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Chancellor outlines plans for progress amid state funding cuts during annual meeting

Six faculty and staff members recognized for excellence

Princeton Review names UW-Eau Claire a 2012 Best Midwestern College

Seven athletes to be inducted into Blugold Hall of Fame

Open-communities research project receives $399,000 National Science Foundation grant

Christine Morales receives Research Corporation award

Artists Series, Forum events kick off academic year

WAGE Center name changed to better reflect programming and services

Garfield Avenue hill to close to personal vehicle traffic

Foundation sponsors special Milwaukee fundraising event

Run with us!

Blugold Booster gatherings planned for 2011-12

Alumni choral group to give performance in Eau Claire

New alumni success stories

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August 2011

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Chancellor outlines plans for progress amid state funding cuts during annual meeting

Brian Levin-Stankevich
Chancellor Brian

In the face of new challenges presented by the 2011-13 state budget — which implemented the largest funding reduction to the UW System in the past two decades and represents an 11 percent cut in state funding for UW-Eau Claire — Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich on Aug. 23 outlined how UW-Eau Claire must move ahead during the next academic year toward the vision and goals of its strategic Centennial Plan.

Levin-Stankevich delivered his state-of-the-university address during UW-Eau Claire's sixth annual Blugold Breakfast and annual meeting, which marks the beginning of the new academic year for university faculty and staff. The event was held in the university's Zorn Arena.

Levin-Stankevich pointed out that tuition continues to substitute for state funding in the UW System, and tuition and fees now account for seven out of every 10 dollars in the system's annual budget.

But it's precisely during difficult economic times that it's most essential for UW-Eau Claire to carry out its public mission and progress toward its 2016 centennial vision to be the premier undergraduate learning community in the Upper Midwest, Levin-Stankevich said. Full story. back to top

Six faculty and staff members recognized for excellence

Sarah Forcier J. Erick Hendrickson
Sarah Forcier
J. Erik Hendrickson
Thomas Lockhart Justin Patchin
Thomas Lockhart
Justin Patchin
Alan Rieck Linda Spaeth
Alan Rieck
Linda Spaeth

Six UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members were recognized for excellence during the university's opening meeting Aug. 23:

Sarah Forcier, program assistant in Academic Affairs, received the Excellence in Performance Award for Classified Staff.

Dr. J. Erik Hendrickson, professor and chair of the physics and astronomy department, received the Excellence in Service Award.

Dr. Thomas Lockhart, professor of physics and astronomy, is UW-Eau Claire's nominee for the 2011 Board of Regents Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dr. Justin Patchin, associate professor of criminal justice, received the Excellence in Scholarship Award.

Dr. Alan Rieck, associate professor of music, received the Excellence in Teaching Award

Linda Spaeth, coordinator for reading and study strategies and interim director of the Academic Skills Center, received the Excellence in Performance Award for Administrative and Professional Academic Staff.

Each honoree received a university medallion and a $1,500 check from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Full story. back to top

Princeton Review names UW-Eau Claire a 2012 Best Midwestern College

Princeton Review sealUW-Eau Claire has been named a 2012 Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review, a New York City-based education services company.

UW-Eau Claire is one of 153 schools in a 12-state region to receive the "Best Midwestern College" designation. The schools are listed on The Princeton Review's website.

This year student opinion data from a total of 629 schools is featured on the "Best Regional Colleges" section of PrincetonReview.com, which focuses on the best colleges in four regions and is aimed at raising awareness of excellent but lesser-known colleges for students looking to study within a specific geographic area. Full story. back to top

Seven athletes to be inducted into Blugold Hall of Fame

Craig Jilek John Furrer
Jim Brennan Sara Drozdowicz
Shelly Roth Bob Coenen
Scott Nesbit Members of the 2011 Blugold Hall of Fame class are, clockwise from upper left, Craig Jilek, John Furrer, Sara Drozdowicz, Bob Coenen, Scott Nesbit, Shelly Roth and Jim Brennan.

