsin Relay System (711), visit www.uwec.edu/ce or e-mail ce@uwec.edu. Early registration is recommended as courses fill quickly.

Online courses on a wide variety of topics also are available. New sessions start every six weeks. To review topics, prices and start dates, visit www.ed2go.com/uwecce. Full story. back to top

Plan now for Senior Americans Day

The 23nd annual Senior Americans Day will be held from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. March 22 in Davies Center at UW-Eau Claire.

Designed for adults 55 and over, the theme will be "Life Under Construction." The goals include dispelling the myths of aging; reinforcing positive aspects of aging; and providing information to help meet the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of older adults.

Keynote speaker Joan Fleming will open with an address titled "Living Zestfully!" For 30 years she has presented workshops from Hawaii to Alaska. Her research has been on "zestful" people who live their lives with greater creativity and imagination, forming strong bonds within their families and among their friends.

Senior Americans Day participants can visit exhibit halls and choose from more than 35 workshops on such topics as fitness, winemaking, health issues, the outdoors and local history. Full story. 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:

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Thomas Anderson '02, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, has joined the Bakke Norman law firm, practicing in its New Richmond office. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Shirley Ruesch '77, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate who also received a master of science in teaching degree in 1983, had her "holiday memory" published in the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Full story.
Carole Halberg Carole Halberg '72, a UW-Eau Claire English and geography graduate, has been named the first executive director of the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Mark DeLap '80, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, has had his book "A Warrior's Heart" published by PublishAmerica. Full story.
Tracy Kuehni-Flanagan

Tracy Kuehni-Flanagan '92, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, has been promoted to director of patient financial services for Hospital Sisters Health System Division (western Wisconsin). Full story.

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Reggie Bicha '92, a UW-Eau Claire social work graduate, has been appointed to head the Colorado Department of Human Services. Full story.
Kathy Bernier Kathy Bernier '98, a UW-Eau Claire political science graduate, has been sworn in as representative for Wisconsin's 28th Assembly District. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Robin Doerr '85, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate, has been named executive director of marketing and communications for The Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colo. Full story.
Justin Vernon Justin Vernon '04, a UW-Eau Claire comparative studies in religion graduate, was named to the No. 6 spot on National Public Radio's "All Songs Considered" list of top 10 albums of 2010. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Barb Hemberger '82, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, has been promoted to senior vice president in Weber Shandwick's healthcare practice. 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 mug. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the February issue of e-View.

January Blugold Trivia question:

One of the adult community classes to be offered by UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education/UW-Extension this spring is "Intermediate Digital Photography." Who will teach the course?

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!

December's winner:
Congratulations to James Fedie, a 2002 UW-Eau Claire management graduate and winner of the December Blugold Trivia prize! James' name was drawn from among those who knew that, in addition to alumni Robin Rosemeyer '92 and Jeff Rosemeyer '80 (high school football coaches who recently coached their respective teams to impressive finishes in the WIAA tournament), their brothers Rodney Rosemeyer '92 and Dean Rosemeyer '79 also are Blugold alumni and football coaches. Rodney is head football coach at Durand High School, and Dean is an assistant football coach for the Blugolds. back to top

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