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UW-Eau Claire again ranks high in U.S. News standings

UW-Eau Claire launches social media profiles

Blugold Commitment initiative centerpiece of chancellor's state-of-the-university address

Eight faculty, staff receive excellence awards

Software conversion may produce a few glitches

Smartt Network updates alumni on job opportunities

Plan now to attend Homecoming 2009

Alumni of color come together for summer reunion

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

Alumni Links

e-View archive

Alumni events

Blugold Babies

Blugold Bliss

Photo album

'The View' online

Alumni success stories

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August 2009

UW-Eau Claire again ranks high in U.S. News standings

U.S. News logoU.S. News & World Report magazine has again named UW-Eau Claire among the best public regional universities in the Midwest.

The 2010 edition of "America's Best Colleges" ranks UW-Eau Claire No. 6 among the top regional public universities in the Midwest and 29th among all private and public institutions in the Midwest.

The publication has ranked UW-Eau Claire among the top public institutions in the Midwest every year since 1995. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire launches social media profiles

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With the goal of energizing new channels of interaction between its campus community, alumni and friends, UW-Eau Claire has launched a series of public profiles on three prominent social media venues.

UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends may now keep up with university news on Facebook, watch UW-Eau Claire-related videos on YouTube and receive mobile updates of both from Twitter.

"The nature of how we communicate as a society is fundamentally changing," said Mike Rindo, director of University Communications. "Individuals are bypassing traditional media and communicating directly with each other. Our increased use of social media reflects these changing dynamics and will enable us to more effectively reach those who have embraced social media as a primary source of information." Full story. back to top

Blugold Commitment initiative centerpiece of chancellor's state-of-the-university address

Opening meeting links:
View the archived video Web broadcast of the Aug. 25 academic year opening meeting, including Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich's state-of-the-university speech.
Read the university news release summarizing the chancellor's address.
Read the text of the address by Dr. Susan Harrison, University Senate chair.

UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich has announced a major new initiative that would enable the university to enhance quality through expanding high-impact experiential learning programs to all students while also improving four-year graduation rates.

The "Blugold Commitment" was the centerpiece of the chancellor's state-of-the-university address to faculty and staff at the opening meeting of the 2009-10 academic year Aug. 25 in Zorn Arena.

Levin-Stankevich said the Blugold Commitment proposal would provide a way for the university to improve educational quality by implementing the goals of the strategic Centennial Plan while increasing the number of students who earn their degree in four years.

"The Blugold Commitment requires us to focus not only on the quality of our degree but also on the timely graduation of more of our students," he said. "The public demands it. Our reputation requires it." Full story. back to top

Eight faculty, staff receive excellence awards

Excellence award winners

Excellence award recipients, front row from left, are Dr. Scott Oates, Dr. Douglas Dunham, Nancy Hendricks, Dr. Michael Kolis; and, back row from left, Dr. Matthew Waters, Dr. Matt Germonprez, Dr. Paul Thomas and Jacqueline Bonneville. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Bill Hoepner)

Eight UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members were recognized for excellence during the university's opening meeting Aug. 25:

Jacqueline Bonneville, coordinator of new student initiatives, Advising and New Student Initiatives, received the Excellence in Performance Award for Administrative and Professional Academic Staff.

Dr. Douglas Dunham, professor of physics and astronomy and director of UW-Eau Claire's Materials Science Center, received the Excellence in Service Award.

Dr. Matt Germonprez, assistant professor of information systems, is UW-Eau Claire's nominee for the 2009 U.S. Professor of the Year Award sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

Nancy Hendricks, an academic associate in the athletics program, received the Classified Staff Excellence in Performance Award.

Dr. Michael Kolis, associate professor of education studies, was honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dr. Scott Oates, associate professor of English and director of university assessment, Academic Affairs, received the Excellence in Advising Award.

Dr. Paul Thomas, professor of physics and astronomy, is the UW-Eau Claire 2009 Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award nominee.

Dr. Matthew Waters, associate professor of foreign languages, received the Excellence in Scholarship Award.

Each honoree received a university medallion and a $1,500 check from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Full story. back to top

Software conversion may produce a few glitches

The university is in the process of changing from its current in-house developed administrative computing system (home of the ‘Bridge’ pages and ‘MyBlugold’) to the Oracle PeopleSoft Campus Solutions application. The first phase of MyBlugold CampS is now live and in production.

As part of the implementation of the new software, all data from the prior database is being converted to the new system. Much effort has been put into making sure data is converted correctly, but sometimes glitches may happen. For example, the data in Bridge was stored in "all caps," while the new system allows for uppercase and lowercase letters. There may be some instances where the proper capitalization may not appear. If you see any instances where data is formatted incorrectly, please contact the Alumni office to request corrections.

