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Plan now to attend July, August Blugold alumni events

Alumni Association announces board changes

First recipient of Patches Scholarship named

Grant funds precollege awareness program

Vicki Reed named director of recreation at university

Recent graduate awarded Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

Alumnus receives James Madison Fellowship

Registration for fall Personal Enrichment Courses now open

Wisconsin Youth Sports Program receives grant

A special invitation to comment on UW-Eau Claire's upcoming accreditation

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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June 2009

Plan now to attend July, August Blugold alumni events

The following opportunities to gather with fellow UW-Eau Claire alumni are scheduled for July and August:

Thursday, July 16: Alumni garden party and dinner theater at Fanny Hill. UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends are invited to a garden party social hour and dinner theater at Fanny Hill in Eau Claire. The event cost of $45 per person includes a social hour and dinner theater with outstanding food and a performance of "I Do, I Do." The garden party begins at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6:15 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 3: 33rd annual Blugold Booster Golf Outing. Enjoy a day of golf and dining at Hillcrest Golf & Country Club. Everyone will receive a Blugold gift. There will be plenty of food and refreshments plus a chance to win prizes on every hole. Registration deadline is July 24.

Wednesday, Aug. 12: Alumni gathering at Pyramid Brew House, Seattle, Wash. Meet fellow UW-Eau Claire alumni during a Blugold gathering from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pyramid Brew House, 1201 First Ave. S., Seattle. Hear a campus update from Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich and alumni relations director John Bachmeier. Also enjoy great UW-Eau Claire door prizes, refreshments and appetizers. The event costs $10 (payable at the door) and is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association.

Royal ArgosyThursday, Aug. 13: Dinner cruise on the Royal Argosy, Seattle, Wash. Enjoy an evening aboard the elegant Royal Argosy, a perfect setting for you to reconnect with fellow UW-Eau Claire alumni. An amazing dinner buffet prepared by the Royal Argosy executive chef will be served in the Sky Lounge dining room. Hear a campus update from Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich and alumni relations director John Bachmeier. Dockside from 6 to 7 p.m.; cruise from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $75 per person.

For reservation information and to view event invitations, go to the online alumni events calendar. back to top

Alumni Association announces board changes

Alumni Association logoThe UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association has announced changes to its board of directors for 2009-10, including the retirement of six members and the addition of 10 new members.

The board's primary functions are to generate programs and activities for alumni and serve as a public relations organization for the Alumni Association. Shelley Ekblad '86, Eau Claire, Mark Olsen '66, Eau Claire, and Kim Rooney '85, Manitowoc, are retiring from the board this month after serving one three-year term. F. Jeff McCarthy '80, Oregon; Michael D. Richards '00, Wauwatosa; and Terry Schadeberg '85, Waunakee, are retiring after serving two three-year terms. Sam Stagliano '81, Eau Claire, retires as president of the Alumni Association and will serve a one-year term as past president. Katy Kiley '01, Eau Claire, is the new president.

Ten new members approved at the March 2009 board meeting will begin serving their terms on Aug. 7. They are Lisa Allaman '96, Sun Prairie, homemaker; Jessica Beaupre, Menomonie, UW-Eau Claire junior; Tom Burton '08, Madison, law student at UW-Madison; Bill Febry '74, Chippewa Falls, business development manager for Cardinal Marketing; Michelle Johnsted '88, Eau Claire, sales representative for Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc.; Shaughnessy Murphy '06, Spokane, Wash., student at Gonzaga University and liaison in the office of U.S. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers; Brandon Riechers '98, '03, Eau Claire, vice president of consumer lending and collection for Royal Credit Union; Craig Robida '92, Madison, external relations manager for the University of Wisconsin Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center; James Sinkel, Princeton, Minn., UW-Eau Claire junior; and Eric Wan '96, Burnsville, Minn., national director of account management for CVS Caremark.

"We are grateful for the dedication and service of the six retiring board members," Kiley said. "At the same time we welcome the 10 new members and look forward to working with them in the coming year."

