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 February 2018

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Blugold coaches Olympian in skeleton event

UW-Eau Claire news roundup

Upcoming events

Alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

Alumni links

Alumni events

Alumni success stories

eView archive

eView survey

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Blugold coaches Olympian in skeleton event

Skeleton races not at the top of your list of must-see events at the 2018 Olympic Winter games? You may want to tune in since Lauri Miller Bausch, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 2008 with a kinesiology degree, is coaching skeleton driver Akwasi Frimpong, the only African man competing in these winter Olympics and Ghana's second-ever winter Olympian. Learn how this Blugold alumna ended up coaching an Olympic athlete. back to top

UW-Eau Claire news roundup

UW-Eau Claire to offer neuroscience degree beginning in fall 2018

  • Current or future UW-Eau Claire students with an interest in studying the brain and nervous system will have a new academic program available to them beginning in the fall. Based in the department of psychology, UW-Eau Claire’s 60-credit neuroscience major will include courses in the departments of psychology, biology, music, philosophy, mathematics, and communication sciences and disorders.

Upward Bound program receives Regents Diversity Award

April 13 Viennese Ball tickets still available

  • Viennese Ball tickets are still available for Friday, April 13, the first evening of the 44th annual UW-Eau Claire event modeled on the New Year's Eve Kaiser Ball in Vienna. The event transforms all three levels of Davies Center, where guests may waltz in the grand ballroom, swing dance to Big Band standards, polka in the informal festival hall, sing along in the piano bar, and hear showcase performances on the Bösendorfer Imperial Grand Piano.

Blugold grads invited to submit alumni award nominations

Want more UW-Eau Claire news? Check our Blugold Briefing page anytime: www.uwec.edu/news

Upcoming events

  • Ask a Scientist: 'Shark Night.' Feb. 21, 7 p.m., Acoustic Cafe, Eau Claire. Featuring Dr. Todd Wellnitz, UW-Eau Claire professor of biology. More information.
  • Reception at Minnesota Music Educators 2018 Midwinter Clinic. Feb. 22, 5:30-7:15 p.m., Minneapolis Hilton, Dakota Room, 1001 Marquette Ave., Minneapolis. Everyone welcome! View invitation and register.
  • UWEC Wind Symphony at Minnesota Music Educators 2018 Midwinter Clinic. Feb. 22, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave S., Minneapolis. Concert will feature works by Hesketh, Ticheli, Gabrieli, Svanoe, Hindemith and more. Featuring Dr. Michael Shults, saxophone, and Dr. Phillip Ostrander, guest conductor. More information.
  • Fire Ball 'Revolution.' Feb. 23-24, 6:30 p.m., Ojibwe Ballroom, Davies Center. The Fire Ball is headlined by drag superstars from RuPaul's Drag Race. All proceeds benefit UW-Eau Claire's Gender and Sexuality Resource Center. More information.

  • Black History Month Celebration. Feb. 28, 5 p.m., Ojibwe Ballroom, Davies Center. Join us for a culminating program to celebrate Black History Month that includes musical performances, recognition of special students and staff, and dinner. More information.

  • Artists Series: Eighth Blackbird. Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m., Gantner Concert Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center. With a four-time Grammy Award-winning ensemble of flutes, clarinets, violins, viola, cello, percussion and piano, Eighth Blackbird is a contemporary classical ensemble quickly earning brand-name status. More information.

  • Wisconsin Day Picnic in Sun City, Arizona. March 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Join the Alumni Association at the Sun Bowl. Look for the Blugold table, stop by and say hi. Bring your lawn chair, sit back and relax. Tickets are $8 at the event. Learn more and register.

  • Brewers Spring Training Game in Maryvale, Arizona. March 9. Join the Alumni Association at the Brewers spring training game against the Oakland A's. Pregame: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; game at 1:05 p.m. Cost: $36 per person, includes hot dogs, burgers, sides and beverages. Learn more and register.

