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Alumni Association plans August events

Linda Young named dean of College of Nursing and Health Sciences

James Boulter is new Campus Sustainability Fellow

Justin Patchin co-edits book on cyberbullying

Alumnus and family donate recreational land for environmental education

Students attend field school, contribute to interpretive history of Old West

Freshman class to include three National Merit scholars

Senior Americans Day will not be held in 2012

UW-Eau Claire affordable, even for nonresidents

New alumni success stories

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July 2011

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Alumni Association plans August events

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association offers the following opportunities to gather with fellow alumni and friends in August:

Wednesday, Aug. 3: Dinner Theatre Comedy Club, Fanny Hill, Eau Claire. Join other alumni and friends at 5 p.m. on the tiki deck and stay for the 6 p.m. comedy club performance. Appetizers and beverages will be served. RSVP by July 29.

Thursday, Aug. 4: Mississippi River cocktail cruise, La Crosse Queen, La Crosse. Enjoy pizza and beverages beginning at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $20 per person. Door prizes will be awarded. RSVP by July 29.

Dalkeith HouseSaturday, Aug. 13: Wisconsin in Scotland 25th Reunion, University Center, UW-River Falls. The Wisconsin in Scotland Study Abroad Program boasts nearly 3,500 students, staff and faculty alumni. Join others from the program from 5-9 p.m. Cost of $25 per person includes Scottish buffet and entertainment.

Thursday, Aug. 18: Celebrating Western Wisconsin Universities, Leinie Lodge, Chippewa Falls. Join alumni from UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stout and UW-River Falls for an exciting social event featuring tasty appetizers and Leinenkugel’s beer. Drawings for door prizes from each of the universities will be held. Chancellors Brian Levin-Stankevich, Charles Sorensen and Dean Van Galen will be on hand to talk about the impact their respective universities have on western Wisconsin. Cost: $10 per person. RSVP by Aug. 12.

Call 715-836-3266 or email alumni@uwec.edu to register for these events. See the alumni events calendar for additional details. back to top

Linda Young named dean of College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Linda Young
Dr. Linda Young

Dr. Linda Young has been named dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at UW-Eau Claire following a national search. She will begin her new post Aug. 1.

Young comes to UW-Eau Claire from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, where she was a professor of nursing. She will serve as the scholarly and administrative leader of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, which includes the departments of nursing and public health professions and offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in nursing and a bachelor's degree program in environmental public health.

Young brings the kind of energy and vision needed to meet the challenges that UW-Eau Claire's nursing and public health programs will face in the near future, said Dr. Marty Wood, dean of UW-Eau Claire's College of Arts and Sciences and chair of the nursing and health sciences dean search committee. Full story. back to top

James Boulter is new Campus Sustainability Fellow

James Boulter
Dr. James Boulter

Dr. James Boulter, associate professor of chemistry at UW-Eau Claire, has been appointed by Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich as the university's second Campus Sustainability Fellow, effective July 1. The half-time position was created in 2008 as part of the implementation of the Centennial Plan, the university's strategic plan, which calls for identifying and prioritizing campus improvements focusing on sustainability.

Dr. Kate Hale Wilson, adjunct assistant professor of English, has completed her term as the first Campus Sustainability Fellow.

"Dr. Boulter will continue the important work of meeting the university's strategic goals of stewardship and sustainability — goals that take on added significance as we proceed with major building and facilities projects on campus," Levin-Stankevich said. Full story. back to top

Justin Patchin co-edits book on cyberbullying

Justin Patchin
Dr. Justin Patchin

A small but growing proportion of the country's youth is being exposed online to interpersonal violence, aggression and harassment by means of cyberbullying.

A UW-Eau Claire faculty member is co-editor of a new book that explores the critical issues surrounding this phenomenon and addresses ways to identify, prevent and respond to instances of cyberbullying.

"Cyberbullying Prevention and Response: Expert Perspectives," by Dr. Justin W. Patchin, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of criminal justice, and Dr. Sameer Hinduja, associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at Florida Atlantic University, provides a comprehensive, up-to-date look at the major issues that teachers, school administrators, counselors, social workers and parents need to be aware of when dealing with cases of cyberbullying. Full story. back to top

Alumnus and family donate recreational land for environmental education

Leary gift

Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich with Joan and Jim Leary at the site of the Leary Family Environmental Education Center. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Bill Hoepner)

A gift of land given by a UW-Eau Claire alumnus and his family recently was accepted by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to be used for environmental education and recreation for students.

Jim and Joan Leary, of Holcombe, donated 168 acres located in a popular four-season recreational area at the confluence of the Flambeau and Chippewa rivers. The land, which comprises two parcels valued at $263,000, is surrounded by Chippewa County forest land. The new James and Joan Leary Family Environmental Education Center will become an integral part of UW-Eau Claire's Watershed Institute for Collaborative Environmental Studies, an interdisciplinary initiative to help students develop an increased environmental awareness, ecological literacy and a commitment to conservation and sustainability. Full story. back to top

Students attend field school, contribute to interpretive history of Old West

Buffalo jump
Students climbed down a "buffalo jump," a land formation strategically used by hunters to injure or kill their prey.

Eleven students from an American Indian history course at UW-Eau Claire recently returned from an immersion experience in and around Virginia City, Mont., a national historic site that preserves the history of the Gold Rush era.

