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March 2003
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Governor’s budget proposal includes record cuts to UW System
Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle's recently proposed 2003-05 biennium budget includes the largest cuts in history — $250 million — to state funding for the UW System. Doyle also has proposed a tuition increase of up to $250 a semester. UW-Eau Claire's challenge is "to manage our reductions in a way that preserves our capacity for excellence until we come out of this economic downturn," said Chancellor Donald Mash in a Feb. 19 message to the campus community. Visit UW-Eau Claire's State Budget Update Web site for up-to-date information as the Wisconsin state budget process moves forward.

Students laud quality, value of UW-Eau Claire education
Proposed university budget cuts and a possible tuition increase have spurred some students to reflect on the quality and value of their UW-Eau Claire education. In a recent issue of The Spectator, the university's student newspaper, two student columnists shared their thoughts on the importance of a liberal arts education and why a tuition increase for UW System students is appropriate. To keep up on student debate about campus-related issues, alumni can subscribe to the free online edition of The Spectator.

Lisa HansenUSA Today picks UW-Eau Claire senior for All-USA College Academic First Team
UW-Eau Claire senior Lisa Hansen is among 20 college students nationwide to be named to the USA Today's most recent All-USA College Academic First Team. The 20 undergraduates were featured in the Feb. 13 issue of USA Today. Read the full story.

Researchers examine student credit card use
A group of UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff and students are trying to identify strategies for helping students use credit cards wisely, after a survey found students carrying credit cards in record numbers. While the wise use of credit cards can help students establish positive credit histories, some students accumulate debt and unwittingly set themselves up for financial failure even before they graduate. Read the full story.

Dr. Robert EiermanIngrid UlstadEierman, Ulstad named UW System Teaching Scholar, Fellow
Dr. Robert Eierman, professor of chemistry, has been named a Wisconsin Teaching Scholar and Ingrid Ulstad, lecturer of accounting and finance, has been named a Wisconsin Teaching Fellow for 2003-04 by the UW System Office of Academic Affairs. Read the full story.

Scholarship support keeps best and brightest in Wisconsin
Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence campaignUW-Eau Claire alumni and friends have an opportunity to help keep Wisconsin's best and brightest students in the state, contributing to its healthy future. The Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship program matches private donations with funding from the state to provide annual $2,250 scholarships for outstanding high school graduates who choose to attend UW-Eau Claire. (UW-Eau Claire currently ranks second among UW System schools in the number of WAES recipients enrolled.) An annual gift of $1,000 establishes a WAES program scholarship in the donor's name. Donors also may choose to establish an endowed WAES fund through a commitment of $25,000, which can be completed over a period of up to five years. An endowed fund sponsors an annual WAES scholarship in perpetuity. Gifts to support the WAES program are recognized as contributions to Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation’s ongoing comprehensive fund-raising campaign to secure $35 million in private support by July 2005 for the university’s people and programs. For more information on supporting a WAES scholarship, contact Kimera Way, UW-Eau Claire executive director of development, by calling (715) 836-5180 or sending e-mail to waykk@uwec.edu.



Alumni Association goes bicoastal
February gatherings in New York and San Francisco reunited UW-Eau Claire alumni on both U.S. coasts. Eighty-six alumni attended an event Feb. 15 at New York's Ellis Island Immigration Museum, which included a performance by UW-Eau Claire's Singing Statesmen in Ellis Island's historic Registry Room. On Feb. 28 in San Francisco, 52 alumni gathered for a reception at The City Club. See photos from the events and comments from alumni who were there in the online Alumni Photo Album.

Ask An AlumKeep connected through Ask An Alum
UW-Eau Claire alumni are encouraged to participate in Ask An Alum, a program that connects current students with alumni working in a variety of careers. The program puts students in contact with alumni to discuss their careers; employment climates in particular industries, companies or geographic regions; and possible job-shadowing opportunities. Alumni profiles are accessible only by registered UW-Eau Claire students, and names and phone numbers are not posted online. Register online to participate in Ask An Alum.

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Arizona golf outing, receptions
The following events are scheduled in March for UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends in Arizona. For more information about any of the events, contact the Alumni Association by calling (715) 836-3266 or send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu.

