Vol. 52, No. 14 • Fourteenth Week • Fall Semester • Nov. 29, 2004
A film that follows a group of scientists and biblical scholars — including UW-Eau Claire associate professor of geography Harry Jol and one of his students — will be broadcast on an upcoming edition of the PBS science television series NOVA.
"Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land" will premier locally at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, on Wisconsin Public Television. (The original broadcast was Nov. 23 in Milwaukee and other parts of the country.) University and community members are invited to watch the NOVA program with Jol on the big screen in Phillips Hall 007 on Nov. 30. He will be available to answer questions after the show.
In this program NOVA explores a remote cave in the Judean desert, the Cave of Letters, with the Jewish historian Richard Freund of the University of Hartford. Freund's expedition was equipped with state-of-the-art technology including ground penetrating radar operated by Jol and Christopher Morton, a computer science major who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 2001. Full story.
Last week the flurry began — Rhodes Scholar and UW-Eau Claire in the same headline. If you missed it, Chauncy S. Harris Jr., a senior at UW-Eau Claire, is one of 32 Americans chosen as 2005 Rhodes Scholars. Harris, a geography and history major from Eau Claire, is the first Rhodes Scholar to be elected from UW-Eau Claire.
"I'm thrilled that a UW-Eau Claire student is among those elected to be a Rhodes Scholar," Chancellor Donald Mash said. "It's a highly competitive process involving exceptional students from prestigious universities throughout the country. This is a wonderful recognition for Chauncy and for UW-Eau Claire."
The Rhodes Scholars were chosen from 904 applicants, who were endorsed by 341 colleges and universities. Rhodes Scholarships provide two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England. Harris will enter Oxford in October 2005, where he hopes to study Modern Middle Eastern Studies, which he believes is the only program of its kind in the world. Full story.
Jumpstart Eau Claire to receive $100,000
UW-Eau Claire's Jumpstart Eau Claire program recruits, trains and supervises college students to work with early childhood programs, including Head Start, in low-income neighborhoods to provide one-to-one attention to young children struggling in preschool. During the 2002-03 school year, 40 university students provided 36 children individual Jumpstart sessions and assisted 260 children in centers served by Jumpstart.
The $100,000 will be used to expand Jumpstart Eau Claire to serve additional children, to expand the program to new parts of Wisconsin, to train parents of pre-school children in pre-literacy methods, and to recruit and prepare Jumpstart members to become Head Start teachers after college. Full story.
Momentum Chippewa Valley fund helps area businesses hire student interns
Momentum Chippewa Valley created a fund to develop internship and cooperative educational opportunities for students at UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stout and the Chippewa Valley Technical College, said Jeanne Skoug, director of Career Services at UW-Eau Claire and Momentum Chippewa Valley board member.
"It's a wonderful way to strengthen partnerships among area businesses and the Chippewa Valley 's outstanding higher educational institutions," Skoug said. "And it gives students a chance to complete an internship in the area, creating even stronger ties to western Wisconsin."
The Momentum Chippewa Valley Internship/Cooperative Education Fund was created with a $15,000 donation. The dollars must be used to help area employers hire interns to assist with technology-related projects, said Brian Shepley, Career Services' Chippewa Valley internship coordinator. Full story.
Campus community asked to provide Plan 2008 feedback
Phase II of the plan focuses on how to help all students achieve their unique potential, said Kimberly Barrett, associate vice chancellor of Student Development and Diversity and chair of the UW-Eau Claire Diversity Planning Committee. "We need to address how we can close the achievement gap between minority and majority students," Barrett said.
The university community can assist with the initiative by first reviewing the"Educational Quality through Racial and Ethnic Diversity — Phase II" (working draft) and then sending e-mail to Kimberly Barrett. Or, attend one of the following open forums to discuss the plan:
UW-Eau Claire senior Yukiko Fujimura, Kanagawa, Japan, was named state winner in the piano competition at the 2004 Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Performance Competition. The piano competition was held Oct. 22-23 at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton. The MTNA holds student competitions at state, division and national levels, and Fujimura will now advance to the MTNA division competitions, to be held Jan. 14-16 at UW-Madison.
"I was pleased to be chosen as state winner in the young artist piano competition," said Fujimura. "Competitions have been very good opportunities for me to perform. I hope that division competition will be even better."
Fujimura has been studying with Dr. Alexandre Dossin, assistant professor of music and theatre arts at UW-Eau Claire, since the fall of 2002. Full story.
Ethan Nadelmann to speak on drug policy reform
Described by Rolling Stone as “the point man” for drug policy reform efforts, Nadelmann uses a healthy dose of criticism against current U.S. drug policy by giving basic statistics and drug war facts, balanced with well thought out alternatives, stressing treatment and effort to minimize the harm drugs and drug policy cause to individuals and society.
Referring to Nadelmann's book, “Cops Across Borders,” Lawrence M. Friedman of the Stanford Law School said, “I don't think any student of social history, diplomatic history or legal history can ignore this book, which sheds so much light on a wide variety of important policy issues, including, very notably, drug enforcement policy. It deserves a wide readership.” Full story and ticket information.
UW-Eau Claire's production of "Crimes of the Heart," a play written by Beth Henley, will premiere at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, in Kjer Theatre. Additional performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 4 and 8-11, and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.
Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, "Crimes of the Heart" teems with humanity and humor as it examines the plight of three young sisters betrayed by their passions. The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of their dying grandfather.Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or (800) 949-UWEC, are $9 for the general public , $7 for those 62 and older , $6 for those 17 and younger and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff with a university ID , and $5 for UW-Eau Claire students with a university ID.
Holiday Concert set for Dec. 5
Chancellor's Holiday Reception next Monday
Los Angeles Piano Quartet to perform Dec. 6
The Artists Series concert will include Mozart's Piano Quartet in G minor, Brahms' Piano Quartet, op. 60, and Faure's Piano Quartet in C minor.
The Los Angeles Piano Quartet has been praised by the public and press in American cities coast to coast and internationally for its concert and festival performances. The ensemble has been a popular guest on Minnesota Public Radio's " St. Paul Sunday" and New York's "Live from WNCN."
"Their playing imparted the contrasting tone color and musical dialogue that are the heart of great string/keyboard chamber music interpretations," wrote the Houston Post. Full story and ticket information.
United Way update; contributions needed
There still is time to send in your pledge card with a donation. If you wish to make a contribution but have lost your pledge card, e-mail or call Barb Bowers at 836-3871 to request another card.