Vol. 4, No. 3Third Week • Summer Session • June 28, 2004

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Thesing-Ritter and Dixon appointed to Student Development and Diversity positions

David Franks honored by area educators

Dennis Warner concert to highlight third week of summer programs

Math, science and the 'tipi'

UW System President Katharine Lyall honored at retirement party

Davies Center ATM temporarily closed

Campus closed
July 5

 

Thesing-Ritter and Dixon appointed to Student Development and Diversity positions

Two UW-Eau Claire staff members will begin their new senior administrative positions in the Office of Student Development and Diversity in July.

Jodi Thesing-Ritter Jesse Dixon
Jodi Thesing-Ritter Jesse Dixon

Jodi Thesing-Ritter has been named the new associate dean of student development. She will replace Robert Shaw, who retired in May.

Thesing-Ritter came to UW-Eau Claire 10 years ago as a residence hall director and currently is assistant director of Housing and Residence Life, a position she has held since 2001. She will be responsible for a wide range of student services and will work to secure external funding to support the implementation of innovative programs to promote student success and development. She also will coordinate the administration of Student Disciplinary Procedures.

Jesse Dixon has been appointed director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. He has been serving as interim director of the office.

Dixon will oversee activities that provide support for African American, American Indian, Asian American and Hispanic/Latino students, as well as other minority or economically disadvantaged students who have been under-represented in higher education. He also will help recruit students and coordinate the university's Gear Up Program. Full story. Go to top of page

David Franks honored by area educators
David FranksThe Eau Claire Association of Educators recently honored David Franks, professor of special education at UW-Eau Claire, with a Friend of Education Award at their 2004 Celebration of Service retirement banquet.

Franks said he considered it an honor to be recognized by the ECAE, and he sincerely appreciated the award.

Chris Hambuch-Boyle, an early childhood special education teacher at the Lowes Creek Early Learning Center , said Franks was nominated for the award for consistently providing a connection between Eau Claire classrooms, academia and best practices.

"We could not do what we do without the university involvement that Dave has always fostered for the past 20 years," said Hambuch-Boyle. Full story. Go to top of page

Dennis Warner concert to highlight third week of summer programs
Dennis WarnerDennis Warner will present a free outdoor family show on the UW-Eau Claire Campus Mall at 7 p.m. Monday.

Blending acoustic folk-country music and humor, Warner presents upbeat, up-tempo kids and family concerts popular in well over 100 cities each year. His credits include featured spots on NPR's "Great Acoustics Live!" and "River City Folk," and an invitation to perform at the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Honored three times as a finalist in the Emerging Songwriters Showcase at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Warner has often appeared at The Bluebird Cafe, the Nashville club known for discovering new and exciting songwriters.

Also on campus during the week of June 21 are these free Summer Session Programs:

  • "Miller's Crossing" (1990) will continue a Coen brothers film festival Tuesday and Thursday at noon and 7 p.m. in Davies Theatre.

  • Jazz combos will play during lunch in the open air, from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday on the Central Campus Mall. A variety of grilled lunch items will be sold.

Summer Session Programs continue through Aug. 5. A complete schedule of events is available online. Go to top of page

Math, science and the 'tipi'

Andy Anton teaching Math and Science Program (pre-college camp) participants outside his tipi.
Andy Anton, Math and Science Program instructor, explains how Indians used hot stones to heat soup in birchbark containers. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, TLTDC.)

When putting up a tipi, how do they balance all those poles together, and how do they get the canvas around the tall cone? Why is it 10 degrees cooler inside a tipi? Why doesn't the tipi fill with smoke when there's a fire inside? How did the Native Americans make clothes, tools, ropes, cooking utensils and jewelry without malls or Home Depot?

These are just a few of the many lessons Andy Anton, Gear Up Program, taught last week around his tipi, which he put up on the lawn near Davies Center. Twenty-seven sixth- through 12th-graders from Milwaukee participated in the Office of Multicultural Affairs Math and Science Program, where the tipi and the survival practices of Native Americans were used to understand math and science in different ways. Read more. Go to top of page

UW System President Katharine Lyall honored at retirement party

Former Wisconsin governors Scott McCallum, Lee Dreyfus and Anthony Earl and Gov. Jim Doyle join Katharine Lyall for a photo during her June 13 retirement party.
Former Wisconsin governors Scott McCallum, Lee Dreyfus and Anthony Earl and Gov. Jim Doyle join Katharine Lyall for a photo during her June 13 retirement party. Lyall has served as UW System president since 1992 and will leave her post when a replacement is named or on Sept. 1, at the latest.
(Photo courtesy of Empire Photography.) Go to top of page

Davies Center ATM temporarily closed
Due to construction, the automated teller machine in the west lobby of Davies Center will temporarily be closed beginning today, June 28, and will be back in service in approximately two weeks. The ATM in Hilltop Center will continue to be available for the university community. For more information, contact Mitch Kilcrease at kilcree@uwec.edu or 836-2263. Go to top of page

Campus closed July 5
US flagUW-Eau Claire will be closed Monday, July 5, in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. State guidelines specify that when an official holiday occurs on Sunday, the holiday will be observed the following Monday. Therefore, Summer Session classes will not be held and offices will be closed Monday, July 5. Go to top of page

 


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