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UW-Eau Claire again receives national service award

Barron's names alumni as top financial advisers

Call for applications: Grads invited to serve on alumni board

Local connection: Alumni now can access Smartt Network

Donors help business students meet new laptop requirement

Speakers to share expertise through campus presentations

Chemistry professor to open chamber orchestra concert

Bone marrow registry drive offers life-saving opportunity

Senior Americans' Day set for March 17

Viennese Ball to showcase musicians, support scholarships

Marie Stadler receives first Vicki Lord Larson fellowship

International students serve Eau Claire community

New alumni success stories

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February 2009

UW-Eau Claire again receives national service award
President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll badgeFor the third consecutive year, UW-Eau Claire has been recognized for its outstanding community service programs by a federal agency charged with fostering an ethic of volunteerism and service in America.

UW-Eau Claire was among 83 public and private colleges, universities and professional schools named in the 2008 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for General Community Service, compiled by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

UW-Eau Claire and Marquette University are the only two schools in Wisconsin named to the 2008 Honor Roll with Distinction. UW-Eau Claire is the only Wisconsin school, public or private, named to the Honor Roll with Distinction every one of the three years since the honor roll was instituted in 2006. Full story. back to top

Barron's names alumni as top financial advisers

Andrew Burish Peter Eckerline Michael Markin

Two UW-Eau Claire alumni were ranked as the top financial advisers in Wisconsin and Minnesota on a list that appeared in the Feb. 9 issue of Barron's magazine. A third UW-Eau Claire graduate was ranked No. 7 in Wisconsin.

Barron's — a prestigious weekly business publication for investors — created a state-by-state list of America's top 1,000 financial advisers, a list that includes only the top 1 percent of all the advisers who work at large financial firms nationwide.

Andrew Burish, a 1981 UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, was named the top adviser in Wisconsin. Peter Eckerline, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1982 with a business administration degree and in 1983 with his MBA, was named the best financial adviser in Minnesota. Michael Markin, a 1975 UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, was ranked No. 7 in Wisconsin. Full story. back to top

Call for applications: Grads invited to serve on alumni board
UW-Eau Claire alumni interested in serving on the Alumni Association board of directors are encouraged to submit the online application form for board membership. Applications received by Wednesday, Feb. 25, will be considered for the board term beginning in May 2009. Applications received after that date will be considered for future board terms. Orientation for new 2009 board members will be during the group's May 15 meeting. For more information, read the frequently asked questions about board membership and view the list of current board members. back to top

Local connection: Alumni now can access Smartt Network
Smartt Network logoResults from a fall 2008 survey indicated a desire among UW-Eau Claire alumni to be kept informed about new opportunities in the Eau Claire area. In response, the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association recently 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. Learn more. back to top

Donors help business students meet new laptop requirement

Rick Schroder

Thanks to a grant from Northwestern Mutual Foundation and a private gift from UW-Eau Claire alumnus Rick Schroder '77 and his wife, Evelyn Zabo, 10 UW-Eau Claire information systems students now own their own laptop computers. Each student received $700 to purchase a laptop that meets College of Business computing requirements.

Beginning with the fall 2009 semester, students in more than 20 business classes must have in-class access to their own laptop computers. Persistent budget cuts forced the College of Business to implement the cost-saving measure.
Because the information systems department is piloting the new technology requirement this spring, students enrolled in four IS courses had to bring their portable computers to class in January, nine months before other business students are required to do so.

Dr. Thomas Hilton, IS department chair, was concerned about the 20 percent of College of Business students who may not be financially able to satisfy the laptop requirement. So he solicited funds from companies and private donors to establish a laptop relief fund to aid his department’s neediest students. Full story. back to top

Speakers to share expertise through campus presentations

Miriam Cooke

Dr. Miriam Cooke, a pioneer in the Western academic tradition of Middle East women's studies, will present "Feminism in Islam," the inaugural presentation of UW-Eau Claire's Arab World Lecture Series, at 5:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Cooke, who teaches at Duke University is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. Full story.

David Grayson

David Grayson, an authority on the French composer Claude Debussy, will present his lecture "Debussy's Ideal Pelléas" at 3 p.m. March 3 in Room 159 of the Haas Fine Arts Center at UW-Eau Claire. Grayson, a professor of musicology at the University of Minnesota, is on the editorial board of the journal Cahiers Debussy and has written and lectured widely on the composer and his music. Full story.

