Vol. 54, No. 30Fourteenth Week • Spring Semester • April 23, 2007

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Finalists named for associate dean position

Music therapy program to become part of College of Arts and Sciences

Dorellen Haas dies

Faculty, staff, students honored with Student Development and Diversity Awards

Ten receive service-learning recognition

Jumpstart efforts earn student national recognition

Kinesiology students present first-place research paper

Lucretia Mattson receives WICPA award

Jeanne Skoug named chamber's Outstanding Public Employee

First Foreign Languages Festival to be April 27-28

Foreign languages group honors Gale Crouse

Empowering girls and women is luncheon topic

Student ensembles to present spring concerts


Finalists named for associate dean position in College of Education and Human Sciences
UW-Eau Claire excellence sealUW-Eau Claire has named three finalists for the position of associate dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences teacher education program and chair of curriculum and instruction and foundations of education. Below are the names of the finalists and the dates of their on-campus interviews:

  • April 23-24: Robert L. Stevens, chair of the department of curriculum and instruction at The University of Texas at Tyler. (This finalist's open presentations to university students, faculty and staff will be today and Tuesday, April 24, at 9 a.m. in Room 253 of Brewer Hall.)
  • April 30-May 1: Dwight C. Watson, interim director for the Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching and chair of the department of education at Hamline University.
  • May 2-3: Paul R. Fossum, associate professor of education foundations and program coordinator of the master of arts in teaching program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

See the finalists' letters of application, curriculum vitae and campus interview schedules on the College of Education and Human Sciences Web site. (Note: This information is accessible only to university students, faculty and staff.) Go to top of page

Music therapy program to become part of College of Arts and Sciences
Music therapy student with youth. The music therapy program, currently part of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, will move into the department of music and theatre arts in the College of Arts and Sciences effective July 1, Provost and Vice Chancellor Steve Tallant announced this week.

The program was moved after discussions among administrators, faculty and academic staff leaders in shared governance, said Tallant, who announced the change during the University Senate Executive Committee's April 17 meeting.

Relocating the program is part of the university's response to recommendations from the National Association of Schools of Music, which accredits music programs nationwide.

"It is important we retain the accreditation of our outstanding music programs by meeting the expectations of NASM," said Tallant, who worked closely with College of Arts and Sciences Dean Don Christian and Music and Theatre Arts Chair Robert Knight to prepare a response to the accreditation report. Full story. Go to top of page

Dorellen Haas dies at age 89

Dorellen M. Haas
Dorellen M. Haas

Dorellen M. Haas, 89, died April 20 at the Syverson Lutheran Home in Eau Claire.

Funeral services for Dorellen will be held at 11 a.m. April 26 at Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. Visitation will be from 4:30-7:30 p.m. April 25 at Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral Home and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in Eau Claire.

Dorellen was an active member of the UW-Eau Claire campus community for many years as her husband, the late Leonard C. Haas, served the university first as a faculty member and later as president (1959-1971) and chancellor (1973-80). She provided leadership for all women's activities at UW-Eau Claire, and befriended countless students, especially those from distant countries and far from home. Her service to the university community was recognized in 1980 when she was awarded an Honorary Alumnus Award.

In 1980, the Leonard and Dorellen Haas Endowment Fund was established through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to promote International Education through exchange programs. In 1986, the UW-Eau Claire Fine Arts Center was dedicated to Leonard and Dorellen Haas.

The family suggests memorials to the Haas Scholarship Fund in care of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation; Grace Lutheran Foundation Chaplaincy Services; or Grace Lutheran Church.  

