Vol. 53, No. 3Third Week • Fall Semester • Sept. 5, 2005

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Campus offers to admit students displaced by Hurricane Katrina

Faculty, staff invited to chancellor search meeting

President Reilly issues message to state legislators, taxpayers

Asia trip souvenirs will be K-12 teaching aids

Zwygart-Stauffacher helps create tool to measure quality in long-term care settings

Mary Kemp receives first Classified Staff Grant Fund scholarship

Students selected as Civic Leadership Fellows

Opening meeting minutes available for review

'Real World,' Party House event to encourage responsible decision making by new students

Faculty art show opens in Foster Gallery

United Way news

Photo album: 2005-06 opening days images

Hurricane Katrina (NASA photo)
UW-Eau Claire disaster reponse: Check UW-Eau Claire's Web page, "Helping in the wake of disaster," for information about the campus response in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The site will be updated as new information is made available.

Campus offers to admit students displaced
by Hurricane Katrina
UW-Eau Claire is prepared to admit 15 to 20 students from institutions closed due to hurricane damage and who are interested in continuing their studies at UW-Eau Claire. The application deadline for interested students is Friday, Sept. 23. UW-Eau Claire will waive out-of-state tuition for displaced students from outside Wisconsin, and displaced students' application fees also will be waived. On-campus housing is available, as well as the support services these students will require to help them with their transition to UW-Eau Claire. For more information, contact Heather Pearson, associate director of admissions, at pearsonh@uwec.edu or (715) 836-5415. Go to top of page

Faculty, staff invited to chancellor search meeting
UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff are invited to an open meeting of the Chancellor Search and Screen Committee from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, in Davies Theatre, Davies Center. Committee chair Robert Hooper will very briefly describe the procedure used in selecting the next chancellor and then open the floor for discussion with members of the search committee. This is one opportunity for university faculty and staff to provide the search and screen committee with input on the qualities they are most interested in seeing in the next chancellor. See UW-Eau Claire's chancellor search Web site for more details on the search. Go to top of page

President Reilly issues beginning-of-the-year message to state legislators, taxpayers
Kevin ReillyUW System President Kevin Reilly released a message Aug. 30 to Wisconsin legislators and taxpayers as campuses across the system begin a new academic year. He has asked that his message be shared with UW System faculty and staff. Read Reilly's message. Go to top of page

Asia trip souvenirs will be K-12 teaching aids

Deb Pattee in Thai variety store
Deb Pattee enjoyed a mangosteen, a Thai native fruit, for lunch while exploring a variety store in Thailand. The signs above the merchandise indicate the items underneath were selling for 10 baht, or approximately 25 U.S. cents, Pattee said. (Contributed photo)

Deb Pattee, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, came home from her recent five-week trip to Vietnam, Laos and Thailand weighed down with a number of extra heavy suitcases and bags containing hundreds of items she purchased on the trip. The "souvenirs" weren't gifts for friends or items to adorn her home, but teaching aids that will be used to help area teachers better understand and teach their K-16 students about Southeast Asian culture. Pattee believes that being able to examine items ranging from the traditional garb of Buddhist monks to the remains of a few of the thousands of bombs that were dropped in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War awakens interest in both teachers and students in a way textbooks alone rarely do. Pattee was one of 18 educators who took part in the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Seminar, "Highlighting Southeast Asian Heritage & Culture in the Curriculum," July 8 through Aug. 12. Full story. Go to top of page

Mary Zwygart-StauffacherZwygart-Stauffacher helps
create tool to measure quality
in long-term care settings

Mary Zwygart-Stauffacher, associate dean of UW-Eau Claire's College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is part of a research team that recently completed a three-year project that tested a tool to measure the quality of nursing home care in a 30-minute inspection of a facility. The team identified the dimensions of quality of care in nursing homes that are important to consumers, providers and regulators. Zwygart-Stauffacher and other researchers then visited 407 facilities in Wisconsin, Missouri and Minnesota to test the "Observable Indicators of Nursing Home Care Quality Instrument." The large-scale field testing was funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health. The team's findings suggest that the instrument can serve as a proxy for a full, resource-intensive team of regulators that is routinely needed for state and federal inspections, she said. "It appears possible to conduct an abbreviated survey, allowing regulatory agencies to focus scarce resources on facilities in need of closer scrutiny," Zwygart-Stauffacher said. Full story. Go to top of page

