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Homecoming is right around the corner

Regents approve projects as part of UW System biennial capital budget request

Princeton Review names UW-Eau Claire a 2013 Best Midwestern College

Estate gift of $1.25 million to endow faculty chair

Six alumni athletes to be inducted into Blugold Hall of Fame

Six faculty and staff members recognized for excellence

Chemistry professor receives prestigious Dreyfus award

Innovation Scholar Award presented to chemistry professor

Who wouldn't want to be a Blugold?

Four freshmen named National Merit Scholars

Three students named Gilman Scholars

Little Niagara Creek restoration project continues

What's happening on campus?

Partnerships for Pollinators to host photography, art contest

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

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August 2012

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Homecoming is right around the corner

Blugold Marching BandThe UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association invites all Blugolds to Homecoming 2012, scheduled for Sept. 28-29. Join friends and classmates for the university's biggest celebration of the year. Enjoy the traditional parade, football game, tailgate party and more. The Golden Blugolds celebration will be held in the brand-new W.R. Davies Student Center. Nursing and soccer reunions also are planned.

See complete listings of Homecoming activities on the University Activities Commission and Alumni Association websites. Plan now to join your friends for Homecoming 2012!

Other alumni events in the works include:

Black River Falls Alumni Gathering: Thursday, Sept. 6, Skyline Golf Course, 612 N. 11th St., Black River Falls, 6-8 p.m. View invitation.

Rochester, Minn., Alumni Gathering: Thursday, Sept. 20, Whistle Binkies on the Lake, 247 Woodlake Drive S.E., Rochester, 5:30-7:30 p.m. View invitation.

College of Business Bash: Thursday, Oct. 11, The Alley Sports Tavern, 100 N. Sixth St., Minneapolis, 5:30-8 p.m. RSVP to the Alumni Association.

Arlington, Texas, Alumni Gathering: Thursday, Oct. 25, Olenjack's Grille, 770 Road to Six Flags E., Arlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. View invitation.

WMEA 2012 State Music Conference Reception: Thursday, Oct. 25, Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, 1 John Nolen Drive, Madison, 5-6:30 p.m. RSVP to the Alumni Association by Oct. 18.

Portland, Ore., Alumni Gathering: Thursday, Oct. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Site to be announced soon.

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

Regents approve projects as part of UW System biennial capital budget request

On Aug. 23, the UW System Board of Regents approved the UW System 2013-15 biennial capital budget request, which included construction of a new residence hall and the redevelopment of Garfield Avenue on the UW-Eau Claire campus.

The approved request will now go to the state Department of Administration and be combined with requests from other agencies for inclusion in Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposal.

Both UW-Eau Claire projects included in the request are part of the university's 20-year campus facilities master plan.

Plans for a third UW-Eau Claire-related facilities project, The Confluence Project, will be presented to the regents at their October meeting. Full story. back to top

Princeton Review names UW-Eau Claire a 2013 Best Midwestern College

Princeton Review logoUW-Eau Claire has been named a 2013 Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review, a New York City-based education services company.

UW-Eau Claire is one of 153 schools in a 12-state region to receive the "Best Midwestern College" designation. The schools are listed on The Princeton Review's website.

In all, The Princeton Review named 633 colleges and universities "regional bests" in the Midwest, Northeast, West and Southeast regions of the U.S. The 633 "regional bests" represent about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges. Full story. back to top

Estate gift of $1.25 million to endow faculty chair

Oliver Marion Ramsey
Oliver Marion Ramsey

The UW-Eau Claire Foundation has received a gift of $1.25 million to establish a permanently endowed faculty chair in the sciences or mathematics at UW-Eau Claire.

The gift is the fulfillment of an estate gift from James and Anne Ramsey in memory of James Ramsey's brother, U.S. Navy Lt. Oliver Marion Ramsey, a Fairchild native and 1933 UW-Eau Claire graduate who later graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, served as a lieutenant in the Navy during World War II and died in battle in 1942. James and Anne Ramsey, who lived in Longwood, Fla., notified the UW-Eau Claire Foundation of their planned gift in 2001. Anne Ramsey died in 2009, and James Ramsey passed away in April 2012.

The Ramsey trust has designated an additional gift to the Foundation to be made at the closing of the trust that will further add to the Ramsey chair endowment, said Kimera Way, UW-Eau Claire Foundation president. Full story. back to top

Five athletes, one coach are Blugold Hall of Fame inductees

Randy Wade Allison (Berg) Larson
Randy Wade
Allison (Berg) Larson
Roxi (McKenzie) Tucker Russ Knutson
Roxi (McKenzie) Tucker
Russ Knutson
John Jahnke Lisa Herb
John Jahnke
Lisa Herb

Five athletes who all earned All-Conference recognition at least twice during their careers, along with the third-winningest volleyball coach in conference history, make up the 2012 class of inductees for the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Hall of Fame.

