Vol. 52, No. 27Twelfth Week • Spring Semester • April 11, 2005

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Budget open forum set for 4:30 p.m. today

Campus to celebrate UW Spirit Week

Call for department and unit Plan 2008 Phase II plans

Mike McCurry to be Devroy Forum speaker April 19

UW System Regents meeting highlights

Students, retired faculty help with after-school program

Survey seeks input on future of Davies Center

New Eau Claire Advantage, news releases sites go live

Grand slam celebration



Budget open forum set for 4:30 p.m. today
All members of the university community are invited to an open forum from 4:30-6 p.m. today addressing UW-Eau Claire's budget challenges. The forum, in Hibbard Hall Room 102, will provide faculty, staff and students the chance to offer input on how UW-Eau Claire should make its $1,488,000 share of the UW System-wide 2005-06 budget reductions. Specifically, the forum will include:

  • A review of UW System planning principles and guidelines for dealing with projected budget reductions.
  • A review of the UW-Eau Claire GPR budget as it relates to the required reductions.
  • Solicitation of comments and additional suggestions regarding criteria by which UW-Eau Claire should make the required reductions.
  • Solicitation of suggestions on specific areas in which reductions could be made.
  • Solicitation of ideas concerning ways in which UW-Eau Claire could increase revenue and/or utilize non-GPR to maintain and enhance excellence in a period of retrenchment.

Individuals unable to attend the open forum or their special group meetings (see schedule) may e-mail Provost and Vice Chancellor Ronald Satz at rsatz@uwec.edu, or, if anonymity is preferred, may send comments and suggestions to Satz via campus mail.

Budget documents available for review: Faculty and staff can review background documents, including the UW System Board of Regents allocation decision rules, Gov. Jim Doyle's budget recommendations and the draft of the UW System Principles for Reductions, on the Blugold Insider Web site. The site will be updated as new documents become available. Go to top of page

Campus to celebrate UW Spirit Week
I Am UW badgeA weeklong celebration of the UW System's positive impact on Wisconsin workplaces and communities will include a UW-Eau Claire gathering this Friday, April 15. UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited to wear their Blugold colors and gather at 9:30 a.m. on the Central Campus Mall for a gathering that will include refreshments and camaraderie. (The Davies Center veranda will be the rain site.) See photos from last year's campus celebration. Campuses throughout the state will host activities and events April 11-15 as part of the second annual UW Spirit Week. In addition, Gov. Jim Doyle will sign a UW Spirit Week proclamation April 13. Full story. Go to top of page

Cover art: Phase II Plan 2008Call for department and unit plans: Campus moves forward with Phase II of Plan 2008
After completion of UW-Eau Claire's plan for Phase II of Plan 2008, the next step is the development and implemen-tation of departmental and unit plans that will assist the university in achieving its Phase II goals. Read a memo from the interim chancellor, provost and vice chancellor, and vice chancellor of business and student services detailing information on developing department and unit Phase II plans. Plan 2008 is a UW System initiative to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of the faculty, staff and student body and to increase diversity activities on System campuses. Go to top of page

Mike McCurry to be Devroy Forum speaker April 19

Mike McCurry
Mike McCurry

Mike McCurry, former White House press secretary and State Department spokesperson, will be the featured speaker at the Ann Devroy Memorial Forum April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. The title of McCurry's presentation is "Spinners and Snarks: Troubled Times in the Press-Politician Relationship and What to Do About It." McCurry, a veteran communications strategist and spokesperson with nearly three decades of experience in Washington, D.C., served in the White House as press secretary to President Bill Clinton from 1995-98. Prior to joining the White House staff, he was spokesman for the Department of State from 1993-95. Full story. Go to top of page

April UW System Regents meeting highlights

Carole Halberg and Regent Brent Smith
Carole Halberg receives the Regents Academic Staff Award for Excellence from UW System Regent Brent Smith. (UW System photo by Jay Salvo)

Carole Halberg receives regents excellence award: Carole Halberg, UW-Eau Claire Foundation president and special assistant to the chancellor, was honored during the UW System Regents' April 8 meeting as a 2005 recipient of the Regents Academic Staff Award for Excellence. The award is presented annually to demonstrate the regents' appreciation for the UW System's non-instructional academic staff, said Regent Brent Smith. Read more about Halberg's honor, as well as other news from the April 8 meeting, in the April regents meeting Day 2 news summary. Also read Regent Smith's remarks during the award presentation.

