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Five receive August Alumni Association awards

Burmaster addresses August graduates

Reilly appointed as next UW System president

Anderson named to admissions/enrollment post

Wells Fargo gift supports College of Business program

Faculty/staff announce retirements, receive promotions, tenure

Community Registration, Back-to-School nights set

University announces Artists Series, Forum lineups

Alumni Links

Coming for Homecoming 2004?
Let us know!

Online Alumni Store now easier to access

Alumni events

Alumni success stories

Alumni photo album

Blugold Trivia

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August 2004

Five receive August Alumni Association awards

Dr. Rita Kisting Sparks '04 Thomas Griffith '80 Susan Perry-Lindle '71 Carol Van Dam '81 Charles Grossklaus '69
Kisting Sparks
Van Dam

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association presented awards to five alumni and friends of the university Aug. 7 in conjunction with summer commencement. (See photos from the awards reception.) Dr. Rita Kisting Sparks, professor emerita of nursing systems, received the Honorary Alumnus Award, Thomas Griffith '80 and Susan (Patterson) Perry-Lindle '71 received the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, and Carol Van Dam '81 and Charles Grossklaus '69 received the President's Award. Full story.

Burmaster addresses August graduates

Elizabeth Burmaster
Elizabeth Burmaster

Education must be a top priority in the state of Wisconsin, said Elizabeth Burmaster, Wisconsin's state superintendent of public instruction, during her address to UW-Eau Claire's 209 newest alumni during commencement exercises Aug. 7 in Zorn Arena. A total of 178 undergraduate students received bachelor's degrees, and 31 graduate students received master's degrees. Burmaster challenged the new graduates to keep an awareness of increasing global interdependence, as well as to contribute to the future of the Eau Claire community and state of Wisconsin. Full story.

Reilly appointed as next UW System president

Kevin P. Reilly
Kevin P. Reilly

Kevin P. Reilly, chancellor and former provost of UW Extension, has been appointed as the sixth president of the UW System. The UW System Board of Regents approved the appointment July 29, following the recommendation of the regents’ selection committee for the UW System President. Reilly has served four years as UW-Extension chancellor and four years as vice chancellor and provost. He previously was associate provost for academic programs and secretary of the university at the State University of New York System. Full story.

Kris Anderson
Kris Anderson

Anderson named to enrollment/admissions post
Kris Anderson has been named UW-Eau Claire's executive director of enrollment services and director of admissions. Anderson has served as interim director of admissions and enrollment services since January 2003. Anderson, who was appointed as UW-Eau Claire associate director of admissions in fall 2001, has more than 10 years of experience in university admissions. She previously served as assistant director of admissions at UW-Superior and as an admissions counselor at UW-River Falls. Full story.

Wells Fargo gift supports investment management program in College of Business

Schneider Hall
Schneider Social Science Hall, home of UW-Eau Claire's College of Business, will be the site of a classroom improvement project supported by a gift from Wells Fargo.

Wells Fargo, a longtime partner with the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, has made a gift of $16,000 to benefit the investment management program in UW-Eau Claire's College of Business. Of the total gift, $15,000 will support the remodeling of a College of Business classroom to include new equipment and technology for participants in the investment management program. The remaining $1,000 will support the Wells Fargo College of Business Diversity Scholarship. The gift is recognized as a contribution to Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, the UW-Eau Foundation's ongoing campaign for UW-Eau Claire's people and programs. Full story.

Faculty/staff announce retirements, receive
promotions, tenure
Two UW-Eau Claire professors, Dr. J. Kenneth Davidson Sr. and Dr. Dennis Knutson, have announced their retirements. Both have received emeritus status. Davidson, professor of sociology and coordinator of family studies, retires this month after 28 years at UW-Eau Claire. Knutson, associate professor of accounting and finance, certified public accountant and certified management consultant, retired in May after more than 30 years of service to UW-Eau Claire. Full story. Also, a number of UW-Eau Claire faculty and academic staff have received promotions and/or tenure this summer. See complete list of newly promoted/tenured faculty and staff.