Another aspect of PeopleSoft is how it recognizes certain information on transcripts. You may have already received an e-mail message from the Registrar's office indicating that a change was made on your transcript. If you’ve received such a message or receive one in the future, it is simply to notify you that some changes on your record were made to facilitate the conversion. And, no, we can't change grades!

We will keep you updated on future changes related to this software conversion. Additional information about the transition can be found on the LTS Web page. back to top

Smartt Network updates alumni on job opportunities

Smartt logoEarlier this year, the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association announced its partnership with the SMARTT Network, a free online service created by the Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation, to connect individuals with career, business and technology opportunities in western Wisconsin. Through the SMARTT Network, alumni can receive monthly news and updates and easily stay connected to opportunities in the region.

“This program provides a terrific opportunity for our alumni who are looking for employment opportunities in the Chippewa Valley,” said John Bachmeier, director of alumni relations at UW-Eau Claire.

Users can create a free, confidential profile in less than five minutes to start receiving monthly updates about area businesses, key career opportunities and technologies available for licensing.

The SMARTT Network also includes a relocation section to provide individuals interested in moving to western Wisconsin with information about area schools, population, income and buying power, culture and real estate. Learn more. back to top

Plan now to attend Homecoming 2009

HomecomingThe UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association is gearing up for Homecoming 2009, scheduled for Oct. 16-17. Events include the parade on First Avenue, Blugold Fever Fest, the football game against UW-Platteville and the Fifth Quarter postgame party.

Get ready to paint the town blue and gold! (Watch the Homecoming Web page for details as they are finalized.) back to top

Alumni of color come together for summer reunion

Alumni of Color group
Events during UW-Eau Claire's alumni of color reunion in mid-July included a barbecue at Owen Park.

Nearly 20 UW-Eau Claire alumni, staff and faculty attended a reunion of the university’s alumni of color July 17-19. Planned by Michelle Bellinger ’02, Angie Hambrick ’02 and Angela Pittman Taylor ’00, activities during the weekend included a happy hour mixer at the Joynt on Water Street, a barbecue at Owen Park and brunch at Eau Claire’s Perkins restaurant. The group also met with alumni relations director John Bachmeier and multicultural affairs director Jesse Dixon to discuss best practices for staying connected with the university’s alumni of color. The next event targeting UW-Eau Claire alumni of color will take place during Homecoming 2010. 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:

Tony Kromanaker Tony Kromanaker '86, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, is among a group of five individuals who were elected this year to partner of the CPA and consulting firm Wipfli LLP. Full story.
Craig Cookle

Craig Cookle '89, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, is among a group of five indivduals who were elected this year to partner of the CPA and consulting firm Wipfli LLP. Full story.

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Adam Nagel '09, a UW-Eau Claire criminal justice graduate, has been hired as an officer by the Appleton Police Department. Full story.

Roxanne Miller Roxanne Miller '84, a UW-Eau Claire management information systems graduate, was featured as an Executive of the Week Aug. 4 by ibmadison.com, Madison's online business resource. Full story.
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John Harycki '58, a UW-Eau Claire social science graduate, has written the book "Past Imperfect: Misadventures of a Small (Wisconsin) Town Youth and Subsequent Successful Ventures in Later Life." Full story.

Justin Vernon Justin Vernon '04, a UW-Eau Claire comparative studies in religion graduate, has been named honorary chair for AIDS Walk Wisconsin under his performance name, Bon Iver. (Photo by Andi Stempniak of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Michael Dietrich '02, who received a master of business administration degree from UW-Eau Claire, has joined the Auth Consulting Associates staff as a professional engineering consultant. Full story.
John Raymond John Raymond '09, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, was a featured performer during the Minneapolis Trumpet Summit at the Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant in Minneapolis July 31. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal

Reed Mackenzie '65, a UW-Eau Claire history and political science graduate, was an on-course tournament rules official for the PGA Championship held at the Hazeltine National Golf Club Aug. 10-16 in Chaska, Minn. Full story.

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Kent Hranicka '04, a UW-Eau Claire history graduate and business development specialist with Southeast Consultants Inc., has been hired by the city of Byron, Minn., to market it as a great place to live. Full story. back to top

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 Blugold T-shirt. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the September issue of e-View.

August Blugold Trivia question:

Homecoming 2009 is scheduled for Oct. 16-17 at UW-Eau Claire. Which UW System team will the Blugolds face in the Homecoming football game?

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!

July's winner:
Congratulations to Jenny Immich, a 2005 UW-Eau Claire history graduate! Jenny has won the July Blugold Trivia prize in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that Frank Coffin is the name of the main character in both novels written by UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of English Jon Loomis. back to top

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