Fall 2012: Alumni profiles

Virginia Hirsch ’67

Virginia Hirsch 1967

Virginia Hirsch ’67, a UW-Eau Claire English and speech (teaching) graduate, received the 2011 Lucy Beck Memorial Award from Wisconsin Storytellers in recognition of her outstanding contributions to storytelling. Hirsch, founder and owner of Bayfield Heritage Tours, a company that offers guided historic walking tours of Bayfield, was recognized for her early support of professional  > Full story.

Mark VanderWerf ’74

Mark VenderWerf 1974

Mark VanderWerf ’74, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Telemedicine Association, the leading international resource that promotes the use of advanced remote medical technologies to improve quality, equity and affordability of health care throughout the world. VanderWerf currently is vice president and director of eHealth  > Full story.

Terri (Henschel) Neil ’78

Terri (Henschel) Neil '78

Terri (Henschel) Neil ’78, a UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate, has launched Artisans of Ghana, a new small business with a fair trade focus. The business imports handcrafted goods directly from Ghanaian artisans. Neil’s venture was inspired by a March 2011 volunteer trip to Ghana. There she found colorful textiles, drums and art pieces. Neil works closely with individual artisans  > Full story.

Graydon Royce ’80

Graydon Royce '80

Graydon Royce ’80, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in America in an article published by the Theatre Communications Group of New York in November 2011. Royce has been a critic and fine arts writer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune for 13 years. He was a fellow at the 2003 O’Neill Theater  > Full story.

Julie Furst-Bowe ’85

Julie Furst-Bowe '85

Julie Furst-Bowe ’85, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, recently began her duties as chancellor of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Furst-Bowe, a native of Chippewa Falls, previously served at UW-Stout for nearly 22 years as a faculty member, department chair, associate vice chancellor, assistant chancellor, and provost and vice chancellor. She holds a master’s degree from UW-Stout and a doctorate from the University  > Full story.

Jeff Rodenberg ’95

Jeff Rodenberg '95

Jeff Rodenberg ’95, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate and visual artist based in the Twin Cities, created the winning entry in a worldwide competition to produce the official video for the  track “5:15” from The Who’s November 2011 release of “Quadrophenia: The Director’s Cut.” Rodenberg’s award-winning film depicts him painting a sectional portrait of The Who’s band members, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey,  > Full story.