Students display research at state Capitol
UW System students displayed their research in the state Capitol April 7 during "Posters in the Rotunda: A Celebration of Undergraduate Research." (UW System photo)

UW-Eau Claire students among group to display research at state Capitol: Eight UW-Eau Claire students were among more than 100 students from across the UW System to display their research April 7 in the Wisconsin Capitol Rotunda, an event attended by state legislators and the UW System Board of Regents during their April meeting. See April regents meeting Day 1 news summary for more information about the "Posters in the Rotunda" event as well as other news from the first day of the regents' April meeting. Go to top of page

Delbert Anderson tutoring a 3-5 Club student At left, Delbert Anderson, UW-Eau Claire associate professor emeritus of mathematics, works with a student on her math homework. Below, UW-Eau Claire senior Aaron Knueppel tutors a young student.
UW-Eau Claire senior Aaron Knueppel tutoring young student
Photos by Rick Mickelson, TLTDC

Students, retired faculty help with after-school program
Twice weekly a cadre of retired UW-Eau Claire faculty, student tutors and other volunteers demonstrate that it really does take a village to raise a child. Their effort is called the 3-5 Club, an after-school program housed at First Presbyterian Church in Eau Claire. The five-year-old program is aimed at students who are having problems in school, often math. It's a place students of all ages can go after school to get help with their school work. Barbara Rolland, who taught in the UW-Eau Claire foreign languages department for 33 years, said the volunteers work with between 20 and 35 kids, grades 3 through 12, from 3-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Most of the students are from John Flynn elementary school, Memorial High School and South Middle School. Full story. Go to top of page

Survey seeks input on future of Davies Center
Davies Center survey imageUW-Eau Claire's Davies Center Exploratory Committee, charged with exploring the possibility of renovating/expanding Davies Center and the planning for the future of campus recreation facilities and programs, is asking faculty, staff and students to complete an online survey assessing campus needs and desires for university centers and recreation facility improvements. The deadline for completing the survey is this Wednesday, April 13. Link to the survey and read a recent e-mail message from student Meredith Marx, chair of the Davies Center Exploratory Committee, and Mitch Kilcrease, committee adviser and director of University Centers and Programs. Go to top of page

UW-Eau Claire Web update: New and improved
Eau Claire Advantage, news releases sites go live
University Communications staff have completed updates to the Eau Claire Advantage and News and Information sections of the university Web site. Web developers across campus are encouraged to add the following links to their sites as appropriate:

  • The newly expanded Eau Claire Advantage pages, found at www.uwec.edu/advantage, highlight UW-Eau Claire's marks of excellence and provide links throughout the university's Web site to more information on many of the features that make UW-Eau Claire an outstanding public regional university.
  • The updated News and Information pages, found at www.uwec.edu/newsreleases, provide a convenient overview of top campus news stories, incorporate related photos and include links that give readers easy access to all of the university's top-level Web pages. Go to top of page

Grand slam celebration
UW-Eau Claire freshman Jill Janke, Black River Falls, high-fives softball head coach Leslie Huntington after her sixth-inning grand slam to center field gave the Blugolds an 11-2 lead over the University of Minnesota Morris Saturday during the first day of the 2005 Eau Claire Invitational. The Blugolds topped UM-Morris 16-2 and Elmhurst (Ill.) 6-0 Friday (full story) and split during action Sunday in games against St. Scholastica and Northland (full story). (Photo by Rick Mickelson, TLTDC) Go to top of page

Freshman Jill Janke celebrates her grand slam with coach Leslie Huntington


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