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Get ready for Homecoming 2013!

Chancellor, alumni participate in Confluence press conference

Fall issue of The View heading your way

U.S. News again ranks UW-Eau Claire among best in Midwest

Rankings highlight value of UW-Eau Claire degree

Matt Jewell awarded $750,000 Department of Energy grant

Four named to leadership roles

Robert Eierman named ORSP Faculty Fellow

UW-Eau Claire named Military Friendly School

Let's Do Lunch series opens with presentation about Argentina

Five athletes, two coaches to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Allie Stone creates her own legacy

Artists Series, Forum get underway

Alum Justin Vernon, Volcano Choir add second show

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

Alumni Links

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Alumni events

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Blugold Bliss

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September 2013

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Get ready for Homecoming 2013!

Homecoming football game

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association invites all Blugolds to Homecoming 2013, scheduled for Oct. 11-12. Join friends and former classmates for the university's biggest celebration of the year. Enjoy the traditional parade, football game, tailgate party and Fifth Quarter. Other events include the Golden Blugold Celebration, the first University Honors Program reunion and much more. Check the Alumni Association website for additional Homecoming details as they are finalized. Plan now to join your friends for Homecoming 2013!

Note: The University Bookstore in Davies Center is extending its hours on Homecoming Saturday. Come and shop for all of your Blugold needs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

For information about other upcoming alumni events, be sure to check out the alumni events calendar. New Blugold happenings are always being added to the schedule! back to top

Chancellor, alumni participate in Confluence press conference

Confluence Project press conference
Chancellor James Schmidt and alumni Justin Verson and Zach Halmstad speak at the Confluence Project press conference.

Eau Claire's Volume One magazine hosted a media event/panel discussion Sept. 19 on the cultural and economic impact of the proposed Confluence Project. The event featured UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt, Grammy award-winning musician Justin Vernon and JAMF Software founding partner Zach Halmstad.

Vernon and Halmstad, both UW-Eau Claire alumni, appeared at this first in a series of press conferences specifically to discuss the Confluence Project’s impact on local artists, retention of young professionals and future collaborations with nationally recognized artists.

Schmidt shares his observations on the event in the Chancellor's Blog, which includes a link to the recorded Web stream of the Confluence Project panel discussion. back to top

Fall issue of The View heading your way

Fall 2013 View cover

The fall issue of The View, UW-Eau Claire's magazine for alumni and friends, will soon arrive in your mailbox.

In this issue we introduce you to James C. Schmidt, who began serving July 1 as UW-Eau Claire's ninth chancellor. We also feature chemistry grad Russ Klisch, who is owner and president of Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee. You'll also read about recent grad Nicholas Warren, who is pursuing a career as a cancer researcher. And we celebrate the 25th anniversary of UW-Eau Claire's satellite nursing program.

The View also includes campus and alumni news, class notes, alumni profiles and sports updates.

The online version of The View will be updated soon after the fall issue is mailed out. The spring issue of The View is produced online only. back to top

U.S. News again ranks UW-Eau Claire among best in Midwest

Student/faculty research

For the 19th consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report magazine has named UW-Eau Claire among the best public regional universities in the Midwest.

The 2014 edition of "America's Best Colleges" ranks UW-Eau Claire No. 5 among the top regional public universities in the Midwest, and 30th among all private and public institutions in the Midwest. Every year since 1995, U.S. News has ranked UW-Eau Claire among the top five public institutions in the Midwest and in the top third of public and private Midwestern regional universities.

"For nearly two decades, U.S. News has recognized through its rankings the high-quality education UW-Eau Claire provides its students," Chancellor James Schmidt said. "I watched this through the years from my vantage point at one of UW-Eau Claire's peer institutions, and now, as chancellor of this outstanding university, I'm proud to be a part of this longstanding tradition of excellence." Full story. back to top

Rankings highlight value of UW-Eau Claire degree

UW-Eau Claire recently was recognized by two organizations for providing students with a high-quality education at an affordable cost.

