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Campus offers to admit students displaced by Katrina

Blugold family includes alumni in areas hit by hurricane

Kinesiology faculty member Jeff Oliphant dies

Fall issue of 'The View' to arrive in mailboxes soon

UW-Eau Claire places high in latest U.S. News rankings

Challenges for a new year: Interim chancellor cites reduced support, devaluation of higher education's role

Boogie back to UW-Eau Claire for Homecoming 2005

UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff in the news

Alumni photographers to be featured in fall exhibit

Alumni success stories

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September 2005

Campus offers to admit students displaced by Katrina
Hurricane Katrina (NASA photo)UW-Eau Claire is prepared to admit 15 to 20 students from institutions closed due to damage from Hurricane Katrina who are interested in continuing their studies at UW-Eau Claire. UW-Eau Claire will waive out-of-state tuition for displaced students from outside Wisconsin, and displaced students' application fees also will be waived. On-campus housing is available, as well as the support services these students will require to help them with their transition to UW-Eau Claire. For more information about UW-Eau Claire's response in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, visit UW-Eau Claire's Web page, "Helping in the wake of disaster." The site will be updated as new information is made available. back to top

Blugold family includes alumni in areas hit by hurricane
While the UW-Eau Claire campus is geographically far from Hurricane Katrina's devastation, many members of our campus community have been directly or indirectly affected by this natural disaster. About 140 UW-Eau Claire alumni live in the states most heavily hit by the hurricane. Several of our current students were in the area preparing to study at southern universities as part of our National Student Exchange program, and several members of our faculty and staff have strong ties to the region.

As large as the UW-Eau Claire alumni body is, we are still a family, and there is great interest in news about fellow alums and others with campus connections. We will share news and information as we hear from members of our campus community and alumni who have been directly affected by this tragedy. Those with ties to UW-Eau Claire who have been affected by the hurricane disaster and would like to share their experiences with the university community can do so by sending an e-mail to newsbur@uwec.edu. The e-mails received will be posted on the university's "Helping in the wake of disaster" Web site. back to top

Kinesiology faculty member Jeff Oliphant dies

Jeff Oliphant
Jeff Oliphant

Jeff Oliphant, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of kinesiology and director of the university's athletic training education program, died Friday, Aug. 12, at his home in Eau Claire.

Oliphant, 45, joined UW-Eau Claire in August 1989. Under his leadership, the athletic training program thrived, and in May 2002 the UW System Board of Regents granted approval for UW-Eau Claire to offer a bachelor of science degree in athletic training. In fall 2004, the athletic training program was granted accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

In April 2005, Oliphant became the youngest person ever selected for the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame. He also received a 2005 Over and Above Award from the National Athletic Trainers' Association's College/University Athletic Training Committee. Oliphant served as UW-Eau Claire head athletic trainer from 1989-2002.

Oliphant is survived by his wife, Ruth; son, Zachary, a UW-Eau Claire freshman; and daughter, Jessica. Funeral services for Oliphant were held Monday, Aug. 15, in Eau Claire. The family suggests memorials in care of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation for the Jeff Oliphant Scholarship Fund. Full obituary. back to top

Fall issue of 'The View' to arrive in mailboxes soon
Fall 2005 View coverThe newest issue of The View, UW-Eau Claire's alumni magazine, will be mailed in mid-September to the more than 60,000 Blugold alumni and friends of the university. You'll find great feature articles about alumni Ann Thornburg, PricewaterhouseCoopers' first female partner, and Michael LeMay, one of the winners of a prestigious National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. Also read about UW-Eau Claire student Kyle Buchmann, who overcame a health crisis and went on to transform UW-Eau Claire Club Baseball, and psychology professor William Frankenberger's research on stimulant medication use among college students. You'll also find campus news highlights, Blugold athletics updates, Alumni Association news, class notes and more. You won't want to miss the fall 2005 issue of The View! back to top

