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Campus community invited to suggest names for new university student center

Harlaxton College invites alumni students, faculty to return for 40th anniversary

Tickets for 37th annual Viennese Ball now on sale

State budget information available on university website

Student receives Gilman scholarship to study in Spain

'Math and science guy' and wife fund science scholarships

Physics program commended, selected for site visit

Super Bowl ad research receives national attention

Professor emeritus Wil Denson wins screenwriting contest, signs with Hollywood literary agent

Civil rights legend to visit UW-Eau Claire

Two Artists Series events scheduled for March

Forum season concludes with presentation by 'Batman' producer Michael Uslan

Kristo Orthodontics makes gift to support WYSP

Shamrock Shuffle 5K to benefit WYSP

First Fridays program to feature leader dog 'puppy raiser'

Tickets for Aldo Leopold Banquet still available

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February 2011

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Campus community invited to suggest names for new university student center

Student Center drawingUW-Eau Claire students, faculty, staff, emeriti and alumni are invited to submit their recommendations for a name for the new university student center, which will be under construction beginning March 7.

Name suggestions must be submitted before 4 p.m. March 4. In addition to a name recommendation, submitters may provide a supporting rationale of up to 250 words. Suggestions can be submitted via an online form, or via letter or e-mail message to Dr. Beth Hellwig, vice chancellor for student affairs. E-mail suggestions should be sent to hellwiba@uwec.edu. Written suggestions should be mailed or delivered to the UW-Eau Claire Office of Student Affairs, 240A Schofield Hall, 105 Garfield Ave., Eau Claire, WI 54701.

A committee representing students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni will review all submitted name suggestions and recommend three names to Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich. In accordance with UW-Eau Claire and UW System policies, the chancellor will then select one of the names, which will be submitted to the UW System Board of Regents for approval. Full story. back to top

Harlaxton College invites alumni, students, faculty to return for 40th anniversary

Students at Harlaxton College

Students pose in front of Harlaxton Manor during the spring 2010 semester. (Contributed photo)

Center for International Education peer adviser Jeryn Waldera, who studied at Harlaxton College during spring 2010, now helps UW-Eau Claire students prepare for their Harlaxton experience. This includes providing helpful travel tips and answering any questions or concerns regarding living situations, their courses and a variety of other topics.

Waldera, a junior from Hudson, said studying at the college was a chance to create lasting memories and make great friends.

“At Harlaxton, a community is created; you become a family,” she said.

Harlaxton College is inviting its family of alumni, students and faculty to celebrate its 40th anniversary July 4-9, 2011, at the college in Grantham, England. The five-day celebration will include tours of the school and surrounding area, a Meet-a-Family reunion, discussion panels and a formal dinner, among other festivities.

UW-Eau Claire has sent more than 900 students like Waldera to Harlaxton since the beginning of its partnership in 1983.  Harlaxton College remains among the top international destinations for UW-Eau Claire students and faculty alike, according to Center for International Education director Karl Markgraf. Full story. back to top

Tickets for 37th annual Viennese Ball now on sale

Viennese BallTickets are now available for the 37th annual Viennese Ball, to be held April 15-16 at UW-Eau Claire. The doors of Davies Center will open at 6:30 p.m. for the ball, which is the largest social event hosted annually by the university. Proceeds from the event have provided more than $1 million in music scholarships and international study awards for deserving UW-Eau Claire students.

Ticket brochures are available on campus, and a printable ticket order form can be found online. Ticket orders must be submitted by U.S. mail until March 7, at which time walk-up and telephone orders will be accepted. If ticket requests exceed availability, orders will be returned.

The Viennese Ball is a formal event recalling the romance and elegance of 19th-century Vienna, Austria. Modeled on the historic New Year's Eve Kaiser Ball, the event is presented in duplicate each evening, transforming both levels of Davies Center. The ball showcases the University Symphony Orchestra, performing waltzes and polkas from the Strauss Era; Jazz Ensemble I, performing music from America's Big Band Era; and student and faculty ensembles and regional musicians performing a variety of repertoire. The Viennese Ball promotes positive university, community and international relations by expanding an awareness of the culture, history and music of Vienna. Full story. back to top

State budget information available on university website

State CapitolThe proposed budget repair bill sent to the Wisconsin Legislature by Gov. Scott Walker will have immediate and significant impacts on all UW-Eau Claire employees. Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich has been in contact with area legislators to inform them of some of those impacts and to provide insight into campus reaction to the bill. You can read the chancellor’s messages and access media links and other resources on UW-Eau Claire’s state budget update website. back to top

Student receives Gilman scholarship to study in Spain

Aryn Senger
Aryn Senger

A UW-Eau Claire student was recently awarded a scholarship through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program to study abroad.

