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It's Homecoming Week at UW-Eau Claire!

Provost and Vice Chancellor Ronald Satz retires

Blugold Marching Band grows to largest in WIAC

Alumnus, childhood obesity expert to speak on campus

Seven to be inducted into Blugold Hall of Fame

Academic news: Programs receive grants, accreditations

Alumni, friends continue generous support through Telefund

Foundation news: Gifts support forensics and physics programs, create new student scholarships

Alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

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October 2005

It's Homecoming Week at UW-Eau Claire!
Disco Fever — Blugold Style artworkThousands of UW-Eau Claire alumni will join students, faculty, staff and the public in the Oct. 10-15 celebration of Homecoming 2005. Events for both students and alumni are planned throughout the week, culminating on Saturday in the traditional 10 a.m. Homecoming parade, the 11 a.m. Blugold Fever Fest in Carson Park (featuring tailgate cuisine, beverages and the music of the Blugold Marching Band) and the 1 p.m. Blugolds vs. UW-Stout Blue Devils football game. The fun will continue for alumni with the "Disco Fever — Blugold Style" postgame celebration back on campus at 4 p.m. in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center. See the online Homecoming 2005 Attendance List to find old friends and classmates who are planning to attend, and let others know you'll be there too by completing the online Homecoming 2005 Attendance Form. Boogie down to UW-Eau Claire and join your friends for Homecoming 2005!

UW-Eau Claire encourages responsible drinking during Homecoming 2005 festivities.

Provost and Vice Chancellor Ronald Satz retires

Ronald Satz
Ronald Satz

UW-Eau Clarie Provost and Vice Chancellor Ronald N. Satz will retire Oct. 17 after 22 years of service to the university, Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson announced Oct. 11. "Ron Satz has made incredible contributions to UW-Eau Claire and the world of higher education during his long and distinguished career," Larson said. "Ron's passion and vision were instrumental in helping UW-Eau Claire — a regional public university — earn a national reputation for excellence." Satz, who has served as provost and vice chancellor at UW-Eau Claire since 1999, has been undergoing treatment for a recurrence of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He's been on medical leave since April 21. Dr. Steve Tallant has served and will continue to serve as interim provost and vice chancellor, Larson said.

Satz held numerous positions since coming to UW-Eau Claire in 1983, including provost and vice chancellor (1999-2005), founding dean of the College of Professional Studies (1995-99), founding dean of the School of Human Sciences and Services (1994-1995), and dean of Graduate Studies and Research (1983-1994) while concurrently serving as founding director of the Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration (1988-1995). Prior to joining UW-Eau Claire, Satz was dean of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Under Satz's leadership, the undergraduate research program grew so successful that the UW System Board of Regents named UW-Eau Claire as the system's only Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration. Satz was named the founding director of the Center when it was created in 1988. Full story.

Blugold Marching Band grows to largest in WIAC
members of the Blugold Marching Band trumpet lineAfter a decline in membership during the 1990s that almost resulted in its elimination, the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Marching Band has nearly tripled in size since the group's regrowth began in 1999. The increase in membership, which now stands at 171, has included an increase in the number of non-music majors among the group's ranks. According to the band's Web site, the number of non-music major members grew from just one in 2000 to 75 in 2004. The Blugold Marching Band will make Homecoming 2005 appearances at the on-campus "Yell Like Hell" event Oct. 12 at approximately 7 p.m. in Zorn Arena, and on Oct. 15 during the 10 a.m. Homecoming parade on First Avenue, at noon during the Blugold FeverFest at Carson Park, and during halftime of the UW-Eau Claire vs. UW-Stout football game (game start time is 1 p.m.). Read a Spectator story about the band's rapid growth in recent years.

