The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association offers the following opportunities to gather with fellow alumni and friends in July:
Thursday, July 12:Ghost Tours of Door County and dinner, Sturgeon Bay. Alumni and friends are invited to board the Door County Trolley at Stone Harbor Resort at 5 p.m. and head off for a pizza buffet at The Orchards at Egg Harbor at 5:30 p.m. Reboard at 7 p.m. for a tour of ghostly sunken ships, haunted lighthouses and mysterious happenings on the darker side of the peninsula. Cost is $50 per person, which includes round trip on the Trolley, pizza buffet and two beverages. Friday, July 13:Washington Island Ferry and Cherry Train luncheon tour, Washington Island. Meet at Northport Pier at 9:30 a.m.; ferry will leave the dock at 10 a.m. Travel to Washington Island Detroit Harbor. Board the Cherry Train for a tour of the island, with stops at Jackson Harbor Museum, Art and Nature Center, and more. Lunch will be at the Ships Wheel; return to Northport Pier by 3 p.m. Cost is $42 per person, which includes ferry, tour and lunch. RSVP for one or both events by July 6. View invitation.
Tuesday, July 17:Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals, Miller Park, Milwaukee. Join other alumni and friends at 5 p.m. for a pregame event in the Aaron Room. Enjoy brats, burgers, hot dogs, beer and all the fixin's. Cost of $57 includes game ticket, pregame meal, and Milwaukee Brewers and UW-Eau Claire door prizes. RSVP by July 10. View invitation.
Wednesday, July 25:Alumni Night at Fanny Hill, Eau Claire. Gather on Fanny Hill's tiki deck at 5 p.m. for an evening of food, drink and entertainment. Music by John Nielson and Friends begins at 6 p.m. Door prizes will be awarded, and you'll hear an update on campus construction. Event is free to UW-Eau Claire alumni. RSVP by July 18. View invitation.
The video above gives a quick update on recent campus construction activity.
The UW-Eau Claire campus is undergoing a physical transformation with several major construction projects currently under way. Here's a rundown of the campus construction schedule:
Continued work on the new W.R. Davies Student Center building and surrounding site. The new student center is expected to be completed and open to students by the start of the fall 2012 semester.
Demolition of the old W.R. Davies University Center and Campus School.
The start of construction on the university's new Education Building (a project expected to be completed in fall 2013).
The start of construction of the new green space in the area of the old Davies Center.
Construction of a new storm sewer from the site of the new Education Building to Garfield Avenue.
Construction of a new steam line from Hibbard Hall to Phillips Hall.
Reconstruction of the Haas Fine Arts parking lot.
Videos and photos are being shot almost daily to record all of the construction activities. View a photo album that gives an overview of the action. And stay up-to-date by visiting UW-Eau Claire's construction Web page.
Dr. Debra Jansen named associate dean of nursing
Dr. Debra Jansen
Dr. Debra Jansen has been named associate dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at UW-Eau Claire.
Jansen has served as interim associate dean since July 2010 and was acting associate dean the previous year. She begins her permanent associate dean position on July 1.
"I am delighted that Dr. Jansen has accepted the position of associate dean," said Dr. Linda Young, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
"During her time in the interim position, Dr. Jansen has advocated for students and student services, has participated in successful grant writing for the department of nursing and has held a high standard of excellence in her administrative functions." Full story.
Faculty from nursing and English to serve as EDI fellows
Dr. Mary Canales
Dr. David Jones
Dr. Mary Canales, associate professor of nursing and a women's studies affiliate, and Dr. David Jones, associate professor of English and women's studies, will serve as UW-Eau Claire's next equity, diversity and inclusivity fellows.
As EDI fellows, Canales and Jones will work with departments across campus, the University Senate and university administration to identify and promote best practices to advance EDI efforts. This is the third appointment of an EDI fellowship and the first to be a split appointment.
"This split appointment of the EDI fellowship shows the strength of our faculty and our determination as a university to continue to advance our efforts to promote diversity and maintain an inclusive environment," Provost Patricia A. Kleine said of the appointment of Canales and Jones. Full story.
Donna Weber receives academic staff excellence award from UW System
Donna Weber, director of human resources at UW-Eau Claire, has received a UW System Academic Staff Award for Excellence, the System's highest recognition for academic staff members.
A member of the UW System for 32 years, Weber became the human resources director at UW-Eau Claire in 2001. The UW System award honors her in-depth knowledge of legislative and program changes, along with her ability to communicate clearly about complicated issues. Full story.
McIntyre Library hosting exhibit chronicling the African-American baseball experience
McIntyre Library at UW-Eau Claire is hosting "Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience," a national traveling exhibition that chronicles the remarkable history of baseball's Negro leagues and the challenges and successes of African-American baseball players.
The exhibit is scheduled to run through July 2 in McIntyre Library.
The traveling exhibit is based on an exhibition on permanent display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. Full story. (See related story.)
