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UW-Eau Claire receives bids for construction of new Education Building

Eau Claire Jazz Festival set for March 29-April 1

Mogensen Lecture features renowned expert on multicultural education

Edwards, Weingarten to speak at Devroy Forum April 19

The Forum presents sports journalist Dave Zirin

UW-Eau Claire named to Community Service Honor Roll

Science alumna receives prestigious graduate research award

Honors students enjoy new living-learning community

Nursing, education, social work students observe diverse cultures during Fresno immersion project

Students help establish homeless shelter in Eau Claire

Marketing forum series kicks off with 'Women in Sales' panel discussion

'Let's Do Lunch!' speaker to discuss Negro Leagues' contributions to the sport of baseball

Alumni invited to join Blugold Career Network

Blugold Beginnings seeks community volunteers for campus visit days

Viennese Ball tickets still available

Open house scheduled for new online degree program

New alumni success stories

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March 2012

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UW-Eau Claire receives bids for construction of new
Education Building

Education BuildingMiron Construction Co. Inc., Neenah, is the apparent low bidder for construction of the new education building at UW-Eau Claire. Bids for construction of the center were opened March 15, and Miron Construction submitted the apparent low bid of $30.83 million.

Read about how student research is guiding campus tree removal and replacement into the future.

Eleven bids from seven construction companies in Wisconsin and four in Minnesota were submitted. The bids are available for review on the Division of State Facilities website (select the "bid tab" link in the information dated March 15 regarding the Education Building).

The Division of State Facilities, which is responsible for construction of the building, will now work with Miron Construction to verify the apparent low bid and enter into a contract. Construction is expected to begin in late May or early June. Full story. back to top

Eau Claire Jazz Festival set for March 29-April 1

Trumpet player John Raymond '09 will be among UW-Eau Claire alumni performing during the 2012 Eau Claire Jazz Festival. This slideshow highlights a November 2011 concert in Eau Claire featuring Raymond and several other Blugold alumni. (Slideshow produced by Rick Mickelson)

The Eau Claire Jazz Festival — which began on the UW-Eau Claire campus 45 years ago — is one of the oldest jazz festivals in the country and one of the largest in the Midwest. The festival, scheduled for March 29-April 1 this year, has its roots in UW-Eau Claire's jazz studies area, which is celebrating its 50th year. The nonprofit organization Eau Claire Jazz continues to partner with UW-Eau Claire to host the jazz festival, which each year attracts more than 2,500 college, high school and middle school musicians.

With more than 5,000 people attending the annual event, the festival results in more than $750,000 in tourism-related revenue. Many of the Jazz Festival events will be hosted on campus, and many students, faculty members and alumni will participate as performers or judges. For a full schedule, see the Eau Claire Jazz Festival website.

A number of UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and alumni will perform as part of the Jazz Festival's 52nd Street event Friday, March 30, at various locations along Barstow Street in downtown Eau Claire. Music will begin at 5 p.m. but will "explode" at 10 p.m., when Barstow Street will become New York City's famous 52nd Street, with musicians performing jazz at participating locales.

Read about some of the featured Jazz Fest events. back to top

Mogensen Lecture features renowned expert on multicultural education

Christine Sleeter
Dr. Christine Sleeter

A distinguished educational researcher will offer encouragement and practical steps for educators to effectively nurture historically underserved students in their classrooms during the ninth annual Martin Mogensen Education Lecture at UW-Eau Claire.

Dr. Christine Sleeter, professor emerita in the College of Professional Studies at California State University, Monterey Bay, will present "Nurturing Intellectual Work Where You Might Not Always Expect to Find It" from 4-5:15 p.m. March 29 in Room 100 of Hibbard Humanities Hall. Full story. back to top

Edwards, Weingarten to speak at Devroy Forum April 19

Bob Edwards Gene Weingarten
Bob Edwards
Gene Weingarten

Hall of Fame radio interviewer Bob Edwards and double Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Gene Weingarten of The Washington Post will interview each other beginning at 7 p.m. April 19 during the 2012 Ann Devroy Memorial Forum in UW-Eau Claire's Schofield Auditorium.