Members of the new class, who will be inducted Saturday, Oct. 13, are basketball players Randy Wade and Allison (Berg) Larson, volleyball player Roxi (McKenzie) Tucker, football player Russ Knutson, baseball player John Jahnke and volleyball coach Lisa Herb.

This group represents the 36th class of men’s inductees and the 23rd class of women’s inductees and brings the number of athletes, coaches and administrators who have been honored to 193.

The Blugold Hall of Fame was established in 1973 to pay tribute, give deserved recognition and enhance school tradition by honoring former athletic letter-winners, coaches or administrators who showed distinctive, unique or exceptional ability while at UW-Eau Claire and have distinguished themselves in their profession or personally since leaving the institution.

For women athletes, there must be a lapse of 12 years from their final season of eligibility before they can be considered for induction; for men, 15 years.

The class will be recognized at halftime of the football game vs. UW-La Crosse Oct. 13 and inducted that night during a banquet in Davies Center. Full story. back to top

Six faculty and staff members recognized for excellence

Excellence Award winners

UW-Eau Claire's 2012 faculty and staff excellence award recipients are, from left, Mark Larson, Dr. Jill Prushiek, Joey Bohl, Dr. Jean Pratt and Dr. Anne Hlas. Not pictured is Dr. Kent Syverson.

Six UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members were recognized for excellence during the university's academic year opening meeting Aug. 21.

Interim Chancellor Gilles Bousquet presented 2012 Excellence awards to Mark Larson, custodian in Facilities Management; Joey Bohl, assistant director of operations for the Admissions Office; Dr. Kent Syverson, professor and chair of the geology department; Dr. Anne Hlas, associate professor of foreign languages; Dr. Jill Prushiek, interim associate dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences; and Dr. Jean Pratt, associate professor of information systems.

Each honoree received a university medallion and a $1,500 check from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. The Excellence in Teaching Award and the Excellence in Performance awards for classified and academic staff are funded by Markquart Motors and Markquart Toyota of Eau Claire. Full story. back to top

Chemistry professor receives prestigious Dreyfus award

Kurt Wiegel
Dr. Kurt Wiegel

For the fifth time, a UW-Eau Claire chemistry faculty member has been honored with the prestigious Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award.

Dr. Kurt Wiegel, associate professor of chemistry, is one of just seven people nationwide to receive the 2012 award, which recognizes young chemical sciences faculty as outstanding teachers and for their scholarly research with undergraduates.

"Honestly, it was a shock," Wiegel said of winning the award. "When I opened the letter it took about two reads before it really sank in."

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation awarded a research grant of $60,000 to Wiegel for his work on enhanced stability and formation of hydrogen-bonded mesophases in macromolecules — specifically, liquid crystalline molecules, which are used widely in electronic products such as computer monitors, cellphone displays and watches. Full story. back to top

Innovation Scholar Award presented to chemistry professor

David Lewis

Dr. David Lewis

Dr. David Lewis, professor of chemistry at UW-Eau Claire, has been awarded the 2012 Wisconsin Medical Entrepreneurship Foundation (WisMEF) Innovation Scholar Award.

The award, presented July 24 at the 2012 Wisconsin Science & Technology Symposium in Marshfield, is in recognition of Lewis's work to develop new and safer derivatives of warfarin. Lewis was one of four scientists honored at the symposium.

WisMEF, a network made up of Aurora Health Care, BayCare Clinic, Marshfield Clinic and WiSys Technology Foundation Inc., advances medical innovations through joint research and development, and facilitates collaborative research among WisMEF physicians and UW System faculty and students. WiSys represents four-year campuses throughout the UW System, helping to identify innovative technologies and bring them to the marketplace. Full story. back to top

Who wouldn't want to be a Blugold?

It’s fall recruitment time, and that means UW-Eau Claire admissions counselors will be traveling across Wisconsin and Minnesota to inform high school students and their families about the many benefits of the Blugold experience and the UW-Eau Claire degree.

Do you know people who should be considering UW-Eau Claire in their college search? Pass along the Wisconsin Education Fairs 2012 schedule, and let them know how proud you are to be a Blugold! We’ll also be at the Minnesota National College Fair Oct. 9-10 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

For more information, contact the Admissions Office.

I'm a Blugold

Four freshmen named National Merit Scholars

Four of the approximately 2,075 new freshmen enrolled at UW-Eau Claire this fall have been named National Merit Scholars.

Sydney Alexander, Eau Claire; Elijah Freeman, Ladysmith; Andrew Ludewig, Andover, Minn.; and Stephen Poynter, Eau Claire, have been awarded the prestigious honor. They will bring the total number of National Merit Scholars attending UW-Eau Claire this fall to 21.

UW-Eau Claire is one of the few schools in the UW System that officially participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program. About 200 higher education institutions in the nation offer college-sponsored scholarships through the program.
UW-Eau Claire’s National Merit Scholars will receive $5,000, renewable for four years with a 3.0 grade-point average, from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Full story. back to top

Three students named Gilman Scholars

Ashley Hess
Ashley Hess
Ryan Jensen
Ryan Jensen
Andrew Maher
Andrew Maher

Three UW-Eau Claire students have been awarded scholarships through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program to study abroad.

