Vol. 52, No. 1First Week • Fall Semester • Aug. 23, 2004

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UW-Eau Claire again ranks in U.S. News & World Report's top tier

Busy schedule opens academic year

New 2004-05 faculty/academic staff appointments

UW-Eau Claire welcomes academically talented freshman class

Kris Anderson named executive director of enrollment services and director of admissions

UW-Eau Claire study group focuses on increasing male student retention rates

Community Registration Night set for Aug. 31

Wells Fargo gives $16,000 to support investment management program

Highlights from Summer Bulletin

Did you know?

Campus community invited to professional development seminar


UW-Eau Claire again ranks in U.S. News & World Report's top tier
U.S. News Best Colleges 2005For the 10th consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report magazine has ranked UW-Eau Claire as one of the best public regional universities in the Midwest. The publication also again named UW-Eau Claire's undergraduate research program as one of the best in the nation.

The 2005 rankings put UW-Eau Claire at No. 3 among regional public universities in the Midwest, a region that includes schools in 12 states stretching from the Dakotas in the west to Missouri in the south to Ohio in the east.

"The U.S. News & World Report rankings are extremely competitive, so it's satisfying to see UW-Eau Claire ranked near the top year after year," Chancellor Donald Mash said. "UW-Eau Claire clearly enjoys a national reputation for excellence." Full story. Go to top of page

Busy schedule opens academic year
Several important meetings will take place this week, marking a busy start to the 2004-05 academic year. The Schools of Nursing, Human Sciences and Services, and Education will meet Monday to consider and vote on changes that will incorporate the schools into new or existing colleges and recommend names for two new colleges.

The Annual Fall Meeting of university faculty and academic staff will be held Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. in the Schofield Auditorium. Provost and Vice Chancellor Ron Satz, who has been on extended medical leave, will attend the meeting. Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor Steve Tallant and University Senate Chair Susan Harrison will present remarks, and Chancellor Donald Mash will deliver his "State of the University" address. Chancellor Mash also will present remarks during the Annual Fall Meeting of the classified staff Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center.

On Wednesday, there will be a Special Meeting of university faculty from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Schofield Auditorium to consider and vote on organizational changes to eliminate the College of Professional Studies and rename the School of Nursing and School of Education as colleges; to eliminate the School of Human Sciences and Services and move the departments within the school to other colleges; and to rename several other academic departments.

Complete meeting information is available in this week's "Notice of Meetings" (Pink Sheet). Go to top of page

New 2004-05 faculty/academic staff appointments
Click here to find out who's new on campus among faculty and academic staff. Go to top of page

UW-Eau Claire welcomes academically talented freshman class
New freshman at summer orientation. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, TLTDC.)This fall UW-Eau Claire will welcome to campus one of its most academically talented classes ever. The 2,025 new freshmen have an average ACT score of 24.37, about 20 percent of the students rank in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating classes and 56 percent rank in the top 25 percent of their high school graduating classes.

The group includes four new National Merit Scholars. Ninety of the new freshmen will join the university’s Honors Program. Within the freshman class, 37.5 percent of the students are arriving with college credits, and 10 students already have attained sophomore standing. Interest in UW-Eau Claire continues to grow. The 2,025 students making up the class were selected from 7,300 applicants — the largest number of applicants ever to apply to UW-Eau Claire.

Click here for more information about the characteristics of new freshmen at UW-Eau Claire from 1994 to 2004. Also check out the number of new freshmen in each major. Go to top of page

Kris Anderson named executive director of enrollment services and director of admissions
Kris Anderson (Photo by Rick Mickelson, TLTDC.)Kris Anderson has been named executive director of enrollment services and director of admissions at UW-Eau Claire. Anderson has served as interim director of admissions and enrollment services since January 2003.

“As an interim director, Kris has done an exceptional job of leading our admissions and enrollment services programs,” Interim Provost Steve Tallant said. “The fall 2004 freshmen class is one of the best ever in terms of ACT scores and other academic credentials. And UW-Eau Claire received a record 7,300 applications for the 2,025 spots available to new freshmen this fall. I have complete confidence in Kris’ ability to lead the university through the increasingly complex admissions and enrollment management processes." Full story. Go to top of page

UW-Eau Claire study group focuses on increasing male student retention rates
An analysis of student data at UW-Eau Claire indicates that male students typically do not do as well academically as their female classmates, a pattern that mirrors national and international trends.

But unlike many campuses, UW-Eau Claire is acknowledging the pattern and looking for ways to help its male students succeed in greater numbers, said Art Lyons, a student services coordinator in the Academic Skills Center and chair of the university’s Male Student Study Group.

