Academic Year Wrap-Up • Spring Semester • May 20, 2004


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*Link to May 17 University Bulletin*

UW-Eau Claire to grant degrees to more than 1,100 students

First student to graduate in the dual degree physics and engineering program

First online MBA class graduates Saturday

Graduating senior awarded Fulbright Teaching Assistantship

Sixteen faculty and academic staff members announce retirement

Eight members of classified staff retire

Seven UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff selected as 'Wisconsin Idea Fellows

UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association to present awards May 22

Scholarship and award recipients announced

Concert Choir to participate in D-Day performances in France

An artistic endeavor

 

UW-Eau Claire to grant degrees to more than 1,100 students

Gov. Jim Doyle The Rev. Don Wisner
Gov. Jim Doyle The Rev. Don Wisner

Spring commencement exercises for 1,164 students at UW-Eau Claire will be held May 22 in Zorn Arena.

Candidates from the College of Business and College of Professional Studies will receive degrees during a 9:30 a.m. ceremony. Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and candidates for master’s degrees will receive degrees during a 2 p.m. ceremony.

May 2003 graduates at reception.The Honorable Jim Doyle, Governor of the State of Wisconsin, will deliver the “Charge to the Class” during the morning ceremony. The Rev. Donald Wisner, a 2001 honorary UW-Eau Claire alumnus and pastor of the University Lutheran Church, will deliver the “Charge to the Class” during the afternoon ceremony. His speech is titled “You Can Get to Oulu from Here.”

A reception for graduates and guests will follow each ceremony on the Central Campus Mall. If it rains, the reception will move to the Spruce-Tamarack Room of Davies Center. Full story. Go to top of page

First student to graduate in the dual degree physics and engineering program

Jonathan Watson
Jonathan Watson

This Saturday Jonathan Watson will become the first student to graduate from UW-Eau Claire’s physics and engineering dual degree program.

Watson, a native of Eau Claire, will earn his bachelor’s degree in physics from UW-Eau Claire and his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Minnesota.

“The dual degree program was a great advantage in preparing for engineering course work because I began with experience in areas such as electronics and optics,” Watson said. “It gave me a greater understanding of the concepts presented in the initial engineering courses and allowed me to stay ahead of the curve throughout the entire program.”

Watson will participate in UW-Eau Claire’s commencement ceremonies May 22. He went through graduation ceremonies at the University of Minnesota May 7. Full story. Go to top of page

First online MBA class graduates Saturday
Online MBA Commencement link. When Suzanne DeCann travels from her home in Georgia to UW-Eau Claire later this month, it will be to pick up her newly earned master of business administration degree. DeCann will be among the first 11 UW-Eau Claire students to earn their MBAs completely online. When she comes to Eau Claire for commencement, she’ll get her first real look at the campus and her first opportunity to talk face-to-face with her classmates and professors. Full story.

The MBA students who are unable to attend the ceremony, can view the event with their relatives and friends online. the Web site also includes information about the program and the 11 graduates.

Since 2002, UW-Eau Claire MBA students have had the option of completing the entire MBA program online, the entire program on campus or combining the two options as it meets their needs. Go to top of page

Graduating senior awarded Fulbright Teaching Assistantship

Kerri Grube

“It can only be a positive step in furthering my goals to someday work with programs advancing international awareness.”
Kerri Grube about the Fulbright experience.

When UW-Eau Claire senior Kerri Grube was in the second grade, she enrolled in a summer school German class. The experience laid the foundation for high school and college studies in German language and culture, which have led to the award of a prestigious Fulbright Teaching Assistantship for 2004-05.

Grube, a Wisconsin Rapids native who will graduate from UW-Eau Claire May 22 with majors in German and English literature, will teach English to students in the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen. She will be assigned to a German teacher of English to assist him or her in the classroom for up to 12 hours per week. Full story. Go to top of page


Sixteen faculty and academic staff members announce retirement from UW-Eau Claire
The following faculty or academic staff members will retire from UW-Eau Claire this spring or summer.

  • Nancy Baker, professor emerita, music and theatre arts
  • Richard Boyum, associate professor unranked and counseling psychologist emeritus, Counseling Services
  • James Brummer, professor emeritus, philosophy and religious studies
  • William Dunlap, professor emeritus, curriculum and instruction
  • Carolyn Hopp, associate professor emerita, mathematics
  • Karen Horan, adjunct assistant professor emerita, art & design
  • Helena Jones, professor emerita, biology
  • Richard Kark, senior physician emeritus, Health Services
  • Caroline Majak, professor emerita, curriculum and instruction
  • Bill Rowlett, development program manager, athletics
  • Katherine Schneider, senior psychologist emerita, Counseling Services
  • Robert Shaw, associate professor unranked and associate dean of students emeritus, Student Development and Diversity
  • Billie Earl Sparks, professor emeritus, mathematics
  • Paul Vanderheiden, professor emeritus, accounting and finance
  • Michael Weber, associate professor, art & design
  • Thomas Wineinger, professor emeritus, mathematics

Full story. Go to top of page

Eight members of classified staff retire from
UW-Eau Claire
The following classified staff members at UW-Eau Claire will retire during this academic year:

  • Geraldine Dudansky, payroll and benefits specialist advanced-confidential, Human Resources
  • Linda Haag, program assistant 3 in the Dean’s Office, School of Education
  • Bonnie Hays, custodian, Custodial Services
  • Ronald Robl, custodian, Housing and Residence Life
  • Robert Scott, custodian, Custodial Services
  • Dianne Shane, program assistant 2, music and theatre arts
  • Judy Stitt, program assistant 3, history
  • Vicki Vogler, program assistant 2, Office of Financial Aid

