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 April 2018

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Blugold alum to help move UW-Eau Claire-Mayo research agreement forward

UW-Eau Claire news roundup

Upcoming events

Alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

Alumni links

Alumni events

Alumni success stories

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Blugold alum to help move UW-Eau Claire-Mayo research agreement forward

For Dr. Timothy Nelson, doing research with a faculty mentor as a UW-Eau Claire student was life-changing.

Twenty years later, he’s an internationally renowned physician-scientist and, in a new role as the director of research and innovation for Mayo Clinic Health System, helping guide a collaboration between UW-Eau Claire and Mayo Clinic Health System that will create life-changing undergraduate research experiences for many more Blugolds.

Learn more about Nelson's role in fostering UW-Eau Claire-Mayo Clinic Health System research collaborations. back to top

UW-Eau Claire news roundup

NSF grant to support promising research, student opportunities

  • A UW-Eau Claire faculty-student research project with important potential future applications in areas such as pharmaceuticals and water quality has received a three-year National Science Foundation grant totaling $217,330. The smart polymers research is led by Dr. Elizabeth Glogowski, associate professor of materials science.

Students finding opportunities in growing field of data analytics

Radio drama series showcases Blugold talents

Blugold Beginnings golf fundraiser set for July 23

Want more UW-Eau Claire news? Check our Blugold Briefing page anytime: www.uwec.edu/news

Upcoming events

  • Eau Claire Jazz Fest and 52nd Street alumni gathering. April 20-21. The UW-Eau Claire campus and surrounding community will be humming with the sounds of jazz during the 52nd Eau Claire Jazz Festival, presented by Eau Claire Jazz Inc. in partnership with UW-Eau Claire. Join the Alumni Association in the Blugold Alumni VIP Lounge in Wilson Hall in the Lismore Hotel from 5-7 p.m. April 20. Learn more.

  • Frigg concert. April 22, 7 p.m. Schofield Auditorium. UW-Eau Claire will host the award-winning Finnish folk group Frigg as part of the university's ongoing musical, scholarly and international programming. Learn more.

  • Frederick and Joan Christopherson Schmidt Robert Frost Celebration of American Poetry. April 23, 4 p.m., Lantern space, third floor, Centennial Hall. UW-Eau Claire will host the fifth annual celebration with the theme "Science and Poetry." Learn more.

  • 'Let's Do Lunch!' April 25, noon-1 p.m. Dennis Beale, Blugold Beginnings program, "The Success Story of Dennis Beale." Tickets are $15, which includes lunch buffet, beverage, tax and tip. Eau Claire Golf and Country Club, 828 Clubview Lane, Altoona. Reservations are requested.

  • Experience U. April 26. Join the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, Alumni Association and Career Services for an evening of networking, dinner and conversation. Connect with other alumni and share your “life after college” experiences with current students! Learn more.

  • Colorado Springs alumni gathering. April 26, 6-9 p.m., Phantom Canyon Brewing Company, 2 East Pikes Peak Ave., Colorado Springs, Colorado. Join the Alumni Association for an update of campus, refreshments and a chance to win Blugold swag. Register by April 23.

  • BFA exhibit. April 27-May 13, Foster Gallery, Haas Fine Arts Center. All are welcome to view the exhibit featuring works by six May 2018 bachelor of fine arts degree candidates. Learn more.

  • Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity. April 30-May 4, Davies Center. Undergraduate research at UW-Eau Claire will be celebrated at the annual Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity (CERCA), where students present their impressive array of projects to the campus and community. Learn more.

  • Denver alumni gathering. April 30, 6-9 p.m., Wynkoop Brewing, 1634 18th St., Denver, Colorado. Join the Alumni Association for an update of campus, refreshments and a chance to win Blugold swag. Register by April 23.

  • Eau Claire Marathon and Blugold Mile. May 6. The Eau Claire Marathon route will go through campus and feature the Blugold Mile.