Alumnus, childhood obesity expert to speak on campus

Dr. William Klish
Dr. William Klish

Dr. William Klish, a 1963 UW-Eau Claire graduate and one of the nation's leading experts on childhood obesity, will be on campus Oct. 13 as part of the Marshfield Clinic Biological Sciences Speaker Series. Klish, who earned degrees in chemistry and biology from UW-Eau Claire in 1963, will give a presentation titled "Childhood obesity: A public health crisis." The free seminar will begin at 4 p.m. in Room 100 of Schneider Social Science Hall. Klish, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Medical School, is chief of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition service and head of the department of medicine at Texas Children's Hospital. He also serves as a professor of pediatrics and head of the pediatric gastroenterology at Baylor College of Medicine. Klish was among the medical professionals who appeared in the movie "Supersize Me." Full story.

Seven to be inducted into Blugold Hall of Fame

Cheryl Janowitz Dieckman '94 Dan Held '89 Amy Meisner '91 Jeff Oliphant
Top (l-r): Cheryl Dieckman, Dan Held, Amy Meisner, Jeff Oliphant. Bottom (l-r): Dan Stack, Lee Weigel, Bob Wozniak. Dan Stack '82 Lee Weigel '89 Bob Wozniak

Six All-Americans in football, track, cross country, wrestling and swimming, along with a longtime UW-Eau Claire athletic trainer, will be inducted into the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Hall of Fame in ceremonies Oct. 22. The following individuals will be recognized during the UW-Eau Claire vs. UW-La Crosse football game, which begins at 11 a.m. at Carson Park, and honored at a banquet beginning at 5 p.m. at Holiday Inn Campus Area, Eau Claire:

  • Cheryl Janowitz Dieckman '94 (track and field, volleyball).
  • Dan Held '89 (track and field).
  • Amy Meisner '91 (swimming).
  • Jeff Oliphant, former UW-Eau Claire head athletic trainer who was a UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of kinesiology and the director of the athletic training education program at the time of his death on Aug. 12, 2005.
  • Dan Stack '82 (cross country)
  • Lee Weigel '89 (football)
  • Bob Wozniak (wrestling) (graduated from UW-Madison with bachelor's and master's degrees in 1992 and 1998).

Six current UW-Eau Claire student-athletes also will be honored as recipients of the 2005 Super Six Awards. Super Six honorees will be Becca Carstensen, Casey Drake, Matt Evensen, Katie Murphy, John Schuna and Jen Stafslien. Reservations for the banquet are requested by Oct. 14 and can be made by calling the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association at (715) 836-3266 or sending an e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu. Tickets are $20 per person. See the athletics Web site for complete details as well as past Blugold Hall of Fame inductees and Super Six Award winners. back to top

Academic news: Programs receive grants, accreditations

history teachers in 2004 grant-funded program
UW-Eau Claire photo
by Rick Mickelson

History faculty secure $1.5 million grant: Hundreds of teachers and thousands of schoolchildren throughout Wisconsin will benefit from a $1.5 million federal grant awarded to the UW-Eau Claire history department, a consortium of eight Cooperative Educational Service Agency offices, the Chippewa Valley Museum and UW-Eau Claire's Center for History, Teaching and Learning. The $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will support a program titled "Making Americans, Making America: Community, Citizenship, and the Constitution." Like other UW-Eau Claire history programs supported in recent years by U.S. Department of Education grants, the program will help teachers improve how they teach history to elementary, middle and high school students. Full story. back to top

Dr. Stephen Drucker with students
UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson

NSF grants to chemistry department top $600,000:
Faculty in the UW-Eau Claire chemistry department have secured more than $600,000 in grant money from the National Science Foundation in recent weeks — funds that will help them purchase state-of-the-art instrumentation and support faculty-student research. "This is a huge influx of resources for a department like ours, and it'll have a significant impact on what we can do for our students," Dr. Scott Hartsel, chair of the chemistry department, said of the three most recent grant awards. Full story. back to top

health care administration student with instructor
UW-Eau Claire photo
by Rick Mickelson

