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Dec. 15, 2014



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Realityworks co-founder to discuss his career path during ‘Ask a Scientist’ event

On Wednesday, Dec. 17, Realityworks co-founder Rick Jurmain will present “From Sputnik to Shuttle: True Accounts from Two Generations of Rocket Scientists.” The presentation will take place at the Acoustic Café in downtown Eau Claire from 7-8 p.m. Like father, like son, Jurmain followed in his old man’s footsteps when he took a position at NASA in the 1980s. The former cadet will describe his experiences, triumphs and struggles within the space and aeronautics powerhouse and how it shaped his ever-growing interest in engineering. That rising passion was a segue into his career with Realityworks, a company based in Eau Claire that sells educational technology to schools, including RealCare Baby, an interactive infant developed by Jurmain himself.

More than 760 students set to graduate Saturday

A total of 761 students are set to graduate Saturday, Dec. 20, during two commencement ceremonies in Zorn Arena. Students from the College of Business and the College of Education and Human Sciences will receive degrees during a 9 a.m. ceremony. Students from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences will receive degrees during a 2 p.m. ceremony. Nicholas J. Schneider, Eau Claire, who will earn his bachelor of social work degree, will deliver a speech titled "Perseverance" during the morning ceremony. Zhen Wei Yap, Malaysia, who will earn a bachelor degree in journalism, will give a presentation titled "Growing Up" at the afternoon ceremony. Gary L. Berg, a 1979 English graduate, will deliver the "Charge to the Class" at both ceremonies. The title of his presentation is "And Miles to Go Before I Sleep." Berg is owner and CEO of the G.L. Berg Entertainment talent agency.

Business leaders to receive Honorary Alumnus Awards for work with Foundation

Dan Clumpner and Stuart Schaefer will receive Honorary Alumnus awards Saturday, Dec. 20, for their work as partners with the UW-Eau Claire Foundation and the university. The awards are presented to non-alumni who have demonstrated great love of and service to UW-Eau Claire. Clumpner and Schaefer are principals with Commonweal Development, which, along with Blugold Real Estate and Market & Johnson, are partners in Haymarket Concepts LLC. The company is developing the Haymarket Landing mixed-use complex in downtown Eau Claire. The team also is the driving force behind the development of the Confluence arts center. Clumpner and Schaefer collectively are responsible for most of the major land developments in Eau Claire, including the 800-acre Oakwood Hills project that has Oakwood Mall as its centerpiece. Clumpner began his education at UW-Eau Claire in the 1960s and eventually transferred to North Dakota State University, where he received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He returned to Eau Claire and served as the vice president of Ayres Associates before moving into real estate development. Since then he has served concurrently as president of Keystone Corp. and Oakwood Business Park, and as founder and principal of Commonweal Development Corp. Schaefer, a Madison native, is the president of Commonweal Development Corp. Previously, he was a real estate analyst with ConAgra Retail Cos. in Eau Claire and a broker/vice president for Business Brokers of America in Madison. Schaefer has a bachelor's degree from UW-Madison in agricultural engineering/construction administration and has been a licensed real estate broker since 1980.

Eau Claire leader Kerry Kincaid among the alumni to be honored for service, accomplishments

Alumna Kerry Kincaid will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, recognizing her distinguished service to the community. Kincaid, a 1993 political science graduate, has put her degree to good use. Since 1992 she has served in various elected offices starting with the town of Washington board of supervisors. Kincaid also served as a commissioner to the Eau Claire County Housing Authority, Eau Claire County board of supervisors and the Eau Claire Plan Commission. In 2004 she ran for and was elected to the Eau Claire City Council. In 2009, she was elected council president and was re-elected to the position in April 2014. Kincaid began her career as a registered nurse before an interest in public policy led her to complete her degree in political science at UW-Eau Claire. She continued her education by completing a master's degree in library science at UW-Madison. She worked as a librarian in UW-Eau Claire's McIntyre Library and is currently working toward a doctorate in leadership at the University of St. Thomas. Kincaid and her husband, Dan, funded the Pre-Med Mentoring Program for a number of years and continue to support a pre-med scholarship and a general support fund for the political science department. They also are members of the Foundation's Circle of Excellence.

Celebrated special education teacher and Blugold to receive President’s Award

Alumna Lynne Kohlhepp will receive the President's Award, recognizing her outstanding professional and personal achievements and service to UW-Eau Claire. Kohlhepp earned a bachelor's degree in special education and elementary education from UW-Eau Claire in 1980 and a master's degree in education-learning disabilities in 1982. Kohlhepp was named the 2014 Wisconsin Special Services Teacher of the Year by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation. She also is the recipient of a 2013 Kohl Teacher Fellowship. Kohlhepp received the Caught in the Act Award from the Wausau School District for her efforts in starting a food pantry at Wausau West High School. Kohlhepp and fellow Blugold alumni in the Wausau School District fund an annual scholarship of $1,000 to a graduating senior who will be attending UW-Eau Claire. She has taught high school special education for 31 of her 33 years in the teaching profession and is currently a specific learning disabilities teacher at Wausau West High School. Prior to joining the Wausau School District in 1992, Kohlhepp taught in the Marathon and Rib Lake school districts. Blugolds run deep in the Kohlhepp household. Her husband, Dan, and daughter, Sara, also are UW-Eau Claire graduates.

Calendar notes

Students are taking their final exams this week.

Friday, Dec. 19, marks the end of the 2014 fall semester.

UW-Eau Claire will be closed Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1 in celebration of the holidays.

2015 Winterim classes will begin Monday, Jan. 5.



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