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October 2002
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Homecoming 2002
Homecoming is October 11-12.
Plan to get in on the fun!



UW-Eau Claire remembers . . .

Students at 9/11 candlelight vigil        

Hundreds of UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff filled the Central Campus Mall the evening of Sept. 11 for a candelight vigil as they marked the first anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Earlier in the day, members of the campus community silently crowded the footbridge at 7:45 a.m. as two trumpeters played taps. Those on the bridge then dropped 3,000 rose petals into the Chippewa River in remembrance of the more than 3,000 people believed to have died in the attacks.

Alumnus recounts Sept. 11 experience in new book
UW-Eau Claire alumnus and New York City newspaper reporter David Paul Kuhn made his way on Rollerblades into lower Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001, just as the second World Trade Center tower fell. Kuhn, a reporter for the New York bureau of The Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan's (and the world's) largest circulation daily newspaper, stayed at Ground Zero until the following afternoon. Kuhn shares what he saw, heard, smelled, felt and thought during those hours in "All I Hear Is Silence," an essay in the book "At Ground Zero: 25 Stories from Young Reporters Who Were There" (Thunder's Mouth Press, Sept. 2002). "Everything about it was very instinctual," Kuhn said of his coverage of the tragedy. The former Spectator editor added that his internships during college, at Time and Money magazines as well as at several daily newspapers, helped prepare him to cover such a large story.

UW-Eau Claire again ranks in Midwest top tier
For the eighth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in its top tier of universities in the 12-state Midwest region. In the magazine's 2003 edition of its annual "America's Best Colleges" guidebook, UW-Eau Claire is ranked No. 4 among the regional public universities in the Midwest, a region that includes schools in states stretching from the Dakotas to the West, Missouri to the South and Ohio to the East. Read the full story.

Certification program addresses teacher shortage
A "fast track" pilot program at UW-Eau Claire helps address the teacher shortage by bringing qualified people into the teaching profession who do not having teaching degrees. The program will certify nontraditional students who have bachelor's degrees in certifiable areas — such as English and biology — to teach in grades 6-12. Eighteen adults are enrolled in the second semester of the three-semester alternative teacher certification program. Read the full story.

Mathematics, computer science receive $400,000 NSF grant
UW-Eau Claire's mathematics and computer science departments have received a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop the Excellence in Mathematics and Computer Science Scholarship Program. Beginning with the 2003-04 academic year, the initiative will provide 30 qualifying mathematics or computer science students with renewable scholarships and opportunities to enhance their academic programs. The initiative is expected to help increase the number and diversity of students majoring in mathematics or computer science at UW-Eau Claire. In addition to the $400,000 provided by the NSF, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation has committed to raise an additional $100,000 to support students who receive funding from the NSF program. Read the full story.

Professor emeritus Vernon Gingerich dies
Vernon J. Gingerich, 87, professor emeritus of foreign languages, died July 16, 2002, in McAllen, Texas. Gingerich was a professor of foreign languages at UW-Eau Claire from 1962-1980. He also served as department chair. He had lived in McAllen, Texas, for the last five years. Memorials may be sent to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation for the Dr. Vernon J. Gingerich French Scholarship. A memorial gathering will be held Nov. 3 in Eau Claire. For details about the gathering, contact Josette Migawa, foreign languages, at 836-6049 or migawajt@uwec.edu. Read the full story.

Gubernatorial debate set on campus
On Oct. 16, UW-Eau Claire will be the site of the Wisconsin's only gubernatorial debate that is open to the public and that will include candidates other than the major party candidates. In addition to Democrat Jim Doyle and Republican Scott McCallum, Libertarian candidate Ed Thompson and Wisconsin Green Party candidate Jim Young are scheduled to participate in the debate at 7 p.m. in Zorn Arena. The debate will be carried live statewide on Wisconsin Public Radio, NewsTalk 790 WAYY-AM and Community Television in Eau Claire. WisPolitics.com will stream live audio of the debate and will post a transcript of the debate on its Web site. The debate is co-sponsored by the Western Wisconsin Press Club, WisPolitics.com and UW-Eau Claire.

Retired faculty, staff support university through campaign
After devoting their careers to UW-Eau Claire's mission of learning and service, many emeriti faculty and retired staff members have extended their support of that mission into the future through gifts to the university's first comprehensive fund-raising campaign, Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence. Karl Andresen and Jim Mueller are two of those individuals:

  • Karl Andresen, professor emeritus of political science, and his wife, Helen, have established a charitable gift annuity that eventually will supplement the Karl Andresen Scholarship Fund, which was established when Andresen retired in 1988. "Joining the planned giving program makes us feel we are part, albeit a small part, or the continued growth of the university," Karl Andresen said.
  • Jim Mueller, who retired in 1996 after 19 years as a locksmith at UW-Eau Claire, has included a bequest in his will for a contribution to the athletics program. "I wasn't able to particpate in athletics as a student because of health issues, so my gift was a way to participate in Blugold athletics, which I've supported through my volunteer work and continue to enjoy," Mueller said.

