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 November 2017

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Blugold researchers help police address back pain

UW-Eau Claire news roundup

Upcoming events

Alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

Alumni links

Alumni events

Alumni success stories

eView archive

eView survey

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Blugold researchers help police address back pain

A faculty-student research team from UW-Eau Claire is working to address one problem that is all too common among patrol officers in the Eau Claire Police Department and elsewhere: lower-back pain caused by wearing belts that carry the heavy equipment they need to do their jobs.

The Blugolds are studying whether replacing the belts with load-bearing vests might lessen the stress on officers’ lower backs, while still giving them easy access to their equipment. Learn more about this research, thought to be the first of its kind. back to top

UW-Eau Claire news roundup

UW-Eau Claire, UW-Barron County realignment approved

  • UW-Eau Claire and UW-Barron County will have a new partnership following the recent approval by the UW System Board of Regents of a systemwide realignment that will join UW two-year colleges with nearby four-year campuses. Learn more about what comes next in a recent news story and a blog post by UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt.

Blugold helps Minnesota shine as host of Super Bowl LII

Public television program features Tess Onwueme's inspiring life story

Grads invited to serve on alumni board

  • UW-Eau Claire alumni interested in serving on the Alumni Association board of directors are encouraged to submit the online application for board membership. Applications received by Feb. 1 will be considered for the board term beginning in May. Applications received after that date will be considered for future board terms. Orientation for new board members will be held during the group's May 19 meeting. For more information, read the frequently asked questions about board membership and view the list of current board members.

Want more UW-Eau Claire news? Check our Blugold Briefing page anytime: www.uwec.edu/news

Upcoming events

  • Campus Films: 'The Tree of Life.' Nov. 17-19, various times, Woodland Theater, Davies Center. The film, an impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950s, follows the life journey of the eldest son through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years. Learn more.

  • TWO TICKETS LEFT! Green Bay Packers vs. Baltimore Ravens Game. Nov. 19. Join the Alumni Association for pregame at Green Bay Distillery, 835 Potts Ave., Green Bay, beginning at 9 a.m., followed by the game at noon at Lambeau Field. Cost is $203 per person, limit two tickets per alum. Email Jane Larson in the Alumni Office for payment details.

  • UW-Eau Claire Marshfield Nursing 30th Anniversary Reception. Nov. 20. Join alumni, faculty, staff and emeriti at the Marshfield Clinic Laird Center, Erdman Lobby (1000 N. Oak, Marshfield) for a reception and short program in the Froehl Auditorium. Parking available outside the Laird Center. View a map denoting UW-Eau Claire nursing alumni living in Wisconsin. View invitation and register.

  • 43rd Annual Holiday Concert. Dec. 3, performances at 2 and 5 p.m. in Zorn Arena. Featuring UW-Eau Claire's Women's Chorus, Symphonic Choir, The Singing Statesmen, Concert Choir, Women's Concert Chorale, University Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony. Tickets ($5 floor seating, $3 bleachers) go on sale Nov. 1 at uwec.ly/tickets or in person at the Service Center in Davies Center.
  • Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. Dec. 3-5. The most prestigious mountain film festival in the world returns to Eau Claire for its sixth year! This year's screenings feature the world's best mountain sport, culture and environmental films. Tickets are available through the Service Center in Davies Center or online. Learn more.

  • Wausau Area Alumni Gathering. Dec. 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Join the Alumni Association for a reception at the Great Dane Pub and Brewing Co. Enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages, hear what is happening on campus, and be eligible for great Blugold swag. Register.

  • Vienna & Christmas Markets River Cruise. Dec. 3-11. For all the details, view the Vienna River Cruise trip brochure. Questions? Contact Premier World Discovery at 1-877-953-8687.

  • Alumni Association Board Meeting. Dec. 15, 3 p.m. Members of the Alumni Association board of directors will meet in the W.R. Davies Student Center. (See frequently asked questions about board membership or complete the online board nomination form if you're interested in becoming a member.)

  • Winter Alumni Awards Presentation. Dec. 16. The Alumni Association will present awards to outstanding alumni during a ceremony and luncheon in conjunction with December commencement. Do you know outstanding Blugolds? Nominate them here. Register for the awards luncheon.

