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August 2003
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Graduate Zachary Isaacson and daughter

University honors 234 graduates
at summer commencement
Commencement exercises for 234 candidates for graduation were held Saturday, Aug. 2, in UW-Eau Claire's Zorn Arena. A total of 194 undergraduate students received bachelor's degrees, and 40 graduate students received master's degrees. Read more.

At left, Zachary Isaacson of Tripoli held his diploma in one hand and his daughter in the other after receiving his bachelor's degree in management from the College of Business.

(Eau Claire Leader-Telegram photo by Steve Kinderman)

Course information sessions set for community members
Two informational sessions, the Back-to-School Program on Aug. 21 and the Adult Passport Program on Aug. 23, will be offered in August to help community members gather information about opportunities available to them at UW-Eau Claire. At Community Registration Night on Aug. 28, community members can talk with university staff, select courses and enroll for fall semester classes. Read more.

Stephen Drucker and students
(UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

Chemistry students and faculty pursue summer research
Stephen Drucker (left), assistant professor of chemistry, is one of 13 chemistry faculty members who have been working with more than 25 undergraduates in a wide range of summer research projects. Pictured with Drucker are Nathan Pillsbury, a May chemistry graduate from Peshtigo, and Emily Gilles, a senior chemistry major from Plum City. Drucker, Pillsbury and Gilles are researching how molecular properties change when the molecules absorb energy from laser light. Read more about summer faculty/student research in the chemistry department.

School of Education receives high marks from DPI

Katherine Rhoades
Katherine Rhoades

UW-Eau Claire’s School of Education recently received full accreditation approval from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, making its teacher education program one of just two in the state to-date to receive approval under new legislation that governs such programs in Wisconsin. “Given the tradition of excellence within the School of Education, I’m not surprised by the outcome,” said Katherine Rhoades, associate dean of the School of Education. “I’m proud of how our faculty worked together to address the accreditation process’s many challenges.” Read more.


McIntyre, Steuernagel, Oehrlein resign head coach positions

Lisa McIntyre Scott Steuernagel Todd Oehrlein
Lisa McIntyre Scott Steuernagel Todd Oehrlein

Three UW-Eau Claire head coaches have resigned from their positions this summer, interim director of athletics Tim Petermann has announced. Lisa McIntyre has stepped down after seven seasons as the women's gymnastics coach to spend more time with her daughter, who was born last October. Scott Steuernagel has stepped down after five seasons as the men's cross country coach to take a full-time position in the private sector. Todd Oehrlein has stepped down after six seasons as the men's golf coach and eight seasons as the assistant men's basketball coach to take the head women's golf position at UW-Madison. Read the full story.

UW-Eau Claire is beneficiary in centenarians’ wills
campaign linkHarry Egdahl and UW-Eau Claire alumna Bernadette (Walsh) Byrne had at least two things in common: They both lived past the age of 100, and they both valued higher education at UW-Eau Claire — as evidenced by the gifts from their estates recently received by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Read more. The gifts are recognized as contributions to the university's ongoing fund-raising campaign, Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence. Alumni and friends like Egdahl and Byrne who include UW-Eau Claire in their charitable giving plans provide future support for people and programs throughout the university. Access practical, regularly updated information about tax-saving charitable giving strategies on the UW-Eau Claire Foundation’s gift planning Web site.

Employer recruitment of UW-Eau Claire students remains strong
More Chippewa Valley employers than ever are recruiting University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students for internships and full-time jobs, a sign that community partnership efforts are paying off for employers and students seeking employment, Career Services director Jeanne Skoug said. "The number of Chippewa Valley employers contacting our office is up 65 percent," Skoug said. The increase comes at a time when employers nationwide report they expect to cut hiring of new graduates by 42 percent. Read more.

UW-Eau Claire participates in national American Democracy Project
As many as 700 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire first-year students and their instructors will participate in the American Democracy Project, a national initiative this fall aimed at increasing student participation in civic life. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities, The New York Times and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching are coordinating the project, which includes 146 public colleges and universities. Read more. (Also read an essay by Provost Ronald Satz on The New York Times Web site that reviews UW-Eau Claire's participation during the spring 2003 American Democracy Project pilot program.)

Kao Xiong and Moua Her
Kao Xiong, left, and UW-Eau Claire student Moua Her are the hosts of a new Hmong language radio program being broadcast from WUEC. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

Hmong radio show returns to WUEC
Hmong language radio programming returned to the Chippewa Valley Aug. 4 with the debut of Xovtoojcua Xa-Suab Hmoob (Radio Hmong) on a sub-carrier signal of UW-Eau Claire's radio station, 89.7 WUEC. The show's hosts are Moua Her, a broadcast journalism student at UW-Eau Claire, and Kao Xiong, who introduced Hmong language radio to the Chippewa Valley in 1989 on WUEC. The program later moved to WISM/WEIO radio until it was cancelled in June of 2002 with the sale of the station.The Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association is accepting donations for the purchase of additional sub-carrier radios, which are being distributed to Hmong-speaking families in the region so they may hear Xovtoojcua Xa-Suab Hmoob. The Hmong Language Radio Project is a joint effort of the Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Wisconsin Public Radio.

