September 2002
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Homecoming 2002


Sept. 11 remembrances
Through participation in a number of on-campus events, students, faculty and staff at UW-Eau Claire next week will mark the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedies. Read the full story.

UW-Eau Claire researchers make major find in Israel
Dr. Harry Jol, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of geography, and Robert Passow, a senior geography major from Hixton (both pictured at right), helped unearth in Qumran, Israel, what some researchers are saying could be the skeletal remains of the "Teacher of Righteousness," founder of an ancient Jewish sect called the Essenes. Read the full story.
Harry Jol and student in Israel

Professor emeritus Dr. Edward Blackorby dies at 91
Dr. Edward Blackorby, professor emeritus of history at UW-Eau Claire, died Aug. 28 at the age of 91. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at the First Congregational Church in Eau Claire. Services also are planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Friendship Village in Bloomington, Minn. Blackorby taught at UW-Eau Claire from 1959-1982. He was the recipient of the university’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 1968. An active researcher throughout his career and in his retirement, Blackorby’s second book, “The Life and Times of Usher Burdick,” was published in March by the North Dakota Historical Society and the Institute for Regional Studies.

University presents awards, welcomes new faculty and staff
Six University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty and staff members received excellence awards Aug. 20 during the opening meeting of the 2002-03 academic year. Receiving the awards were Dr. Marie (Mickey) Crothers, Dr. James Walker, Dr. Katherine Lang, Dr. Paulis Lazda, Dr. Deborah Gough, and Linda Bobo. Read the full story. Also at the opening meeting, the university welcomed more than 60 new faculty and academic staff members to its campus community.

Nine faculty and staff members retire over summer
Nine UW-Eau Claire faculty or academic staff members retired in late June and July. All received emeriti status. The most recent retirees are Dr. Robert Barganz, professor of curriculum and instruction; Ronald Buckley, photo systems specialist in the Media Development Center; Dr. Rita Kisting Sparks, professor of nursing systems; Dr. Carol Klun, professor of allied health professions; Dr. Jack Pladziewicz, professor and chairman of the chemistry department; Dr. John Tinker Jr., professor of geology; Dr. Margie Stone, associate professor of curriculum and instruction; Jim Vance, director of the American Ethnic Coordinating Office; and Dr. Karen Woodward, associate professor of foreign languages. Read the full story.

Patterson, Gambrell receive teaching honors

Dr. Donald Patterson         Dr. Leonard Gambrell
Dr. Donald Patterson, left, and Dr. Leonard Gambrell

Dr. Donald Patterson, professor of music, is the fourth recipient of UW-Eau Claire's Maxwell Schoenfeld Distinguished Professorship. Read the full story. Dr. Leonard Gambrell, professor emeritus of political science, is a recipient of the 2002 Regents Teaching Excellence Award from the UW System Board of Regents. Read the full story.

Professor's exhibit opens in state Capitol
"Latvia Returns to the Free World," a traveling exhibit created by Dr. Paulis Lazda, professor of history at UW-Eau Claire, will be on display beginning at noon Sept. 7 in the rotunda of Wisconsin’s Capitol in Madison. The exhibit, which tells the story of Latvia's 50-year occupation by the Soviets and Nazis, can be viewed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends through Sept. 14. Read the full story.

Campaign for UW-Eau Claire progresses
Progress is on target for "Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence," UW-Eau Claire's first comprehensive fund-raising campaign to secure $35 million for the university's people and programs. The campaign is a great opportunity for all alumni and friends to make a difference — to ensure bright futures — as UW-Eau Claire prepares to continue and improve upon its tradition of excellence in learning and service. Donors are encouraged to consider making a five-year pledge, which makes it feasible to consider a larger commitment by spreading it out over several years. (A five-year pledge can be made any time during the campaign and be counted in campaign totals.) All contributions received through June 30, 2005, will be recognized as gifts to the campaign. If you are interested in making a contribution to support UW-Eau Claire's tradition of excellence, please contact Kimera Way, UW-Eau Claire's executive director of development, at Also visit the campaign Web site for more information.

