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

Commencement ceremony honors grads, distinguished alumni

Seven receive Alumni Association awards

Three faculty/staff members retire

Homecoming 2006
to feature new 'Fifth Quarter' event

Campus launches e-newsletter for parents of current students

Alumna commits $500,000 for Blugold Promise Scholarship

Fourth Blugold receives 2006 Fulbright Award

Gloria Steinem, Clear Fork Bluegrass Quartet to open 2006 Forum, Artists Series

Annual Big Band Era Concert set for Sept. 22, 23

New alumni success stories

Photo corner: Commencement weekend events celebrate graduates, Golden Blugolds, award winners

Blugold Trivia

Alumni Links

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Alumni events

Alumni photo album

Alumni success stories

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August 2006

U.S. News again ranks UW-Eau Claire among Midwest's best
U.S. News America's Best Colleges badgeU.S.News & World Report magazine has again named UW-Eau Claire among the best public regional universities in the Midwest.

The 2007 edition of "America's Best Colleges" ranks UW-Eau Claire No. 4 among top regional public universities in the Midwest and 26th among all private and public institutions in the Midwest. The Midwest region includes schools in 12 states stretching from the Dakotas in the west to Missouri in the south and Ohio in the east.

"This is a ringing endorsement of the fine work of our faculty, staff and supporters of the university as they have built a solid and continuing commitment to excellence," said Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich, who became the university's chancellor June 1. "I am very impressed by how dedicated our faculty and staff are to their students. Every conversation centers on what they can do to make their students' time here even more valuable. Every school says it's student-centered, but not every school lives up to that claim. UW-Eau Claire definitely lives up to it."

Every year since 1999, UW-Eau Claire has been ranked among the top 30 regional schools (public and private) in the Midwest and among the top five public institutions in the region, the only Wisconsin school to consistently achieve such a high placement. Full story.

Commencement ceremony honors grads, distinguished alumni

August 2006 graduates
August 2006 graduates joined the Blugold alumni ranks during the UW-Eau Claire summer commencement ceremony Aug. 5. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

UW-Eau Claire held summer commencement exercises for 236 graduation candidates Aug. 5 in Zorn Arena. A total of 201 undergraduate students received bachelor's degrees, including 92 from the College of Arts and Sciences, 61 from the College of Business, 26 from the College of Education and Human Sciences and 22 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Thirty-five graduate students received master's degrees, including 15 from the College of Arts and Sciences, two from the College of Business, 17 from the College of Education and Human Sciences and one from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. UW System Regent Vice President Mark Bradley delivered the "Charge to the Class."

Award winners, Golden Blugolds
Also honored during the commencement ceremony were seven recipients of Alumni Association awards (see story below) and 12 Golden Blugolds, alumni who have reached the 50-year anniversary of their graduation from UW-Eau Claire. The following were honored as Golden Blugolds: Gloria (Jensen) Anderson '56, Frank Brown '47, Richard Clavette '56, Barbara (Bergh) Culver '56, Edmund Fink '56, Janice (Biskey) Fink '54, Irv Johnson '50, Barbara (Carson) Newton '56, Sylvia (Korb) Oberle '53, Wayne Osness '56, John Rogstad '56 and William Wagner '53. Also see related photos in this issue's Photo Corner.

Seven receive Alumni Association awards Aug. 5

Jeff and Bridget (O'Connor) Nelson Craig Ungerecht Mary Hilfiker
Jeff and Bridget (O'Connor) Nelson
Craig Ungerecht
Mary Hilfiker
Richard SchroderBottom row, left to right: Richard Schroder, John Wallace and Ruth (Haltner) Wallace
John Wallace Ruth (Haltner) Wallace

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association presented awards Aug. 5 to the following alumni at a luncheon and ceremony in conjunction with summer commencement. Follow the links below for more information on the award recipients:

Three faculty/staff members announce retirements
Two UW-Eau Claire faculty members and one academic staff member recently announced they have retired or will retire this summer. All will receive emeritus status:

  • Bobby Pitts, associate professor of art & design
  • Dr. Robert Sampson, professor of communication and journalism
  • Donald Zeutschel, research coordinator, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Full story.

