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Mark your calendar: Homecoming 2013 is Oct. 11-12

New Alumni Online Store opens for business

New chancellor welcomes faculty, staff at 2013-14 opening meeting

UW-Eau Claire named a 2014 'Best Midwestern College'

UW-Eau Claire Foundation reports record fundraising year

Career Services to hold alumni Career Chat Aug. 27

Survey: UW-Eau Claire graduates finding jobs in their field

Five athletes, two coaches are Blugold Hall of Fame inductees

International journal publishes student/
faculty research

Seven faculty, staff recognized for exellence

Reminder: Alumni memories sought for centennial project

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

Alumni Links

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Alumni events

Blugold Babies

Blugold Bliss

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August 2013

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Mark your calendar: Homecoming 2013 is Oct. 11-12!

Alumni enjoying Homecoming 2012
Alumni show their Blugoldl spirit during the Fifth Quarter gathering during Homecoming 2012. .

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association invites all Blugolds to Homecoming 2013, scheduled for Oct. 11-12. Join friends and classmates for the university's biggest celebration of the year. Enjoy the traditional parade, football game, tailgate party and more. Check the Alumni Association website for additional Homecoming details as they are finalized. Plan now to join your friends for Homecoming 2013!

For info on other upcoming alumni events, be sure to check the alumni events calendar. New Blugold happenings are always in the works! back to top

New Alumni Online Store opens for business

Blugold capYou've been asking, and it's finally here! The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association announces the opening of the new Alumni Online Store, where alumni and friends can find great deals on all things blue and gold. When planning your return to UW-Eau Claire for Homecoming 2013 (see above), don't forget to check out the online store for the right apparel to show off your Blugold spirit. back to top

Chancellor James Schmidt
UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt greets faculty and staff at the Aug. 20 Blugold Breakfast and 2013-14 academic year opening meeting.

New chancellor welcomes faculty, staff at 2013-14 opening meeting

UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt, who began his leadership post at UW-Eau Claire July 1, formally addressed the university's faculty and staff as chancellor for the first time during the 2013-14 academic year Blugold Breakfast and opening meeting Aug. 20 in Davies Center. UW-Eau Claire's mission, to "foster in one another creativity, critical insight, empathy and intellectual courage — the hallmarks of a transformative liberal education and the foundation for active citizenship and lifelong inquiry," is what attracted him to the university and what will continue to guide the excellent work happening on behalf of students, Schmidt said.

Schmidt also invited faculty, staff and others to help him get to know UW-Eau Claire by responding to weekly questions he will post on his website.

University alumni and friends are invited to read Schmidt's opening-year address and reply to his weekly questions, both found on the chancellor's home page. back to top

UW-Eau Claire named a 2014 'Best Midwestern College'
Princeton Review 'Best Colleges' badgeUW-Eau Claire has been named a 2014 Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review, a New York City-based education services company.

UW-Eau Claire is one of 155 schools in a 12-state region to receive the "Best Midwestern College" designation. The schools are listed on The Princeton Review's website.

In all, The Princeton Review named 643 colleges and universities "regional bests" in the Midwest, Northeast, West and Southeast regions of the U.S. The 643 "regional bests" represent about 25 percent of the nation's four-year colleges. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire Foundation reports record fundraising year

The UW-Eau Claire Foundation received more than $9 million — the largest annual amount received in Foundation history — during its recently completed fiscal year.

Power of Possible Centennial Campaign logo, linkNew gifts received during 2012-13 but not pledged in previous years were counted toward the $60 million goal of the Foundation's Power of Possible Centennial Campaign in support of people, programs and places at UW-Eau Claire. The campaign, announced last September, has raised $30.5 million so far and will run through Dec. 31, 2016, during the university's centennial year.

The successful year can be attributed in large part to the realization of two major estate gifts: $3 million (of an estimated expected total of $4.3 million) from the trust of Lt. Col. George L. Simpson Jr. and $1.5 million from the estate of James and Anne Ramsey, said Kimera Way, Foundation president. Full story. back to top

Career Services to hold alumni Career Chat Aug. 27

Are you looking for a new job or considering a change in careers? Do you have questions about the process? UW-Eau Claire’s Career Services office will be hosting a FREE online Career Chat for all alumni on Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 7-8 p.m. Career counselors will be available to answer questions about resumes, the job search, interviewing and other career-related topics. Additional information, including a link to the chat, is available on the Career Services website at www.uwec.edu/career.

Survey: UW-Eau Claire graduates finding jobs in their field

Just two days after UW-Eau Claire senior David Hon graduated with a degree in environmental geography, he started his full-time job.

For Hon, who has worked since 2012 as a hydrogeologist and storm water specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and for more than nine out of 10 UW-Eau Claire graduates, the transition from the classroom to the workforce goes quickly and smoothly, said Staci Heidtke, associate director of Career Services at UW-Eau Claire.

"We have a 96 percent placement rate," Heidtke said. "Eighty percent of our graduates are employed and 16 percent are pursuing graduate school, or medical school, or some other kind of professional school."

More importantly, Heidtke said, a majority of graduates who are employed are working in jobs related to their field of study, according to the most recent survey conducted by Career Services of graduates from the 2011-12 academic year. Full story. back to top

Marilyn Skrivseth Don Parker
Marilyn Skrivseth
Don Parker
Darrel Snell Rick Dahl
Darrel Snell
Rick Dahl
Tanya (Bauer) Longo Kari (Albers) Madden
Tanya (Bauer) Longo
Kari (Albers) Madden
Jason Slaikeu  
Jason Slaikeu

Five athletes, two coaches are Blugold Hall of Fame inductees

Five athletes, including a two-time national champion, and two coaches make up the 2013 class of inductees for the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Hall of Fame.

