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An event to come home for: Homecoming 2006 is Oct. 6-7

Chancellor Levin-Stankevich outlines priorities

Chancellor's inauguration set
for Oct. 27

Kentucky plane crash kills 2003 UW-Eau Claire graduate

UW-Eau Claire makes Best Midwestern Colleges list

Faculty and staff receive 2006 Excellence Awards

Chemistry, mathematics faculty receive research grants

Awards to honor current, former Blugold greats

Alumnus to perform at Big Band Era Concert Sept. 22, 23

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September 2006

An event to come home for: Homecoming 2006 is Oct. 6-7

Blugold Marching Band members
Alumni at 2005 Blugold Fever Fest
Top photo: Members of the Blugold Marching Band smiled for the camera following the 2005 Homecoming parade. Bottom photo: Alumni awaited the band's performance during the 2005 Blugold Fever Fest in Carson Park before the Homecoming football game. (UW-Eau Claire photos by Rick Mickelson)

UW-Eau Claire alumni are invited to return to Eau Claire Oct. 6-7 for Homecoming 2006. 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!

Chancellor Levin-Stankevich outlines priorities
Opening address calls faculty, staff to keep focus on students

Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich addresses faculty and staff
Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich addressed 750 members of UW-Eau Claire's faculty and staff during the university's Aug. 22 academic year opening meeting in Zorn Arena. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Bill Hoepner)

UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich said Aug. 22 that strategic planning, cultural competence and diversity, capital projects and private fundraising are his immediate goals as he begins his first academic year as the university's top administrator.

"This is a university of high quality and wonderful reputation, filled with people who have deep pride in it," Levin-Stankevich told 750 faculty and staff members during the campus opening meeting to kick off the 2006-07 academic year. "Together you've built and continue to enjoy something that is truly special. Now we must engage together to keep it that way because, simply put, we can't stay static and expect to stay distinctive." Full story.

university medallion and ribbonsChancellor's inauguration set for Oct. 27
The inauguration of UW-Eau Claire's new chancellor, Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich, will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, in Gantner Concert Hall of the university's Haas Fine Arts Center. All university faculty and staff, community leaders from the region, and representatives from universities across the state and nation are among those invited for the occasion. The inauguration will be broadcast live via the Internet. More information.

Kentucky plane crash kills 2003 UW-Eau Claire graduate
Kelly Heyer '03UW-Eau Claire alumnus Kelly Heyer, a 2003 French and music graduate, was among the 49 people who died in an Aug. 27 plane crash west of the Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Ky. Heyer was the only flight attendant on board Delta Comair Flight 5191. In a recent UW-Eau Claire Spectator article, university students and faculty members remembered Heyer.

UW-Eau Claire makes Best Midwestern Colleges list
Best Midwestern College logoUW-Eau Claire has been named by The Princeton Review as a 2007 Best Midwestern College and earlier this year was named one of America's Best Value Colleges.

UW-Eau Claire is one of 163 schools to receive the "Best Midwestern College" designation and is included on a list of 150 Best Value Colleges.

Kristina Anderson, executive director of enrollment services at UW-Eau Claire, said UW-Eau Claire continues to be a first-choice campus for talented students.

"The faculty and staff work hard to nurture our students, and in an era of rising tuition across the country, UW-Eau Claire continues to be an excellent education value. Being recognized for that excellence by the Princeton Review is certainly an honor." Full story.

Faculty and staff receive 2006 Excellence Awards

2006 Excellence Award recipients

UW-Eau Claire's 2006 Excellence Award recipients are (back row, from left) Venerian Vance, Charles Tomkovick, Robert Hooper and Richard Mickelson; and (front row, from left) Thomas Miller, Jason Halfen and Robert Eierman. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Bill Hoepner)

Seven UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members were recognized for excellence during the university's opening meeting Aug. 22:

Dr. Robert Eierman, professor of chemistry, is the UW-Eau Claire 2006 Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award nominee.

Dr. Jason Halfen, professor of chemistry, received the Excellence in Scholarship Award.

Dr. Robert Hooper, professor of geology, received the Excellence in Service Award.

Richard Mickelson, photography and graphics coordinator in Learning and Technology Services, received the Administrative and Professional Academic Staff Excellence in Performance Award.

Dr. Thomas Miller, professor of history, received the Excellence in Advising Award.

Dr. Charles Tomkovick, professor of marketing, received the Excellence in Teaching Award.

Venerian Vance, university services associate in the Admissions office, received the Classified Staff Excellence in Performance Award.

Recipients received a university medallion and $1,500 from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation in recognition of their commitment to excellence. Full story.

Research grants go to chemistry, mathematics faculty

Award of $269,740 will support undergrad mathematics research program

Mohamed Elgindi Michael Howe
Mohamed Elgindi
Michael Howe

UW-Eau Claire's department of mathematics has received a $269,740 grant from the National Science Foundation to fund the "Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in Pure and Applied Mathematics," under the direction of Mohamed Elgindi, professor of mathematics, and Michael Howe, associate professor of mathematics. "The reviewers cited the UW-Eau Claire mathematics department's strong record of successful student-faculty research collaboration when recommending this proposal for funding," Howe said. "We are thrilled to be funded the first time through." Full story.

