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China trip strengthens partnerships, forges new ties

Chancellor position description now posted

University a state and national leader in international studies

Annual Holiday Concert to be presented Dec. 9

James Oberly receives Fulbright scholar award

Faculty, staff members receive recognition

Grant helps Blugold Beginnings expand its reach

Master's thesis competition winner announced

Senior finds success in writing children's books

UW-Eau Claire students among top finishers in Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up

Ye Olde Madrigale Dinner set for Nov. 30, Dec. 1

Registration now open for Winterim classes

Speech-language pathology experts to present aphasia programs in Eau Claire

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November 2012

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China trip strengthens partnerships, forges new ties

China alumni
Blugolds with UW-Eau Claire graduation years dating back to 1989 attended a Nov. 10 alumni event in Guangzhou, China, on the Jinan University campus. More than 40 former students and faculty joined the China delegation for the dinner event.

UW-Eau Claire Interim Chancellor Gilles Bousquet has just wrapped up a two-week trip to China in which he led a seven-member delegation in making connections with Chinese businesses and institutions of higher education.

The trip's objectives were to strengthen UW-Eau Claire's existing partnerships and establish new relationships with universities, businesses and alumni in China, as well as encourage study abroad by UW-Eau Claire students in China and other Asian countries. (Watch a video providing an overview of the objectives of the trip.)

A member of the delegation, Taylor Kuether, a senior journalism major and the university's current Devroy Fellow, provided a report on the two alumni gatherings the delegation hosted in China.

To read more about the delegation's experiences on the trip, read blogs by Kuether and Interim Chancellor Gilles Bousquet. back to top

Chancellor position description now posted


The search and screen committee charged with helping to find a new chancellor for UW-Eau Claire has posted the chancellor position description online and invites applications and nominations for the position.

Evaluation of applications has begun and will continue until the final candidate pool is established. Following the search and screen process, the committee is expected to recommend five candidates as finalists for consideration by UW System President Kevin Reilly and a special UW System Board of Regents committee. After a series of public presentations and personal interviews, Reilly and the regent committee will recommend one individual to the full Board of Regents, which must approve the appointment. Full story. back to top

University a state and national leader in international studies

Student in India

UW-Eau Claire continues to be a leader in sending students abroad and in attracting international students to its campus, according to two reports released this month.

"Through its international programs, UW-Eau Claire is working to bring the world to our students and our students to the world," said Interim Chancellor Gilles Bousquet.

UW-Eau Claire sends more students abroad for midlength study-abroad experiences than any other master's-level university in Wisconsin, according to the 2012 Open Doors Report of the Institute for International Education.

In a report by NAFSA: Association of International Educators, UW-Eau Claire is listed as one of the top two master's-level public institutions in Wisconsin in terms of dollars added to the local economy by international students. Full story. back to top

Annual Holiday Concert to be presented Dec. 9

Holiday Concert logo

The UW-Eau Claire department of music and theatre arts and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation will present the 38th Holiday Concert at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 9 in Zorn Arena.

The annual Holiday Concert celebrates the songs of the season with performances by UW-Eau Claire students. The concert will feature Concert Choir, The Singing Statesmen, Women's Concert Chorale, Symphonic Choir, Wind Symphony, University Symphony Orchestra and Women's Chorus. Full story. back to top

James Oberly receives Fulbright scholar award

Dr. James Oberly
Dr. James Oberly

What began as a brown bag lunch for Dr. James Oberly, UW-Eau Claire professor of history, has him packing his bags and preparing to spend a semester in Hungary as a Fulbright scholar.

Oberly, who has been a member of the history faculty since 1983, will celebrate his 30th year as a UW-Eau Claire faculty member teaching and conducting research at Karolyi Gaspar University of the Reformed Church in Budapest, Hungary.