  • Tucson reception: Join fellow alumni and friends for hors d'oeuvres and camaraderie, visit with Chancellor Donald Mash and hear the latest news from UW-Eau Claire on Thursday, March 20, from 6-8 p.m. at Marriott University Park, 880 E. Second St., Tucson, Ariz.
  • Phoenix area golf outing: Plan to attend the Alumni Associaton's golf outing and/or picnic on Saturday, March 22, at West Brook Village Vista Golf Course, Peoria, Ariz. You will join hosts Ken and Gloria Anderson, as well as Chancellor Donald Mash and many UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends. Arrange tee times and payment (approximate golf outing cost: $52) by calling Ken Anderson at (623) 566-5851. The picnic will be from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Vistas Restaurant (picnic cost: $10 adults, $5 children). Picnic reservations must be made by calling Anderson at the number above or the alumni office at (715) 836-3266.
  • Phoenix reception: A luncheon reception for UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends in the Phoenix area will be held Sunday, March 23, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa, 5350 East Marriott Dr., Phoenix. Hear a UW-Eau Claire update from Chancellor Donald Mash and register to win great UW-Eau Claire door prizes.

Gymnastics alumnae reunion
Gymnastics alumnae are invited to a reunion March 28-29 in connection with the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association National Championships to be held at UW-Eau Claire. A luncheon is planned from 12:30-2 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Holiday Inn Campus Area, Eau Claire. The cost for the luncheon is $9 per person. Gymnastics alumnae also are invited to a casual brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 29. There is no cost for the brunch, to be held at the home of former gymnastics head coach Mary Mero. Both the luncheon and brunch will be hosted by gymnastics head coach Lisa McIntyre and Mero, head coach from 1969-90. The NCGA National Championships schedule includes team and all-around competition beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday and individual event finals beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information or to register, call the Alumni Association at (715) 836-3266 or send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu.

College of Business Bashes in De Pere, Milwaukee
Alumni and friends of the UW-Eau Claire College of Business are invited to attend the following College of Business Bashes:

  • Thursday, April 24, Sports Corner Bar & Grill, 500 Grant St., De Pere, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 1, McGillycuddy's, 1135 N. Water St., Milwaukee, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The events are cosponsored by the Alumni Association, the College of Business and Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. Come and enjoy complimentary food and beverages, visit with folks from the College of Business and the Alumni Association, and be eligible for great door prizes. For more information, contact Gretchen Hutterli, assistant dean in the College of Business, by phone at (715) 836-5930 or by e-mail at hutterga@uwec.edu. RSVP to the alumni office by e-mail at alumni@uwec.edu or by phone at (715) 836-3266.

TV-10 alumni formal
A TV-10 formal for alumni once involved with the UW-Eau Claire campus television station will take place on Saturday, May 3, 2003. A 6:30 p.m. dinner will be followed by a dance from 8-12 p.m. Tickets are $20 and will go on sale beginning Feb. 1. For more information, call station manager Sarah Clark at (715) 855-4272 or send e-mail to clarksa@uwec.edu.

Special day for Golden Blugolds
UW-Eau Claire alumni who graduated in 1953 or earlier earn the honorary title of "Golden Blugold" and are invited to a special day on campus on Tuesday, May 6. Plan to come for a tour of the campus, to hear a message from Chancellor Donald Mash, to receive a special Golden Blugold pin and to attend the 11:30 a.m. luncheon in your honor. For more information, send the alumni office e-mail at
alumni@uwec.edu or call (715) 836-3266.

Nursing class of 1973 reunion
Members of the UW-Eau Claire School of Nursing class of 1973 are encouraged to mark their calendars for a 30-year reunion luncheon at noon Saturday, May 17, at Olde Town in Menomonie. For more information, send the alumni office e-mail at
alumni@uwec.edu or call (715) 836-3266.

Eiffel TowerAlumni Association Trip to Paris
Plan now to join the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association's trip to Paris August 15-23. The journey to the City of Light will depart from Minneapolis. The cost of the trip includes round-trip airfare, first-class hotel accommodations in Paris, daily buffet breakfast and more. Get the details online or call (800) 842-9023 for additional information.

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 upcoming events at UW-Eau Claire. For a complete listing and links to ticket information, see the university's online Calendar of Events.

Foster Gallery Exhibit
"Wisconsin: Landscape"
Landscape-inspired work by 19 Wisconsin artists in a variety of media
Through March 13: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday,
1-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Foster Gallery, Haas Fine Arts Center

Chancellor’s Roundtable
Open discussion of current campus issues
Wednesday, March 12, 4 p.m.
Presidents Room, Davies Center

Spring Break
Saturday, March 15, through Sunday, March 23

Foster Gallery Exhibit
Graphic Design Senior BFA Degree Candidates Exhibition
March 26-31: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday,
1-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Foster Gallery, Haas Fine Arts Center

The Forum
Candice DeLong: "My Life on the Front Lines as a Woman in the FBI"
Wednesday, March 26, 7:30 p.m.
Zorn Arena

Jazz Fest
Saturday, March 29
8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Davies Center

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