Community Registration, Back-to-School nights set for community members
UW-Eau Claire will hold a Community Registration Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, in Schofield Hall for community members interested in taking classes as special students during the fall 2004 semester, which begins Sept. 2. Community members new to the university this fall or returning from an extended break in their educations also can benefit from attending a free Back-to-School Program from 9 to 11 a.m. or from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26. Full story.

University announces Artists Series, Forum lineups

Bakra Bata Louise Hogarth
Bakra Bata
Louise Hogarth

Bakra Bata, a Seattle-based Afro-Caribbean steel drum band, will open UW-Eau Claire's 2004-05 Artists Series Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena. The Forum, in its 63rd season, will feature filmmaker Louise Hogarth at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 27 and 28 in Schofield Auditorium. Hogarth's documentary "The Gift" explores the phenomena of "bug chasing" and "gift giving" — the deliberate infection of HIV. Her Forum presentation will include a screening of "The Gift" followed by a discussion of the making of the film and the issues it addresses. See complete Artists Series and Forum details.

Coming for Homecoming 2004? Let us know!
Blugold fans during Homecoming 2003The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association is gearing up for "Return to the North Woods: Homecoming 2004" on Oct. 1 and 2. (Read Homecoming 2004 details.) Alumni planning to attend are encouraged to complete the online Homecoming 2004 Attendance Form. Names, class years and favorite UW-Eau Claire memories of those who submit the form will be posted on the Homecoming 2004 Attendance List, which alumni can check regularly for names of old friends and classmates. Plan to "Return to the North Woods" and join your friends for Homecoming 2004!

Online Alumni Store is now easier to access
Alumni store graphic, linkUW-Eau Claire's online Alumni Store has been a big hit among Blugolds across the country. If you haven't checked it out recently or have not yet made a visit, be sure to take a look at what's available, including two new items: a 32-ounce polycarbonate water bottle with the Blugold athletics logo and an all-cotton afghan with the Alumni Association logo, trimmed in blue and gold. After some alumni reported difficulties accessing the store, a new portal page has been created to streamline the process. Go to the alumni store.

Receptions, College of Business Bash among
fall alumni events

In addition to Homecoming, the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association has a number of fall events planned , including Blugold Hall of Fame inductions, gatherings for education graduates and a College of Business Bash. Find all the details in the online Alumni Events Calendar.

Alumni success stories

Audrey (Sasiela) Nelson '87 Lisa (Allie) Bailey '00
Audrey (Sasiela) Nelson '87
Lisa (Allie) Bailey '00

Audrey (Sasiela) Nelson '87 defied the "experts" following a brain injury in 1981 and went on to earn both bachelor's and master's degrees. Today her career is devoted to advocacy for individuals with brain injuries. Lisa (Allie) Bailey '00 is a physical therapist, but she hasn't given up on a long-held dream of a singing career. She recently earned a spot as the opening act for country music performer George Strait after winning a multistate vocal contest. Read their stories and those of many other successful Blugolds on the Alumni Association's Alumni Success Stories Web pages.

Show how much you know about UW-Eau Claire — AND win great Blugold prizes! E-mail your answer to this month's question to the Blugold Trivia mailbox . All correct responses to this month's question will be entered in a drawing for a sleeve of golf balls sporting the UW-Eau Claire logo (as seen in the online Alumni Store). The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the September issue of e-View.

August Blugold Trivia question:

The first two members of the Blugold Hall of Fame have buildings on campus named after them. Who are they?

Think you know the answer? E-mail it, along with your name and class year, to trivia@uwec.edu. You'll be notified by e-mail if you are this month's winner!

July's winner:
Congratulations to Judith (Lube) Mueller, a 1970 UW-Eau Claire graduate and program assistant in the university's computer science department. Judith won the drawing for a UW-Eau Claire water bottle! She was one of those who correctly identified the photo at left as "The Bird's Nest," the sculpture located between Little Niagara Creek and the northwest entrance to Phillips Science Hall. The sculpture, by the well known Austrian-American sculptor Chaim Gross (1904-1991), was a gift from students and the artist and dedicated Oct. 25, 1980, in celebration of Leonard and Dorellen Haas.

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