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September 2003
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Start planning now to "Come Back for the Camaraderie" during UW-Eau Claire's Homecoming 2003!



Campus comes alive:
Another school year begins at UW-Eau Claire

Students at CUBEfest picnic

Students moving into dorms
UW-Eau Claire once again is a busy place. Now over the bustle of moving into dorms and saying goodbye to summer, students have begun to dive into another year of school.

This year's student body of 9,449 includes 1,879 new freshmen. The top-notch group of incoming freshmen (average ACT score of 24.5) spent their first days on campus immersed in a number of events and activities, including a welcome picnic on the Campus Mall, a convocation featuring a nationally known motivational speaker, and CUBEfest, 10 days of events and activities to welcome and help new students "Create the Ultimate Blugold Experience."

UW-Eau Claire photos by Rick Mickelson

Playing Frisbee on the Mall



Chancellor Mash: University improves despite funding challenges
Chancellor Donald MashUW-Eau Claire continues to get better at meeting its primary goals of student learning and personal development and regional service despite current funding challenges, Chancellor Donald Mash told about 600 faculty and academic staff members Aug. 26 and classified staff members Aug. 28 during the opening meetings of the 2003-04 academic year.

“In spite of budget reductions, tuition increases and the impact these things have on our students and the university, we’re getting better and better at preparing students and providing regional service,” Mash said during his “State of the University” address. Full story.

Mash also provided faculty and staff with a university budget update in light of the 2003-05 biennium state budget signed into law July 24 by Governor Jim Doyle. The chancellor's update, along with other news stories and information pertaining to the state budget, is available on UW-Eau Claire's online State Budget Update page.

UW-Eau Claire again ranks in U.S.News top tier
2004 Best CollegeU.S.News & World Report magazine has again ranked UW-Eau Claire in its top tier of universities in the Midwest, and UW-Eau Claire also was recognized as having one of the best undergraduate research programs in the country. This year’s rankings put UW-Eau Claire at No. 3 among regional public universities in the Midwest, a region that includes schools in 12 states stretching from the Dakotas to the West, Missouri to the South and Ohio to the East. The magazine also included UW-Eau Claire in its “Programs to look for” section, which highlights schools with outstanding examples of academic programs that lead to student success. UW-Eau Claire is one of 39 colleges and universities — private and public — of all sizes from throughout the country included in the magazine’s “Undergraduate Research Creative Projects” category. Full story.

campaign linkCampaign makes sweeping impact on foreign languages department
For a microcosm of the impact of UW-Eau Claire's Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence campaign, one need look no further than the university's foreign languages department. There, campaign gifts literally are opening up a world of opportunities for students and faculty — as well as others in the local community. Read more.

Four retirees join UW-Eau Claire emeriti
Four UW-Eau Claire faculty members recently announced their retirements. Each received emeritus status. They are Dr. Angelo Armendariz, professor of foreign languages, who retired in May after 33 years of teaching Spanish and Italian; James Clute, lecturer in the music and theatre arts department, who retired in May after 33 years of teaching the string bass; David Ford Hansen, associate professor, who retired in May after 26 years of teaching photography in the communication and journalism department; and Katherine McIntyre, assistant professor, library services, who retired in July after almost 26 years of service. Full story .

Outstanding faculty, staff receive excellence awards

2003 excellence awards recipients
The 2003 excellence awards winners are (clockwise) Robert Nowlan, English; Paula Stuettgen, University Centers and Programs; Tamara Lindsey, curriculum and instruction; Sue Ann Warden, Registrar's Office; Vicki Snider, special education; and Judy Sims, communication and journalism. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

Six UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members received excellence awards Aug. 26 during the opening meeting of the 2003-04 academic year. The following recipients were awarded a university medallion and $1,500 from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation in recognition of their commitment to excellence: Tamara Lindsey, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, Excellence in Teaching Award*; Vicki Snider, professor of special education, Excellence in Scholarship Award; Judy Sims, professor of communication and journalism, Excellence in Advising Award; Robert Nowlan, associate professor of English, Excellence in Service Award; Paula Stuettgen, senior coordinator of student development and programs for University Centers and Programs, Administrative and/or Professional Academic Staff Excellence in Performance Award*; and Sue Ann Warden, I.S. program area liaison, senior/student records and data systems specialist in the Registrar’s Office, Classified Staff Excellence in Performance Award*. Full story.

*The Excellence in Teaching Award for faculty and the excellence awards for classified and academic staff have been endowed through a gift of more than $125,000 from the Markquart family and businesses of the Chippewa Valley. The Markquart Excellence Awards endowment will fund the three excellence awards in perpetuity and free up unrestricted funds previously used to support the awards.

