Vol. 51, No. 4 • Fifth Week • Fall Semester • Sept. 22, 2003
Adviser Rita Webb to leave for peace mission in Sri Lanka
Rita Webb, an academic adviser and coordinator of the Adult Opportunity Office at UW-Eau Claire, will leave for Sri Lanka Sept. 25 to serve two years there as a member of a civilian “peace army.”
Webb, a longtime peace activist from Eau Claire, was selected from a pool of more than 150 applicants to participate in the initial pilot peace project by the international Nonviolent Peaceforce organization, based in St. Paul. Webb will join 10 other participants from nine countries in Sri Lanka.
Webb has been granted a one-year leave of absence from UW-Eau Claire (with the possibility of an extension), allowing her to become an international peace keeper trained by the Nonviolent Peaceforce group.
"I feel very honored to have been selected and extremely grateful for the outpouring of support I've received from the university community," Webb said.
Sri Lanka is an island off the southern coast of India that has seen much conflict because of ethnic violence between the Sinhalese majority and the Tamil separatists. A cease-fire in 2001 led to peace negotiations.
Peaceforce will work with local groups to protect human rights, deter violence and help local peace workers.
"I see this as a really historical moment to involve civilians in the work of conflict transformation," Webb said. "I do believe that conflict is inevitable, but violence is not."
Information about the Nonviolent Peaceforce organization is available online.
Alexandre Dossin wins international
The distinguished panel of jurors included Martha Argerich, Gyorgy Sandor, Eduardo Delgado, Akiko Ebi and Alexis Golovin. Dossin describes Martha Argerich as one of the most important pianist in all times. The competition was held in the world-famous Teatro Colon, one of the most prestigious opera theaters in the world.
9 telecast and discussion to focus on sustainability
Sculptor Paul Granlund died Sept. 15 in Mankato, Minn., of complication of long-term exposure to the chemicals and dust involved in sculpting bronze. He was 77.
Of the 650 mostly bronze sculptures Granlund created, three are in Eau Claire, including "Sprites" on the Campus Mall, "Resurrection" outside the Ecumenical Religious Center and "Family Circle" at the Luther Hospital entrance.
More information about Granlund can be found by searching
the online Star Tribune.
Two student leaders selected
to attend civic leadership fellows program
A new exhibit titled "When
Did Our Professors Become Buildings?" will be on display through
Oct. 31 in the Grand Corridor of McIntyre Library. The exhibit features
the history of 18 campus buildings named for former faculty members
or administrators. An online version of the exhibit
also is available. For more information, contact Heather
Muir, McIntyre Library, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 836-3873.