Edwards has been the host of "The Bob Edwards Show" on SiriusXM Radio since 2004, along with "Bob Edwards Weekend" on Public Radio International. Prior to that, he hosted National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" for nearly 25 years. Edwards began his career with NPR in 1974, co-hosting NPR's "All Things Considered."

Weingarten, a nationally syndicated humor writer for The Washington Post, won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 2008 and 2010. He worked as an editor and staff writer for The Post for 19 years before retiring in 2009, but he remains there on contract. His column "Below the Beltway" has been featured in The Post's Sunday magazine since July 2000. Full story. back to top

The Forum presents sports journalist Dave Zirin

Dave Zirin
Dave Zirin

Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation magazine and a prominent authority on politics in sports, will speak March 28 at UW-Eau Claire. The Forum will present his lecture, titled "Not Just a Game: The Political Education of Sports," at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.

Named one of the Utne Reader's "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World," Zirin is The Nation's first sports writer in the magazine's 150-year history. He hosts Sirius XM Radio's popular weekly show "Edge of Sports Radio" and his blog is read by thousands of people each week. Called "the best sportswriter in the United States" by sports journalist Robert Lipsyte, Zirin also is a columnist for SLAM Magazine and The Progressive. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire named to Community Service Honor Roll

Community Service Honor Roll logoFor the fifth time since 2006, UW-Eau Claire has been recognized for its outstanding community service programs by a federal agency charged with fostering an ethic of volunteerism and service in America.

UW-Eau Claire was among about 500 public and private colleges, universities and professional schools named to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

The program is designed to increase public awareness of the contributions that college students are making within their communities and across the country through volunteer service. Full story. back to top

Science alumna receives prestigious graduate
research award

Beverly Piggott
Beverly Piggott

A 2005 UW-Eau Claire biochemistry/molecular biology graduate is one of 13 graduate students from universities across North America to receive the prestigious 2012 Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award sponsored by the Basic Sciences Division of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

As a recipient of the award, Beverly Piggott — now a doctoral candidate in molecular and integrative physiology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor — will give a research presentation during a scientific symposium May 4 at the Hutchinson Center in Seattle. At the University of Michigan, Piggott has spent six years studying the neural circuits that allow the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans to move. Most recently, she was the lead author on an article, "The neural circuits and synaptic mechanisms underlying motor initiation in C. elegans," published in November in the scientific journal Cell. Full story. back to top

Honors students enjoy new living-learning community

Honors students

Several members of the Honors Living-Learning Community take a break from helping freshmen move into Bridgman Hall at the start of the fall semester. Pictured, from left, are Hannah Zidon, Tiffany Christner, Bailey Lieck and Alexis Wong.

Last fall, a large group of UW-Eau Claire students walked to the Farmers Market in Eau Claire's Phoenix Park to find some locally grown cuisine. Later that night, the students crammed into Bridgman Hall's kitchen, used what they found at the market to prepare a stir-fry and shared the meal together.

"It was a great way for everyone to interact and work as a team, with a delicious result," senior Laurelyn Wieseman said of the outing and dinner, which was enjoyed by students who are part of a UW-Eau Claire Honors Program Living-Learning Community.

The university's Honors Program created its own living-learning community in an effort to expand the program's reach and to increase students' sense of connection to the program. The new community began in fall 2011, with Wieseman, a Latin American studies major from Lake Geneva, serving as the community's first resident assistant. Full story. back to top

Nursing, education, social work students observe diverse cultures during Fresno immersion project

Students in Fresno

Nursing, education and social work students learned about the Hmong/Southeast Asian and Latino cultures through partnerships with the Fresno Center for New Americans, the Clovis Unified School District and many other service agencies in the Fresno region during their two-week immersion project in Fresno, Calif.