Full story. Go to top of page

Seven UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff selected as 'Wisconsin Idea Fellows'
Seven UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members were named by the UW System Board of Regents as 2004-05 "Wisconsin Idea Fellows" in recognition of public service contributions to the community and the state. The fellows are:

  • David Franks, professor of special education
  • Eric Jamelske, assistant professor of economics and co-director of the Chippewa Valley Center for Economic Research and Development
  • Kevin Jones, director of the Small Business Development Center
  • Kevin Klatt, assistant professor of psychology
  • Karen Maddox, interim department chair and associate professor of family health nursing
  • Andrew Phillips, (former) chair and professor of computer science (recently named interim associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and dean of Graduate Studies)
  • Chris Theo, professor of art & design

The UW-Eau Claire fellows are among 100 faculty and staff from across the state who were nominated by the president and chancellors of the UW System's 15 institutions. The Board of Regents intends to award the designation to 100 new Wisconsin Idea Fellows each year. Full story. Go to top of page

UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association to present awards May 22
The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association will present awards to six alumni and friends of the university at a special luncheon and ceremony May 22.

To receive a UW-Eau Claire alumni award is a distinct honor,” said John Bachmeier, alumni relations director. “To date, only 153 of our 62,000 alumni have received Alumni Association awards, and just 47 individuals have been named honorary alumni.”

The university has honored its alumni through the awards program since 1961, Bachmeier said.

John KellBrothers John, Michael and Thomas Kell will be honored for their shared commitment to UW-Eau Claire. John Kell, a 1973 UW-Eau Claire business administration graduate, will receive the President’s Award, which recognizes outstanding professional or personal achievements or service to UW-Eau Claire. He is the CEO of Kell Container Corp., Chippewa Falls, one of the nation’s largest corrugated sheet plants. He is secretary of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation board and has been a member of the board since 1996. He also serves on the university’s Football Advisory Council.

Michael Kell Thomas Kell
Michael Kell Thomas Kell

Michael and Thomas Kell will be honored with the Alumni Association’s Honorary Alumnus Award. Thomas Kell, of Chippewa Falls, is president of Kell Container, and Michael Kell, of Stone Lake, is a retired Kell officer. Michael Kell also is a past member of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation board and investment committee.

Peter EckerlinePeter Eckerline also will receive the President’s Award. Eckerline received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from UW-Eau Claire in 1982 and 1983. He has been employed with Merrill Lynch since 1983 and is now a first vice president of investments with the firm. He heads Merrill Lynch’s Eckerline, Bencini, Boyd Group in Wayzata, Minn., which manages more than $1 billion in clients’ assets.

James DoucetteJames Doucette, a 1987 UW-Eau Claire social studies education graduate, will 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. Doucette teaches U.S. history and law at Franklin High School in Franklin, where he has taught for 12 of his 16 years as an educator. Last October, he was one of just two Wisconsin teachers named as recipients of the 2003 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award.

Claire B. (Bennett) LangClaire B. (Bennett) Lang, a 1976 UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, also will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award. Lang is a full-time anchor with NASCAR Radio on XM Satellite Radio, based in Washington, D.C. Lang also is editor of Winners Magazine, the publication of The Speedway Club at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Charlotte; does free-lance feature reporting for RACELINE, a syndicated television show about NASCAR racing, broadcast nationally and internationally; and operates Claire B. Lang & Co. Media, specializing in broadcasting, writing, reporting, consulting and public relations.

Full story. Go to top of page

Scholarship and award recipients announced
Following are just a few examples of the many departmental scholarships and awards given to outstanding students at UW-Eau Claire:

Biology department announces scholarship and award recipients

English department announces faculty awards and outstanding senior award
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Concert Choir to participate in D-Day performances in France
The UW-Eau Claire Concert Choir, conducted by Gary Schwartzhoff, director of choral activities, will tour Spain and France this summer from May 26 to June 9.

Highlights of the choir’s performance schedule include a concert at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and a concert for 300 World War II veterans in Caen, France, the center of some of the fiercest fighting in the liberation of 1944 and home to Le Mémorial de Caen, an award-winning peace memorial and World War II museum. Both these concerts, as well as several others, are planned as part of the 2004 American Celebration of Music in France, which offers performance opportunities for American musicians and a way to renew long-standing Franco-American ties. Full story. Go to top of page

An artistic endeavor Painting by Vicki Vogler portraying the Financial Aid office.

Take some time to study this painting in the lobby of Financial Aid, and you could learn a thing or two about the people who work there. Program Assistant Vicki Vogler spent many evenings and weekends with paints and brushes creating the detailed collage of staff and students, which she presented to the office when she retired in February.

Vogler said she is very fond of the people she worked with for 12 years, so she wanted to create something that portrays what she sees in them. “I like painting people, but not necessarily what they look like,” she said. “I prefer capturing who they are and what they’re like.”

After 20 years at UW-Eau Claire, Vogler is enjoying retirement and the extra time she has to pursue her hobbies. Go to top of page

 


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Liz Wolf Green, Editor, UW-Eau Claire News Bureau, Schofield 201, (715) 836-4741
Diane Walkoff, Editorial Assistant. Updated: July 21, 2004

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