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Alumni Association presents awards
The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association presented awards to five alumni and friends of the university Aug. 2 at a special luncheon and ceremony in conjunction with summer commencement (see photos). Follow the links after each recipient's name to read more about the award winners: Dennis Schwab '65, President's Award; Betty Cowley '64, '71, Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award; Larry Weber '68, Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award; Marcia Weber, Honorary Alumnus Award; and Douglas Chickering '63, Lifetime Excellence Award. (To nominate someone for a future Alumni Association award, complete the online nomination form.)

Alumni board has new members, president
William Hutchinson, a 1977 UW-Eau Claire biology graduate, is the new president of the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association board of directors. Hutchinson, an Eau Claire dentist, has been on the board since 1997. He follows outgoing president Rick Foy, a 1980 journalism graduate who is the public and media relations manager for Liberty Check in Mounds View, Minn. Foy, of Cottage Grove, Minn., also joined the board in 1997. He will stay on as past president until May 2004.

The board also welcomes four new members: Michael Johnson '93, River Falls, assistant principal at River Falls High School; Gregory Voeller '88, Stillwater, Minn., director of employee communication practice at Padilla Speer Beardsley Inc., Minneapolis; Terry Schadeberg '85, Waunakee, general manager and vice president at Nord Gear Corp., Waunakee; and Jeff McCarthy '80, Oregon, major account manager at Alliant Energy, Verona.

Several board members also are leaving following various terms of volunteer service: Mike Rindo '78, Eau Claire (1997-2003); Brian Elwood '95, Hudson (2001-2003); Peter Eckerline '82, Wayzata, Minn. (2000-2003); and Cynthia Hofacker '80, '85, Eau Claire (2001-2003).

View the complete board of directors roster online. To be considered for board membership, please complete and submit the online board nomination form.

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Homecoming 2003: Come Back for the Camaraderie
"Come Back for the Camaraderie" is the alumni theme for UW-Eau Claire Homecoming 2003, to be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3-4. Although the Camaraderie, the popular social haunt of so many UW-Eau Claire alumni, was destroyed by fire on Jan. 7, 2001, Homecoming 2003 will bring the spirit of "The Cam" alive once again. See the Homecoming 2003 schedule of events.

Gathering for Columbus, Ohio, area alumni
So far 26 alumni living or visiting in the Columbus, Ohio, area are registered to attend an alumni gathering from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the home of Thomas and Jeannie Flesch, 595 Cardinal Hill lane, Powell, Ohio. Plan to join them for this gathering! Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, hear a UW-Eau Claire campus update from Chancellor Donald Mash and enter a drawing for great Blugold door prizes. If you’d like to attend, send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call (715) 836-3266.

Appleton reception for Thrivent employees
Alumni who are employees of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans are invited to an Alumni Association reception from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Thrivent's Appleton office, 4321 N. Ballard Road. Chancellor Donald Mash will provide a UW-Eau Claire update, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served. There also will be a drawing for Blugold door prizes. If you’d like to attend, send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call (715) 836-3266.

A Salute to the Big Band Era

Salute to Big Band Era 2002
A Salute to the Big Band Era, Sept. 2002

The department of music and theatre arts will present the second annual Salute to the Big Band Era on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2003, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena. Alumni and friends are invited to an afternoon or evening of music and dancing to the sounds of UW-Eau Claire's Jazz Ensembles I and II, under the direction of Robert Baca. The event is a special tribute to all members of the U.S. armed forces, past and present, and rosters will be posted at each performance of veterans and current military members in attendance. A social time is scheduled from 6:30-7:15 p.m. before the evening performance for veterans, current military members and their families. At each performance there will be a birthday cake with 100 candles to be lit in celebration and in tribute to the life and years of public service by Bob Hope, 1903-2003. Ticket prices are $15 for the general public, $12 for those 62 and over, $12 for youth 17 and under, $12 for UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff, $11 per person for organized groups of 10 or more, and $10 for UW-Eau Claire and UW System students. Tickets will go on sale Aug. 27 at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or 1-800-949-UWEC.

College of Business Bash in Minneapolis
Business graduates, don't miss the College of Business Bash on Thursday, Oct. 16, 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.

Events in the works
Details will be finalized soon for alumni events in Dallas, Texas; Atlanta, Ga.; and southern California. Watch the online alumni events calendar and future issues of e-View for more information.

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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For a complete listing of upcoming events at UW-Eau Claire and links to detailed information, see the university's online Calendar of Events.

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