More campus news . . .
Follow this link to find more campus news, including recent and past news releases, the University Bulletin (faculty/staff newsletter), The Spectator (student newspaper), and Blugold athletics news.

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Blugold football broadcasts on the Web
Attention Blugold fans! No matter where you live, you now can listen to play-by-play Blugold football broadcasts. Starting this fall, game broadcasts will be streamed on the Web site of Eau Claire's Sports Radio AM 1400. The 2002 season opens against St. John's University at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. Check the season schedule for future game dates and plan to listen in!

Class Notes now accessible online
For years UW-Eau Claire alumni have enjoyed reading the latest news from their fellow Blugolds in the Class Notes section of The View, the university's quarterly alumni publication. With the launch of the new Alumni Association Web site on July 1, Class Notes can now also be read online. When specified by alumni, online Class Notes will be published immediately after they have appeared in the printed View. Read the online Class Notes now, and don't forget to submit a Class Note to let us know your latest news!

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Workplace luncheon receptions at St. Joseph's Hospital
and Wipfli Ullrich Bertelson

UW-Eau Claire alumni who work at the following companies are invited to workplace luncheon receptions, including a complimentary lunch and a UW-Eau Claire update from Chancellor Donald Mash. Attendees also may register for great door prizes, including UW-Eau Claire sweatshirts, hats, T-shirts and more. The receptions begin at 11:30 a.m. at these locations on the following dates:

  • St. Joseph's Hospital, Chippewa Falls: Wednesday, Sept. 11
  • Wipfli Ullrich Bertelson, Wausau: Wednesday, Sept. 25

Volleyball alumni reception
All former UW-Eau Claire volleyball players are invited to a reception at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the university's McPhee Physical Education Center. Special recognition will be given to the 1987-88 conference championship team as they celebrate their 15-year reunion. The reception will be held the same weekend as the Lisa Siegenthaler Memorial Volleyball Tournament. Former players interested in attending the reception should RSVP to Blugold volleyball coach Lisa Herb by sending e-mail to or calling (715) 836-5475.

Alumni swim meet
UW-Eau Claire's swimming and diving team will host an alumni swim meet at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the university's McPhee Physical Education Center. For more information, send e-mail to Stetson Johnson at

Education alumni reception at NWEA convention
The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association welcomes all education alumni to stop in at an open house reception from 8-11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, in Room 1283 of Memorial High School in Eau Claire, the site of the Northern Wisconsin Educators Association convention.

Homecoming 2002
Start planning now to join the festivities Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11 and 12, when thousands of alumni and friends gather for UW-Eau Claire's Homecoming 2002. Don't miss Friday night's Varsity Night Live! show on campus, Saturday morning's Homecoming parade on Water Street, the Homecoming Festival in Carson Park, the football game against UW-River Falls, and the Alumni Open House back on campus following the game. See the Alumni Association Web site for more Homecoming details.

Departmental Homecoming activities

Friday, Oct. 11:

  • College of Business events: 11-11:45 a.m., College of Business lab dedications; noon-3 p.m., Hormel Homecoming Cookout, Campus Mall; 1:30-3 p.m., College of Business Technology Open House (Schneider Hall labs open for viewing); 5-7 p.m., College of Business Alumni and Friends Bash, Mona Lisa's Restaurant, Eau Claire. For details, contact Gretchen Hutterli in the College of Business at (715) 836-5930 or
  • Biology alumni reunion: 3-5 p.m., Room 326, Phillips Science Hall. For more information or to RSVP, call Faith Bogstad at (715) 836-4166 or send e-mail to

Saturday, Oct. 12:

  • School of Nursing reunion: 7:30 a.m. registration at School of Nursing, 8 a.m. walk, continental breakfast, School of Nursing update, door prizes, university Homecoming events
  • School of Education reunion: "Donuts with the Deans," 9-10:30 a.m., Brewer Hall 255. Also tour the School of Education Technology Lab and Project Studio. RSVP to Georgia Hogg at
  • Economics alumni reunion: 3:30-5:30 p.m., Potawatomi Room, Davies Center.
  • Mathematics alumni reunion: 4:30-6:30 p.m., Arrowhead Room, Davies Center.
  • Singing Statesmen 35th anniversary reunion: 7-10 p.m., Dulany Inn, Davies Center.
  • Communication disorders alumni reunion: details to come.

