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Blugold mascot options narrowed to three

Caitlin Lee to receive Outstanding Woman of Color award

Board of Regents approves Blugold Commitment

College of Business dean to retire in July

Asperger's program receives new grant support

Advertising pays during Olympics, researchers say

Gifts move youth program closer to fundraising goal

Shamrock Shuffle to benefit WYSP

House fire displaces three UW-Eau Claire students

Viennese Ball ticket order forms available

Registration for Senior Americans Day full

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

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February 2010

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Blugold mascot options narrowed to three

Voyageur Blue Ox
Blue Ox

A committee charged with selecting an official mascot for UW-Eau Claire has narrowed its options to three.

The options for answering the "What is a Blugold?" question include an ox, a voyageur or no mascot, said John Bachmeier, director of alumni relations.

The committee settled on the three options after reviewing the 29 entries that were submitted as part the Blugold Mascot Design Contest.

"We received many creative and interesting ideas," Bachmeier said. "The committee members worked hard to identify the ideas they thought best represented our Blugold community."

Artwork and narrative supporting the concepts are being shared via e-mail with thousands of alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the university. The e-mail asks recipients to rate each idea and offer comments on the concepts, Bachmeier said.

The input received from the e-mail survey will be considered by the committee, Bachmeier said. Full story. back to top

Caitlin Lee to receive Outstanding Woman of Color award

Caitlin Lee
Caitlin Lee

Caitlin Lee, an equal employment opportunity specialist in the Affirmative Action office at UW-Eau Claire, will receive a UW System Outstanding Woman of Color in Education Award April 17 in Whitewater.

"This recognition means a great deal to me and my family," said Lee, a 2003 UW-Eau Claire graduate. "I come from a culture where most, if not all, women prior to coming to the United States had never set foot inside an elementary school, let alone an institution of higher education."

Lee, who was born in Thailand and spent her first four years in a refugee camp with her family, said she will accept her award "in honor of the parents who raised me and brought me to this country in the hopes of a better and brighter future." Full story. back to top

Board of Regents approves Blugold Commitment

Blugold Commitment logoThe UW System Board of Regents voted earlier this month to support UW-Eau Claire's Blugold Commitment, an initiative that will allow the university to maintain and enhance the high-impact learning experiences students say they value.

After a lengthy discussion, the Board of Regents approved the Blugold Commitment on a 14-2 vote, with a requirement that UW-Eau Claire bring a more detailed plan back in May describing how funds raised from the initiative will be used. The Blugold Commitment will be funded by increasing the amount of differential tuition paid by UW-Eau Claire students.

With the Blugold Commitment, differential tuition — a separate tuition above the tuition set annually by the Board of Regents — will total $1,200 per year, phased in over four years. To ensure that UW-Eau Claire continues to maintain access for low- and middle-income families, up to 40 percent of the tuition increase will be used to provide grants for students with need. Full story. back to top

College of Business dean to retire in July

V. Thomas Dock
Dr. V. Thomas Dock

Dr. V. Thomas Dock, dean of the UW-Eau Claire College of Business, will retire from the university effective July 1.

"We have accomplished much the past 18 years, and I leave the university knowing the business college is a recognized leader in many distinctive and value-added programs and initiatives," said Dock, who has served as dean since 1992. "It has been a real team effort, and I am grateful for the guidance and support I have received from our students, my faculty and staff, and the university and business communities. It has been a pleasure serving as the dean."

Dock also served the university as acting vice chancellor for administration, finance and facilities during the 2008-09 academic year. Full story. back to top

Asperger's program receives new grant support

Kristine Retherford
Dr. Kristine Retherford

A UW-Eau Claire program that helps teens and young adults with Asperger's syndrome develop the skills they need to succeed in work and life settings will continue and expand thanks to a $94,000 Medicaid Infrastructure Grant through the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services.

This is the fourth consecutive year the project has received funding, bringing the total Medicaid Infrastructure Grant funding to $311,000. By the end of 2011, the project will have received nearly $400,000 through the grant program.

"This is an underserved population with needs, that if not addressed, will keep them from being successful at living independently and being successful in the workplace," Dr. Kristine Retherford, chair of the university's communication sciences and disorders department, said of area young people who have Asperger's syndrome. "This program brings together campus and community resources in a way that helps people with Asperger's syndrome develop the social skills they need to succeed in home and work settings." Full story. back to top

Advertising pays during Olympics, researchers say

During the four months after an Olympics telecast, the stocks of the companies that ran ads during the Olympic Games outperformed the S&P stocks by 4 percent, according to two UW-Eau Claire marketing professors who have done research on Olympics advertisements dating back to 2000.

"The study examines the financial performance of firms that invest in Olympics ads and demonstrates there is a net positive effect," said Dr. Rama Yelkur, a lead researcher on the study.

Yelkur said all publicly traded firms that ran ads during NBC's Olympics telecasts in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008 were analyzed using Yahoo! Finance data, and the aggregate stock price of those publicly traded firms beat the Standard & Poor's 500 performance by 4 percent in the four months following the games, she said. The research represents the Monday before the Olympic Games through Dec. 31, 2000/2004/2008, for the Summer Games and June 30, 2002/2006, for the Winter Games. Full story. back to top

Gifts move youth program closer to fundraising goal

WYSP logoRecent gifts, including $15,000 from Kristo Orthodontics in Eau Claire, have boosted the Wisconsin Youth Success Program, a popular summer youth program offered for nearly 30 years on the UW-Eau Claire campus, more than halfway to its $30,000 goal in a fundraising effort aimed at keeping the program alive.

WYSP (formerly the National Youth Sports Program and later the Wisconsin Youth Sports Program) is a free five-week summer camp that has served nearly 11,000 Chippewa Valley youth over the past 29 years.

