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Gilles Bousquet appointed UW-Eau Claire interim chancellor

UW-Eau Claire to partner in major downtown Eau Claire development project

Newest graduates to receive diplomas May 19

First nursing doctoral degrees to be awarded at commencement

Seven to receive Alumni Association awards

Budget cuts reduce printed View to one per year

Matt Siverling named Blugold men's basketball head coach

Major campus construction activity planned for the summer

Groundbreaking for new Education Building set for May 18

Student Senate supports proposal to power new Davies Center with renewable energy

Bookstore to close to accommodate move to new Davies

Help preserve the 'best seats in the house'

Princeton Review again lists university among top 'green' schools in the country

Kimera Way receives Chamber of Commerce Woman of Achievement Award

Students receive honors, awards, scholarships

UW-Eau Claire expands student immersion opportunities

'Let's Do Lunch!' speaker to discuss issues related to aquatic systems

Continuing Education to offer summer and fall community classes for adults

Summer Events program on hiatus for 2012

New alumni success stories

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May 2012

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Gilles Bousquet appointed UW-Eau Claire interim chancellor

Gilles Bousquet
Gilles Bousquet

Gilles Bousquet (pronounced zheel boo-SKAY), dean of UW-Madison’s Division of International Studies and vice provost for globalization, will serve as UW-Eau Claire’s interim chancellor following the departure of Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich, who announced in March that he was leaving Wisconsin to become president of Westminster College in Utah. UW System President Kevin P. Reilly announced Bousquet's appointment April 18.

Levin-Stankevich's final day as chancellor was May 1. UW-Eau Claire Provost and Vice Chancellor Patricia Kleine is serving as officer-in-charge until Bousquet’s appointment begins on July 15.

In addition to serving as dean, Bousquet is director of UW-Madison's International Institute, special assistant to the chancellor for international engagement and the Pickard-Bascom Professor of French. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire to partner in major downtown Eau Claire development project

Confluence Project

Clear Vision Eau Claire has announced a public-private partnership that intends to construct a new community arts center, commercial/retail complex and university student housing at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers in downtown Eau Claire.

The Confluence Project is planned on property commonly referred to as the “Haymarket Site,” consisting of the Farmers Store and Market Square buildings that border the downtown Haymarket parking lot. The property is being acquired by Haymarket Concepts LLC, which is a partnership between Commonweal Development Corp., Market & Johnson Inc. and Blugold Real Estate LLC, a subsidiary of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Expanding the site to include buildings along South Barstow Street to allow for additional commercial space also is being considered. Full story. back to top

Newest graduates to receive diplomas May 19

CommencementCommencement exercises for students at UW-Eau Claire will be held May 19 in Zorn Arena.

Candidates from the College of Business, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and College of Education and Human Sciences will receive degrees during a 9 a.m. ceremony. Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as candidates for doctoral and master's degrees, will receive degrees during a 2 p.m. ceremony. Those unable to attend can view the ceremony online.

A total of 1,316 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, including 623 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 292 from the College of Business, 288 from the College of Education and Human Sciences and 113 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

A total of 15 students are candidates for doctoral degrees in nursing. They are the first graduating class from UW-Eau Claire's doctor of nursing practice program.
A total of 121 students are master's degree candidates. Of those, 19 are from the College of Arts and Sciences, 34 are from the College of Business, 31 are from the College of Education and Human Sciences, and 37 are from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Full story. back to top

First nursing doctoral degrees to be awarded at commencement

Doctor of nursing group
UW-Eau Claire will award its first doctoral degree in any discipline when 15 nursing students earn their doctor of nursing practice degrees during commencement May 19.

When Paula Hensel walks across the stage Saturday afternoon to receive her doctor of nursing practice degree from UW-Eau Claire, she literally will make history.

Hensel will be among those receiving the first doctoral degrees ever awarded by UW-Eau Claire in any discipline, and she will be the first to earn her bachelor's, master's and doctor of nursing degrees all from UW-Eau Claire.

"I think of the DNP degree as my Triple Crown of UW-Eau Claire nursing," Hensel said. "I earned my nursing bachelor's degree in 1991, my master's of nursing in 1999 and now my DNP in 2012."

Hensel, a nurse practitioner at Marshfield Clinic Urgent Care in Marshfield, is one of 15 students who will receive their DNP degrees May 19 from UW-Eau Claire. Full story. back to top

Seven to receive Alumni Association awards

Elizabeth Stabenow Roger King
Benjamin Frederick Mark White
Sara Finger-Warmuth Michael Perry
Nancy Kerkvliet Alumni award winners, clockwise from top left, are Elizabeth Stabenow, Roger King, Mark White, Michael Perry, Dr. Nancy Kerkvliet, Sara Finger-Warmuth and Bejamin Frederick.

