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University ranks high in Open Doors study-abroad report

Student research to be published in Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry

Grant supports pilot program for CVTC-to-UW-Eau Claire transfer students

Turkey immersion program empowers, motivates students

The Forum to present award-winning journalist Josh Rushing Nov. 30

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet to give reading

Wausau West High School faculty establish scholarship

Chancellor receives award from student affairs organization

Graduate student earns top honors in thesis competition

Students and alumnus win during opera auditions event

Alumna, Fulbright Scholar to discuss international feminism

Sophomore wins $20,000 racing scholarship

Concert, CDs mark 50th anniversary of jazz at UW-Eau Claire

'Ye Olde Madrigale Dinner' set for Dec. 2-3

Annual Holiday Concert to be presented Dec. 4

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November 2011

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University ranks high in Open Doors study-abroad report

Nicholas Goffard in Australia
Nicholas Goffard, pictured in Australia, is among the many UW-Eau Claire students who have studied abroad. The 2011 Open Doors report has ranked UW-Eau Claire the highest among master's-level schools statewide for its number of students who study abroad for a semester or longer.

UW-Eau Claire continues to send more students abroad for midlength study-abroad experiences than any other master's-level university in Wisconsin, according to the 2011 Open Doors Report of the Institute for International Education.

UW-Eau Claire ranks 10th nationally among all master's-level schools in the number of students who participate in midlength (quarterlong or semesterlong) study-abroad programs, according to the Open Doors Report, which was released this week. UW-Eau Claire is the only Wisconsin school — public or private — on the top-20 list of master's-level schools that send students on midlength programs.

The report uses 2009-10 data to make its rankings, said Dr. Karl Markgraf, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education, noting that 296 students who studied abroad that year participated in midlength programs. Full story. back to top

Student research to be published in Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry

Chemistry researchers
Dr. Jim Phillips, Robin Knauf and Heather Helminiak (Photo by Kristen Gustavson)

Research done by a chemistry professor and a team of undergraduate student researchers at UW-Eau Claire will be published in the Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry.

Robin Knauf, a Rothschild native who earned a degree in chemistry in 2011 and now is pursuing her doctorate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was the principal author on the article, titled "Structural and energetic properties of alkylfluoride BF3 complexes in the gas phase and condensed-phase media: Computations and matrix infrared spectroscopy."

Heather Helminiak, a senior chemistry major from Junction City, and John Wrass, a 2010 chemistry graduate, worked with Knauf and Dr. Jim Phillips, professor of chemistry, on the research project. Full story. back to top

Grant supports pilot program for CVTC-to-UW-Eau Claire transfer students

Drew Hagen with Anthony Donovan
Drew Hagen, left, who transferred to UW-Eau Claire from Chippewa Valley Technical College in 2008, serves as a peer mentor to Anthony Donovan, who transferred from CVTC this fall, through a new program helping transfer students make the transition from the technical college to UW-Eau Claire. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

A UW System grant has made possible a pilot program at UW-Eau Claire to ease the transition for and success rate among students who transfer to UW-Eau Claire from Chippewa Valley Technical College.

The CVTC to UW-Eau Claire Transitions Program is funded by a grant of $47,350 from the 2011-12 Growth Agenda Grant Program, established to support initiatives to advance the goals of the UW System Growth Agenda for Wisconsin. The Growth Agenda seeks to leverage the UW System's strengths to develop human potential, create new jobs and strengthen local communities across Wisconsin.

The transitions program serves CVTC transfer students both while they are still enrolled at CVTC and after they enroll at UW-Eau Claire, said Bonnie Isaacson, nontraditional student coordinator in Academic Advising at UW-Eau Claire. The grant supports a half-time UW-Eau Claire advising staff member who facilitates increased collaboration between staff members at CVTC and UW-Eau Claire, a student-to-student mentoring program, more specialized advising for transfer students from CVTC and information sessions about the transfer process for CVTC students thinking about transferring to UW-Eau Claire, Isaacson said. Full story. back to top

Turkey immersion program empowers, motivates students

Students in Turkey immersion program
UW-Eau Claire students learn backgammon in a café in the Black Sea Coastal town of Eregli, Turkey, under the watchful tutelage of their local hosts. Casey Metcalfe, foreground right, takes on Eric Heacox.

A monthlong academic excursion that immersed 10 UW-Eau Claire students in daily Middle Eastern life has left the students feeling empowered, confident and motivated to build on their understanding of Turkish culture and language, says a faculty member who helped create the international experience.

"By all measures, the UW-Eau Claire Turkey Summer Immersion Experience was a success," said Dr. Paul Kaldjian, an associate professor of geography who traveled with the students to Istanbul and Anatolia. "From the students' perspective, the experience was world-view and life-changing. Clearly, the students were enthusiastic, engaged and anxious to experience new things. They enjoyed learning and pushing their own boundaries."

That was certainly true for Casey Metcalfe, a junior social studies education major from Eau Claire who had not previously traveled outside the United States.

