UW-Eau Claire e-View

June 2003
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Tommy Thompson May 2003 UW-Eau Claire graduates
Tommy Thompson, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, delivered the "Charge to the Class" during UW-Eau Claire morning commencement ceremonies May 17.

President’s cabinet member, prominent alumnus speak to May graduates
Step up and seize your opportunity to shape the world's future. As you work to achieve your goals, remember to give back to your family, community and country. Those were the messages delivered by morning speaker Tommy Thompson, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and former Wisconsin governor, and afternoon speaker Kevin Keane, HHS assistant secretary for public affairs and a 1987 UW-Eau Claire graduate, to 1,107 graduates during UW-Eau Claire commencement ceremonies May 17. Read summaries of Thompson's and Keane's addresses, find out more about the recent graduates and view photos from commencement.

UW-Eau Claire nursing grads are in demand
While some recent college graduates may find it difficult landing their first jobs in today's struggling economy, UW-Eau Claire nursing graduates are not only getting jobs, they are getting the jobs they want, at the pay they want and with the perks they want, said Lois Taft, associate professor of nursing systems at UW-Eau Claire. At the national level, it is predicted that by 2020 only seven positions will be filled for every 10 nursing positions available. Read more about what the national nursing shortage means for UW-Eau Claire's nursing graduates and the School of Nursing.

Professor Thomas Bergmann dies
Dr. Thomas BergmannDr. Thomas J. Bergmann, UW-Eau Claire professor of management and marketing, died May 30 at his Altoona home after a short battle with cancer. He was 56. Bergmann also was the assistant dean of student affairs and director of research for the College of Business at the time of his May retirement. He had been on the UW-Eau Claire faculty for 28 years. He received an Excellence in Scholarship Award in 1991 and was recently awarded a Faculty/Academic Staff Member Excellence in Service-Learning Award in recognition of his mentoring dozens of service-learning students. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; two sons, Joseph Bergmann and William Bergmann; one daughter, Mary (Christopher) Vijayapal; one grandson, Connor Vijayapal; one brother, William (Karen) Bergmann; mother-in-law, Lucille Burke; other relatives and many friends. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Human Resource Scholarship of the College of Business (through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation) or the Regis High School Foundation.

Poll finds strong public support for UW System
Wisconsin citizens do not want state lawmakers to cut funding for the University of Wisconsin System any deeper than levels proposed by Gov. Jim Doyle, according to a recent poll. "I am heartened by the strong public support for the UW System, and due to the work of the Board of Regents and our chancellors, I think the public understands the importance of the university to Wisconsin's future economy," said UW System President Katharine C. Lyall in response to the poll's findings. Read the full story.

Survey indicates high satisfaction with UW-Eau Claire experience
More than 90 percent of students at UW-Eau Claire are very satisfied or satisfied with their overall experience at the university, according to the 2002 ACT Student Opinion Survey completed this spring. The 90.6 percent satisfaction rate is identical to the rating in 1999, the last time the survey was completed. UW-Eau Claire students' overall satisfaction with the university is well above the public and national averages, the survey indicates. Read the full story.

Chris LamannaBiology major earns prestigious Fulbright Scholarship
A UW-Eau Claire senior biology major is the recipient of a 2003-04 Fulbright Scholarship. As a Fulbright Scholar, William "Chris" Lamanna, a biology major and a German minor who graduated May 17, will spend a year studying microbiology and conducting research in Germany at the University of Goettingen. Typically, more than 4,500 students apply for the approximately 1,000 Fulbright Scholarships awarded to students each year. Read the full story.

Faculty and staff members announce retirements
Fourteen UW-Eau Claire faculty or academic staff members and 13 classified staff members recently announced their retirements. Faculty and academic staff retirees are Dr. Thomas Bergmann, Rodney B. Hudson, Stephen Katrosits, Dr. James E. LaBarre, Ann Lapp, Dr. Leonard A. Larsen, Ivar Lunde Jr., Nanette Lunde, Dr. Mary A. Meiser, Dr. Ronald Mickel, Dr. Robert Nelson, Daniel Norstedt Cleo Powers and Dr. Richard Snyder. Classified staff retirees are Loris Akervik, Carol Chan, Florence Clickner, Carol Duffenbach, Penny France, Georgia Hogg, Carolyn Jones, Yvonne McCarty, John Standford, Elaine Studt, Tom Thorson, Darlene Wagner and Dan Wald. (Follow the links in this article for more details on their careers.)