Seven accomplished alumni will return to campus to receive awards from the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association May 19 at a luncheon and ceremony in conjunction with spring commencement.

Elizabeth Stabenow will receive the Lifetime Excellence Award, which is presented to alumni who have demonstrated longtime and successful commitment to their careers and communities. Recipients have made positive and dramatic impacts through dedication to service and have lived their lives as a testimony to UW-Eau Claire's motto, "Excellence."

Roger King and Mark White will each receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes distinguished service to the community, state or nation in a manner that brings credit upon the recipient and the university.

Michael Perry and Dr. Nancy Kerkvliet will each receive the President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and service to UW-Eau Claire.

Sara Finger-Warmuth and Benjamin Frederick will each receive the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award, which acknowledges special achievements and great promise of alumni who are within 15 years of their graduation from UW-Eau Claire. Full story. back to top

Budget cuts reduce printed View to one per year

The ViewDue to state budget reductions, The View, UW-Eau Claire's magazine for alumni and friends, will now be printed just once a year. The next printed View will be mailed early this fall, and beginning in 2013, spring issues will be posted online only.

The new and enhanced online View will include videos, slideshows, interactive content and other features to help keep you informed about all things Blugold.

To ensure you stay connected to your alma mater, please go to the online Blugold Update Form and submit your info: www.uwec.edu/news/contact/
blugold_update.htm
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Watch your mailbox this fall for the next printed issue of The View. back to top

Matt Siverling named Blugold men's basketball head coach

Matt Siverling
Matt Siverling

Matt Siverling has been selected as head coach of the UW-Eau Claire men's basketball team.

"While we had a strong pool of applicants and brought four very good finalists to campus, we feel that Matt is the best fit to successfully lead the Blugolds," said Scott Kilgallon, UW-Eau Claire director of athletics.

Siverling becomes just the 10th coach in Blugold men's basketball history. The position came open following the departure of Kyle Green after he served one year as head coach.

A 2002 UW-Eau Claire graduate, Siverling has served as head men's basketball coach at UW-Superior for the past two seasons. Full story. back to top

Major campus construction activity planned for the summer

Construction logoSeveral major construction projects will get under way at UW-Eau Claire this summer, with visible activity beginning May 21. The projects will necessitate closure of the Central Campus Mall area and some building entrances and exits, changes in vehicle and pedestrian routes, and parking lot closures. (See related news release.)

"This construction activity represents the culmination of years of planning and collaboration involving our students, faculty, staff, community, UW System regents and administration, Division of State Facilities, and current and past local legislators," said Mike Rindo, UW-Eau Claire assistant chancellor for facilities. "While the process will result in considerable short-term disruption to campus, the long-term results will be transformative — and will greatly enhance both our educational and campus life facilities." Full story. back to top

Groundbreaking for new Education Building set for May 18

Education BuildingAs construction of the first new academic building at UW-Eau Claire since 1982 is about to begin, the university invites you to join us in bidding farewell to Campus School and celebrating the groundbreaking for the new Education Building on Friday, May 18.

The ceremony begins at the entrance to Campus School at 1:30 p.m. A reception in the Kjer Theatre lobby and a Campus School open house will follow. More details. back to top

Student Senate supports proposal to power new Davies Center with renewable energy

Davies CenterThe UW-Eau Claire Student Senate has unanimously approved a proposal to offset 100 percent of the electricity used to power the new Davies Center with renewable energy from Xcel Energy's Windsource program.

Windsource, one of the nation's leading voluntary green power programs, allows residential and business customers to purchase 100 kilowatt-hour blocks of renewable energy for a small fee above the existing electric rate. Windsource, which requires a one-year commitment, currently costs $1.37 per 100 kWh block. Full story. back to top

Bookstore to close to accommodate move to new Davies

UW-Eau Claire's bookstore will be closed after May 25 to accommodate the move to the new Davies Center.

All textbooks needed for classes to be held during either of the 2012 summer sessions must be picked up by May 25. Full story. back to top

Help preserve the 'best seats in the house'

Schofield AuditoriumSchofield Auditorium has been transformed and was rededicated April 23 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. It is the largest fixed-seating venue at UW-Eau Claire, located in the only campus building listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Every Blugold from the Class of 1917 to the present has passed through these doors and occupied these chairs for a variety of events from orientation and concerts to lectures and student programs.