Visit the funeral home's Web site to read the full obituary and express condolences online. Go to top of page

Faculty, staff, students honored with
Student Development and Diversity Awards

Faculty, staff and students who have gone to extraordinary lengths to help students and colleagues reach their unique potential were honored April 18 during the Student Development and Diversity Awards reception. See a listing of the award recipients below.
Honorees at the April 18 Student Development and Diversity Awards reception included (front row, l-r): Mary Ryan-Miller, Rosemary Battalio, Jill Prushiek; Yvonne Plomedahl; (back row, l-r): Barbara Kernan, Jenna Schnell, Kimberly Barrett, Celismarie Ortiz, Melissa Hartung, Megan Lafontaine, Cynthia Welch, Meg Devine and Cynthia Chavez-Rios. Ortiz, Hartung, Lafontaine and Chavez-Rios are members of the Student Organization of Latinas/os, which received the Student Organization Award. Awards received by others in the photo are listed below. (Photo by Bill Hoepner, LTS)
Areli Perez Areli Perez, president of the Student Organization of Latinas/os, spoke after receiving the Student Organization Award on behalf of the group. (Photo by Bill Hoepner, LTS)

2007 Student Development and Diversity Award Recipients

  • Older Wiser Learner (OWL) Award: Rosemary Battalio, associate professor, special education
  • Student Development and Diversity Staff Excellence Award: Mary Ryan-Miller, associate dean of student development (spring award); Cynthia Welch, University Services program associate (spring award); Patricia Quinn, McNair Program director (fall award)
  • Student Organization Award: Student Organization of Latinas/os
  • University Staff Excellence Award: Yvonne Plomedahl, academic associate, geography and anthropology
  • Instructional Staff Excellence Award: Barbara Kernan, lecturer, women's studies
  • Student Development and Diversity Student Assistant Award: Jenna Schnell, student development and diversity
  • Diversity Teacher /Scholar Award: Jill Prushiek, academic program director/COEHS Field Experience
  • Diversity Advocate Award: Emily Langer, MOSAIC president. Go to top of page

Ten receive service-learning recognition
Ten individuals received special awards April 18 at UW-Eau Claire's annual Service-Learning Recognition Breakfast, held to honor the more than 500 community partners, project supervisors and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff mentors who have contributed to the success of the university's service-learning program. Honorees and their awards were as follows:

  • Heidi Fisher '90, David G. Anderson Community Builder Alumni Award
  • Jeff Nelson '95 and Bridget Nelson '96, David G. Anderson Community Service Alumni Award
  • Maria Carvalho and Lara Goetsch, Excellence in Service-Learning Award
  • Teri Piper-Thompson and Kris Becker, Excellence in Service-Learning as a Community Partner Award
  • Paula Stuettgen and William Frankenberger, Faculty/Staff Excellence in Service-Learning Award
  • Alternate Winter Break program: Ryan Prechel Community Service Fellowship
  • Rebecca O'Brien, Sally A. Webb International Service Fellowship.

Full story. Go to top of page

Jumpstart efforts earn student national recognition

Lara Goetsch with her Jumpstart 'buddy'
Lara Goetsch reads on a park bench with her Jumpstart 'buddy.' (Contributed photo)

Lara Goetsch, a UW-Eau Claire senior art major from Minneapolis, has been named among 10 finalists from around the nation to receive the prestigious Spirit of Service Award from Jumpstart. Jumpstart is a national early education organization that pairs trained adults one-to-one with preschool children in need of assistance. The Spirit of Service Award recognizes the outstanding leadership demonstrated by college students serving as Jumpstart Corps members.

Goetsch will attend an awards ceremony in Los Angeles in June, where five winners will be announced. Winners will receive a $5,000 scholarship from American Eagle Outfitters, a national partner with Jumpstart; the five additional finalists will receive $1,000 scholarships.

Goetsch also is one of 24 college students across the United States this year to receive the Pearson Teacher Fellowship, a partnership between Jumpstart and the international media company Pearson. In June, Goetsch will attend a two-week training in Boston for Pearson Fellows and then return to the Midwest to teach in a low-income preschool. Full story. Go to top of page

Jeanna Wallenta and Erica Borresen
Jeanna Wallenta, left, and Erica Borresen (Contributed photo)

Kinesiology students present
first-place research paper

Two UW-Eau Claire kinesiology students received a first place award for their research paper at the Northland American College of Sports Medicine Spring Tutorial Meeting on March 30.

