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Survey respondents support blue ox concept or no mascot

HLC continues UW-Eau Claire's accreditation

Helen Thomas' Devroy lecture moved to Zorn Arena

UW-Eau Claire named to Community Service Honor Roll for fourth consecutive year

Nursing students to provide health care on Lac du Flambeau reservation

Biology students, faculty to study rice paddies in Cambodia

Program ranks high in American Institute of Physics study

Sustainability blog goes live

Chemistry grad published in prestigious journal

Viennese Ball tickets still available

Registration for Alumni Choir Tour under way

Readers sought for International Poetry Reading

Eau Claire Jazz to present alumni concert, reception

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Alumni asked to share career knowledge with students

Sign up for Job Search Boot Camp!

Former administrator named one of 'most influential'

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March 2010

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Survey respondents support blue ox concept or no mascot

Blue Ox mascotMost people responding to a UW-Eau Claire survey last month favored using a blue ox as a school mascot or having no mascot.

More than 12,200 students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members responded to the mascot survey, which was e-mailed in late February to about 40,000 people.

The survey offered three mascot options: a blue ox, a voyageur or having no mascot. Forty-six percent of the survey respondents supported the blue ox concept, 42 percent opted for no mascot and 12 percent favored the voyageur concept. More than 3,000 respondents also offered comments as part of the survey. Full story. back to top

HLC continues UW-Eau Claire's accreditation

University SealThe Board of Trustees of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has formally approved continued accreditation for UW-Eau Claire. The university's next scheduled comprehensive evaluation will be in 2019-20.

"UW-Eau Claire is to be commended on its Self-Study Report, process and commitment to provide evidence that it clearly satisfies the criteria for accreditation," the HLC Evaluation Team wrote in its final report. "The process was extremely open, candid, and thorough; and included a wide cross-section of the campus community and its stakeholders."

The self-study involved hundreds of faculty, staff, students and alumni over a period of almost three years. The self-study and Evaluation Team report will be used to guide institutional planning and continuous improvement efforts.

UW-Eau Claire has had continuous accreditation since 1950. Full story. back to top

Helen Thomas' Devroy lecture moved to Zorn Arena

Helen Thomas
Helen Thomas

Literally due to popular demand, the April 29 Devroy Forum appearance of White House correspondent, columnist and author Helen Thomas will move to Zorn Arena, UW-Eau Claire's largest venue.

"Within a week of announcing Helen Thomas' talk here, we had more than enough online RSVPs to fill the 638-seat Schofield Auditorium, where we normally hold the Devroy Forum," said Mike Dorsher, a UW-Eau Claire associate professor of journalism and chair of the Devroy Committee. "We're happy we can move the event to Zorn Arena, so everyone from the campus and community who wants to see Helen Thomas can do so."

The free Devroy Forum, hosted by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation and department of communication and journalism, is open to the public. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire named to Community Service Honor Roll for fourth consecutive year

Corporation for National and Community Service logo
Honor Roll seal

For the fourth consecutive year, UW-Eau Claire has been recognized for its outstanding community service programs by a federal agency charged with fostering an ethic of volunteerism and service in America.

UW-Eau Claire was among 115 public and private colleges, universities and professional schools named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, with distinction for general community service. The honor roll is compiled by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

The program is designed to increase public awareness of the contributions that college students are making within their communities and across the country through volunteer service.

UW-Eau Claire and Beloit College were the only schools in Wisconsin named to the 2009 Honor Roll with distinction. UW-Eau Claire was the only Wisconsin school, public or private, named to the Honor Roll with distinction every one of the four years since the honor roll was instituted in 2006. Full story. back to top

Nursing students to provide health care on Lac du Flambeau reservation

Cheryl Lapp

Dr. Cheryl Lapp, associate professor of nursing at UW-Eau Claire, believes it is important for nurses to work with people from different cultures. That belief led her to arrange for six UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate students to provide health care at the Lac du Flambeau reservation for six days during the students' spring break.

The nurses, who will leave Eau Claire March 28 and return April 2, will work at the Peter Christensen Health Center for the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. They also will work with a nurse practitioner who serves families on the reservation and will accompany a community health nurse on home visits.

"There is a dire need for nurses to have the experience of working with other cultural groups," said Lapp, who will accompany the students. "Immersion experiences like this go a long way in breaking down stereotypes, heightening awareness and helping nurses develop more skill in communicating with patients who are different from themselves." Full story. back to top

Biology students, faculty to study rice paddies in Cambodia

Deb Freund

Five UW-Eau Claire students and a biology faculty member will spend time this summer in Cambodia studying how the use of agrochemicals in rice paddies is affecting that country's ecosystem.

"As rice has become more valuable, the pressure has grown in Cambodia to increase the amount of rice it produces," said Deb Freund, an associate lecturer of biology who will lead the research team. "As a result, rice farmers are using more fertilizers and pesticides. We want to study how these chemicals are affecting the fauna that live in the rice paddies."

