Vol. 52, No. 32Seventeenth Week • Spring Semester • May 16, 2005

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UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Search and Screen Committee to meet May 17

University Senate approves service-learning criteria

Anonymous donors plan $1 million estate gift to Endowment for Excellence

Administrative appointments announced

Matt Waters receives $40,000 ACLS fellowship

TLTDC and CNS begin merger plans

TLTDC/NET workshops to feature L. Dee Fink

U.S. Bank to be Blugold Card partner

Clickers catching on in UW-Eau Claire classrooms

Emeritus collection to be given to Kinsey Institute

Joseph Picconatto to head University Bookstore

CIE bids farewell to graduates, honors hosts

University Bulletin Special Edition coming Thursday

Summer Bulletin to begin June 13

 

Reilly to meet with UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Search and Screen Committee May 17
Chancellor search iconUW System President Kevin Reilly will meet with the newly appointed UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Search and Screen Committee on Tuesday, May 17, from 1-3 p.m. in the Presidents Room of Davies Center. Reilly will deliver the charge to the committee. UW System Special Regent Committee Chair Peggy Rosenzweig also will attend, and the other members of the Special Regent Committtee (Eileen Connolly-Keesler, Charles Pruitt and Jesus Salas) have been invited. The meeting's agenda is as follows:

  1. Introduction
  2. Charge to the committee
  3. The search process
  4. Review of chancellor position description
  5. Search tips and advice
  6. Questions and answers. Go to top of page

University Senate approves service-learning criteria

UW-Eau Claire student tutoring elementary student
Photo by Rick Mickelson, TLTDC

The UW-Eau Claire University Senate voted May 10 to approve new guidelines that establish curricular criteria for service-learning. The guidelines, developed by the Service-Learning Ad Hoc Committee, define service-learning as part of the UW-Eau Claire curriculum, subject to the same academic standards as any other requirement for graduation.

As approved, the guidelines state that the university will not award service-learning hours for time spent directly involved in promoting religious doctrine, proselytizing or worship, or for time spent on activities that focus on seeking private monetary profit. Under the guidelines, students may engage in any kind of volunteer service to any kind of organization they choose, but those activities may not meet the curricular criteria established to fulfill the service-learning graduation requirement.

In 2003-04, UW-Eau Claire students performed a total of nearly 100,000 hours of service-learning for organizations including the American Cancer Society, Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, Hope Gospel Mission, Jumpstart and the Reading Partners Program. Full story. Go to top of page

Anonymous donors plan $1 million estate gift
to Endowment for Excellence

Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence logoAn anonymous couple has notified the UW-Eau Claire Foundation of plans to provide $1 million through their estate. When it is realized, the $1 million gift will go to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's Endowment for Excellence Fund, which is used to support the university's top priorities. "When we receive gifts to the Endowment for Excellence Fund it gives the Foundation and the university the flexibility to help support the university's highest priorities at any time," said Carole Halberg, president of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Flexible funds are critical as the university works to attract and retain outstanding students, faculty and staff, Halberg said. "A gift of this magnitude for this fund is particularly significant because flexible dollars are particularly difficult to secure," she said. The planned gift is recognized as a contribution to the Foundation's ongoing fund-raising campaign, Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence. Full story. Go to top of page

Administrative appointments announced
Michael WeilMichael Weil, associate dean for student affairs and special projects, College of Arts and Sciences: Michael Weil, a tenured professor in the UW-Eau Claire biology department, has been named associate dean for student affairs and special projects in the College of Arts and Sciences. He will begin his new position June 1. Weil replaces Wilma Clark, who will retire July 1 as associate dean emerita of student affairs and graduate studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. Full story. Go to top of page

Robert SuttonRobert Sutton, associate dean of the College of Business: Robert Sutton, UW-Eau Claire professor of marketing and chair of the department of management and marketing, will be the new College of Business associate dean. He begins his new position Aug. 1, when he replaces Dale A. Johnson, who will retire in July as associate dean emeritus of the College of Business. Full story. Go to top of page

David SprickDavid Sprick, director of University Police: David Sprick has been named director of University Police at UW-Eau Claire. He has served as interim director of University Police since February 2004. Sprick joined the University Police as a security officer in 1981. He later served as a police officer, police sergeant and police lieutenant before his appointment as interim director of University Police. Full story. Go to top of page

Matt Waters receives $40,000 ACLS fellowship
Matt WatersA $40,000 fellowship has been awarded to UW-Eau Claire faculty member Matt Waters, an associate professor in the departments of foreign languages and history. The American Council of Learned Societies fellowship will allow Waters to devote his time to research during the 2005-06 academic year. ACLS fellowships are awarded to scholars in all disciplines of the humanities and humanities-related social sciences and are intended as salary replacement for the recipient. For the 2005-06 competition, 60 fellowships were awarded from 926 applications. A specialist in ancient Near Eastern and Classical Greek history, Waters will continue his work to create an English translation of what remains of an extensive history of the Persian Empire written by the Greek historian Ctesias. Full story. Go to top of page

TLTDC and CNS begin merger plans
The planned merger of two campus units — UW-Eau Claire's Teaching and Learning Technology Development Center and Computing and Networking Services — should result in a "total win" situation for the units' staff members and for the university faculty, staff and students those units serve, CNS and TLTDC representatives say. The merger is anticipated to be official before the start of the fall semester, said Craig Mey, director of CNS and interim TLTDC director. Mey will be the director of the unit that results from the merger. "I see this as a total win situation — no one loses," said Linda Carpenter, coordinator of the TLTDC's Network for Excellence in Teaching. "This merger will put us in a better position to provide information and knowledge to the campus in a less confounded way." Full story. Go to top of page

