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December 2003



Son of longtime faculty member leaves $6 million gift to Foundation

George L. Simpson Jr. Col. George Simpson Sr. and Marie Simpson
The photo at left of George L. Simpson Jr. appears in the Eau Claire State Teachers College 1942 yearbook, the Periscope. The 1943 Periscope includes the photo at right, of Col. George L. Simpson Sr. and his wife, Marie Simpson.

The UW-Eau Claire Foundation announced Dec. 9 that it will receive at least $6 million in estate gifts — the Foundation’s largest contribution to date — from the son of a longtime faculty member who retired more than a half century ago. The Foundation recently was notified it will receive at least $4 million as a beneficiary of a trust from the estate of Lt. Col. George L. Simpson Jr. He was the son of Col. George L. Simpson Sr., one of UW-Eau Claire’s first faculty members, and Marie (Stannard) Simpson, a member of the university’s first graduating class in 1917. The Foundation also will receive $2 million this month as an outright gift from the estate. Full story.

UW-Eau Claire one of few to host Eastern scholars
UW-Eau Claire is one of 12 universities in the United States bringing faculty from newly independent states in Eastern Europe and Central Asia to their campuses to help the scholars learn about Western-style higher education. Teimuraz Papaskiri, a history professor from Tbilisi State University in Georgia, will join UW-Eau Claire’s history department in January. He will be the university’s fourth fellow through the Open Society Institute’s Faculty Development Program. Full story.

Campus researchers explore sites’ links to Jesus, Lewis and Clark

Geography major Bryan Frenz Geography research team
At left, geography major Bryan Frenz used ground penetrating radar equipment last summer in Israel during exploration of a site that could be a 2,000-year-old Roman bathhouse. At right are members of the UW-Eau Claire research team who spent a week this fall searching for a lost Native American encampment where it's believed Lewis and Clark stayed 200 years ago. (Contributed photos)

A UW-Eau Claire geographer and student researchers are helping to determine the historical significance of two sites on opposite sides of the globe:

  • Last summer Harry Jol, associate professor of geography, and Bryan Frenz, a geography major from Tomah, performed ground-penetrating radar surveys in Nazareth, Israel, for an American archeological excavator exploring what he believes could be a 2,000-year-old Roman bathhouse in the town where Jesus was raised. The excavator, Richard Freund of the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford, recently put aside his other excavation projects to concentrate on the Nazareth site near the Mary’s Well church because of its significance for archeology and for the knowledge of the life of Jesus. Full story.
  • This fall 11 UW-Eau Claire students spent a week on the West Coast studying the Washington and Oregon coastlines and searching for a lost Native American encampment that explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark visited during their three-year expedition 200 years ago. Full story.

University plans for future physical development
A draft master plan for future development of physical facilities at UW-Eau Claire has been created with input from students, faculty and administrators, as well as representatives from the UW System and state government. The final draft of the plan, which has been under development since 2000, will be presented to the UW-System by March 1. Included are the razing and replacement of aging and outdated buildings, expansion of some existing facilities and construction of new buildings to meet the academic and program needs of the university. For more information about the specifics of the plan, go to the Planning for the Future Web page, which includes answers to 10 commonly asked questions and links to several informative documents.

Recent gifts boost fund-raising campaign effort
Campaign Web site linkIn addition to the recent gifts from the estate of Lt. Col. George L. Simpson Jr. (see story above), the UW-Eau Claire Foundation announced in November two other major gifts: $615,000 from the Wayne Canar Trust and a $1 million planned gift from an anonymous alumni couple (full story). All the gifts are recognized as contributions to the Foundation’s ongoing fund-raising campaign, Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence. They, along with the contributions of many alumni and friends, have brought the campaign total to $33.4 million as of Dec. 1. While the Foundation is very close to its $35 million campaign goal, it will continue to move forward with the campaign through June 2005, Chancellor Donald Mash announced Dec. 9. “We are very grateful to these donors who’ve recognized the importance of private support in ensuring the future of UW-Eau Claire as a place of excellence in learning and service,” Mash said. “Their generosity inspires us as we continue our efforts for the university through June 2005.”