"I'm going to be a better teacher and a better person because of the people I met through this program," said Metcalfe, who became interested in the immersion program after a history course piqued his interest in the region and its history. Full story. back to top

The Forum to present award-winning journalist
Josh Rushing Nov. 30

Josh Rushing
Josh Rushing

The Forum will present award-winning journalist Josh Rushing Nov. 30 at UW-Eau Claire. His lecture — "What's Wrong with American News? And Why It's Your Fault!" — will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

Rushing is presenter of "Fault Lines," Al Jazeera English's flagship current affairs television series about the Americas. A former U.S. Marine captain with 14 years of service, Rushing served as a spokesperson at Central Command in Doha, Qatar, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. His efforts to communicate the American message on Al Jazeera were captured in the independent film "Control Room" (2004), and made Rushing an accidental celebrity. The documentary first screened at the Sundance Film Festival, enjoyed theatrical release across the world and continues to affect audiences. "Control Room" will screen during the UW-Eau Claire International Film Series Dec. 1-4. Full story. back to top

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet to give reading

Natasha Trethewey
Natasha Trethewey

UW-Eau Claire will host Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Trethewey is the author of three books of poetry: "Domestic Work," "Bellocq's Ophelia" and the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Native Guard." She will read from new and old work at the Nov. 30 event, which is free and open to the public.

Trethewey teaches English and creative writing at Emory University. She is a recipient of the Lillian Smith Award for Poetry and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations. Born in Gulfport, Miss., in 1966, Trethewey's southern roots frequently influence her work. Her poems explore issues of race from the Civil War to present, including her experiences growing up in an interracial home in Mississippi in the 1960s. Full story. back to top

Wausau West High School faculty establish scholarship

Wausau West teachers
Wausau West teachers pictured are, back row from left: Sara Millard, Janna Hillman, Hayley Cramer, Jean Otto; and, front row, Jerry Reinardy, Sue Clairmore-Dix, Lynne Kohlhepp and Christine Kadonsky.

Jerry Reinardy, a 1991 UW-Eau Claire German education graduate who is a teacher at Wausau West High School, was reading e-View, UW-Eau Claire's online alumni publication, when he felt compelled to do something he discourages his students from doing; he copied somebody else's idea.

After reading that six UW-Eau Claire alumni who are on faculty at Grafton High School created a scholarship to encourage Grafton students to attend UW-Eau Claire, Reinardy was inspired to do the same at his school.

"I read about what Grafton (High School alumni) did and realized that with 15 UW-Eau Claire graduates on our staff at Wausau West, we could do it here as well," Reinardy said. Full story. back to top

Chancellor receives award from student affairs organization

Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich
Chancellor Brian
Levin-Stankevich

UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich is the recipient of a prestigious award from the leading association for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession.

Levin-Stankevich received of the President's Award from NASPA IV-East Region for his demonstrated leadership as a president who supports student development, his commitment to the university and the valuable contributions he has made to the region, according to Bill Mattera, awards chair for the NASPA IV-East Region.

"I am honored to be recognized by my colleagues and the NASPA organization for my efforts to help students succeed," Levin-Stankevich said. "This award, however, is more accurately a reflection of the exemplary work by the faculty and staff of our entire campus who put UW-Eau Claire students at the forefront of all we do." Full story. back to top

Graduate student earns top honors in thesis competition

Amber Zank
Amber Zank

UW-Eau Claire graduate Amber Zank earned first-place honors in UW-Eau Claire's annual Distinguished Master's Thesis Competition.

Each year faculty and staff members are encouraged to nominate theses considered exceptional for the competition, with judging provided by the Graduate Council faculty committee. For this year's competition, the nominee must have been awarded a master's degree between Oct. 1, 2010, and Sept. 30, 2011.

Dr. Michael Axelrod, associate professor of psychology, submitted Zank's thesis, titled "Training Individuals to Implement a Brief Experimental Analyses of Oral Reading Fluency." Axelrod was Zank's faculty thesis adviser during her time at UW-Eau Claire. Full story. back to top

Students and alumnus win during opera auditions event

Opera audition winners
Meagan Seubert, third from left, a senior vocal performance major, and Kevin Newell, fourth from left, a 2010 UW-Eau Claire graduate, were among those who received Encouragement Awards during the recent Wisconsin District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Two UW-Eau Claire students and a recent graduate were winners in the Wisconsin District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions held in October in Waukesha.

The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions is one of the most prestigious singing competitions in the United States and is known worldwide for its potential impact on the career development of young singers.

Vocal performance major Meagan Seubert, soprano, and 2010 graduate Kevin Newell, tenor, each received Encouragement awards along with $450 to assist them in furthering their studies.d must be monitored closely to avoid side effects, injury or death, he said. Full story. back to top

Alumna, Fulbright Scholar to discuss international feminism

Anne Elizabeth Moore
Anne Elizabeth Moore

A UW-Eau Claire alumna and Fulbright Scholar will return to campus next month to discuss international feminism and to share information about her work in Cambodia.

Writer, artist and speaker Anne Elizabeth Moore will speak at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 in Davies Theatre.

