UW-Eau Claire e-View

July 2003
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UW-Eau Claire welcomes incoming students

Orientation student with parents Student registering for classes
(UW-Eau Claire photos by Rick Mickelson)

Campus was bustling with activity as UW-Eau Claire's incoming freshmen, some transfer students and many parents attended orientation sessions throughout June and in early July. A final orientation session is scheduled for Aug. 27 for those who could not attend during the summer. The 2003-04 freshman class will number about 1,900 students, said Kristina Anderson, interim executive director of enrollment services. The group's average ACT score is over 24, and their average high school class ranking is in the top 25 percent. "This certainly is one of the most academically talented classes UWEC has ever had," Anderson said. For more information about orientation and about the admissions process for future undergraduate and graduate students, visit UW-Eau Claire's new student orientation and admissions Web sites.

Employers continue to seek UW-Eau Claire grads
For the second straight year, 98 percent of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire graduates responding to a Career Services survey have indicated that they are either employed or continuing their education a year after graduation. Sixty-nine percent of 2001-02 graduates responded to the survey. Eighty-four percent of respondents reported they were employed full or part time, and 14 percent reported they were continuing their education. Less than 1 percent reported they were seeking employment. Read more.

Students contribute to area economy
UW-Eau Claire students contribute significant dollars to the Chippewa Valley economy each month by spending money on items ranging from entertainment to transportation to food and clothing, according to a recent UW System study. "UW-Eau Claire students' contribution to the local economy is one of the many reasons we consider the university to be an important partner with our region," said Chancellor Donald Mash. Read more.

New Web site provides gift-planning resources
campaign linkThe UW-Eau Claire Foundation announces a new online gift-planning guide for alumni and friends exploring the various ways to contribute to the university's ongoing fund-raising campaign, Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence. Planned gifts to support UW-Eau Claire's mission of learning and service can also yield significant immediate and long-term benefits for donors and their families. The Foundation's new online resource provides practical information for alumni and friends seeking the best way to meet their charitable giving goals. To read about the impact of others' planned gifts on UW-Eau Claire's people and programs, see the Foundation's planned giving stories page.

cloth bearing Japanese figures

This cloth bearing Japanese figures held clues to finding the sword's original owner. (Eau Claire Leader-Telegram photo by Shane Opatz)

CIE helps find owner of Japanese sword
UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education has helped a World War II veteran who lives in Eau Claire track down the family of the original owner of a Japanese samurai sword that he's had in his possession since the end of WWII. The veteran, who has asked to remain anonymous, sought the university's help in the fall, telling them that he had won the sword in a poker game (a $20 bet) with an American soldier who had just returned from Japan at the very end of World War II. Read more.

Alumna, advocate for breast cancer survivors, dies at 54
Ann HaneyAnn (Jansen) Haney, a 1971 education graduate of UW-Eau Claire, former Wisconsin state health officer and founder of the Breast Cancery Recovery Foundation, died May 31 after her own seven-year struggle with breast cancer. She was 54. Haney's work on behalf of breast cancer survivors was recognized with many awards and honors. She is survived by her husband, James S. Haney, two sons and other relatives. The family has asked that memorials be sent to the Breast Cancer Recovery Foundation, P.O. Box 5070, Madison, WI 53705. Read more about Ann and her work.

Music on the Mall brings summertime concerts to campus
June 30 Music on the Mall concert
Michael Jerling
UW-Eau Claire alumnus Michael Jerling, above, was the featured Music on the Mall performer June 30. Jerling, now of upstate New York, became involved with music while he helped run The Cabin as a student at UW-Eau Claire. Free Music on the Mall concerts are scheduled for Monday evenings through July. See complete schedule. (UW-Eau Claire photos by Rick Mickelson)


Introducing "Blugold Grandbabies"
Be sure to check out the newest feature on the Alumni Association Web site: Blugold Grandbabies. If you have a photo that should be posted on this page, be sure to send it our way (see guidelines provided on the Web page). Take advantage of this additional opportunity to brag about those grandkids!

Become an Alumni Association board member
Interested in helping to promote the continued success of UW-Eau Claire and its graduates? Serving on the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association board of directors will give you that opportunity. For more information, see the Alumni Association's list of frequently asked questions on the roles and responsibilities of board members. To be considered for board membership, complete the online candidate nomination form.

Two surveys seek alumni input
Input still is sought from alumni and friends through two online surveys, the Football Facilities Issues Survey and the UW-Eau Claire Web Site Update Survey. Those who have not already completed these surveys are invited to do so. Information provided in the surveys will assist the university as it (1) examines issues associated with Blugold football game facilities and (2) redesigns its primary Web site.