Faculty and academic staff retirees Classified staff retirees
Faculty and academic staff retirees include (front row, l-r): Leonard Larsen, Ann Lapp, James LaBarre, Richard Snyder, Ronald Mickel; (second row, l-r): Robert Nelson, Ivar Lunde, Rodney B. Hudson, Cleo Powers; and (top): Daniel Norstedt. Classified staff retirees include (seated, l-r): Carol Duffenbach, Dan Wald, Penny France; and (standing, l-r) Georgia Hogg, Loris Akervik and Carol Chan.

Ted WendtCollege of Arts and Sciences dean resigns
Dr. Ted Wendt, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UW-Eau Claire, has resigned to return to his academic roots in the California State University system. Wendt, who joined UW-Eau Claire in July 2000, will become associate vice president for faculty affairs at California State University-Stanislaus. Read the full story.



Knox familyNew grad becomes family’s fifth
UW-Eau Claire alumnus

For the Knoxes of Luxemburg (formerly of Ashwaubenon), Wis., attending UW-Eau Claire is a family tradition. On May 17, the fifth of John and Mary Jean Knox's five children graduated from UW-Eau Claire. At left, John and Mary Jean posed for a photo after commencement with, from left, Kregg Knox '03, Kammye Knox Matz '96, Kerrie Knox Fuller '94, Kelly Knox Bean '92 and Kurt Knox '91. "It started with our oldest son, Kurt, being recruited for swimming," said John Knox. "We were all impressed with the availability of the professors, the variety of programs available and the beautiful, well-maintained campus. It ended with our youngest son, Kregg, who wanted to complete the tradition."

Alumni surprise retiring music teacher, mentor

Trombone alumni with Rodney Hudson
UW-Eau Claire alumni of the trombone studio of Rodney Hudson, associate professor emeritus of music, surprised their former teacher April 27 with a musical tribute. Those in attendance included (front, l-r) Rich Ballweg (att. 1980s, 1990s), Peter Guenther '92, Todd Schendel '98, Kevin Loughney '94, Mike Throndsen '97, Rodney Hudson, Ryan Moore '96, Chris Fulton '94, Randy Hake '82; (standing, l-r): John Eide '92, Andy Jaeger '99, Eric Olson '93, Jeff Ilse '97, Jeff Rosendahl '91, Eric Songer '97, Jon Aumann '76, Dennis Tischhauser '83, Tim Roddel '97.

Approximately 30 UW-Eau Claire alumni, all former trombone students of associate professor emeritus of music Rodney B. Hudson, surprised their beloved mentor April 27 with a musical tribute. The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Trombone Choir performed at the conclusion of the spring Symphony Band concert, the final concert Hudson conducted before his May retirement. The group, which also included several of Hudson's 2002-03 trombone students, formed after alumnus Tim Roddel '97 sent an e-mail to other Minneapolis area trombone alumni to gauge their interest in doing the tribute. The project expanded from there as those he contacted then e-mailed others, and the final ensemble included alumni from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and California, Roddel said. "Somehow we managed to pull off the surprise — and we were all amazed at how easily it came together from a musical standpoint," he said. "That alone stands as a tribute to Mr. Hudson. Most of his students are still performing in one way or another because of his inspired teaching." The tribute to Hudson included performances of Franz Biebl's "Ave Maria," Hector Berlioz's "Drinking Song" and Franz Schubert's "Battle Song," the latter conducted by Hudson as requested by the alumni ensemble.Those interested can purchase a recording of the Symphony Band concert that includes the entire surprise tribute. For more information, contact Larry Glenn, audio production specialist, by sending e-mail to glennlr@uwec.edu.

Blugold fans: Complete the Football Facilities Issues Survey
Alumni and friends are invited to complete the online Football Facilities Issues Survey to provide input to the UW-Eau Claire Football Facilities Committee. The committee was formed to examine issues associated with Blugold game facilities and to develop recommendations on the most effective ways to address those issues. The committee is now in a "problem identification phase," said committee chair Terry Classen, UW-Eau Claire's director of facilities planning and management. Once the problems are thoroughly assessed, alternative solutions will be studied. Some alternatives that have been publicly discussed recently are artificial turf at Carson Park or the construction of an on-campus stadium.

