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  January 2014

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Alumni Association offers hot (and cool) events

Cabaret XXXVI opens Jan. 16

Martin Luther King Jr. remembrance event set for Jan. 20

Centennial Hall ready for the start of spring semester

Raymond Cross appointed UW System president

Fellowships, student loan forgiveness programs part of new nursing initiative

History, culture of Israel the focus of UW-Eau Claire offerings

Senior Americans Day set for March 18 at UW-Eau Claire

Honors Program students conduct on-campus sustainability projects

Sally Julson appointed University Printing Services manager

Graphic design students collaborate with nonprofits on rebranding campaigns

Two students receive Gilman scholarships to study abroad

Do you know someone who should be a Blugold?

Continuing Education offers supervisory management program

Foster Gallery exhibit, 'Art + Tech,' opens Jan. 23

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

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Alumni events

Alumni success stories

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Alumni Association offers hot (and cool) events

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association is hosting several events this winter. Here are just a few:

Philadelphia area alumni gathering: Friday, Jan. 24, Ladder 15, 1528 Sansom St., Philadelphia, 6-8 p.m. Campus update, complimentary appetizers and beverages, and Blugold door prizes. Free. RSVP by Jan. 17 by emailing alumni@uwec.edu or calling 715-836-3266. View evite.

Let's Do Lunch noon-hour lecture series: Thursday, Jan. 30, Fanny Hill Restaurant, Eau Claire, noon-1 p.m. Geography professor Harry Jol will talk about his archaeological research in the ancient city of Bethsaida, Israel. Tickets are $13 per person and include presentation, buffet, beverage, tax and tip. To reserve your spot, send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call 715-836-3266.

Learn more.
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The Jig's Up: Saturday, Feb. 8. University Recreation and Blugold Athletics will host an ice-fishing contest from 6 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Lake Altoona. $15,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded. Check out The Jig's Up Ice Fishing Contest poster for details.

Women's alumnae basketball game: Saturday, Feb. 8, Zorn Arena, UW-Eau Claire. Blugold women's basketball alumnae are invited to participate in the annual women's alumnae basketball game beginning at 10 a.m. Participants are invited to remain on campus following their game to cheer on the Blugold women's varsity basketball team in a contest with UW-River Falls at 7 p.m. Contact Tonja Englund, women's basketball head coach, at engluntj@uwec.edu or 715-836-3489.

Beat the Winter Blues alumni gathering: Thursday, Feb. 20, Eau Claire Golf & Country Club, 828 Clubview Lane, Altoona, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Appetizers and beverages, Blugold door prizes and music by The Swinging Babylonians. Free. RSVP by Feb. 13 by emailing alumni@uwec.edu or calling 715-836-3266. View evite.

For details about these events and others in the works, check out the alumni events calendar. back to top

Cabaret XXXVI opens Jan. 16
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UW-Eau Claire's department of music and theatre arts will present Cabaret XXXVI, "Bookstore," this month in the Ojibwe Ballroom of Davies Center.

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16-18 and Jan. 23-25, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. Jan. 18 and 25.

The show will feature UW-Eau Claire's Concert Choir, The Singing Statesmen, Women's Concert Chorale and jazz ensembles, as well as various small acts and solo performers. Ensembles will perform songs associated with various literary genres, such as romance, science fiction and poetry.

Cabaret, an annual show presented since 1978, supports ongoing scholarships for music students at UW-Eau Claire. The show also provides students in the music and theatre arts department with an opportunity to practice arranging and staging a variety show similar to what they might encounter in a professional career.

A dinner buffet and cash bar will be offered before the Friday and Saturday evening performances in the Dulany Inn of Davies Center. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for the dinner and show must be purchased in advance. Show-only ticket holders can take advantage of the a la carte deli and dessert bar, which will be available one hour prior to all shows and at intermission. A cash bar will be available before the show and at intermission on Friday and Saturday only. View ticket information. back to top
Martin Luther King Jr. remembrance event set for Jan. 20
Martin Luther King Jr.

A ceremony to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 20 at St. James the Greater Catholic Church in Eau Claire.

Students from Lakeshore and Putnam Heights elementary schools, DeLong Middle School and Memorial High School in Eau Claire, along with UW-Eau Claire students and community members, will participate in the remembrance ceremony. Also participating in are faculty members from UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stout and Chippewa Valley Technical College, and representatives of business, government and education in Eau Claire. Full story. back to top

Centennial Hall ready for the start of spring semester

UW-Eau Claire's Centennial Hall is buzzing with excitement as faculty and staff prepare the new facility for the start of spring semester Jan. 21.

One college, four academic departments, several student support offices, and more than 150 faculty and staff are in the process of settling into the building.

The video above takes you inside Centennial Hall and gives you a glimpse of what awaits UW-Eau Claire students when they return to campus for the start of the semester.

