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College Board, U.S. News figures point to UW-Eau Claire's affordability, accessibility

Record number of new freshmen enrolled in University Honors Program

Accomplished actor, alumnus returns home for one-man show

Jazz Ensemble II performance to feature music alumnus

New alumni directory to be printed

Birthday gift establishes music and theatre arts scholarship

Six students named McNair Scholars

State Building Commission approves $3.6 million energy conservation project

Physician to present at Nov. 23 'Ask a Scientist'

Are you a recent graduate?

Mark your calendar!

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

Alumni Links

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Blugold Bliss

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November 2010

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College Board, U.S. News figures point to UW-Eau Claire's affordability, accessibility

During a time of rising tuition and fees at U.S. universities, UW-Eau Claire remains more affordable than the national average and is more accessible to students of all economic backgrounds, according to separate reports released recently by the College Board and U.S. News & World Report magazine.

For 2010-11, in-state UW-Eau Claire students pay a total of $13,134 per year in tuition, fees, room and board — about $3,000 less than the national average of $16,140 reported in the College Board's "Trends in Higher Education" series released Oct. 28. (See the College Board news release.)

The College Board reported that the 2010-11 average annual price of tuition and fees for in-state students at public four-year institutions is $7,605. UW-Eau Claire's 2010-11 in-state tuition and fees for two semesters total $7,364 — $241 less than the national average. The College Board also reported a national average of $8,535 for annual room-and-board costs at public four-year institutions. By comparison, UW-Eau Claire's 2010-11 room-and-board costs total $5,770 — $2,765 less than the national average. Full story. back to top

Record number of new freshmen enrolled in University Honors Program

Freshmen on campus mall
Freshmen attend a student services fair on the Central Campus Mall at the start of the academic year. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Bill Hoepner)

A record number of new freshmen are enrolled in UW-Eau Claire's Honors Program this fall, a sign that ongoing efforts to revamp the nearly 30-year-old program are paying off.

The program attracted 137 new freshmen, bringing the total number of honors students to 502, said Dr. Jefford Vahlbusch, director of the University Honors Program. He expects that number to increase by about 20 when transfer students arrive for the 2011 spring semester.

"We have many honors students who are very active in the program, but we're still only serving a small percentage of our student body," Vahlbusch said. "We're working to make this a more useful program that will better meet the needs of even more of our talented students."

Toward that end, program leaders are changing the admissions procedures, as well as increasing the number and variety of opportunities offered to honors students, Vahlbusch said.

"We want this program to serve high-achieving, high-potential and highly motivated students," Vahlbusch said. "Many different combinations of those traits — achievement, potential and motivation — should make students eligible to be honors students." Full story. back to top

Accomplished actor, alumnus Patrick O'Brien returns home for one-man show

Patrick O'Brien
Patrick O'Brien

UW-Eau Claire alumnus and accomplished character actor Patrick O'Brien will perform the one-man show "Underneath the Lintel" Nov. 19-21 at the Grand Little Theatre in Eau Claire.

The acclaimed comedy by Greg Berger is sponsored by the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 and 20 and at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 21.

O'Brien, a 1975 UW-Eau Claire theatre graduate, has appeared on television and in movies, including the opening scene of the Oscar-winning film "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," and guest-starring roles on such series as "Monk," "Home Improvement," " Night Court," "West Wing" and "ER." He is most well-known for his ongoing role as Mr. Dewey in the young-adult comedy series "Saved by the Bell." Full story. See related story. back to top

Jazz Ensemble II performance to feature music alumnus

Matt Pivec
Dr. Matt Pivec

UW-Eau Claire’s Jazz Ensemble II, under the direction of Bob Baca, professor of music, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The performance will feature Dr. Matt Pivec, a 2000 UW-Eau Claire graduate, on saxophone.

Pivec also will conduct a free master class titled "Maximizing the Benefits of Solo Transcription" at 4 p.m. Nov. 19 in Room 139 of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The class is open to the public. Pivec's visit is sponsored by UW-Eau Claire's jazz studies program.

Pivec has explored many different musical styles. As a performer of jazz and popular music, he has worked with Ray Charles, The Temptations, Peter Erskine, Maria Schneider, the Rochester Philharmonic Pops Orchestra and the national touring companies of "Hairspray," "42nd Street" and "The Producers." Full story. back to top


New alumni directory to be printed

Dear Fellow Blugolds,

For the first time since 2002, the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association will print a new alumni directory, and the 2011 directory project is about to begin.

Over the next couple of months, Publishing Concepts Inc. (PCI) will contact alumni like you via mail, phone and e-mail to request that you update your information. We understand that you might not want to provide your information to just anyone, so we want you to know that the company’s request for information is legitimate.

Please feel free to contact us, here in the alumni office, should you have any questions regarding this project.

John Bachmeier ’81
Director, Alumni Relations
UW-Eau Claire
bachmejg@uwec.edu, 715-836-3266 back to top



Birthday gift establishes music and theatre arts scholarship

Mary Imsdahl Claxton
Mary Imsdahl Claxton

UW-Eau Claire alumnus Rick Schroder gave his wife, Evelyn Zabo, a special birthday present this year to honor her and her mother, Walli Zabo. He established the Evelyn and Walli Zabo Fellowship Fund through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation for students majoring in either music or theatre arts.