Preserve your memories by sponsoring a chair for $250, in your own name or to honor or memorialize a mentor, friend or loved one. Your tax-deductible gift will be used to help maintain Schofield Auditorium. More details.

Princeton Review again lists university among top 'green' schools in the country

Green logoUW-Eau Claire has again been named one of the most environmentally responsible colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

The newly released comprehensive guidebook, "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition," includes UW-Eau Claire among the 322 institutions of higher education that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in its academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. Full story. back to top

Kimera Way receives Chamber of Commerce Woman of Achievement Award

Kimera Way
Kimera Way

Kimera Way, executive director of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, has received the Woman of Achievement Award from the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce.

Criteria for the Woman of Achievement Award include assistance of other women in reaching their full leadership potential, professional accomplishments, community service, and other memberships, achievements, awards and publications, said Bob McCoy, president and CEO of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce.

Way, who received the award at the chamber's annual meeting April 17, has worked with the Foundation since 2001 — as UW-Eau Claire's executive director of development from 2001-07 and since 2007 as the Foundation's executive director. Full story. back to top

Students receive honors, awards, scholarships

UW-Eau Claire students continue to receive accolades for academic excellence and contributions to the community. A few recent honorees are highlighted below.

Samantha Kobs
Samantha Kobs

A UW-Eau Claire junior has been awarded a scholarship through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program to study abroad. Samantha Kobs, an education major from Deer Park, will study in South Africa for four weeks this summer. She will take three courses while she is there, which will focus on the political history, culture, art and media of South Africa.

A UW-Eau Claire senior has been selected as one of 36 American students to participate in the Japan-America Student Conference this summer. Christopher M. Brown, Onalaska, is the first UW-Eau Claire student to earn a spot in the group of JASC delegates. A Spanish (business/professions) major with minors in Japanese, language studies and economics, Brown will graduate from UW-Eau Claire May 19.

Katelyn Goettl
Katelyn Goettl

College of Business faculty and staff recently chose junior accounting and business finance double major Katelyn Goettl, North Mankato, Minn., as the 2012 College of Business Emerging Leader. The Emerging Leader award is presented to a student who is not graduating in 2012 and who has shown early leadership and potential for success.

UW-Eau Claire alumna Cara Shimon, a native of Emerald, is the 2012 UW-Eau Claire College of Business Outstanding Undergraduate Student. Shimon, who graduated magna cum laude from the university in December 2011, was selected by business faculty and staff out of a pool of students who graduated in August 2011 and December 2011 and who will graduate in May 2012.

Ember Loew
Ember Loew

A UW-Eau Claire senior has received the Leonard Gambrell World Politics Award for the 2011-12 academic year. Ember Loew, Eau Claire, was awarded the scholarship, established by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to recognize superior papers presented at the Wisconsin Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies Conference.

Three students from the Honors Program have been chosen for internship positions in the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. Sophomore microbiology major James Dulaney, Shakopee, Minn.; senior physics and math double major Thomas Nevins, Chippewa Falls; and sophomore physics major Mandy Neumann, Spencer, will intern at three NSF research institutes over the summer.

Student excellence awards recently were presented to outstanding students at UW-Eau Claire. The awards, sponsored by the Alumni Association, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation and University Centers, highlight the exceptional contributions students have made to the campus or greater community. Recipients of the special category excellence awards each received a $250 scholarship through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, thanks to the generosity of many donors. Students who received Outstanding Graduate Student and Outstanding Undergraduate Student awards from UW-Eau Claire's four colleges received a university medallion and a scholarship award. back to top

UW-Eau Claire expands student immersion opportunities

India is site of new study abroad immersion program

India immersion program

Four students from western Wisconsin were among the 12 UW-Eau Claire students who traveled to India as part of a new study abroad program. Students from the area were, from left, Dustin Mitchell, Kindra Kressin, Heidi Ender and Emily Norgaard.

UW-Eau Claire students now have new opportunities to study in India, a country that is an increasingly important export target for businesses in Wisconsin and throughout the United States.

During Winterim, 12 students participated in the first study abroad program to India, a three-week immersion experience students say helped them better understand the country's business, economy, politics and culture.

"I've always been interested in specializing in some aspect of international business; my experience in India has only reinforced that," said Dustin Mitchell, a senior business major from Mondovi who traveled to India as part of the UW-Eau Claire program. Full story.

New York City immersion helps students better understand immigration history

New York City immersion program

Thirty UW-Eau Claire economics and history students traveled to New York City in April as part of an immersion project to help them better understand the history of immigrants in the U.S. Contributed photo.