  • Shamrock Shuffle. March 10. The event is a fun, non-timed 5K run/walk fundraiser that begins and ends at UW-Eau Claire. Learn more and register.

  • Let's Do Lunch. March 28, noon-1 p.m. Miranda Cross-Schindler, assistant director, UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education, will discuss veteran awareness training. Tickets are $15, which includes lunch buffet, beverage, tax and tip. Eau Claire Golf and Country Club, 828 Clubview Lane, Altoona. Reservations requested.
  • Save the date! Experience U. April 26. Join the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, Alumni Association and Career Services for an evening of networking, dinner and conversation. Connect with other alumni and share your “life after college” experiences with current students! Learn more.
  • Paris Choral Festival. July 2-9, 2019, Paris, France. The UW-Eau Claire Concert Choir had the honor of performing on the 50th (1994) and 60th (2004) anniversaries of D-Day in Europe. This opportunity to perform on the world stage will again be possible for alumni and friends of the Concert Choir in 2019. Choral alumni are invited to join the Eau Claire Master Singers in the formation of a UW-Eau Claire Alumni Choir that will participate in the Paris Choral Festival. Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of music, will direct the choir and serve as artistic director for the festival, which will commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the liberation of France. Registration and down payment are due by March 15, 2018. To register, follow the directions on the portal at Music Celebrations International as a member of the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Choir. See more information about the festival as well as registration information. Questions? Contact Dr. Schwartzhoff at schwargr@uwec.edu for additional details.

    See more Alumni Association events and universitywide events. back to top

Alumni success stories

Read some of the latest stories featuring accomplishments by UW-Eau Claire alumni:

Sean Carey '08, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, will release his third full-length album, "Hundred Acres," on Feb. 23. Full story.

Kelly Gutt '11, a UW-Eau Claire mass communication graduate, has been promoted from senior graphic designer to associate design director at Lindsay, Stone & Briggs in Madison, Wisconsin. Full story.

Russ Klisch '81, a UW-Eau Claire chemistry graduate, and his brother, Jim, recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of their business, Lakefront Brewery, in Milwaukee. Full story.

Jacob Miller '10, a UW-Eau Claire kinesiology graduate, has been named executive director of the Utah Golf Association. Full story.

Christopher Porterfield '06, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, and his band, Field Report, will release their third full-length album, "Summertime Songs," on March 23. The group made its national TV debut Feb. 18 on 'CBS This Morning' before opening on Feb. 19 for Bon Iver (led by Justin Vernon '04 — see below) at Milwaukee's BMO Harris Bradley Center. Full story.

Dan Ravenscroft '99, a UW-Eau Claire business finance graduate, has been named president and CEO of Royal Bank. Full story.

John Raymond '09, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, and his band, Real Feels, recently released a new album titled "Joy Ride." Raymond also is an assistant professor of music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Full story.

Randy Scholz '92, a UW-Eau Claire criminal justice graduate, recently was named to the Chippewa County administrator post. Full story.

Mary Sood '83, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, has been named public relations director at Talladega College in Alabama. Full story.

Justin Vernon '04, a UW-Eau Claire comparative studies in religion graduate, and his band, Bon Iver, recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of their debut album, "For Emma, Forever Ago," with a sold-out concert at Milwaukee's BMO Harris Bradley Center. Full story. (Christopher Porterfield '06 and his band, Field Report, opened for Bon Iver — see above.)

Thomas Wavrin '17, a UW-Eau Claire geography graduate, is enjoying life as a competitive cyclist and teacher. Full story. back to top

Blugold Trivia
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 into a drawing for Blugold socks! The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the March issue of eView.

February Blugold Trivia question:

By what percentage do experts predict the demand for neuroscience graduates (like those who earn UW-Eau Claire's new neuroscience degree) will increase by 2022?

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!

January's winner:

Congratulations to Dan Lavalle '78, a UW-Eau Claire business finance graduate and winner of the January Blugold Trivia prize. Dan's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that 18 elected members serve for a three-year term on the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association board of directors. back to top

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