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Blugold spirit evident at Homecoming 2013

Is there an alumni event in your future?

Alumni from select graduation years invited to complete survey

Eau Claire City Council pledges support for Confluence Project

Couple's gift supports students seeking health careers

UW-Eau Claire, Ho-Chunk Nation to pursue partnership

Biology researchers study deer ticks, cause of Lyme disease

Students study climate change public opinions in China

Biologist assists farmland owners with pollinator habitats

UW-Eau Claire's cyberbullying expert in the news

Davies Center receives Build Wisconsin Award

Audrey Robinson named director of Academic Skills Center

Area youth learn history through dynamic classes thanks to teaching initiative

Three freshmen named National Merit Scholars

University offers new study abroad program in Italy

Mitra Sadeghpour awarded Schoenfeld fellowship

James Phillips receives teaching excellence award

Hockey training research published in international journal

Grads' study abroad research published in Pittsburgh Undergraduate Review

Advance ticket sale for Phillip Phillips concert begins Oct. 25

Registration now open for Winterim classes

International Folk Fair set for Oct. 27

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra to perform Oct. 29

Alumni Association offers Visa Signature card

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

Alumni Links

e-View archive

Alumni events

Blugold Babies

Blugold Bliss

Photo album

'The View' online

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October 2013

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Blugold spirit evident at Homecoming 2013

Blugold Marching Band
Blugold football team

Hundreds of alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends gathered Oct. 11-12 for Homecoming 2013, the biggest Blugold bash of the year. Revelers enjoyed the parade, football game, pre- and postgame get-togethers, and other events during the weekend.

The football team's 23-17 overtime loss to UW-Stevens Point didn't dampen the spirits of Blugolds participating in the weekend's festivities.

Soak up some of that Blugold spirit by viewing the Homecoming photo album on the alumni website and checking out our Homecoming video.

Note: Homecoming 2014 is set for the weekend of Oct. 3-4! back to top

Is there an alumni event in your future?

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association plans numerous events for UW-Eau Claire alumni throughout the year. Here are just a few coming up soon:

Blugold Football Reunion for 1963, 1983, 1998 championship teams: Saturday, Oct. 26, Dulany Inn, Davies Center, 4:30-6:30 p.m. View invitation.

Denver Area Alumni Gathering: Sunday, Oct. 27, Wynkoop Brewing Co., 1634 18th St, Denver, 5:30-8:30 p.m. View invitation.

Robert Gough
Dr. Robert Gough

Let's Do Lunch: Dr. Robert Gough, UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of history, will speak about the first president of the Eau Claire State Normal School, Harvey A. Schofield. Wednesday, Oct. 30, Fanny Hill Restaurant, 3919 Crescent Ave., Eau Claire, noon-1 p.m. View invitation.

WAFLT 2012 Language Teachers Conference Reception: Friday, Nov. 1, Paper Valley Hotel, 333 W. College Ave., Appleton, 9-11 p.m. View invitation.

Oshkosh Area Alumni Gathering: Monday, Dec. 2, Becket's Restaurant, 2 Jackson St., Oshkosh, featuring UW-Eau Claire's award-winning Jazz Ensemble I. Social gathering at 5:30 p.m., jazz performance at 7 p.m. View invitation.

More information about these events and others can be found in the Alumni Association's calendar of events. back to top

Alumni from select graduation years invited to complete survey

UW-Eau Claire alumni who graduated during the 2007-08 and 2009-10 academic years are being asked to share their thoughts, via an online survey, about their UW-Eau Claire experience and how well it prepared them for their future.

During the week of Oct. 21, alumni invited to participate will receive a mailed postcard at their home address that includes the link to the survey and an ID number that must be entered to complete it. The survey will be accessible to those with ID numbers at http://tinyurl.com/nltgxdu.

Survey questions will ask about programs in which alumni were enrolled, faculty with whom they interacted, the skills they attained and their current endeavors. The survey will take 10-15 minutes to complete. Full story. back to top

Eau Claire City Council pledges support for Confluence Project

Confluence Project

UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt has expressed his appreciation for the decision by the Eau Claire City Council to pledge $5 million in city funds toward development of the Confluence Project community arts center.