Moore's presentation, "Bringing Punk to Phnom Penh: Zines, Feminism, and Human Rights," will focus on issues related to international feminism and her time spent in Cambodia. Moore introduced zines, an outlet for feminist activism, to Cambodian women and girls. She wrote "Cambodian Grrrl," the first in a series of four volumes about independent culture, globalization and women's rights in Southeast Asia. Full story. back to top

Sophomore wins $20,000 racing scholarship

Aaron Telitz
Aaron Telitz

A UW-Eau Claire sophomore who hopes to one day be among the nation's elite race-car drivers won $20,000 in racing scholarship money earlier this month during an event in California.

Aaron Telitz, a 19-year-old geography major from Birchwood, earned fourth-place honors at the Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout held Nov. 3-6 at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in California.

Twenty-two top U.S. and international go-kart drivers competed in the four-day shootout event, which included racing in the Formula Skip Barber 2000 race car, a smaller version of a Formula One car. Full story. back to top

Concert, CDs mark 50th anniversary of jazz at
UW-Eau Claire

Jazz Ensemble I
Jazz Ensemble I

In celebration of 50 years of jazz studies at UW-Eau Claire, the university's Jazz Ensemble I — a six-time winner of the Down Beat Award for Best College Big Band and a two-time Grammy nominee — will perform its winter concert and release two new CDs at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The concert will feature many varieties of music, including movie themes by Patrick Williams; early 1930s jazz; big band music from Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton and The Airmen of Note; as well as student compositions and a special selection from the last album recorded by fusion saxophone genius Michael Brecker. Full story. back to top

'Ye Olde Madrigale Dinner' set for Dec. 2-3

Madrigale Dinner
UW-Eau Claire's "Ye Olde Madrigale Dinner" will feature a royal court, including a king, queen and jester.

The UW-Eau Claire Chamber Choir will present the 20th anniversary of the "Ye Olde Madrigale Dinner" at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. UW-Eau Claire is the only four-year university in Wisconsin to have a Madrigale dinner.

The dinner features a 15th-century-style banquet, show and selections of madrigal-style music performed by the Court Chamber Choir, directed by Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music.

The choir, composed of 24 UW-Eau Claire musicians, plays a royal court celebrating a successful harvest and the excitement of the holiday season. The court has gathered in the Great Hall of Lord and Lady Chamberlain's castle to share a night of laughter over the antics of the court jester.

The performances will include a variety of musical experiences, including the Court Chamber Choir, the Court Brass Choir, the Court Thespians, Gamba Consort, Draw and Quarterstaff, and Paula Smith on harp. Full story. back to top

Annual Holiday Concert to be presented Dec. 4

Holiday Concert logoUW-Eau Claire's department of music and theatre arts and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation will continue a long-standing tradition by offering the 37th Holiday Concert at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 4 in Zorn Arena.

The concert will feature performances by The Singing Statesmen, Symphonic Choir, University Symphony Orchestra, Women's Concert Chorale, Women's Chorus, Concert Choir and Wind Symphony. A song composed by Dr. Ethan Wickman, assistant professor of music, will be performed. Wickman's work — "Greater Love Than This Hath No Man" — was commissioned by the Concert Choir, led by Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music. Full story. 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:

Dave Zdrazil Dave Zdrazil '02 and Shannon Sullivan '02, both UW-Eau Claire art graduates, exhibited works in the Ceramics Annual of America 2011 Exhibition and Art Fair at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal

Tim Abraham '81, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, is conducting a yearlong photo-a-day project. Full story.

Colleen Keegan

Colleen Keegan '05, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate, has received the 2011 Award of Excellence-Activity Professional of the Year by the Wisconsin Representatives of Activity Professionals. Full story.

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Mark Kalish '79, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, has designed the Lightning electric hot rod, which recently had its Eau Claire debut. Full story.
Amy Schaefer Amy Schaefer '00, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, has earned her Certified Internal Auditor Certification from the Institute of Internal Auditors and has been appointed to the Association of Credit Union Internal Auditors board of
directors. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal

Suzanne Moore '73, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate, was an illuminator on the team creating the recently completed, handwritten St. John's Bible. Full story.

Barb and Tom Johnson Barb Johnson '74, a UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate, and Tom Johnson '75, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, have been named Philanthropists of the Year by Chippewa Valley Fund Raising Professionals. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Ken Brosky '04, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, recently published his first collection of published short stories titled "The Unauthorized Biography of Michelle Bachmann (and other stories)." Full story.
Benjamin Roesch Benjamin Roesch '01, a UW-Eau Claire history graduate, has been elected shareholder in the Seattle office of the Lane Powell law firm. Full story. back to top

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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 long-sleeved 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:

The 20th annual "Ye Olde Madgrigale Dinner" is scheduled for Dec. 2 and 3 at UW-Eau Claire. Who plays the court jester in this year's production?

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!

October's winner:
Congratulations to Kathy Lampi, a 1987 UW-Eau Claire marketing and economics graduate and winner of the October Blugold Trivia prize! Kathy's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that the second album by the indie-rock band founded and led by Justin Vernon '04 is titled "Bon Iver, Bon Iver." back to top

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