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Alumnus gift to benefit chemistry department

Former Student Senate presidents establish fund

Chancellor selects new student center site

Tickets for Friday Viennese Ball still available

Spectator receives 8 WNA awards

Forensics team wins 17th state championship

Professor brings Grandparents University to UW-Eau Claire

New sustainability Web site goes live

English department alumni newsletter available online

Prickly subject: Alumnus, succulent expert is biology seminar series guest

New alumni success stories

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March 2009

Alumnus gift to benefit chemistry department

Gene Wampfler

A UW-Eau Claire alumnus has designated a portion of his individual retirement account to create a UW-Eau Claire Foundation endowment benefiting the university's chemistry department.

Gene Wampfler, a 1966 chemistry graduate who now lives in Albuquerque, N.M., said he believes the UW-Eau Claire chemistry department is one of the best in the state and he wants it to remain competitive.

"I want the chemistry department to be able to maintain its standing and continue to improve, but to maintain a competitive edge the department needs the ability to keep modernizing its equipment and attracting quality faculty. That's what I hope my gift does," Wampfler said.

The gift is expected to amount to several hundred thousand dollars when the endowment is realized. Full story. back to top

Former Student Senate presidents establish fund
Two former UW-Eau Claire Student Senate presidents recently made gifts to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to support a new Student Senate Opportunity Fund.

Randall Paulson, who was Student Senate president from 1983-84, and Randall Newton, who was president from 1984-85, supported the fund, which will provide money for activities, including leadership development, not covered in the senate's regular budget.

Paulson, a 1984 UW-Eau Claire political science graduate, is now an assistant state public defender in Milwaukee. Newton received both a bachelor's and a master's degree in business administration from UW-Eau Claire, in 1986 and 1987, respectively. He is an ACS EMEA controller for Honeywell International. Full story. back to top

Chancellor selects new student center site
A green space located between the current Davies Center and the Phillips Hall parking lot on the south side of lower campus is the preferred site of a new student-funded $48.8 million student center at UW-Eau Claire, Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich announced March 3.

In making the selection, Levin-Stankevich considered factors including but not limited to flood plain and sustainability issues, traffic flow, parking, proximity to student populations during the day and evening, proximity to McIntyre Library, student activities, and how the project affects future campus development. Full story. back to top

Tickets for Friday Viennese Ball still available
Viennese Ball logo

Friday tickets remain for the 35th annual Viennese Ball April 17-18 at UW-Eau Claire. Tickets for Saturday night's event are sold out.

Walk-up and phone sales are being accepted at the Service Center in Davies Center's east lobby. The Service Center is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Patrons can charge tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call 715-836-3727 — or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free 800-949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders. A printable ticket order form and information about dress and activities at the ball may be found on the Viennese Ball Web site. back to top

Spectator receives 8 WNA awards

Spectator logoUW-Eau Claire's student-run newspaper, The Spectator, earned an unprecedented eight awards at this year's Wisconsin Newspaper Association Conference Jan. 29-30 in Green Bay.
The Spectator took second in the "General Excellence" category. Individual awards went to senior Janie Boschma, senior Claudia Lozano, sophomore Kim Paul Acheson, senior Theresa Schneider and sophomore Breann Schossow.

In addition, Boschma received one of two Wisconsin Newspaper Association $1,500 scholarships. Full story. back to top

Forensics team wins 17th state championship

Forensics team

Members of the UW-Eau Claire forensics team, which brought home the Wisconsin Forensics State Championship, include, from left: Katie Nichols, Natalie Hunter, BJ Pickard, Laura Magnusson, Whitney Zahn, Eric Plantenburg, Emily Schreiner, Alicia Gerber, Sarah Taylor, Nick Miller, Justin Rudnick, Dylan Jambrek, James Kust, Jake Johnson and Meghan Pickard.

The UW-Eau Claire forensics team has won the Wisconsin Forensics State Championship for the 17th year in a row. The tournament was held Feb. 20-21 in Menomonie.

Members of the forensics team will represent Wisconsin at the Interstate Oratory Contest in April at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. Each state is allowed two representatives in this prestigious contest. To become a Wisconsin representative at IOC, a contestant must place first or second in oratory at the state competition.

Senior Eric Plantenberg, Monroe, placed first in oratory and will represent Wisconsin for the second time at IOC. Junior Emily Schreiner, Wausau, placed second in oratory and will join Plantenberg for her first IOC. For 16 of the last 17 years, both Wisconsin IOC representatives have come from UW-Eau Claire. Full story. back to top

Professor brings Grandparents University to UW-Eau Claire
Grandparents University logoFor five years Dr. Jeanie Geurink has enjoyed learning alongside her young granddaughter through Grandparents University at UW-Madison.

This year, Geurink, a UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of communication and journalism, is helping to bring the intergenerational learning experience to her own campus.