Alumni soccer game
The UW-Eau Claire alumni soccer game will be held on Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Eau Claire Soccer Complex/Eau Claire Claire Indoor Sports Center. All interested UW-Eau Claire soccer alumni should contact Marty Hendricks at 715-835-4250 or for more information.

College of Business Bash
Business graduates, don't miss the College of Business Bash on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Champps in the Butler Square Building, 100 N. 6th St., Minneapolis. Enjoy complimentary food and beverages, visit with your favorite professors and be eligible for great door prizes. To register, send e-mail to or call (715) 836-3266.

Art department trip to Chicago
The UW-Eau Claire art department is sponsoring a trip to Chicago from Nov. 8-10. Alumni interested in joining faculty, staff, students and other friends of the university on this trip to view Chicago-area art exhibits can attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. in Room 105 of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Professor Steve Katrosits and associate professor Bobby Pitts will lead the trip. For more information, send e-mail to

Washington, D.C.-area alumni reception
UW-Eau Claire alumni in the Washington, D.C., area are invited to a reception from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Potowmack Landing, 1 Marina Drive, Alexandria, Va. Join fellow alumni as well as Chancellor Donald Mash for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, hear the latest campus news, and register to win UW-Eau Claire door prizes. To register, send e-mail to or call (715) 836-3266.

Continuing education cruise for nurses
UW-Eau Claire nursing alumni seeking continuing education credits in wound care can earn those credits while participating in a weeklong Caribbean cruise from March 22-29, 2003. Registered nurses and other health care professionals will earn 12 contact hours from UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education, Nursing, an approved provider of continuing education in nursing by the Wisconsin Nurses Association Continuing Education Approval Program Committee, which is accredited as an approver of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. The program registration fee is $225 for UW-Eau Claire alumni and $250 for other participants. (The cost of the cruise is separate.) Send continuing education questions via e-mail to Information on the cruise line and costs is available from IPMC Travel, 1-800-645-2222. The registration deadline is Nov. 1.

For more information . . .
Contact the Alumni Association for more information about any of the events above or about planning an alumni event in your area.

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The following is a sampling of events this month at UW-Eau Claire. For a complete listing and links to ticket information, see the university's online Calendar of Events.

Clear Water Bowl
Saturday, Sept. 7
Festival, 4-7 p.m.; football game (Blugolds vs. St. John's University), 7 p.m.
Carson Park

Community Action Day
Thursday, Sept. 12
10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Council Fire Room, W.R. Davies Center

Foster Gallery Exhibit
Art Faculty Show (Featuring works by
Stephen Katrosits and Bobby Pitts)
Sept. 12-Oct. 3
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 6-8 p.m. Thursdays,
1-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Foster Gallery, Haas Fine Arts Center

Artists Series
Red Priest, British early-music ensemble
Thursday, Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Gantner Concert Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center

The Forum
Ralph Nader: "World Trade, Globalization and You: Bigger Is Not Better"
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m.
Zorn Arena

Study Abroad Fair
Thursday, Sept. 26, 3-5 p.m.
Council Fire Room, W.R. Davies Center

UAC Special Event
The "World Famous" Lipizzaner Stallions
Thursday, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m.
W.L. Zorn Arena

Artists Series
The James Sewell Ballet Company
Sunday, Sept. 29, 2 p.m., and Monday, Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Gantner Concert Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center

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