Geography Club students

Student project will send school kits to impoverished regions

Matt Goethel, left, and Renee Rollman are working with other UW-Eau Claire Geography Club members to provide school kits for children in Iraq and other countries. In the background is Paul Kaldjian, assistant geography professor and the club’s co-adviser. The project was featured in a Dec. 9 article in the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. (Leader-Telegram photo by Andi Stempniak)

Putnam Park trail closes after partial collapse
The Putnam Park walking trail on the UW-Eau Claire campus along the south bank of the Chippewa River was closed in November until further notice after a section of the trail and river bank collapsed following heavy rains. The trail collapse occurred several hundred yards west (down river) of where Little Niagara creek flows into the Chippewa River, said Terry Classen, director of facilities planning and management at UW-Eau Claire. Approximately 25 feet of the trail collapsed and the area remains unstable, Classen said. Full story.
Putnam Park trail collapse

Erica Eul
Erica Eul

New center, crisis hotline offer help with sexual assault issues
UW-Eau Claire students who are dealing with sexual assault issues can now get help at any time thanks to a crisis hotline that has been staffed 24 hours a day since Nov. 24. Students dealing with sexual assault issues are encouraged to call the hotline at (715) 836-HELP for support and information, said Erica Eul, the university’s newly created Center for Awareness of Sexual Assault’s (CASA) victim services coordinator. Full story.

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Schofield Hall in 1916
Schofield Hall, as it looked in 1916. Formerly known simply as the Eau Claire State Normal School and then as Old Main, in 1960 the building was named in honor of Harvey A. Schofield, first president of Eau Claire State Normal School.

When did our professors become buildings?

Schofield Hall. Kjer Theatre. McPhee Physical Education Center. Hibbard Humanities Hall. All UW-Eau Claire alumni recognize these places, but do they know about the people after whom they are named? An online exhibit titled "When Did Our Professors Become Buildings?" features the history of 18 campus buildings named for former UW-Eau Claire faculty members or administrators.

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San Diego alumni reception
Alumni and friends living or visiting in the San Diego area are invited to an Alumni Association reception on Friday, Jan. 16, from 6-8 p.m. at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 401 G Street, San Diego. (Reception will be in the Top of the Rock Room.) Meet with fellow alumni, enjoy complimentary hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, and hear a UW-Eau Claire campus update from Chancellor Donald Mash. Also sign up for 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.

Green Bay luncheon for Schneider National employees
Alumni who are employees of Schneider National are invited to join Chancellor Donald Mash for a complimentary Alumni Association luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 18, from noon-1:30 p.m. at Schneider National headquarters, 3101 S. Packerland Dr., Green Bay. Hear a campus update and register for 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.

Alumni Association trip to Rome
Roman ColosseumPlan now to join the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association’s trip to Rome from Feb. 20-28, 2004. Departures to “The Eternal City” are available from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison and additional cities. The cost of the trip ($1,299 per person, double occupancy, or $1,599 single occupancy) includes round-trip airfare, first-class hotel accommodations in Rome, daily buffet breakfast and more. Find details online, or call (800) 842-9023 for additional information.

Spring art trip to New York
UW-Eau Claire’s department of art & design invites alumni to join the department’s annual spring trip to New York City. The trip will depart from the Haas Fine Arts Center at 6 p.m. Friday, March 19, 2004, and return Sunday, March 28. The cost of the trip ($550 or $750 per person for quad and double rooms, respectively) includes round-trip motor coach transportation and seven nights at the Wellington Hotel, a modern hotel in the middle of the theater district and just a few blocks from Central Park. Although not a guided tour, there are optional group activities planned for most days, including trips to major museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in its temporary Queens location and the new Dia:Beacon Contemporary Art Center located up the Hudson River. The deadline for purchasing tickets is 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9. Tickets may be purchased in person at the University Service Center in Davies Center or by phone at (715) 836-3727. Cash, credit card or checks will be accepted. For more details, contact the department of art & design at (715) 836-3277, or send e-mail to Bobby Pitts at pittsbl@uwec.edu or Stephen Katrosits at katrossr@uwec.edu.

Arizona golf outing, reception
The following events are scheduled in March for UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends in Arizona:

  • Phoenix area golf outing: Plan to attend the Alumni Associaton's golf outing and/or picnic on Saturday, March 27, at West Brook Village Vista Golf Course, Peoria, Ariz. You will join hosts Ken and Gloria Anderson, as well as Chancellor Donald Mash and many UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends. Arrange tee times and payment (approximate golf outing cost: $52) by calling Ken Anderson at (623) 566-5851. The picnic will be from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Vistas Restaurant (picnic cost: $10 adults, $5 children). Picnic reservations must be made by calling Anderson at the number above or the alumni office at (715) 836-3266.
  • Phoenix reception: Join Chancellor Donald Mash at a complimentary luncheon reception for UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends on Sunday, March 28, at the Blue Sage Restaurant in the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa, Phoenix.
For more information about these events, contact the Alumni Association by calling (715) 836-3266 or send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu.

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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