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Campus, Carson Park swell with Homecoming crowd

Foundation raises campaign goal as gifts top $38 million

NSF grants support faculty/staff research

Athletic training education program gets national accreditation

National journal features UW-Eau Claire credit card research

Eight inducted into Alumni Hall of Honor

Students' talents are in demand

Alumni success stories: Kathryn Haddad '88 and Ryan Casper '94 update

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October 2004

Campus, Carson Park swell with Homecoming crowd

Carson Park and the UW-Eau Claire campus were alive with alumni activity Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1 and 2, during Homecoming 2004. Blugolds from near and far attended the Saturday morning parade, pregame Blugold Feverfest, football game against UW-River Falls and postgame "Return to the North Woods" party on campus. See more Homecoming photos. (UW-Eau Claire photos by Rick Mickelson) Alumni at postgame Homecoming party
Alumnus at Homecoming game Chancellor Mash in Homecoming parade

Foundation raises campaign goal as gifts top $38 million
Fulfilling the Promise of ExcellenceThe UW-Eau Claire Foundation has increased its fund-raising campaign goal to $50 million after surpassing its initial $35 million goal more than 15 months ahead of schedule, officials announced following the Foundation board of directors meeting Oct. 1. The Foundation also will extend the Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence campaign's closing date from June 30, 2005, to Dec. 31, 2007. The university's first comprehensive fund-raising campaign has raised more than $38 million since it began July 1, 2000.

"We've had a strong outpouring of support, and we're seeing a positive impact across the campus as a result of donors' generosity," said Carole Halberg, UW-Eau Claire Foundation president. "At the same time, we've discovered many needs that still are unmet, and we've just begun to connect with many of our alumni and friends about the campaign. We want to continue this effort until we've addressed as many needs as possible and until every constituent has heard our message." Full story.

Senior Kristyn Grzelak
Senior biology major Kristyn Grzelak works at the prairie restoration project site during the summer. (Photo by UW-Eau Claire student Michael Fell)

Grants support faculty/student research
Two National Science Foundation grants have funded faculty/student collaborative research in UW-Eau Claire's biology and chemistry departments:

A $316,000 NSF grant has funded a prairie restoration project led by biology faculty members Evan Weiher and Tali Lee. Using a 15-acre plot of ground in Eau Claire County as a scientific laboratory, the biologists and their student assistants will add to the basic science of plant biology and ecology and lead to a better understanding of how to restore prairies and grasslands in a way that is best for the land.
Full story.

Stephen Drucker in lab with student
Stephen Drucker (right) works on a laser-based research project with Nathan Pillsbury, a 2003 graduate who currently is pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry at Purdue. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

UW-Eau Claire's chemistry department is one of four undergraduate programs that will share a transportable pulsed laser system purchased with a $241,663 NSF grant. "As far as I know, this is a unique model for undergraduate research in chemistry," said UW-Eau Claire physical chemist Stephen Drucker, who authored the grant. The other participating schools are Hope, Kalamazoo and Calvin colleges in Michigan, with technical support and maintenance coordinated by Purdue University. The new laser system will reside at each school from three to nine months. Full story.

Jeff Oliphant
Jeff Oliphant

Athletic training education program receives national accreditation
The athletic training education program at UW-Eau Claire recently was granted initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Accreditation means that UW-Eau Claire graduates in athletic training are qualified to sit for the Board of Certification's national examination, a new standard put into effect by the National Athletic Trainers Association in January. Accreditation also means that UW-Eau Claire's program will be even more attractive to prospective students, said Jeff Oliphant, assistant professor of kinesiology and director of the athletic training education program. Oliphant said he expects demand for the program to grow given the U.S. Bureau of Statistics projection of an 18.5 percent growth in the number of athletic training positions nationally between 2000-2010. Full story.

National journal features UW-Eau Claire research
credit card artResearch about credit card use among UW-Eau Claire undergraduate students is the cover story in an issue of a national financial aid journal. The article, "Variables Influencing Credit Card Balances of Students at a Midwestern University," is in the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators' Journal of Student Financial Aid. The article discusses researchers' findings that UW-Eau Claire undergraduates are carrying credit cards in record numbers. The cards can offer a way to establish a positive credit history, but some students accumulate debt and set themselves up for financial failure. Researchers included Judy Blackstone, Counseling Services; Kathleen Sahlhoff and Susan Ausman, Financial Aid; Blaine Peden, psychology; Abraham Nahm, management and marketing; Lucretia Mattson, accounting and finance; and student Matt Flaten. Read the online news release for details about the research.

