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Survey: Students, faculty, alumni want university mascot

Report gives campus carbon emissions reduction strategies

New 'Essentials' series offers business courses to nonmajors

Annual Holiday Concert to feature student ensembles

Mathematics major selected for NASA internship

UW-Eau Claire makes list of top Fulbright producers

Kiplinger's best values again include UW-Eau Claire

Former 'economic hitman' to share plan for sustainable society

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

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November 2008

Survey: Students, faculty, alumni want university mascot
UW-Eau Claire should have a school mascot, according to a majority of the nearly 7,000 UW-Eau Claire students, faculty, staff, alumni and donors who responded to a survey from alumni relations this fall.

Sixty-nine percent of survey respondents said the UW-Eau Claire Blugolds need a mascot, and 65 percent of the respondents said a mascot would impact school spirit.

A committee that includes John Bachmeier, alumni relations director, and students, faculty and alumni will now finalize a plan for creating a mascot.

"We'll definitely be looking for input to determine what a mascot might look like," Bachmeier said. "We've begun discussing contests or other things we can do to solicit ideas. People will have a chance to participate." Read full UW-Eau Claire news release and a related Nov. 24 Spectator article. back to top

Report gives campus carbon emissions reduction strategies
UW-Eau Claire footbridgeUW-Eau Claire emits nearly 40,000 metric tons of carbon each year, with electricity, cooling and heating accounting for more than 90 percent of the emissions. Transportation, solid waste, and refrigerants and other chemicals account for the remaining emissions that make up the university's carbon footprint, according to a recently completed report that summarizes the university's greenhouse gas emissions and identifies strategies for reducing those emissions.

To achieve its goal of carbon neutrality, UW-Eau Claire must make structural changes and support additional environmentally friendly programs that will help students, staff and faculty change behaviors, according to "State of the University: UW-Eau Claire Carbon Emissions and Recommendations for Achieving Carbon Neutrality 2008," written by the Carbon Neutral Team. The report was shared with the campus community at a presentation Oct. 22. Full story. back to top

New 'Essentials' series offers business courses to nonmajors
Essentials logoA new series of online classes at UW-Eau Claire will allow degree-seeking students and adult learners to take basic business courses without having to major or minor in business.

Beginning in January 2009, UW-Eau Claire's College of Business and Continuing Education will offer The Essentials program, which will include classes that focus on the essential areas of business, such as marketing, management, accounting, investing, finance and information systems. The eight-week 100-level courses will be open to all non-business majors or minors as well as to adult learners.

"We know there is a need on campus and in the community for quality basic business classes that will help people launch or enhance a variety of careers," said Cynthia Hofacker, an instructional program manager in the College of Business who is coordinating the new program. "Everyone — whether they are in the arts, education, health care or any other field — can benefit from knowing how to work with budgets or how to market themselves or their ideas." Full story. back to top

Annual Holiday Concert to feature student ensembles
Holiday Concert graphicTickets still are available for the 5 p.m. performance of UW-Eau Claire's 34th annual Holiday Concert, to be held Sunday, Dec. 7, in Zorn Arena. The concert is presented by the department of music and theatre arts and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

The concert will feature performances by The Symphonic Choir and Symphony Orchestra, The Singing Statesmen, the Women's Concert Chorale, the Women's Chorus, the Concert Choir and the Wind Symphony.

The remaining tickets available are for bleacher seating at the 5 p.m. performance. Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance by using the online ticket reservation form or calling the University Service Center, 715-836-3727. back to top

Mathematics major selected for NASA internship

Rochelle Halama

A UW-Eau Claire senior mathematics major and McNair Scholar will spend the spring semester as an intern at a National Aeronautics and Space Administration flight facility in Virginia.

Rochelle Halama of Independence will begin her NASA internship Jan. 12, 2009, at the Wallops Flight Facility, where she will focus on researching ways to prove software reliability.

Halama has worked on research projects at UW-Eau Claire with Dr. Mohamed Elgindi, a professor of mathematics. That experience will help her in the research-centered NASA internship, she said. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire makes list of top Fulbright producers
UW-Eau Claire is among the top producers of 2008-09 U.S. Fulbright Fellows, according to a list recently released by the Fulbright Program.

UW-Eau Claire is one of 22 institutions included in the master's institution category on the Fulbright Program's list of colleges and universities that produced the most U.S. Fulbright Fellows.

With two UW-Eau Claire students awarded Fulbright awards for 2008-09, UW-Eau Claire is the only Wisconsin institution included on the list of top Fulbright producers in the master's category. Full story. back to top

Kiplinger's best values again include UW-Eau Claire
Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine has again included UW-Eau Claire among its 100 best values in public colleges.