  • Alumni Association board meeting. May 18, 11:30 a.m., Davies Center. Members of the Alumni Association board of directors will meet. See frequently asked questions about board membership and/or complete the online board nomination form if you're interested in becoming a member.

  • Commencement and spring alumni awards presentation. May 19. The Alumni Association will present awards to outstanding alumni during a ceremony and luncheon in conjunction with May commencement. Do you know outstanding Blugolds? Nominate them here and register for this event.

  • Alumni Link. May 22, 4-7:30 p.m., Tundra Lodge, 865 Lombardi Ave, Green Bay. Join UW System alumni at a career fair and networking event. Questions? Contact Alumni Link committee member Kari Moody at moodyk@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2226. Learn more and register.

    See more Alumni Association events and universitywide events. back to top

Alumni success stories

Read some of the latest stories featuring accomplishments by UW-Eau Claire alumni:

Ave Bie '79, a UW-Eau Claire speech graduate, has been named chair of the board of directors for the New York Independent System Operator, the organization responsible for managing New York’s electric grid. Full story.

Arlyn Colby '66, a UW-Eau Claire mathematics graduate, is in the process of writing four new books about abandoned rail lines in northwestern Wisconsin. Full story.

Nathan Franklin '01, a UW-Eau Claire economics and political science graduate, recently received a Leadership Award from the La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce. Full story.

John Hecht '80, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, has been named interim CEO by the Independent Living Inc. board of directors. Full story.

Luke Heidtke '13, a UW-Eau Claire psychology graduate, has been hired as head coach of the Chippewa Falls Senior High School volleyball team. Full story.

Jennifer Herman '15, a UW-Eau Claire sociology graduate, has been hired as the new volunteer coordinator for the Heartland Humane Society in Yankton, South Dakota. Full story.

Christine Kadonsky '01, a UW-Eau Claire social studies and history education graduate, has been recognized as the Distinguished High School Teacher of the Year by the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies. Full story.

Britta Lahr '13, a UW-Eau Claire management graduate, is the new office manager for Garvin Design Group. Full story.

Scott Lane '95, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, is the new chief financial officer for Total Administrative Services Corp. Full story.

Vicki Lyons '82, a UW-Eau Claire business education graduate, is the new chief alliance officer for Diamond Assets. Full story.

Michelle Mulloy '86, a UW-Eau Claire business finance graduate, has received certification as an accredited estate planner designee by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils. Full story.

Timothy Nelson '98, a UW-Eau Claire biochemistry/molecular biology graduate, is the new director of research and innovation for Mayo Clinic Health System in northwestern Wisconsin. Full story.

David Olson '84, a UW-Eau Claire business administration graduate, has been named chairman of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Full story.

David Parker '05, a UW-Eau Claire Spanish and psychology graduate, was the featured speaker at the Spring Valley Area Community Foundation annual banquet earlier this month. Full story.

Anthony Pizzo '06, a UW-Eau Claire social studies education graduate, has been named principal of Asa Clark Middle School in Pewaukee. Full story.

Christopher Porterfield '06, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, and his band, Field Report, released a new album in March. Full story.

Tammy Rhine '94, a UW-Eau Claire English education graduate, has joined Century 21 Moline Realty as a sales associate. Full story.

Tony Springer '90, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, has been named industrial channel director for U.S. Lubricants, a division of U.S. Venture Inc. Full story.

Jaime (Malcore) Tjossem '98, a UW-Eau Claire biology graduate, has been selected as a 2017-18 Outstanding Educator at Rochester (Minnesota) Community and Technical College. Full story. back to top


Blugold Trivia
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 into a drawing for a Blugold T-shirt! The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the May issue of eView.

April Blugold Trivia question:

With which emeritus faculty member did Blugold alumnus Dr. Timothy Nelson work on research during his time as a UW-Eau Claire student in the 1990s?

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!

March's winner:

Congratulations to Guy Machel '85, a UW-Eau Claire music education graduate and winner of the March Blugold Trivia prize. Guy's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that the Alumni Association's newest alumni award is the Blugold Spirit Award. back to top

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