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Join fellow Blugolds at an alumni event near you

Chancellor candidates making campus visits

The Princeton Review names UW-Eau Claire among top best-value colleges

UW-Eau Claire earns inclusion in 2013 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities

Mogensen Lecture explores social justice and literacy

College of Business maintains prestigious AACSB business accreditation

Forensics team wins 21st consecutive state tournament

Who wouldn't want to be a Blugold?

25th annual Senior Americans Day set for March 19

Art students give McIntyre Library reference desk a facelift

WYSP receives grants from Security Health Plan, Domer Foundation

Shamrock Shuffle 5K fun Run/Walk scheduled for March 9

Accounting students provide free 2012 tax return preparation

Tune in to the Blugold Minute for news and events updates

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

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February 2013

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Join fellow Blugolds at an alumni event near you

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association continues to connect with alumni across the country by hosting several alumni events this winter and spring. Here are a few of them (in date order):

Dr. Elizabeth Glogowski

Let's Do Lunch noon-hour lecture series


The Wednesday, Feb. 27, session of the Let's Do Lunch lecture series will feature Dr. Elizabeth Glogowski, assistant professor of materials science, speaking on "Designing Materials for Innovative Applications." Noon-1 p.m., Fanny Hill Restaurant, Eau Claire. More information.






Arizona invitation

Three alumni events in Arizona will be offered in late March (view e-vite for details):

Tucson area alumni gathering, March 27
6-8 p.m., the Dakota Cafe & Catering, Co., 6541 E. Tanque Verde 7, Tucson

Scottsdale area alumni gathering, March 28
6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at the Village Tavern, 8787 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

Scottsdale area golf outing, March 29
Westbrook Village Vistas Golf Course and Vistas Restaurant, West Union Hills and Country Club Lane, 86th Ave, Peoria

Travel the world with the Alumni Association

American Queen

Southern art, architecture and the American Civil War come to life on a magnificent river cruise along the Mississippi River. Sailing aboard the luxury steamboat American Queen, take in historic sites on your way from Memphis to New Orleans. Or see Alaska’s stunning landscapes and unspoiled wilderness aboard the elegant Oceania Cruises’ Regatta.

These are among the trips being planned by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association during the coming year. Others are ancient civilizations from Athens to Istanbul; the Mayan mystique of the Caribbean; the splendor of Ireland; and European ports of call in Portugal, Spain and France. Learn more.

For more information or to register for any of these events, call 715-836-3266 or email alumni@uwec.edu. back to top

Chancellor candidates making campus visits

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Four finalists for the position of chancellor at UW-Eau Claire are visiting campus over the course of the next few weeks. Each finalist's visit includes an open forum, to which all are invited.

It's expected that the chancellor designate will be announced in April, and the full UW System Board of Regents will appoint the new chancellor at its April Regents meeting at UW-La Crosse. The new chancellor will assume his or her duties sometime this summer.

More information is available on UW-Eau Claire's Chancellor Search Web page. back to top

The Princeton Review names UW-Eau Claire among top best-value colleges

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UW-Eau Claire has been named one of The Princeton Review's top 150 "Best Value Colleges for 2013" in the United States.

The Princeton Review's list includes 75 public and 75 private institutions. UW-Eau Claire and UW-Madison are the only public colleges or universities from Wisconsin on the list. The best-value-colleges list appears in The Princeton Review's new book, "The Best Value Colleges: 2013 Edition," as well as on dedicated areas of the company's free website and on today's USA Today newspaper website.

When creating its "Best Value" list, The Princeton Review, a New York-based education services company, looked at academics, costs and financial aid — using the most recently reported data from each institution for its 2011-12 academic year — for more than 650 higher education institutions in the United States. Student surveys also provided input for the academic ratings. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire earns inclusion in 2013 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities

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UW-Eau Claire has been designated a top performer in Military Advanced Education's 2013 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities.

The guide provides military veterans and potential students with information about academic institutions that go out of their way to implement military-friendly policies in support of returning servicemen and women.