"This is an important step by a key partner in the Confluence Project," Schmidt said. "This pledge represents a commitment by the city of Eau Claire’s elected leadership to develop a community arts center that will serve the needs of the community, region and university. The university is grateful for the council’s action."

By an 8-3 vote, the City Council approved a resolution Oct. 22 to pledge city funds and expressed its desire to enter into a development agreement for the project, which also includes a privately developed mixed-use building containing retail and commercial space, and apartment-style student housing. Full story. back to top

Couple's gift supports students seeking health careers

William and Marian Klish

Dr. William and Marian Klish participate in the dedication of UW-Eau Claire's William J. and Marian A. Klish Health Careers Center.

A center at UW-Eau Claire that provides programming for students pursuing health care careers has been named the William J. and Marian A. Klish Health Careers Center in honor of an Eau Claire couple who donated $100,000 to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation in support of the center.

The Klishes were honored Oct. 11 during the dedication of the center, which is located in UW-Eau Claire's Schofield Hall.

UW-Eau Claire is the only school among the UW System four-year comprehensive universities to offer a specialized health careers center, said Dr. Julie Anderson, director of the center.

Dr. William Klish, a 1963 UW-Eau Claire graduate, retired in 2009 from a decades-long career as a physician in the practice of pediatric gastroenterology and researcher on childhood obesity — a subject area in which he became a nationally recognized expert. Marian Klish is a native of Eau Claire, a retired labor and delivery nurse, and an accomplished artist. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire, Ho-Chunk Nation to pursue partnership

Ho-Chunk agreement
Ho-Chunk Nation President Jon Greendeer and UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt signed an agreement to collaborate on the creation of a living-learning community at The Priory for members of the Ho-Chunk Nation.

Officials from the Ho-Chunk Nation and UW-Eau Claire have signed a memorandum of intent to pursue collaborative activities, including a possible living-learning community at The Priory for students who are members of the Ho-Chunk Nation.

The agreement, signed by Ho-Chunk Nation President Jon Greendeer and UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt, is the result of more than a year of exploration and discussion regarding potential higher education partnerships between the Ho-Chunk Nation and the university.

The signing of the agreement is a step toward continuing the kind of programming that has been offered at The Priory site for decades, first by the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict and now by UW-Eau Claire, Schmidt said. Full story and video. back to top

Biology researchers study deer ticks, cause of Lyme disease

deer tick

Ixodes scapularis, commonly known as the deer tick.

Dr. Lloyd Turtinen, professor of biology at UW-Eau Claire, turned one encounter with a tick into a five-year faculty-student research project that examined the prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi (the causative bacterial agent and insect vector of Lyme disease) in Ixodes scapularis (the deer tick).

The research findings follow a recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that said the prevalence of Lyme disease in humans is roughly 10 times higher than the number of cases reported nationally each year.

Student researchers Alyssa Kruger, a senior biochemistry/molecular biology major from Oakdale, Minn., and Madeleine Hacker, a 2013 microbiology graduate from Brown Deer, collaborated with Turtinen on the project, which was funded by the UW-Eau Claire Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

An Associated Press story about the research project has been carried in several media outlets. Full story and video. back to top

Students study climate change public opinions in China

Seeking your input

Here's your opportunity to participate in the research study. The UW-Eau Claire Center for Economic Research is inviting alumni and others age 28 and above to take an online survey on the topic of climate change/global warming. Those completing the survey by Friday, Nov. 8, will be entered in a random drawing to win one of three $50 Visa gift cards.

The survey and more information can be found on the survey website.






Three UW-Eau Claire student researchers and a university economist are in China this fall gathering information that will help them better understand climate change public opinions in China and the United States, the two largest carbon emitting countries in the world.

"We want to know what people in both countries think about climate change and why they think as they do," said Dr. Eric Jamelske, an associate professor of economics, who is leading the faculty-student research project. "If there is to be meaningful global action taken to address climate change, it'll be essential for China and the United States to be involved. Despite the very different social and political cultures in these two countries, public opinion on this issue will undoubtedly play a role in how climate change policy and action unfolds internationally. So a better understanding of how people in these countries view climate change issues is of great interest." Full story. back to top

Biologist assists farmland owners with pollinator habitats

Paula Kleintjes

Dr. Paula Kleintjes Neff

Farmland owners in two western Wisconsin counties soon will have a new resource to guide them as they consider next steps in establishing and maintaining habitats to restore endangered Karner blue butterflies and other pollinators in the region.