Junior Aryn Senger, Marshall, was awarded $1,500 to study in Valladolid, Spain, during the spring 2011 semester. The opportunity is coordinated through UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education and the Spanish Language & Culture Program for Foreign Students at the University of Valladolid.

"I'm excited to be here and especially excited to travel and get more involved once things get going," said Senger, who arrived in Valladolid Jan. 9. "It's interesting to see all the cultural differences and to speak the language with people who really speak it all the time." Full story. back to top

'Math and physics guy' and wife fund science scholarships

Dave and Marilyn Karlgaard
Dave and Marilyn Karlgaard

Longtime UW-Eau Claire benefactors Dave and Marilyn Karlgaard recently established two new scholarship funds because they admire the university's mathematics and physics programs and their focus on applied learning and research opportunities. Their gifts will encourage advancement and innovation in the sciences, which Dave Karlgaard, a self-described "math and physics guy at heart," knows well from experience.

The Great Falls, Va., couple established the Karlgaard Mathematics Scholarship and Karlgaard Physics Scholarship with the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Each scholarship will be endowed over a five-year period by Karlgaard Family Foundation grants of $100,000. While the endowments are building, the Karlgaards are supporting annual awards of $500 each, which will begin with the 2011-12 academic year. Full story. back to top

Physics program commended, selected for site visit

The physics and astronomy department at UW-Eau Claire has been selected for a site visit by the American Institute of Physics based on its record of graduating a large number of physics majors and having them find employment quickly after graduation.

UW-Eau Claire graduated an average of 13 physics majors per year during the past three years. Just 16 of the 507 bachelor's degree-granting departments at U.S. colleges and universities graduated more physics majors during that same time period. The department's communication with students about potential careers in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and the importance of STEM, particularly on its website, was noted in the AIP's request to gather information about UW-Eau Claire's success.

The letter states: "We were especially impressed by your newsletter with its clear record of alumni achievements and your listing of alumni careers. We very much wish to learn from your department and disseminate that knowledge." Full story. back to top

Super Bowl ad research receives national attention

Chuck Tomkovick Rama Yelkur
Dr. Chuck Tomkovick
Dr. Rama Yelkur

The most recent Super Bowl advertising research by two UW-Eau Claire faculty members received extensive attention from national and regional media earlier this year. Their research findings also were supported by the results of the USA Today's 2011 Super Bowl Ad Meter following the Feb. 6 Super Bowl.

A variety of media outlets have featured research by Dr. Chuck Tomkovick and Dr. Rama Yelkur, professors of management and marketing, about what makes Super Bowl advertisements likeable and the financial performance of the firms that invest in Super Bowl ads.

A UW-Eau Claire news release about the research has been posted to more than 200 websites. Other media highlighting the research have included the following: BenMaller.com, CNBC.com, Profitable.com, WQOW-TV, WEAU-TV, SuperBowl-ads.com, NYSportsJournalism.com, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Sports Business Journal Daily, Advertising Age (on Jan. 31 and Feb. 6), Facebook.com, Fidelity.com, SeekingAlpha.com, autoblog.com, bullfax.com, Zap2it.com, The Globe and Mail, Leader-Telegram, The Telegraph, Investor Vortex and Slate. Full story. back to top

Professor emeritus Wil Denson wins screenwriting contest, signs with Hollywood literary agent

Wil Denson
Dr. Wil Denson

Lucky for Dr. Wil Denson, Hollywood loves guys with beards and Ph.D.s.

That's what literary agent Caren Bohrman, a prominent figure in the Hollywood film industry, jokingly told the UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of theatre arts when he recently signed with her agency.

Joking aside, Denson caught the agent's attention — and that of about 35 other agencies, producers and managers — when his screenplay "Feral" in January was named the overall winner in trackingb.com's 2010 international Feature Script Contest. Denson's work was selected for the top honor from a field of about 1,000 competing entries by a panel of 15 film industry literary judges. Full story. back to top

Civil rights legend to visit UW-Eau Claire

Minnijean Brown Trickey
Minnijean Brown Trickey

A civil rights legend who helped desegregate public schools will meet with students and give a public lecture during a March 2 visit to UW-Eau Claire.