On June 20, UW-Eau Claire's Grandparents University will offer classes for grandparents and their grandchildren, ages 8 to 12. The grandparents and grandchildren will together attend classes taught by university faculty.

"Grandparents University is a bonding experience for grandparents and grandchildren," Geurink said of the program's value. "It's something my granddaughter and I talk about all year. I just had to bring it here for UW-Eau Claire alumni to enjoy."

While the university hopes that many UW-Eau Claire alumni will participate in the program, Grandparents University will be open to all seniors and children in the community. Full story. back to top

New sustainability Web site goes live
Sustainability logoInformation about sustainability efforts across the UW-Eau Claire campus has been centralized on a new sustainability Web site.

Visitors to the site will find information about ways the university community is promoting sustainability in the areas of campus buildings, energy, food, place, purchasing, transportation, waste and water. The site also links to other pages of the university Web site that contain sustainability-related information.

"Individuals from every part of the campus community are working to help UW-Eau Claire function in more sustainable ways," said Kate Hale, UW-Eau Claire campus sustainability fellow. "This Web site will serve as a gathering place to highlight these efforts — a nexus for education, reflection, inspiration and celebration. We hope students, faculty and staff will be encouraged by what they read on the new Web site, and that they'll contemplate ways they could engage with the energy." back to top

English department alumni newsletter available online
The 2009 edition of the UW-Eau Claire English department's alumni newsletter, The Afterword, is now available online. Published annually by the English Festival student organization, The Afterword features articles about current events in the English department, information about the annual English Festival and updates about alumni. All information is researched and written by undergraduate and graduate English students, and these students are solely responsible for its publication.

Links to other department and college newsletters can be found on our Web site's department news page. back to top

Prickly subject: Alumnus, succulent expert is biology seminar series guest

Steven Brack
According to the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, Steven Brack is the only full-time producer and exporter of succulent seeds in the United States. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

UW-Eau Claire alumnus Steven Brack presented a talk on South African flora March 5 as part of the university's Biological Sciences Seminar Series. Brack, a 1970 graduate with degrees in mathematics and physics, followed his passion and opened the Mesa Garden succulent nursery in Belen, N.M., in 1973. He sent out his first mail order catalog in 1977.

Read a Los Angeles Times feature article about Brack and Mesa Garden. 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:

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal John Oliver Lewis '01, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate, had ceramic sculptures featured in an exhibit at the College of the Redwoods Creative Arts Gallery in Eureka, Calif., during the month of March. Full story.
Christopher Porterfield

Christopher Porterfield '06, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate who lives in Milwaukee, recently took the stage at the Oak Center General Store in Lake City, Minn., as solo artist Conrad Plymouth. Full story.

Lisa Stark

Lisa Stark '79, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate and Eau Claire County Circuit Court judge, is among 13 applicants to become the next federal judge for the western Wisconsin district based in Madison. Full story.

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal William Baillargeon '82, a UW-Eau Claire history graduate, has been named by Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to take over a vacant district court seat in Allegan County, Michigan. Full story
Thomas Hughes Thomas Hughes '85, who received a master's degree in school psychology from UW-Eau Claire, has been named superintendent of schools for the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District. Full story.
Sean Hogan Sean Hogan '08, a UW-Eau Claire mass communication graduate, is a member of the Eden Prairie-based indie-rock band The New Monarchs, whose song "Kiss Me At the Gate" was featured during a "Gossip Girl" episode on The CW. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Kyle Zander '08, a UW-Eau Claire sociology graduate, and Zac Barnes '07, a Latin American studies grad, are members of E.C. Bikes, an informal community group that repairs old bikes and donates them to people in the community who can't afford to buy their own. Full story.
Paul Dankers Paul Dankers '98, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate who is music director at the Snowmass Chapel in Snowmass Village, Colo., recently starred in a production of "Forever Plaid" as part of the Winter Culture Series he established. (Photo by Stewart Oksenhorn of The Aspen Times) Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Paul Gocker '80, a UW-Eau Claire management graduate, has been hired by Strategic Wealth Management Group LLC in Neenah as executive vice president. Full story.
Andy Winget Andy Winget '95, a UW-Eau Claire accounting and management graduate and division controller with Mercury Marine, has joined the Fond du Lac Area United Way 2009 board of directors. Full story. back to top

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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 UW-Eau Claire insulated mug. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the April issue of e-View.

March Blugold Trivia question:

The 35th annual Viennese Ball is being held on campus in April. Two UW-Eau Claire music ensembles perform in the ball's Ceremonial Room. What are the names of those two ensembles?

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!

February's winner:
Congratulations to Barbara Cutler, a 1983 UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate! Barbara has won the February Blugold Trivia prize in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that UW-Eau Claire's Concert Choir performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., in February. back to top

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