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May 2003
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Key HHS officials to deliver commencement addresses

Kevin Keane
Tommy Thompson
Kevin Keane

Two key members of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will speak at UW-Eau Claire commencement ceremonies May 17 in Zorn Arena. Tommy Thompson, HHS secretary and former Wisconsin governor, will present the “Charge to the Class” address during the morning ceremony, and Kevin Keane, a 1987 UW-Eau Claire graduate who now is the HHS assistant secretary for public affairs, will deliver the “Charge to the Class” during the afternoon ceremony. UW-Eau Claires Alumni Association will honor Keane earlier in the day with the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, recognizing his professional accomplishments and his service to the state and nation. Approximately 1,100 students will graduate from UW-Eau Claire May 17 during the two ceremonies.

College degree brings social, financial benefits, studies confirm
Earning a college degree brings a person immediate and long-term financial and social benefits and has a positive effect on the graduate’s health as well, according to two studies from the University of Wisconsin System. “Clearly there is the potential for tremendous growth in earnings when someone completes a college degree,” said Frank Goldberg, associate vice president for policy analysis and research, who presented his findings to the UW System Board of Regents April 10. “This growth in earnings benefits Wisconsin as well through increased tax revenue paid by college graduates.” Read the full story.

UW-Eau Claire prepares for record budget cuts
In an April 23 message to the campus community, Chancellor Donald Mash noted, “It has not been business as usual” at UW-Eau Claire during the current biennium, and “it will certainly not be business as usual during the next two academic years as we plan and implement what is likely to be a $5 million budget reduction.” To read the Chancellor’s complete message and other state budget information as it relates to UW-Eau Claire, go to the university’s State Budget Update Web pages.

Fund-raising campaign total reaches $25 million
Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence campaign linkContributions and pledges from alumni and friends to Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, UW-Eau Claire’s ongoing comprehensive fund-raising campaign, totaled $25 million as of April 25. The new campaign total was announced at the spring meeting of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation’s board of directors. Through the campaign, UW-Eau Claire seeks $35 million in private support for the university’s people and programs by July 2005. Read more about the campaign’s goals and progress, as well as the impact of gifts from alumni and friends, on the Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence Web site.

Jazz Ensemble IJazz Ensemble I again receives national honors
For the fifth time in seven years, Down Beat magazine — considered the premiere jazz publication in the United States — again gave one of its “Best College Big Band” awards to UW-Eau Claire’s Jazz Ensemble I, giving it special recognition for the sub-category of “outstanding performance.” Junior music major Tom Krochock of Minneapolis also won a Down Beat award for best classical trumpet. Jazz Ensemble I received yet another honor in April when it was invited to perform at the Midwest Band and Orchestra International Clinic in downtown Chicago. Read the full story.

Faculty members recognized for outstanding service

Kim Pierson
Lucretia Mattson
Kim Pierson
Lucretia Mattson

Kim Pierson, associate professor of physics, is the 2003 recipient of a new award recognizing an outstanding UW-Eau Claire faculty member who best exemplifies the art and science of teaching adult returning students. Read the full story. Lucretia Mattson, associate professor of accounting and finance, recently received the Western Dairyland Community Action Agency’s annual Community Services Award for 2002. The award recognizes Mattson’s 18 years as coordinator of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance project, through which UW-Eau Claire accounting students provide low-income individuals or families in the Chippewa Valley with assistance in the preparation of their state and federal income tax returns. Read the full story.

Associate dean appointments announced

L. Elaine Wendt
L. Elaine Wendt
Margaret Cassidy

Margaret Cassidy

Wilma Clark

Wilma Clark

Three long-time faculty and administrators have been named to associate dean positions at UW-Eau Claire. All will begin their new positions July 1:

L. Elaine Wendt has been named associate dean of the School of Nursing. Wendt has been the interim associate dean since July 2002. She worked on the UW-Eau Claire nursing faculty for periods during the late 1960s and the late 1970s, in between which she worked in the private sector, pursued her master's degree and doctorate, and taught at other institutions. She returned to the UW-Eau Claire faculty in 1992 and was promoted to full professor in 2001. Read the full story.

Margaret Cassidy has been named associate dean for academic affairs and curriculum for the College of Arts and Sciences. She joined the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office as an assistant dean in the summer of 1999 and became an interim associate dean in September 2001. Cassidy, who came to UW-Eau Claire in 1982, also is a professor of sociology, with specialty areas of family, gender and social gerontology. Read the full story.

