Vol. 53, No. 4Fourth Week • Fall Semester • Sept. 12, 2005

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Event to highlight area volunteer opportunities

Campus groups to hold Katrina relief fundraisers

UW System Regents September meeting update

Melodee Hoffner is alcohol education coordinator

Doyle to address this week's Synergy Conference

New campus password policy to begin Nov. 1

Supreme Court changes to be Constitution Day topic

NEH grant funds history workshop for area teachers

United Way 'Day of Caring' set for this Friday

  Event to highlight area volunteer opportunities
UW-Eau Claire student tutoring elementary student
A UW-Eau Claire student volunteers in an after-school tutoring program. The many volunteer opportunities available to students and others will be highlighted during this week's Community Action Day and Service-Learning Fair. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS)
Campus and community organizations and programs will offer service opportunities to UW-Eau Claire students, faculty, staff and the public during the Community Action Day and Service-Learning Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. A number of the agencies to be represented at the event provide opportunities that enable students to receive university credit or to fulfill the university's service-learning requirement through the Community Action and Lifelong Learning Program and the Center for Service-Learning. Full story. Go to top of page

Campus groups to hold Katrina relief fundraisers
The UW-Eau Claire community will have the following opportunities to contribute to Hurricane Katrina disaster relief:

  • Hurricane Katrina victims (photo copyright  2005 American Red Cross)The UW-Eau Claire social Greek organizations (fraternities and sororities) will be "selling" coffee and donuts on the Central Campus Mall on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 12 and 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sodexho Dining Services and Festival Foods are contributing food items at cost or free so that all proceeds can be sent directly to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Disaster Fund.
  • The Activities and Programs Office CALL volunteer services program will have a table at Wednesday's Blugold Organizations Bash accepting donations of cash for the ASPCA and American Humane Association efforts on behalf of animals stranded in the wake of the hurricane disaster. All proceeds will be directed to those two entities. The Bash will be on the Central Campus Mall on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (rain site: Zorn Arena).
  • As soon as they are received from the manufacturer, 3,000 Hurricane Katrina silicon wrist bands will be available for sale in Davies Center. Honor societies Mortar Board, Golden Key and Phi Kappa Phi will be running the table sales in Davies and, at the hall directors' discretion, in residence halls. An announcement will be made as soon as the wrist bands are received.

See Helping in the wake of disaster for continuing updates on UW-Eau Claire's response to the crisis following Hurricane Katrina. Go to top of page

UW System Regents September meeting update
Board enacts changes to system employment policies
UW System logoAt its Sept. 8-9 meeting in West Bend, the UW System Board of Regents voted to make changes to improve the system's employment policies and practices and upheld a freeze on the granting of new concurrent positions to individuals who accept administrative limited appointments.

See the Day 1 and Day 2 news summaries from the regents' September meeting.

Read related Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin State Journal and Associated Press articles.Go to top of page

Melodee Hoffner is alcohol education coordinator
Melodee HoffnerMelodee A. Hoffner has been hired as the alcohol education coordinator for the recently created Center for Alcohol Studies and Education at UW-Eau Claire. Hoffner, who started in the campus position Sept. 6, has experience working with college-age students, including an internship in the counseling office at UW-Stout. In her new position, Hoffner will be part of a team of university and community partners who are leading alcohol education and prevention initiatives, said Dr. Nina Albanese-Kotar, psychologist in UW-Eau Claire's Counseling Services and CASE director. Full story. This summer, UW-Eau Claire received a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help support the Center, which includes an initiative aimed at reducing rates of drinking among first-year students (see related story).Go to top of page

Doyle to address this week's Synergy Conference
Gov. Jim DoyleWisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle will appear at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the third annual Synergy Conference in Eau Claire. The conference, hosted by UW-Eau Claire, will be held Sept.14-15 at the Plaza Hotel & Suites Conference Center. "The Synergy Conference provides a great opportunity for business, community, government, and education leaders in the Chippewa and St. Croix Valleys to come together to focus on issues and find practical solutions to the challenges that accompany economic growth in the region," said Gov. Doyle. Full story. Go to top of page

New campus password policy to begin Nov. 1
computer password screenA new Learning and Technology Services policy will require users of UW-Eau Claire computing resources to change their network passwords at least annually. The policy, which takes effect Nov. 1, comes in response to increased security threats to the university's network and has the added benefit of bringing UW-Eau Claire toward compliance with the UW System initiative requirements for shared resources. Read details of the new policy. Go to top of page

Supreme Court changes to be Consitution Day topic
Constitution graphicUW-Eau Claire will celebrate Constitution Day, the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution at the Philadelphia Convention, with the presentation of a roundtable discussion, "Constitutional Law for a Changing Supreme Court," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, in Schofield Auditorium. The actual anniversary of the signing, Sept. 17, falls on a Saturday this year. The roundtable will feature short presentations by faculty members Dr. Oscar Chamberlain, a senior lecturer in the history department; professor of political science Dr. Michael Fine; and associate professor of political science Dr. James Tubbs.The discussion will include time for discussion among the panelists and audience questions. Full story. Go to top of page

NEH grant funds history workshop for area teachers
The Center for History, Teaching and Learning at UW-Eau Claire recently has received a $65,359 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund a world history workshop for 20 K-12 teachers from area schools.The workshop, titled "Teaching Global History Comparisons and Connections," will take place this academic year. It will be aimed at preparing teachers for the state's world history curricula and current textbooks that emphasize interconnections and comparisons among people and cultures. "Many teachers were not prepared or certified in college to teach world history in a way that will meet today's state standards, so they came to us and said we need this," said project director Dr. Kate Lang, associate professor of history and coordinator of the Center. "We're pleased to meet that need with the help of this grant." There will be no cost to teachers for the workshop. Participants will receive four graduate credits and a $500 stipend. Full story.
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United Way 'Day of Caring' set for Friday

'Blugold' basket
This Blugold basket from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation and Alumni Association will be among the baskets included in the campus United Way theme basket raffle. All baskets will be on display during the "Day of Caring" event Sept. 16.

UW-Eau Claire's United Way "Day of Caring" will be Friday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall. Faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to this fun (and fund-raising) event coordinated by UW-Eau Claire's United Way/State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) Committee. The event will include ice cream cones, a dunk tank (see a list of the "dunkees"), marshmallow golf, music, school supply donation barrels and a theme basket raffle.

It's not too late for your department, office or unit to create a theme basket for the raffle. In addition to the baskets listed in last week's University Bulletin, the following new baskets will be included in the raffle:

  • "'Just Like Heaven' Movie" basket, Publications Office
  • "M is for _________" basket, Accounts Payable
  • "Chocolate Factory" basket, University Centers and Programs

Click here to find out how you and your coworkers can become involved in this effort. For more information and/or to volunteer, contact Barb Bowers, Human Resources, at bowersba@uwec.edu or 836-3871. Go to top of page


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