Washington Monthly included UW-Eau Claire in its "Best Bang for the Buck" rankings in the master's universities category. The new rankings set is based on the economic value students receive per dollar, according to the publication.

AffordableCollegesOnline.org, a resource for college affordability and financial aid information, also recently ranked UW-Eau Claire No. 7 on its list of Wisconsin colleges and universities with the greatest lifetime return on investment. UW-Eau Claire was ranked third among the public universities on the list. Full story. back to top

Matt Jewell awarded $750,000 Department of Energy grant

Dr. Matt Jewell and student
UW-Eau Claire student Jason Luhmann, left, and Dr. Matt Jewell.

Dr. Matt Jewell, an assistant professor in the Materials Science Center at UW-Eau Claire, has been awarded a five-year $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to fund a faculty-student research project that seeks to improve superconductor technology in the medical and science fields. The grant also will provide funding for collaborative work with national laboratories and a research and development technology firm in River Falls, establishing new relationships between the university and the materials science industry.

The DOE Office of Science Early Career Research Program supports the development of individual research programs of scientists who are in the early stages of their careers and encourages research in program areas such as advanced scientific computing research, biological and environmental research, basic energy sciences, fusion energy sciences, high energy physics and nuclear physics. Full story. back to top

Four named to leadership roles

Joseph Abhold David Miller
Dr. Joseph Abhold
David J. Miller
Vicky Thomas Troy Terhark
Vicky Thomas
Troy Terhark

Dr. Joseph Abhold has been named dean of students at UW-Eau Claire.

Most recently, Abhold served as director of the University Counseling Center at UW Oshkosh, leading and organizing the Employee Assistance Program, AODA programs, campus violence prevention programs and other campuswide prevention programs. He also served as the interim dean of students at UW Oshkosh from August 2010 to March 2011 and received the UW System Board of Regents Academic Staff Award for Excellence in 2011.

David J. Miller has been appointed director of human resources at UW-Eau Claire.

Miller has held a variety of human resources positions in Iowa, South Dakota, Wyoming and Washington. Most recently, he served as the director of human resources at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, from 2000 to 2013.

Vicky Thomas recently was named director of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) and Project Ability in Motion (AIM) at UW-Eau Claire.

Prior to her director appointment Thomas served as the advising and academic services coordinator for Project AIM at UW-Eau Claire. She also worked closely with the previous director and other Student Support Services staff members to move the Project AIM grant from its initial stages to full implementation. Prior to that, Thomas served as an academic adviser at UW-Stout for eight years.

Troy Terhark has been named the new director of Recreation and Sport Facilities at UW-Eau Claire.

Terhark had served as assistant director of Recreation and Sport Facilities since 2011. He has worked at University Recreation and Sport Facilities for 17 years, beginning with an internship in 1996. He replaces Vicki Funne Reed, who recently retired after 29 years with University Recreation. back to top

Robert Eierman named ORSP Faculty Fellow

Robert Eierman
Dr. Robert Eierman

Dr. Robert Eierman, UW-Eau Claire professor of chemistry, has been selected as Faculty Fellow in the university's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for the 2013-14 academic year.

In his role as ORSP Faculty Fellow, Eierman will focus on identifying, developing and communicating about models for robust, effective student research and creative activity mentoring programs. A UW-Eau Claire campus team recently conducted a faculty survey, results of which will assist with plans to develop models and resources for faculty research mentors. This work is an outgrowth of ongoing efforts to institutionalize undergraduate research across the UW System. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire named Military Friendly School

Military Friendly School logo

For the fifth straight year, UW-Eau Claire has been named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business and publisher of G.I. Jobs and the Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Victory Media's 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's service members and veterans as students, according to a Victory Media news release. Full story. back to top

Let's Do Lunch series opens with presentation about Argentina

Let's Do Lunch banner

Dr. J. Brian Mahoney, UW-Eau Claire professor of geology, will discuss student immersion experiences in western Argentina during this month's Let's Do Lunch speaker series. The event, sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association, is scheduled for noon Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Fanny Hill Restaurant, 3919 Crescent Ave., Eau Claire.

