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Student intern writes about inauguration experience

Service is part of campus tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

Upcoming alumni events include wine, music and more

UW-Eau Claire is a 2009 Princeton Review best-value college

University anticipates increase in student veterans

UW-Eau Claire to offer social work master's degree program

Faculty author publishes new children's resource books

Entrepreneurial Training Program accepts applications

Web site helps area employers create student internships

New alumni success stories

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January 2009

Student intern writes about inauguration experience

Janie Boschma

UW-Eau Claire journalism student Janie Boschma, working as an intern at The Washington Post during January as the university's 2008 Devroy Fellow, had the opportunity to cover the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama. In addition to contributing to the Post's coverage before, during and after the Jan. 20 event, Boschma wrote articles about the experience for the Jan. 21 and Jan. 22 issues of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, where she is employed as a part-time reporter.

In May 2008, Boschma received UW-Eau Claire's 11th Ann Devroy Memorial Fellowship, which includes a three-week residency at The Washington Post, a $1,400 scholarship to defray the costs of the residency and a summer internship at a Wisconsin newspaper. The fellowship is in memory of Ann Devroy, a 1970 journalism graduate of UW-Eau Claire who was a White House correspondent for more than 15 years. Devroy joined The Post staff in 1985 and died of cancer in 1997 at the age of 49.

Service is part of campus tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Day image
Above, UW-Eau Claire student Lindsey Johnson volunteered at Dove Healthcare Nursing and Rehabilitation in Eau Claire on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Below, UW-Eau Claire volunteers participated in a service activity at Bolton Refuge House. Pictured, from left to right, are Tatiana Sanina, a UW-Eau Claire international student from Moldova; student Emilie Carlson; Dylan Thomas, UW-Eau Claire alumnus and AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer; student Dane Haverly; and student Meghan Wessel. (UW-Eau Claire Center for Service-Learning photos)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day image

Approximately 75 volunteers, among them UW-Eau Claire students and employees as well as area community members, participated in several service projects Jan. 19 in response to President Barack Obama's call to make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a day of service.

Volunteers served a free meal at noon in the Hilltop Center on upper campus. The meal was followed by service activities in the community.

The service efforts were part of a national initiative coordinated by The Campus Kitchens Project, which is organizing a chapter at UW-Eau Claire that will involve students leading hunger relief activities by sharing on-campus kitchen space, recovering unused food from campus cafeterias, and delivering meals to low-income neighborhoods, said Dylan Thomas, an AmeriCorps*VISTA member in UW-Eau Claire's Center for Service-Learning, an organizer of Monday's events and a campus organizer of The Campus Kitchens Project. Thomas also is a 2008 UW-Eau Claire biology graduate. Learn more.

UW-Eau Claire also sponsored an evening ceremony at the Ecumenical Religious Center adjacent to campus that commemorated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff were interviewed by area media covering Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities. See Jan. 19 and Jan. 20 Eau Claire Leader-Telegram stories and a Jan. 19 WEAU-TV story. back to top

Upcoming alumni events include wine, music and more
The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association events calendar features various opportunities for Blugolds to gather in the coming weeks and months. Here are just a few of the events scheduled:

  • "Beat the Winter Blues" alumni gathering, 6-8 p.m. Feb. 5 at Grizzly's Wood Fired Grill & Steaks, 4890 Golf Rd., Eau Claire.
  • Wine tasting, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at Mona Lisa's Restaurant, 428 Water St., Eau Claire.
  • UW-Eau Claire Concert Choir Kennedy Center performance and alumni gathering, 2 p.m. Feb. 16, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.

For more information about these and other upcoming Alumni Association events, visit the alumni events calendar Web page. back to top

UW-Eau Claire is a 2009 Princeton Review best-value college
UW-Eau Claire excellence sealUW-Eau Claire has been named one of The Princeton Review's top 100 "Best Value Colleges for 2009" in the United States.

The Princeton Review's list — featured in the Jan. 8 USA TODAY newspaper and on its Web site — includes 50 public and 50 private institutions. UW-Eau Claire is the only college or university from Wisconsin included on the list.

The Princeton Review, a New York-based education services company, regularly analyzes data from approximately 650 colleges and universities that it considers the best. When creating its "Best Value" list, it looked at academics, costs and financial aid, using the most recently reported data from each institution for its 2008-09 academic year, for about 650 higher education institutions in the United States. Additionally, 160,000 to 175,000 student surveys were received, which also provided input for the academic ratings. Full story. back to top

University anticipates increase in student veterans
soldierAt least 22 UW-Eau Claire students will be on military leave during the spring 2009 semester, many of them part of the Wisconsin National Guard's February deployment of up to 3,500 soldiers who will mobilize for a one-year mission that will take them to Iraq.

"We do everything we can for our students to ensure their deployment won't negatively impact their academic standing," said Marc Goulet, interim associate dean of students at UW-Eau Claire, who has met individually with many of the students who will be deployed.

The number of veterans enrolling at UW-Eau Claire is expected to increase given the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Goulet said. More than 200 veterans are enrolled for the spring 2009 semester, he said, noting that not all veterans identify themselves as veterans so the number is likely even higher.

