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Alumni, students, friends celebrate Homecoming 2012

Plan to attend an alumni event in your area

UW-Eau Claire Foundation announces $60 million 'Power of Possible' fundraising campaign

Gifts of $2 million lead 'Power of Possible' campaign

Board of Regents pass Confluence Project resolution

UW-Eau Claire grad Justin Vernon creates media buzz with support for hometown project

Student receives prestigious EPA fellowship

UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff recognized for job excellence

Education Building is 'topped off'

Tradition spans generations for women's tennis players

Obesity programs featuring 'The Weight of the Nation' to be held at UW-Eau Claire and Sacred Heart Hospital

Watch your mailbox for the fall issue of The View

'Let's Do Lunch' presentation features faculty chemist

Artists Series to feature American Place Theatre

International Folk Fair set for Nov. 4 in Davies Center

Get your Blugold news here!

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

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October 2012

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Alumni, students, friends celebrate Homecoming 2012

Homecoming parade Blugold alumni
Blugold Marching Band Blugold football team

Hundreds of alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends gathered Sept. 28-29 for Homecoming 2012, UW-Eau Claire's biggest celebration of the year. Revelers enjoyed the parade, football game, pre- and postgame get-togethers, and other events during the weekend. The Blugold football team beat UW-Stout (for the second straight year) and will keep "The War on Interstate 94" trophy in Eau Claire.

View the Facebook Homecoming photo album and videos of the parade, football game and alumni picnic. Also see the Homecoming photo album on the alumni website. back to top

Plan to attend an alumni event in your area

Texas alumni event

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association plans numerous events for UW-Eau Claire alumni throughout the year. Here are a few coming up in the near future.

WAFLT 2012 Language Teachers Conference Reception: Friday, Nov. 2, Paper Valley Hotel, 333 W. College Ave., Appleton, 9-11 p.m.

Wausau Alumni Gathering: Thursday, Nov. 15, The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co., 2305 Sherman St. Wausau, 6:30-8:30 p.m. View invitation.

Cincinnati, Ohio, Alumni Gathering: Thursday, Nov. 15, Montgomery Inn at the Boathouse, 925 Riverside Drive, Cincinnati, 6:30-8:30 p.m. View invitation.

More information about these events and others can be found in the Alumni Association's calendar of events. back to top

UW-Eau Claire Foundation announces $60 million 'Power of Possible' fundraising campaign

Centennial logo

The UW-Eau Claire Foundation has launched a comprehensive campaign to raise $60 million in support of people, programs and places at UW-Eau Claire by Dec. 31, 2016, during the year of the university's centennial celebration.

The Power of Possible Centennial Campaign already has raised $27.6 million in gifts, pledges and deferred commitments in the months leading up to the public launch, said JoAnne Brandes, UW-Eau Claire Foundation board chair and a 1975 UW-Eau Claire alumna.

Brandes announced the campaign and its goal to donors, university faculty and staff, and others gathered for the Foundation's Circle of Excellence celebration Sept. 27. Full story. back to top

Gifts of $2 million lead 'Power of Possible' campaign

Ralph Duxbury
Ralph Duxbury

Ralph Duxbury is a modest man.

The 1943 UW-Eau Claire alumnus made a not-so-modest $1 million gift to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation last year but wished to remain anonymous. Honoring that request was a challenge for Foundation staff because his gift will have immediate and lasting impact on the university, and celebrating it wouldn't be the same without him. When Duxbury made plans to leave another $1 million gift through his estate, he thankfully agreed to go public.

Duxbury's gifts will help the UW-Eau Claire Foundation realize some long-sought-after goals, according to Kimera Way, Foundation president. Like Duxbury, the Foundation is just going public with its Power of Possible Centennial Campaign, which has been under way for about a year. The campaign seeks to raise $60 million in support of people, programs and places at UW-Eau Claire by Dec. 31, 2016. Full story. back to top

Board of Regents pass Confluence Project resolution

Confluence Project

The UW System Board of Regents unanimously passed a Resolution of Guiding Principles for the Development of the Confluence Project at its meeting Oct. 5 at UW-Stout in Menomonie. The vote by the full board followed an Oct. 4 unanimous vote in favor of the resolution by the Regents' Capital Planning and Budget Committee.

The Confluence Project is a public-private partnership that intends to develop a community arts center and mixed-use building at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa rivers in downtown Eau Claire.

The community arts center would serve the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council and local arts organizations along with music, theater and fine arts programs at UW-Eau Claire. The mixed-use building would include retail and office space, parking and an apartment-style residence hall primarily for UW-Eau Claire juniors and seniors.

The Regents will take up funding issues at a future board meeting. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire grad Justin Vernon creates media buzz with support for hometown project

Justin Vernon and Gordy Bischoff
Justin Vernon and Gordy Bischoff inspecting the handcrafted 1608 guitar.

UW-Eau Claire alumnus and Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon's support for a project in his hometown has created a buzz this week in the national arts and entertainment media
Vernon and an Eau Claire guitar maker created a unique guitar that is being auctioned off with proceeds going to the proposed Confluence community arts center in Eau Claire.