Dr. Paula Kleintjes Neff, a professor of biology and entomologist at UW-Eau Claire, collaborated with an international conservation organization to produce a handbook for area landowners who are enrolled in a U.S. Department of Agriculture Conservation Reserve Program dedicated to restoring Karner blue habitat.

"This truly is conservation science," Kleintjes Neff said of the handbook. "In cooperation with the USDA Farm Service Agency and USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, we are building a bridge between science and management. We are taking what we've learned through our local research and literally putting it into the hands of landowners." Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire's cyberbullying expert in the news

Justin Patchin
Dr. Justin Patchin

Dr. Justin Patchin, UW-Eau Claire professor of criminal justice and internationally known expert on cyberbullying issues, has been interviewed by numerous national and international media regarding recent high-profile stories that involved cyberbullying. Links to recent news stories in which Patchin was quoted can found on our In the News webpage.

Co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, Patchin has conducted extensive research on adolescent online behavior. He has served as a visiting scholar with the FBI, conducting research and training FBI staff on issues relating to cyberbullying. In 2011 he was among a select panel of researchers who took part in a White House Conference on Bullying Prevention. He is co-author of two books on cyberbullying. Patchin also was featured in the fall 2010 issue of The View.

Patchin can be reached at patchinj@uwec.edu. back to top

Davies Center receives Build Wisconsin Award

Davies Center

The W.R. Davies Student Center at UW-Eau Claire has received an Associated General Contractors (AGC) 2013 Build Wisconsin Award for general contractor new construction.

According to the AGC award entry form, Build Wisconsin Award recipients are chosen by a panel of industry professionals that include an architect, engineer, facility owner/manager, city building official and university professor. The awards reflect each contractor's "skill, integrity, hard work, ingenuity and commitment that goes into each construction project."

Kraemer Brothers LLC of Plain was the single prime contractor for the approximately 170,000-square-foot student center, which was designed by Stantec and the Wisconsin-based firm Bray Architects. Construction of the new Davies Center began March 7, 2011, and was completed in 2013. Full story. back to top

Audrey Robinson named director of Academic Skills Center

Audrey Robinson
Dr. Audrey Robinson

Dr. Audrey Robinson recently was named director of the Academic Skills Center and coordinator of the new Student Success Center at UW-Eau Claire.

The Academic Skills Center provides free tutoring to students, as well as supplemental instruction for a number of classes. The Collegiate Bridge Program and the College Achievement Program are coordinated by this office, as are a wide variety of college success courses. Robinson will also serve in an expanded role as coordinator of the Student Success Center, a space in Centennial Hall that will house the Center for Writing Excellence, the Math Lab, Services for Students with Disabilities and the Academic Skills Center. She will work with the directors of these areas to provide a smooth transition for staff and to provide integrated services for students. Full story. back to top

Area youth learn history through dynamic classes thanks to teaching initiative

David Lew
Civics teacher and UW-Eau Claire grad David Lew strives to make his classroom more dynamic and interactive.

As their civics teacher introduces a unit on the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, Elk Mound eighth-graders pass around replicas of both, giving them a sense of the look and feel of the historic documents on which their country has been built.

While they joke about how their teacher, Dave Lew, might have snuck the Declaration of Independence out of Washington, D.C., during the recent government shutdown, many students do look closely at the replicas as the class begins to discuss the creation and content of the documents.

While always passionate about teaching, Lew said it was a series of classes at UW-Eau Claire that gave him the push and the tools to truly make his classroom more dynamic and interactive. Full story. back to top

Three freshmen named National Merit Scholars

Three of the approximately 2,040 new freshmen enrolled at UW-Eau Claire this fall have been named National Merit Scholars.

David Kocik, Hudson; Seth Legare, Appleton; and Charles Lindberg, Frederic, have been awarded the prestigious honor. They will bring the total number of National Merit Scholars attending UW-Eau Claire this fall to 14.

