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UW-Eau Claire Foundation, YMCA to receive more than $8 million in estate gifts

Beat the winter blahs by attending an alumni event near you

Kiplinger's, WISTAX cite university for value, selectivity

Sexy Super Bowl ads not among viewer favorites, university researchers say

Civil rights activist Joanne Bland to give lecture Jan. 26

Nursing programs receive national reaccreditation

Member of psychology faculty publishes book on textile art therapy for women

Students explore new cultures during immersion trips

Grads invited to serve on Alumni Association board

J.D. and the Back-Alley Madmen to present reunion concert

Ticket sales for Viennese Ball to begin soon

Accounting students to provide free tax return assistance

New alumni success stories

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January 2012

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UW-Eau Claire Foundation, YMCA to receive more than
$8 million in estate gifts

Learn more about the Simpson family's legacy of leadership and service to students.
George Simpson Jr.
George L. Simpson Jr., who left estate gifts of more than $6 million to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, played on the 1941 UW-Eau Claire (then Eau Claire State Teachers College) football team. This photo is from the Eau Claire State Teachers College 1942 yearbook, the Periscope.

The UW-Eau Claire Foundation and the Eau Claire YMCA will receive gifts of an estimated $4.3 million each in the coming months as beneficiaries of a trust from the estate of Lt. Col. George L. Simpson Jr., the son of Col. George L. Simpson Sr., one of UW-Eau Claire's first faculty members, and Marie (Stannard) Simpson, a member of the university's first graduating class in 1917.

In 2003, following the death of Lt. Col. George L. Simpson Jr., the Foundation and YMCA were notified they would receive the gifts from the trust following the death of his widow, Denise Simpson. Denise Simpson died Dec. 23, 2011. In addition to the planned bequest from the trust, the Foundation received an outright gift of $2 million from the Simpson estate in 2003.
The more than $6 million gift to the university and the $4 million gift to the YMCA are the largest gifts received to date by either organization.

"UW-Eau Claire is immensely grateful to be the recipient of this gift from the estate of Lt. Col. Simpson, who clearly found the university to be an important part of his life and who now ensures that it will continue to make a difference in the lives of its students for years to come," said UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich. Full story. back to top

Beat the winter blahs by attending an alumni event near you

Let's Do Lunch! logoLet's Do Lunch! "Being a Cyclist in a Car-centric Land," Wednesday, Jan. 25, noon-1 p.m., Fanny Hill Restaurant, 3919 Crescent Ave., Eau Claire. Presented by Dr. Robert Eierman, director of the UW-Eau Claire Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, founding member of the UW-Eau Claire Clean Commute Initiative and chairman of the Eau Claire Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission.

Women's basketball teamWomen's Alumni Basketball Game. Saturday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m., Zorn Arena, followed by Blugold men's and women's varsity basketball teams facing UW-River Falls in the afternoon: women at 3 p.m., men at 5 p.m.

Ken AndersonBlugold Men's Basketball Alumni Day. Saturday, Feb. 4. Events begin at 5 p.m. with men's varsity game in Zorn Arena and also include introduction of 1952 team, naming of Zorn Arena court for legendary coach Ken Anderson and social at The Barley Club, Pine Meadow.

Wine and Beer Tasting at The Livery, Eau Claire. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m. Enjoy wine and beer, appetizers and a chance to win great Blugold door prizes and two bottles of wine donated by The Livery.

Minneapolis Area Alumni Gathering. Thursday, Feb. 16, 6 p.m., Medina Golf & Country Club, 400 Evergreen Road., Medina, Minn. Renew old friendships and make new acquaintances while you hear the latest UW-Eau Claire news, enjoy terrific food and register to win great UW-Eau Claire door prizes.

Additional details about these and other alumni events can be found on the Alumni Association events website. back to top

Kiplinger's, WISTAX cite university for value, selectivity

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UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson

Recent reports from two independent organizations — Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine and the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) — have highlighted the quality and value of a degree from UW-Eau Claire.

Kiplinger's has again named UW-Eau Claire one of the nation's 100 best values among public colleges. The magazine has consistently included UW-Eau Claire in its rankings of top-value colleges and universities for about 15 years. The rankings appear in Kiplinger's February issue and can be found online.

The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance also released a report placing UW-Eau Claire among the top three most selective universities in the UW System and as the second lowest in terms of student loan debt at graduation. WISTAX, a nonprofit research organization dedicated to citizen education, compares the UW System’s 13 four-year public universities on selectivity, size and retention in its report titled "Comparing UW Campuses: A Guide for Applicants, Parents." Full story. back to top

Sexy Super Bowl ads not among viewer favorites, university researchers say

Dr. Chuck Tomkovic Dr. Rama Yelkur
Dr. Chuck Tomkovick
Dr. Rama Yelkur

Super Bowl advertisers who plan to use sex appeal to make their ads more likable during the NFL's Super Bowl XLVI extravaganza should proceed with caution, according to two internationally recognized experts on Super Bowl advertisements.

