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Campus readies for Homecoming 2004

Students have fun before hitting the books

UW-Eau Claire again ranks in U.S. News
top tier

Opening meeting address recap

Changes create new colleges, rename some departments

The View takes on a new look

University honors Excellence Award winners

Schneider lobby to become S&C Bank Information Lounge

Telefund begins
Sept. 16

Alumni Links

Alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

Homecoming 2004 Attendance List

Online Alumni Store

Alumni events

Alumni photo album

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September 2004

Campus readies for Homecoming 2004

link to Homecoming details
UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association invites all alumni and friends of the university to "Return to the Northwoods" on Oct. 1and 2 for Homecoming 2004. Alumni planning to attend are encouraged to submit their name, graduation year, major and UW-Eau Claire memories to be included on the Homecoming 2004 Attendance List. Highlights of this year's festivities will include the pregame Blugold Feverfest, where festgoers can enjoy tailgate cuisine and experience the new look and energy of the Blugold Marching Band; the football game against UW-River Falls on the newly resurfaced Carson Park field; and the "Return to the Northwoods" postgame party back on campus, where old friends, classmates, and former faculty and staff can get together, enjoy great appetizers and refreshments and reminisce as they view displays of UW-Eau Claire through the decades. Full Homecoming details.

Students enjoy back-to-school fun before hitting the books

Freshmen walking down campus hill Chancellor and Horan Hall residents
Students enjoying back-to-school activities
Above, hundreds of UW-Eau Claire freshmen headed down the hill Aug. 30 for a welcome picnic on the Campus Mall and convocation in Zorn Arena. First-year students began moving into the residence halls that morning. In all, 2,034 new freshmen have joined the UW-Eau Claire campus community. Members of the 2004 freshman class were selected from a record-number 7,300 applicants. Top right, Horan Hall residents escorted Chancellor Donald Mash from his Schofield Hall office to upper campus on Sept. 1, where he threw the honorary first pitch to start the Horan Hall Wiffle Ball Challenge. Middle and bottom right, students enjoyed some of the many activities on campus before the official start of classes Sept. 2. (UW-Eau Claire photos by Rick Mickelson) Students at freshmen picnic

UW-Eau Claire again ranks in U.S. News top tier
U.S. News Best Colleges 2005For the 10th consecutive year, U.S.News & World Report magazine has ranked UW-Eau Claire as one of the best public regional universities in the Midwest. The publication also again named UW-Eau Claire's undergraduate research program as one of the best in the nation. The 2005 rankings put UW-Eau Claire at No. 3 among regional public universities in the Midwest, a region that includes schools in 12 states stretching from the Dakotas in the west to Missouri in the south to Ohio in the east. U.S.News & World Report again acknowledged UW-Eau Claire's faculty-student research program by including it in the "Programs to look for" section, which highlights schools with outstanding examples of co-curricular programs that lead to student success. Full story.

Opening meeting address: UW-Eau Claire doing well despite cuts, but growth will require budget changes

Chancellor Donald Mash
Chancellor Donald Mash

Faculty and staff at UW-Eau Claire have done an exceptional job of educating students in spite of huge cuts to the university's budget, Chancellor Donald Mash told about 600 faculty and academic staff members Aug. 24 during the opening meeting of the 2004-05 academic year. But the deepest budget cuts in the UW System's history are forcing UW-Eau Claire to focus only on its core mission — educating full-time traditional-age students — and to limit access to critical programs, Mash said. More than 7,300 students applied for the 2,000 spots available for UW-Eau Claire's 2004 freshman class. When considering the UW System's future, state leaders must see the UW System "as the growth industry that it should be" and the means to increase the number of college graduates living in Wisconsin, Mash said. Full story.

Changes create new colleges, rename departments
UW-Eau Claire sealThe UW System Board of Regents approved organizational changes at UW-Eau Claire during its full board session Sept. 10. The changes include the elimination of the of the College of Professional Studies; the elimination of the School of Human Sciences and Services; the renaming of the School of Education to the College of Education and Human Sciences; and the renaming of the School of Nursing to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Read UW-Eau Claire's Aug. 25 story on faculty support for the proposed changes.

The View takes on a new look
Fall 2004 View coverAlumni and friends of UW-Eau Claire will have a surprise in their mailboxes soon, if it hasn't already arrived: The View, UW-Eau Claire's printed alumni publication, has a new look. Starting with the fall 2004 issue (which mailed Sept. 10), the publication will be published in a magazine format. "The View has undergone many transformations through the years — from newsletter to magazine to tabloid newspaper — and now back to magazine format," View editor Ann Hoffman writes in the fall issue. " We believe we had taken the old format as far as we could, and it was time to take the next step." The View will be published twice a year, in the fall and in the spring.

2004 Excellence Award recipients
Recent excellence award winners included (clockwise from back left): Theresa Wells, management and marketing; Rosemary Battalio, special education; Patricia Burbach, School of Nursing-Marshfield; Bruce Taylor, English; and Patti See, Academic Skills Center. Not pictured is Susan Moch, family health nursing. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

University honors excellence award winners

Six UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members received excellence awards Aug. 24 during the opening meeting of the 2004-05 academic year. Recipients were Dr. Rosemary Battalio, assistant professor of special education, Excellence in Teaching Award; Dr. Bruce Taylor, professor of English, Excellence in Scholarship Award; Theresa Wells, senior lecturer of management and marketing, Excellence in Advising Award; Dr. Susan Moch, professor of family health nursing, Excellence in Service Award; Patti See, senior student services coordinator in the Academic Skills Center, Administrative and/or Professional Academic Staff Excellence in Performance Award; and Patricia Burbach, program assistant for the School of Nursing in Marshfield, Classified Staff Excellence in Performance Award. Full story.

