Vol. 53, No. 22Fifth Week • Spring Semester • Feb. 20, 2006

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Campus-community event to discuss colleges' role

Ceramics exhibit 'Surface Tension' opens this week

Campus mass messaging system to be piloted

Prestigious German internship program selects two Blugolds

English prof helps with Chicago schools project

Campus Campaign: Blugold Promise Scholarships promote Wisconsin Idea

Students move on to international curling contest

Scholarship memorializes economics graduate

Summer Session registration is under way

Institute on Race and Ethnicity issues newsletter

Blugold wrestler wins second conference championship

 

Campus-community event to discuss colleges' role

Barbara Lawton Lisa Stark
Barbara Lawton
Lisa Stark

The role that colleges and universities should play in preparing students for the future will be a topic of discussion during the first campus and community "town hall" meeting Feb. 27. The event is free and open to the public.

"Developing Minds for 21st Century Challenges: A Campus and Community Discussion about University Education" is slated for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Two Rivers Ballroom at the Plaza Hotel in Eau Claire.

Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton and Eau Claire County Circuit Judge Lisa K. Stark will be among the participants in the program.

"As the world changes rapidly and expectations rise in nearly all fields of life work, citizenship, family we must determine the role of colleges and universities in preparing students for the future," said Donald Christian, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UW-Eau Claire and the co-organizer of the forum discussion. Full story. Go to top of page

ceramic piece by Matthew Metz
ceramic piece by Kathryn Finnerty
Works by Matthew Metz (top) and Kathryn Finnerty are among those to be displayed in "Surface Tension" beginning Thursday.

Ceramics exhibit 'Surface Tension' opens this week
"Surface Tension," an exhibit that opens Thursday in UW-Eau Claire's Foster Gallery in the Haas Fine Arts Center, will highlight 10 nationally acclaimed ceramic artists. The exhibit will be on display until March 16. An opening reception will be held in the gallery from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

The exhibit features the work of Adrian Arleo, Kate Blacklock, Vincent Burke, Kathryn Finnerty, Julia Galloway, Phyllis Kloda, Matt Metz, Jenn Reed, Virginia Scotchie and Linda Sikora. Assistant professor of art & design Susan O'Brien, curator of the exhibit, said the exhibition will expose viewers to a broad variety of surface treatments on ceramic works. Full story. Go to top of page

Campus mass messaging system to be piloted
A new mass messaging system designed to distribute electronic communications to all UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff and students will be piloted beginning the week of Feb. 27.

The mass messaging system will enable designated publishers in departments, offices, units and official campus organizations to create and distribute electronic newsletters and other electronic communications on a weekly basis. The messaging system is designed to send a single weekly e-mail containing a digest of electronic communications submitted by publishers. Recipients will be able to select which messages to read and also have the option of subscribing to individual electronic newsletters.

The pilot will be conducted during the remainder of the spring semester. Feedback will be solicited from the campus community during the pilot project and will be used in developing a final version of the messaging system. It is anticipated the mass messaging system will be available for campuswide use at the end of the spring semester. More information. Go to top of page

John Lyon and Eric Bartling
John Lyon (left) and Eric Bartling, both double majors in business and German, will participate in a prestigious German internship program this summer. (News Bureau photo)

Prestigious German internship program selects two Blugolds
Two UW-Eau Claire seniors are among 25 students nationwide to be selected to participate in a prestigious, all-expenses-paid internship program beginning this summer in Germany. Eric Bartling, New Berlin, and John Lyon, Antigo, who will both graduate in May with double majors in business and German, were accepted into the Transatlantik Program, which is offered through the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest. The program includes round-trip airfare to Germany and 10 days of training, touring and meeting with German business and political leaders. This will be followed by a two- or three-month internship in a German company. Generally participants receive a modest salary for their internship; if the position is unpaid, they will receive a 500 Euro stipend. "Considering that there are 25 students selected nationwide, this is an enormous success for our university and the German section of our department," said Dr. Johannes Strohschänk, a professor of foreign languages who teaches German for business courses. Full story. Go to top of page

English prof helps with Chicago schools project

Carmen Manning
Carmen Manning

An English professor at UW-Eau Claire is playing a key role in an innovative initiative to redesign public high schools in Chicago. Dr. Carmen Manning, assistant professor of English at UW-Eau Claire, and two colleagues from other universities have been hired by the Chicago High School Redesign Initiative to conduct research and lead professional development initiatives for high school teachers in English/language arts, math, science, social studies and technology. The CHSRI, funded primarily by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is an effort to close large underperforming high schools in Chicago and re-open many of them as small schools. "It is a very large grant project, and politically high profile in Chicago and across the nation because of the involvement of the Gates Foundation," Manning said, noting that research has long shown that the large Chicago high schools were ineffective in meeting education goals. "This is an innovative way to think about high school education in Chicago." Full story. Go to top of page

