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Calling all Blugolds: Don't miss Homecoming 2008

Steven Tallant leaves for Texas A&M-Kingsville; Marty Wood to serve as UW-Eau Claire's interim provost

Fall issue of The View to arrive in Blugold mailboxes soon

Hockey Profs, student skaters to play benefit game

Music professor receives 10th Schoenfeld award

'Ask a Scientist' talks to resume Sept. 23

Biologist to kick off 2008-09 'Let's Do Lunch' series

Dancer/choreographer Yu Wei to open Artists Series

Minnesota Twins Blugold Night 2008 is Sept. 27

Alumni business cards sought for October Majors Fair

Blugold Marching Band plays at Packers season opener

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

Alumni Links

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Alumni events

Blugold Babies

Blugold Bliss

Photo album

'The View' online

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September 2008

Homecoming 2007 image
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UW-Eau Claire photos by Bill Hoepner '98

Calling all Blugolds:
Don't miss Homecoming 2008
The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association invites all Blugolds to Homecoming 2008, to be held Oct. 3-4. From the parade on First Avenue to the Blugold Fever Fest, football game and Fifth Quarter postgame party in Carson Park, you won't want to miss a thing! (Check the Homecoming Web page for details.)

Alumni planning to attend Homecoming are encouraged to complete the online Homecoming 2008 Attendance Form. Names, class years and favorite UW-Eau Claire memories of those who submit the form will be included on the Homecoming 2008 Attendance List, which alumni can check regularly for names of old friends and classmates. Plan now to join your UW-Eau Claire friends for Homecoming 2008! back to top

Steven Tallant leaves for Texas A&M-Kingsville;
Marty Wood to serve as UW-Eau Claire's interim provost

Steven Tallant Marty Wood

Dr. Steven Tallant, who had been UW-Eau Claire's provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs since spring 2007, on Sept. 2 was named president of Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Tallant's last day at UW-Eau Claire was Sept. 15. Tallant came to UW-Eau Claire in 1994 as a professor of social work. He was named associate vice chancellor and director of graduate programs in June 2000. He served as interim provost from April 2004 to November 2004 and again from April 2005 until he was named provost and vice chancellor on a permanent basis. Full story.

Dr. Marty Wood, professor of English and chair of the University Senate, has been named the university's interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. Wood joined the UW-Eau Claire English faculty in 1986 and served as the English department chair from 1998-2007. In 2007 he was elected chair of the University Senate, a deliberative body empowered to act for the university faculty and academic staff in matters of faculty and academic staff responsibility and concern. Full story. back to top

Fall 2008 View coverFall issue of The View to arrive
in Blugold mailboxes soon

Watch for the fall 2008 issue of The View, UW-Eau Claire's award-winning alumni print magazine, which should be in the mailboxes of Blugolds near and far during the week of Sept. 22. The issue includes a comprehensive look at UW-Eau Claire's commitment to sustainability; up-close features of alumni Michael Perry, a successful writer and humorist, and Jane Schauer, a nurse turned cardiologist; news from campus; class notes; and more. And remember, feature stories from past issues of The View are always accessible in the magazine's online version. Happy reading! back to top

Hockey Profs and Blugold women's hockey team
Above, the Hockey Profs, UW-Eau Claire's faculty/staff hockey team, posed with UW-Eau Claire student-athletes after their 2007 benefit game. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Bill Hoepner '98)
Hockey Profs, student skaters to play benefit game
The second annual showdown between the Hockey Profs, UW-Eau Claire's faculty/staff hockey team, and a team consisting of UW-Eau Claire student-athletes will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Hobbs Ice Arena in Eau Claire. The game is a charity event with proceeds going to the Future of Ice campaign, an effort by a consortium of community groups to raise funds for the renovation and expansion of Hobbs Ice Arena. The Ice Sports Consortium consists of the city of Eau Claire, the Eau Claire Figure Skating Club, Memorial and North high schools' hockey programs, Eau Claire Youth Hockey and the UW-Eau Claire men's and women's hockey programs. back to top

Hockey Profs 2008 roster:

Robert Greene, philosophy and religious studies; Fred Kolb, economics; Joe Hupy, geography; Geoffrey Pignotta, geology; Jeff Janot, kinesiology; Brian Levin-Stankevich, chancellor; Phillip Ostrander, music and theatre arts; Tina Killey, Activities and Programs; Matt Loen, athletics; Jim Phillips, chemistry; Lisa Schuetz, Recreation and Sports Facilities; Amanda Schultz, athletics; Erin Szpara, graduate student; Darcy Way, team athletic therapist.

Music professor receives 10th Schoenfeld award

Vanissa Murphy

Dr. Vanissa Murphy, professor of music and theatre arts, is the 10th recipient of the Maxwell Schoenfeld Distinguished Professorship at UW-Eau Claire.

The award, created in honor of Maxwell Schoenfeld, a UW-Eau Claire history professor and scholar from 1964 until his death in 1996, recognizes a commitment to the university, achievement in scholarship and a commitment to student learning and life.

"Because of the way this award was set up to honor teaching and scholarship, I think it is one of the most meaningful ways to be recognized," said Murphy, who joined the UW-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department in 1989. "It is very humbling and an honor to be the recipient. I'm very appreciative."

She will use the funds to continue her research looking at the educational implications of the current body of knowledge regarding brain-based learning, Murphy said. Full story. back to top

Harry Jol


'Ask a Scientist' talks to resume Sept. 23
This fall UW-Eau Claire scientists will again share their expertise with the Chippewa Valley through the "Ask a Scientist" series of free community events. The series, to be held at the Acoustic Café, 505 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire, will be geared toward the educated layperson and will feature 30-minute presentations on a variety of scientific topics of current interest. Dr. Harry Jol, professor of geography, will make the first fall presentation, "Biblical Archaeology," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23. See the complete fall schedule. back to top

Biologist to kick off 2008-09 'Let's Do Lunch' series

Winnifred Bryant

A UW-Eau Claire biologist will explain during a lunch presentation this month how synthetic and natural chemicals commonly found in the environment can mimic the actions of estrogen and the possible health consequences from exposure to them.