Funding helps professor, students continue atmospheric studies

James Boulter
James Boulter

Dr. James Boulter, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of chemistry, recently received grants totaling nearly $100,000 to continue laboratory investigations of the atmospheres of Earth and Jupiter. Boulter, who joined the UW-Eau Claire faculty in 2004, and his co-investigator, Jochen Marschall of SRI International in California, received a three-year grant from NASA for their project titled "Laboratory Studies of Atomic Oxygen Effects on Ice Formation and Structure in the Mesophere." Boulter's share of the grant is $41,204. Boulter also was awarded a Research Corporation Cottrell College Science Award of $59,690 for his project "Laboratory Studies of Hydrocarbon Uptake on Mixed Ammonia Hydrate and Sulfide Ices Present in the Jovian Atmosphere." Full story.

Awards to honor current, former Blugold greats
UW-Eau Claire BlugoldsSeven former Blugold athletes and a former head women's basketball coach will be inducted into the Blugold Hall of Fame, and six current student athletes will be honored with the university's Super Six Award at a banquet Sept. 30 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at The Plaza Hotel & Suites, Eau Claire. The 2006 Blugold Hall of Fame inductees will be Lisa Stone (head women's basketball coach 1988-2000), Arlene Meinholz Beardsley, (basketball 1992-95 and track 1992-96), Mike Blair (basketball 1983-87 and football 1987), Tim Blair (basketball 1987-90), Tony Algiers (wrestling 1979-83), Eric Burrell (track 1988-80 and football 1987-88), Roger Vann (football 1978-81, deceased) and Jerry Gendron (football 1962-65). The 2005 Super Six Award recipients will be current student-athletes Brent Tieri (football), Jesse Krzyzanowski (football), Tyler Birkel (basketball), Steph Barnes (track and field), Amanda Schultz (ice hockey) and Molly Menard (volleyball).

Tickets are $20 per person for the social hour, dinner and program and should be reserved by Sept. 22 by contacting the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association at (715) 836-3266 or alumni@uwec.edu. See the athletics Web site for past Blugold Hall of Fame inductees and Super Six Award winners.

Alumnus to perform at Big Band Era Concert Sept. 22, 23
A surprise guest artist has been added to the lineup for this year's popular Big Band Era concert at UW-Eau Claire.

Michael Andrew '87
Michael Andrew '87

"A Salute to the Big Bands and Tony Bennett," with special guest artist and 1987 UW-Eau Claire alumnus Michael Andrew, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, in Zorn Arena. Andrew, an accomplished actor, singer and composer, will perform the Tony Bennett salute with UW-Eau Claire's Jazz Ensembles I and II.

Currently Andrew performs across the nation with his 18-piece big band and smaller ensembles. He's performed as a singer and bandleader in the movies "Heartbreakers" and "Stroke of Genius," and he was the headline singer and bandleader at the world famous Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center in New York City. Proceeds from "A Salute to the Big Bands and Tony Bennett" will provide support for activities in UW-Eau Claire's jazz studies area. Full story.

Remembering the days .
'Remember' graphicOn Sept. 5, the university's first day of classes, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation connected with alumni and friends via e-mail to remind them of their first days on campus. The "Remember" e-mail solicitation for the Foundation's Excellence Fund was sent to nearly 20,000 UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends. The new message, featuring UW-Eau Claire's new chancellor, Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich, can be viewed on the Foundation Web site. The Foundation entered the e-mail solicitation arena last December with its "The Promise of Excellence" solicitation, which generated more than $20,000 for the university's Excellence Fund.

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

Matt Franko '99

Matt Franko '99 keeps busy with his successful music career as a Los Angeles area composer, arranger, copyist and performer. Full story.

Rosamond Krueger '64 Rosamond Krueger '64 celebrates her 100th birthday and shares a lifetime of memories and reflections on what's really important. Full story.
Bernie Van de Yacht '85 Actors from Los Angeles and the Green Bay area performed a reading of a screenplay by Bernie Van De Yacht '85 in August at Green Bay's Meyer Theatre. Read Green Bay Press-Gazette articles written before and after the reading of "Missing Gene."
Pat Caldwell '66 and Nancy (Anderson) Caldwell '66 Pat Caldwell '66 and Nancy (Anderson) Caldwell '66 pedal thousands of miles on summer bicycle trips that take them far from their home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Full story.
Tony Zenner '66 Tony Zenner '66 receives a Special Appreciation Award from the International Fluency Association at its Fifth World Congress in Dublin, Ireland. Full story.

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 UW-Eau Claire fleece blanket. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the October issue of e-View.

September Blugold Trivia question:

When Gloria Steinem visits UW-Eau Claire Sept. 26, it will be her second time as the featured speaker for The Forum. In what year did she make her first Forum appearance?

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!

August's winner:
Congratulations to Kristin Weaver Bowman
, a 1996 UW-Eau Claire geology graduate. Kristin has won a UW-Eau Claire baseball cap in a drawing from those who correctly answered that after her alma mater was called the Eau Claire State Normal School from 1916-27 and before it became the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1971, the university also was called the Eau Claire State Teachers College (1927-51), Wisconsin State College at Eau Claire (1951-64) and Wisconsin State University-Eau Claire (1964-71). back to top

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