Vol. 8, No. 1First Week • Summer Session • June 9, 2008

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Andrew Soll accepts new post in Salem, Mass.

Regents approve tuition increase, set administrative salaries

Process to examine outcomes for UW-Eau Claire students of color

Beth Hellwig named to dean of students post

Haas Fine Arts Center to be site of International Native American Flute Association Convention

May grad receives teaching assistantship in Austria

Summer Events series kicks off today


Andrew Soll accepts new post in Salem, Mass.

Andrew Soll
Andrew Soll

Andrew Soll, vice chancellor for business and student services at UW-Eau Claire, has accepted a new position as vice president for finance and facilities at Salem State College in Salem, Mass. Soll, who has served in his current position since July 1999, will leave UW-Eau Claire in mid-July and will begin his new duties July 20.

During his tenure at UW-Eau Claire, Soll has been responsible for financial management of the university, direction of general administrative functions and auxiliary operations, and all aspects of facilities planning and operation. He coordinated classroom and lab facilities improvements as well as major renovations of the Phillips Science Hall and McPhee Physical Education Center. In addition, he was instrumental in guiding successful student efforts for approval of the $49 million Davies Center redevelopment project as part of the 2007-09 state budget. He led the preparation of UW-Eau Claire’s capital facilities development plan and has set the stage for development of the university’s first comprehensive physical facilities master plan. The master planning process, a broadly participatory effort which will follow the directions set by the university’s strategic plan, is set to begin this fall. He has represented the interests of the university and the students on numerous task forces and committees at the UW System level.

Concurrently with Soll's departure, his wife, Beverly, will leave her position as assistant director for University Centers at UW-Eau Claire. In Salem, she will pursue a variety of endeavors as a professional musician, including performing, teaching, research and writing. Full story. Go to top of page

UW System logoRegents approve tuition increase, set administrative salaries
The UW System Board of Regents June 5 approved 5.5 percent tuition increase for the 2008-09 academic year for undergraduate students at UW System four-year universities. The regents also appointed new chancellors at UW-Madison, UW-Parkside and UW-Whitewater, approving all terms of their employment, and approved a salary increase for UW System President Kevin Reilly.

More details from the regents' June meeting can be found in the Day 1 and Day 2 news summaries. Go to top of page

David Shih
Dr. David Shih

Process to examine outcomes
for UW-Eau Claire students of color

UW-Eau Claire has begun a yearlong process of assessing its performance with regard to equitable outcomes for students of color.

With support from the UW System, UW-Eau Claire is part of the second cohort of UW System campuses to participate in the Equity Scorecard process, developed at the Center for Urban Education at the University of Southern California.

UW-Eau Claire Equity Scorecard evidence team

· Dr. David Shih
· Dr. Robin Beeman
· Dr. Carol Langer
· Dr. Scott Lester
· Andrew Nelson
· Teresa O'Halloran
· Patti See
· Dr. Martin Wood

An "evidence team" comprising eight UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members will look at existing institutional data, disaggregating it by race and ethnicity, to learn how students of color fare in four key areas: access, retention, institutional receptivity and excellence (the latter including students' course grades, grade-point averages, honors and awards, and co-curricular program participation).

"'Equity is really the key word in this process," said Dr. David Shih, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of English and evidence team leader. "It's very different from other words used to discuss students of color, such as 'diversity.' Certainly diversity is a part of the discussion, but equity is the goal. You can't really talk about student success until you have equitable outcomes." Full story. Go to top of page

Beth Hellwig named to dean of students post

Beth Hellwig
Beth Hellwig

An administrator with nearly three decades of experience working in student affairs has been named vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students at UW-Eau Claire.

Dr. Beth Hellwig, who has served as dean of student services at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., since 2000, will begin her new position at UW-Eau Claire on July 14.

UW-Eau Claire's new strategic plan — and the inclusive process by which it was created — were among the things that attracted her to the position, Hellwig said.

"I was very impressed by the manner in which the strategic plan and the reorganization were conducted," Hellwig said, referring to a reorganization of the university's senior-level administration that was announced late last year. "There seemed to be a very inclusive approach implemented where students, staff, faculty and administrators were asked to weigh in on the future direction of the university." Full story. Go to top of page

Haas Fine Arts Center to be site of International Native American Flute Association Convention
INAFA logoThe 2008 International Native American Flute Association Convention will be held July 9-13 at UW-Eau Claire's Haas Fine Arts Center.

The five-day event will be sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire department of music and theatre arts and hosted by Eau Claire's Clear Water Flute Circle.

The convention will feature performances by Grammy-caliber performing artists and day classes with recognized specialists, as well as vendors offering flutes, percussion instruments, music, crafts and more. Vendor areas will be open to the public at no charge.

Evening concerts will feature several acclaimed artists per night, including R. Carlos Nakai, Bill Miller, Frank Montano (Anadwad), Kevin Locke, Joseph Firecrow, Coyote Oldman (Michael Graham Allen and Barry Stramp), the Peter Phippen Quartet and others. Full story. Go to top of page

May grad receives teaching assistantship in Austria

Trisha Monka
Trisha Monka

A recent UW-Eau Claire graduate has been awarded a U.S. English Teaching Assistantship in Austria. The assistantship, offered through a program of the Austrian Ministry of Education, is administered through the Fulbright Commission in Austria.

Trisha Monka, Manitowoc, who graduated in May with a major in German education and a minor in teaching English to speakers of other languages, will travel to Graz, Austria, in September to attend an orientation for English teaching assistants. In October, she will begin teaching in Waidhofen an der Ybbs, a town of about 12,000 people located in the Ybbs River Valley in the province of Lower Austria. She will teach English and American culture at Bundesrealgymnasium, a public high school. Full story. Go to top of page

Summer Events series kicks off today

Howard 'Guitar' Luedtke
Howard "Guitar" Luedtke

Jazz at Noon and Music on the Mall concerts today will kick off the eight-week Summer Events series at UW-Eau Claire.

Throughout June, jazz groups will perform from noon to 1 p.m. weekdays on the Central Campus Mall under the direction of UW-Eau Claire alumnus Steven Hobert. The rain site for Jazz at Noon concerts is The Cabin in Davies Center.

Howard "Guitar" Luedtke and Blue Max will open the weekly Music on the Mall concert series at 7 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall. Audience members are invited to bring blankets or folding chairs for lawn seating. The Cabin in Davies Center is the rain site for Music on the Mall concerts. Full story. Go to top of page


Summer Bulletin
Published weekly during the summer session by the UW-Eau Claire News Bureau. News items and notices should be sent to the News Bureau, Schofield 201, by 10 a.m. Thursday for publication in the following week’s issue. E-mail submissions to Julie Poquette at poquetjm@uwec.edu are encouraged. Faculty/staff news items are published on a space-available basis.

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