Dr. Winnifred Bryant, a UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of biology, will present "Environmental Estrogens: Pituitary Effects" from noon-1 p.m. Sept. 24 at Sweetwater's restaurant in Eau Claire. The presentation is part of the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch" series. Full story. back to top

Dancer/choreographer Yu Wei to open Artists Series

Yu Wei
Yu Wei

Chinese choreographer and solo dancer Yu Wei will open the 2008-09 season of the Artists Series Sept. 24 at UW-Eau Claire. The Yu Wei Chinese Dance Collection will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. A question-and-answer session and reception will follow the performance.

The performance is presented in cooperation with UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education to celebrate the university's participation in the Chinese 1+2+1 Program, through which Chinese students spend a year at a Chinese university, study at UW-Eau Claire for two years and return to the institution in China for their final year. After completing all program requirements at both institutions, students will receive bachelor's degrees from UW-Eau Claire and the institution in China. In 2008, four students are studying at UW-Eau Claire as a part of this program. Full story. back to top

Minnesota Twins Blugold Night 2008 is Sept. 27
UW-Eau Claire alumni, employees, students and their families and friends are invited to attend Blugold Night 2008 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, when the Minnesota Twins play the Kansas City Royals. UW-Eau Claire's The Singing Statesmen will perform the national anthem before the 6:10 p.m. game. Find more information about this and other upcoming Alumni Association events on the Alumni Gatherings Web page. back to top

Alumni business cards sought for October Majors Fair
UW-Eau Claire's Academic Advising office is seeking UW-Eau Claire alumni business cards to be included in a display at the university's 10th annual Majors Fair Oct. 23. The fair is an opportunity for undeclared and prospective students to find out about the various majors offered at UW-Eau Claire. The business card display is arranged by major to help students see how one’s major can be applied to the “world of work,” said Signe Matson, academic adviser. Students are often surprised by the variety of occupations majors can pursue, she said. Business cards submitted for the display should include the alum's major and year of graduation printed on the back. The cards will be used for display purposes only. Mail business cards by Friday, Oct. 3, to Signe Matson, UW-Eau Claire Academic Advising, 226 Schofield Hall, P.O. Box 4004, Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004. back to top
Blugold Marching Band plays at Packers season opener
Blugold Marching Band Packers game performance
Jam time at Lambeau — The Blugold Marching Band performed a halftime show in front of 71,000 football fans during the Green Bay Packers' season opener Sept. 8 against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. It was the second time the UW-Eau Claire marching band played at Lambeau. The group first performed there in October 2004, when the band had 125 members. This year the band has 230 members, said director Randal Dickerson, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of music. See related news release. (Photos above and below courtesy of Green Bay Packers)
Blugold Marching Band Packers game performance

Alumni success stories
Read about the accomplishments of these and other UW-Eau Claire alumni on the Alumni Success Stories Web pages:

Marlin Hardinger '00 Marlin Hardinger '00, a UW-Eau Claire political science graduate, is a U.S. Foreign Service officer working with a reconstruction team in Helmand, Afghanistan, helping civilians create a local government structure that will assist with restoring order to the region. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Recent UW-Eau Claire alumni Gina Livingston '07 (Spanish), Rebecca O'Brien '08 (biology and Latin American studies) and Christopher Piper Nielson '08 (political science) were accepted into the highly selective Teach For America program, a nationwide organization that recruits top college graduates to teach for two years in public schools that are difficult to staff. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Justin Vernon '04, a UW-Eau Claire comparative religions graduate known in music circles as Bon Iver, appeared Sept. 8 on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." Also read reviews of Vernon's music from Rolling Stone and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Phil Cook '05 Phil Cook '05, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, and other members of the band Megafaun were interviewed in a recent "Quit Your Day Job" posting on stereogum.com. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Marilyn (Clark) Cuellar '71, a UW-Eau Claire business education graduate, received the Best of Show-Drawing award at the annual Uptown Art Fair, held in Minneapolis Aug. 1-3. The Uptown Art Fair is a juried national show featuring the work of artists from across the nation. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Peter Eckerline '82, '83, who received both bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from UW-Eau Claire, is senior partner of the Eckerline, Bencini and Boyd Group in Wayzata, Minn. The group recently was named to Research magazine's Winner's Circle. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Barry Anderson '00, a UW-Eau Claire music education graduate, is acting in the Broadway musical "Legally Blonde" in New York. He has a supporting role, but, as understudy, was thrust into the starring role July 26 when the leading man went home sick. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal

Jolene Anderson '85, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, and Kathern (Spiegelberg) Axelsen '75, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, have been named Women of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes. Full story.

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal

Kelly Blaskey '05, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, is a "big sister" through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northcentral Wisconsin. Full story.

Blugold Trivia headline
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 (trivia@uwec.edu). Those sending correct responses to this month's question will be entered in a drawing for a UW-Eau Claire sweatshirt. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the October issue of e-View.

September Blugold Trivia question:

What two UW-Eau Claire art & design faculty members have their works featured through Oct. 2 in the Art Faculty Show in the university's Foster Gallery?

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!

August's winner:
Congratulations to John D. Lee, a 1981 UW-Eau Claire speech graduate! John has won the August Blugold Trivia prize in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that 22 UW-Eau Claire colleges and departments have news links on the Alumni Association's Department News Web page. back to top

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