Homecoming 2006 to feature new 'Fifth Quarter' event

alumni during Homecoming 2005
From left, Melissa Honeck '79, Tim Moffitt '79, Pat (Murphy) Alsabah '78 and Elaine (Vamstad) Moffitt '78 enjoyed the pregame celebration in Carson Park during Homecoming 2005. UW-Eau Claire's Homecoming 2006 will be Oct. 6-7. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association is gearing up for Homecoming 2006, to be held Oct. 6-7. New this year: The Fifth Quarter, the alumni postgame celebration in Carson Park following the Blugold football game against UW-River Falls. The Blugold Marching Band will lead fans to the tent below the stadium for a gathering including great music, prizes, tempting snacks, beverages from Leinenkugel's and lots of Blugold fun and camaraderie. (See complete Homecoming 2006 details.) Alumni planning to attend Homecoming are encouraged to complete the online Homecoming 2006 Attendance Form. Names, class years and favorite UW-Eau Claire memories of those who submit the form will be posted on the Homecoming 2006 Attendance List, which alumni can check regularly for names of old friends and classmates. Plan now to join your UW-Eau Claire friends for Homecoming 2006!

Campus launches e-newsletter for families of current students
Blugold Nuggets link and Web imageUW-Eau Claire's Office of Student Development and Diversity has launched Blugold Nuggets, a monthly online newsletter for parents and families of current UW-Eau Claire students. "We know that parents and families play a critical role in the success of our students," said Jodi Thesing-Ritter, associate dean of student development. "By putting our parents and families newsletter online and sending the link to families for whom we have e-mail addresses, we are able to get information to families in a timely way to assist them in supporting their Blugolds." The inaugural issue is being sent Aug. 18 to families of first-year students who signed up during summer orientation. All parents of current students and anyone else interested in receiving e-mail notifications for future issues can subscribe online.

Alumna commits $500,000 for Blugold Promise Scholarship

Ann Gunderson Thornburg
Ann Gunderson Thornburg '71

Ann Gunderson Thornburg, a 1971 UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate and one of the nation's leaders in the accounting profession, has committed $500,000 to establish an endowed Blugold Promise Scholarship in honor of her parents. She will use her annual gifts to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation and a bequest from her estate to fund the Thomas and Mavis Gunderson Scholarship. She decided to support the Blugold Promise Scholarship Program because it provides need-based scholarships to high-achieving UW-Eau Claire freshmen who, provided they do well, receive a second larger award their sophomore year. "I am particularly interested in providing scholarships to students who are the first in their families to attend college and have limited finances," Thornburg said. "That was my own experience and I know how difficult it can be for these students to consider attending college if financial resources are not available." Full story.

Fourth Blugold receives 2006 Fulbright Award

Justin Van Ness
Justin Van Ness

Another recent UW-Eau Claire graduate has been awarded a scholarship to study and teach abroad through the prestigious Fulbright Student Program, bringing to four the number of alumni to receive Fulbright awards in 2006.

Justin Van Ness, Oshkosh, who graduated in December 2005 with a double major in political science and Spanish, said he was "ecstatic and really surprised" when he was notified that he was approved to do research and teach in Madrid and the suburb of Alcorcón beginning this fall.

Cheryl Lochner-Wright, a study abroad coordinator in the Center for International Education, said this year has been a banner year for UW-Eau Claire graduates seeking Fulbright awards. She said that three students who went through the application process while on campus, including Van Ness, plus one who graduated and then applied while "at-large," were all accepted this year. The other students were Jenna Cushing-Leubner, Amanda Hill and Trever Hagen.

"And that is by far the most for one year - we've never had more than one before," Lochner-Wright said. Full story.

Gloria Steinem, Clear Fork Bluegrass Quartet
to open 2006 season of The Forum, Artists Series

Steinem to make return UW-Eau Claire visit
Gloria SteinemThe 65th season of The Forum at UW-Eau Claire will open with a presentation by writer, lecturer and editor Gloria Steinem Tuesday, Sept. 26. An icon of the women's rights movement, Steinem first addressed The Forum in 1971, the year before she co-founded Ms. Magazine. Steinem's program, titled "The Longest Revolution," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena. The event is the first of seven Forums scheduled for the 2006-07 season. Full story.

Clear Fork Bluegrass QuartetClear Fork Bluegrass Quartet to perform Sept. 20
The Clear Fork Bluegrass Quartet, an acoustic ensemble dedicated to the performance of classic bluegrass music, traditional country songs and American fiddle tunes, will open this season's Artists Series at UW-Eau Claire with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, in Schofield Auditorium. The concert is the first of nine Artists Series presentations comprising the 2006-07 season. Full story.

Annual Big Band Era Concert set for Sept. 22, 23
Big Band concert brochure imageUW-Eau Claire's popular Big Band Era Concert, presented by the department of music and theatre arts, is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. Tickets are now on sale for "A Salute to the Big Bands and Tony Bennett," to be presented in Zorn Arena.