When Randi Winchester signed on for a two-week immersion project in Fresno, Calif., the UW-Eau Claire junior was set on someday becoming a social worker in a high school.

After shadowing social workers at a hospice, visiting a substance abuse treatment center for women, and seeing how an advocacy organization supports the Latino, Southeast Asian and Hmong populations, Winchester is more certain than ever that she wants a career in social work. But she no longer knows the specific path she will follow once she earns her social work degree.

"We were asked numerous times during our trip what we saw as our future careers," said Winchester, Racine. "At one point, instead of saying high school social worker, I said, 'After hearing all the possibilities that I have in this field, I actually have no idea.'" Full story. back to top

Students help establish homeless shelter in Eau Claire

Alyssa Walker Shauna Stoeger
Alyssa Walker
Shauna Stoeger

When Dr. Donald Mowry, a social work professor and director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for Service-Learning, asked his global poverty students to choose a semesterlong project, a trio of students never expected the assignment to grow into something that would make a lasting impact on the Eau Claire community.

Through the assignment, Julie Koehler, Colfax, Shauna Stoeger, New London, and Alyssa Walker, Fitchburg, joined the Shelter Coalition, an established group of community members that ultimately created the Sojourner House — a new homeless shelter in Eau Claire.

The Sojourner House opened Nov. 1, 2011, with a mission to provide a safe, clean place for single adults to sleep overnight, shower, clean their clothing and have breakfast while ensuring their personal dignity, respect and safety. Full story. back to top

Marketing forum series kicks off with 'Women in Sales' panel discussion

Hot Topics logo"Women in Sales: Can you be successful and still have a life?" is the title of a panel discussion set for Tuesday, March 27, at UW-Eau Claire. The discussion, which will begin at 5 p.m. in Schneider Hall Room 100, is the first event in the department of management and marketing’s new Hot Topics: Marketing Forum series. The event is free and open to the public.

The panel presentation will give participants a glimpse into the lives of three successful sales women:

  • Jenna Weber '08, senior customer executive, Hormel
  • Kay Kacheroski '96, haberdasher, Tom James of Minneapolis
  • Darlene Von Arx '91, LUTCF, executive sales representative, Liberty Mutual

The women panelists will discuss why they chose sales as a profession and what a typical day is like for them. They will offer tips for getting a job in sales and strategies for advancing one’s career. Full story. back to top

'Let's Do Lunch!' speaker to discuss Negro Leagues' contributions to the sport of baseball

Let's Do Lunch! logoJoin the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association for this month's "Let's Do Lunch!" noon-hour speaker series Wednesday, March 28, at Fanny Hill Restaurant in Eau Claire. Enjoy a luncheon buffet, informative presentation and engaging discussion with a UW-Eau Claire expert.

Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, associate professor of history, will discuss the contributions of the Negro Leagues, a group composed solely of black baseball players who helped counter discrimination and challenged baseball's standards of a white-dominated sport. More information. back to top


Alumni invited to join Blugold Career Network

Are you looking for a way to stay connected to UW-Eau Claire? Would you like to help current UW-Eau Claire students learn about careers? If so, Blugold Career Network is for you! To learn more and to join, select “New Mentor” from the drop-down box on the website. Already signed up? If you’re a registered mentor, we’d like to make sure we have your most current information in our database. Please log in and make sure your information is up-to-date by selecting "My Profile."

Although you might not be contacted very frequently, keep in mind that your profile is still being viewed by our students. The career-related information you provide assists students with selecting a major, making the connection between majors and careers, and learning about career development strategies. We look forward to your joining the Network! back to top




Blugold Beginnings seeks community volunteers for campus visit days

Blugold Beginnings logoThe Blugold Beginnings program is looking for community volunteers to assist with a two-day event that will bring 1,600 fifth-graders to the UW-Eau Claire campus April 26-27.

