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October 2003
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See highlights from Homecoming 2003!



Homecoming draws alumni from across the nation

alumna at Blugold game Homecoming royalty Alumni at postgame party
UW-Eau Clalire photos by Rick Mickelson

Alumni returned to UW-Eau Claire in record numbers for Homecoming 2003. Blugolds from across the nation joined the festivities — Florida, California, Nevada, Colorado, Alabama, Minnesota, Illinois, Maryland, North Dakota, Missouri, Michigan and Wisconsin were among the states represented. See highlights from the Oct. 4 events in the Alumni Photo Album.

Alexandre Dossin and Martha Argerich
Alexandre Dossin had the honor of performing with Martha Argerich after winning the Martha Argerich International Piano Competition in Buenos Aires.

Music faculty member brings home the gold
If pianist Alexandre Dossin were an athlete, he would be an Olympian. That’s the caliber of the competitors at the international piano competition he won last month in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dossin, assistant professor of music and theatre arts at UW-Eau Claire, was awarded both the first prize of $10,000 and the special prize of $2,000 for best performance of a composition by an Argentine composer at the Martha Argerich International Piano Competition the first weekend in September. “This is a major event, and it is certainly an honor to perform there as one of the selected performers,” said David Baker, chairman of the department of music and theatre arts. “To win it all is very big news." Full story.

Discounted tuition proposed for “legacy students”
UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse and UW-Oshkosh are proposing a pilot program that would offer discounts in out-of-state tuition to children and grandchildren of alumni, commonly known as legacy students, who live outside Wisconsin and Minnesota. The UW System Board of Regents was to review the “Legacy Scholars Program” proposal at its Oct. 9-10 meetings in Oshkosh. The proposal will then go back to the Board of Regents for action at its November meeting. Under the proposal, legacy students would pay 25 percent less in tuition than other out-of-state students. Full story.

Professor represents UW System at national education summit
Dr. Roger TlustyDr. Roger Tlusty, professor and chair of the foundations of education department at UW-Eau Claire, represented the UW System as a member of a Wisconsin delegation attending a one-day U.S. Department of Education summit on high school reform Oct. 8 in Washington, D.C. Tlusty joined seven others from Wisconsin, including State Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster and Jessica Clark, education policy advisor from Gov. Doyle’s office, as they met with congressional representatives, think tank staff and other educators and government officials from across the nation to discuss the challenges facing America’s high schools and address the solutions and “next steps” needed to tackle those challenges. Full story.


Justin GreenwoodRecovery fund established for Justin Greenwood
A recovery fund has been established for UW-Eau Claire linebacker Justin Greenwood who is in serious condition at St. Paul Regions Hospital following a head injury suffered in the Blugolds’ Sept. 27 football game at UW-River Falls. The Blugold football team’s Unity Council, comprised of senior players, has set up a support fund to help Greenwood and his family offset their medical expenses. “The Justin Greenwood Recovery Fund” has been established at Royal Credit Union in Eau Claire. Contributions, which are not tax deductible, can be made to the “The Justin Greenwood Recovery Fund” at any RCU location or mailed to Royal Credit Union, P.O. Box 970, Eau Claire, 54702. Full story.

Foundation, donors celebrate campaign progress
The usual festive atmosphere of Homecoming was more upbeat than ever as the UW-Eau Claire Foundation and generous financial supporters of UW-Eau Claire celebrated the progress of the university’s ongoing comprehensive fund-raising campaign at the Circle of Excellence Roundup. (See more details and photos of the event.) Alumni and friends have contributed or committed more than $27 million so far to Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, Chancellor Donald Mash announced at the Foundation's annual board meeting earlier in the day.

Also at the board meeting, David G. Anderson ’66 was elected board chairman, succeeding Larry Weber ’68, who had served as chairman since 2000. Also elected as Foundation board officers were Dan Market, vice president; John Kell ’73, secretary; and Jim Pinter, treasurer. New board members introduced were Dr. James Anderson ’63, Michael Duffield ’74, Dr. Thomas Grewe, Dr. William Hutchinson ’77, Jane Moore ’73, Dean Olson, Jerry L. Smith ’76, Jon Stowe ’67, Cathy Sultan, Michael Swenson and Sally Webb ’02. Full story.

Gift supports program to connect physicians, pre-med students
campaign linkKerry and Daniel Kincaid, Eau Claire, have provided support through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation for a new program to connect UW-Eau Claire pre-med students and area physicians. The UW-Eau Claire Pre-Med Career Exploration and Service Partnership, initiated by senior pre-med student Joe Eaton, will help students make contacts with local physicians so they can get advice, learn more about medicine as a profession and do job shadowing. Full story. The Kincaids’ total gift of $25,000 also will support the Kincaid Pre-Med Scholarship Fund and the Kerry Kincaid Fund for Political Science. Kerry Kincaid graduated in 1993 and 1996 from UW-Eau Claire with degrees in political science and education. The Kincaids’ gift is recognized as a contribution to the Foundation’s ongoing comprehensive fund-raising campaign, Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence.

Academic Adviser Rita Webb leaves for peace mission in Sri Lanka
Rita WebbRita Webb, an academic adviser and coordinator of the Adult Opportunity Office at UW-Eau Claire, left for Sri Lanka Sept. 25 to serve two years there as a member of a civilian “peace army.” Webb, a longtime peace activist from Eau Claire, was selected from a pool of more than 150 applicants to participate in the initial pilot peace project by the international Nonviolent Peaceforce organization, based in St. Paul. Webb has taken a leave of absence from the university to join 10 other participants from nine countries in Sri Lanka. Peaceforce will work with local groups to protect human rights, deter violence and help local peace workers. Read more about Webb’s mission in articles from the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram.