Schneider lobby to become S&C Bank Information Lounge
Schneider Social Science HallS&C Bank-Eau Claire has made a gift of $35,000 to fund the remodeling of the entryway of UW-Eau Claire's Schneider Social Science Hall, which houses the College of Business. The remodeled Schneider Hall entryway will be named the S&C Bank Information Lounge. The remodeling project will transform the entryway into "an inviting space where people can access data on their laptops, wait for appointments, talk with friends, or study for exams," said Gretchen Hutterli, assistant dean for external affairs in the College of Business. Full story.

Telefund calls to alumni, friends will begin Sept. 16

Student Telefund callers
Student callers will contact UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends, as well as parents of current students, during the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's fall Telefund drive Sept.16 through Dec. 9.

Gifts and pledges from UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's annual Telefund reached an all-time high of $520,720 during 2003-04. Among those making gifts were almost 700 new donors, said Heidi Fisher, UW-Eau Claire director of annual giving and donor relations. Gifts through Telefund are an important source of support for the Foundation's Excellence Fund, which provides student opportunities that student tuition and state funding cannot cover alone, Fisher said. This year, student Telefund callers will begin contacting UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends, as well as parents of current students, on Sept. 16, and the fall calling effort will continue through Dec. 9. "The impact of every Telefund donation is significant," Fisher said. "Collectively, contributions to the Telefund helped the UW-Eau Claire Foundation award nearly 900 scholarships during the 2002-03 academic year. We invite our alumni and friends to take a student's call and to consider making a gift that is meaningful to them."

Alumni success stories

Margaret Nelson '69Margaret Nelson authors book on extraordinary woman: Margaret (Mogensen) Nelson, a 1969 UW-Eau Claire political science graduate and veteran journalist, is the author of a new book, "Saving Body & Soul: The Mission of Mary Jo Copeland," to be released Sept. 18. The book, with photos by Keri Pickett, chronicles the work of Copeland, who has been called "America's Mother Teresa" for her work with the poor in the Minneapolis area. Full story. Nelson will visit the UW-Eau Claire campus at 4 p.m. Sept. 30 to speak about the book and its subject matter and to answer questions. Her book will be for sale through the University Bookstore and she will be available to sign books. Nelson will speak in the Tamarack Room in Davies Center.

Scott Pingel debuts with San Francisco Symphony : Scott Pingel, a 1996 UW-Eau Claire music graduate, debuted Sept. 8 as the San Francisco Symphony's principal bassist in the group's opening performance of the season. He was featured in a Sept. 10 San Francisco Chronicle article.

Dave Bussen '75Dave Bussen honored for public health work: Dave Bussen, a 1975 UW-Eau Claire environmental and public health graduate, has been named the 2004 Sanitarian of the Year for the state of Oregon. Full story.

Tom Johnson '75 Mickey Judkins '79 Linda Clark '88
John Kell '73 Tom Kell '04 Jerry Jacobson '75
John Kell
Tom Kell

"Movers and shakers" featured in Chippewa Valley journal: Five UW-Eau Claire alumni were featured as "movers and shakers" in the Chippewa Valley in the summer 2004 issue of the Chippewa Valley Business Report. The business-to-business journal, edited by 1975 UW-Eau Claire education graduate Mark Gunderman, included feature stories about Tom Johnson, Menomonie, a 1975 accounting graduate who now is a CPA, certified financial planner and partner with Wipfli LLP; Mickey Judkins, Eau Claire, a 1979 sociology major, Eau Claire business owner and member of the Wisconsin Development Finance Board; Linda (Showers) Clark, Eau Claire, a 1988 economics graduate and economic development specialist for Xcel Energy's Wisconsin division; John Kell, Chippewa Falls, a 1973 business administration graduate and CEO of Kell Container Corp.; Tom Kell, a 2004 honorary alumnus and president of Kell Container Corp.; and Jerry Jacobson, a 1975 economics graduate and president of Northwestern Bank in Chippewa Falls.

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Show how much you know about UW-Eau Claire — AND win great Blugold prizes! long-sleeved Blugold t-shirtE-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 long-sleeved Blugold T-shirt like the one pictured here (and as seen in the online Alumni Store). The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the October issue of e-View.

September Blugold Trivia question:

How many steps ascend the campus hill from Garfield Ave. to the upper campus residence halls?

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!

August's winner:
Congratulations to Levi Brautigan, a 2002 UW-Eau Claire Spanish graduate, who won the drawing for a sleeve of UW-Eau Claire golf balls! Levi was one of those who correctly named the first two members of the Blugold Hall of Fame, who also have buildings on campus named after them: Ade Olson (after whom the Olson Addition to the McPhee Physical Education Center is named) and Bill Zorn (after whom W.L. Zorn Arena is named).

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