Four athletes who participated on four consecutive conference championship teams during their careers are among seven athletes selected for induction into the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Hall of Fame next month.

The 2011 class, which will be inducted Sept. 24, comprises baseball-football players Craig Jilek and John Furrer; diver Jim Brennan; swimmer Sara (Shimanski) Drozdowicz; track athlete Shelly Roth; basketball player Bob Coenen; and tennis player Scott Nesbit.

This group represents the 35th class of men’s inductees and the 22nd class of women’s inductees and brings the number of athletes, coaches and administrators who have been honored to 187.

The Blugold Hall of Fame was established in 1973 to pay tribute, give deserved recognition and enhance school tradition by honoring former athletic letter-winners, coaches or administrators who showed distinctive, unique or exceptional ability while at UW-Eau Claire and have distinguished themselves in their profession or personally since leaving the institution.

For women athletes, there must be a lapse of 12 years from their final season of eligibility before they can be considered for induction and, for men, 15 years.

The class will be recognized at halftime of the football game vs. UW-River Falls Sept. 24 and inducted that night during a banquet in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. Full story. back to top

Open-communities research project receives $399,000 National Science Foundation grant

Matt Germonprez
Matt Germonprez

Dr. Matt Germonprez, associate professor of information systems at UW-Eau Claire, is the recipient of a $399,094 grant from the National Science Foundation's Virtual Organizations as Sociotechnical Systems program. The grant will support research examining how and why organizations participate in open communities, as well as what universities should be teaching students about open community participation.

"The findings of this project will lead to the improved effectiveness of open communities in addressing societal and organizational challenges," Germonprez said. "We plan to apply our findings to higher education curriculum to create strong synergies between practice and education."

Germonprez's project, titled "Organizational Participation in Open Communities," continues a strong tradition of faculty research at UW-Eau Claire, Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich said. Full story. back to top

Christine Morales receives Research Corporation award

Christine Morales
Christine Morales

UW-Eau Claire faculty member Dr. Christine Morales, assistant professor of chemistry, is the only person in Wisconsin to receive a single-investigator Cottrell College Science Award in the most recent awards announced by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

Morales' $35,000 award is the 22nd single-investigator Cottrell College Science Award received by UW-Eau Claire faculty members since 1996, according to the Research Corporation's website.

The award will support Morales' research during the next two years on metal-hydrogen bonding, which may be relevant to the design of new materials used for solid-state hydrogen storage. Two undergraduate students will be involved throughout the project. Full story. back to top

Artists Series, Forum events kick off academic year

Drepung singers
Tibet's Drepung Loseling
Monastery singers

UW-Eau Claire's Artists Series will open its 2011-12 season with a week of activities centered around the Sept. 15 concert by the famed multiphonic singers of Tibet's Drepung Loseling Monastery. Their performance, titled "Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

The 70th season of The Forum at UW-Eau Claire will open Sept. 26 with a presentation by Dr. Debra Rowe, president of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development, an organization that brings together communities and members of the business, education, government and faith sectors to initiate sustainability projects.

Ticket sales begin Aug. 28. Season subscription information is available at the Service Center in the east lobby of Davies Center, 715-836-3727. Subscription options include "The Works" package at a 25 percent discount or a build-your-own-season package of six or more tickets to Forum and Artists Series events at a 20 percent discount.

Learn more about the Artists Series and Forum seasons online. back to top

WAGE Center name changed to better reflect programming and services

Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center logoThe name of the Women's and Gender Equity Center (known as the WAGE Center) at UW-Eau Claire has been changed to better reflect the inclusion of programming and services to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities. The center's name now is the Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center.