A Centennial Hall dedication ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, on the building's first floor. The program includes a ribbon-cutting and reception, and tours will be offered. Visitor parking will be available in the Human Sciences and Services parking lot on Water Street from 10 a.m.-noon. back to top

Raymond Cross appointed UW System president
Raymond Cross
Raymond Cross

Raymond W. (Ray) Cross, chancellor of UW Colleges and UW-Extension, has been appointed as the next president of the University of Wisconsin System.

The UW System Board of Regents approved Cross’s appointment Jan. 9, following the recommendation made by a selection committee. Cross plans to step into the new leadership post in mid-February.

Cross has led UW Colleges and UW-Extension since 2011. In that role, he has been responsible for the academic, financial, development and administrative aspects of both statewide institutions. One of the highlights of his tenure has been the development and launch of the innovative UW Flexible Option. Full story. back to top

Fellowships, student loan forgiveness programs part of new nursing initiative
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Four UW System nursing programs are offering new fellowship and loan forgiveness programs to encourage nurses to pursue doctoral degrees or postdoctoral training and assume nurse educator positions in Wisconsin. The overall goal is to address the nursing faculty shortage.

The $3.2 million Nurses for Wisconsin initiative — funded through a UW System Economic Development Incentive Grant — comes in response to predictions that Wisconsin could see a shortage of 20,000 nurses by 2035.

A current shortage of nurse educators in Wisconsin greatly limits the number of students who can be accepted into nursing programs in the state, said Linda Young, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at UW-Eau Claire. Full story. back to top

History, culture of Israel the focus of UW-Eau Claire offerings
Masada, Israel

UW-Eau Claire is offering alumni and others an opportunity to delve into the culture and history of Israel by means of a trip, a class and a lecture.

  • The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association is presenting an archaeology group tour of Israel June 24-July 2. Participants will visit numerous sites of historical significance, including Old Jaffa, Caesarea Maritima, Mount Carmel, Megiddo, Nazareth, Biblical Village and the Sea of Galilee. UW-Eau Claire geography professor Harry Jol will lead a tour of a Bethsaida archaeological dig on Day 4 of the trip. The travel package includes round-trip airfare from Newark, N.J., one of Israel’s top tour guides and drivers. Learn more, and view the brochure for details.
  • A class offered by UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education will provide a great way to learn more about the areas of Israel participants will explore during their summer journey. Digging Through the Bible: Insights into Biblical Archaeology will guide students through the hard facts, background and mystery surrounding some of biblical archaeology's most fascinating discoveries. The class will be offered Tuesday evenings, March 25 to April 15, 2014, and will be taught by Harry Jol and Jennifer Bushnell, a UW-Eau Claire philosophy and religious studies lecturer. Learn more.

  • A Let's Do Lunch presentation, sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association, will feature Harry Jol and two other presenters, who will discuss recent geospatial results from Bethsaida, Israel. The event is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 30. Learn more.

Jol and his students have been visiting a number of sites in Israel for the past several years to assist archaeologists working there by using ground penetrating radar to locate buried archaeological artifacts and religious sites and structures. back to top

Senior Americans Day set for March 18 at UW-Eau Claire
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The 26th annual Senior Americans Day will be held from 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. March 18 in the W.R. Davies Student Center at UW-Eau Claire.

Designed for adults 55 and better, this year's theme is "Fun, Fit, Focused and Fulfilled!" The goals of the event include dispelling the myths of aging; reinforcing positive aspects of aging; and providing information to help meet the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of older adults.

The keynote speaker is award-winning travel writer Rudy Maxa, host and executive producer of 91 television episodes on the world's great destinations that air on PBS stations nationwide. Maxa will present a keynote address titled "Blue Zones: Secrets to a Long and Healthy Life." Full story. back to top

Honors Program students conduct on-campus sustainability projects
Student researchers

Students, from left, Alicia Swanson, Julian Feledas and Casey Bloechl, members of the Foodlums Survey Team, pass out surveys about organic and local foods to students in Hilltop Center.

Students in Karen Mumford's Honors Program course in campus ecology are taking their passion for sustainability out of the classroom and into the UW-Eau Claire campus community through hands-on projects with on-campus clients.

"Students want hands-on experiences in sustainability, and our university is a great learning laboratory for them to work in," said Mumford, an assistant professor in the Watershed Institute for Collaborative Environmental Studies. "We have many sustainability examples on campus, such as the Davies Center that supports a green roof, efficient energy and lighting features, and water conserving technologies in the bathrooms. Students can walk around campus and see what sustainability looks like." Full story. back to top

Sally Julson appointed University Printing Services manager
Sally Julson
Sally Julson

UW-Eau Claire has announced the appointment of Sally Julson as manager of University Printing Services.

