Vol. 53, No. 26 • Tenth Week • Spring Semester • March 27, 2006
Campus community invited to welcome reception
A UW-Eau Claire alumnus who played defensive line for the Blugolds from 1987-90 will return to UW-Eau Claire as the Blugolds 15th head football coach.
Director of Athletics Scott Kilgallon announced Tuesday that Todd Glaser signed a contract to replace Todd Hoffner who resigned Feb. 10 after seven years as head coach.
Glaser has been the head coach at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, the past three seasons. Prior to that he spent four seasons with the Blugolds as the defensive coordinator.
Glaser guided Marietta to its first back-to-back non-losing seasons in 10 years. He was the Ohio Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2004 when Marietta finished with a 6-4 season.
Along with his coaching duties, Glaser will assist Kilgallon in fundraising for the athletics department. Full story.
Poet to discuss life before, during and after Khmer Rouge regime: Celebrated Cambodian poet U Sam Oeur will lead a reading and discussion of his latest work, "Crossing Three Wildernesses," at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, in the Ho-Chunk Room of the Davies Center. When the Khmer Rouge's Pol Pot assumed power in 1975, Oeur, along with his wife and son, survived the killing fields and genocidal policies of Pol Pot while feigning illiteracy in six forced-labor camps. Full story.
Forum Series presents author Loung Ung: Loung Ung, a survivor of the killing fields of Cambodia, will speak at UW-Eau Claire Wednesday, March 29. Her Forum Series presentation, titled "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena. Her presentation title is the same as that of her memoir, which is a national bestseller and received the 2001 Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association award for excellence in adult nonfiction literature. The book has been published in 11 countries and translated into nine languages. Ung's second book, "Lucky Child," was published by Harper Collins in 2005. "As I tell people about genocide, I get the opportunity to redeem myself," Ung says. "I've had the chance to do something that's worth my being alive." Full story.
Related event: The University Activities Commission will present a special screening of the film "The Killing Fields" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, before Ung's Forum presentation. The film also will screen at 6 and 8:30 p.m. March 30-April 2. More information.
Special screening: 'The Killing Fields' to run in Davies Theater
Regents oppose Taxpayer Protection Amendment
"We believe the so-called Taxpayer Protection Amendment would force the UW to admit fewer students, and tuition would have to significantly increase,” said Board of Regents President David G. Walsh. “Those results are not in the public's best interest. Today's action is part of our responsibility to make sure the state's public university system is accessible to the maximum number of Wisconsin's sons and daughters, provides them a quality higher education and meets the needs of all Wisconsin citizens.”
The Board voted to approve a resolution opposing the proposed constitutional amendment, which would place limits on revenue that can be collected by state and local governments. The resolution also opposes any proposed constitutional amendment that would routinely require state referenda for budget matters that are traditionally voted on by elected representatives. Full story.
When people in Eau Claire say "sorry," does it rhyme with "glory" or with "starry?" Do they celebrate their "golden birthdays" by going canoeing on the "flowage" and playing "sheepshead" by the campfire? A UW-Eau Claire linguist is asking people in the Chippewa Valley who enjoy thinking and talking about language to share their insights and perceptions about the way people talk in this and other parts of the state.
Assistant professor of English Dr. Erica Benson, along with five other specialists, will host multimedia public discussions in Eau Claire, Milwaukee and Madison to explore how Wisconsinites speak, how our regional English came to be so distinctive and the ways in which it is continuing to change. The research is sponsored by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council.
The forum in Eau Claire will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. tonight at the Plaza Hotel & Suites Conference Center, 1202 W. Clairemont Ave. Full story.
An alarming number of middle and high school students report being harassed, bullied and threatened via the Internet and other electronic mediums, says a UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of criminal justice who has been researching cyberbullying for several years.
"Technology is allowing kids to take harassment and bullying to another level," said Dr. Justin Patchin, whose research on cyberbullying is among the first of its kind. In an effort to help parents and educators better understand and address cyberbullying, Patchin and his co-researcher, Dr. Sameer Hinduja, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at Florida Atlantic University, have created the "Cyberbullying Prevention and Response Seminar for Parents and School Personnel." The first seminar will be April 8 in Florida. Patchin said he hopes to offer a similar seminar in Wisconsin in the fall. Full story.
The parents of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder rate stimulant medications used to treat ADHD more positively and the side effects of the medications as less severe than parents of children who have not been diagnosed with the disorder, a team of UW-Eau Claire faculty and student researchers have found. "On every measure, there were significant differences in the knowledge and attitudes between the two groups of parents," said Dr. William Frankenberger, a psychology professor who has researched ADHD and stimulant medications for more than two decades. The survey also found that parents of children with ADHD were more likely to believe that the disorder is the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain, while parents of other children believed that environmental stressors and conflicts in the home can cause ADHD type symptoms. The fall 2005 survey included 510 families with children who attended two Eau Claire elementary schools. Frankenberger, along with Jennifer Stroh, a graduate student leading the research effort, will present the research at the National School Psychology conference in late March. Full story.
Some of this country's finest jazz musicians will perform at UW-Eau Claire's 39th Annual Jazz Festival March 31-April 1. The two-day event will feature percussionist Lewis Nash, clarinet and saxophone player Brian Grivna and the nationally recognized UW-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble I. College, high school and middle school Honor Bands will perform with guest artists at the Friday and Saturday evening concerts. Full story.
A specialist in campus safety, security and high-risk student health and safety issues will lead an event titled "Drunk Sex or Date Rape?" at 7 p.m. April 4 in UW-Eau Claire's Schofield Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Presenter Brett Sokolow, president of the consulting firm National Center for Higher Education Risk Management, is a risk management consultant, author, editor and higher education attorney. During the program, Sokolow will use his legal experience to facilitate an interactive exercise where the audience hears a trial based on a real sexual assault case. The program will teach students about incapacity and blackouts, and dispel common myths about alcohol and sex. Full story.
Twenty-six UW-Eau Claire geography majors presented research results March 7-11 at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Chicago. "Our department has 93 majors, so 28 percent of our majors presented at least one research project at the annual meeting," said Lisa Theo, assistant professor of geography and anthropology. "Many others are working on projects for presentation at other meetings." Theo added that UW-Eau Claire students, including another 10-15 who did not present research projects, were by far the largest group of undergraduates from any university at the conference.
Twenty-four UW-Eau Claire students will be awarded summer service fellowships to work as volunteers in Washington, D.C., this summer, thanks to grants of $32,250 from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and $10,000 from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. The students and four advisers will spend a week in July or August volunteering at three sites, including the nation's largest homeless shelter, a medical facility for indigent men and women, and a day care for homeless women. The summer service program is an expansion of Lutheran Campus Ministry's Alternate Winter Break program, during which students spend part of their winter break volunteering in schools and shelters in the nation's capital. Full story.
NYSP gets funding, will offer camp for 26th year
Final Four Fun Fest set for April 1
The poster campaign will feature photos of UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff, as well as quotes from individuals that relate to what makes them diverse. The campaign will touch on all types of diversity, including but not limited to race, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, geographic diversity and people with mental or physical disabilities.