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Blugolds win women's cross country national championship

Blugold Commitment Web site provides updates

Foundation expresses gratitude to donors

Read stories from the fall View online

Tickets available for 35th annual Holiday Concert

Madrigale Dinner set for Dec. 4 and 5

Registration open for Accessible Arts Series

UW-Eau Claire ranks high in study abroad

Survey finds binge drinking continues to decline

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

Alumni Links

e-View archive

Alumni events

Blugold Babies

Blugold Bliss

Photo album

'The View' online

Alumni success stories

Blugold e-postcards, screensavers

e-View survey


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November 2009

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Blugolds win women's cross country national championship

Cross country teamThe UW-Eau Claire women's cross country team has won the 2009 NCAA Division III National Championship.

The national title is the second in program history but is the first NCAA Division III title. In 1984 the Blugolds won an NAIA national championship. The NCAA title is also just the third in Blugold athletics history, with the softball team picking one up in 2008 and men's golf winning one in 2001. Full story. back to top

Blugold Commitment Web site provides updates

Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich

UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich has recently updated various university constituents on the Blugold Commitment initiative.

The proposal, first announced by the chancellor at the opening of the academic year, would be a partnership of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to preserve and enhance the distinctive, high-quality UW-Eau Claire experience. Through an increase in differential tuition, the Blugold Commitment would make it possible for all students to participate in the high-impact learning experiences that set UW-Eau Claire graduates apart.

To learn more about the proposal and view related videos, visit the Blugold Commitment Web site. back to top

Foundation expresses gratitude to donors

Foundation medallionAs the end of the 2009 calendar year approaches, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation wants to thank donors, past and present, for their generosity. Those considering making an annual contribution in support of UW-Eau Claire before the end of the year may do so by visiting the Foundation's "Making a gift" Web page.

Those who wish to make a gift in person may stop by the Foundation office in 214 Schofield Hall during the regular office hours of 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The office is open Monday through Friday, with the exception of the following days: Dec. 24-25, Dec. 28 (mandatory furlough day), and Dec. 31-Jan. 1.

Donors may also call 877-625-2473 to make a gift with a credit card.

To learn how giving impacts the lives of UW-Eau Claire students and the donors themselves, view the video “Reflections on Giving.” back to top

Read stories from the fall View online

Fall 2009 View coverFeature stories from the fall 2009 issue of The View can now be read in The View online.

Featured in the fall issue are stories about Native artist Ramona Morrow '05, retired physician and childhood obesity expert William Klish '63, Department of Children and Families secretary Reggie Bicha '92 and six alumni who work at Colfax-based Commercial Testing Laboratory Inc.

The View online also includes links to the alumni and friends Web site, online class notes and more. back to top

Tickets available for 35th annual Holiday Concert

Holiday Concert posterTickets for the 35th annual Holiday Concert offered by the UW-Eau Claire department of music and theatre arts and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation are available for performances at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, in Zorn Arena.

To help offset the rising costs of presenting the concert, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation is charging a small fee this year — $5 for floor seats and $3 for bleacher seats. Tickets may be purchased at the Service Center in Davies Center or by calling 715-836-3727. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

The concert will feature performances by The Singing Statesmen, Symphonic Choir, Symphony Orchestra, Women's Concert Chorale, Women's Chorus, Concert Choir and Wind Symphony. Full story. back to top

Madrigale Dinner set for Dec. 4 and 5

Madrigal Dinner
UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson

The UW-Eau Claire Chamber Choir will present the 18th annual Ye Olde Madrigale Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5, in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.

The dinner features a 15th-century-style banquet, show and selections of madrigal style music performed by the Court Chamber Choir, directed by Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music. The choir, composed of 24 UW-Eau Claire musicians, plays a royal court celebrating a successful harvest and the excitement of the holiday season. The court has gathered in the Great Hall of Lord and Lady Chamberlain's castle, where they will share a night of laughter over the antics of the court jester.