Rob Welcher and student Meghan Martin
Rob Welcher, assistant professor of kinesiology, uses a scratch-off testing strategy in his Biomechanical Kinesiology (KINS 304) course that he learned at Dee Fink's 2004 UW-Eau Claire presentation. The student is Meghan Martin, junior athletic training major from Burnsville, Minn. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, TLTDC)

TLTDC/NET workshops to feature L. Dee Fink
L. Dee Fink, author of "Creating Significant Learning Experiences" and co-author of "Team-Based Learning," will facilitate a workshop titled "Designing a Course to Create Significant Learning Experiences" Thursday, May 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fink also will lead a workshop titled "Team Based Learning" Friday, May 27, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Both workshops, sponsored by UW-Eau Claire's Teaching and Learning Technology Development Center and Network for Excellence in Teaching, will be held in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center. Those interested in attending one or both of the workshops should contact Catherine Artac at artacca@uwec.edu by May 20. More information. Go to top of page

U.S. Bank to be Blugold Card partner
UW-Eau Claire has chosen U.S. Bank to be its partner for an expanded-capability Blugold Card. The Blugold Card will continue to serve as the official identification card for all students, faculty and staff of the university. Starting this September, the Blugold Card will have the additional capability of serving as a debit/check card for on- and off-campus transactions and for use in ATMs. Participants will also have the option of receiving a VISA debit card that will further expand the reach of the university’s card program. All students, faculty and staff will have the option of becoming U.S. Bank customers to take advantage of the expanded card program, but there will be no requirement. More information about the new Blugold Card program will be made available in the coming weeks and at the beginning of the fall semester. Go to top of page

Clickers catching on in UW-Eau Claire classrooms
clicker imageNew devices known as clickers are being used in several classrooms at UW-Eau Claire to provide faculty with a way to gather immediate feedback, assess understanding of material and get students in large lectures more involved in classroom discussions. The devices also help more reserved students feel comfortable answering questions and/or offering their opinions. Clickers are used by faculty in a variety of ways, from displaying class results to recording individual responses to questions. Some faculty members use them to give quizzes, with the computer immediately scoring each quiz and entering the students' grades in an electronic grade book. Some award students points for answering a question, while others give additional points to students who get the answer right. "It's a great interactive classroom tool because it helps faculty improve their teaching and it helps student learning," said Erik Hendrickson, associate professor of physics and astronomy, who uses clickers in his classes. Full story. Go to top of page

Emeritus collection to be given to Kinsey Institute
J. Kenneth DavidsonThe Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction at Indiana University has announced that Dr. J. Kenneth Davidson Sr., professor emeritus of sociology and former coordinator of family studies at UW-Eau Claire, and Dr. Nelwyn B. Moore, professor emerita, Texas State University-San Marcos, will have their lifelong collection of research files and scholarly work on human sexuality gathered into an archival collection to be named for them. For more than 20 years, Davidson and Moore have been research partners, collaborating on much of their work. Davidson, who retired last August after 28 years at UW-Eau Claire, began shipping the significant collection of journal articles, correspondence, published papers, unpublished manuscripts and research data which has been housed at UW-Eau Claire to the Kinsey Institute last month. Full story. Go to top of page

Joseph Picconatto to head University Bookstore
Barnes & Noble College Booksellers announces the appointment of Joseph Picconatto as the new director of UW-Eau Claire's University Bookstore, effective May 23. Previous to this appointment, Picconatto oversaw a three-store network at Riverside Community College in Riverside, Calif. He has held management positions on several campuses including the College of St. Scholastic in Duluth, Minn., the University of Portland in Portland, Ore., and the Seattle Community College network in Seattle. Picconatto is a native of Minnesota and holds a bachelor's degree from UW-Superior and a master's degree from Iowa State University.

Camille Weixel, current University Bookstore director, is leaving campus to pursue new career opportunities with Barnes & Noble College Booksellers. Go to top of page

CIE bids farewell to graduates, honors hosts
UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education hosted its annual spring reception Tuesday, May 10. International students and their host families/friends gathered to honor and say goodbye to the students graduating and/or leaving this semester. Host families/friends were also honored for their dedication to the students. Dave and Barb Geissler were awarded the Outstanding Host Family/Friend Award for the semester, and Chuck and Jean Holmen were given the Veteran Host Award for their 10 years of dedication to the program. Host families/friends are needed for the fall semester. Find more information online or contact Stephanie Pyykola at pyykolsk@uwec.edu. Go to top of page

University Bulletin Special Edition coming Thursday
The spring semester of the 2004-05 academic year is winding down, and with that comes a lot of news about commencement, retirements and accomplishments. You can read all about it in a Special Edition of the University Bulletin that will be e-mailed to you Thursday.

Stories in the Special Edition will include:

  • UW-Eau Claire commencement set for May 21
  • Seventeen faculty and staff members retire
  • Six members of classified staff retire
  • Alumni Association to present awards
  • and more.

This abbreviated issue will not include Calendar items, Faculty/Staff News, In The News items or Notices. Go to top of page

Summer Bulletin to begin June 13
This is the final issue of the University Bulletin for the 2004-05 academic year. The Summer Bulletin will be published weekly during the eight-week summer session beginning Monday, June 13. The summer publication will carry official notices, calendar items, faculty and staff news and other news briefs.

Items for the Summer Bulletin should be sent by mail or e-mail to Julie Poquette, News Bureau, Schofield 201, by 10 a.m. Monday for publication in the following week's issue.

Publication of the University Bulletin will resume Aug. 22 to coincide with the official opening of the 2005-06 academic year. Go to top of page

 


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