Wilma Clark has been named associate dean for student affairs and graduate studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. She joined the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office as an assistant dean in the summer of 1999 and became an interim associate dean in September 2001. Clark, who came to UW-Eau Claire in 1978, also is a professor of English, with interests in technical writing, editing and grant proposal writing. Read the full story.

Kent State memorial rededication
At left, Arthur Gulig, technical director of University Theatre, helped plant a new tree during the May 5 rededication of UW-Eau Claire's Kent State Memorial. The memorial next to Davies Center, which includes a plaque and four crabapple trees, was first dedicated on May 8, 1970, in honor of the four Kent State University students killed during anti-Vietnam war protests 33 years ago. Gulig was a UW-Eau Claire student at the time. The new tree Gulig helped plant replaced one of the four original trees, which died and had been removed.



Seeking alumni business cards
Alumni and friends are invited to submit their business cards to be included in a display at UW-Eau Claire's fifth annual Majors Fair this fall. The goal of the fair is to provide information on all of UW-Eau Claire’s majors, minors and pre-professional programs to current and prospective students, said Rita Webb, adviser in the Academic Advising office. “The business card display is intended to give students a sense of the types of career paths our graduates follow, regardless of their majors, said Webb, coordinator of the display. 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 Webb, UW-Eau Claire Advising and Academic Testing, P.O. Box 4004, Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004. For more information, e-mail Webb at webbrl@uwec.edu.

Alumni Association to honor award winners
The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association will present awards to the following eight alumni and friends of the university at a special luncheon and ceremony May 17: Dr. Sara Laun-Cannon ’91, Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award; Dr. Michael Knetter ’83, Dr. F. Charles Mace ’79 (MSE) and Dr. Phillip Zivnuska ’74, President’s Award; Dr. John Drawbert, Honorary Alumnus Award; Issa Jetha ’71, ’80 (MBA) and Kevin Keane ’87, Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award; and Charles Thompson ’58, Lifetime Excellence Award. Read the full story.

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Nursing class of 1973 reunion
Members of the UW-Eau Claire School of Nursing class of 1973 are encouraged to mark their calendars for a 30-year reunion luncheon at noon Saturday, May 17, at Olde Town in Menomonie. For more information, send the alumni office e-mail at
alumni@uwec.edu or call (715) 836-3266.

Psychology alumni and faculty reunion
All alumni, current and former faculty, and current students of the UW-Eau Claire psychology department are invited to a reunion Sunday, May 25, from 8-10 p.m. at the Marriott San Francisco, Sierra Suite H, 55 Fourth St., San Francisco. The reunion, hosted by psychology faculty members Greg Madden, Larry Morse and Kevin Klatt, will be during the 29th annual convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis. Representatives from graduate programs in behavior analysis also are invited to attend to meet with undergraduate students interested in graduate school. Appetizers and beverages will be provided. If you would like to attend send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call (715) 836-3266.

Alumni luncheon receptions
Alumni living or working in the following areas are invited to attend one of these upcoming alumni receptions. Meet with fellow alumni, enjoy a complimentary lunch buffet and hear a UW-Eau Claire campus update from Chancellor Donald Mash. Also sign up for a drawing for great Blugold door prizes. If youd like to attend, send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call (715) 836-3266.

  • Rochester, Minn., alumni reception: Thursday, May 22, 2003, noon-1:30 p.m. at the Kahler Grand Hotel, 20 SW Second Ave., Rochester.
  • Wausau, Wis., alumni reception: Wednesday, May 28, 2003, noon-1:30 p.m. at Hereford & Hops Steakhouse and Brew Pub, 2305 Sherman St., Wausau.
  • Milwaukee, Wis., alumni reception: Friday, June 6, 2003, noon-1:30 p.m. at the Lakefront Brewery Palm Garden, 1872 N. Commerce St., Milwaukee.

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.

Eiffel TowerAlumni Association Trip to Paris
Plan now to join the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Associations trip to Paris August 15-23. The journey to the City of Light will depart from Minneapolis. The cost of the trip includes round-trip airfare, first-class hotel accommodations in Paris, daily buffet breakfast and more. Get the details online or call (800) 842-9023 for additional information.

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.

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.

46th Annual Juried Student Art Show
Through May 11: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday,
1-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Foster Gallery, Haas Fine Arts Center

University Theatre
Through May 10, 7:30 p.m.
Riverside Theatre

UAC Springfest
Free musical performances through May 9
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Central Campus Mall

Astronomy Day
Saturday, May 10, 2003
Astronomy displays and events,
free planetarium shows
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Phillips Science Hall

Saturday, May 17, Zorn Arena
9:30 a.m., Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Studies
2 p.m., Colleges of Business, Professional Studies

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