Evelyn, a graduate of Oregon State University, was named an honorary Blugold in 2010. A recognized leader in the systems integration field, she is a senior executive with Siemens, serving as the global Microsoft alliance leader. She also is an active supporter of higher education, and, along with Rick, is a member of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation board of directors.

The scholarship provides full tuition for a second-semester sophomore or junior who is majoring in one of the fields of study in the music and theatre arts department. The recipient must demonstrate excellence in scholarship and be recognized as a leader by both faculty and students in the department.

The award recently was made for the first time to UW-Eau Claire senior Mary Imsdahl Claxton, who is an Eau Claire resident majoring in music education. She is a volunteer with the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony and teaches at Menomonie schools, in addition to pursuing her studies at UW-Eau Claire. Full story. back to top

Six students named McNair Scholars

Six students at UW-Eau Claire have been selected for the prestigious Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. The McNair Program is a learning community that prepares students for careers in research.

Each year six to 12 talented UW-Eau Claire undergraduates are recognized for their academic achievements and selected by faculty nomination. McNair Scholars plan to attend graduate school to pursue doctoral degrees. As undergraduates they engage in two years of collaborative research with faculty, which generally leads to publication and scholarly presentations in their respective disciplines. Full story. back to top

State Building Commission approves $3.6 million energy conservation project

The Wisconsin State Building Commission has approved a $3.6 million energy conservation project at UW-Eau Claire.

The project includes implementing 10 major energy conservation measures in eight campus buildings as well as numerous other energy conservation measures in 21 buildings on campus, said Terry Classen, director of Facilities Management at UW-Eau Claire.

"By implementing the measures identified in the project, UW-Eau Claire will realize nearly $227,000 in energy savings a year," Classen said. "We'll recoup the $3.6 million invested in the project in just over 13 years given the energy savings that will result." Full story. back to top

Physician to present at Nov. 23 'Ask a Scientist'

Dr. Steve Weiss, an internal medicine physician at Luther Midelfort in Eau Claire, will present "Power Issues in the Doctor-Patient Relationship" Nov. 23 as part of the "Ask a Scientist" series. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. at the Acoustic Café in downtown Eau Claire.

Weiss will discuss the complexity of the doctor-patient relationship as well as the fact that some political philosophers have been critical of medicine in general and doctors in particular.

"The medical culture gives considerable power to doctors, and I will look at the ramifications of that," Weiss said. Full story. back to top

Are you a recent graduate?

If you graduated in December 2009 or January, May or August 2010, UW-Eau Claire's Career Services would like to know if you have accepted a position or will be continuing your education. You can provide this information by filling out this brief employment survey.

Questions may be directed to Jessica Gardner, career and employment manager in Career Services, at gardnejj@uwec.edu or 715-836-5358. back to top

Mark your calendar!

Annual Report coverThe 2009-2010 Annual Report of the University and UW-Eau Claire Foundation Inc. will soon arrive in the mailboxes of alumni, donors and other friends of the university. The Annual Report was again published this year in the popular wall calendar format.

If you have questions about the content of the Annual Report or don't receive your copy in the next few days, contact Kimera Way, executive director of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, at waykk@uwec.edu or 715-836-5630. 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:

Michael LeMay Michael LeMay '05, a UW-Eau Claire computer science graduate, has, along with one of his former professors, been awarded a patent from the U.S. Patent Office. Full story.
Sahar Taman Sahar Taman '83, a UW-Eau Claire theatre graduate, has been honored by the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy for her work on a project promoting cross-cultural relations. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Errin Kilgore '07, a UW-Eau Claire music therapy graduate and Peace Corps volunteer, was featured in Serious Ting, a newsletter produced by the Peace Corps Eastern Caribbean community. Full story.
Abby Vercauteren

Abby Vercauteren '09, a UW-Eau Claire political science graduate, is women's issues program coordinator for UW-Eau Claire's Women's and Gender Equity (WAGE) Center. Full story.

Grant Schultz Grant Schultz '99, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, is assistant lead pastor for Valleybrook Church in Eau Claire. (Photo by Jen Schultz of Genesis Photography) Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Jason Voiovich '97, a UW-Eau Claire communication graduate, is vice president, marketing, for AbleNet Inc. in Roseville, Minn. Full story.
Joe Carlson Joe Carlson '07, a UW-Eau Claire history graduate, is the new senior district executive for the Clear Water District of the Chippewa Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America. (Photo by Dan Reiland of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.
Scott Suder Scott Suder '91, a UW-Eau Claire political science graduate, has been elected majority leader for the Wisconsin Assembly. 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 insulated tumbler. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the December issue of e-View.

November Blugold Trivia question:

Actor and alumnus Patrick O'Brien '75 is returning to Eau Claire to perform in the one-man show "Underneath the Lintel" Nov. 19-21. What award will he receive from the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association in December?

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 Clyde Clauson, a 1970 UW-Eau Claire mathematics education graduate! Clyde has won the October Blugold Trivia prize in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that Morris D. Hayes was the founder and first conductor of UW-Eau Claire's Singing Statesmen. back to top

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