The new class, which will be inducted Sept. 28, includes former director of athletics and tennis and track coach Marilyn Skrivseth, wrestling coach Don Parker, football player Darrel Snell, basketball players Rick Dahl and Tanya (Bauer) Longo, diver Kari (Albers) Madden and national track champion Jason Slaikeu.

This group represents the 37th class of men's inductees and the 24th class of women's inductees and brings the number of athletes, coaches and administrators who have been honored to 200.

The Blugold Hall of Fame was established in 1973 to pay tribute, give deserved recognition and enhance school tradition by honoring former athletic letter-winners, coaches or administrators who showed distinctive, unique or exceptional ability while at UW-Eau Claire and have distinguished themselves in their profession or personally since leaving the institution.

The class will be recognized at halftime of the Sept. 28 Blugold football game against Pacific Lutheran and inducted that night during a banquet in Davies Center. Alumni and friends of UW-Eau Claire are welcome to attend the banquet; tickets are $25 and should be purchased in advance. Complete banquet details and ticket-ordering information are available on the Blugold athletics website. back to top

International journal publishes student/faculty research

Dr. Robert Stow Madeline Johnson
Dr. Robert Stow
Madeline Johnson

Madeline Johnson, a UW-Eau Claire junior biology major from Lakeville, Minn., is the lead author of an article published in an international athletic medicine journal this summer.

The article presents the findings of a study Johnson conducted with Dr. Robert Stow, assistant professor of kinesiology, that examined the risks of femoroacetabular (hip) impingement among football players. The article can be viewed online. Also see a television news story about Johnson and Stow's research. back to top

Seven faculty, staff recognized for exellence

2013 Excellence Awards recipients
Left to right: William Miller, Bonnie Isaacson, Diane Bilderback, Ingrid Ulstad, Jianjun Ji, James Boulter and Karen Mumford.

Seven UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members were recognized for excellence during the university's academic year opening meeting Aug. 20.

Chancellor James Schmidt presented 2013 Excellence Awards to Diane Bilderback, program associate in the Dean of Students Office; Bonnie Isaacson, nontraditional student coordinator; Dr. Karen Mumford, assistant professor in the Watershed Institute for Collaborative Environmental Studies; Dr. William Miller, assistant professor of accounting; Dr. Jianjun Ji, associate professor of sociology; Dr. James Boulter, associate professor of chemistry; and Ingrid Ulstad, senior lecturer of accounting.

Each honoree received a university medallion and $1,500 from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. The Excellence in Teaching Award and the Excellence in Performance awards for classified and academic staff are funded by Markquart Motors and Markquart Toyota of Eau Claire. Full story. back to top

Reminder: Alumni memories sought for centennial project

Schofield Hall

As UW-Eau Claire gets ready for its centennial in 2016, students enrolled in assistant professor Erin Devlin's "Introduction to Public History" class are collecting oral histories in order to document and interpret the university’s past.

The Centennial Oral History Project has already begun to gather the recollections of administrators and faculty members. This fall, students will reach out to alumni and ask them to contribute their memories to this important repository of the university’s history.

Erin Devlin
Erin Devlin

Those interested in being interviewed can fill out an online contact information form. Interviews are expected to last on average between 30 and 45 minutes. Participants will receive a copy of their interview and may wish to donate a copy of the recording to the university's Special Collections and Archives department.

For more information, contact Erin Devlin, who is supervising the Alumni Centennial Oral History Project, or Don Bredle, chair of UW-Eau Claire's Institutional Review Board. 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:

Jerry Matysik Jerry Matysik '82, a UW-Eau Claire criminal justice graduate, will retire by the end of 2013 after serving as police chief for the city of Eau Claire since 2003. He joined the police department in 1983. Full story.
Seal Christine Woleske '86, a UW-Eau Claire health care administration graduate who is now executive vice president with Bellin Health in Green Bay, recently was featured as one of "20 Women to Know" by the Green Bay Press-Gazette. See the feature about Woleske on page 5 of the full story.
Char Gurney Char Gurney '93, a UW-Eau Claire business finance graduate, has been named vice president of business loans and services at Royal Credit Union in Eau Claire. Full story.
Seal Jesse Stacken '01, a UW-Eau Claire music education graduate, has been pursuing a career as a jazz solo pianist and from May 2012 to May 2013 recorded a new solo composition each week and posted them online. Full story.
Maggie Layden Maggie Layden '04, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, created and now leads the organics recycling program for Madison-based American Family Insurance, the first such program by a major private employer in Dane County. Full story.
Seal Jason Plante '97, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, has been named chair of the Friends of Sacred Heart Hosptial Leadership Council in Eau Claire. Also serving as returning council members are Bill Kaiser '74, a business administration and accounting graduate; and Jeff Theisen '92, a business finance graduate. Full story.

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 Homecoming 2013 T-shirt. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the September 2013 issue of e-View.

August Blugold Trivia question:

What is the name of the endowed faculty chair made possible by a $1.5 million gift received recently by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation from the estate of James and Anne Ramsey?

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!

July's winner:

Congratulations to Mary (Grondin) Hummel, who received a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1968 and a master of science degree in teaching in 1984, both from UW-Eau Claire! She's the winner of the July Blugold Trivia prize! Mary's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that the first classes will be held in UW-Eau Claire's new Centennial Hall in the spring semester of 2014. back to top

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