“The data is dramatic,” Lyons said. “Male students at UW-Eau Claire are falling behind female students during their freshman year and many of them never catch up. Gender politics makes it difficult to discuss but we must find ways to better support our male students.” Full story. Go to top of page

Community Registration Night set for Aug. 31
UW-Eau Claire will be holding a Community Registration Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, in Schofield Hall for community members interested in taking classes as special students during the fall 2004 semester, which begins Sept. 2.

A list of open classes will be available, and university staff will be on hand to help community members select and enroll in a class that matches their interests, needs and abilities. Participants also may rent or buy textbooks, buy a parking permit and get a student ID.

Special students must complete a Special Student Application Form and Payment Plan Agreement and make a $100 deposit. Obtaining these forms in advance and returning them with the required deposit by Aug. 26 can help expedite registration. Call 836-2425 or send e-mail to registration@uwec.edu to request a registration packet. The form and agreement also can be found online. Full story. Go to top of page

Wells Fargo gives $16,000 to support investment management program
Wells FargoWells Fargo, a longtime partner with UW-Eau Claire Foundation, has made a gift of $16,000 to benefit the investment management program in UW-Eau Claire's College of Business.

Of the total gift, $15,000 will support the remodeling of a College of Business classroom to include new equipment and technology for participants in the investment management program. The remaining $1,000 will support the Wells Fargo College of Business Diversity Scholarship.

The gift brings to more than $108,000 the total financial support Wells Fargo has contributed to the Foundation over time. The gift is recognized as a contribution to Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's ongoing campaign for the university's people and programs. Full story. Go to top of page

Highlights from Summer Bulletin
Catch up on the latest ... the latest activity at UW-Eau Claire, that is. Following are links to several stories that appeared in the 2004 Summer Bulletin. To take a look at all the campus news and events featured in the Summer Bulletin, go to the past issues section.

UW-Eau Claire launches redesigned Web site
New College of Arts and Sciences dean to begin Aug. 1
Scott Kilgallon named director of Intercollegiate Athletics
UW-Eau Claire students to leave soon for study in South Africa
UW-Eau Claire Concert Choir enjoys extraordinary European tour Thesing-Ritter and Dixon appointed to Student Development and Diversity positions
UW-Eau Claire faculty receive $1 million grant to help educate history teachers
UW-Eau Claire graduates finding jobs in Wisconsin
Rebecca Wurzer named director of UW-Eau Claire Children's Center
Twelve UW-Eau Claire students now studying in Thailand
UW-Eau Claire Children's Center receives national accreditation
UW-Eau Claire, UW-River Falls implement collaborative teacher education programs
Marilyn Kanne receives top state honors
Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors program held on campus
Riverbank project update
Partnership with Nicolet College to benefit social work students
Groundbreaking event held at Carson Park

Board of Regents appoints Kevin P. Reilly as UW System president
UW-Eau Claire Commencement set for Aug. 7
UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association to present awards Aug. 7
UW-Eau Claire centralizes services and expands hours at new Service Center location in Davies Go to top of page

Did you know?
High-achieving students choose UW-Eau Claire
UW-Eau Claire's Honors Program will have a record number of students enrolled in it this year. Ninety new freshmen will join the program this fall, bringing the total number of program participants to 379. Go to top of page

Campus community invited to professional development seminar Aug. 30

Rethinking Diversity: A Confluence of
Teaching and Learning

Dulany Inn, Davies Center
    • 8:30 to 9 a.m.: Registration/continental breakfast. Music by the West African Drum Society.
9 a.m.: Greetings/opening remarks from Chancellor Mash.
    • 9:15 a.m. to noon: Presentations on "Creating Authentically Inclusive and Responsive Campus Environments" by Seema Kapani, diversity education coordinator at UW-Madison; and Hazel Symonette, senior policy and planning analyst and Excellence Through Diversity Institute director at UW-Madison.
    •Noon to 1:30 p.m.: Diversity Luncheon and Unveiling of the 2004-05 UW-Eau Claire Diversity Plan presented by Kimberly Barrett, Student Development and Diversity. Music by Larry Martin, American Indian Studies, and the Hmong Musical Ensemble. (To attend the luncheon, RSVP by Aug. 26 to Jan Sloan at sloanj@uwec.edu.)

Spruce Room, Davies Center.
    •1:45 to 3:30 p.m.: Circles Within Circles: Bringing Diversity Circles to the Classroom presented by UW-Eau Claire Peer Diversity Educators and faculty/academic staff.
    •3:30 to 4 p.m.: Roundtable discussions.

To register, visit the TLTDC Workshop Registration Web site. For more information, contact Jan Sloan at sloanj@uwec.edu or 836-5992. Go to top of page


University Bulletin
Published weekly during the fall and spring semesters by the UW-Eau Claire News Bureau. News items and notices should be sent to the News Bureau, Schofield 201, by 10 a.m. Monday for publication in the following week’s issue. E-mail submissions to Liz Wolf Green at greenew@uwec.edu are encouraged. Faculty/staff news items are published on a space-available basis.

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