The guitar, named "The 1608," is made from whiskey barrels. One of just four handcrafted by Eau Claire luthier Gordy Bischoff, it is currently up for auction on eBay.

Stories about the guitar have appeared on such prominent music news websites as Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, contactmusic.com and NME, in addition to the website of Bon Iver's record label, Jagjaguwar.

Vernon, a 2004 religious studies graduate of UW-Eau Claire, proposed the idea for the guitar to Bischoff, who has crafted other guitars for Vernon. Vernon has a marketing contract with Bushmills Irish Whiskey, the company that provided the whiskey barrels for the project. Full story. back to top

Student receives prestigious EPA fellowship

Rachael Korinek
Rachael Korinek
(Photo by Stacy Huse)

A UW-Eau Claire student has been awarded the Environmental Protection Agency's National Center for Environmental Research Greater Research Opportunities Fellowship for Undergraduate Environmental Study.

Junior Rachael Korinek, an environmental public health major from Rochester, Minn., is one of 40 undergraduate students from around the country who have been selected for the prestigious fellowship. The award, which spans over two academic years and includes a paid summer internship at an EPA facility, is worth up to $48,900.

"I am so excited about the opportunities that this fellowship affords me," Korinek said. "The internship next summer at an EPA facility will help me determine what direction I want to pursue after graduation." Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff recognized for job excellence

Dr. Susan Moch

Dr. Susan D. Moch, professor of nursing at UW-Eau Claire, recently was recognized by the Wisconsin Public Health Association for her extraordinary contributions to support the practice of public health nursing. Moch received the 2012 Academic Linkages, Mary Adelaide Nutting Award, presented to a public health nurse, academic faculty member or organization to recognize exemplary linkages between academia and practice at a local, regional or state level that advances public health nursing practice.

Staci Heidtke

Staci Heidtke, associate director of Career Services at UW-Eau Claire, recently received the Nora McGuire Outstanding Professional Award from the Wisconsin College Personnel Association at the annual WCPA convention in Wisconsin Dells. The award recognizes student affairs professionals who demonstrate initiative, creativity and innovation in their work.

Sara Thommesen

Also at the WCPA convention, Sara Thommesen, manager of Davies Center's Student Organizations and Leadership Center at the UW-Eau Claire, received the 2012 Support Staff Recognition Award, which recognizes support staff members on Wisconsin campuses who provide daily support for students, faculty and staff, and strive to support the mission of their department and institution.

Kim Wellnitz

Kim Wellnitz, an academic adviser in Advising and New Student Initiatives at UW-Eau Claire, recently received the UW System Outstanding Woman of Color in Education Award. Wellnitz was among 18 women recognized for their work at an awards ceremony at the Wisconsin Women's Studies and LGBTQ conference at UW Oshkosh. back to top

Education Building is 'topped off'

Education Building Panel

UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and community members were invited to participate in the "topping off" of the university's new Education Building Oct. 23.

Individuals signed the final cast concrete panel that was later placed atop the structure.

Members of the university and Eau Claire communities joined UW-Eau Claire Interim Chancellor Gilles Bousquet at 3:30 p.m. to watch the concrete panel be lifted by crane and put into place.

Construction on the $44.5 million Education Building began in May and is expected to be completed in November 2013. Classes are expected to begin in the new building in the spring semester of 2014. back to top

Tradition spans generations for women's tennis players

Student and alumni tennis players
Blugold tennis players, past and present, are Maddie Johnson, Theresa Johnson, Joan Bachmeier and Gretchen Bachmeier.

Blugold women's tennis doubles partners Gretchen Bachmeier and Maddie Johnson — named the WIAC doubles team of the week on Oct. 9 — have a bit more in common than their obvious talent as competitors in their sport. (The partners in the Blugolds' No. 2 doubles spot finished in second place in the WIAC this season. The pair went 8-2 in dual competitions and was 4-1 in conference play.)

Gretchen, a North High School graduate and a senior mass communication/women's studies double major at UW-Eau Claire, and Maddie, a sophomore biology major from Lakeville, Minn., both are daughters of former Blugold women's tennis teammates Joan (Pedersen) Bachmeier and Theresa (Retka) Johnson.

Joan, also an Eau Claire North graduate, received a degree in elementary education from UW-Eau Claire in 1986. She played on the Blugold tennis team from 1980-83 and in 1984-85, and she also played basketball and softball for the Blugolds. She was inducted into the Blugold Hall of Fame in 1990. Joan is the North High School girls' and boys' head tennis coach.

Theresa, a South St. Paul (Minn.) High School graduate now living in Lakeville, Minn., played Blugold tennis from 1981-84 and is a 1985 UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate.

Read an account of the four women's shared UW-Eau Claire experience. back to top

Obesity programs featuring 'The Weight of the Nation' to be held at UW-Eau Claire and Sacred Heart Hospital

The Weight of the Nation

UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education/UW-Extension, in partnership with Healthy Communities of Eau Claire County, will present three programs relating to obesity, featuring "The Weight of the Nation," an HBO documentary that highlights obesity as an urgent public health issue. After the documentary screening, a panel discussion about how individuals, communities and agencies can work together to reduce obesity rates will be held.

