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Major building projects are on the docket

Student Research Day to feature nearly 270 projects

English Festival to feature readings by Tess Onwueme

Award honors university for work with student veterans

Student health care organization recognized with national excellence award

'Neighborhood and Bar Walk' to assess safety, alcohol issues near campus

Student regent is named Truman Scholar

Environmental public health major to intern at the CDC

Junior receives summer internship at Department of Homeland Security

Open house reception to honor Tom Dock

Emerita faculty member named Eau Claire's poet laureate

Amy Goodman to close this year's Forum series

Natural history of Chippewa River subject of 'Let's Do Lunch' presentation

Blugold alumni football players invited to event

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April 2010

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Major building projects are on the docket

A new student center at Ucampus aerial photoW-Eau Claire — the subject of recent media coverage following April 9 action by the UW System Board of Regents that moved the project into full design phase — is just one of three building projects that are well into the planning process on the university campus.

The new construction projects — the student center, an education building and a children's center — represent nearly $100 million in new construction and place UW-Eau Claire in the midst of the most comprehensive and expansive campus facilities improvements to be undertaken in the past 40 to 50 years, said Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich.

"These new building projects represent a significant and much-needed investment in our campus," Levin-Stankevich said. "Their completion will create high-quality spaces for the extraordinary learning and teaching that occur at UW-Eau Claire. These projects begin to bring our facilities up to the requirements of a 21st-century education." Full story. back to top

Student Research Day to feature nearly 270 projects

Student Research DayUW-Eau Claire students will display their faculty-mentored student research, scholarly and creative projects at the 18th annual Student Research Day April 26-28.

Approximately 270 student projects will be on display from noon-6 p.m. April 26, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. April 27 and from 8 a.m.-noon April 28 in Zorn Arena. Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will give a reception welcome address at 4:15 p.m. April 26 in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center. Student Research Day awards and a Kell Container Corp. Collaborative Research Scholarship will be announced.

The event highlights student research accomplishments and the important role faculty and academic staff serve as mentors in the scholarly activity process. Student Research Day encourages dissemination of research results from all disciplines represented in the UW-Eau Claire academic community. Full story. back to top

English Festival to feature readings by Tess Onwueme

Tess Onwueme
Dr. Tess Onwueme

UW-Eau Claire's English department will host its annual English Festival, a celebration of reading, writing and the arts, April 26-30.

The English Festival is one of the largest student-run language arts festivals in the nation, featuring guest authors, lectures by faculty members, student panels, capstone presentations and an international poetry reading.

Student poster displays and presentations will be given daily throughout the week. Music also will be performed on the campus mall from noon-1 p.m. through April 29 (rain site: The Cabin, Davies Center.) Dr. Tess Onwueme, an internationally recognized Nigerian author and distinguished professor of cultural diversity and professor of English at UW-Eau Claire, will be this year's featured author. Full story. back to top

Award honors university for work with student veterans

Jeffrey Ruh
Veteran and senior kinesiology major Jeffrey Ruh in UW-Eau Claire's Veterans Center. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

UW-Eau Claire has been honored for its work to support military veterans and active duty students.

UW-Eau Claire earned first place in UW-Extension's Adult Friendly Institution Incentive Plan awards program. As the winner, UW-Eau Claire will receive $10,000 to further its efforts for adult students.

"The reviewers were impressed with how you put your 'You Served — We Care' motto into practice," David Schejbal, dean of UW-Extension, wrote in a letter announcing the award. "The variety of specific actions you took and resources you secured to provide the welcome and support these veterans need will surely contribute to their success as students." Full story. back to top

Student health care organization recognized with national excellence award

Members of the UW-Eau Claire ACHCA student chapter include (back row, from left) Heather Ceasar, director at large; Alex Price, treasurer; Tyler Gudex, vice president; Katie Sjoberg, secretary; (front row, from left) Kelsey Callahan, president; and Caitlin Casey, director at large.

The UW-Eau Claire student chapter of the American College of Health Care Administrators has been selected to receive the ACHCA Chapter Excellence Award. The award recognizes outstanding achievement overall and the successful implementation of the nationwide project "Cultivating Growth by Aligning Student Chapter with State Chapter Activities."