While exporting rice is critical to the country's economy, Cambodian farmers also harvest and consume much of what lives within the rice paddies, Freund said, noting that the paddies are home to many diverse creatures such as frogs, birds, crayfish, snakes and insects.

Like all ecosystems, the rice paddies have food chains within them, Freund said. Introducing chemicals can disrupt the food chain and damage the ecosystem, she said. Full story. back to top

Program ranks high in American Institute of Physics study

Dr. Erick Hendrickson Dr. Tom Lockhart

UW-Eau Claire graduates more students with bachelor's degrees in physics than most other similar colleges in the country, according to a recent American Institute of Physics study.

UW-Eau Claire graduated an average of 13 physics majors per year during the three-year timeframe (2006-08) included in the American Institute of Physics study. Just 16 of the 505 bachelor's-degree-granting departments at U.S. colleges and universities graduated more physics majors during that same time period, the study states.

The 13-per-year average is especially impressive considering that the AIP study shows that more than 70 percent of the physics departments that offer the

bachelor's as their highest physics degree graduate five or fewer physics majors a year, said Dr. Erik Hendrickson, professor of physics and astronomy and chair of the physics and astronomy department.

Hendrickson said he also is pleased that 26 percent of UW-Eau Claire students who graduated during the three-year AIP study period were women, a rate that was above the 21 percent national average during that same period. Full story. back to top

Sustainability blog goes live

Sustainability logoA new blog at UW-Eau Claire will allow the university community to more easily see the breadth of sustainability initiatives being advanced across the campus, said Dr. Kate Hale Wilson, campus sustainability fellow.

"I've been inviting folks from every active area I'm aware of to report news of their area's sustainability initiatives," Hale Wilson said. "The response so far has been encouraging. There is a lot going on across the campus and there is great interest about these issues within the campus community. The blog is another way to share information and get people involved." Full story. back to top

Chemistry grad published in prestigious journal

Nick Robertson, a 2004 UW-Eau Claire chemistry graduate, has had an article published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the pre-eminent journal of the world's largest scientific society.

The article, "Tunable High Performance Cross-Linked Alkaline Anion Exchange Membranes for Fuel Cell Applications," was published on the journal’s Web site Feb. 23. The article, which has not yet appeared in print, describes the work Robertson did as a graduate student.

Robertson was an undergraduate researcher with Dr. Michael Carney, associate professor of chemistry at UW-Eau Claire. Robertson received his Ph.D. in 2009 from Cornell University and recently took a tenure-track position as an assistant professor of chemistry at Northland College in Ashland.

Robertson is interested in studying how polymer structures and compositions impact the resulting material properties. He also is interested in developing new polymers that have useful material properties and are biodegradable. Robertson says he wants to develop new laboratories for undergraduate chemistry curricula that are engaging for students and are environmentally friendly.

For more information about Robertson’s research, contact him at 715-682-1321 or nrobertson@northland.edu. back to top

Viennese Ball tickets still available

Viennese BallFriday-night tickets remain for the 36th annual Viennese Ball to be held April 9 and 10 at UW-Eau Claire. Tickets for Saturday night's event are sold out.

Walk-up and phone sales are now being accepted at the Service Center in Davies Center's east lobby. The Service Center is open from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. weekends.

Patrons also may charge their tickets to MasterCard, Visa or Discover when ordering by phone. Call 715-836-3727 — or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free 800-949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders. A printable ticket order form and information about dress and activities at the ball may be found on the Viennese Ball Web site. Full story. back to top

Registration for Alumni Choir Tour under way

Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral

Registration currently is under way for UW-Eau Claire's Alumni Choir Tour of Britain and France, set for Dec. 26, 2010-Jan. 2, 2011.

The tour, led by Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music, will give UW-Eau Claire music alumni the opportunity to travel to Paris and London and perform in Notre Dame Cathedral, La Madeleine church and Westminster Abbey. The tour begins in Paris and concludes with a New Year's Eve celebration in London.

In addition to the scheduled performances, the trip will include tours of Paris and London.

This is the second alumni choir tour in recent years; the first took place in Italy in 2006.

More information about the tour may be obtained from the Alumni Choir Tour Web site or by e-mailing Schwartzhoff at schwargr@uwec.edu. back to top

Readers sought for International Poetry Reading

UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff as well as community members are invited to participate in the fourth annual International Poetry Reading from 7-9 p.m. Monday, April 26, in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.

The event showcases the beauty of languages from around the world. No poetry is read in standard English, but English translations of all poems are provided. Last year more than 200 attendees heard poems in 35 different languages, according to event organizers Dr. Audrey Fessler, assistant professor of English and women's studies, and Dr. Jeff Vahlbusch, associate professor of German and director of the university Honors Program. Full story. back to top

Eau Claire Jazz to present alumni concert, reception

bass instrumentA Jazz Alumni Band Concert performed by UW-Eau Claire graduates is a new event at the Eau Claire Jazz Festival this year.

