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Join in the summer fun!

Davies Center receives 'Top Project of 2012' recognition

Alumni Association names new board president

Blugold Beginnings program receives Great Lakes grant

Music major selected to tour with Glenn Miller Orchestra

Students busy with summer research

Student-produced documentary to premiere at San Francisco film festival

Jorgenson named director of Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center

Angela Stombach named CETL director

Check out the new, improved online View

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

Alumni Links

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Alumni events

Blugold Babies

Blugold Bliss

Photo album

'The View' online

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June 2013

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Join in the summer fun!

Mallards Baseball

Take note of these exciting events on the Alumni Association's summer calendar.

Alumni Association Night at the Duck Pond: Tuesday, July 9, Mallards vs. Eau Claire Express at Warner Park (aka the Duck Pond), Madison. Pregame gathering at 5:35 p.m.; first pitch at 7:05 p.m. Get ready for a night of food, fun, camaraderie and exciting baseball with Madison area Blugolds. See invite.

Fun and adventure in Door County: Thursday-Friday, July 25-26, alumni gathering at Rowley's Bay Resort, Ellison Bay. Fish boil and prime rib buffet, breakfast and alumni presentation, variety of recreational activities, performance by the Peninsula Players. See invite.

Keep checking the alumni events calendar for information about upcoming events. back to top

Davies Center receives 'Top Projects of 2012' recognition

Davies Center

The W.R. Davies Student Center at UW-Eau Claire has been named to the Daily Reporter's "Top Projects of 2012" list, which recognizes the best construction in Wisconsin over the past year.

According to the Daily Reporter's website, the "Top Projects of 2012" list is compiled by a panel of industry judges who base their choices on challenges that were overcome before and during construction, on the benefit communities receive from the projects and on any advancement provided to the construction industry in Wisconsin. Full story. back to top

Alumni Association names new board president

Lisa St. Louis Allaman
Lisa St. Louis Allaman

Lisa St. Louis Allaman has been named president of the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association board of directors.

Allaman, a 1996 Spanish education graduate, assumed her new role May 17. She will serve a two-year term.

Allaman received a master's degree in special education and a doctorate in educational leadership from Edgewood College. After teaching for several years, she stayed home with her children for 10 years. She currently works at Edgewood College in its COR program, an academic, general education department in the School of Integrative Studies. She joined the Alumni Association board in 2008.

Allaman's husband, Brett, graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1995. The couple have two children: Maggie, 10, and Jasper, 7. back to top

Blugold Beginnings program receives Great Lakes grant

Great Lakes grant logo

UW-Eau Claire has been awarded a $294,341 "College Ready" grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corp. (Great Lakes) to expand the number of area students served by Blugold Beginnings, a program designed to give area youth access to higher education through precollege outreach.

Blugold Beginnings pairs UW-Eau Claire student mentors with youth in area schools. The program aims to inform and inspire underrepresented students about higher education and how it is attainable for them, said Lissa Martinez Greer, Blugold Beginnings program director. Full story. back to top


Students busy with summer research

Students doing summer research

UW-Eau Claire senior biology majors Nicole Bauer, Richland Center, and Chris Bader, Eau Claire, place a net to catch bluegills at Pine Lake north of Bloomer as part of a study to describe the effects of birth date on the growth and survival of young bluegill sunfish in lake and river environments.

Even though school is out for many UW-Eau Claire undergraduates, a large number of them are busy this summer in labs, studios, libraries and fields as they conduct research with faculty mentors.

The Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, administered by UW-Eau Claire's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, is supporting 118 summer projects involving 170 students and 113 faculty mentors. In addition, nearly two dozen faculty will include students on their extramural-grant-funded research this summer. Full story. back to top

Student-produced documentary to premiere at San Francisco film festival

"Out of the Convent" documentary

Andrea VanHaren, a senior geography major at UW-Eau Claire, records audio during the 2012 LGBT Pride Celebration in San Francisco. The audio was used in a documentary she co-directed.

A documentary short film produced by UW-Eau Claire students will screen June 23 at San Francisco's Roxie Theater as part of the Generations: Youth and Elders Making Movies series and the Frameline37 San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival.

The film, titled "Out of the Convent," is the second documentary produced by student participants in UW-Eau Claire's women's studies course "LGBTQA Studies: San Francisco Travel Seminar" to be featured at the film festival. The film was produced by participants in the 2012 travel seminar. Full story. back to top

Jorgenson named director of Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center

Christopher Jorgenson
Christopher Jorgenson

Christopher Jorgenson has been named director of the Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center at UW-Eau Claire following a recent search.

Jorgenson had been the center's interim coordinator since June 2012 and a member of the center's staff since July 2010. This spring the center received the Organization of the Year Award from the Fair Wisconsin Education Fund in recognition of programming planned under Jorgenson's leadership.

As Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center director, Jorgenson provides resources and referrals for women as well as members of the LGBTQA community on campus. In addition, he plans and implements events consistent not only with national observances that promote equality through diversity but also with UW-Eau Claire's equity, diversity and inclusivity initiatives. Full story. back to top

Angela Stombaugh named CETL director

Angela Stombach
Dr. Angela Stombaugh

Dr. Angela Stombaugh has been named director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at UW-Eau Claire.

Stombaugh, an associate professor of nursing and a nurse practitioner on staff at the Student Health Service at UW-Eau Claire, will begin July 1 in her post as CETL director. She will serve a three-year term.

CETL, established in 2008 with a goal of providing better institutional support for improving student learning, involves faculty and staff in professional development activities that help them design and implement superior educational experiences. Full story. back to top

Check out the new, improved online View

Cover of spring 2013 View

Just a reminder that the spring issue of UW-Eau Claire’s new online View magazine is now live. The magazine for alumni and friends has undergone a transformation, and its online version now features a richer design and multimedia elements that we think will enhance your “View-ing” experience. Beginning with the spring 2013 issue, the spring View will be published online only, and the fall issue will be produced in print and online versions.

We hope you enjoy the spring issue of The View; your feedback is welcome. 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:

Sandy Tollefson Sandy Tollefson '78, a UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate, has been named to the board of directors of the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance. Full story.
Duane White

Duane White '76, a UW-Eau Claire economics graduate, has been named to the board of directors of Heartland Financial USA Inc. (Photo by Steve Silverman Imaging) Full story.

Kelly Pulido

Kelly Pulido '90, a UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate, has obtained national product placement at CVS pharmacies. Full story.

Traci Kromenaker Traci Kromenaker '93, a UW-Eau Claire geology graduate, is co-owner of the Falls Baking Company in Fergus Falls, Minn. Full story.
Kristina Bourget Kristina Bourget '88, a UW-Eau Claire business finance graduate, has been appointed judge of the Eau Claire County Circuit Court, Branch 1. Full story.
Seal Deb LeAir '88, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate, will have her clay works exhibited at the Ripple River Gallery in Aitkin, Minn., through July 14. Full story.
Seal Mary Farr '77, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, recently released her new book, "Never Say Neigh." Full story. back to top

Blugold Trivia headline
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 UW-Eau Claire baseball cap. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the July 2013 issue of e-View.

June Blugold Trivia question:

The W.R. Davies Student Center recently received "Top Projects of 2012" recognition for its construction and design. Who designed the student center?

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!

May's winner:
Congratulations to Hugh Jones, a 1978 UW-Eau Claire management graduate and winner of the May Blugold Trivia prize! Hugh's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that the name of the company co-founded by Zach Halmstad, winner of the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award, is JAMF Software. back to top

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