Minnijean Brown Trickey will present "Return to Little Rock: A Seminal Moment in American Education and Civil Rights" at 7:30 p.m. March 2 in Schofield Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Brown Trickey also will speak to the women's studies class "Women of the Civil Rights Movement" at 3:30 p.m. and join the Blugold Beginnings Learning Community students for dinner. Past or future members of the UW-Eau Claire Civil Rights Pilgrimage are invited to attend the lecture and will meet with Brown Trickey afterward. Full story. back to top

Two Artists Series events scheduled for March

Scarlet Letter
"The Scarlet Letter"
Trix Bruce
Trix Bruce

Two Artists Series performances are scheduled at UW-Eau Claire during the month of March.

The National Players will perform "The Scarlet Letter" March 1. The theatrical adaptation of the great symbolic novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne — a drama of romance, revenge and redemption set during the times of Puritan law — will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena

Trix Bruce will present her one-person show, "The Hearing World Around Me," March 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.

"Cookies for a Cause," an Artists Series initiative to spotlight nonprofit community organizations, continues. Cookies made especially for the program by Blugold Dining will be sold ($2, cash only) at both performances, with profits from the National Players event going to benefit Bolton Refuge House and profits from the Bruce event going to benefit the deaf and hard of hearing program of the Eau Claire Area School District.

Ticket information for both events is available from the University Service Center at 715-836-3727.

Read news releases about the National Players performance and the Trix Bruce show for more information. back to top

Forum season concludes with presentation by 'Batman' producer Michael Uslan

Michael Uslan
Michael Uslan

Filmmaker Michael Uslan will conclude the 69th season of The Forum lecture series March 8 at UW-Eau Claire. His presentation, "From Fan to Filmmaker: The Journey to Bring 'Batman' to the Silver Screen," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

Uslan is best known as the originator and executive producer of the "Batman" movie franchise — from Tim Burton's 1989 film to 2008's record-breaking "The Dark Knight." Less well known is that Uslan worked for more than two decades to bring his serious, dark version of the character to the screen. The principles that helped him persevere through years of rejection came from his blue collar New Jersey family, which taught him to "take what you love and make it your work." Full story. back to top

Kristo Orthodontics makes gift to support WYSP

Steve Kristo
Dr. Steve Kristo

A recent gift of $10,000 from Kristo Orthodontics in Eau Claire has boosted the Wisconsin Youth Success Program, keeping the popular summer youth program alive for a 31st year.

WYSP (formerly the National Youth Sports Program and later the Wisconsin Youth Sports Program) is a free five-week summer camp, hosted by UW-Eau Claire, which has served more than 11,400 Chippewa Valley youth over the past three decades.

"On behalf of the hundreds of area youth who participate in WYSP each year, we express our gratitude to Dr. Steve Kristo for this generous support of our program," said Lisa M. Schuetz, WYSP activity director. "His continued support of the WYSP program and other programs in the community make him a true humanitarian." Full story. back to top

Shamrock Shuffle 5K to benefit WYSP

Shamrock ShuffleThe Shamrock Shuffle 5K fun run/walk will begin at 10 a.m. March 12 at the McPhee Physical Education Center on UW-Eau Claire's upper campus.

The registration fee is $15 in advance or $20 the day of the event. Team registration is $20 per member. Teams of six or more must register by March 2 and will receive a long-sleeve T-shirt with their team's name on the back. Individuals registered by March 2 will receive a commemorative Shamrock Shuffle 2011 short-sleeve T-shirt. Individuals may register until 9 a.m. the day of the race, but are not guaranteed a shirt after March 2.

New this year will be a raffle, with prizes that include a genuine Livestrong (Lance Armstrong) Spin Bike, Country Jam USA tickets, $200 in Chamber Bucks, and a Real Tree Pop-Up Hunting Blind. The drawing will be held at 11 a.m. March 12 and raffle participants do not need to be present to win. Tickets are $5 each, three for $10 or 10 for $20 and may be purchased at the University Recreation & Sport Facilities Hilltop Center office in advance and on the day of the event. Full story. back to top

First Fridays program to feature leader dog 'puppy raiser'

First Fridays logoA March 4 presentation titled "Leader Dogs for the Blind: Being a Puppy Raiser" will continue UW-Eau Claire's First Fridays program for senior citizens.