Fifth-grade students from Arcadia, Chippewa Falls, Black River Falls, Augusta and Fall Creek will tour campus April 26, while students from Eau Claire and Altoona will have their Fifth-Grade Tour Day on April 27.

Blugold Beginnings is a precollege access program that pairs UW-Eau Claire student mentors with youth in area schools. The program aims to inform and inspire underrepresented students about higher education and how it is attainable for them. Full story. back to top

Viennese Ball tickets still available

Viennese BallFriday-night tickets remain for the 38th annual Viennese Ball April 13 and 14 at UW-Eau Claire. Tickets for Saturday night's event are sold out.

Tickets for April 13 are available at the Service Center in Davies Center's east lobby. The Service Center is open from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. weekends.

Patrons also may charge their tickets to Discover, MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call 715-836-3727 — or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free 800-949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

The largest social event hosted annually by the university, the Viennese Ball is presented from 6:30 p.m.-1 a.m. in Davies Center. The event promotes positive university, community and international relations by expanding an awareness and appreciation of Viennese culture, history and music. Proceeds provide music scholarships and international study awards for deserving UW-Eau Claire students.back to top

Open house scheduled for new online degree program

BPS open houseDesigned for busy adults, UW-Eau Claire's fully online Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) in organizational leadership and communication degree completion program provides the practical knowledge and professional skills necessary for success and advancement in many careers.

Additional information will be provided at an open house scheduled for Wednesday, April 4, from 6-8 p.m. in the Presidents Room of Davies Center. Complete open house details can be found online.

If possible, RSVP Phil Huelsbeck at ce@uwec.edu or toll free 1-866-893-2423. Can't attend the open house but want to learn more? Email professionalstudies@uwex.edu or call toll free 1-877-895-3276. 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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Maribeth Witzel-Behl '95, a UW-Eau Claire journalism and political science graduate, is city clerk for the city of Madison. Full story.

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Kirk Frey '82, a UW-Eau Claire business finance graduate, is a volunteer with King's Closet, a shop providing free clothing to needy people in the Eau Claire area. Full story.

Gina Gladwell

Gina Gladwell '08, a UW-Eau Claire business finance graduate, has been named by the RCU investment and insurance team as a financial consultant, registered representative of INVEST Financial Corp. Full story.

Bruce Hering Bruce Hering '80, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate who also received a master of education-professional development in 1994, is band director at Eau Claire's North High School and will lead the school's Jazz I band in the prestigious Essentially Ellington contest in New York in May. (Photo by Shane Opatz of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.
Sara Finger Sara Finger '99, a UW-Eau Claire political science graduate and executive director of the Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health, is one of three finalists for the first-ever STAND AND DELIVER award sponsored by Merz Aesthetics. Full story.
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Mark Treinen '91, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate and editor of the Wausau Daily Herald, has been elected president of the Wisconsin Associated Press Editors Association. Sid Schwartz '84, also a journalism graduate and local news editor of The Janesville Gazzette, was elected wire watch chair. Full story.

Judy Wiegand Judy Wiegand '84 a UW-Eau Claire special education graduate, has been named superintendent of Champaign, Ill., Unit 4 schools. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Greg Doverspike '00, a UW-Eau Claire social studies graduate, has been named superintendent of the Durand school district. 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 umbrella. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the April 2012 issue of e-View.

March Blugold Trivia question:

A number of UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and alumni will participate in the 2012 Eau Claire Jazz Festival, which is set for March 29-April 1. Who are the two guest artists and jazz greats who will lead master classes on the UW-Eau Claire campus during Jazz Festival weekend?

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!

February's winner:
Congratulations to Todd Ostrem, a 1986 UW-Eau Claire mathematics and computer science graduate and winner of the February Blugold Trivia prize! Todd's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that an average of 135 student-sponsored events are held in Schofield Auditorium every year. back to top

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