UW-Eau Claire places high in latest U.S. News rankings
U.S. News Best Colleges badgeU.S. News & World Report magazine has again recognized UW-Eau Claire as one of the best public regional universities in the Midwest, and it again named UW-Eau Claire's undergraduate research program as one of the best in America. The 2006 rankings place UW-Eau Claire at No. 5 among top regional public universities and 26th among all private and public institutions 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. "The U.S. News & World Report rankings are extremely competitive, so it's satisfying to see that UW-Eau Claire has been near the top of the list every year for more than a decade," said Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson. "Our faculty and staff deserve a great deal of credit for helping to build and maintain UW-Eau Claire's national reputation for excellence." Full story. back to top

Challenges for a new year: Interim chancellor cites reduced support, devaluation of public higher education's role

Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson
Interim Chancellor
Vicki Lord Larson
During the 2005-06 academic year, it will not be "business as usual" for many departments and programs across the UW-Eau Claire campus due to the effects of budget cuts, but faculty and staff must strive to be "solution oriented and willing to bring about constructive, substantive change that will be helpful to our students as they work with us to create their lives," said Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson in her opening remarks at the Aug. 22 fall meeting of the university's faculty and academic staff. Looking to the university's strategic plan for guidance, "we should spend some time looking at our processes as well as being mindful of what we can do to create the future of this university," Larson said. Read the full text of Larson's opening meeting comments.

Boogie back to Blugold country for Homecoming 2005
Disco Fever - Blugold Style artworkDon't miss the fun during Homecoming 2005, "Disco Fever — Blugold Style" on Oct. 14 and 15. (Read Homecoming 2005 details.) See old friends and classmates who are planning to attend in the online Homecoming 2005 Attendance List, and let others know you'll be there too by completing the online Homecoming 2005 Attendance Form. Plan to boogie down to UW-Eau Claire and join your friends for Homecoming 2005!

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

UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff in the news

2005 excellence awards recipients
Recipients of the 2005 UW-Eau Claire excellence awards include (l-r): Garry Running, Susan Turell, Roger Selin, Gloria Fennell and Christopher Kirchman. Not pictured but also an excellence award recipient is Patricia Quinn. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson, Learning and Technology Services)

Six receive excellence awards
Six UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members received excellence awards Aug. 23 during the opening meeting of the 2005-06 academic year:
Roger Selin, professor of accounting and finance, received the Excellence in Teaching Award; Garry Running, associate professor of geography and anthropology, received the Excellence in Scholarship Award; Gloria Fennell, associate professor of social work and chair of the social work department, received the Excellence in Advising Award;. Susan Turell, associate professor of psychology and women's studies program coordinator, received the Excellence in Service Award; Patricia Quinn, director of the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program and the special assistant for external funding for the associate vice chancellor of student development and diversity, received the Administrative and Professional Academic Staff Excellence in Performance Award; and Christopher Kirchman, a police officer for University Police, received the Classified Staff Excellence in Performance Award. Recipients received a university medallion and $1,500 from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation in recognition of their commitment to excellence. Three of the awards — the excellence awards for classified and academic staff and the Excellence in Teaching Award for faculty — are supported by Lee and Mary Markquart on behalf of Markquart Toyota of Eau Claire. Full story.

Deb Pattee in Thai variety story
Deb Pattee enjoyed a mangosteen, a Thai native fruit, for lunch while exploring a variety story in Thailand. The signs above the merchandise indicate the items underneath were selling for 10 baht, or approximately 25 U.S. cents, Pattee said. (Contributed photo)

Pattee aims to help area educators teach about
southeast Asian culture

Deb Pattee, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, came home from her five-week summer trip to Vietnam, Laos and Thailand weighed down with a number of extra heavy suitcases and bags containing hundreds of items she purchased on the trip. The "souvenirs" weren't gifts for friends or items to adorn her home, but teaching aids that will be used to help area teachers better understand and teach their K-16 students about southeast Asian culture. Pattee believes that being able to examine items ranging from the traditional garb of Buddhist monks to the remains of a few of the thousands of bombs that were dropped in southeast Asia during the Vietnam War awakens interest in both teachers and students in a way textbooks alone rarely do. Pattee was one of 18 educators who took part in the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Seminar, "Highlighting Southeast Asian Heritage & Culture in the Curriculum," July 8 through Aug. 12. Full story.