Health care administration program receives national accreditation: UW-Eau Claire's health care administration program has received accreditation from the National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long Term Care Administrators for the first time in the program's nearly 30-year history. The NAB site visit report stated that UW-Eau Claire's program "equips the learner as a decision maker and critical thinker who is knowledgeable in aging issues, government regulations and institutional residents." The report also cited the Center for Health and Aging Services Excellence, a network of long-term care leaders that supports the health care administration program, as a major force in the program's success. Full story. back to top

ENPH students on field trip
UW-Eau Claire environmental public health students take water samples during a class field trip. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

Environmental public health alums help
in national crises:
Graduates of UW-Eau Claire's environmental public health programs are making significant contributions in evaluating public health risks in several recent high-profile crises, including Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. "Graduates of our programs are extremely well-trained and knowledgeable," said Dr. Crispin Pierce, assistant professor of public health professions and coordinator of the ENPH programs. "If there is a major event that involves public health concerns, you're likely to find one of our graduates there offering their expertise." The National Environmental Health Association has recognized the quality of UW-Eau Claire's ENPH programs by granting them accreditation, Pierce said. Full story. back to top


Alumni, friends continue generous support through Telefund

UW-Eau Claire student Telefund callers
Sophomore Amanda Lonsdorf, foreground, enjoys a conversation while making a call during the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's 2005-06 Telefund. Student callers will be contacting alumni and friends of the university through Dec. 8. (UW-Eau Clalire photo by Rick Mickelson)

Alumni and friends contributed $514,730 through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's 2004-05 Telefund drive, Foundation officials said. It was the second year in a row that Telefund contributions exceeded $500,000. Among those making gifts were more than 800 first-time donors, said Heidi Fisher, UW-Eau Claire director of annual giving and major gifts officer. The average 2004-05 Telefund pledge was $60, Fisher said.

Gifts through Telefund are an important source of support for the Foundation's Excellence Fund and Parents Fund, which provide student opportunities that student tuition and state funding cannot cover alone, Fisher said. In 2005, Telefund contributions:

  • helped purchase new uniforms and support travel for the Blugold Marching Band, a group that has quickly grown from 60 members in 2000 to 170 in 2005 (see story above);
  • provided support for the Ask An Alum and Friends program, which encourages UW-Eau Claire students to contact professionals working in a variety of careers throughout the nation;
  • helped underwrite UW-Eau Claire's annual Service Learning Recognition breakfast, an event that honors outstanding civic behaviors of students, project supervisors and faculty and staff mentors involved in the university's service-learning program;
  • helped a number of other areas of campus by supporting special projects, Honors Program courses, a variety of scholarships and Blugold fellowships as well as providing funding for a variety of activities as needs arose.

This fall, student Telefund callers will be contacting UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends, as well as parents of current students, through Dec. 8. Those making contributions can do so via U.S. mail or by using the Foundation's online giving option. "The impact of every Telefund donation is significant," Fisher said. "Over time, Telefund contributions literally impact every student's UW-Eau Claire education." back to top

Foundation news: Gifts support forensics and physics programs, establish new student scholarships

forensics team members Hilary Rasmussen and Christine Zani
UW-Eau Claire sophomore Hilary Rasmussen, left, and junior Christine Zani recently rehearsed their duo interpretation event in preparation for a forensics tournament. UW-Eau Claire's forensics organization will host the National Forensics Association tournament in April, and alumni and friends of the university are volunteering to help with the event and pledging financial support. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

Alumni and friends pledge support for national forensics tournament: UW-Eau Claire's forensics organization will host the National Forensics Association tournament from April 13-17, 2006. To ensure the tournament's success, alumni and friends of UW-Eau Claire forensics have committed more than $10,000 to the project. The national tournament is expected to attract 800 to 1,000 participants and judges to UW-Eau Claire's campus. Many of the alumni and friends who will help with the tournament also have pledged to help offset tournament expenses with their gifts to the Forensics Alumni Fund through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. The ultimate goal is to establish an endowment to provide enough annual income to supplement the program's operating budget. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire physics student
UW-Eau Claire photo
by Rick Mickelson