Alumni business cards sought for Majors Fair display
It's not too late to submit business cards for use in a display at UW-Eau Claire's fifth annual Majors Fair this fall. The fair provides information on all of UW-Eau Claire’s majors, minors and pre-professional programs to current and prospective students. So far approximately 250 business cards have been submitted. Alumni who submit their business cards are asked to indicate their year of graduation and college major on the back side of the card. Non-alumni college graduates also may submit cards, indicating on the back that they are non-alumni, as well as their year of graduation and major. Cards should be mailed to Rita Webb, UW-Eau Claire Advising and Academic Testing, P.O. Box 4004, Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004.

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Montana alumni outdoor barbecue
An outdoor barbecue for alumni will be held Friday, July 25, from 6-8 p.m. at the Bitterroot River Inn and Conference Center, 139 Bitterroot Plaza Dr., Hamilton, Mont. (45 miles south of Missoula). Meet with fellow alumni, enjoy complimentary barbecue fare on the inn's patio, and hear a UW-Eau Claire campus update from Chancellor Donald Mash. Also sign up for a drawing for great Blugold door prizes. (In case of rain, the gathering will be held indoors.) If you’d like to attend, send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call (715) 836-3266.

Golf outing to benefit Blugold athletics
Alumni and friends of UW-Eau Claire are invited to participate in the 27th annual Blugold Booster Golf Outing on Monday, Aug. 4, 2003, at Hillcrest Golf & Country Club, Altoona (just east of Eau Claire on Highway 12). Proceeds from the golf outing go to support Blugold athletics. Morning and afternoon golf packages are available for 27 teams (or 135 golfers) in each session. The $135 fee for the outing includes free driving range balls, 18 holes of golf with cart (two per fivesome), lunch and dinner, a gift and chances to win prizes on every hole. A $60 dinner package also is available, and those interested can make a raffle donation of $75. The entry deadline for the outing is July 25.

For more information or to request a registration form, send e-mail to Bill Rowlett, director of development for athletics, at rowletwr@uwec.edu or call (715) 836-5079.

Gathering for Columbus, Ohio, area alumni
Alumni living or visiting in the Columbus, Ohio, area are invited to 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. Meet with fellow alumni, enjoy complimentary 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.

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. 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.

Homecoming 2003 to honor spirit of "The Cam"
Mark your calendars: UW-Eau Claire Homecoming 2003 will be Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3-4. A "Come Back for the Camaraderie" theme will invite those at Homecoming 2003 to remember the popular social haunt of so many UW-Eau Claire alumni. The establishment at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Water Street was destroyed by fire on Jan. 7, 2001, but Homecoming 2003 will bring the spirit of "The Cam" alive once again.

Participate if you can: Do you have ideas for activities, decorations and other details to create an authentic Camaraderie atmosphere at Homecoming 2003 festivities? Are you a former Camaraderie employee who'd like one more chance to serve up popcorn, cheese curds and beverages while perhaps even wearing vintage Camaraderie clothing? If you can help, please contact John or Jane in the alumni office by calling (715) 836-3266 or sending e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu.

What's on schedule: Homecoming events this year include Varsity Night Live!, a Friday evening variety show, as well as the annual Homecoming parade, pregame festival in Carson Park, football game against Bethel College and postgame party back on campus. Also on the weekend's schedule are several reunions (more details on the reunions will follow in future e-View issues:

  • athletic trainers reunion, Oct. 4-5 (information contact: Jeff Oliphant, director of athletic training, oliphajg@uwec.edu)
  • Alpha Kappa Lambda reunion, Oct. 3-4 (information contact: Tim Coburn '71, tcoburn@dor.state.wi.us)
  • mathematics alumni reunion, Oct. 4
  • biology alumni reunion, Oct. 4

Plan a visit to UW-Eau Claire Oct. 3-4 for Homecoming 2003!

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

Music on the Mall
Irene Keenan Jr. Band
Monday, July 14, 7 p.m.
Free, Central Campus Mall
(Rain site: Schofield Auditorium or The Cabin)

Music on the Mall
Billy Krause Trio
Monday, July 21, 7 p.m.
Free, Central Campus Mall
(Rain site: Schofield Auditorium or The Cabin)

Music on the Mall
Tom Brill's Great Songs of the 60s
Monday, July 28, 7 p.m.
Free, Central Campus Mall
(Rain site: Schofield Auditorium or The Cabin)

Summer Commencement
Saturday, Aug. 2, 9:30 a.m.
Zorn Arena

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