The university event will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Woodland Theater of Davies Center. It is designed for UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stout students, faculty and staff. The health and wellness professional event is designed for nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physicians, social workers, therapists, clergy members, educators, registered dietitians, and other health and wellness professionals. It will be held from 7-10 a.m. Nov. 8 in the Sacred Heart Hospital Rotunda. The community event will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Sacred Heart Hospital Auditorium.

Dr. William Klish, a UW-Eau Claire alumnus and professor emeritus of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, will present and participate in the panel discussions. He is an expert in pediatric gastroenterology, nutrition and obesity. Full story. back to top

Watch your mailbox for the fall issue of The View

Fall 2012 View cover

UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends will soon receive the fall 2012 issue of The View at their home addresses. The feature stories from the fall issue are posted on The View online website as well.

The issue includes stories about five music alumni who have made it big on Broadway; two grads who have turned a business they started as students into a sports technology powerhouse; and the construction projects that are changing the face of the campus.

Beginning with the spring 2013 issue of The View, all spring issues will be posted online only. Each fall issue will have printed and online versions. back to top

'Let's Do Lunch' presentation features faculty chemist

Let's Do Lunch banner

Join the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association for this month's "Let's Do Lunch" noon-hour speaker series Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Fanny Hill Restaurant in Eau Claire. Enjoy a luncheon buffet, informative presentation and engaging discussion with a UW-Eau Claire expert.

Dr. Kurt Wiegel, associate professor of chemistry at UW-Eau Claire, will give a lecture titled "Undergraduate Polymer Chemistry Research: A Tale More Than 40 Students in the Making." Wiegel has conducted research with students for the past nine years. He will discuss his various projects, emphasizing the student involvement rather than just the science behind the research. Wiegel believes students are the real products of the work done at UW-Eau Claire. Read more. back to top

Artists Series to feature American Place Theatre

Sorab Wadia
Sorab Wadia

The UW-Eau Claire Artists Series presents:
The American Place Theatre's
Literature to Life ® stage presentation of
"The Kite Runner"

By Khaled Hosseini
Performed by Sorab Wadia
Adapted and directed by Wynn Handman

Thursday, Nov. 1
Schofield Auditorium
7:30 p.m.

From the first novel about contemporary Afghanistan to be written in English, this adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s "The Kite Runner" is a story of guilt and redemption, brutality and kindness, sin and forgiveness. It portrays the relationship of two boys, a privileged Pashtun and a Hazara servant — one rich, one poor, one flawed, the other pure. Read more. back to top

International Folk Fair set for Nov. 4 in Davies Center

International Folk Fair logo

UW-Eau Claire will host the 2012 International Folk Fair from noon-4 p.m. Nov. 4 in UW-Eau Claire's Davies Center. The event is free and open to the public.

One of the largest cultural celebrations in the Chippewa Valley, the International Folk Fair celebrates culture from around the world while bringing together the community for an educational and enriching experience.

Participants can sample foods from around the world, such as baklava, dumplings, egg rolls, tamales, German cheesecake, fry bread and more. They also can experience the history and languages of other cultures and enjoy entertainment by international performers. The Hmong Student Association, the Chinese Culture Club and the Irish Dance Club will be among the groups performing. Full story. back to top

Get your Blugold news here!

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Stay up to date on campus happenings by tuning in to the Blugold Minute every Monday morning.

Our student broadcasters give a weekly rundown on campus news, including information about upcoming events, campus programs, building projects, student and faculty accomplishments, and much more. 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:

Breann Schossow

Breann Schossow '12, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, has received the Julie Galvan Outstanding Graduate in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. (Photo by Dean Kallenbach, WPR) Full story.


Catherine Emmanuelle '11, a UW-Eau Claire women's studies graduate, has been appointed to the Eau Claire City Council. Full story.

Michael Perry

Michael Perry '87, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, has received the first State Superintendent’s Distinguished Public School Alumni Award. Full story.


Todd Kostman '94 and Jay Totzke '98, both UW-Eau Claire accounting graduates, are among six associates recently elected to partner at Wiplfi LLP. Full story.

Marc Zapchenk Marc Zapchenk '86, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate, was quoted in an article about political merchandise in the Business & Money section of Time.com. Full story.
Seal Dennis Jensen '91, a UW-Eau Claire French graduate, has been hired as a senior director of sales by Acumera. Full story. back to top

Blugold Trivia headline
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 knit beanie and scarf. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the November 2012 issue of e-View.

October Blugold Trivia question:

Dr. Kurt Wiegel, associate professor of chemistry at UW-Eau Claire, is the featured speaker at this month's "Let's Do Lunch" presentation. From which institution did he receive his doctoral degree?

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!

September's winner:
Congratulations to Kathy (Vergin) Ripienski, a 2005 UW-Eau Claire mathematics-teaching graduate and winner of the September Blugold Trivia prize! Kathy's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that the four geographic areas represented in U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges" regional rankings are comprised of 625 schools. back to top

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