According to Dean Eide, the health care administration practicum coordinator and faculty adviser to the ACHCA student chapter, UW-Eau Claire has the largest active chapter in the nation, with 42 members. He cites the chapter's four fellowship programs, a new mentoring program and ongoing networking activities with other ACHCA student organizations as initiatives worthy of recognition.

The new mentoring program, a pilot project led by Dr. Douglas Olson, associate professor of health care administration, and senior Nikole Barcz, Madison, connects students with mentors in the field at state and national levels. A second program matches experienced students in the health care administration program with new students, to help them with class scheduling and staying on track. Full story. back to top

'Neighborhood and Bar Walk' to assess safety, alcohol issues near campus

UW-Eau Claire students, residents of the Third Ward and Randall Park neighborhoods, city officials and concerned community members will once again take the "Neighborhood and Bar Walk," an initiative sponsored by The Bridge Campus Community Coalition on Alcohol Issues in Eau Claire.

The event, scheduled for 9 p.m. April 30 to 2 a.m. May 1, is an opportunity for advocates of safety and alcohol abuse prevention to observe behaviors of students and the public in Water Street bars and surrounding neighborhoods. Past walks have improved lighting, transportation and pedestrian issues. The public is invited, particularly students, educators, health care professionals and campus neighbors. Full story. back to top

Student regent is named Truman Scholar

Aaron Wingad
Aaron Wingad

Aaron Wingad, a UW-Eau Claire senior majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology, has been named a 2010 Truman Scholar by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.

Wingad, a Rice Lake native who currently serves on the UW System Board of Regents, is believed to be the first UW-Eau Claire student to receive the prestigious award.

"I`m honored to be a 2010 Truman Scholar," Wingad said. "Not only will this scholarship help me fulfill my educational dreams, it also will connect me with a dynamic community of students and citizens who are just as passionate as I am to make a difference in the world. Through this network of people, I'll learn from and draw on the best of my peers as I prepare for a profession in public health." Full story. back to top

Environmental public health major to intern at the CDC

Patrick Bloecher
Patrick Bloecher

A UW-Eau Claire senior will spend his summer as an intern with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Georgia.

Patrick Bloecher, an environmental public health major from Elderon, was one of 12 students chosen for a CDC internship from a pool of 672 applicants. He will intern in the CDC's National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Collegiate Leaders in Environmental Health program in Atlanta.

"This program will provide me with the opportunity to work on an environmental health project, interact with federal officials and scientists, and visit important environmental health sites in Atlanta," Bloecher said. "I will attend seminars offered by the CDC during the summer, and I'll meet prominent environmental health leaders in the Atlanta area. This is a very competitive internship, and I am very honored and proud to have been selected to participate." Full story. back to top

Junior receives summer internship at Department of Homeland Security

Mark Bauer
Mark Bauer

A UW-Eau Claire junior will spend 10 weeks this summer doing research for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Mark Bauer, a junior mathematics and business finance major from Spencer, will be a paid intern at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M. He will work with other interns as well as with full-time Homeland Security researchers on a project related to system modeling and analysis.

"As a mathematician, I will collaborate with researchers in the Department of Homeland Security to develop technologies that advance the security of our nation," Bauer said. "I look forward to looking at some of the most current issues in our nation, such as the economic collapse, and being able to mathematically model these complex systems. This is a great opportunity to advance my mathematical reasoning skills, and to also be involved with research that may ultimately benefit our nation." Full story. back to top

Open house reception to honor Tom Dock

Tom DockA reception honoring V. Thomas Dock as he retires after 18 years as dean of the UW-Eau Claire College of Business is scheduled for Thursday, May 13.

Under Dock's leadership, business faculty and staff were encouraged to continually examine and improve the college's curriculum, delivery systems, and policies and procedures. During his tenure as dean, the college received AACSB International accreditation for the first time at the undergraduate and graduate levels; solicited more than $4 million in gifts and grants used to support technology, student scholarships, and faculty and staff professional development; created the university's first endowed chair; and developed 12 named classrooms, labs and learning spaces within Schneider Hall.

Dock said his future plans include traveling and managing a family business in Duluth, Minn.

All alumni are invited to attend the open house reception. back to top

Emerita faculty member named Eau Claire's poet laureate

Nadine St. Louis
Dr. Nadine St. Louis

Dr. Nadine St. Louis, UW-Eau Claire professor emerita of English, was named the first poet laureate for the city of Eau Claire by the Eau Claire City Council April 13.

