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January 2004



U.S. Senator Russ Feingold
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram photo by Steve Kinderman (reprinted with permission)

Feingold addresses December graduates
U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, in an address during UW-Eau Claire’s Dec. 20 morning commencement ceremony, challenged graduates to seek out and connect with people from around the world, helping to define and shape the current and future world.

“I am not suggesting that you all launch careers as diplomats,” he said, “but I am suggesting that you all make a deliberate choice to engage with some part of the rest of the world, in some way, beyond our borders, at the individual, human level.

“Build a society of Americans that does not turn away from the challenges of this new millennium in fear, but instead reaches out to help build a more secure, more just world.” Full story.

About 650 candidates for graduation participated in the morning and afternoon ceremonies in Zorn Arena. Also honored at commencement were five Alumni Association award recipients and several retiring faculty and staff members (follow links to related stories).


Spectator wins first among Wisconsin college student newspapers
Specator logoThe Spectator, UW-Eau Claire’s largest student-produced newspaper, has won first place in the “General Excellence” category of the 2003 Wisconsin Newspaper Association College Newspaper Contest. It is the first time the paper has received the honor. In addition to the general excellence award, Spectator staffers won seven awards in individual categories. Full story.

UW-Eau Claire remains a leader in study abroad programs
A recent report issued by the leading U.S. educational and cultural exchange organization placed UW-Eau Claire among the top 20 master’s level higher education institutions in the country when it comes to sending students abroad. With 356 students studying abroad during the 2001-02 academic year, UW-Eau Claire was 18th nationwide among similar institutions in the number of students studying abroad, according to the 2003 Open Doors report of the Institute of International Education. “The report indicates that UW-Eau Claire continues to be a leader in international education,” said Karl Markgraf, director of UW-Eau Claires Center for International Education. Full story.

Campaign gifts benefit College of Professional Studies
Campaign Web site linkThrough gifts to Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, the ongoing comprehensive fund-raising campaign for UW-Eau Claire, generous alumni and friends are making a difference for tomorrow’s teachers, health care facility administrators, athletic trainers and other future professionals pursuing their education in the university’s College of Professional Studies. Recent gifts to benefit the College of Professional Studies include $1 million in scholarships for first-generation education students, $50,000 to equip the university’s renovated athletic training facility, $30,000 for the health care administration program, $24,000 to support physical education scholarships and $10,600 to create the endowed Amber Star Krenz Memorial Scholarship. Full story.

Football team honors Justin and Glenda Greenwood
Justin GreenwoodJustin Greenwood is the recipient of the Blugold football team’s 2003 ACE award for attitude, character and enthusiasm, head coach Todd Hoffner announced Dec. 7 at the team’s annual banquet. Greenwood’s mother, Glenda, was named Fan of the Year. Greenwood, a junior linebacker from Park Falls, received a serious head injury during the Blugolds’ Sept. 27 game against UW-River Falls. Read the full story in the Spectator's Dec. 11 online edition (free registration required). Greenwood continues his recovery at an extended care facility in Minneapolis. For updates on his condition and progress, and for information on the Justin Greenwood Recovery Fund, visit his CaringBridge Web site.

Faculty, staff members announce retirements
Ten members of UW-Eau Claire’s faculty and staff have announced their recent or upcoming retirements. The following faculty and academic staff retirements were announced: Kathryn Hoehn Anderson, professor of family health nursing, retired in August after 19 years at UW-Eau Claire; Dr. Richard E. Fuhrer, professor of psychology, retired in June after 32 years at UW-Eau Claire; Dr. Douglas A. Hallatt, professor in the College of Business and director of the Center for Leadership, retired in August after 34 years at UW-Eau Claire; Margaret M. Hallatt, associate director of Housing and Residence Life, retired in August after 32 years at UW-Eau Claire; and Janet M. Quarderer, senior lecturer of computer science, will retire in January after 20 years of service at UW-Eau Claire. Full story. Also, David Backstrom, director of University Police since August 1991, will retire at the end of January. Full story.

The following classified staff retirements were announced in December: Arlene Adams, financial specialist 2 for the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Inc., served the university for 31 years; David Gilman, a facilities management bricklayer and mason, retired after 19 years at UW-Eau Claire; McIntyre Library custodian James Page retired after 30 years of service and never using a sick day (see photo and story); and Cheryl VanderVoort, information systems technical services senior in McIntyre Library, retired after 16 years of service to UW-Eau Claire. Full story.

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Five receive Alumni Association awards

Peter Fernholz '73 Elizabeth Difanis Phillips '58 Mark Green '83 Randy Marten '74 Richard D. Larson

Difanis Phillips




The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association presented awards to five alumni and friends of the university Dec. 20 at a special luncheon and ceremony in conjunction with winter commencement (read more about the award winners by clicking on the following links to alumni awards Web pages): Peter Fernholz ’73, President’s Award; Elizabeth Difanis Phillips ’58, President’s Award; Congressman Mark Green ’83, Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award; Randy Marten ’74, Lifetime Excellence Award; and Richard D. Larson, Honorary Alumnus Award.

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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.

Badgers women’s basketball game and pregame gathering
The Alumni Association invites UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends to a gathering before the Feb. 12 UW-Madison women’s basketball game against the University of Iowa. A 5:30 p.m. reception in Madison's Kohl Center will include drinks, appetizers, a UW-Eau Claire campus update and a drawing for great Blugold door prizes. The cost of $20 per person includes a ticket to the game and the reception in a private box at the Kohl Center. Lisa Stone, UW-Madison head women's basketball coach and former UW-Eau Claire head coach, will stop in for a quick visit at 5:30 p.m. If youd like to attend, send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call (715) 836-3266.

Blugold alumni basketball games and receptions
Blugold basketball alumni and fans are invited to the 2004 men’s and women’s alumni basketball games and receptions on Saturday, Feb. 14, in UW-Eau Claire’s Zorn Arena. The women’s alumni game will be at 11 a.m., followed by the men’s alumni game at 1 p.m. Former basketball players interested in playing in the alumni games should contact women’s head coach Tonja Englund at engluntj@uwec.edu or men’s head coach Terry Gibbons at gibbontm@uwec.edu. Receptions for men’s and women’s basketball alumni and fans will follow that evening’s Blugold varsity basketball games against UW-Stevens Point. (The men’s varsity game is at 5 p.m., the women’s game is at 7 p.m. Varsity game tickets can be ordered through the University Service Center.) The women’s basketball alumni reception will be at 7 p.m. at Holiday Inn Campus Area, 2703 Craig Road, Eau Claire. The men’s basketball alumni reception will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Pine Meadow Golf Club, 4324 Fairfax Park Dr., Eau Claire.

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 11:30 a.m.-1 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 youd like to attend, send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call (715) 836-3266.

Alumni Association trip to Rome
Roman ColosseumThere’s still time 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.

Mark your calendar: Golden Blugold Day 2004
UW-Eau Claire alumni, emeriti and current faculty, friends, and guests are invited to attend Golden Blugold Day on Thursday, May 13, on the UW-Eau Claire campus. The days activities will include a complimentary luncheon for all attendees and a pinning ceremony for members of the class of 1954, who will enter the Golden Blugold Club as they celebrate their 50-year class reunion. Additional activities are being finalized — check upcoming issues of e-View and the online alumni events calendar for further details.

Homecoming 2004
Plan now to be at UW-Eau Claire for Homecoming 2004 on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1-2. Get a glimpse of the fun during Homecoming 2003 in the online alumni photo album, and watch future issues of e-View and the online alumni events calendar for further details.

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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