J. Brian Mahoney
Dr. J. Brian Mahoney

Mahoney joined the UW-Eau Claire faculty in 1994 and has extensive geologic experience in British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Washington, Baja California and Argentina. Mahoney has led student field trips around the world for more than two decades and is a firm believer in the idea that students learn by doing. He has been active in developing international immersion experiences at UW-Eau Claire and piloted the TIES (Transformative Interdisciplinary Experiential Semester) program, a semesterlong immersion experience in Argentina, in 2011.

Reservations are requested for Let's Do Lunch sessions, which are open to the public. The ticket price of $10 per session includes the presentation, Fanny Hill buffet, beverage, tax and tip. To make reservations, call 715-836-3266 or email alumni@uwec.edu. back to top

Five athletes, two coaches to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Blugold Hall of Fame inductees

Five athletes, including a two-time national champion, and two coaches make up the 2013 class of inductees for the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Hall of Fame.

Members of the new class, which will be inducted Saturday, Sept. 28, are former director of athletics and tennis and track coach Marilyn Skrivseth, wrestling coach Don Parker, football player Darrel Snell, basketball players Rick Dahl and Tanya (Bauer) Longo, diver Kari (Albers) Madden and national track champion Jason Slaikeu.

This group represents the 37th class of men's inductees and the 24th class of women's inductees and brings the number of athletes, coaches and administrators who have been honored to 200.

The class will be recognized at halftime of the Sept. 28 Blugold football game against UW-La Crosse and inducted that night during a banquet in Davies Center. Alumni and friends of UW-Eau Claire are welcome to attend the banquet; tickets are $25. Complete banquet details and ticket-ordering information are available on the Blugold athletics website. back to top

Allie Stone creates her own legacy

By Ellis Williams, The Spectator

Lisa and Allie Stone
Lisa and Allie Stone

UW-Eau Claire women’s soccer captain Allie Stone knows what it takes to be a winner. She has been around success since her childhood days when, as a young second-grader, she would sit courtside in Zorn Arena and watch her mother, Lisa Stone, coach the Blugolds to a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship in the 2000 season.

Lisa Stone was the head women’s basketball coach from 1988 to 2000 at UW-Eau Claire. Her teams reached the NCAA tournament 11 times and reached the national championship game in the 1996-97 season, which took place in New York City. She also won the WIAC crown six times.

Her 277 wins to only 59 losses gives her an unparalleled winning percentage of .824, the highest in the school’s history. She was inducted into the Blugold Hall of Fame in 2006.

After her stint at UW-Eau Claire, she went on to take the same position at Drake University, UW-Madison and now St. Louis University. Full story. back to top

Artists Series, Forum get underway

Mu Performing Arts
Mu Performing Arts actors in
"The Tiger Among Us."

UW-Eau Claire's Artists Series will open its 2013-14 season Sept. 25 with "The Tiger Among Us," a new play presented by Mu Performing Arts. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.

Since 1992, Mu Performing Arts has been bringing Asian American voices to the stage in the Twin Cities area. Mu commissioned this new work by Lauren Yee, an award-winning playwright born and raised in San Francisco, and staged its world premiere in January at Mixed Blood Theatre.

"The Tiger Among Us" explores the cultural disconnect felt by an isolated Hmong American family living in rural Minnesota, where two siblings seek to blend traditional Hmong family values with modern life.