A list of all UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association board members is available online. back to top

First recipient of Patches Scholarship named


A UW-Eau Claire English major from Stanley is the first recipient of the Patches Scholarship, established by UW-Eau Claire alumnus Rick Schroder in memory of his brother, Tom Schroder, and Tom's beloved dog, Patches.

The scholarship, funded by a gift to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, is for a nontraditional student with financial need. The recipient of the scholarship, Joel Erickson, is a single parent studying to be a high school English teacher. Full story. back to top

Grant funds precollege awareness program

Phuture Phoenix

Sarah Gonzalez, in blue, a UW-Eau Claire student mentor during the pilot Blugold Beginnings outreach program this spring, enjoyed lunch on the Central Campus Mall with fifth-graders from Sherman Elementary during their field trip day on campus. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Jodi Thesing-Ritter)

More than 1,000 fifth-graders in west-central Wisconsin will participate during the next academic year in programming aimed at increasing their access to a college education, thanks to a recent $120,000 grant received by UW-Eau Claire.

Gov. Jim Doyle announced UW-Eau Claire's selection for the grant, allocated from the Wisconsin College Access Challenge Grant, which is administered by the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corp. on behalf of the state.

UW-Eau Claire was selected from among nine Wisconsin colleges and universities that competed for the funding to replicate UW-Green Bay's successful Phuture Phoenix program to encourage young at-risk students to pursue higher education. Full story. back to top

Vicki Reed named director of recreation at university

Vicki Funne Reed
Vicki Funne Reed

Vicki Funne Reed has been named director of University Recreation & Sport Facilities at UW-Eau Claire.

Reed, who has worked for University Recreation for 25 years, has served as interim director of the unit since June 2007. She was appointed as director following an internal search.

"I’m delighted that Vicki has accepted the position of director," said Beth Hellwig, vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students. "She has a passion for health, wellness, intramurals and recreation, as well as for providing quality outdoor experiences for our students." Full story. back to top

Recent graduate awarded Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

Jared Koerten
Jared Koerten

Jared Michael Koerten, Plover, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire May 16, was recently awarded a $5,000 fellowship by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society.

Koerten graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in history and economics with a minor in global studies. He plans to continue his studies in international relations at the University of Chicago.

Koerten is among 100 students nationwide to receive the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship or Award of Excellence. The Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Program allocates nearly $380,000 annually to deserving students for first-year graduate or professional study. Currently, 60 fellowships of $5,000 and 40 awards of excellence of $2,000 are awarded each year. Full story. back to top

Alumnus receives James Madison Fellowship

Robb P. Virgin, a resident of Eagan, Minn., and a teacher at Eau Claire's South Middle School, has been awarded a James Madison Fellowship by the James Madison Memorial Foundation of Washington, D.C. Virgin received a broadfield social studies teaching degree from UW-Eau Claire in 2008.

The fellowships support further study of American history by college graduates who aspire to become teachers of American history, American government and social studies in the nation's secondary schools, as well as by experienced secondary school teachers of the same subjects. A total of 55 fellowships were awarded in 2009.

Virgin's fellowship will fund up to $24,000 of his course of study toward a master's degree. His program must include a concentration of courses on the history and principles of the U.S. Constitution. Full story. back to top

Registration for fall Personal Enrichment Courses now open

Registration is now open for this fall's UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education/UW-Extension noncredit Personal Enrichment Courses.

Designed for adults interested in learning a new skill, exploring a topic in-depth or developing creative abilities, the programs are taught by UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff and regional experts who are committed to sharing their knowledge and expertise. Classes fill quickly, so early registration is recommended. Full story. back to top

Wisconsin Youth Sports Program receives grant

WYSP logoThe Wisconsin Youth Sports Program summer camp on the UW-Eau Claire campus has received a $1,000 grant from the Eau Claire Community Foundation through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

The WYSP program provides a free camp experience for low-income and at-risk youth whose families might not otherwise be able to provide them with safe, educational summer activities. In addition to traditional sports such as basketball and softball, the camp includes educational sessions on topics such as nutrition, drugs and alcohol, math, science and leadership skills.