Inclusion in the 2013 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities is UW-Eau Claire's third recognition since fall 2012 for its support for military veterans. In September UW-Eau Claire was named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine, and in November it was named to the Military Times "Best for Vets: Colleges 2013" list. Full story. back to top

Mogensen Lecture explores social justice and literacy

Linda Christensen
Linda Christensen

An educator lauded nationally for her work on literacy and social justice is the featured speaker for the 10th annual Martin Mogensen Education Lecture at UW-Eau Claire.

Linda Christensen, director of the Oregon Writing Project at the Graduate School of Education at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., will present "Outrageous Hope: Literacy and Social Justice" from 4-5:15 p.m. March 7 in Phillips Recital Hall of Haas Fine Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public. A reception to celebrate a decade of hosting distinguished guests through the lecture series will immediately follow.

"Social justice is at the core of my work because it is a belief in people's potential," Christensen said. "It is this commitment to social equality that undergirds the idea of public education." Full story. back to top

College of Business maintains prestigious AACSB business accreditation


The UW-Eau Claire College of Business has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.

“Reaccreditation by AACSB is an affirmation of the quality of our faculty and staff and the undergraduate and MBA programs found at UW-Eau Claire,” said Diane Hoadley, UW-Eau Claire College of Business dean. “Business schools are not all the same. AACSB-accredited schools, like UW-Eau Claire, offer students the best education by having the highest quality faculty and staff, relevant and challenging curriculum, and engaging educational and career opportunities that are not as available at non-accredited business schools.” Full story. back to top

Forensics team wins 21st consecutive state tournament

Forensics team

UW-Eau Claire forensics team members posed with their trophies after winning the Wisconsin State Forensics Tournament. Pictured are, front row from left: Megan Chilman, Megan McKeown, Abby Rand, Caitlyn Duley; second row from left: Demetrius Evans, Jake Stendahl, Stephen Fong, Sarah Doege, Heidi Feyereisen, Elijah Freeman, Jarrel Montgomery; and back row from left: Jake Wrasse, Kyra Witcher, Alex Brown and Ben Thompson Isaac.

For the 21st year in a row, the UW-Eau Claire forensics team earned the championship trophy at the Wisconsin State Forensics Tournament, held Feb. 15-16 at UW-Stout.

Seniors Megan McKeown, Eagan, Minn., and Abby Rand, Melrose, placed first and second, respectively, in persuasion, which qualified them to represent the state of Wisconsin at the Interstate Oratory Contest in Shreveport, La., in April.

Four UW-Eau Claire students finished in the top five in individual sweepstakes. Junior Jarrel Montgomery, Madison, placed first; McKeown placed third; sophomore Jake Stendahl, Forest Lake, Minn., placed fourth; and junior Stephen Fong, Shorewood, placed fifth. Full story. back to top

Who wouldn't want to be a Blugold?

I'm a Blugold students

It’s almost spring, and that means UW-Eau Claire admissions counselors are encouraging high school students and their families to plan a campus visit.

Do you know people who should be considering UW-Eau Claire in their college searches? Please let them know about our upcoming visit days (reservations required) and tell them how proud you are to be a Blugold! You are evidence of the value of a UW-Eau Claire degree.

Spring visit days
Weekday visits: Monday-Friday, typically twice a day
Blugold Preview Days: March 8 or April 19
Saturdays: April 6 or April 27
Research Day: May 1

Reservations may be made online, by email or by calling 715-836-5415. back to top

25th annual Senior Americans Day set for March 19

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The 25nd annual Senior Americans Day will be held from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. March 19 in Davies Center at UW-Eau Claire.

Designed for adults 55 and better, this year's event theme is "Celebrating 25 Years of Being Positively Ageless." The goals of the event include dispelling the myths of aging; reinforcing positive aspects of aging; and providing information to help meet the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of older adults.

This year's keynote speaker, Dr. Lucretia Mattson, UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of accounting, will open the event with an address titled "Wow, What a Life!" Full story. back to top

Art students give McIntyre Library reference desk a facelift

McIntyre Library reference desk
Pictured at the new McIntyre Library reference desk they designed and built are, from left, UW-Eau Claire students Emily Hultman and Kelsey Temanson, and art faculty member Jason Lanka.

Finding the reference desk at McIntyre Library will no longer be a problem for UW-Eau Claire students and other library visitors, thanks to two university art students.

