Vol. 5, No. 2Second Week • Summer Session • June 20, 2005

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Federal grant funds initiative to reduce students' high-risk drinking

Career Services survey: UW-Eau Claire grads finding jobs, staying in Wisconsin

Students create business logos during service-learning project

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Eau Claire Express leadership includes several UW-Eau Claire alumni


Federal grant funds initiative to reduce high-risk drinking among first-year students
UW-Eau Claire has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to launch a comprehensive program aimed at reducing rates of drinking among first-year students. The program will be implemented through UW-Eau Claire’s newly created Center for Alcohol Studies and Education and will involve collaboration among the university, the Eau Claire City-County Health Department, law enforcement, alcohol distributors, parents and students. “While UW-Eau Claire has long been engaged in a number of successful alcohol education and abuse prevention initiatives, this grant will provide much needed financial resources for our efforts and help us to more effectively focus on first-year students,” said Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson. Full story. Go to top of page

Career Services survey: UW-Eau Claire grads finding jobs, staying in Wisconsin

Travis Franz '04 in NAVTEQ vehicle Travis Franz '04 at office computer
Travis Franz, a 2004 UW-Eau Claire geography graduate, works in Madison as an analyst for digital mapmaker NAVTEQ. Ninety-seven percent of 2003-04 UW-Eau Claire alumni who responded to a recent Career Services survey have found employment or are continuing their education following graduation. (Contributed photos)

Despite a tight job market and struggling economy, UW-Eau Claire graduates are finding jobs, a Career Services survey found. Ninety-seven percent of the 2003-04 UW-Eau Claire graduates responding to the survey were employed or continuing their education a year after graduation, said Jeanne Skoug, director of Career Services. And a majority of the graduates included in the survey — 59 percent — are working for businesses and organizations in Wisconsin, Skoug said, noting that 23 percent are working in the Chippewa Valley. Seventy-four percent — or 1,322 of the 1,797 graduates — responded to the survey. Eighty-two percent reported they were employed full or part time, and 15 percent reported they were continuing their education. Less than 1 percent reported they were seeking employment. Full story. Go to top of page

Graphic design students create business logos during service-learning project

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UW-Eau Claire students in assistant professor Jian Luo’s symbology course for graphic design majors recently created logos for several downtown Eau Claire businesses as part of a monthlong service-learning project. Seven teams of three to four students each worked with business owners to create a logo and business identity package, including letterhead, business cards and envelopes. The logo above, for a downtown Eau Claire business, was one of several created by UW-Eau Claire students during a recent monthlong service project. Full story. Go to top of page

Photo album: Eau Claire Express leadership includes several UW-Eau Claire alumni
The Eau Claire Express, Eau Claire's new Northwoods League baseball team, has a number of UW-Eau Claire alumni and former Blugold baseball players among its leadership and staff, including team owner and Eau Claire oral surgeon Dr. Jeff Jones, who attended UW-Eau Claire as a pre-dentistry student and played catcher for the Blugold baseball team. A large number of UW-Eau Claire alumni will be among the fans watching the Express play the 2004 Northwoods League champion Madison Mallards on July 19, when the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association hosts UW-Eau Claire Night at Carson Park. (Find more information in the online alumni events calendar.)

See photos below by Rick Mickelson, TLTDC, of Blugolds involved in the inaugural season for the Eau Claire Express. (Note: Not pictured is Express general manager Bill Rowlett, a 1966 UW-Eau Claire social sciences graduate and four-year letterwinner for the Blugolds baseball team.)

Dr. Jeff Jones and Express catcher Dan Miller

Top left: Express owner and former Blugold catcher Dr. Jeff Jones with Express catcher Dan Miller. Top right: Express field manager Dale Varsho, a 1996 UW-Eau Claire kinesiology graduate and former Blugold baseball assistant coach. (Photos by Rick Mickelson, TLTDC)

Vic Cable '87, '96 and Craig Jilek '95

Express pitching coach Vic Cable, left, and assistant coach Craig Jilek both are UW-Eau Claire alumni and former Blugold baseball players. Cable received both his bachelor's degree in social studies education (1987) and his master's degree in education (1996) from UW-Eau Claire, and Jilek received his physical education degree in 1995. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, TLTDC)
UW-Eau Claire alumni also were among the fans at the Express season opener May 31, including Jesse Sorkness, right, a 2002 criminal justice graduate. (See more about Sorkness on the alumni Web site's Tribute to Blugold Troops page.) (Photo by Rick Mickelson, TLTDC) Jesse Sorkness '02


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