Vol. 52, No. 2 • Second Week • Fall Semester • Aug. 30, 2004
UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff support campus organizational changes
During a special faculty meeting, UW-Eau Claire faculty voted to:
Faculty and staff at UW-Eau Claire have done an exceptional job of educating students in spite of huge cuts to the university's budget, Chancellor Donald Mash told about 600 faculty and academic staff members Aug. 24 during the opening meeting of the 2004-05 academic year.
"The bottom line is the university is in extraordinarily good shape," Mash said during his seventh annual "State of the University" address. "We're doing very, very well by our students - all things considered."
U.S. News & World Report magazine again recognized UW-Eau Claire as one of the best public regional universities in the Midwest, a record-number of students applied to UW-Eau Claire this fall and state media are noting UW-Eau Claire's increasing popularity, Mash said.
"We're still an outstanding university; perhaps better than we've ever been," Mash said, crediting the hard-working faculty and staff for continuing UW-Eau Claire's tradition of excellence. "In terms of the day-to-day basic way we touch our students' lives, we have not been compromised much by the budget cuts and other challenges." Full story.
Six UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members received excellence awards Aug. 24 during the opening meeting of the 2004-05 academic year.
Chancellor Donald Mash, UW-Eau Claire Foundation Chairman David Anderson and Lee Markquart of Eau Claire presented the awards. Recipients received a university medallion and $1,500 from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation in recognition of their commitment to excellence.
• Rosemary Battalio, assistant professor of special education, received the Excellence in Teaching Award*.
* The Excellence in Teaching Award for faculty and the excellence awards for classified and academic staff are being supported by Markquart Chevrolet, Markquart Motors and Markquart Toyota of Eau Claire. The Markquart family made a commitment of more than $100,000 to build an endowment that will fund three of the excellence awards in perpetuity and to provide annual funding for these awards while the endowment builds. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire plans activities to welcome new freshmen
“We know that once first-year students move into the residence halls, or as commuter students get ready to start classes, they’ll have many questions” said Jacqueline Bonneville, coordinator of new student orientation. “Phase II is designed to help answer those questions, increase students’ sense of comfort and belonging, and help them feel confident as they start classes.”
A welcome picnic for new freshmen will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 30 on the Central Campus Mall, followed by the Convocation at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena. Full story.
Middle school students at the Lac du Flambeau Public School will have a high-tech math and science lab thanks to a $50,000 SBC Foundation grant awarded to the UW-Eau Claire's GEAR UP program.
"Native Americans are the least represented in professional careers in math and sciences," said Marge Hebbring, director of the GEAR UP program. "We hope this state-of-the-art lab will increase the number of Native American students who go into science and math-related fields. It will help us better prepare middle school students for the more advanced high school courses and will introduce them to careers in engineering and technology." Full story.
Even though Rachel Schoen attends UW-Eau Claire — far from any ocean — she has spent the last three summers learning what it takes to become a marine biologist.
Schoen, a senior from Neillsville with a double major in biology and philosophy, is one of six UW-Eau Claire students who spent a good part of their summer learning outside the classroom at the University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.
UW-Eau Claire maintains a formal affiliation with USM, collaborating to offer students the chance for a dynamic educational experience each summer through intense, hands-on marine biology courses and a variety of research opportunities. Full story.
S&C Bank gives $35,000 for UW-Eau Claire College of Business project
The S&C Bank gift to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation is recognized as a contribution to Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, the Foundation's ongoing campaign for the university's people and programs. Full story.
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