Alumni input sought for university Web site update
UW-Eau Claire is in the process of redesigning its primary Web site. Those involved in the redesign are seeking feedback about how to provide information on the Web about events, programs and activities at UW-Eau Claire in the most user friendly way possible. Please take a moment to complete the online UW-Eau Claire Web Site Update Survey.

Seeking alumni business cards
Alumni and friends are invited to submit their business cards to be included in a display at UW-Eau Claire's fifth annual Majors Fair this fall. The goal of the fair is to provide information on all of UW-Eau Claire’s majors, minors and pre-professional programs to current and prospective students, said Rita Webb, adviser in the Academic Advising office. “The business card display is intended to give students a sense of the types of career paths our graduates follow, regardless of their majors, said Webb, coordinator of the display. Alumni who submit their business cards are asked to indicate their year of graduation and college major on the back side of the card. Non-alumni college graduates also may submit cards, indicating on the back that they are non-alumni, as well as their year of graduation and major. Cards should be mailed to Webb, UW-Eau Claire Advising and Academic Testing, P.O. Box 4004, Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004. For more information, e-mail Webb at webbrl@uwec.edu.

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Cubs-Brewers game at Wrigley Field
Attention baseball fans: The Alumni Association has reserved a block of seats at the historic Wrigley Field for the June 25 Cubs-Brewers game. The event cost of $27 includes a ticket to the 1:20 p.m. game and a pregame reception from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at John Barleycorn, 3524 N. Clark St., Chicago. Payment and registration must be sent in by June 16, but those interested are encouraged to respond as soon as possible because only a limited number of seats are available. Send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call (715) 836-3266 for registration and payment information.

Montana alumni outdoor barbecue
An outdoor barbecue for alumni will be held Friday, July 25, from 6-8 p.m. at the Bitterroot River Inn and Conference Center, 139 Bitterroot Plaza Dr., Hamilton, Mont. (45 miles south of Missoula). Meet with fellow alumni, enjoy complimentary barbecue fare on the inn's patio, and hear a UW-Eau Claire campus update from Chancellor Donald Mash. Also sign up for a drawing for great Blugold door prizes. (In case of rain, the gathering will be held indoors.) If you’d like to attend, send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call (715) 836-3266.

Gathering for Columbus, Ohio, area alumni
Alumni living or visiting in the Columbus, Ohio, area are invited to an alumni gathering from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the home of Thomas and Jeannie Flesch, 595 Cardinal Hill lane, Powell, Ohio. Meet with fellow alumni, enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and hear a UW-Eau Claire campus update from Chancellor Donald Mash. Also sign up for a drawing for great Blugold door prizes. If you’d like to attend, send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call (715) 836-3266.

Alpha Kappa Lambda reunion
UW-Eau Claire alumni who were members of Alpha Kappa Lambda are invited to a reunion Homecoming weekend, Oct. 3-4. Plans include a get-together Friday night, Oct. 3, at Girolamo's Court'N House, 113 W. Grand Ave., Eau Claire; the UW-Eau Claire Homecoming parade and football game on Saturday, Oct. 4; and a Saturday night dinner and reception at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in downtown Eau Claire. More details will follow in upcoming e-View issues. Meanwhile, contact Tim Coburn '71 by e-mail at tcoburn@dor.state.wi.us for additional information.

For more information . . .
Contact the Alumni Association for more information about any of the events above or about planning an alumni event in your area.

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The following is a sampling of upcoming events at UW-Eau Claire. For a complete listing and links to ticket information, see the university's online Calendar of Events.

Music on the Mall
Peter Phippen
Monday, June 9, 7 p.m.
Free, Central Campus Mall
(Rain site: Schofield Auditorium or The Cabin)

Summer Session 2003
June 9, eight-week summer session begins
More information

Jazz at Noon
June 11-13, 16-20, 23-27, July 1-2
Noon-1 p.m., free
Campus Mall

Music on the Mall
Howard "Guitar" Luedtke and Blue Max
Monday, June 16, 7 p.m.
Free, Central Campus Mall
(Rain site: Schofield Auditorium or The Cabin)

Music on the Mall
Matt Wahl
Monday, June 23, 7 p.m.
Free, Central Campus Mall
(Rain site: Schofield Auditorium or The Cabin)

Music on the Mall
Michael Jerling
Monday, June 30, 7 p.m.
Free, Central Campus Mall
(Rain site: Schofield Auditorium or The Cabin)

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