The performances will include a variety of musical experiences. The Court Chamber Choir will present a number of selections, including "Carol of the Drum," a 20th-century piece by Katherine Davis, and "What is This Lovely Fragrance," a 17th-century French carol arranged by Cary Franklin. Full story. back to top

Registration open for Accessible Arts Series

Bill Hoepner
Self-portrait by digital photography course instructor Bill Hoepner with campus photographer Rick Mickelson in the background

Registration for the spring 2010 Accessible Arts Series for adults, sponsored by UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education/UW-Extension, is now open.

Designed for beginners and beyond, the noncredit courses will be held in the Haas Fine Arts Center at UW-Eau Claire. Spring 2010 courses are "Intermediate Digital Photography," "From Cloth to Book: An Introduction to Bookbinding," "Drawing: For the Absolute Beginner," "An Introduction to Acrylic Painting" and "Drawing: The Next Step."

Early registration is recommended as courses fill quickly. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire ranks high in study abroad

Students in Greece
UW-Eau Claire students in Delphi, Greece

UW-Eau Claire sends more students abroad than any other master's-level university in Wisconsin, according to the 2009 Open Doors Report of the Institute for International Education.

UW-Eau Claire ranks ninth nationally among all master's-level schools in the number of students who participate in mid-length (quarter- or semester-long) study abroad programs, and it ranks 25th nationally among all master's-level schools in overall numbers of students who study abroad, according to the Open Doors Report released in mid-November. Full story. back to top

Survey finds binge drinking continues to decline

CASE logoA recent survey of UW-Eau Claire students suggests that the university's efforts to educate students about alcohol-related issues and outcomes is paying off.

More than 30 percent of the students who completed the alcohol and other drug survey in February reported that they do not drink alcohol. The online survey — completed by 402 UW-Eau Claire students — also found that fewer students are binge drinking, said Jennifer Lee, director of the Center for Alcohol Studies and Education at UW-Eau Claire.

"The decline in binge drinking is an encouraging trend that began in 2002, about the same time the campus stepped up its efforts to better educate students about alcohol-related issues and outcomes," said Lee, noting that 70 percent of students surveyed reported knowing the campus alcohol policy and 69 percent believe it is enforced. "While there is still work to be done, we are seeing more students making more responsible choices when it comes to alcohol." 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:

Roberta Pointer Roberta Pointer '79, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, has been named Minnesota's School Nurse of the Year. Full story.
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John Woodington '06, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, has had his 11th short story published, with his fiction appearing in several publications across the country. Learn more.

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Scott Leitz '88, a UW-Eau Claire economics graduate, has been named director of child health policy and advocacy for Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Full story.

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Graydon Peterson '03, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, performs on bass on Frankhouse's CD "Thought Versus Emotion." Full story.
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Jeff Csuy '86, a UW-Eau Claire psychology graduate, has been promoted to the position of senior vice president/GMM of apparel and accessories for Shopko. Full story.

Bryant Brenner Bryant Brenner '07, a UW-Eau Claire mathematics graduate, is in his second year as head football coach at Eau Claire's Regis High School. (Photo by Andi Stempniak of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Jody Hanneman '06, a UW-Eau Claire philosophy graduate, has been hired as the youth services coordinator for the Black River Falls Public Library. Full story.
JoAnne Brandes JoAnne Brandes '75, a UW-Eau Claire journalism and political science graduate, was the keynote speaker during a philanthropy day celebration sponsored by the Chippewa Valley Fundraising Professionals. Full story.
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Susan Nelson '87, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate who also received a master of business administration degree in 2002, has been named senior vice president/national sales director for HSA Bank. Full story. back to top

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 hooded sweatshirt. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the December issue of e-View.

November Blugold Trivia question:

One of the courses being offered during next spring's Accessible Arts Series at UW-Eau Claire is an introduction to bookbinding. Who is the instructor for that course?

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!

October's winner:
Congratulations to Susan Kupsky, a 1973 UW-Eau Claire Latin American studies graduate! Susan has won the October Blugold Trivia prize in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that the Blugold Marching Band has 270 members, according to the BMB Web site. She also noted the incorrect number of 232 included in a recent university news release. (We regret that error.) back to top

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