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Attend alumni events, and beat the winter blues!

'Let's Do Lunch' event to focus on the literary vampire

Students find themselves in the middle of Haiti's earthquake

Scholarship established in memory of alumnus

Kiplinger's again names UW-Eau Claire a best value college

College of Business a worldwide leader in IS research

Civil Rights Pilgrimage named outstanding diversity program

Super Bowl researchers report surprising new findings

Choral director receives lifetime achievement award

Planetarium reopens with Tuesday and Saturday shows

Seven students awarded prestigious Gilman scholarships

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January 2010

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Attend alumni events, and beat the winter blues!

Plan now to shake off those cold-weather doldrums by participating in an alumni event near you. The following are examples of some of the events being offered by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association in February:

women's basketball teamWomen’s alumnae basketball game: Blugold women's basketball alumnae are invited to participate in the annual women's alumnae basketball game at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in UW-Eau Claire's Zorn Arena. Participants may remain on campus following the alumnae game to cheer on the Blugold men's and women's varsity basketball teams as they face UW-Platteville. To participate in the women's alumnae game, contact Tonja Englund, women's basketball head coach, at engluntj@uwec.edu.

Orlando alumni gathering: UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich along with Barry Moullet ’83 and his wife, Christine, invite you to an evening of socializing at the Moullet home in Windermere, Fla., on Monday, Feb. 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Appetizers and beverages will be served, and door prizes will be awarded.

Wine tasting at Mona Lisa’s: UW-Eau Claire alumni are invited to attend a wine tasting at Mona Lisa's Restaurant, 428 Water St., Eau Claire, on Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sample more than a dozen wines and enjoy delicious appetizers. Blugold door prizes will be awarded. Cost is $30.

Footloose the Musical: Join other UW-Eau Claire alumni Thursday, Feb. 11, as Chanhassen Dinner Theatre presents "Footloose the Musical." Bus loads at Towers Hall at 3:30 p.m. $65 per person includes transportation, dinner and show.

Beat the Winter Blues at Grizzly’s: A "Beat the Winter Blues" alumni gathering is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Grizzly's Wood Fired Grill & Steaks, 4890 Golf Road, Eau Claire. Enjoy refreshments and appetizers and terrific Blugold door prizes, and music by The Swinging Babylonians.

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

'Let's Do Lunch' event to focus on the literary vampire

Let's Do LunchBram Stoker's famous book, "Dracula," is one example of literature concerned with vampires. "Twilight," by Stephanie Meyer, is a more recent example. Valerie Guyant, instructor of English and women's studies at UW-Eau Claire, will discuss the literary vampire during a "Let's Do Lunch!" presentation hosted by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

Guyant will present "Vampires in Our Literature — Then and Now" from noon to 1 p.m. at Sweetwaters Restaurant in Eau Claire. Her talk will examine the following questions: When did vampires really enter the public awareness in Western history? Why has the vampire survived for more than 3,000 years as a literary and cultural icon of evil, sexuality and the outsider we fear or want to become? Full story. back to top

Students find themselves in the middle of Haiti's earthquake

Two UW-Eau Claire students, Alison Lau and Susie Schuelke, were volunteering at the Servants of All orphanage in Haiti when the devastating earthquake hit there earlier this month. Their story was featured on Eau Claire's WEAU TV-13. View the video. back to top

Scholarship established in memory of alumnus

John Foss
John Foss

Friends, colleagues and the former employer of a UW-Eau Claire alumnus have given more than $40,000 to endow a psychology scholarship in his memory. Gifts made to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation established the John R. Foss Memorial Scholarship for outstanding junior or senior psychology majors. John Foss received a bachelor's degree in psychology from UW-Eau Claire in 1977.

"It amazes me every day to know how many people's lives my Dad has touched," said Danielle Foss, John's daughter. "I find great comfort knowing so many wonderful people are thinking and praying for my Dad. I cannot thank them enough." Full story. back to top

Kiplinger's again names UW-Eau Claire a best value college

Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine has again included UW-Eau Claire among its 100 best values in public colleges.