In anticipation of a larger number of veterans needing services, a Veterans Advisory Committee which includes student veterans, alumni veterans and staff representatives from multiple offices that would likely interact with veterans has been reviewing services and resources the university provides to military veterans. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire to offer social work master's degree program
Human service professionals in western Wisconsin will soon be able to earn a master's degree in social work by taking weekend classes at UW-Eau Claire.

The UW System recently approved a plan that will allow UW-Madison's master of social work program to be available on the UW-Eau Claire campus, a program that will help meet the needs of human service professionals throughout western Wisconsin, said Dr. Gloria Fennell, associate professor of social work and the program's co-director at UW-Eau Claire.

"It's particularly exciting to be able to respond to a long-standing regional need during these very difficult times," Fennell said of the program, which will allow students to take classes at UW-Eau Claire but earn their master's degree from UW-Madison. Full story. back to top

Faculty author publishes new children's resource books

Rob Reid
Rob Reid

In a year's time, UW-Eau Claire faculty member Rob Reid will have released four new books in addition to writing columns for magazines and beginning new literary projects.

Reid, a senior lecturer in the university's foundations of education department and a freelance storyteller, teaches courses on librarianship and children's and young adult literature. Along with his teaching duties, Reid is an accomplished author of children's resource books, with a literary career stemming back to 1995 with his first publication, "Children's Jukebox."

In fall 2008 Reid published "More Family Storytimes," a companion book to "Family Storytime," released in 1999. Also released in 2008 was "Shake and Shout," a collection of story program lesson plans with a musical element. Reid also has two more books coming out in the next few months: "Reid's Read Alouds," slated for a February or March release, and the picture book "Comin' Down to Storytime," scheduled for release in March. Full story. back to top

Entrepreneurial Training Program accepts applications
woman entrepreneur with business "open" signThe UW-Eau Claire Small Business Development Center is accepting applications for its Entrepreneurial Training Program that will begin Feb. 10, 2009. Class space is limited, and early registration is recommended.

The series of 12 comprehensive sessions is designed to help people learn the fundamentals of small business management and to help them create a business plan that will guide their actions and attract potential investors. Sessions meet from 6:30-9:15 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Haas Fine Arts Center at UW-Eau Claire. Full story. back to top

Web site helps area employers create student internships
A new service sponsored by UW-Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley Technical College, the Eau Claire Area School District and the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce will help employers explore the possibilities of offering internships to students in the Eau Claire area.

Launched in fall 2008, Chippewa Valley Internship Central is a Web site designed to help businesses create and offer internships to area students, said Sheila Miller, an intern in the Career Services office at UW-Eau Claire.

The site was created as more schools and businesses require internships as part of their graduation requirements or to become employed, Miller said. The resource offers project planning worksheets, lists of possible job duties and other resources, she said. It also features an e-mail link for additional assistance, she said. Full story. back to top

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

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Ann (Candell) Sessions '85, a UW-Eau Claire business finance graduate who is now executive director of the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild, was featured in the November/December 2008 issue of Wisconsin West Magazine.
Julie Furst-Bowe '85

Julie Furst-Bowe '85, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate who is now provost and vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at UW-Stout, authored the Dec. 26, 2008, WisOpinion.com column "Legislators should draw the line between higher education-prosperous economy."

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Anne McElroy Dachel '77, a UW-Eau Claire history education graduate, and Jill Doermann '77, a UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate, have developed “Think-And-Say Tutoring,” a system that helps children, including those with developmental disorders, learn better social skills. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal The music of Justin Vernon '04, a UW-Eau Claire comparative religions graduate, and his band, Bon Iver, was featured in the Jan. 12 issue of The New Yorker. Sean Carey '07, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate and member of Bon Iver, also is mentioned in the article.
Ben Seidman '07 Ben Seidman '07, a UW-Eau Claire theatre graduate, is the resident magician at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Full story. He has upcoming performances in Eau Claire, Madison, St. Paul and Milwaukee.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal UW-Eau Claire art graduates Clayton Brice '07, Cyndee (Emick) Kaiser '71, Amy Krause '07, Kathy Seitz '91 and Terri Shewczyk '94 are among the artists whose works appear in the Green Multimedia Art Show at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center through Jan. 30. Full story.
Aaron Olson '07 Aaron Olson '07, a UW-Eau Claire economics and political science graduate, has been hired as a reporter for the Dunn County News in Menomonie, Wis. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal When he's not teaching music at West Salem High School, David Kies '92, a UW-Eau Claire music education graduate, is the drummer in a jazz quartet that performs regularly in La Crosse. Full story. (David's wife, UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate Jennifer (Schleske) Kies '94, also is mentioned in the story.) back to top

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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 stadium cushion. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the February issue of e-View.

January Blugold Trivia question:

What is UW-Eau Claire's current faculty-to-student ratio?

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!

December's winner:
Congratulations to Laura Camacho, a 2004 UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate! Laura has won the December Blugold Trivia prize in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that Aaron Doty, who received UW-Eau Claire's Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award Dec. 20, works as the orchestra personnel and operations manager for the Washington National Opera. back to top

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