Cathi Tactaquin

Cathi Tactaquin, director of the California-based National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, will speak March 3 as part of The Forum lecture series at UW-Eau Claire. Her address, "Immigration and Race in the Global Era," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. Tactaquin will call for a greater understanding of how the worldwide demographic shift is challenging perceptions, attitudes, policies and laws for race relations and immigration. She will draw upon her own experiences as the daughter of a farm worker, an organizer in the Filipino community and an international migrant activist. Full story.

Dr. David Wesley, professor at the University of Tel Aviv and a scholar of urban planning, land use patterns and power relations between Jewish and Palestinian Israelis, will present "Jews, Arabs and Government Officials: Power Relations Inside Israel" at 7 p.m. March 4 in the Presidents Room of Davies Center at UW-Eau Claire. Wesley's scholarship examines how Israel offers opportunity to its citizens, the socio-economic makeup of Israeli towns and inequality between its citizens. Full story.

Minnijean Brown Trickey, a civil rights legend who helped desegregate U.S. public schools, will present "Return to Little Rock: A Seminal Moment in American Education and Civil Rights" at 7 p.m. March 10 in Schofield Auditorium. As a teenager, Brown Trickey entered the civil rights movement — and American consciousness — when, as a member of the Little Rock Nine, and in defiance of the state of Arkansas, she took her place in what had previously been a whites-only school. Full story. back to top

Chemistry professor to open chamber orchestra concert

David Lewis

Dr. David Lewis, UW-Eau Claire professor of chemistry, will open the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra's Saturday, Feb. 28, "Russian Delights" concert by discussing Alexandre Borodin's dual careers as a chemist and as a composer.

Works by Russian composers Borodin, Dmitri Shostakovich and Sergei Prokofiev will be featured in the Feb. 28 program, which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire.

Lewis, an organic chemist, has an interest in the history of chemistry and especially the history of organic chemistry in Russia prior to the revolution. This has sparked his interest in Borodin, especially since the composer’s musical career has generally eclipsed his considerable chemical accomplishments. Borodin achieved his greatest recognition long after his death, both musically and in regard to his most important chemical contributions, according to Lewis. See the orchestra's Web site for more concert information. back to top

Bone marrow registry drive offers life-saving opportunity
A bone marrow donor registry drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 3 in the Oneida and Ho-Chunk rooms of the Davies Center at UW-Eau Claire as part of the second annual Eberth Alarcón Peace and Justice Lecture Series. Those interested in joining the registry may come anytime during those hours, and all campus and community members between the ages of 18 and 60 are encouraged to take the opportunity to save a life.

Eberth Alarcon

The drive was initiated by Dr. Asha Sen, widow of UW-Eau Claire mathematics professor and social activist Dr. Eberth Alarcón, who died from a rare form of leukemia in September 2006. While fighting his cancer, Alarcón and Sen discovered it is very difficult for people of minority heritage to find bone marrow donor matches. That prompted Sen, a UW-Eau Claire associate professor of English, and UW-Eau Claire graduate student Nichole Ray to organize the bone marrow registry drive with the help of many campus organizations. Ray's father, Lt. Col. Frank Tall Dog Duran, died from multiple myeloma before finding a matching bone marrow donor. Full story. back to top

Senior Americans' Day set for March 17
Senior Americans' Day imageThe 21st annual Senior Americans' Day program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 17 in Davies Center at UW-Eau Claire. The theme this year is "All Aboard for a Positively Ageless Adventure."

Keynote speaker Jean M. Jirovec will open the event with an address titled "The Autumn of Life." Jirovec, an energetic presenter with 30 years of experience in the mental health field, currently works at the Callier Clinic LTD in Eau Claire.

Participants will be able to visit the exhibit halls and choose from more than 40 workshops on a variety of topics including computers, healthcare, nature, spirituality, history, genealogy, books, dance and exercise.

The $26 per person program cost includes materials, breakfast and lunch. Several breakout session choices have additional material fees. Full story. back to top

Viennese Ball to showcase musicians, support scholarships
Viennese Ball logoTickets are now on sale for the 35th annual Viennese Ball, which will take place April 17-18 at UW-Eau Claire. The doors of Davies Center will open each evening at 6:30 p.m. for the ball, which is the largest social event hosted annually by the university.

Proceeds from the event have provided $1 million in music scholarships and international study awards for deserving UW-Eau Claire students.