UW-Eau Claire is one of the few schools in the UW System that officially participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program. About 200 higher education institutions in the nation offer college-sponsored scholarships through the program. Full story. back to top

University offers new study abroad program in Italy

Danielle Martin
Senior Danielle Martin participated in the new study abroad program in Italy this past summer.

Cobblestone streets, centuries-old architecture and vineyards set the backdrop for a new study abroad program offered by UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education at the Istituto Lorenzo de' Medici (LdM) in Italy.

"The study abroad program in Italy developed out of a large student interest in Italy and in a location with better access to an arts program," said Cheryl Lochner-Wright, study abroad coordinator. "After looking at course offerings, cost and community interaction opportunities, it was determined that LdM would be a great partnership for UW-Eau Claire and opportunity for our students."

With almost 40 years of experience, LdM is one of Italy's most distinctive and well-established study abroad institutions with more than 400 different course offerings in 32 subject areas depending on the campus chosen to attend. Full story. back to top

Mitra Sadeghpour awarded Schoenfeld professorship

Mitra Sadeghpour
Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour

Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour, associate professor of music, is the 2013-14 recipient of the Maxwell Schoenfeld Distinguished Professorship at UW-Eau Claire.

The award is funded by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation and was created in honor of Maxwell Schoenfeld, a UW-Eau Claire history professor and scholar from 1964 until his death in 1996. The professorship recognizes a commitment to the university, achievement in scholarship and a commitment to student learning and life.

Sadeghpour, a soprano on the voice faculty, said she is humbled by this recognition and appreciates the generous support of her peers.

"It is an honor to have received this award," Sadeghpour said. "The teaching at UW-Eau Claire is at such a high level across the whole campus, and the College of Arts and Sciences is filled with faculty who engage students in their classrooms." Full story. back to top

James Phillips receives teaching excellence award

James Phillips
Dr. James Phillips

UW-Eau Claire's third annual College of Arts and Sciences Career Excellence in Teaching Award was presented to Dr. James Phillips, professor of chemistry. He received an award of $1,000 award at the opening of the 2013-14 academic year.

"It is an honor, mainly because of the tremendous colleagues I have throughout the college," Phillips said. "Simply put, we have great faculty at UW-Eau Claire. I have learned a great deal from them, especially from my colleagues here in chemistry, but in other programs across the college as well." Full story. back to top

Hockey training research published in international journal

Jeff Janot
Dr. Jeff Janot

Research by UW-Eau Claire students that demonstrates the positive effects of an innovative training method for young hockey players has been published in an international professional journal.

"The Effects of BungeeSkate Training on Measures of On-Ice Acceleration and Speed" was published in the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance.

"This is a newer journal in the area of sports physiology and performance but already has gained a reputation as an excellent journal in the field," said Dr. Jeff Janot, an associate professor of kinesiology who oversaw the research project. "It's a big deal that we're able to develop a good enough undergraduate research study that was accepted into a journal like this one." Full story. back to top

Grads' study abroad research published in Pittsburgh Undergraduate Review

Emily Schreiner
Emily Schreiner
Kallie Sandell
Kallie Sandell

Two UW-Eau Claire alumnae from the department of communication and journalism recently had their research published in the Pittsburgh Undergraduate Review.

Emily Schreiner, originally from Wausau, received degrees in organizational communication and public history. Kallie Sandell, who received degrees in communication studies and Spanish with a business emphasis, is originally from Buffalo, Minn. Both graduated in the spring of 2011.

The two conducted the research during their senior capstone course. Since then, they've spent close to two years making suggested revisions from the editors at PUR. The title of their manuscript is "Study Abroad and the Spiral of Silence: Does Encouraging Participation Create Apprehension for Those Who Don't Participate?"

Dr. Martha Fay, associate professor of communication and journalism, and Schreiner and Sandell's research adviser, encouraged them to submit the manuscript following graduation. She continued to advise them through the process, which included several revisions. Full story. back to top

Advance ticket sale for Phillip Phillips concert begins Oct. 25

Phillip Phillips
Phillip Phillips in concert.

Singer-guitarist Phillip Phillips will appear in concert Nov. 24 at UW-Eau Claire. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for the show, which will begin at 7 p.m. in the Ojibwe Ballroom of Davies Center. Dugas will be special guest.