"On behalf of the hundreds of area youth who participate in WYSP each year, we express our gratitude to Dr. Steve Kristo of Kristo Orthodontics for this generous support of our program," said Lisa Schuetz, WYSP activity director. "His gift has put us that much closer to our goal and to making sure this important program can continue." Full story. back to top

Shamrock Shuffle to benefit WYSP

Shamrock Shuffle logoThe Shamrock Shuffle 5K fun run/walk will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 20, at the McPhee Physical Education Center on UW-Eau Claire's upper campus.

Teams of six or more should register by March 11. Individuals may register the day of the event beginning at 9 a.m. The registration fee is $13 for those registering in advance or $16 the day of the event. Team registration is $18 per member.

The first 125 individuals who register will receive a short-sleeved T-shirt. Team members will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt with their team's name on the back.

University Recreation & Sport Facilities hosts the annual event, with all proceeds going to the Wisconsin Youth Success Program, a five-week summer sports camp for youth ages 10 to 16 from economically disadvantaged families. The program teaches sports skills and competition and helps educate participants in the areas of math and science, health and nutrition, careers and the importance of education.

Printable registration materials are available online. back to top

House fire displaces three UW-Eau Claire students

310 Lake St.

Photo by Steve Kinderman of the
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

A Feb. 14 fire at 310 Lake St., Eau Claire, has displaced three UW-Eau Claire students, along with six other residents of the historic 138-year-old house. No one was hurt in the fire, but damage to the home was extensive.

The UW-Eau Claire Dean of Students office is working with the displaced students to make sure they have the support they need from the campus community as they deal with this difficult situation. Given the extent of the fire, students lost everything from books to clothing to household items. If you would like to help the students replace some of what was lost, contact Jodi Thesing-Ritter, associate dean of students, at thesinjm@uwec.edu.

This is the second time in the past few weeks that UW-Eau Claire students have lost their homes and possessions as the result of a fire. A Jan. 13 fire destroyed one apartment and damaged three other units at 133 Niagara St., displacing 15 UW-Eau Claire students. back to top

Viennese Ball ticket order forms available

Viennese Ball brochureThe 36th annual Viennese Ball will be held April 9-10 at UW-Eau Claire. The doors of Davies Center will open at 6:30 p.m. for the ball, which is the largest social event hosted annually by the university. Proceeds from the event have provided more than $1 million in music scholarships and international study awards for deserving UW-Eau Claire students.

Ticket brochures were mailed the week of Feb. 5. A printable ticket order form also is available online. Ticket orders must be submitted by U.S. Mail. If ticket requests exceed availability, orders will be returned.

The Viennese Ball is a formal event recalling the romance and elegance of 19th-century Vienna, Austria. Modeled on the historic New Year's Eve Kaiser Ball, the event is presented in duplicate each evening, transforming both levels of Davies Center. The ball showcases the University Symphony Orchestra, performing waltzes and polkas from the Strauss Era; Jazz Ensemble I, performing music from America's Big Band Era; and student and faculty ensembles and regional musicians performing a variety of repertoire. The Viennese Ball promotes positive university, community and international relations by expanding an awareness of the culture, history and music of Vienna. Full story. back to top

Registration for Senior Americans Day full

Odyssey graphicRegistration for the 22nd annual Senior Americans Day, scheduled for Tuesday, March 30, at UW-Eau Claire, is full. This year’s theme is "2010: An Aging Well Odyssey."

The Rev. Lawrence Dunklee will open the event with a keynote address titled "Navigating Through the Obstacle Course of Life." He directs the Center for Spiritual Care and mission integration at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

Those registered for the event may visit exhibit halls and choose from more than 40 workshops on such topics as fitness, wine tasting, health issues, the outdoors, travel, scrapbooking and local history. 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:

Dale Varsho Dale Varsho '96, a UW-Eau Claire kinesiology graduate, is field manager and director of operations for the Eau Claire Express Baseball Club. (Photo by Dan Reiland of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram) Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal

Paul Prissel '86, a UW-Eau Claire communication arts graduate who's a criminal prosecutor in the Los Angeles district attorney's office, stars in and is executive producer of the online TV show "Chapin Circle." Full story.

Kevin Flanagan

Kevin Flanagan '79, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, has joined the consulting firm MorrisAnderson as managing director of its Milwaukee office. Full story.

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Cindy Hartin '88, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, recently joined the Angelo State University Small Business Development Center as a business development specialist. Full story.
Richard Frenette Richard Frenette '74, a UW-Eau Claire mathematics graduate, has been named executive director of the Wisconsin State Fair. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal

Lindsay Olson '10, a UW-Eau Claire geography graduate, has joined the marketing and technology departments of Applied Data Consultants Inc. as a project analyst. Full story.

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Mark Jansen '70, '74, a UW-Eau Claire psychology, sociology and elementary education graduate who also received a master's degree in special education in 1976, will retire at the end of the school year after serving as superintendent of the Columbus School District. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Ann Hewitt '98, a UW-Eau Claire social studies, broadfield teaching, graduate, is the presenter for a four-part series, "Women, War, Peace," offered by Many Ways of Peace in Eagle River. Full story. back to top

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 T-shirt. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the March issue of e-View.

February Blugold Trivia question:

The issue of having a Blugold mascot has surfaced numerous times throughout UW-Eau Claire's history. Which student organization sponsored a mascot contest in 1956?

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!

January's winner:
Congratulations to Pam Neises, a 1993 UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate! Pam has won the January Blugold Trivia prize in a drawing from among those who correctly answered that the director of UW-Eau Claire's L.E. Phillips Planetarium is Dr. Lauren Likkel. back to top

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