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Homecoming 2007: Premier alumni event of the year is Oct. 5-6

Seeing green: UW-Eau Claire makes environment a priority

Visit Italy and Greece with the Blugold Marching Band

Awards recognize outstanding faculty and staff

College of Business receives international education grant

External funding to support faculty/student chemistry research

Psychology students, instructor help dogs seeking adoption

Exhibit features photos from Homecomings past

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

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September 2007

Homecoming 2006 photo
Homecoming 2006 photo

UW-Eau Claire photos by Bill Hoepner '98

Homecoming 2007:
Premier alumni event
of the year is Oct. 5-6

UW-Eau Claire alumni are encouraged to return for Homecoming 2007 on Oct. 5-6. From the parade on First Avenue to the Blugold Fever Fest, football game and Fifth Quarter postgame party in Carson Park, you won't want to miss a thing! (See complete Homecoming 2007 details.) Alumni planning to attend Homecoming are encouraged to complete the online Homecoming 2007 Attendance Form. Names, class years and favorite UW-Eau Claire memories of those who submit the form will be posted on the Homecoming 2007 Attendance List, which alumni can check regularly for names of old friends and classmates. Plan now to join your UW-Eau Claire friends for Homecoming 2007!
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Seeing green: UW-Eau Claire makes environment a priority

faculty members with bikes





Faculty members (from left) Paul Kaldjian, Jeff DeGrave, Doug Faulkner, John Stupak, Bob Eierman and Analisa DeGrave are among UW-Eau Claire employees who recently signed a Clean Commute Initiative. (Eau Claire Leader-Telegram photo by Dan Reiland)

Chancellor signs Presidents Climate Commitment: UW-Eau Claire has joined colleges and universities across the nation in becoming a signatory to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich recently signed the commitment to set and attain sustainable energy and environmental goals for the university. Full story. Faculty, staff promote Clean Commute Initiative: Close to 200 faculty and staff members at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire have signed a Clean Commute Initiative pledging to model healthful and environmentally friendly behavior by biking, walking, Rollerblading, carpooling or using public transportation as much as possible when traveling to and from campus. Full story. back to top
Visit Italy and Greece with the Blugold Marching Band
St. Peter's Basilica
The Parthenon
UW-Eau Claire alumni are invited to experience Italy and Greece Dec. 28-Jan. 6 with the Blugold Marching Band. A highlight of the tour will be a performance by the band at Vatican City on New Year's Day, when approximately 100,000 people will be in St. Peter's Square awaiting the noon New Year's papal blessing. (Read related Leader-Telegram article.) Also on the itinerary for Italy will be Florence and Pisa, as well as exploring Rome's Spanish Steps, Colosseum, Pantheon, Roman Forum and St. Peter's Basilica. In Greece, the tour will include the Acropolis, Parthenon and Greek museums of Athens, and a day-cruise in the Mediteranean Sea including stops at the Greek islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra. More information. back to top
Awards recognize outstanding faculty and staff
2007 faculty/staff excellence award recipients Michael Christopherson
Susan Turell

Above left: UW-Eau Claire's 2007 faculty and staff excellence award recipients are (left to right) Dr. Analisa DeGrave, Pamela Scheible, Dr. Jack Hoggatt, Dr. Vicki Snider, Gretchen Hutterli, Dr. Rose-Marie Avin, Dr. J. Brian Mahoney and LaNette Flunker. Each honoree received a university medallion and $1,500 from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson.) Full story. Above top right: Michael Christopherson, a 1971 UW-Eau Claire alumnus and a member of the university's art & design faculty since 1987, is the 2007-08 recipient of UW-Eau Claire's Maxwell Schoenfeld Distinguished Professorship. Full story. Above lower right: Dr. Susan Turell, professor of psychology and women's studies coordinator at UW-Eau Claire, has been chosen as one of four Women of Distinction for 2007 by the Girl Scouts of Indian Waters Council. Full story. back to top

College of Business receives international education grant
international business imageA newly funded initiative at UW-Eau Claire will provide business faculty and students with more opportunities to experience diverse cultures and explore international issues, as well as establish an organization that will help guide area businesses as they compete in a global economy.

UW-Eau Claire has received a $174,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Business and International Education program to support the new "Partnerships in International Education" program in the College of Business.