"Sex appeal does not cause ad likability," said Dr. Rama Yelkur, a UW-Eau Claire marketing professor who has studied Super Bowl ads for nearly two decades. "If you're going to use it, you need to do so with caution and be smart about it."

Successful Super Bowl ads that do feature sexy images also include humor or other elements that appeal to viewers, said Dr. Chuck Tomkovick, a UW-Eau Claire marketing professor and Yelkur's research partner. Their data show that ads that rely only on sex appeal are not well liked, he said. Full story. back to top

Civil rights activist Joanne Bland to give lecture Jan. 26

Joanne Bland
Joanne Bland

UW-Eau Claire's Blugold Beginnings Learning Community and the student coordinators of the university's Civil Rights Pilgrimage will host a lecture by civil rights activist Joanne Bland at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 in Room 007 of Phillips Science Hall.

The free lecture is open to all educators, students and community members interested in diversity and civil rights issues.

Bland, co-founder and former director of the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute in Selma, Ala., is a U.S. Army veteran and graduate of the University of Staten Island in New York. She has presented at numerous conferences and workshops around the country, working to promote civil and human rights, and increasing voter awareness. Full story. back to top

Nursing programs receive national reaccreditation

Dr. Linda Young
Dr. Linda Young

UW-Eau Claire has been granted full reaccreditation for its baccalaureate and master's programs in nursing and full initial accreditation for its doctor of nursing practice program by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The reaccreditation for the baccalaureate and master's programs is for the maximum limit of 10 years, and the DNP program accreditation is for the maximum term of five years, said Dr. Linda Young, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Young noted that while the amount of work in preparing for accreditation of just one program is intensive, the nursing department had to prepare for and participate in three program reviews, with one of the programs, the DNP program, still in development at the time. Full story. back to top

Member of psychology faculty publishes book on textile art therapy for women

Dr. Ann Futterman Collier
Dr. Ann Futterman Collier

A member of the UW-Eau Claire psychology faculty has written a book that explores how the use of textile arts and handcrafts in therapy can contribute to women's psychological well-being.

Dr. Ann Futterman Collier, an adjunct assistant professor in the UW-Eau Claire psychology department and a faculty research fellow, has had her book, "Using Textile Arts and Handcrafts in Therapy with Women: Weaving Lives Back Together," published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Collier said her book is geared toward mental health professionals, fiber artists and anyone who enjoys working in the textile arts, including knitting, weaving, rug-hooking, felting, sewing and quilting. Full story. back to top

Students explore new cultures during immersion trips

Students create multimedia documentary in Peru during winter break

Three journalism and Spanish students and a journalism faculty member were in Peru as part of a Winterim immersion project.

During their time in Peru, the students gathered material for a multimedia documentary website focusing on a cultural exchange among indigenous textile weavers in the mountains of Peru and their customer-benefactors from across the United States. The UW-Eau Claire student team spent three weeks following an ArtAndes tour together with the Peruvian weavers who design and hand craft the rugs and wall hangings that are sold in western Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Dr. Mike Dorsher, associate professor of journalism, oversaw the multimedia journalism and Spanish immersion project, titled "Peru to Wisconsin: Weaving the Web."

Social work majors have immersion experience in Appalachia

Ten students participated in an immersion experience in the coalfields of eastern Kentucky and southwest Virginia. Dr. Vanda Galen, professor and chair of the social work department, along with clinical instructor Sarah Niles led the excursion, partially funded through the Blugold Commitment.

The immersion focused on the social work history of the area, the Appalachian culture and the conflicts arising in an economy based on extraction of coal. Students stayed in the coal company towns of Benham and Lynch, where they learned about community activism to limit mountaintop removal to extract coal. It was there they also met the "Petticoat Mafia," a group of older women who took over city government to improve community services. Full story. back to top

Grads invited to serve on Alumni Association 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 Tuesday, Jan. 31, will be considered for the board term beginning in May 2012. Applications received after that date will be considered for future board terms. Orientation for new 2012 board members will be held during the group's May 18 meeting. For more information, read the frequently asked questions about board membership and view the list of current board members. back to top

J.D. and the Back-Alley Madmen to present reunion concert

J.D. and the Back-Alley MadmenA group of UW-Eau Claire alumni musicians will return to Eau Claire to perform as part of the J.D. and the Back-Alley Madmen 25th anniversary reunion tour.