As Maria Stratan wandered about the famous Alexander Hamilton's Grange National Memorial, the UW-Eau Claire junior wondered how many people understood the significance of the man who helped develop New York City.

"Alexander Hamilton was a visionary man, an immigrant, and he was conscious of the important role immigrants would play in building the American nation," said Stratan, an international student from the Republic of Moldova. "His belief that 'everyone who had intelligence, ability and the right to rise' is certainly the New York's immigrant story."

A spring immersion project in New York City gave Stratan and other UW-Eau Claire students a chance to better understand the history of immigration in the United States by exploring a city that has long attracted immigrants from around the world, Stratan said. Full story. back to top

'Let's Do Lunch!' speaker to discuss issues related to aquatic systems

Let's Do Lunch logoJoin the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association for this month's "Let's Do Lunch!" noon-hour speaker series Wednesday, May 30, at Fanny Hill Restaurant in Eau Claire. Enjoy a luncheon buffet, informative presentation and engaging discussion with a UW-Eau Claire expert.

An ecological threshold is a condition beyond which there is an abrupt change in a property of a natural system. Rather than responding to environmental change in a smooth way, ecosystems may respond with sudden, discontinuous shifts to alternative states. Dr. Todd Wellnitz, associate professor of biology, will discuss what happens when aquatic systems such as lakes and streams reach their "tipping point" and what results when we try to bring them back to their original state. More details. back to top

Continuing Education to offer summer and fall community classes for adults

Continuing Education logoRegistration is now open for UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education/UW-Extension Community Classes for Adults. Classes will meet on the UW-Eau Claire campus.

More than 250 online noncredit personal enrichment and professional development courses are available through Ed2Go. Classes begin every six weeks. Visit the Ed2Go website for more information. Full story. back to top

Summer Events program on hiatus for 2012

Summer EventsThe Summer Events program at UW-Eau Claire will be on hiatus for 2012 due to campus construction and moving to the new W.R. Davies Student Center. The program will resume in 2013 with new facilities in the new student center and an amphitheater for events on the Central Campus Mall.

The Summer Events series is funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire and coordinated by the Activities, Involvement and Leadership office of the University Centers. 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:

Thomas Adler

Thomas Adler '82, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate who also received an MBA in 1986, has been named controller for Kohler Co.'s kitchen and bath group. Full story.

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Eric Jergenson '83, a UW-Eau Claire criminal justice graduate, works to stop terrorism as a special agent with the FBI. Full story.

Julie Furst-Bowe

Julie Furst-Bowe '85, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, has been named chancellor of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Full story.

Seal Jon Sunde '06 and Jason Sunde '03, both UW-Eau Claire music graduates, are founding members of the experimental folk trio the Daredevil Christopher Wright and are prepping their forthcoming album, "The Nature of Things." Full story.
Christopher Uschan Christopher Uschan '94, a UW-Eau Claire management information systems graduate, has been named vice president of sales and marketing for Acumium, a technology and marketing group committed to growing businesses online. Full story.
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Jeff Rodenberg '95, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate, had the winning entry in a worldwide competition to create the official video for the track "5:15" from The Who's November 2011 release of "Quadrophenia: The Director's Cut." View video.

Peter Young Peter Young '08, a UW-Eau Claire management graduate, is a licensed insurance producer recently hired by Young & Associates Insurance. Full story.
Seal Erin Brown '02, a UW-Eau Claire geography graduate, has been named assistant park superintendent of Peninsula State Park by the Wisconsin DNR. Full story.
Seal Steve Marsich '00, a UW-Eau Claire history graduate, has been promoted to senior vice president, managing director, for M&I Wealth Management groups in Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. Full story.
Seal Bob Klinker '78, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, has been named a professional level dealer program associate for Water-Right Inc. in Appleton. Full story.
Seal Keith Karns '08, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, recently presented an album release concert at the State Theatre in Eau Claire. 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 T-shirt. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the June 2012 issue of e-View.

May Blugold Trivia question:

Humorist, writer and alumni award winner Michael Perry '87 will deliver the "Charge to the Class" at both commencement ceremonies May 19. What is the title of Perry's recently performed and produced live-audience humor recording?

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!

April's winner:
Congratulations to Karen Wilms Lehner, a 1977 UW-Eau Claire special education graduate and winner of the April Blugold Trivia prize! Karen's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that the ensemble presenting the final Artists Series performance of the 2011-12 season was the Amelia Piano Trio. back to top

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