"I'll be teaching two classes," Oberly said. "One on American Indian history, a course similar to what our UW-Eau Claire students take. I will also be teaching a course on U.S. immigration history with a focus on the 4 million persons who emigrated from Austria-Hungary to the U.S." Full story. back to top

Faculty, staff members receive recognition

Miranda Cross-Schindler Dr. Matt Jewell
Dr. Marquell Johnson Dr. Beth Hellwig
Lissa Martinez Pictured, clockwise from upper left, are Miranda Cross-Schindler, Dr. Matt Jewell, Dr. Beth Hellwig, Lissa Martinez and Dr. Marquell Johnson.

Four UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members were recently recognized for their service and performance.

The Services for Students with Disabilities Office at UW-Eau Claire honored a faculty and staff member at its recognition reception Oct. 26.

Provost Patricia Kleine presented awards to Miranda Cross-Schindler, military education benefits coordinator, and Dr. Matt Jewell, Materials Science Center faculty member, in recognition of their service to students with disabilities. Read more.

Dr. Beth Hellwig, vice chancellor for student affairs at UW-Eau Claire, and the Blugold Beginnings program, under the direction of Lissa Martinez, have recently been honored by NASPA — Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Hellwig has been awarded the 2012 NASPA IV-East Award for Outstanding Performance as Senior Student Affairs Officer. The IV-East region includes Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa and parts of Canada. This honor is considered one of the region's most prestigious awards.

Martinez and the Blugold Beginnings program also were honored by NASPA, receiving the NASPA IV-East's Innovative Program of the Year Award. Read more.

Dr. Marquell Johnson, assistant professor of kinesiology at UW-Eau Claire, recently was recognized by the Wisconsin Health and Physical Education organization for his outstanding contributions to teaching adapted physical education to individuals with disabilities.

Johnson received the 2012 Teaching Honor Award for Adapted Physical Education from the WHPE Oct. 25 at the organization's annual convention in Waukesha. Read more. back to top

Grant helps Blugold Beginnings expand its reach

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UW-Eau Claire has been awarded a $148,000 grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corp. to expand the reach of Blugold Beginnings, a program designed to give area youth access to higher education through precollege outreach.

The grant supports the Blugold Beginnings Learning Community for Underrepresented Students program, which expands the existing learning program to include students who are low-income, first generation or students of color.

The goal of the program is to increase retention and persistence rates of disadvantaged undergraduate students by providing academic, career and personal support services. The program will guide 40 underrepresented college students through their undergraduate education, engaging them in campus activities proven to help students become more active and connected to campus life, organizations and events. Students also receive academic tutoring and career planning and development. Full story. back to top

Master's thesis competition winner announced

Abigale Vercauteren
Abigale Vercauteren

UW-Eau Claire graduate Abigale Vercauteren, originally from Green Bay, earned first-place honors in UW-Eau Claire's 2013 Distinguished Master's Thesis Competition.

Each year faculty and staff members are encouraged to nominate exceptional quality theses for the competition, with judging provided by the Graduate Council faculty committee.

Dr. Cathy Rex, assistant professor of English, submitted Vercauteren's thesis, titled "Beyond the Binary: Azar Nafisi's 'Reading Lolita in Tehran' as a Product of 'Hybridity.'" In her recommendation letter, Rex spoke highly of Vercauteren's work and talents. Full story. back to top

Senior finds success in writing children's books

Patty Benson
Patty Benson

A UW-Eau Claire senior takes her love of writing out of the classroom and into the literary world.

Patty Benson, a 28-year-old creative writing major from Rice Lake, has been writing stories since childhood. She had her first book, "The Dream Maker," a young adult science fiction story, published when she was 17. As a student at UW-Eau Claire, Benson continues to have publishing success with two more of her children's books.

In Benson's second book, "The Nameless Child," she combined her passion for writing and her American Indian studies minor to tell the story of a Native American boy who finds himself on a journey to discover his name sooner than expected. This book has been ordered for UW-Eau Claire's McIntyre Library. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire students among top finishers in Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up

Sales Warm-Up winners

The top three salespersons in the 2012 Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up are, from left, Melissa Erickson, first runner-up, UW-Eau Claire; Cameron Walther, overall champion, UW-Eau Claire; and Alecia Hitchman, second runner-up, Bowling Green State University.