St. Louis was honored for the quality of her work as a poet and for the numerous ways she has supported and encouraged writers and the arts in Eau Claire. As poet laureate, she could be asked to write poems to commemorate special events in Eau Claire.

St. Louis joined the UW-Eau Claire English department faculty in 1969 and taught at the university for 30 years before retiring. She also chaired the Faculty Senate from 1979-81 and served as chair of the English department from 1986-92. See media coverage.

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Amy Goodman to close this year's Forum series

Amy Goodman\
Amy Goodman

A Wednesday, April 28, presentation by investigative journalist Amy Goodman will conclude the 68th season of The Forum at UW-Eau Claire. Her address, "Democracy Now!" will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

Goodman's program was rescheduled from Sept. 29 due to a family emergency; tickets bearing that date will be accepted.

Amy Goodman is a columnist for King Features Syndicate and the executive producer and host of "Democracy Now!" — an award-winning, independent, international news program that airs daily on nearly 800 radio and TV stations in North America. Her latest New York Times bestseller, "Breaking the Sound Barrier," was published in October 2009. Full story. back to top

Natural history of Chippewa River subject of 'Let's Do Lunch' presentation

Let's Do LunchDr. Douglas Faulkner, associate professor of geography at UW-Eau Claire, will discuss the distinctive landscape of the lower Chippewa River valley and the research he and others are doing to piece together the natural history of the river at a Wednesday, April 28, luncheon hosted by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association.

Faulkner will present "Glaciers to Dams: A History of the Lower Chippewa River" from noon-1 p.m. at Sweetwaters Restaurant in Eau Claire. During the presentation he will discuss how the landscape of the Chippewa River has changed from the time of the last ice age to the present. Full story. back to top

Blugold alumni football players invited to event

Blugold football playersUW-Eau Claire football alumni are invited to attend a gathering at Ray J's American Grill in Woodbury, Minn., from 5-10 p.m. Thursday, April 29.

Enjoy great food and door prizes, all compliments of Blugold Football and the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association. Register by April 26 by e-mailing alumni@uwec.edu or calling 715-836-3266. View invitation.

For information about other upcoming Alumni Association events, visit the alumni events calendar. 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:

Judy Clark Judy Clark '87, a UW-Eau Claire communication and theatre arts graduate, celebrates 20 years with WEAU 13 News in Eau Claire. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Mary Gavigan '76, a UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate, has been named superintendent of Whitefish Bay Public Schools. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal

Heather Halonie '98, a UW-Eau Claire psychology and sociology graduate, captured the Crisco is Cooking Award at the 44th Pillsbury Bake-Off. Full story.

Pete Hoyer

Pete Hoyer '85, a UW-Eau Claire social studies, broadfield teaching, graduate, has been named assistant volleyball coach at North Carolina State University. (Photo by Roger W. Winstead/NC State Creative Services) Full story.

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal John Woodington '06, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, recently had his 13th short story published in Slow Trains literary journal. Learn more.
Ryan Casper Ryan Casper '94, a UW-Eau Claire social studies, broadfield teaching, graduate, has been selected to receive the National Education Association's Applegate-Dorros Peace and International Understanding Award. Full story.
Mary Hilfiker Mary Hilfiker '67, a UW-Eau Claire history graduate, has written about her journey to the North Pole last summer. Full story.
John Noltner John Noltner '90, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate and Minneapolis-based freelance photographer, has created a documentary project titled "A Peace of My Mind," which continues to draw discussion on his blog. Full story.
Phyllis Beebe Phyllis Beebe '29, a UW-Eau Claire education graduate who also received a bachelor of science degree in English in 1953, is one of three centenarians living at Eastridge Estates in Altoona. (Photo by Shane Opatz of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Matthew Mauthe '05, a UW-Eau Claire health care administration graduate, has been hired as the executive director of the Marquardt Village retirement community in Watertown. Full story.

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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 alumni tote bag. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the May issue of e-View.

April Blugold Trivia question:

UW-Eau Claire's new student union, which will break ground later this year, will replace the Davies Center building on campus. In what year did Davies Center open?

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!

March's winner:
Congratulations to Antonio Alvarez, a 2001 UW-Eau Claire sociology graduate. Antonio has won the March Blugold Trivia prize in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that the title of the Helen Thomas book published in October 2009 is "Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do" (co-authored by Craig Crawford). back to top

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