Mary Kemp with Tim Candell
Mary Kemp, pictured with Classified Staff Scholarship Committee chair Tim Candell, is the first recipient of a scholarship from the Classified Staff Grant Fund. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS)

Mary Kemp receives first Classified Staff Grant Fund scholarship
Mary Kemp, a program assistant 3 in UW-Eau Claire's foundations of education department, is the first recipient of a $300 scholarship from the Classified Staff Grant Fund. In addition to her employment on campus, Kemp is a UW-Eau Claire student pursuing a degree in English, possibly creative writing. The Classified Staff Grant Fund was established through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to support classified staff members who are pursuing an education while working full-time at UW-Eau Claire. (Read previous related University Bulletin story.)

Kemp was selected as the scholarship's first recipient by members of the Classified Staff Scholarship Committee after a review of essays and resumes from all applicants. "It's challenging to take classes and work full-time at the university," Kemp said. "I don't think anyone could do it without a passion for the program they choose."

Note: UW-Eau Claire classified staff who work at least half time and are attending UW-Eau Claire may apply for the spring 2006 Classified Staff Grant Fund scholarship. Applicants for the spring scholarship should submit a resume, essay and letters of recommendation to Barb Bowers, Human Resources, by 4:30 p.m. Nov. 15, 2005.

Kemp said she was delighted to learn she was the scholarship recipient. "It's an honor and it lifts some of the financial burden," she said. "If money wasn't an issue, I would probably take a leave of absence and go to school full time to obtain my baccalaureate degree."

She added that taking classes helps her better serve students in her work on campus: "Taking classes gives me another perspective on the accomplishments and obstacles that students experience on a daily basis, and this can only improve the student services that I provide in the foundations of education department." Go to top of page

Students selected as Civic Leadership Fellows

Jonathan Radcliffe and Avril Flaten
Jonathan Radcliffe and Avril Flaten have been selected as 2005-06 Student Civic Leadership Fellows. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS)

UW-Eau Claire juniors Avril Flaten, Eau Claire, and Jonathan Radcliffe, Lakeville, Minn., will join 13 other students from Wisconsin colleges selected as 2005-06 Student Civic Leadership Fellows by Wisconsin Campus Compact and the Upper Midwest Campus Compact Consortium. Both organizations are part of the National Campus Compact, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting community service in higher education. The Student Civic Leadership Fellows program supports and promotes students as powerful student leaders, and one of Flaten's and Radcliffe's first duties as leadership fellows will be to join the 13 other Wisconsin fellows, along with another 30 students selected from colleges in Minnesota and Iowa, at the third annual Student Civic Leadership Institute, to be held Sept. 15-18 at Wakonda Boy Scout Camp in Central City, Iowa. Full story. Go to top of page

Opening meeting minutes available for review
Draft minutes of the 2005 opening meeting of UW-Eau Claire's faculty and academic staff on Aug. 23 are available on the University Senate Web site. The draft minutes will be approved at the Sept. 13 meeting of University Senate. If you have additions or corrections, please contact Wanda Schulner in the University Senate Office at schulnw@uwec.edu or 836-3419 prior to that meeting. Go to top of page

'Real World,' Party House event to encourage responsible decision making by new students