Forty-eight college students from 15 schools in 10 states competed for cash prizes and title of top salesperson at the sixth UW-Eau Claire Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up Nov. 8-10 on campus. Two UW-Eau Claire professional sales marketing majors were among those receiving top honors.

Cameron Walther, a senior from Whitefish Bay, was named 2012 overall champion. He was awarded a trophy, a $1,000 custom suit from Tom James and a $1,500 cash award. Melissa Erickson, a senior from Schofield, was named first runner-up. She received a trophy and $1,000 cash award. Full story. back to top

Ye Olde Madrigale Dinner set for Nov. 30, Dec. 1

Ye Olde Madrigale Dinner

The UW-Eau Claire department of music and theatre arts will present the 21st annual Ye Olde Madrigale Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in the Ojibwe Ballroom of Davies Center.

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

The Royal Court Singers, composed of 24 performers, play the roles of a royal court celebrating a successful harvest and excitement of the holiday season. The court has gathered in the manor of Lord and Lady Chamberlain for an evening of laughter, enchantment and beautiful music. Full story. back to top

Registration now open for Winterim classes

Winterim graphic

Registration for Winterim 2013 classes at UW-Eau Claire is now under way.

Many courses will be offered during the three-week Winterim session, from Jan. 2-18, 2013. Winterim courses can help students complete graduation or major requirements, concentrate on specific subjects and take advantage of individual attention in smaller class sizes.

About 100 courses will be available during Winterim, including nearly 50 online courses. More information about Winterim classes is available online or by calling 715-836-5912. back to top

Speech-language pathology experts to present aphasia programs in Eau Claire

Aphasia graphic

Two of the nation's top speech-language pathologists, Dr. Jack S. Damico and Jerome Kaplan, will present programs on child language and aphasia interventions Nov. 30 (at UW-Eau Claire) and Dec. 1 (at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire).

The programs will benefit individuals diagnosed with aphasia and their caregivers as well as professionals who support those with aphasia.

It's estimated that about 300 people in the Chippewa Valley — including those who have aphasia and their caregivers — live with the day-to-day struggles that stem from aphasia — an acquired communication disorder that impairs a person's ability to process language but does not affect intelligence, said Dr. Jerry Hoepner, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders at the UW-Eau Claire. Full story. back to top

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Remember to check out Blugold Minute every Monday morning.

Hear a rundown of campus news, upcoming events, student and faculty accomplishments, and more. We'll keep you informed about everything Blugold. Stay tuned! 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:


Diane Postler-Slattery '82, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate who also received a master of science in nursing in 1988, has been named president and CEO of MidMichigan Health. Full story.

Faye Deich

Faye Deich '79, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, has received the Best of the Best Administrative Award from Partners of Wisconsin Hospital Association. Full story.


Kevin Kelly '06, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, has joined exterior building products distributor ABC Supply Co. Inc. as commercial coordinator for the company's Chicago district. Full story.

William Griffith

William Griffith '82, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, has been elected president of Larkin Hoffman Attorneys. Full story.

Seal Noah Gibson '07, a UW-Eau Claire kinesiology graduate and doctoral candidate in exercise physiology at the University of Northern Colorado, recently presented his research at the Experimental Biology research conference. Full story.
John Winter John Winter '83, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, has been appointed administrative director of the Sheboygan Surgery Center board of managers. Full story.
Seal Tim Peterson '85, a UW-Eau Claire special education graduate, is director of the Great Lakes and Plains region of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. 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 Blugold stocking cap and scarf. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the December 2012 issue of e-View.

November Blugold Trivia question:

The 21st annual Ye Olde Madrigale Dinner is set for Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at UW-Eau Claire. Who will play the role of 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 Melody Matty, a 1995 UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate and winner of the October Blugold Trivia prize! Melody's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that Dr. Kurt Wiegel, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of chemistry, received his doctoral degree from The University of Southern Mississippi. back to top

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