Campus Campaign: Blugold Promise Scholarships help UW-Eau Claire promote Wisconsin Idea

Keeping the Promise

UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff who would like to participate in the Blugold Promise Scholarship program can do so through a contribution to the 2005-06 Campus Campaign, "Keeping the Promise." For more information, contact the Foundation at 836-5630 or by email at fisherhl@uwec.edu.

Despite serious budget challenges that have forced tuition hikes of more than 30 percent over the past two years and proposed changes to state and federal financial aid policies that would further undermine the ability of low- and middle-income students to afford a college education, UW-Eau Claire remains committed to the "Wisconsin Idea" that a university education should be made available to all Wisconsin citizens. Through the new Blugold Promise Scholarship Program, donors to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation are helping to ensure a quality education remains available to Wisconsin students regardless of their financial limitations. A number of alumni and friends have made commitments to support these scholarships, the first of which will be awarded to members of the 2006-07 incoming freshman class.

Starting in fall 2006, the Blugold Promise Scholarship program will provide need-based scholarships to UW-Eau Claire freshmen who demonstrate high potential but have limited financial means. The unique aspect of the program is that the students receive scholarships their freshman year, but if they do well their first year, they get a larger scholarship their sophomore year. Full story. Go to top of page

Students move on to international curling contest

junior women's curling national champions
UW-Eau Claire students Megan O'Connell (far left) and Jackie Mueller (second from right) posed with their teammates after their recent victory in the Junior Women's Curling National Championships in Duluth, Minn. The team will compete at the World Curling Championships in Jeonju, Korea, March 11-19. (Contributed photo)

Two UW-Eau Claire students and their teammates will represent the United States in worldwide curling competition next month following their recent victory in the Junior Women's Curling National Championships in Duluth, Minn. Megan O'Connell, a junior biology major, and Jackie Mueller, a junior English education major, along with two teammates, beat a Massachusetts team to win the national championship. The team will compete at the World Curling Championships March 11-19 in Jeonju, Korea. Curling buddies since third grade, O'Connell and Mueller, both from Medford, were introduced to the sport by their parents, who will accompany them to Korea. Teammates since high school, they curl out of the Medford Curling Club, where they go most Monday nights because of the competition and the camaraderie. They also curl regularly at the Eau Claire Curling Club. Full story. Go to top of page

Scholarship memorializes economics graduate

The late Mike Reinke
Mike Reinke '71

A nationally recognized dairy industry leader and UW-Eau Claire graduate has been memorialized with an endowed scholarship at his alma mater. The first Mike Reinke Scholarship has been awarded to Vanessa Ann Klemish, a UW-Eau Claire junior from New Auburn who has a dual major in economics and political science. The scholarship for UW-Eau Claire economics majors was established in memory of Mike Reinke, a 1971 UW-Eau Claire economics graduate and dairy industry businessman who died in a bicycle accident Aug. 27, 2004. At the time of his death, Reinke was an associate director of dairy procurement for Kraft Foods, where he had worked for 23 years. He also worked closely with the International Dairy Food Association on regulatory affairs. Full story. Go to top of page

Summer Session registration is under way
Summer Session '06 logoRegistration for UW-Eau Claire's Summer Session 2006 began Feb 6. Community members are invited to explore the wealth of educational opportunities offered at UW-Eau Claire when open registration begins Feb. 21.

Summer session offers approximately 240 undergraduate and graduate courses, including 37 Web-based courses. Area educators can take advantage of more than 33 courses specifically aimed at their needs. Full story. Go to top of page

Institute on Race and Ethnicity issues newsletter
Race and ethnicity graphicThe UW System Institute on Race and Ethnicity, which serves as a catalyst for scholarly research and curricular innovation in racial/ethnic studies, has published its February E-Bulletin containing the latest news and information from the institute. Read the February E-Bulletin. Go to top of page

Blugold wrestler wins second championship
as team places fifth in conference tournament
Derek Sikora, a 165-pound UW-Eau Claire senior from Neillsville, won his second career conference championship and the Blugold wrestling team finished fifth with 72 points at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference wrestling championships Sunday at the McPhee Physical Education Center. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS)

 


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