In Kiplinger's national 2008-09 "100 Best Values in Public Colleges," UW-Eau Claire is ranked 65th for in-state students and 63rd in best value for out-of-state students. The rankings are based on academic quality, overall costs and financial aid availability.

"These rankings continue to demonstrate the excellent reputation of UW-Eau Claire for providing an extraordinary education at very affordable costs," Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich said. "In the economy of today and into the future, those college graduates will be best prepared who are able to transition between many careers over a lifetime. This adaptability and flexibility is achieved through a sound liberal education, experiential learning opportunities and developing a passion for both a field of study and for learning. These are the hallmarks of a UW-Eau Claire degree." Full story. back to top

Former 'economic hit man' to share plan for sustainable world

John Perkins

John Perkins, bestselling author of "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man," will discuss his plan for a sustainable and stable world during a Dec. 8 lecture at UW-Eau Claire.

The Forum will present his address, "Geopolitics, the Future and You: A Call to Action," at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

John Perkins has lived four lives: as an economic hit man; as the CEO of an alternative energy company; as an expert on shamanism and indigenous cultures; and as a writer, who, through his 2004 book about his experience as an economic hit man, revealed the corruption turning the American republic into a widely despised global empire.

As an economic hit man, Perkins worked to convince Third World countries to accept large loans. Once these countries were crippled with these debts, the U.S. government and international aid agencies allied with it were able to control the countries. In his Forum presentation, Perkins will discuss the epiphany that initiated his personal change and the reasons he is optimistic that we can create societies our children will be proud to inherit. Full story. back to top

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

Mike Slowinski '07 Mike Slowinski '07, a UW-Eau Claire English education graduate, has received the 2007-08 Nancy Hoefs Memorial Award for an Outstanding Beginning Teacher from the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English. Full story.
Michael Knetter '83 A recent presentation on the U.S. economy by Michael Knetter '83, a UW-Eau Claire economics and mathematics graduate who is now dean of the School of Business at UW-Madison, was highlighted on the financial Web site Seeking Alpha.
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Ruth (Viergutz) Hawk '83, a UW-Eau Claire geography graduate, has been named Tennessee Planner of the Year by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Planning Association. Full story.

Andrew Classen '87 Andrew Classen '87, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, has been named Drake University's first Fred and Patty Turner Professor in Jazz. Full story.
Ruth (Attoe) Newton '62 Ruth (Attoe) Newton '62, a UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate, celebrated her 100th birthday Nov. 1. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Kim Graham Lee '80, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, has been named CEO of Vontoo, a permission-based voice messaging provider. Full story.
Tom and Kathleen Gomoll Tom Gomoll '83 and Kathleen Maney Gomoll '84, both UW-Eau Claire psychology graduates, are the principals of Gomoll Research & Design in Milwaukee. The Gomolls and their company were featured in the Aug. 24, 2007, issue of The Business Journal, a Milwaukee area publication. Full story.
Steve Murray

Steve Murray '04, who received a master's degree in business administration from UW-Eau Claire, is the new strength and conditioning coach at Macalaster College in St. Paul, Minn. Full story.

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Maribeth Witzel-Behl '95, a UW-Eau Claire journalism and political science graduate and the Madison, Wis., city clerk, recently explained her role in making her city's election process run smoothly in the "What I Do" feature of the Wisconsin State Journal business section. Full story.

Bob Decker '92, '94 Bob Decker '92, '94 (MS), who received bachelor's and master's degrees in environmental public health from UW-Eau Claire, shot a buck while bow hunting this fall that is believed to be the deer made famous earlier this season after a video of the animal was posted on the Field and Stream magazine Web site. Full story.
Keith Malmstadt '74, '80 Keith Malmstadt '74, '80 (MBA), who received a bachelor's degree in management and a master's degree in business administration from UW-Eau Claire, has received the Jerry Metz Award, the lifetime achievement award for the wood industry, from Wood and Wood Products magazine. Full story.

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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 Blugolds baseball cap. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the November issue of e-View.

November Blugold Trivia question:

After Daniel Perkins, UW-Eau Claire's next Forum speaker, who will the remaining Forum speakers be for the 2008-09 season?

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!

October's winner:
Congratulations to Karen (Pallikka) Miller, a 1979 UW-Eau Claire music education graduate! Karen has won the September Blugold Trivia prize in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that UW-Eau Claire is a signatory to the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment. back to top

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