Vol. 6, No. 1 • First Week • Summer Session • June 12, 2006
UW-Eau Claire's College of Education and Human Sciences recently received two grants totaling more than $104,000 from the U.S. Department of Education through the Wisconsin Improving Teacher Quality Grant Program. Both grants just two of 20 funded throughout the UW System are intended to increase the academic achievement of students in core subjects by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers, particularly in rural school districts.
Dr. Joseph Morin, associate professor of special education, is the principal investigator for "M-zone: Enhancing Teachers of Mathematics' Ability to Accommodate Students with Language-based Disabilities," which was funded for $39,538. Morin wrote the grant with emeritus professor of special education Dr. David Franks and Dr. Robert Hollon, a professor of curriculum and instruction and co-director of the Center for Collaborative Leadership in Education at UW-Eau Claire.
Karen Horan, a UW-Eau Claire professor emerita of art and curriculum and instruction, is the project director for "The Visual Journal/Book Arts Project: Teaching Language Arts Across the Curriculum," which was funded for $68,814. Horan wrote the grant in collaboration with Mary Kuzma, a UW-Eau Claire alumna and former student of Horan's who worked with the Gear-Up Program at the Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation for six years. Full story.
Regents approve 6.8 percent tuition increase
Nearly half of the tuition increase follows a biennial budget provision that stipulates the UW System must use tuition instead of state support to pay for utility costs. The additional tuition will cover $19.8 million of these increased utility costs, as well as a portion of an employee pay plan and student technology initiatives.
State general purpose revenue will pay for less than 25 percent of the $4.1 billion 2006-07 budget. Tuition dollars will now comprise 21 percent of the budget, while gifts, grant funds, federal dollars, and other private sources comprise more than half of the UW System's total budget. The 2005-07 state budget included more than $44 million in student financial aid.
During its June meeting at UW-Milwaukee, the Board of Regents also affirmed that the UW System's Growth Agenda and student financial aid will be the focus of the regents' request for state reinvestment in the university in the 2007-09 biennium.
Dr. Karen Havholm, professor of geology, will continue to serve as interim assistant vice chancellor and director of UW-Eau Claire's Center of Excellence for Faculty/Student Research Collaboration, said Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor Steve Tallant.
Havholm, who joined UW-Eau Claire in 1993, was appointed to her current position following an internal search and screen process and succeeded Dr. Christopher Lind upon his retirement in February 2006.
Karen Havholm has proven to be an energetic and effective leader and we are delighted she has agreed to continue serving in her current capacity, Tallant said.
Tallant said Havholm will remain in her interim position until a new national search to select a permanent assistant vice chancellor and director of the Center of Excellence for Faculty/Student Research Collaboration is successfully completed.
The recently concluded national search did not result in the selection of any of the four finalists who visited UW-Eau Claire, according to Tallant.
The search and screen committee conducted a thorough and professional search and I commend the committee members and chair Dr. Brian Mahoney for their good work, Tallant said.
I have spoken with the search and screen committee and we are in agreement that it is in the best interests of the university to continue with our current interim leadership and to conduct another national search beginning in the fall, Tallant said.
Outdoor concerts today at noon by the Ben Herpel-Dobay Group and at 7 p.m. by Howard "Guitar" Luedtke and Blue Max will kick off an eight-week series of free Summer Session Programs at UW-Eau Claire.
The Ben Herpel-Dobay Group will give Jazz at Noon performances through Friday from noon to 1 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall. A variety of grilled lunch items will be sold. Jazz at Noon concerts by UW-Eau Claire student groups will be presented every weekday in June. The rain site for Jazz at Noon concerts is The Cabin in Davies Center.
Howard "Guitar" Luedtke and Blue Max will present the first of seven weekly Music on the Mall concerts from 7 to 9 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall. Refreshments will be sold. Audience members are invited to bring blankets or folding chairs for lawn seating. The rain site for Music on the Mall concerts will be Schofield Auditorium or The Cabin. Full story.
New scholarships honor recent alumni
UW-Eau Claire senior Erin House, a German major from Eau Claire, is among 15 students nationwide to be invited to participate in a fully paid German literature and culture Grad School Experience at the University of Pennsylvania this summer. The fellowships are for gifted rising seniors majoring in German.
The weeklong program focuses on the "trope of travel in German literature and culture," House said. Professors will lead a series of seminars just as they do for graduate students in which the participants analyze a variety of films, short stories, poems, travel accounts, short novels, music, painting and sculptures, she said.
"Admission to this program was a shock and an honor, as this was a national competition," House said. "I've always loved the German language and culture, and am so pleased to have this opportunity to see what studying 'Germanistik' (German studies) at a graduate institution entails." Full story.
Award-winning heating plant upgrade
helps campus save energy
Recently OMNNI Associates, the consulting engineering firm that worked on the project with UW-Eau Claire's Heating Plant crew, received two awards for the university's innovative boiler controls system: an Excellence in Engineering Design Award from the state of Wisconsin and a 2006 State Finalist Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin.
Heating Plant Superintendent Jim Franklin said UW-Eau Claire is the first state facility to change over to a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) system to replace aging single-loop boiler controls.
"The new system gives us tremendous flexibility and helps us save energy. The longer we can stay up and use clean-burning, high-BTU, low-sulphur coal, the better," Franklin said.
The Power Plant is operated and maintained 24 hours a day, seven days a week by Jim Brun, Greg Buros, Greg Falkenberg, Gary Grundman, Bob Kawell, Bob Thill, Dennis Watton and Jim Weber. Terry Hartman is the assistant plant superintendent. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire hosts summer math workshop
Presenters at the workshop will include faculty members with backgrounds in mathematics, computer engineering, physics and statistics from the University of Central Florida, the University of Minnesota, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Barron County and UW-Madison. Also, five UW-Eau Claire students will present their summer mathematics research projects. More information is available on the mathematics department Web site.