For more information on contributing to Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, contact Kimera Way, UW-Eau Claire director of development, by calling (715) 836-5180 or sending e-mail to wayykk@uwec.edu, or visit the campaign Web site.

More campus news . . .
Follow this link to find more campus news, including recent and past news releases, the University Bulletin (faculty/staff newsletter), The Spectator (student newspaper), and Blugold athletics news.

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First alumni group inducted into Hall of Honor
Eleven UW-Eau Claire alumni will be the first group inducted into the university's newly established Alumni Hall of Honor during an on-campus luncheon at noon on Oct. 11. The Hall of Honor recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of alumni from the university's three colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business and Professional Studies. The 2002 honorees are JoAnne Brandes '75, James Brummer '69, David Karlgaard '67 and Sally Webb (att. '73) (College of Arts and Sciences); Albert J. Colianni Jr. '76, Dennis Heyde '72, Patrick Quinn (MBA '87) and Susan Tietz '71 (College of Business); and Stacey Garlick '82, Michaelene Mirr Jansen '77 and Arlene Wright ('64, M.S. '80) (College of Professional Studies). Those interested in attending the event in the Spruce-Tamarack Room, Davies Center, should RSVP to Robin Leary (learyrj@uwec.edu, (715) 836-5630) by Oct. 8.

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Alumni swim meet
UW-Eau Claire's swimming and diving team will host an alumni swim meet at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the university's McPhee Physical Education Center. For more information, send e-mail to Stetson Johnson at johnstet@uwec.edu.

Education alumni reception at NWEA convention
The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association welcomes all education alumni to stop in at an open house reception from 8-11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, in Room 1283 of Memorial High School in Eau Claire, the site of the Northern Wisconsin Educators Association convention.

Homecoming 2002
Join the festivities Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11 and 12, when thousands of alumni and friends gather for UW-Eau Claire's Homecoming 2002. Many departmental reunions are planned (see below), and don't miss Friday night's Varsity Night Live! show on campus, Saturday morning's Homecoming parade on Water Street, the Homecoming Festival in Carson Park, the football game against UW-River Falls, and the Alumni Open House back on campus following the game. See the Alumni Association Web site for Homecoming details.

Departmental Homecoming activities

Friday, Oct. 11:

  • College of Business events: 11-11:45 a.m., College of Business lab dedications; noon-3 p.m., Hormel Homecoming Cookout, Campus Mall; 1:30-3 p.m., College of Business Technology Open House (Schneider Hall labs open for viewing); 5-7 p.m., College of Business Alumni and Friends Bash, Mona Lisa's Restaurant, Eau Claire. For details, contact Gretchen Hutterli in the College of Business at (715) 836-5930 or hutterga@uwec.edu.
  • Biology alumni reunion: 3-5 p.m., Room 326, Phillips Science Hall. For more information or to RSVP, call Faith Bogstad at (715) 836-4166 or send e-mail to bogstafg@uwec.edu.

Saturday, Oct. 12:

  • School of Nursing reunion: 7:30 a.m. registration at School of Nursing, 8 a.m. walk, continental breakfast, School of Nursing update, door prizes, university Homecoming events.
  • Communication disorders alumni reunion: 9 a.m. continental breakfast and open house, Human Sciences and Services Building, 209 Water St. (continuing until after Homecoming parade).
  • School of Education reunion: "Donuts with the Deans," 9-10:30 a.m., Brewer Hall 255. Also tour the School of Education Technology Lab and Project Studio. RSVP to Georgia Hogg at hoggga@uwec.edu.
  • Economics alumni reunion: 3:30-5:30 p.m., Potawatomi Room, Davies Center.
  • Mathematics alumni reunion: 4:30-6:30 p.m., Arrowhead Room, Davies Center.
  • Singing Statesmen 35th anniversary reunion: 7-10 p.m., Dulany Inn, Davies Center.

Alumni soccer game
The UW-Eau Claire alumni soccer game will be held on Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Eau Claire Soccer Complex/Eau Claire Claire Indoor Sports Center. All interested UW-Eau Claire soccer alumni should contact Marty Hendricks at 715-835-4250 or martinwhendricks@yahoo.com for more information.

College of Business Bash
Business graduates, don't miss the College of Business Bash on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Champps in the Butler Square Building, 100 N. 6th St., Minneapolis. Enjoy complimentary food and beverages, visit with your favorite professors and be eligible for great door prizes. To register, send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call (715) 836-3266.