In Kiplinger's 2009-10 "100 Best Values in Public Colleges," UW-Eau Claire is ranked 67th for in-state students and 64th in best value for out-of-state students. The rankings are based on academic quality, overall costs and financial aid availability.

To create its top 100 lists, Kiplinger's reviews data from more than 500 public four-year colleges and universities throughout the country. It narrows the list based on measures of academic quality, including things like ACT scores, graduation rates and student-faculty ratios. It then ranks schools on costs and financial aid. Academic quality carries more weight than costs, according to the magazine. Full story. back to top

College of Business a worldwide leader in IS research

Matt Germonprez
Dr. Matt Germonprez

UW-Eau Claire's College of Business is one of the top 100 colleges in the world for research in the field of information systems, and one of its IS faculty members is among the top 100 IS researchers worldwide, according to a study conducted by a professor at the University of Arkansas.

For 2007-09, UW-Eau Claire's College of Business currently is ranked among the top 100 universities internationally for ongoing IS research, and Dr. Matt Germonprez, assistant professor of information systems at UW-Eau Claire, currently is ranked among the top 100 individual IS researchers. This follows a top 100 ranking for the UW-Eau Claire College of Business for 2006-08. Full story. back to top

Civil Rights Pilgrimage named outstanding diversity program

Civil Rights PilgrimageA national organization recently honored UW-Eau Claire's Civil Rights Pilgrimage as an outstanding diversity program.

The program received the Celebration of Diversity Award from the Region IV-East division of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

The Civil Rights Pilgrimage gives students the opportunity to visit sites of historic importance to the U.S. civil rights movement during their winter or spring breaks. Among the notable stops: the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta; the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Ala.; the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Ala.; Central High School in Little Rock, Ark.; and the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn. Full story. back to top

Super Bowl researchers report surprising new findings

A little goes a long way when it comes to companies talking about their products in ads aired during the Super Bowl, say UW-Eau Claire marketing professors who have been studying Super Bowl advertising for more than a decade.

Chuck Tomkovick Rama Yelkur
Dr. Chuck Tomkovich Dr. Rama Yelkur

"More is definitely less," said Dr. Rama Yelkur, a lead researcher on the project, which researchers believe is the most comprehensive Super Bowl advertising study to date. "If you want to have a popular Super Bowl ad, don't talk much about your products. We found the more advertisers talked about their products on Super Bowl Sunday, the less the viewers liked the ads."

The finding is contrary to what conventional advertising wisdom suggests, but the "less is more" factor was a significant finding in their research, said Dr. Chuck Tomkovick, who worked with Yelkur and student researchers on the project. Full story. back to top

Choral director receives lifetime achievement award

Singing Statesmen
Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff recently conducted The Singing Statesmen during the group's winter break tour of Argentina and Uruguay. The Statesmen are pictured in the Basilica of San Francisco in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music and director of choral activities at UW-Eau Claire, recently was awarded the Morris D. Hayes Award for outstanding contributions to choral music in Wisconsin.

The award, established by the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association in 1985, is not given annually but is reserved for choral musicians of outstanding merit. The late Hayes was professor emeritus of music at UW-Eau Claire and one of the WCDA founders, holding leadership positions at the state, regional and national levels of the association. Full story. back to top

Planetarium reopens with Tuesday and Saturday shows

starsThe L.E. Phillips Planetarium at UW-Eau Claire has reopened for public shows. Shows geared for adults are offered Tuesdays at 7 p.m., and children’s shows are presented at 11 a.m. Saturdays.

The planetarium is located in Phillips Science Hall on lower campus, near the front doors of the building.

Evening shows in January will feature "Stardate: Ancient Horizons," a multimedia presentation of how the sky was understood in Egypt thousands of years ago. The host will point out constellations and orient the audience to the current night sky. The show lasts an hour, with time for audience questions.