Matching gift makes physics and astronomy fund possible: An anonymous $10,000 gift to UW-Eau Claire's physics and astronomy department would create a student opportunity fund to support student research projects, provided an additional $10,000 in matching funding is raised by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation by Dec. 31. "The opportunity fund would help students take classroom learning to a higher level by enabling them to pursue ambitious research projects, participate in study abroad experiences or explore a concept in more depth," said Dr. J. Erik Hendrickson, physics and astronomy department chair. "The matching fund gives us a brand new way for alumni and emeriti to strengthen and enhance the excellence of the department," Hendrickson said. "It will provide more and even better learning opportunities to our current and future students, and that will help us continue to recruit and retain the best and the brightest students." Full story. back to top

Richard T. Gannon
Richard T. Gannon

Alumnus endows business scholarship: Retired banker and first-generation college graduate Richard T. Gannon values his college degree so much that he's established an endowed scholarship for first-year finance or business majors with an economics emphasis at UW-Eau Claire. A long-time Eau Claire resident and 1959 UW-Eau Claire graduate, Gannon worked for Firstar Corp. — now U.S. Bank — for 40 years. He attributes his success to the degree in economics he earned at UW-Eau Claire. The scholarship will be awarded to UW-Eau Claire students with financial need who have at least a 3.0 grade point average and demonstrate potential for leadership. Each award will be for a minimum of $1,000, with the number of awards granted to be determined by the annual income generated from the fund. The scholarship, available to freshmen, is renewable for up to four years. Full story. back to top

Emil and Patricia Rinaldi

Scholarship memorializes alumna's persistence, spirit: The determined spirit of a successful teacher and businesswoman who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1969 is being memorialized by her husband through the creation of a scholarship in her name. Patricia Arts Rinaldi, who began her UW-Eau Claire college career at age 37 and earned a bachelor's degree in business education in 1969, died of cancer in 1999. Her husband, Emil Rinaldi, has endowed a fund through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to create the annual Patricia Arts Rinaldi Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding education major who graduated from a Wisconsin high school and demonstrates a passion for setting goals and persisting, sometimes through obstacles, on the path toward reaching a dream. Full story. back to top

Alumni success stories
Read about the accomplishments of these and other UW-Eau Claire alumni on the Alumni Success Stories Web pages:

Franco Basile '86 Franco Basile '86 is awarded a 2005 Lindbergh Foundation grant for his research into a process for the rapid testing of drinking water for contamination. Full story.
Mark ('89) and Paul Doughty '85 Mark ('89) and Paul Doughty '85 are developing a business park on the outskirts of Durand. In the process, they are relocating to the park their family business, one of the region's largest dealers of recreational vehicles. Full story.
Patti (Kaiser) Cigan '58 Patti (Kaiser) Cigan '58 contributes "behind the scenes" work and vision to the transformation of Eau Claire's former Uniroyal plant into today's Banbury Place. Full story.
Edie (Berg) Krueger '74, '97 (MSE) Edie (Berg) Krueger '74, '97 (MSE) is named a 2005 Wisconsin Teacher of the Year by the state Department of Public Instruction. Full story. back to top

Blugold Trivia headline
Alumni sweatshirtShow 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 (trivia@uwec.edu). Those sending correct responses to this month's question will be entered in a drawing for a UW-Eau Claire alumni sweatshirt (shown at right). The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the November issue of e-View.

October Blugold Trivia question:

In what year did Wisconsin State University-Eau Claire, along with other state-supported higher learning institutions, become a full partner in the new UW System and change its name to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire?

E-mail your answer, 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 Erin Crimmins, a 1994 UW-Eau Claire English graduate, who has won a UW-Eau Claire athletics baseball cap. Erin was among those who correctly answered that the destinations of the Alumni Association's 2006 travel excursions are Italy and Kitzbühel in Tyrol, Austria. back to top

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