Seniors Kelsey Temanson, an art-illustration major from Stratford, and Emily Hultman, an art-education major from Slinger, took on the task of making the reference desk more visible as a project for service-learning credit.

According to Jill Markgraf, associate professor and head of research and instruction at McIntyre Library, "The desk, once unnoticed and overlooked, now serves as a stunning focal point for the library, as well as an impressive display of student talent and collaboration." Full story. back to top

WYSP receives grants from Security Health Plan,
Domer Foundation

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The Wisconsin Youth Success Program on the UW-Eau Claire campus has received $7,500 in grants — $5,000 from Security Health Plan of Wisconsin and $2,500 from the Arnold and Lois Domer Foundation.

WYSP is a free five-week summer program offered to youth ages 10-16 in the Chippewa Valley. The program has been offered to the community for more than 30 years as an opportunity for youth to develop leadership, academic and athletic skills. In addition, the program provides free medical exams, dental cleanings and screenings to each camper.

Lisa Schuetz, WYSP activity director, said that without funding from outside organizations, the program could not be offered free to the community. Full story. back to top

Shamrock Shuffle 5K fun run/walk scheduled for March 9

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UW-Eau Claire's Shamrock Shuffle 5K fun run/walk will begin at 10 a.m. March 9 at the McPhee Physical Education Center on upper campus.

The registration fee is $15 in advance or $20 the day of the event. Team registration is $20 per member. The cost for those 16 and younger is $10 in advance or $15 on the day of the event.

Teams of six or greater must register by Feb. 27. Team participants will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt with their team's name on the back. Individuals who register by Feb. 27 will receive a short-sleeved T-shirt. Individuals may register until 9 a.m. the day of the race but are not guaranteed a shirt after Feb. 27. Full story. back to top

Accounting students provide free 2012 tax return preparation

UW-Eau Claire accounting students will provide free 2012 income tax return preparation for taxpayers who cannot afford to pay for professional help through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA, a special program of the Internal Revenue Service and Wisconsin Department of Revenue, provides free tax return preparation for taxpayers with annual income under $51,000. UW-Eau Claire students will be available to meet with individuals on a first-come, first-served basis from Feb. 4-April 11. Full story. back to top

Tune in to the Blugold Minute for news and events updates

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Stay up to date on campus happenings by tuning in to the weekly Blugold Minute.

Updates are made available every Monday morning during the academic year. UW-Eau Claire students deliver the news and provide information about upcoming events, campus programs, building projects, student and faculty accomplishments, and much more.

Keep informed by making the Blugold Minute a part of your weekly routine. back to top

Alumni success stories

In addition to the alumni below, you can read about the accomplishments of other UW-Eau Claire alumni on the Alumni Success Stories Web pages:

James Anderson

James Anderson '63, a UW-Eau Claire chemistry graduate and distinguished university professor at Case Western Reserve University, has been named a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Full story.


Chris Solberg '94, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, is founder and president of One Source Imaging in Eau Claire. Learn more.

Nick Goeser Nick Goeser '03, a UW-Eau Claire kinesiology graduate, is the defensive tackles coach for the North Dakota State University football team, which has won its second consecutive NCAA Division I national championship. Full story.
Seal Kevin Kluender '94, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, is the assistant director for marketing and promotions for the University of Wisconsin athletics department. Full story.
John Sackett John Sackett '76, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, has successfully completed the requirements to become a Certified Credit Union Volunteer through the Credit Union National Association. Full story.
Seal Kristin Verhaagh '96, a UW-Eau Claire special education graduate, was the guest speaker for the Women's Business Network meeting hosted by the Western Dairyland Women's Business Center Feb. 14. Full story. back to top

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Show how much you know about UW-Eau Claire — AND win great Blugold prizes! Email 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 Blugold baseball cap. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the March 2013 issue of e-View.

February Blugold Trivia question:

The Shamrock Shuffle run/walk is set for March 9 at UW-Eau Claire. What organization receives the proceeds from the event?

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

January's winner:
Congratulations to David Kiefer, a 1983 UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate and winner of the January Blugold Trivia prize! David's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that the title of Wisconsin poet laureate Max Garland's first book of poems is "The Postal Confessions." back to top

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