The concert will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17, in Zorn Arena by UW-Eau Claire alumni who were part of the university's jazz studies program. It is free and open to the public. The concert will be followed by a reception for UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Penthouse of Hibbard Hall.

The reception, hosted by Eau Claire Jazz Inc. and the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association, will include appetizers, a cash bar and music by a jazz combo. Cost for the reception is $10 per person. Alumni and friends can RSVP for the reception by phone at 715-836-4092 or by e-mail at alumni@eauclairejazz.com. Responses are requested by Wednesday, April 14. back to top

Get your Blugold golf apparel here!

Blugold capEau Claire's Close Up Apparel is offering alumni and friends a selection of limited-edition Blugold golf apparel. Top-quality brands are available in items for men and women. Receive a free Blugold cap with your order. Get shopping today! back to top

Alumni asked to share career knowledge with students

UW-Eau Claire’s Career Services and Alumni Relations offices are excited to announce a new technology that will give alumni the opportunity to share the knowledge they've gained in the “real world” and serve as a resource to current undergraduate students at the university. The Blugold Career Success Network is an online tool that will enable alumni to create a profile to share job experiences and career advice with current students.

Through this system, students will be able to search out alumni with similar backgrounds and gain both inspiration and information about the variety of options available to them postgraduation.

An even more exciting feature of the system is that alumni will have complete control over the number of students who contact them. In addition, e-mail correspondence will remain anonymous until an alumnus decides to make direct contact with the student.

Once alumni access the Blugold Career Success Network database, they can get started by clicking on “Create New Account” under the login button.

Questions about the Blugold Career Success Network should be directed to Career Services at careers@uwec.edu or 715-836-5358. back to top


Sign up for Job Search Boot Camp!

Boot Camp logoStill having trouble finding a job? Looking for a career change? Need to brush up on your interview skills? UW-Eau Claire alumni and students are invited to attend Job Search Boot Camp set for Thursday, April 22, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.in UW-Eau Claire’s Davies Center.

The daylong event, sponsored by Career Services, includes resume reviews, a chance to mock interview with area hiring experts and workshops on everything from the job search process to working in nonprofits.

Four feature presentations are scheduled:

  • 11 a.m., ”Using Social Media to find a Job”
  • Noon, “Mayo Clinic: From Nursing to Business to Communications — One Organization, Endless Opportunities” (free lunch included)
  • 1 p.m., “Excellence: How Your UW-Eau Claire Degree Sets You Apart and How to Market Your Education to Employers”
  • 2 p.m., “Salary Negotiation and Equity: Make Sure You’re Getting Paid What You’re Worth”

For information about preregistration and other details, e-mail Jesica Witte, marketing and event planner for Career Services, at wittejm@uwec.edu. Parking for the event will be available in the two Water Street lots. back to top

Former administrator named one of 'most influential'

Dr. Roy Saigo

A former UW-Eau Claire faculty member and administrator has been selected by online public polling as one of the St. Cloud, Minn., area’s 10 most influential people of the decade.

Dr. Roy H. Saigo, president emeritus of St. Cloud State University, received the honor after the St. Cloud Times posed to its readers the question: “Who has been most influential locally in the past 10 years?”

Saigo began his teaching career at UW-Eau Claire in 1967 and then served as assistant to the dean in what was then the university’s School of Arts and Sciences from 1976-80 and as assistant dean from 1981-84.

Saigo also held administrative positions at the University of Northern Iowa, Southeastern Louisiana University and Auburn University Montgomery. He completed his career at St. Cloud State, retiring in 2007. 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 Mike DeBay '97, a UW-Eau Claire management graduate, is bank manager for Associated Bank in Rhinelander. Full story.
JoAnne Brandes JoAnne Brandes '75, a UW-Eau Claire journalism and political science graduate, has joined the board of directors of First Business Bank-Milwaukee. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal

Barbara J. McMillion '81, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, is the new director of nursing for the Santa Rosa County (Fla.) Health Department. Full story.

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal

Michael Marasch '80, a UW-Eau Claire chemistry-business graduate, has been named senior marketing director for the MACtac printing products division. Full story.

Aaron "Charles" Walker Aaron "Charles" Walker '00, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, and his band, the Charles Walker Band, are on tour for the release of their fifth CD, "Used and Defiant." Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Lance Lamphere '76, a UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate, reconnects with students he taught 40 years ago. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Scott Weisenbeck '91, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate and group product manager for Hormel Foods, was a featured speaker at the "Innovation Leadership: Creativity for Performance Summit" in Rochester, Minn. 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 baseball cap. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the April issue of e-View.

March Blugold Trivia question:

White House correspondent, columnist and author Helen Thomas will be the featured speaker at this year's Ann Devroy Memorial Forum. What is the title of the book Thomas had published in October 2009?

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!

February's winner:
Congratulations to Chuck Major, UW-Eau Claire's director of Housing and Residence Life. Chuck has won the February Blugold Trivia prize in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that the university's Art Club sponsored a Blugold mascot contest in 1956. back to top

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