  • Paris Choral Festival. July 2-9, 2019, Paris, France. Blugold alumni who sang in UW-Eau Claire choirs as students are invited to join the Eau Claire Master Singers in the formation of a UW-Eau Claire Alumni Choir that will participate in the Paris Choral Festival. Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of music, will direct the choir and serve as artistic director for the festival, which will commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and the liberation of France. Learn more about the festival. Interested alumni should contact Dr. Schwartzhoff at schwargr@uwec.edu for additional details.

    See more Alumni Association events and universitywide events. back to top

Alumni success stories

Read some of the latest stories featuring accomplishments by UW-Eau Claire alumni:

Mark Alfuth '82, a UW-Eau Claire business education graduate and lecturer in the accounting and finance department, has received two prominent honors from UW-Eau Claire. Full story.

Drew Bakken '97, a UW-Eau Claire criminal justice graduate, is the new senior pastor at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa, Minnesota. Full story.

Jason Berg '06, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, recently joined the Orthopedic Center at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Full story.

Dustyn Dubuque '15, a UW-Eau Claire master of arts in history graduate, has been named executive director of Main Street of Menonomonie Inc. Full story.

Michael Hein '90, a UW-Eau Claire geography graduate, has been named chief integration officer for KAI Design & Build in St. Louis, Missouri. Full story.

Travis Hinze '90, a UW-Eau Claire psychology graduate, is a licensed psychologist with a private clinical psychology practice in Spooner. Full story.

Jordan Iverson '09, a UW-Eau Claire accounting and business finance graduate, has been named a finalist for the Baker Tilly International Young Accountant of the Year Award. Full story.

Corey Jensen '82, a UW-Eau Claire biology graduate, is a longtime dentist and founder of Smile Design Dentistry in Plymouth, Minnesota. Full story.

Sam Karoblis '11, a UW-Eau Claire mass communication graduate, has been named regional service department manager for J.F. Ahern Co. in Menomonie. Full story.

Lisa LaBeau '12, a UW-Eau Claire Spanish graduate, has returned from a yearlong teaching assignment in Seoul, South Korea. Full story.

Caitlin Lee '03, a UW-Eau Claire political science graduate, helped organize the Hmong Women Summit: The Authenticity Project last month at UW-Eau Claire. Full story.

Jenny Licht '10, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate, teaches painting classes at the Community House on Sanibel Island, Florida. Full story.

Sara Lubinski '83, a UW-Eau Claire biology graduate, recently honored the late Dr. Marcus Fay, UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of biology, with an exhibit of paintings based on his plant slides. Full story.

John Lyon '06, a UW-Eau Claire German and business administration graduate, has been named chief operations officer for Kenosha-based Southern Lakes Credit Union. Full story.

Keeley Moll '94, a UW-Eau Claire political science graduate, has been named deputy secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Full story.

Amy O'Connor '08, a UW-Eau Claire communication graduate, has been named hospitality manager for the Confluence Arts Center in Eau Claire. Full story.

Rob O'Keefe ’96, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, is the new president of the St. Croix Economic Development Corp. Full story.

Manda Olson '11, a UW-Eau Claire management graduate, is the owner of the new Shoots & Stems Floral in New Richmond. Full story.

Chip Pedersen '87, a UW-Eau Claire communication graduate, has been hired as director of product development for ZeroLight Limited, a virtual reality startup. Full story.

Michael Perry '87, a UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, has written a new book titled "Montaigne in Barn Boots." Full story.

Ron Skoyen '91, a UW-Eau Claire business economics graduate, has been named assistant manager of Vita Plus in Dodgeville. Full story.

Steve Turek '79, a UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate, plays Oliver Warbucks in the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre production of "Annie." Full story.

Don Urness '80, a UW-Eau Claire art education graduate, and his wife, Eileen, currently have their artwork featured in an exhibit titled "Colorful Directions" at the Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts in Fond du Lac. Full story.

Don Zais '64, a UW-Eau Claire medical technology graduate, recently received AARP Wisconsin's top volunteer award. Full story. back to top

Blugold Trivia
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 into a drawing for a UW-Eau Claire scarf. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the December issue of eView.

November Blugold Trivia question:

What class at UW-Eau Claire is Blugold alumna and Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee member Britt Carlson particularly thankful for?

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!

October's winner:

Congratulations to Karen Huth Becker '73, a UW-Eau Claire elementary education graduate, and winner of the October Blugold Trivia prize. Karen's name was drawn from among those who correctly answered that Blugold alumni Joyce (Winchel) Namde and Minga Ndjerareou graduated in 1975 and 2005, respectively. back to top

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