This year's event will continue to recognize and honor the soldiers, workers, volunteers and families who have devoted themselves to keeping the United States a free nation and also will pay special tribute to the life and musical career of Tony Bennett, who performed with military bands as part of his own army service during World War II. UW-Eau Claire's award-winning Jazz Ensembles I and II, under the direction of Robert Baca and Jeffery Crowell, respectively, will perform Swing Era classics and big band favorites, including many of Bennett's standards, to be sung by some of the Chippewa Valley's most talented singers.

Proceeds from "A Salute to the Big Band Era" will provide support for activities in UW-Eau Claire's jazz studies area. Full story.

Alumni success stories
Read about the accomplishments of these and other UW-Eau Claire alumni on the Alumni Success Stories Web pages:

Kris Schoonover '87, '90

Kris Schoonover '87, '90 will lead the new women's varsity golf program at UW-Stout after a successful term as head coach since 1996 at UW-Oshkosh. Full story.

Donna (Hieronimczak) Mulder '88 Donna (Hieronimczak) Mulder '88, editor of Thrivent magazine, writes in that publication about coping with the loss of her husband to cancer. Donna notes that UW-Eau Claire friends can contact her at Donna.Mulder@thrivent.com. Full story.
Gene Power '02 Gene Power '02 is the new conductor of the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony. Full story.
Lana Mades '94

Lana Mades '94, a former Blugold gymnast, makes a successful tryout for Madison's Wisconsin Wolves, a Women's National Football League team. Full story.

Natalie (Perket) Iwasa '85 Natalie Iwasa '85 balances her time between family, her solo CPA practice and efforts to protect the environment as she enjoys life in Honolulu, Hawaii. Full story.
Photo corner: Commencement weekend events celebrate
graduates, Golden Blugolds, award winners
Zhan Yi Chen delivers commencement speech Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich presides over commencement
Above left, marketing graduate Zhan Yi Chen, of Guangdong, China, delivered the student "Reflections" speech during UW-Eau Claire's 9:30 a.m. commencement ceremony Aug. 5. Above right, Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich presided over his first commencement since starting as UW-Eau Claire's chancellor and conferred degrees to 236 graduates. (UW-Eau Claire photos by Rick Mickelson)
Winifred Pettis '41, '52, '72 (MST), Etta (Olbert) Johnson '51 and Ruth Voves '39 Bill Wagner '56, Bob Bauer '54, Irv Johnson '50, John Rogstad '56 and Jim Bollinger '57
Above left, from left, Winifred Pettis '41, '52, '72 (MST), Etta (Olbert) Johnson '51 and Ruth Voves '39 enjoyed catching up with fellow Blugolds who graduated 50 or more years ago during Golden Blugold Weekend activities Aug. 4-5. The women were at a reception hosted by Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich and his wife, Debi, at Fanny Hill in Eau Claire. Also among those attending were (above right, from left) Bill Wagner '53, Bob Bauer '54, Irv Johnson '50, John Rogstad '56 and Jim Bollinger '57. (UW-Eau Claire photos by Rick Mickelson)
John and Ruth Wallace Chancellor Levin-Stankevich and Craig Ungerecht
Above left, John Wallace '78, '81 (MSE) and Ruth (Haltner) Wallace '77, '82 (MSE) spoke after accepting their Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award Aug. 5 during the alumni awards ceremony in Davies Center. Above right, Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich stood with Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award recipient Craig Ungerecht '00 (MS). (UW-Eau Claire photos by Rick Mickelson)

Blugold Trivia headline
Show how much you know about UW-Eau Claire — AND win great Blugold prizes! E-mail 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 new style UW-Eau Claire baseball cap (pink and white for women, blue and white for men). The caps are so new that a photo is not yet available! The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the September issue of e-View.

August Blugold Trivia question:

UW-Eau Claire has gone through several name changes since its founding as the Eau Claire State Normal School in 1916. What other three names did the institution have before it became the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1971?

Know the answer? E-mail it, along with your name and class year, to trivia@uwec.edu. You'll be notified by e-mail if you are this month's winner!

July's winner:
Congratulations to Al Steevens
, who received both his bachelor's degree in business education (1980) and his master of science in teaching degree (1982) from UW-Eau Claire. Al has won a UW-Eau Claire long-sleeve alumni T-shirt in a drawing from those who correctly answered that Oct. 6-7 are the dates for UW-Eau Claire Homecoming 2006. back to top

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