"This initiative will foster a strong link between business and education, giving all entities a better understanding of international issues," said Dr. Rama Yelkur, international business programs coordinator for the College of Business and project director for Partnerships in International Education. "Businesses and business students - our future leaders - will experience greater success if they have an understanding of and appreciation for how the United States fits into the global economy." Full story. back to top

External funding to support faculty/student chemistry research
Recent grant awards will allow two chemistry professors to continue research projects with UW-Eau Claire students:

  • Dr. Jim Phillips
    Dr. Jim Phillips
    Dr. David Lewis
    Dr. David Lewis
    Dr. Jim Phillips will once again be able to give four chemistry students the opportunity to collaborate with him on ongoing research thanks to a $189,000 award from the National Science Foundation Research in Undergraduate Institutions grant program. "Thinking, communicating, and identifying and solving problems are all skills that this kind of research helps develop," said Phillips. "And whether these students go on to be research chemists, teachers, doctors, pharmacists, or something entirely different, those are all skills that they will need and that will make a difference in their lives." Full story.
  • Dr. David Lewis has received a $65,000 grant that will allow him, with the help of several students, to work in collaboration with a researcher at Marshfield Clinic on the development of new derivatives of the drug Warfarin. The grant represents a partnership between the UW System and WiSys Technology Foundation Inc. to support projects with the potential to be a source of intellectual property and revenue in the future. As an inter-institutional research collaboration, the project also involves a $22,000 UW-Eau Claire campus investment. Full story. back to top

Psychology students, instructor help dogs seeking adoption

Erin Barney working with dog
Erin Barney, a senior psychology major at UW-Eau Claire, works with a dog in the recently revived BARC program. (Contributed photo)

Several UW-Eau Claire psychology students and their instructor, Daniel Holt, have revived a program that works with the Eau Claire County Humane Association to retrain dogs that display problem behaviors in an effort to make them more adoptable.

BARC, which stands for Behavioral Applications Regarding Canines, was established during the 2001-02 academic year as a collaborative venture with the Humane Association by psychology professor Dr. Greg Madden, with the assistance of Dr. Lori Bica, now chair of the psychology department. It operated for several years, but after Madden left UW-Eau Claire in 2005, the program became inactive.

This summer, Erin Barney, a psychology major, and Holt began working with a few dogs to get things started and reestablish a presence at the shelter. Student Kristine Funk, a biology and psychlolgy major, has taken the lead in getting the program reestablished this fall. Full story. back to top

Blugold Marching Band tuba player clowns at Homecoming parade
Exhibit features
photos from homecomings past

The images at left are among those in an exhibit featuring the work of university photographer Rick Mickelson and chronicling the past 20 years of UW-Eau Claire Homecoming celebrations. Mickelson's first day on the job at UW-Eau Claire was Homecoming Day 1988. The exhibit, titled "20 Homecomings," is on display in the Grand Corridor of UW-Eau Claire's McIntyre Library through Oct. 6. 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:

Rebecca Carson '96 Rebecca Carson '96, a UW-Eau Claire theatre arts graduate, is the new managing director of the Pepperdine Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. Full story.
Kim LaViolette '03 Kim LaViolette '03, a UW-Eau Claire entrepreneurship graduate, is executive director of the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation, which was the lead organizer of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention in Green Bay in early September. Full story.
Christopher Zimmer photo unavailable Christopher Zimmer '91, a UW-Eau Claire economics graduate, has been named the southern regional underwriting manager, risk management services, for the PMA Insurance Group. Full story.
Julia Johnson '05 Julia Johnson '05, a UW-Eau Claire music therapy graduate, was featured in a recent Chaska (Minn.) Herald article about her work as a music therapist at the Chaska School of Music. Full story.
Bee Lee '97 Bee Lee '97, a UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate, is the special projects officer for Saint Paul Public Schools in St. Paul, Miinn. Full story.

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 (trivia@uwec.edu). Those sending correct responses to this month's question will be entered in a drawing for a long-sleeved alumni T-shirt. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the October issue of e-View.

mystery imageSeptember Blugold Trivia question:

The photo at right was taken on the UW-Eau Claire campus. Can you identify the image and where it was taken?

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 Bret Storck, a 1993 UW-Eau Claire business administration graduate! Bret has won a Blugold hooded sweatshirt in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that former UW-Eau Claire hockey player Alex Hicks was the 2007 Blugold Hall of Fame inductee who is one of only two
Blugold athletes ever to play at the top professional level. Bret also knew that Alex played for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League.back to top

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