"Sprites" scuplture
Paul Granlund created "Sprites" in 1979. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

“Sprites” sculptor Paul Granlund dies
Sculptor Paul Granlund died Sept. 15 in Mankato, Minn., of complications from long-term exposure to the chemicals and dust involved in sculpting bronze. He was 77. Of the 650 mostly bronze sculptures Granlund created, three are in Eau Claire, including "Sprites" on the UW-Eau Claire Campus Mall, "Resurrection" outside the Ecumenical Religious Center and "Family Circle" at the Luther Hospital entrance.

More information about Granlund can be found by searching the online Star Tribune.

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Ten inducted into Alumni Hall of Honor

2003 Alumni Hall of Honor inductees
The newest members of the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Hall of Honor are (seated, l-r) Elmer Winters, Janice Ozzello Wilcox, William Febry, Chih-Ping Liu, James Anderson and Nancy McKinley. Standing, from left, are Peter Scobie, Faye Deich, Kimberly Hill Phelps and Stephen Koepp. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

Ten UW-Eau Claire alumni were inducted into the university’s Alumni Hall of Honor during an on-campus luncheon Oct. 3. The Alumni Hall of Honor recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of alumni from the university’s three colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, and Professional Studies. Follow the links below for photos and more detailed biographical information about the honorees:

  • 2003 College of Arts and Sciences honorees are Dr. James M. Anderson ’63, professor of pathology, macromolecular science and biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland; Stephen Koepp ’78, deputy managing editor at TIME Magazine, New York; and Chih-Ping Liu ’74, founder and president of Pepgen Corp., Alameda, Calif.
  • College of Business honorees are William Febry ’74, sales and marketing manager, Leinenkugel Brewing Co., Chippewa Falls; Peter Scobie ’71, chairman and chief executive officer, R.W. Scobie Inc., Eau Claire; and Janice Ozzello Wilcox ’74, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Marquette Financial Cos., Minneapolis.
  • College of Professional Studies honorees are Faye Deich ’79, assistant administrator and chief nursing officer at Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire; Nancy McKinley ’74, chief executive officer and editor in chief of Thinking Publications, Eau Claire; Kimberly Hill Phelps ’80, co-principal of Flynn Elementary School, Eau Claire; and Dr. Elmer Winters ’51, UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of foundations of education and library science, Eau Claire.

Family makes Blugold football a three-generation tradition

Robert H. King Robert A. King (Bob King II) Robert Allen King (Bob King III)
Robert H. King ’49
Robert A. King ’74
Robert Allen King

Robert Allen King is the third generation of his family to attend UW-Eau Claire and to play on the Blugold football team. His father and grandfather — both also named Robert King — are graduates of the university and former Blugold football players. Two of his uncles also were Blugold football standouts. It all started with the late Robert H. King, who graduated in 1949 with degrees in geography and physical education. The Blugold football star later coached and taught in western and central Wisconsin, ending his career as a principal in Marshfield. Three of his sons, Robert A. King, Dave King and Craig King, followed in their father’s footsteps and played for the Blugolds while attending UW-Eau Claire. (Robert H. King’s only daughter, Barbara King Derousseau, also attended UW-Eau Claire, graduating with an education degree in 1990.) Robert King II graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1974 and became a teacher, coach and principal in Ladysmith. Robert King II’s son, Robert Allen King, is now a sophomore biology/pre-medicine major at UW-Eau Claire and — true to family tradition—a member of the Blugold football team.

Lisa K. Stark '79Alumni spotlight: The Honorable Lisa K. Stark
UW-Eau Claire alumna Lisa Stark has the distinction of being the first woman to serve on the bench in Eau Claire County Circuit Court. Find out how one of her professors at UW-Eau Claire helped put her on course for the judgeship — and read about the successes of other alumni — on the Success Stories page of the alumni Web site.

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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.

Alumni gatherings in Dallas, Houston and Atlanta
UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends living or visiting in the Dallas, Houston or Atlanta areas are invited to the following Alumni Association gatherings. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, hear a UW-Eau Claire update and register to win great Blugold door prizes. Times and locations are as follows:

  • Dallas: Friday, Oct. 17, from 6-8 p.m. at Dave & Buster’s, Stemmons (I-35E) at Walnut Hill, Dallas.
  • Houston: Saturday, Oct. 18, from 6-8 p.m. at Birraporetti’s Restaurant, 1997 W. Gray St., Houston
  • Atlanta: Thursday, Oct. 23, from 6-8 p.m. at Fadó Irish Pub, 3035 Peachtree Road, Atlanta

To register for one of these alumni gatherings, send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call (715) 836-3266.

Alumni reception at WMEA conference
UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends are invited to attend an open house reception from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in Room F of the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison. The reception will be held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Music Educators Association state conference.

Blugold Hall of Fame
Four former UW-Eau Claire athletes and one former coach will be inducted into the Blugold Hall of Fame during a banquet Nov. 1 in the Crystal Ballroom at The Plaza Hotel & Suites, Eau Claire. Also honored at the event will be current student-athlete recipients of the 2003 Blugold Super Six Salute Awards. Hall of Fame inductees will be Ken Cychosz, tennis (1987-91); Brenda Dahl-Erickson, swimming (1982-85); Mike March, football (1979-82); Tom Peck, basketball (1969-73); and Robert Scott, tennis coach (1967-94). Tickets for the event, which is open to the public, are $15. The evening will begin with a 5:30 p.m. social hour, dinner at 6:30 p.m. and a 7:30 program. For more information or to order tickets, 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.

Event in the works
Details will be finalized soon for an alumni event in 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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