Ruthie Alcaide Randy Barry
Ruthie Alcaide
Randy Barry

In an effort to inform responsible decision making regarding alcohol, sex and drugs, all first-year UW-Eau Claire students will attend an event intended to educate them about potentially dangerous behaviors. This year's event, set for Thursday, Sept. 8, will pair Party House, an award-winning local program, with presentations by Randy and Ruthie, stars of MTV's "The Real World." Party House, an interactive program that allows students, while sober, to witness the dangers of high-risk drinking, will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena. Randy and Ruthie will take the stage at 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public but requires a ticket, available at the University Service Center at no cost. Ruthie battled alcohol problems on "The Real World." She's overcome her issues and explains how crazy life gets when alcohol/drugs take over. Randy worked in bars and has seen the effects that abuse can cause. A U.S. Department of Education grant to reduce high-risk drinking on campus is partly funding the project. Full story. Go to top of page

Li-Ying Bao illustration
Susan O'Brien porcelain teapot
One of Li-Ying Bao's illustrations from the fictional work "Dueling Grandmothers" and Susan O'Brien's 2005 porcelain teapot will be among the exhibits on display during UW-Eau Claire's Faculty Art Show Sept. 8-29 in Foster Gallery. (Contributed photos)

Faculty art show opens in Foster Gallery
UW-Eau Claire's Foster Gallery, located in the Haas Fine Arts Center, will open the fall season in its traditional way, with a Faculty Art Show featuring the results of the past year's research by studio art faculty from the department of art & design. The exhibit will open Thursday, Sept. 8, with an opening reception in the gallery from 7:30-9 p.m. This fall the featured faculty artists are Li-Ying Bao, associate professor of art & design, and Susan O'Brien, assistant professor of art & design who joined the faculty in 2004. The Faculty Art Show runs through Sept. 29. Bao will exhibit seven illustrations published over the past two to three years in the North American Review. O'Brien will exhibit vases, tea and coffee services, dinnerware, and other table embellishments Full story. Go to top of page

United Way news: Groups assemble theme baskets, volunteers sign on for Day of Caring dunk tank

Chuck Major in dunk tank
Chuck Major, director of Housing and Residence Life, braved the dunk tank during UW-Eau Claire's 2004 Day of Caring to benefit the United Way. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS)

Has your department, office or unit considered creating a theme basket to benefit the United Way? It's fun, promotes teamwork and benefits United Way. Here's what other groups are doing:

  • "Blugold" basket, Foundation
  • "Some Beach, Some Where" basket, Human Resources
  • "Find It All at Your Library" basket, McIntyre Library
  • "Italian Dinner" basket, News Bureau
  • "Picnic Party" basket, Student Development and Diversity

To learn how you and your coworkers can get involved, click here. Also, mark your calendar to attend the United Way "Day of Caring" Friday, Sept. 16, where you'll have an opportunity to dunk these courageous volunteers:

  • 11-11:15 a.m., Ray Hughes, management and marketing
  • 11:15-11:30 a.m., Ray Francis, custodial services
  • 11:30-11:45 a.m., Craig Mey, Learning and Technology Services
  • 11:45-noon, Don Christian, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Noon-12:15 p.m., Charles Vue, Multicultural Affairs
  • 12:15-12:30 p.m., Paula Stuettgen, Activities and Programs
  • 12:30-12:45 p.m., Tom Patt, University Recreation
  • 12:45-1 p.m., Aaron Olson, student Go to top of page

Photo album: 2005-06 opening days images
UW-Eau Claire's first-year students began arriving Thursday, Sept. 1, moving their belongings into residence halls and attending a welcome picnic in the evening on the Central Campus Mall, the first of several orientation activities to help them adjust to campus life. (Photos by Rick Mickelson, LTS)

students walking to picnic on lower campus Students participating in tug-of-war during picnic
parents, students carry armloads on move-in day students eating during picnic
a family arranges their student's dorm room
Students do service project at Big Falls
At left, students participated Monday in the Big Falls County Recreational Area clean-up as part of the "Labor of Love" initiative. Other student groups participated in several additional service projects throughout the region. (Contributed photo)

Blugold golfer Maggie Loney, right, finished as the top individual at the UW-Eau Claire Invitational at Mill Run Golf Course over the weekend. The UW-Eau Claire team finished in fifth place. The team's next match is at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9. against Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS)

Blugold golfer Maggie Loney


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