This month's children's show is "Cricket and Friends see a Comet," which is aimed at children ages 4-10. Full story. back to top

Seven students awarded prestigious Gilman scholarships

Shayna Friday Hannah Fritsch
James Bomber Susannah Heller
Clare Wocken Michael Nelson
Katie Rozwadowski Clockwise from top left: Shayna Friday, Hannah Fritsch, Susannah Heller, Michael Nelson, Katie Rozwadowski, Clare Wocken, James Bomber.

Seven UW-Eau Claire students have received scholarships to study abroad in 2010 through the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program.

Sophomore Shayna Friday, Oconto, was awarded $4,000 to study at the Universidad Catlica del Uruguay in Montevideo, and junior Hannah Fritsch, Denmark, was awarded $5,000 to study at the University of Ghana-Legon through the International Student Exchange Program, ISEP-Direct. Sophomore Susannah Heller, Madison, received $2,000 to study in Costa Rica, and senior Michael Nelson, Mondovi, received $4,000 to study at Australia's Southern Cross University.

Junior Katie Rozwadowski, Stanley, was awarded $3,500 to attend the University of Limerick in Ireland, and junior Clare Wocken, Sauk Rapids, Minn., was awarded $4,000 to study in the Czech Republic through ISEP-Direct. Junior James Bomber, Eau Claire, received $3,000 to study in Australia through the Education Abroad Network.

The Gilman International Scholarship Program, established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, provides awards that allow American undergraduate students who receive federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Full story. back to top

Thank you for your interest!

Are you thinking about reconnecting with your alma mater in a permanent way? Do you have qualities that would benefit the university? Check out UW-Eau Claire's employment opportunities on the Human Resources Web site, and see if there's a job that matches your skills and interests. 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 Horacio Rozanski '90, a UW-Eau Claire business administration graduate, has been named an executive vice president at the strategy and technology firm Booz Allen Hamilton. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal

David Holden '06, a UW-Eau Claire management graduate, is a partner in the site Sportrabbit.com, a sporting goods search engine.

Dana Saar

Dana Saar '73, a UW-Eau Claire management graduate, is running as a candidate for the Maricopa County (Ariz.) Community College district governing board. Full story.

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Beth Hoaglund '08, a UW-Eau Claire social work graduate, has been selected to perform as a member of the Minnesota Swarm dance team. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Dick Emanuel '51, a UW-Eau Claire mathematics graduate and retired Appleton West boys basketball coach, was recently honored before the start of a Terrors Fox Valley Association home game. Full story.
Randy Oostra Randy Oostra '85, who received a master of science degree in medical technology from UW-Eau Claire, is president and CEO of ProMedica Health System. (Photo by Toledo Free Press) Full story.
Tom Jekel Tom Jekel '75, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, has been named publisher of The Times-Reporter in New Philadelphia, Ohio. (Photo by The Times-Reporter) Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Brenda Houck '88, a UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate, has been named a 2009-10 building teacher of the year by the Prior Lake-Savage Area School District. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Karen Hebert '81, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate who also received a master of business administration degree in 1988, has been appointed to the board of directors of Eau Claire's Sacred Heart Hospital. Full story.
Justin Vernon Justin Vernon '04, a UW-Eau Claire comparative studies in religion graduate, and his brother, Nate, have had their proposal for a downtown building accepted by Eau Claire's Redevelopment Authority. (Photo by Andi Stempniak of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) 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 UW-Eau Claire stadium seat cushion. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the February issue of e-View.

January Blugold Trivia question:

UW-Eau Claire's L.E. Phillips Planetarium has reopened with public shows on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Who serves as director of the planetarium?

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!

December's winner:
Congratulations to Mark Cooper, a 2007 UW-Eau Claire psychology graduate! Mark has won the December Blugold Trivia prize in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that Frederick Halfen, recent recipient of the Alumni Association's Lifetime Excellence Award, began his career as a cartographer for UW-Eau Claire. back to top

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