Junior Ashley Hess, Schofield, was awarded $5,000 to study at Ajou University, South Korea, for the 2012-13 academic year. Senior Ryan Jensen, Alexandria, Minn., received $3,500 to study at Stellenbosch University in South Africa this fall. Sophomore Andrew Maher, Hudson, received $5,000 to study at Kansai Gaidai University in Japan for the 2012-13 academic year.

Hess, a liberal studies major with an emphasis in Asian studies, will spend time learning the language and culture of South Korea. She also plans to put to use her minor, teaching English as a foreign language, by working as an English tutor.

Jensen, an instrumental music education major whose primary instrument is viola, is looking forward to teaching, honing his viola skills and exploring South Africa's natural environment.

Maher, an English major with a Japanese minor, looks forward to experiencing Japan through his Japanese host family, participating in extracurricular activities, traveling to other parts of Japan and enrolling in a Japanese speaking partner program to learn Japanese quickly while helping someone else learn English.

The Gilman International Scholarship Program, established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, provides awards that allow American undergraduate students who receive federal Pell Grant funding at two- or four-year colleges or universities to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Full story. back to top

Little Niagara Creek restoration project continues

As part of the ongoing construction on the UW-Eau Claire campus, experts from the Wisconsin DNR are doing a major restoration project on Little Niagara Creek.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is restoring the section of Little Niagara Creek that runs through the UW-Eau Claire campus.

The project includes removing silt and sediment from the stream bed, restoring eroded soil banks that have slumped into the stream, removing invasive plant species, and fortifying the new banks with rock and finally soil with a native seed mixture. The project also includes providing natural stone stream access areas to UW-Eau Claire students and faculty for stream-based study. back to top

What's happening on campus?

question markDo you have burning questions about any of the construction projects completed or under way on campus? What are the hours of the new Davies Student Center? When will classes first be held in the new Education Building? Where do I find metered parking on campus? Who's involved in the proposed Confluence Project?

Get your answers to these questions and more on UW-Eau Claire's FAQs Web page. back to top

Partnerships for Pollinators to host photography, art contest

A project initiated by UW-Eau Claire students is hosting a photography and art contest focused on local pollinator species.

Partnerships for Pollinators, a community group funded by the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board, is seeking photos of nature and art that depict pollinator species found in west-central Wisconsin.

Partnerships for Pollinators was founded in May 2012 after WEEB gave more than $5,000 to kick-start the project, which aims to educate locals about the importance of pollinator species and how to create and maintain pollinator habitats. The project idea was spawned by 13 students enrolled in the UW-Eau Claire Honors course "Civic Agency and Environmental Stewardship."

Honors students are participating in a project to create and maintain pollinator habitats.

"Partnerships for Pollinators hopes to raise awareness of pollinator species, which make more than 75 percent of our food crops possible," said Dr. Ruth Cronje, UW-Eau Claire professor of English and a member of the organization. Full story. 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:

Celeste Meyers

Celeste Meyers '97, a UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate, has been named director of the Office of Charter Schools at UW-Milwaukee. Full story.


Matt Riley '09, a UW-Eau Claire kinesiology graduate, has been named head boys basketball coach for the Menomonie High School Mustangs. Full story.


Mark Cobb '78, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, and Doug Schell '77, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, are among former Bridgman Hall buddies who get together for an annual golf outing near Madison. Full story.

Mike Knuth Mike Knuth '86, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, has been named executive editor of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Full story.

Dan Frazier '80, a UW-Eau Claire business finance graduate, has been named president for U.S. Bank's Madison market. Full story.

Caroline Akervik Caroline Akervik '99, who received a master of arts degree in English from UW-Eau Claire, has had her debut young adult novel, "A Horse Named Viking," published. (Volume One photo by Andrea Paulseth) Full story.
Seal Susan Marcott '83, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, has been named CEO of Applied Data Consultants Inc. Full story.
Seal Eric Kasper '00, a UW-Eau Claire political science graduate, recently gave a presentation sponsored by the Merrill Historical Society and titled "Don't Stop Thinking About the Music: The Politics of Songs and Musicians in Presidential Campaigns," condensed from his book of the same name. 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 UW-Eau Claire Homecoming T-shirt. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the September 2012 issue of e-View.

August Blugold Trivia question:

Homecoming 2012 is scheduled for Sept. 28-29. What's the name of the student talent show held each year on Homecoming Friday?

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!

July's winner:
Congratulations to Michael Stuve, a 1978 UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate and winner of the July Blugold Trivia prize! Stuve's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that the original owner of the collection of jazz charts and recordings recently donated to UW-Eau Claire is Edward "Pete" Petersen, a big-band leader from Arlington, Texas. back to top

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