"After researching various women's and LGBTQ resource centers at college campuses across the nation, it became evident that a name change was necessary in order to make our center's services and mission more explicit," said Abby Vercauteren, women's issues program coordinator for the center. "It is extremely important for incoming freshman and upperclassmen alike to be able to easily identify where to seek help if experiencing discrimination; our center's name change makes this possible." Full story. back to top

Garfield Avenue hill to close to personal vehicle traffic

Campus hillThe Garfield Avenue hill connecting the upper and lower sections of campus at UW-Eau Claire will be permanently closed to personal motor vehicle traffic effective Sept. 6.

The hill, which for years has been closed to vehicular traffic from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during the academic year, is being closed permanently to reduce the potential for motor vehicle accidents related to construction of the new W.R. Davies Student Center and also to improve safety for bicyclists.

The permanent closure is consistent with the recommendations of the preferred alternative of the university's Campus Master Plan, which calls for conversion of Garfield Avenue into a primarily pedestrian and bicycle mall, said Mike Rindo, UW-Eau Claire assistant chancellor for facilities. Full story. back to top

Foundation sponsors special Milwaukee fundraising event

HomecomingJoin your fellow Blugolds for a special fundraising event Thursday, Sept. 22, at Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee. Catch up with friends and colleagues, learn about exciting changes on campus and discover how you can make an important impact on the future of UW-Eau Claire.

The $25 charge includes entertainment by Comedy Sportz, hors d’oeuvres and desserts by Aldo’s Catering and Scrumptious Delights, two complimentary drink tickets (beer and wine; cash bar also available) and two tickets for fantastic raffle prizes, including UW‐Eau Claire logo gear (additional tickets for sale). All raffle ticket sale proceeds go to support student success efforts. Reserve your spot by Sept. 12, and receive two additional raffle tickets.

The event is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Learn more. back to top

Run with us!

Student runnersThe UW-Eau Claire Alumni Open Cross Country Race will be held Saturday, Sept. 10, in Lowes Creek County Park, Eau Claire. Dan Schwamberger, head coach of the Blugold cross country teams, invites alumni cross country enthusiasts to take a morning run on a challenging course in a beautiful setting. The course has varied footing and rolling hills, predominately made up of grass trails with portions of gravel and wood chips.

"This is a great time for alumni and current Blugolds to catch up with one another, which is why I hope to see all of you on Saturday afternoon," Schwamberger said.

A post-race gathering will be held at 2 p.m. at Whiskeys, 943 Harlem St., Altoona. Beverages and snacks will be provided. The women's 5K begins at 10 a.m., and the men's four-mile will start at 10:45 a.m.

For more information, including directions to the course and the gathering, contact Schwamberger at schwamdj@uwec.edu by Sept. 7. back to top

Blugold Booster gatherings planned for 2011-12

Football teamUW-Eau Claire's athletics program will once again hold Blugold Booster gatherings, director of athletics Scott Kilgallon has announced.

New for this season, head football coach Todd Glaser will host Fifth Quarter events at Sammy’s Fifth Quarter Bar & Grill, located on London Road (in the back of Sammy’s Pizza). The weekly events will start at 7 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Sept. 8. Boosters will be able to order a meal from a special menu each night.

Read more about other Blugold Booster gatherings, and view the full schedule online.

In other news, UW-Eau Claire athletics will launch a new website in the coming days that will include a new design and features to bring you the most current information about all of your favorite teams. back to top

Alumni choral group to give performance in Eau Claire

Five By Design
Members of Five By Design, from left: Terry Niska, Sheridan Zuther, Lorie Carpenter-Niska, Michael Swedberg and Kurt Niska

Wisconsin Public Television has selected the State Theatre in Eau Claire for the taping of its first Jewel Box program featuring Five By Design’s production of Club Swing. The performance will be taped before a live audience at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. The Jewel Box series will focus on historic theaters, spotlighting arts and entertainment from around the state.