The band's concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Pioneer Tavern, 401 Water St., Eau Claire. Cover charge will be $5.

J.D. and the Back-Alley Madmen performed hundreds of gigs around the Midwest in the 1980s, including as the opening act for Stevie Ray Vaughan in Zorn Arena in 1985. Originally made up of Jazz Ensemble I members and formed to play two songs for the 1982 Homecoming Varsity Show, the rhythm-and-blues band quickly became a frequent performer at campus events and on Water Street.

About 20 former UW-Eau Claire music students have performed with the group over the years. Several university alumni and former attendees will perform during the Feb. 11 concert. More information. back to top

Ticket sales for Viennese Ball to begin soon

The 38th annual Viennese Ball will be presented April 13-14 at UW-Eau Claire. The doors of Davies Center will open at 6:30 p.m. for the ball, which is the largest social event hosted annually by the university. Proceeds from the event have provided more than $1 million in music scholarships and international study awards for deserving UW-Eau Claire students.

The 2012 Viennese Ball will be the last to be presented in the original Davies Center. The 39th annual event will take place in the new W.R. Davies Student Center, which is under construction.

Ticket brochures will be mailed the first week of February, and a printable ticket order form will also be available online beginning at 3 p.m. Feb. 3. Ticket orders must be submitted by U.S. Mail. If ticket requests exceed availability, orders will be returned. Full story. back to top

Accounting students to provide free tax return assistance

UW-Eau Claire accounting students will provide free 2011 income tax assistance to taxpayers who cannot afford to pay for professional help through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

VITA, a special program of the Internal Revenue Service and Wisconsin Department of Revenue, provides free tax return assistance to taxpayers with adjusted gross annual incomes under $50,000. UW-Eau Claire students will be available to meet with individuals on a first-come, first-served basis Monday-Wednesday, Feb. 6-April 11. More information. 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:

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Mollie Cipriano '86, a UW-Eau Claire management information systems and business administration graduate, has been promoted to vice president of adminstration for the Eau Claire-based Scobie Group. Full story.

Craig Brenholt

Craig Brenholt '75, a UW-Eau Claire business administration graduate who also received a master of science in teaching degree in 1985, has been named chief people officer for Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire, and St. Joseph's Hospital, Chippewa Falls. Full story.

David Peterson

David Peterson '86, a UW-Eau Claire management graduate, has been named vice president-sales and marketing for Delta Dental of Wisconsin. Full story.

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Jessica Sabrowsky '10, who received a master of science in nusing degree from UW-Eau Claire, has joined the sleep medicine team at Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar in Menomonie. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Carol Ness '08, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, has rejoined Mayo Clinic Health System-Home Health & Hospice to work in the Medical House Call Program. Full story.
Joe Fesenmaier

Joe Fesenmaier '88, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, has been appointed to the board of directors for Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. Full story.

Jim Theisen Jim Theisen '70, a UW-Eau Claire management graduate, has been appointed to the board of directors for Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Justin Aukema '08, a UW-Eau Claire history graduate, has published an article, "A Problem for all Humanity: Nagasaki Writer Hayashi Kyoko Probes the Dangers of Nuclear Energy," in The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus. Full story.
Rich White Rich White '79, a UW-Eau Claire political science graduate, has left his position as Eau Claire County district attorney and joined the Eau Claire law firm of Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci. (Photo by Shane Opatz of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.
Brita Spencer-Pratt Brita Spencer-Pratt '10, a UW-Eau Claire business communication graduate, organized the 2012 Cycling/PIYO challenge on New Year's Day as a fundraiser for Feed My People Food Bank and St. Francis Food Pantry. (Photo by Shane Opatz of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Tod Pritchard '85, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, was honored at the White House as a Champion for Change for his work in emergency preparedness and response. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Lisa Kiefer '90, a UW-Eau Claire business education graduate, and Jennifer Guenther '78, a UW-Eau Claire business administration graduate, are among the 14 individuals receiving a 2011 Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award from Gov. Scott Walker's Council on Financial Literacy. 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 sweatshirt. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the February 2012 issue of e-View.

January Blugold Trivia question:

Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine has again named UW-Eau Claire one of the nation's 100 best values among public colleges. How many colleges and universities did Kiplinger's evaluate to create its list of 100?

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!

December's winner:
Congratulations to Jay Dobson, a 2004 UW-Eau Claire management graduate and winner of the December Blugold Trivia prize! Jay's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that Beth Baier delivered the "Charge to the Class" at both December 2011 commencement ceremonies. back to top

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