New tool to measure quality in long-term care settings
Mary Zwygart-Stauffacher
Mary Zwygart-Stauffacher

Mary Zwygart-Stauffacher, associate dean of UW-Eau Claire's College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is part of a research team that recently completed a three-year project that tested a tool to measure the quality of nursing home care in a 30-minute inspection of a facility. The team identified the dimensions of quality of care in nursing homes that are important to consumers, providers and regulators. Zwygart-Stauffacher and other researchers then visited 407 facilities in Wisconsin, Missouri and Minnesota to test the "Observable Indicators of Nursing Home Care Quality Instrument." The large-scale field testing was funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health. The team's findings suggest that the instrument can serve as a proxy for a full, resource-intensive team of regulators that is routinely needed for state and federal inspections, she said. "It appears possible to conduct an abbreviated survey, allowing regulatory agencies to focus scarce resources on facilities in need of closer scrutiny," Zwygart-Stauffacher said. Full story. back to top

Alumni photographers to be featured in fall exhibit
'Common Ground' posterThe works of four award-winning UW-Eau Claire alumni who all found different pathways to excellence in photography will be featured in an exhibit titled “Common Ground: The Photography of Tony Duran, Liz Flores, David Joles and John Noltner.” The exhibit will run from Oct. 6-27 in the Foster Gallery of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Duran, a 1988 graduate, is one of the hottest celebrity photographers in Hollywood today. He is based in Los Angeles and has captured the famous faces of Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and others. His shots of Lopez have appeared on the cover of American Photo magazine four times.

Flores, a 1995 graduate, and Joles ’87 are a married couple who share a passion for photojournalism. Both currently are staff photographers at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and both have earned numerous awards, primarily from the Wisconsin News Photographers Association.

Flores was recognized by the WNPA as Photographer of the Year in 2003. Her work has taken her to Cuba, where she covered a Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra visit, to Nicaragua for a story on sweatshops and to Mexico, where she photographed President Vicente Fox.

Joles was named Photographer of the Year three of the past four years. Most recently he placed second in the Newspaper Photographer of the Year contest in the 62nd Pictures of the Year International competition. Joles says he likes to stay close to home and capture images in and around his community.

Noltner ’90, a freelance photographer based in Minneapolis, specializes in images of people for editorial, corporate and advertising clients. His award-winning photos have been published in numerous regional and national magazines, including Forbes, Midwest Living and Smithsonian, and his fine art photographs have been exhibited locally and regionally and are included in numerous permanent collections.

Foster Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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

Patti See Patti See '90, '94 (MA) in July donated one of her kidneys to a stranger at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, in Minneapolis. Full story.
Matthew Nie '99 Matthew Nie '99 receives the Budweiser Filmmaker Discovery Award in recognition of his short documentary film, "Good Stuff: The Story of a Man, a Dream, and a Whole Lotta Kites," which was picked as the best short film in the 2005 Triggerstreet.com competition at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Full story.
Tom Koetting '82 Thomas Koetting '82 is appointed deputy managing editor for local news at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Full story.
Ann (Green) Roche '83 Ann (Green) Roche '83 is named vice president of commercial engines for Briggs & Stratton. Full story. back to top

Blugold Trivia headline
Blugold athletics capShow 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 athletics baseball cap (shown at right). The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the September issue of e-View.

September Blugold Trivia question:

What are the destinations of the two 2006 travel excursions offered by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association?

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!

August's winner:
Congratulations to Brian A. Blahnik , a 1994 UW-Eau Claire communications graduate, who has won a UW-Eau Claire alumni sweatshirt. Brian was among those who correctly answered that Emam and Friends will give the opening performance of UW-Eau Claire's 2005-06 Artists Series. back to top

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