"The grant funding will help WYSP provide the Eagle's View Challenge Ropes Course experience to Chippewa Valley youth aged 10-16 who participate in the program," said Vicki Funne Reed, the WYSP program administrator."This valuable experience assists children with developing self-confidence, communication and leadership skills. Without this grant, the ropes course experience would not be possible."

Formerly called the National Youth Sports Program, the camp lost federal support last year when the federal government eliminated funds for the program. The camp, which has served more than 10,000 children for the past 27 years, renamed itself the Wisconsin Youth Sports Program and has continued with area sponsors helping to fund the program. Full story. back to top

A special invitation to comment on
UW-Eau Claire's upcoming accreditation

This Sept. 14-16, UW-Eau Claire will undergo a comprehensive evaluation by a team of external evaluators representing The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. UW-Eau Claire has been accredited by the commission since 1950, and this review is part of the regular 10-year reaccreditation process.

Over the past three years, the university has been engaged in a comprehensive self-study in preparation for the team’s visit. Last year, alumni were invited to meet directly with study group members to discuss how well the university is meeting its learning goals, engaging with the community and pursuing its mission, among other concerns. Those conversations are reflected in the self-study report that will be given to the HLC review team later this summer. Following the September visit, the HLC review team will recommend to the commission a continuing status for the university after which the commission will determine continued accreditation.

As part of this self-study process, alumni and the general public are invited to submit comments about the university directly to the commission in advance of the evaluation visit. Comments should address substantive matters related to the quality of the university or its academic programs. All comments must be in writing and signed; comments will not be treated as confidential.

If you would like to inform the commission about UW-Eau Claire, send your comments by Aug. 10, 2009, to:

Public Comment on University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
The Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle St., Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602
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Alumni success stories

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

Ben Seidman Ben Seidman '07, a UW-Eau Claire theatre arts graduate, is the resident magician at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Visit his Web site.
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Karyn Schauf '79, a UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate, has received the UW-Barron County Foundation 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award. Full story.

Adam Bassak

Registered nurses John Folstad '96 (master of science in nursing) and Julie Folstad '79, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, recently came to the aid of music graduate Adam Bassak '03. (Photo by Dan Reiland of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Jim Dimock '75, a UW-Eau Claire special education graduate, has retired from the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District after 34 years of service to the system. Full story
Larry Dissmore

Larry Dissmore '83, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, is director of the Evangel University Concert Orchestra and recently traveled with the group on a 31-day European tour. Full story.

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Shane Hicke '95, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, has been named the first head coach of the Troy Bruins Junior A Hockey Team. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Wade Labecki '87, a UW-Eau Claire business education graduate, has been named deputy director of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Alyce Nelson '75, a UW-Eau Claire special education graduate, has retired after a 34-year career in education, with her last 19 years spent at Afton-Lakeland (Minn.) Elementary School. Full story.
John Menard

John Menard '63, a UW-Eau Claire business administration graduate, has been inducted into the Business Hall of Fame established by the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce and Peoples Bank of Wisconsin. (Photo by Dan Reiland of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Mark Kalish '79, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, debuted his Lightning Electric Hot Rod in Madison this spring and has plans to produce and sell the environmental muscle car. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Graydon Peterson '03, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, is a member of the Twin Cities jazz quintet Frankhouse. Full story.
Justin Vernon Justin Vernon '04, a UW-Eau Claire comparative studies in religion graduate, performed with his band, Bon Iver, at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn. (Photo by Andi Stempniak of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) 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 travel mug. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the July issue of e-View.

June Blugold Trivia question:

Registration is now open for this fall’s UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education/UW-Extension noncredit Personal Enrichment Courses. Who will teach the course titled "Exploring the Glacial Landscape of Chippewa County"?

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!

May's winner:
Congratulations to Margaret L. Scott, a 1978 UW-Eau Claire communicative disorders graduate! Margaret has won the May Blugold Trivia prize in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that Reggie Bicha and Ritter Diaz were the two recipients of the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award presented during a luncheon and ceremony held in conjunction with May's spring commencement. back to top

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