Senior Erica Borresen, North Mankato, Minn., and junior Jeanna Wallenta, Lake Lillian, Minn., presented a summary of their research paper, "A moderate-intensity exercise program, fulfilling the ACSM net energy expenditure recommendation, improves health outcomes in pre-menopausal women." Borresen's and Wallenta's paper is based on results from a 10-week fitness study they conducted last year in collaboration with faculty member Lance Dalleck, assistant professor of kinesiology. Full story.

Lucretia Mattson receives WICPA award

Lucretia Mattson
Lucretia Mattson

Lucretia Mattson, UW-Eau Claire professor of accounting and finance, is the recipient of the 2007 Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants Distinguished Career Award for her significant contributions to the profession and her outstanding record of service to the WICPA and her community.

At UW-Eau Claire, Mattson has received several accolades, including the university's Excellence in Teaching Award, Excellence in Service Award and Peat Marwick Professor of the Year Award.

Mattson has been an active member of the WICPA since 1984. She received the WICPA's Achievement Award in 1998, its Spirit Award in 1995 and its Teacher of the Year Award in 1993. Mattson also was a member of the AICPA Vision Task Force. Full story. Go to top of page

Jeanne Skoug
Jeanne Skoug

Jeanne Skoug named chamber's Outstanding Public Employee
The Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce presented Jeanne Skoug, director of UW-Eau Claire Career Services, with its Outstanding Public Employee award at its annual meeting April 17. Skoug has served on many chamber committees, been involved with its Leadership Eau Claire program and "continues to work to help us build more partnerships and improve our programs," the chamber reported on its Web site. Go to top of page

First Foreign Languages Festival to be April 27-28
UW-Eau Claire's department of foreign languages will hold its first Foreign Languages Festival, "A Gathering of Friends," Friday and Saturday, April 27-28.

Current students, alumni, past and present faculty, foreign and second language teachers, and anyone interested in foreign languages, literatures and culture is invited to a weekend of celebration, learning and socializing. Guests will be able to observe department classes, celebrate student accomplishments, explore the Roma Hoff Language Resource Center, listen to student and faculty presentations and join in cultural activities.

All activities are free, but registration is required for participation in some limited-seating events. More information and schedule of events. Go to top of page

Foreign languages group honors Gale Crouse
Gale Crouse, UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of foreign languages, is the recipient of the 2007 Founders Award by the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

The Founders Award is the highest award the conference bestows upon one of its members from within the language teaching profession. The award was established by the Central States Conference in 1986 to honor its founders. Crouse joined the UW-Eau Claire faculty in 1987. He taught French and chaired the foreign languages department for 11 years before retiring in 2006. Full story. Go to top of page

Empowering girls and women is luncheon topic
'Let's Do Lunch' graphicDr. Maureen Mack, a professor in UW-Eau Claire's department of curriculum and instruction, will discuss the contemporary circumstances that affect the lives of girls and women and offer empowering tools to transform external pressures into internal strengths at an April 25 luncheon presentation hosted by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association. Mack will present "Finding Center: Strategies to Build Strong Girls and Women" from noon to 1 p.m. at Sweetwater's restaurant, Eau Claire. The presentation is part of the Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch" series. More information. Go to top of page

Student ensembles to perform spring concerts
musical notesThe following UW-Eau Claire ensembles will present spring concerts through April 30 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center:

  • Women's Chorus: 7:30 p.m. today. More information.
  • University Trombone Ensemble and BASSically BRASS Tuba Ensemble: 7:30 p.m. April 25.
  • Jazz Ensemble III: 7:30 p.m. April 26.
  • Wind Symphony: 2 p.m. April 29.
  • Women's Concert Chorale: 5 p.m. April 29. More information.
  • University Band: 7:30 p.m. April 29. Go to top of page


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