An advance ticket sale for UW-Eau Claire students only will take place Oct. 25 beginning at 8 a.m. at Zorn Arena. At 5 p.m. the advance sale will move to the Service Center in Davies Center, which is open until 9 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 for UW-Eau Claire students, and purchasers must present a valid student Blugold Card. No more than four tickets will be sold to each UW-Eau Claire student during the advance sale.

If tickets remain, they will go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Oct. 26 at the Service Center in the east lobby of Davies Center. General admission tickets are $15 ($10 for UW-Eau Claire students), with a limit of four tickets per purchaser. Full story. back to top

Registration now open for Winterim classes

Winterim image

Registration for Winterim 2014 classes at UW- Eau Claire is now underway.

Approximately 150 courses will be offered during the Winterim session, Jan. 2-17, 2014. About half of those courses will be offered online.

Winterim courses can help students complete graduation or major requirements, concentrate on specific subjects and take advantage of individual attention in smaller classes. Many courses also allow community members to explore personal interests.

More information about Winterim classes is available online or by calling 715-836-2425. back to top

International Folk Fair set for Oct. 27

International Folk Fair logo

UW-Eau Claire will host the 2013 International Folk Fair from noon-4 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Davies Student Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

The International Folk Fair brings the campus and community together for an enriching and educational experience. Participants can sample different foods, enjoy international performances, and learn about history and languages from around the world. More information. back to top

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra to perform Oct. 29

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, led by associate conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, in Zorn Arena as part of UW-Eau Claire's Artists Series.

The program includes works by Carl Maria von Weber, Mozart and Brahms.

Since its inception in 1959, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra has become one of the finest orchestras in the nation. The MSO’s 83 full-time professional musicians perform more than 140 classics, pops, family, and education concerts each season in venues throughout the state. More information. back to top

Alumni Association offers Visa Signature card

Visa card

UW-Eau Claire and U.S. Bank have teamed up to offer the UWEC Visa Signature® credit card. This exclusive card is giving individuals who love their alma mater the opportunity to help support alumni programs.

U.S. Bank donates a portion of every purchase made with the UWEC Visa card to the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association — at no additional cost to the cardholder. Learn more about the Visa Signature card. 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:

Faye Deich Faye Deich '79, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, has been named to Becker's Hospital Review's list of "130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know." Full story.
Connie Chumas Connie Chumas '60, a UW-Eau Claire social sciences graduate, has retired after a 53-year career as a financial adviser. (Photo by Dan Reiland of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.
Josh Neumann Josh Neumann '03, a UW-Eau Claire special education graduate, has joined Ben Ganji + Partners real estate team in Minneapolis. Full story.
Seal Karyn Schauf '78, a UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate, has been named 2013 Expo Dairy Woman of the Year. Full story.
Seal Barbara Embacher '96, who received a master of education-professional development degree from UW-Eau Claire, has been named dean of Workforce Education and Training at South Central College in Faribault, Minn. Full story.
Seal Valerie Mumm-Jansen '02, a UW-Eau Claire Spanish graduate, has received the 2013 UW Colleges Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for Faculty. Full story.
Seal Drew Kaiser '10, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate, is organizer of the Eau Claire chapter of Save the Bees. His fiancee, Ellen Sorenson '13, a UW-Eau Claire geography graduate, started UW-Eau Claire's apiary in 2009. Full story.
Seal Andy Neesley '03, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, wrote the music for a recent concert featuring the Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra and several Chippewa Valley high schools. Full story.
Seal Sarah Ivory '06, a UW-Eau Claire biology and French graduate, participated in the Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling research project in Africa earlier this year. 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 stocking cap and scarf. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the November 2013 issue of e-View.

October Blugold Trivia question:

UW-Eau Claire's International Folk Fair will be held Sunday, Oct. 27, in Davies Center. Which university office sponsors the event?

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!

September's winner:

Congratulations to Adrien Prah, a 2013 UW-Eau Claire psychology graduate and winner of the September Blugold Trivia prize! Adrien's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that Dr. J. Brian Mahoney, UW-Eau Claire professor of geology, received his doctoral degree from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. back to top

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