Vol. 8, No. 4 • Fourth Week • Summer Session • June 30, 2008
Chancellor announces search and screen committee for vice chancellor for
Members of the committee include Rose-Marie Avin, professor of economics; Donald Christian; dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; David Gessner, director of business services; Ricardo Gonzales, campus facilities planner; Kathleen Sahlhoff, director of financial aid; David Sprick, director of university police; Donna Weber, director of human resources; and students Tim Lauer, student body president, and Emily Mattheisen. The committee will begin its work in mid-July.
In accordance with UW-Eau Claire personnel policies and procedures, the chancellor also will consult with faculty and other members of the university community about the selection of the new vice chancellor.
Dr. Levin-Stankevich today also announced a transitional plan, to take effect July 14, for reporting lines and leadership until the new vice chancellor is selected. V. Thomas Dock, dean of the College of Business, has agreed to serve as acting vice chancellor for administration, finance and facilities and will represent UW-Eau Claire in that capacity while continuing his duties as dean. Business services and internal audit functions of the university will report directly to Dock.
“As the senior dean, Tom Dock has demonstrated tenacity in developing his college, a commitment to the university and engagement with our community," Dr. Levin-Stankevich said. "He will represent UW-Eau Claire very effectively in both system and legislative environments. His understanding of financial operations and business services will assure continued development of these areas as called for in our strategic plan.”
Under the transitional plan, the provost will assume temporary supervisory responsibility for the Financial Aid office and for Loss Prevention and Safety. The remaining offices and areas will report to the chancellor through executive staff designated to serve as liaisons with individual directors. View the transitional supervisory support outline. Major decisions will come to the chancellor for review during this interim period.
"We are very fortunate to have an extraordinarily talented and responsible set of directors in the administration, finance and facilities division,” said Chancellor Levin-Stankevich. “While we desire to fill this vice chancellor position as soon as possible, I am confident in the continued excellent performance of our directors and the staff members in these units that are so critical to our daily operations and fiscal health.”
It is anticipated there will be no additional administrative costs associated with the plan, according to Dr. Levin-Stankevich."I will ask the search and screen committee to bring candidates to campus in the early fall with a target of having a new vice chancellor on campus by the beginning of spring semester," he said.
Candidates sought for interim associate vice chancellor
and dean of undergraduate studies
The decision to pursue an interim position follows a national search that did not produce a successful candidate, Tallant said.
"While we had finalists with excellent credentials visit campus, none quite had the combination of experience and expertise we were seeking for this important new position," he said.
He noted that the interim position will be a two-year appointment that will enable the successful candidate to create and develop a structure and strategy for long-term success.
"This is a position that is critical to the success of the university's new strategic plan, and it is essential that the person in this role has a respect for and understanding of our shared governance process and campus culture," Tallant said.
Internal applicants for the position must have tenure in a UW-Eau Claire academic department and hold the rank of associate professor or professor. Applicants must submit a letter of interest and current curriculum vitae no later than Tuesday, July 15. Duties will begin no later than the start of the 2008-09 academic year. A position description is available on the Academic Affairs employment opportunities Web site.
For the first time in UW-Eau Claire history, the Blugold softball coaching staff has been named the 2008 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III National Coach Staff of the Year.
This year head coach Leslie Huntington, who is in her seventh season with the Blugolds, along with assistant coaches Robin Baker and Billie Buss, led the team to its first national title and finished with a 36-11 mark. Full story.
Thanks to a scout for the 2007-08 Stanley Cup-winning Detroit Red Wings, the National Hockey League's championship trophy will be on view from noon-3 p.m. July 6 at the Eau Claire Hobbs Ice Arena as part of a fundraiser for the Future of Ice campaign for the renovation and expansion of the arena.
David Kolb, who was raised in Eau Claire and has worked for the Red Wings organization for 12 years, is bringing the trophy to his hometown to participate in the fundraiser. The event is hosted by the Ice Sports Consortium.
The public will be able to pose for a 5-by-7 photo with the trophy for a donation of $10. Spectators can also make additional freewill donations and receive information about major gift naming opportunities in the building. Net proceeds will go toward the Future of Ice campaign for the renovation and expansion project, which includes enclosing the Michael Hughes outdoor rink, building a new lobby and concession area, and expanding seating capacity. Preliminary plans for the renovation will be on view at the arena as well.Kolb's father, Fred Kolb, was the first UW-Eau Claire Blugold hockey coach and is a professor of economics at the university. Full story.
The eight-week Summer Events series at UW-Eau Claire continues this week with a Music on the Mall concert tonight and Summer Shorts film screenings Tuesday and Thursday.
Americana singer-songwriter Dennis Warner will perform a free outdoor show at 7 p.m. tonight on the Central Campus Mall (rain site: The Cabin, Davies Center). 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.
The Summer Shorts film series, which will present local, regional and international short film compilations, also begins this week with screenings of "The Best of the STIFFE," a series of award-winning short films by UW-Eau Claire independent filmmakers submitted for The Student Independent Film Festival. "The Best of the STIFFE" will screen Tuesday and Wednesday, July 1-2, in UW-Eau Claire's Davies Theatre and Thursday, July 3, at the State Regional Arts Center Gallery in downtown Eau Claire. Films will be presented at 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. each day. Admission is free and the screenings are open to all. Full story.
The Wisconsin Wind Quintet will present the second Summer Sounds program at UW-Eau Claire at 2 p.m. July 6 in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.
The program will feature music by the German composer Paul Hindemth, a French quintet by Francaix and a piece by the Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos.
The Wisconsin Woodwind Quintet is the UW-Eau Claire resident faculty ensemble. Members of the quintet are Tim Lane, flute; Christa Garvey, oboe; Richard Fletcher, clarinet; Kristine Klopfenstein Fletcher, bassoon; and Verle Ormsby, horn. Full story.