Permit granted for riverbank stabilization project
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has granted UW-Eau Claire a permit to stabilize a portion of the Chippewa River riverbank that runs through campus. The project will reinforce approximately 1,200 feet of the riverbank along Garfield Avenue from the university pedestrian bridge to the Putnam Park parking lot. The project is necessary because of a history of erosion of the riverbank as well as concerns for public safety and damage to the university’s infrastructure along that stretch of the river that could result from a potential collapse of the bank under certain conditions. Full story .

Student Telefund callersPlease take our call: Students begin fall Telefund drive
Beginning Sept. 18 and continuing through Dec. 12, UW-Eau Claire students will be calling alumni, friends and parents of current students as the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's fall Telefund drive gets under way. The Telefund has taken place each semester since spring 1981. Contributions made through Telefund are a critical resource and used to support student scholarships, student/faculty research projects, faculty development initiatives, international study opportunities and additional opportunities for enhanced teaching and learning as they arise. Telefund contributions are counted in the totals for UW-Eau Claire's ongoing fund-raising campaign, Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence.

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Homecoming 2003: Come Back for the Camaraderie
Join alumni from near and far for Homecoming 2003, to be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3-4. "Come Back for the Camaraderie" is this year's theme. Although the Camaraderie, the popular social haunt of so many UW-Eau Claire alumni, was destroyed by fire on Jan. 7, 2001, Homecoming 2003 will bring the spirit of "The Cam" alive once again. See the Homecoming 2003 schedule of events.

The following reunions are scheduled during Homecoming 2003. Contact the alumni office for more information:
      • Alpha Kappa Lambda, Oct. 3-4 (information contact: Tim Coburn '71, tcoburn@dor.state.wi.us)
      • 1948 and 1983 Blugold football conference champions, Oct. 4
      • athletic training, Oct. 4-5 (information contact: Jeff Oliphant, director of athletic training, oliphajg@uwec.edu)
      • Blugold baseball, Oct. 4
      • biology, Oct. 2 (information contact: Faith Bogstad, biology department, bogstafg@uwec.edu)
      • communication disorders, Oct. 4
      • economics, Oct. 4
      • mathematics, Oct. 4
      • nursing, Oct. 4
      • Sigma Sigma Sigma, Oct. 3-5 (information contact: Kristin Hanson '94, northshore@trisigma-chicago.org)
      • Soccer Club 25th anniversary, Oct. 5

Alumni success stories
What do the head of the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions and a leader among Wisconsin nursing home administrators have in common? Well, for one thing, they're both graduates of UW-Eau Claire. Read their stories and those of other successful Blugolds on the Success Stories page of the alumni Web site.

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Appleton reception for Thrivent employees
Alumni who are employees of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans are invited to an Alumni Association reception from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Thrivent's Appleton office, 4321 N. Ballard Road. Chancellor Donald Mash will provide a UW-Eau Claire update, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served. There also will be a drawing for Blugold door prizes. If you’d like to attend, send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call (715) 836-3266.

Salute to Big Band Era 2002
A Salute to the Big Band Era, Sept. 2002

A Salute to the Big Band Era

The department of music and theatre arts will present the second annual Salute to the Big Band Era on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2003, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena. Alumni and friends are invited to an afternoon or evening of music and dancing to the sounds of UW-Eau Claire's Jazz Ensembles I and II, under the direction of Robert Baca. The event is a special tribute to all members of the U.S. armed forces, past and present, and rosters will be posted at each performance of veterans and current military members in attendance. A social time is scheduled from 6:30-7:15 p.m. before the evening performance for veterans, current military members and their families. At each performance there will be a birthday cake with 100 candles to be lit in celebration and in tribute to the life and years of public service by Bob Hope, 1903-2003. Ticket prices are $15 for the general public, $12 for those 62 and over, $12 for youth 17 and under, $12 for UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff, $11 per person for organized groups of 10 or more, and $10 for UW-Eau Claire and UW System students. Tickets will go on sale Aug. 27 at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or 1-800-949-UWEC.

College of Business Bash in Minneapolis
Business graduates, don't miss the College of Business Bash on Thursday, Oct. 16, 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 alumni@uwec.edu or call (715) 836-3266.

Alumni Association trip to Rome
Plan now to join the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association’s trip to Rome from Feb. 20-28, 2004. Departures to "The Eternal City" are available from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison and additional cities. The cost of the trip ($1,299 per person, double occupancy, or $1,599 single occupancy) includes round-trip airfare, first-class hotel accommodations in Rome, daily buffet breakfast and more. Call (800) 842-9023 for additional information.

Events in the works
Details will be finalized soon for alumni events in Dallas, Texas; Atlanta, Ga.; and southern California. Watch the online alumni events calendar and future issues of e-View for more 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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For a complete listing of upcoming events at UW-Eau Claire and links to detailed information, see the university's online Calendar of Events.

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