Five By Design’s 1982 origins began on the UW-Eau Claire campus, where four of its members were music students. Lorie Carpenter-Niska '88, Kurt Niska '89, Terrence Niska '87 and Michael Swedberg '87, '88 (master of music), the creative talent behind musical productions of Radio Days, Stay Tuned, Cool and Swingin’ and The Ultra Lounge Show, have gone on to establish a career as performing artists and have made more than 200 symphony orchestra appearances at countless performing arts centers throughout the United States and Canada. Sheridan Zuther, a Kansas City Conservatory graduate, rounds out the quintet for the television special. The Washington Post heralded Five By Design’s Kennedy Center debut with the National Symphony Orchestra as “one of the best performances of the season.”

Five By Design’s ties to the Eau Claire community have continued over the past several decades. Robert Baca, UW Eau Claire director of jazz studies, is a personal friend of the members of the group and serves in the capacity of contractor, providing many UW-Eau Claire students and alumni with freelance work and professional touring experiences.

The synopsis behind Club Swing alludes to the significance of historic preservation and how it relates to local communities. In Eau Claire, The Grand Opera House, Fournier’s Dance Academy and Ballroom, and Wisconsin Theatre have disappeared from the landscape.

Set in the present, the fictional Club Swing is about to face the same fate of those historic buildings. Once the hot spot of the '30s, '40s and '50s, the club's marquee flickers one last time before the wrecking ball is slated to fall.
Backed by the Robert Baca Jazz Band, Club Swing spans three decades from 1937 to the club’s closing in 1955. Five By Design celebrates the songs, events and personalities that defined American culture.

Tickets for the Sept. 30 show are available by phoning the State Theatre box office at 715-832-2787. back to top

Alumni success stories

In addition to the alumni below, you can read about the accomplishments of other UW-Eau Claire alumni on the Alumni Success Stories Web pages:

Chad Steinmetz Chad Steinmetz '97, a UW-Eau Claire mathematics graduate, has been named Principal of Bloomer High School. (Photo by Chris Vetter of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.
Justin Vernon

Justin Vernon '04, a UW-Eau Claire comparative studies in religion graduate, was honored by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who proclaimed July 22 "Bon Iver Day" in recognition of the frontman's strong ties to city and state. Full story.

John Woodington John Woodington '06, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, has published his first novella, "Goodwill," in the novella collection Meat and Potatoes, published by Short Sharp Shock, and his short story "Love Story from Scatterbrain's Journal" in Pens on Fire. Learn more.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Carol Fredrikson '78, a UW-Eau Claire management graduate who is a math teacher and cross country coach at L.B. Clarke Middle School, is an avid runner who competes in numerous races each year and usually places in her age group. Full story.
Mark McKenzie

Mark McKenzie '79, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, had his music to the upcoming 3-D Catholic animated film "The Greatest Miracle" premiered in Madrid, Spain, Aug. 17. Learn more.

John Noltner John Noltner '90, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate and Minneapolis-based freelance photographer, has successfully completed a fundraising project to cover the cost of printing a coffee-table book based on his documentary project "A Peace of My Mind." Full story.
Jerry Way Jerry Way '67, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate who also received a master of science in teaching in 1971, and Carol Way '67, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate, recently displayed their artistic talents in a performance at the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls. (Photo by The Chippewa Herald) Full story. back to top

Blugold Trivia headline
Show how much you know about UW-Eau Claire — AND win great Blugold prizes! Email 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 long-sleeved T-shirt. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the September issue of e-View.

August Blugold Trivia question:

The Forum lecture series recently announced its 2011-12 season. Who is the Forum speaker in March 2012?

Know the answer? Email it, along with your name and class year, to trivia@uwec.edu. You'll be notified by email if you are this month's winner!

July's winner:
Congratulations to Craig Ubbelohde, a 1982 UW-Eau Claire health care administration graduate and winner of the July Blugold Trivia prize! Craig's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that Dr. Linda Young, new dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, received bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in nursing from UW-Milwaukee, Marquette University and UW-Madison, respectively. back to top

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