Karen Voss will discuss her experience with Leader Dogs for the Blind, one of the largest guide dog schools in the U.S. The puppy counselor for Western Wisconsin, Voss has raised 19 puppies, working for a year socializing and teaching the basics to each dog before it returns to Leader Dogs for the Blind to receive specialized training to become a service animal.

The program, coordinated by Jennifer Brockpahler of UW-Eau Claire’s Activities and Programs Office, in cooperation with Christ Church Cathedral, begins with a free continental breakfast at the cathedral, located on the corner of Lake and Farwell streets in downtown Eau Claire. Doors will open for breakfast at 8:30 a.m., and the presentation will begin at 9 a.m. For the safety of the program's senior citizen audience, the event will be canceled if the Eau Claire Area School District has canceled or delayed classes due to hazardous weather. Full story. back to top

Tickets for Aldo Leopold Banquet still available

Tickets are still available for the sixth annual Aldo Leopold Banquet and silent auction set for March 3 and must be purchased by Feb. 28. The event runs from 5-10 p.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.

The popular banquet — collaboratively hosted by UW-Eau Claire's Environmental Adventure Center — honors the conservation legacy of Aldo Leopold, celebrates his life and writings, and aims to further foster the idea of developing a land ethic. The theme of this year's banquet is "Connecting Aldo Leopold with the 'Next Generation.'" The gathering is designed to pass the land legacy torch to the next generation.

The banquet's rustic-themed menu has several wild game offerings, including smoked buffalo, as well as wild rice, trout and vegetarian options. The program will feature music by the Stoop Singers and five guest speakers. 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:

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Bob Hessler '58, a UW-Eau Claire social science graduate, has been selected for induction into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Full story.
Roberta Herrick Roberta Herrick '05, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate who also received a master of science in nursing degree in 2010, has joined the Emergency Medical and Trauma Center team at Eau Claire's Sacred Heart Hospital. Full story.
Julie Pitzer Juli Pitzer '05, a UW-Eau Claire social studies (broadfield-teaching) graduate, wrote, directed and produced a documentary on a Topeka movie palace as part of her doctoral studies at the University of Kansas. (Photo by E. Drake Photography, Topeka) Full story.
Deb Bloom Deb Bloom '72, a UW-Eau Claire medical technology graduate, has been named a 2011 Leader of the Year at Eau Claire's Sacred Heart Hospital. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal

Charlie Szews '78, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate and Oshkosh Corp. CEO, discussed the state of employment in the manufacturing sector on a segment appearing on CNBC. View video.

Julie Thalacker Julie Thalacker '88, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, has been promoted to assistant director of rehabilitation nursing at Eau Claire's Sacred Heart Hospital. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Marianne Daw '95, a UW-Eau Claire special education graduate and teacher at Augusta Elementary School, successfully nominated the school's Preschoolers Actively Learning at School program for a $5,000 grant from Great American Financial Resources. Full story.
Jan Porath Jan Porath '96, a UW-Eau Claire biology and German graduate, has been named executive director of the United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Luke Coenen '88, a UW-Eau Claire mathematics graduate, has been named head varsity football coach at D.C. Everest High School in Schofield. Full story.
Tim Abraham

Tim Abraham '81, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, is known in his Eau Claire neighborhood for carving giant snow sculptures in honor of the Green Bay Packers. (Photo by Steve Kinderman of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.

Craig Lehmeier Craig Lehmeier '78, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate who also received a master of music degree in 1987, is a music teacher and band director for the Independence School District. (Photo by the La Crosse Tribune) Full story. back to top

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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 March issue of e-View.

February Blugold Trivia question:

Dr. Wil Denson, UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of theatre arts, recently won a major screenwriting competition. How long was Denson a member of the UW-Eau Claire faculty?

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!

January's winner:
Congratulations to Abbie Cieslek, a 2009 UW-Eau Claire political science graduate and winner of the January Blugold Trivia prize! Abbie's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that Bill Hoepner will teach the "Intermediate Digital Photography" course to be offered by UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education/UW-Extension this spring. back to top

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