UW-Eau Claire junior Taylor Kuether, Grafton, has been awarded the 15th Ann Devroy Memorial Fellowship, presented annually to a UW-Eau Claire journalism student who shows exceptional promise and ability.
The fellowship includes a three-week residency at The Washington Post, a $2,000 scholarship to offset the costs of the residency and a paid summer internship at a Wisconsin newspaper. Kuether will be at The Post during her winter break in January 2013.
"For someone who is only midway through her journalism studies, Taylor has gained an extraordinary amount of journalism experience while working at The Spectator, Volume One and the Leader-Telegram," said Dr. Mike Dorsher, an associate professor of journalism and Kuether's academic adviser. Full story.
Student Fulbright recipient to study in Iceland
A UW-Eau Claire student will study at the Nordic Volcanological Center at the University of Iceland for the 2012-13 academic year under the U.S. Student Fulbright program. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Participants are chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential.
Giselle Conde, a senior from Eau Claire with a double major in geology and Spanish, will spend nine months in the capital city of Reykjavik working with geochemists at the research center.
"I will be researching the geochemistry of obsidian, or volcanic glass," Conde said. "I will also take graduate geology courses. I'd like to take a course in volcanology and also one in Icelandic language and culture. I've always been very interested in other cultures, and Iceland has a very rich history and culture. Full story.
Student awarded research fellowship at Mayo Clinic
Cancer has caused sorrow for Nicholas Warren. Now, the UW-Eau Claire student will conduct research he hopes will prevent others from feeling that same pain.
Warren, a junior biochemistry and molecular biology major from Vadnais Heights, Minn., will spend the summer doing research at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He will work in the Endocrinology Research Unit, analyzing muscle biopsies in relation to muscle synthesis and degradation.
"This study is trying to determine the effects of things such as age, hormone levels and diabetes on a condition called sarcopenia," Warren said. "Sarcopenia, a disorder generally associated with the elderly, is primarily characterized by muscle weakness." Full story.
Chemistry student to conduct MS research at Ohio State
A UW-Eau Claire senior will spend much of the summer seeking success on the campus of Ohio State University.
Amanda Buchberger, a chemistry major from Portage, will participate in Ohio State's Summer Undergraduate Course Creating Excellence in Scientific Study (SUCCESS) program. Buchberger will spend nine weeks doing research beginning June 11.
"I will be doing student-faculty collaborative research on multiple sclerosis," Buchberger said. "We were given a list of professors with their research interests, and this caught my attention. I just recently learned that a past family member had been plagued by this disease." Full story.
Students bring 'Music + Memories = Magic' group to local community
A group of social work students from UW-Eau Claire is working on an initiative to bring music, memories and magic to local community members with Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
The group is collecting old but functional iPods, along with over-the-ear headphones. The iPods will be programmed with songs that match each resident's lifelong music tastes.
"Social workers are committed to advocating for an enhanced quality of life for all people, and especially for populations with special needs," said Dr. Donald Mowry, professor of social work. "I was thrilled when this group of students did not hesitate to commit themselves to this 'Music + Memories = Magic' project, as it demonstrates that they have the value base that will enable them to become skilled and competent professionals." Full story.
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:
Nate Babcock '09, a UW-Eau Claire psychology graduate, has been named assistant coach for the Lakers basketball team at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich. Full story.
Robyn Conrad '82, a UW-Eau Claire physical education (teaching) graduate, has been elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Full story.
Dave Holm '79, a UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate, has retired from teaching after 33 years with the Baraboo School District. (Photo by Ed Zagorski of the Baraboo News Republic)Full story.
Carole Halberg '72, a UW-Eau Claire graduate with majors in English and geography, and Wayne Halberg '73, a social studies graduate who also received a master of education-professional development in 1986, traveled to Cuba earlier this year through National Geographic's newly approved Cuban people-to-people tours. Full story.
James Welker '59, a UW-Eau Claire speech graduate, has retired after serving as a Rock County judge for 24 years. (Photo courtesy of the Janesville Gazette)Full story.
Matt Gibson '72, a UW-Eau Claire music (education) graduate, has retired as superintendent of the Elmbrook School District. Full story.
Lynn Frank '69, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, has retired as vice president and chief nursing officer for Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Full story.
Pam White '82, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate who also received a master of science in nursing in 1988, has been named vice president and chief nursing officer for Mayo Clinic Health System-Northwest Wisconsin Region. Full story.
Craig Aderhold '88, a UW-Eau Claire economics (business) graduate, has been named 2012 Financial Services Champion by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Full story.
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June Blugold Trivia question:
The UW-Eau Claire Phillips parking lot is currently undergoing reconstruction. What campus landmark connecting upper and lower campuses will be inaccessible during this project period?
Know the answer? Email it, along with your name and class year, to email@example.com. You'll be notified by email if you are this month's winner!
Congratulations to Todd Ostrem, a 1986 UW-Eau Claire mathematics and computer science graduate and winner of the May Blugold Trivia prize! Todd's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that the title of alumnus Michael Perry's recently performed and produced live-audience humor recording is "The Clodhopper Monologues."