Eight inducted into Alumni Hall of Honor

James Dimock '75 David Elsen '87 Carol Fairbanks '71 Brian Johnson '80
James Dimock '75
David Elsen '87
Carol Fairbanks '71
Brian Johnson '80
Lois Krause '76 Bradley Sherman '75 Kaying Xiong-Vue '96 Nancy Fugate Woods '68
Lois Krause '76
Bradley Sherman '75
Kaying Xiong-Vue '96
Nancy Fugate Woods '68

Eight UW-Eau Claire alumni were inducted into the university's Alumni Hall of Honor during an on-campus luncheon Friday, Oct. 1. The Alumni Hall of Honor recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of alumni from the university's four colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Sciences, and Nursing and Health Sciences. Honorees are recognized for demonstrated professional success and community involvement. The College of Arts and Sciences honoree was Carol Fairbanks '71. College of Business honorees were David Elsen '87, Brian Johnson '80 and Lois (Slaby) Krause '76. College of Education and Human Sciences honorees were James Dimock '75, Bradley Sherman '75 and Kaying Xiong-Vue '96. The College of Nursing and Health Sciences honoree was Nancy Fugate Woods '68. (Follow boldface links for more information on the 2004 honorees.)

Students' talents are in demand

Josef Gapko performing in Washington, D.C.
Josef Gapko performs at a Duchenne muscular dystrophy fund raiser in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 29. Standing behind Gapko are (l-r) U.S. Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., and his wife, Arlene Lewis; and Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., and his wife, Diane Nelson. Lewis and Nelson were honored at the event for their work in securing federal funding for research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy. (Contributed photo)

Vocalist performs at MD benefit in Washington, D.C.
Josef Gapko, a UW-Eau Claire senior with a double major in music and economics, was invited to perform at a Washington, D.C., fund raiser for research to cure or treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy. For his Sept. 29 solo performance, Gapko sang "A Bit of Earth" from "The Secret Garden" and "Bright Is the Ring of Words" by Ralph Vaugh Williams at the event sponsored by the Foundation to Eradicate Duchenne. UW-Eau Claire senior Phil Dorn, a music and accounting major, provided Gapko's recorded accompaniment. Gapko, who lives with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, is a member of UW-Eau Claire's Singing Statesmen.

"I was excited to be a part of increasing public awareness about DMD," Gapko said. "It's encouraging to see that DMD is being discussed and addressed by many scientists and politically influential people, including many congressmen who recently supported the MD Care Act. My trip to Washington, D.C., was a great opportunity to serve as one example of a potential beneficiary of increased federal funding for MD research and treatment."

Shawn EverhartPhotography hobby leads to Farm Aid shoot
UW-Eau Claire senior Shawn Everhart is a live concert enthusiast whose hobby photographing the many concerts he attends recently led to an exciting opportunity: shooting photos of the Dave Matthews Band during a September Farm Aid concert in Seattle. Read more.
Dave Matthews photo taken by Shawn Everhart
Shawn Everhart took this photo of Dave Matthews performing a solo at the Farm Aid concert Sept. 17.

Alumni success stories
Kathryn Haddad '88Co-founder of Arab-American magazine receives international recognition: Kathryn Haddad, a 1988 UW-Eau Claire English and communication graduate, is co-founder and executive director of Mizna, the only U.S. Arab-American literary magazine. Mizna recently received international recognition when it was featured in Woman This Month, the first English-language women’s monthly magazine in the Middle East Kingdom of Bahrain. Full story.

Ryan Casper '94Soldier's charity makes first drop to Iraqi schoolchildren:
An earlier e-View story reported on alumnus Ryan Casper '94, who is serving with the U.S. Army in Iraq, and the charity he founded to provide school supplies to Iraqi children. In October the 477th Hearts and Minds Club made its first drop of supplies at an Iraqi school. See photos and read an excerpt of an e-mail from Casper describing the visit.

Blugold Trivia headline
Show how much you know about UW-Eau Claire — AND win great Blugold prizes! E-mail your answer to this month's question to the Blugold Trivia mailbox . All correct responses to this month's question will be entered in a drawing for a large blue ceramic UW-Eau Claire coffee mug. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the November issue of e-View.

October Blugold Trivia question:

What All-American center on former coach Ken Anderson's Blugold men's basketball team was pictured in Sports Illustrated standing on the UW-Eau Claire footbridge?

Think you know the answer? E-mail it, along with your name and class year, to trivia@uwec.edu. You'll be notified by e-mail if you are this month's winner!

September's winner:
Congratulations to Kim (Kellogg) Foss, a 1998 UW-Eau Claire communication graduate, who won the drawing for a UW-Eau Claire long-sleeved T-shirt! Kim was one of those who knew the number of steps that ascend the campus hill from Garfield Avenue to the upper campus residence halls: 92.

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