The ball showcases the University Symphony Orchestra, performing waltzes and polkas from the Strauss Era; Jazz Ensemble I, performing music from America's Big Band Era; and student and faculty ensembles and regional musicians performing a variety of repertoire. In addition to dancing, guests may shop for flowers, crystal or chocolates, have photographs taken as souvenirs, listen to music or enjoy Austrian and American cuisines. Full story. back to top

Marie Stadler receives first Vicki Lord Larson fellowship

Marie Stadler Vicki Lord Larson

The Vicki Lord Larson Faculty Research Fellowship for the UW-Eau Claire communication sciences and disorders department has been awarded for the first time.

Dr. Marie Stadler, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders, received the $5,000 award, which provides faculty a semester with reassigned teaching duties to pursue faculty-student collaborative research.

The UW-Eau Claire Foundation fellowship was created by Chancellor Emerita Vicki Lord Larson, a former faculty member and chair of the communication sciences and disorders department who also served as UW-Eau Claire's interim chancellor from 2005-2006. It is the first fellowship that supports professional development of faculty at UW-Eau Claire. Full story. back to top

International students serve Eau Claire community

Spreading culture with chopsticks
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International student Thang Nguyen with South Middle School students
Thang Nguyen, center, a UW-Eau Claire international student from Vietnam, taught South Middle School sixth graders to use chopsticks during a presentation in December to "World Cultures" classes at the school. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

All UW-Eau Claire international students who take English-as-a-second-language classes in the foreign languages department participate in service projects that bring them in contact with community members.

Watch a slide show that includes photos and audio from international students' cultural information presentations in December at South Middle School. Thirteen international students enrolled in "ESL 260-Oral Presentation Skills" with Julie Adler, senior lecturer of foreign languages, shared information about their cultures with the middle schoolers last semester. It was the third year in a row that UW-Eau Claire international students have made the presentations, and each year more South teachers have asked to have their classes included.

Last semester a total of 27 international students participated in community projects and programs. Other projects included a therapeutic riding program at an area equestrian center, an Eau Claire Parks and Recreation Center drop-in social/recreational program for developmentally disabled adults, Special Olympics volleyball and bowling programs and music therapy sessions. 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:

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Jeff Mares '06, a UW-Eau Claire Spanish graduate, and Andrew Seveland '06, a UW-Eau Claire social studies education graduate, are the owners of Infinitea, a new teahouse in Eau Claire. Full story.
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Sheila Corbine '90, a UW-Eau Claire history graduate and attorney general of the Ho-Chunk Nation in Black River Falls, has been named a Women in the Law honoree by the Wisconsin Law Journal. Full story.

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Wallace Apland III '04, a UW-Eau Claire health care administration graduate and administrator of Pine View Care Center in Black River Falls, has been elected as president of the Black River Area Chamber of Commerce. Full story.

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Toby Yatzo '02, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, is starring in the Phoenix Theatre Cookie Company's production of "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" in Phoenix, Ariz. Full story
Debra (Torgerson) King Debra (Torgerson) King '92 (MEPD), who received a master's degree in professional development from UW-Eau Claire, is dean of students at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-Superior and was featured in the February/March 2009 issue of The Woman Today magazine. Read story on pages 70-71 of the online magazine.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal John Drace '85, a UW-Eau Claire health care administration graduate, has been named president of Jackson County Bank in Black River Falls. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Andrew Claflin '95, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate, is team leader for Team Strong Heart, a bicycle racing team currently training for the 2009 Race Across America, a 3,000-mile race from California to Maryland. Team Strong Heart raises support for Camp Odayin, a national camp, located in Minnesota, for children with congenital heart defects and disease. Full story.
Mark Green Mark Green '83, a UW-Eau Claire English and political science graduate, heads an office in Washington, D.C., for the nonprofit group Malaria No More. Full story.
Margaret Feiler photo by Chippewa Herald Margaret (Syck) Feiler '71, a UW-Eau Claire social work graduate who lives in Chippewa Falls, is regional primary care development director for Marshfield Clinic. Full story. (Chippewa Herald photo by Candice Novitzke)
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Chad Holmes '94, a UW-Eau Claire political science graduate, is known for his enthusiasm as a high school sports radio announcer for WXCO in Wausau. Full story. back to top

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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 UW-Eau Claire stadium cushion. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the February issue of e-View.

February Blugold Trivia question:

A UW-Eau Claire music ensemble performed in February in our nation's capital. Which ensemble was it, and where in Washington, D.C., did the group perform?

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!

January's winner:
Congratulations to Heather Johnson Schmitz, a 2000 UW-Eau Claire English graduate! Heather has won the January Blugold Trivia prize in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that UW-Eau Claire's current faculty-to-student ratio is 1-to-21. back to top

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