Vol. 52, No. 1 • First Week • Fall Semester • Aug. 23, 2004
UW-Eau Claire again ranks in U.S. News & World Report's top tier
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.
Busy schedule opens academic year
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.
New 2004-05 faculty/academic staff appointments
UW-Eau Claire welcomes academically talented freshman class
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.
Kris Anderson named executive director of enrollment services and director of admissions
“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.
UW-Eau Claire study group focuses on increasing male student retention rates
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.
Community Registration Night set for Aug. 31
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request a registration packet. The form and agreement also can be found online. Full story.
Wells Fargo gives $16,000 to support investment management program
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.
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