A unit of the University Centers located in Schofield Hall, Printing Services provides affordable and convenient printing and production services for students, faculty, staff, academic departments and administrative offices, and the public. Julson manages all aspects of the printing operation, including the campuswide convenience copier program and the area's responsibilities as the print purchasing agent for the campus. Printing Services ensures that all off-campus printing using state monies is purchased in accordance with state law and policy.

Julson joined the UW-Eau Claire staff in 1980. Full story. back to top

Graphic design students collaborate with nonprofits on rebranding campaigns
REALIZE billboard
Billboard created for the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention's campaign for the prevention of underage drinking.

Senior art & design students specializing in graphic design at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire recently partnered with local and regional nonprofit organizations to develop rebranding campaigns intended to enhance the organization's public image and visual communication effectiveness.

They presented their design proposals to representatives from the Eau Claire City-County Health Department, Sojourner House and Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) as part of the Community and Regional Outreach Initiative in Christos Theo's advanced graphic communications course.

During the semesterlong project, students work on creating new visual identity systems, environmental and architectural graphics, and public awareness campaign proposals based on their clients' needs. Full story. back to top

Two students receive Gilman scholarships to study abroad

Two UW-Eau Claire students were recently awarded scholarships through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program to study abroad during the spring 2014 semester.

Paula Cherop, a sophomore political science major from Hopkins, Minn., will study in Botswana. Angelina Pingry, a junior English education major from Winona, Minn., will attend the University of Limerick in Ireland.

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 two- or four-year colleges or universities to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Full story. back to top

Do you know someone who should be a Blugold?
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The deadline for applications is upon us, and we want to be sure we have the makings for a fantastic freshman class. If you know individuals who should be considering UW-Eau Claire in their college search, please encourage them to apply now. After all, you know how great it is to be a Blugold. It’s time to share the love! Don’t forget nontraditional students, those who might consider transferring to our fine institution and people ready to pursue a graduate degree. More information about how to get started and apply can be found on the Admissions website. back to top

Continuing Education offers supervisory management program
Supervisory Management Certificate Program

UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education is sponsoring a series of seminars leading to completion of the Supervisory Management Certificate Program.

The program is intended to help leaders and managers improve their supervision and leadership skills and to provide training for job success and advancement. Learn more. back to top
Foster Gallery exhibit, 'Art + Tech,' opens Jan. 23
Baum or Tree
"Baum," or "Tree," by Ho-Yeol Ryu

An exhibit titled "Art + Tech" will be on display from Jan. 23-Feb. 13 in the Foster Gallery of the Haas Fine Arts Center at UW-Eau Claire. An opening reception, featuring a live performance by artist Semi Ryu, will be held from 7:30-9 p.m. Jan. 23 in the gallery.

The exhibit will showcase a wide survey of interdisciplinary art-making and electronica media arts created by international artists. These art forms include computer animation, interactive media, interactive installations, three-dimensional modeling and kinetic sculpture. Learn more. 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:
Barry Moullet Barry Moullet '83, a UW-Eau Claire chemistry with business emphasis graduate, has been named chief supply chain officer for FOCUS Brands Inc. Full story.
Barry Anderson Barry Anderson '00, a UW-Eau Claire music education graduate, has released an album titled "You Are Home: The Songs of Anderson and Petty." Full story.
Liz Meils Liz Meils '03, a UW-Eau Claire biology and geography graduate, is the plant, pest and disease specialist as well as the state apiarist for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. (Photo by Rob Schultz of the Wisconsin State Journal) Full story.
Seal Jeff Bowles '81, a UW-Eau Claire economics graduate, has joined the Independent Living Inc. board of directors. Full story.
Seal Dan Rose '08, a UW-Eau Claire biochemistry graduate and wounded military veteran, recently appeared on Fox News to discuss his use of the Ekso Bionics robotic suit. Full story.
Seal Horacio Rozanski '90, a UW-Eau Claire business administration graduate, was the subject of a Washington Post interview, which focused on his journey from Argentina to the presidency of Booz Allen Hamilton. Full story.
Seal Mike Bass '96, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate, has finished the first three of an ongoing series of digital prints titled “Wiscos-Mythos,” each inspired by a legend from Wisconsin lore. Full story.
Seal George Stroebel '74, a UW-Eau Claire business finance graduate, has been named chief financial officer of CommunityLeader Inc.. Full story. back to top

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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 Blugold scarf and hat set.The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the February 2014 issue of eView.

January Blugold Trivia question:

The 26th annual Senior Americans Day is set for March 18 at UW-Eau Claire. Who will provide entertainment during the afternoon of the event?

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!

December's winner:

Congratulations to Evan Perrault, a 2006 UW-Eau Claire journalism and political science graduate and winner of the December Blugold Trivia prize! Evan's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that Kaitlyn Witherspoon is the first recipient of the Eileen Phillips Cohen String Scholarship. back to top

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