Gerda Weissmann Klein
Gerda Weissmann Klein

The 72nd season of The Forum at UW-Eau Claire will open Oct. 1 with a presentation by Gerda Weissmann Klein, Holocaust survivor and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Klein is a Polish-born American writer and human rights activist. Her autobiographical account of the Holocaust, "All but My Life" (1957), was adapted for the 1995 short film "One Survivor Remembers," which received an Academy Award and an Emmy Award, and was selected for the National Film Registry. She met her late husband, Kurt Klein on May 7, 1945, when as a lieutenant with the U.S. Army's 5th Infantry Division he liberated her and others from Nazi captivity. Married in 1946, the Kleins became tireless advocates of Holocaust education and human rights, founding the Klein Foundation to promote tolerance and community service.

Her presentation — titled "One Survivor Remembers" — will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. The event is the first of six Forum events scheduled for the 2013-14 season.

More information about the Mu Performing Arts event and the Gerda Weissman Klein lecture is available online.

Tickets are available at the Service Center in the east lobby of Davies Center. Season subscriptions are available for 25 percent off the single-ticket price. Call 715-836-3727 for details. back to top

Alum Justin Vernon, Volcano Choir add second show

Volcano Choir

Volcano Choir features, from left, Justin Vernon, Chris Rosenau, Tom Wincek, Matt Skemp, Dan Spack and Jon Mueller.

An Oct. 19 performance by Volcano Choir at the UW-Eau Claire has sold out and an Oct. 20 show has been added. The second performance will be at 8 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.

Tickets for the Oct. 20 show, which also will feature local band Adelyn Rose as the opening act, are available through all UW-Eau Claire ticketing options (including phone and online sales).

Volcano Choir is one of several recent musical collaborations for Justin Vernon, also frontman for the Grammy-Award-winning group Bon Iver and a UW-Eau Claire alumnus.
For more information, call the Service Center at 715-836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free at 800-949-UWEC. Full story. 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:

Corey Keyes Corey Keyes '88, a UW-Eau Claire psychology graduate, has been awarded Emory College's Winship Distinguished Research Professorship in the social sciences. Full story.
Seal Nick Adams '07, a UW-Eau Claire mass communication graduate, had a photograph accepted into the General Collection of Professional Photographers of America’s 2013 International Photographic Competition. Full story.
John Sackett John Sackett '76, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, chairman of the Volunteer Leadership Commitee of the Credit Union National Association and treasurer of RCU in Eau Claire, will participate in and bring volunteer viewpoint to future CUNA board meetings. Full story.
Seal Katrina Destree '07, a UW-Eau Claire biology graduate, was honored by the Green Bay Packers and WPS Health Insurance through their Operation Fan Mail program, which recognizes familes with a member who is on active military duty. Full story.
Mary Jo Miller Mary Jo Miller '80, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate, has been promoted to vice president of design and development at HBF Textiles. Full story.
Patrick O'Brien Patrick O'Brien '75, a UW-Eau Claire theatre graduate, is returning to Eau Claire Oct. 18-19 to present the comedy "Rounding Third" at The Grand Little Theatre. Full story.
Seal Lynne Kohlhepp '80, a UW-Eau Claire special education graduate who also received a master of science in education degree from the university in 1982, has been named Wisconsin's Special Services Teacher of the Year. Full story.
Amanda Bruce Amanda Bruce '98, a UW-Eau Claire biochemistry/molecular biology graduate and a veterinarian, has opened PetCare of Duluth to provide low-cost, convenient veterinary care. Full story. back to top

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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 baseball cap. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the October 2013 issue of e-View.

September Blugold Trivia question:

Dr. J. Brian Mahoney will present the Alumni Association's first Let's Do Lunch lecture of the 2013-14 academic year on Sept. 25. Where did Mahoney receive his doctoral degree?

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!

August's winner:

Congratulations to Jim Kelly, a 1987 UW-Eau Claire environmental public health graduate and winner of the August Blugold Trivia prize! Jim's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that the name of the endowed faculty chair made possible by a $1.5 million gift to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation from the estate of James and Anne Ramsey is the Oliver M. Ramsey Endowed Chair. back to top

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