Madison reception for music educators
UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends are invited to attend an open house reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in Room F of the Monona Terrace Community Center in Madison. The reception will be held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Music Educators Association state conference. Two UW-Eau Claire choral ensembles, the Concert Choir and the Women's Concert Chorale, will perform at the conference.

Washington, D.C., area alumni reception
UW-Eau Claire alumni in the Washington, D.C., area are invited to a reception from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Potowmack Landing, 1 Marina Drive, Alexandria, Va. Join fellow alumni as well as Chancellor Donald Mash for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, hear the latest campus news, and register to win UW-Eau Claire door prizes. To register, send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call (715) 836-3266.

Continuing education cruise for nurses
UW-Eau Claire nursing alumni seeking continuing education credits in wound care can earn those credits while participating in a weeklong Caribbean cruise from March 22-29, 2003. The registration deadline is Nov. 1. Registered nurses and other health care professionals will earn 12 contact hours from UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education, Nursing, an approved provider of continuing education in nursing by the Wisconsin Nurses Association Continuing Education Approval Program Committee, which is accredited as an approver of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. The program registration fee is $225 for UW-Eau Claire alumni and $250 for other participants. (The cost of the cruise is separate.) Send continuing education questions via e-mail to ce@uwec.edu. Information on the cruise line and costs is available from IPMC Travel, 1-800-645-2222.

Hall of Fame festivities set for Nov. 2
The 26th class of outstanding Blugold athletes will be inducted into the Blugold Hall of Fame during festivities on Saturday, Nov. 2. Returning Hall of Fame members and the 2002 inductees will be introduced during halftime of the 1 p.m. Blugold football game against UW-Whitewater at Carson Park. Following the football game will be a 5:30 p.m. social hour, 6:30 p.m. dinner and 7:30 p.m. induction ceremony at the Holiday Inn Convention Center. Tickets for the evening events are $15, and all alumni are welcome. For additional information, contact Bill Rowlett, director of development for athletics, by phone at (715) 836-5079 or vie e-mail at rowletwr@uwec.edu.

Rice Lake area alumni luncheon
Rice Lake area alumni are invited to attend an alumni luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 12-1:30 p.m. at Turtleback Golf and Country Club, Rice Lake. Plan to enjoy a pizza buffet, compliments of the Alumni Association, and hear from Chancellor Donald Mash about what's new at UW-Eau Claire. Also, register for great UW-Eau Claire door prizes. If you'd like to attend, send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call (715) 836-3266.

Art department trip to Chicago
The UW-Eau Claire art department is sponsoring a trip to Chicago from Nov. 8-10. Alumni are invited to join faculty, staff, students and other friends of the university on this trip to view Chicago-area art exhibits. The trip will depart from Haas Fine Arts Center at 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8. Tickets are available from the University Service Center. For more information, send e-mail to pittsbl@uwec.edu.

Mondovi area alumni reception
Mondovi area alumni are invited to attend an alumni reception on Monday, Nov. 18, from 4-6 p.m. at Marten Transport, 129 Marten St., Mondovi. The reception will include a complimentary pizza buffet and refreshments, a campus update from Chancellor Donald Mash, and great Blugold door prizes. A tour of Marten Transport also will be provided. If you'd like to attend, send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call (715) 836-3266.

For more information . . .
Contact the Alumni Association for more information about any of the events above or about planning an alumni event in your area.

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The following is a sampling of events this month at UW-Eau Claire. For a complete listing and links to ticket information, see the university's online Calendar of Events.

Foster Gallery Exhibit
Plat and Form: Nicholas Frank
and the Hermetic Gallery are Portable
Oct. 10-31
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 6-8 p.m. Thursdays,
1-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Foster Gallery, Haas Fine Arts Center

"Varsity Night Live!" Oct. 11, Zorn Arena, 7 p.m.
Parade, Oct. 12, Water St., 10-11 a.m.
Festival, Oct. 12, Carson Park, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Football game, Oct. 12, Carson Park, 1 p.m.
Alumni open house, Oct. 12, Davies Center
(Council Fire Room), 4 p.m.
(Homecoming details)

Artists Series
The Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats
Monday, Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Zorn Arena

A Salute to the Big Band Era
A Battle Between Jazz Ensembles I and II
Friday, Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Zorn Arena

A Cappella Extravaganza
Friday, Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Schofield Auditorium

University Theatre
Oct. 18-19, 25-26, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 27, 1:30 p.m.
Kjer Theatre

The Forum
Seymour Hersh: "Foreign Policy in an Election Year"
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Zorn Arena

International Folk Fair
Sunday, Oct. 27
Noon-5 p.m.
Davies Center

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