Dr. John W.W. Mann, associate professor of history at UW-Eau Claire, took participants to the Public History Field School to visit locations of historical significance and help diversify the interpretive center's program to include Native American history.

The field school is a collaboration of the Montana Heritage Commission, which operates interpretive centers in the region, Washington State University and the Lemhi Shoshone tribe. Students received hands-on training in various fields of public history, including archeology, interpretation, museum studies and historic preservation, and did research that produced the text for interpretive panels on the African-American and Chinese populations in Virginia City. Full story. back to top

Freshman class to include three National Merit scholars

Three of the approximately 1,950 new freshmen enrolled at UW-Eau Claire this fall are National Merit scholars, according to admissions counselor Danielle Widmer.

The scholars are Zachary Forster, Stevens Point, majoring in computer science; Kathryn Hastreiter, Marshfield, majoring in nursing; and Hannah Zidon, Platteville, majoring in secondary education and Spanish.

These most recent recipients of the prestigious scholarship bring the number of National Merit scholars attending UW-Eau Claire this fall to 18. UW-Eau Claire and UW-Madison are the only two schools in the UW System that officially participate in the National Merit Scholarship program. About 200 higher education institutions in the nation offer college-sponsored scholarships through the program. Full story. back to top

Senior Americans Day will not be held in 2012

The 24th Annual Senior Americans Day will not be held in March 2012 due to construction on the UW-Eau Claire campus. The 25th Anniversary of Senior Americans Day will be held in March 2013 in the newly constructed W.R. Davies Student Center. More information will be available in late 2012.

Senior Americans Day is sponsored by UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education/UW-Extension and many other community agencies committed to the interests of older adults.

For additional information, call 715-836-3636 or 866-893-2423, use the Wisconsin Relay System (711), visit the Continuing Education website or email ce@uwec.edu. back to top


UW-Eau Claire affordable, even for nonresidents

Are you an out-of-state student planning to apply for admission to UW-Eau Claire but wondering if you can afford the tuition? Options are available that may help ease the way for you.

The Return to Wisconsin program provides discounted out-of-state tuition rates for children and grandchildren of UW-Eau Claire alumni. An eligible student or the student's qualifying parent, grandparent or legal guardian must be a legal resident of a state other than Wisconsin or Minnesota.

The Midwest Student Exchange Program serves as the Midwest's largest multistate tuition reciprocity program. More than 140 colleges and universities in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wisconsin have opened their doors to each other's citizens at more affordable rates.

And remember that students from Minnesota also qualify for Minnesota tuition reciprocity. More information is available at www.getreadyforcollege.org.

Contact UW-Eau Claire's Admissions Office for additional details. back to top


Alumni success stories

In addition to the alumni below, you can read about the accomplishments of other UW-Eau Claire alumni on the Alumni Success Stories Web pages:

Jim Ward Jim Ward '92, a UW-Eau Claire geography graduate, is president of Applied Data Consultants, based in the town of Wheaton. (Photo by Shane Opatz of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.
Justin Vernon

Justin Vernon '04, a UW-Eau Claire comparative studies in religion graduate, has landed his second release, "Bon Iver, Bon Iver," at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Full story.

Jill Millis Jill Millis '09, a UW-Eau Claire mass communication and history graduate, has been named head softball coach at UW-Stevens Point. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Molly Woodford '11, a UW-Eau Claire history and political science graduate, was the top female finisher in the Eau Claire Triathlon held in June. Full story.
Jason Plante

Jason Plante '97, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, has been named vice chair of the Friends of Sacred Heart Hospital board of directors. Full story.

Sarah Strahm Sarah Strahm '00, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate who also received of master of science in nursing degree in 2004, has received the Gold Star Award from the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. Full story.
Ganna Kotenko Ganna Kotenko '09, a UW-Eau Claire mathematics graduate, opened Swan Lake Ballet Studio in Eau Claire in May. (Photo by Andi Stempniak of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Chad Wade '05, a UW-Eau Claire economics graduate, has been hired as assistant city attorney/labor relations manager for the city of Fond du Lac. Full story.
Jan Harvey Jan Harvey '68, a UW-Eau Claire communication disorders graduate who also received a master of science in education degree in communication disorders in 1970, had her garden included in the Stepping Stones of Dunn County garden tour. (Photo by Pamela Powers of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.
Joseph Zirngibl Joseph Zirngibl '78, a UW-Eau Claire political science graduate who also received a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1990 and a master of education-professional development degree in 1998, is the new administrator/principal of the Reek School District in Lake Geneva. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Shane Leonard '07, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, and a group of musicians performing under the name Kalispell have released the project's debut EP titled "Eastbound." Full story. back to top

Blugold Trivia headline
Show how much you know about UW-Eau Claire — AND win great Blugold prizes! Email 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 mug. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the August issue of e-View.

July Blugold Trivia question:

Dr. Linda Young has been named dean of the UW-Eau Claire College of Nursing and Health Sciences. From which institutions did she receive her academic degrees?

Know the answer? Email it, along with your name and class year, to trivia@uwec.edu. You'll be notified by email if you are this month's winner!

June's winner:
Congratulations to Tom Barry, a 1963 UW-Eau Claire business administration graduate and winner of the June Blugold Trivia prize! Tom's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that what is now known as Schofield Auditorium was, in the 1960s, a lecture hall called Old Main Auditorium. back to top

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