Vol. 55, No. 23Sixth Week • Spring Semester • Feb. 25, 2008

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AAC&U journal features faculty members' article

UW-Eau Claire receives national honor for community service programs

Service fellowships available for student projects

Strategic plan campus forums to be held this week

Faculty/staff appreciation luncheon set for Feb. 29

Awards recognize accomplishments of student leaders, organizations, advisers

Student volunteers make a difference at Longfellow Elementary School

Global warming health effects to be luncheon topic

'The Threepenny Opera' to open
Feb. 28

Figure-skating club wins Beaver Dam competition

 

AAC&U journal features faculty members' article

Dr. Andrew Phillips Dr. Michael Wick
Dr. Andrew Phillips
Dr. Michael Wick

The winter issue of the Association of American Colleges and Universities' prestigious journal Liberal Education features an article written by two members of the UW-Eau Claire faculty.

In "A Liberal Education Scorecard," Dr. Andrew Phillips, interim associate vice chancellor of academic affairs and interim dean of graduate studies, and Dr. Michael Wick, professor of computer science and chair of the computer science department, describe their evolution from discipline-specific educators to liberal educators

Within a week of publication, their scorecard model was already being used to structure faculty conversations on liberal education at such prestigious liberal arts institutions as Wellesley College in Massachusetts and Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, Wick said. Full story. Go to top of page

UW-Eau Claire receives national honor
for community service programs

Jeremy Clements with Longfellow School students

Jeremy Clements, a UW-Eau Claire senior kinesiology major, volunteers at Longfellow School in Eau Claire. Clements is one of 30-40 university students to help out at the local school daily (see related story below and a narrated slide show of some of the Longfellow volunteers in action). UW-Eau Claire's commitment to community service and service-learning recently was recognized for the second consecutive year by a federal agency charged with fostering volunteerism. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS)

For the second consecutive year, UW-Eau Claire has been recognized for its outstanding community service programs by a federal agency charged with fostering an ethic of volunteerism and service in America.

UW-Eau Claire was among 127 public and private colleges, universities and professional schools named in the 2007 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for General Community Service, compiled by the Corporation for National and Community Service. UW-Eau Claire joined UW-Madison and Marquette University as the only three schools in Wisconsin named to the 2007 Honor Roll with Distinction. Full story.

Service fellowships available for student projects
Three UW-Eau Claire Foundation fellowships are available this spring for UW-Eau Claire students interested in service-learning projects.

Applications for the $500 Sally Webb International Service Fellowship (with a deadline of March 1), the $1,000 Mary Roelli Hilfiker Service Fellowship (with a deadline of April 7) and the $1,250 Ryan Prechel Community Service Fellowship (with a deadline of April 16)  are available in the Center for Service-Learning. The fellowships were first awarded in 2006-07. Full story. Go to top of page

Strategic plan campus forums to be held this week
Strategic planning logoUW-Eau Claire faculty, staff and students have three opportunities this week to learn more about the university's draft strategic plan and to share their comments and suggestions. The following forums will be hosted by the University Planning Committee:

  • Monday, Feb. 25, 1-2:30 p.m., Tamarack Room, Davies Center
  • Tuesday, Feb. 26, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tamarack Room, Davies Center.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 27, 3-4:30 p.m., Nursing Building Room 104.

Copies of the draft strategic plan have been distributed to all faculty and staff. Copies also can be  downloaded and comments on the plan can be submitted on the strategic planning Web site. Go to top of page

Faculty/staff appreciation luncheon set for Feb. 29
Leap at the Chance graphicThe UW-Eau Claire Foundation invites faculty and staff to the seventh annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, Feb. 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center. The free luncheon buffet is held in gratitude for faculty and staff's service to the students of UW-Eau Claire and commitment to the university's mission of excellence. Faculty and staff are invited to come as their schedules permit during the 1½-hour event.

At 12:30 p.m. Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will voice his thanks for faculty and staff efforts and service to UW-Eau Claire. Door prize drawings will be the held throughout luncheon. As a special incentive, faculty and staff who contribute to the "Leap at the Chance" 2008 campus campaign prior to the lunch (including those who have an ongoing  payroll deduction pledge) will be entered in a drawing to win lunch for two at The Dulany in Davies Center. Go to top of page

Awards recognize accomplishments
of student leaders, organizations, advisers
UW-Eau Claire's 2008 Student Leadership Recognition Awards ceremony Feb. 21 celebrated the accomplishments of student leaders, organizations and organization advisers. See those honored in the photos below.
leadership award recipients

Honorees at the 2008 Student Leadership Recognition Awards included (front row, left to right): Melissa Janssen, representing the Circle K Club, which received the Student Organization Award;  Jeremy Clements, Student Leadership Award; Timothy Baumann, Student Leadership Award; Casey Driscoll, Blugold Spirit Award; and (back row, left to right): Kate Fruend, representing Sigma Tau Delta-Theta Zeta, which received the Student Organization Award; Tiffany Domaszek, Samuel T. L. Larsen Memorial Award; and Stephanie Schiefelbein, Student Leadership Award. (Photo by Bill Hoepner, LTS)

leadership awards image
Jill Prushiek (second from right), associate professor of foundations of education, received the Student Organization Adviser Award for her service as adviser to UW-Eau Claire's Epsilon Omicron chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education. Also pictured with Prushiek, from left, are Adam Nelson, a 2003 UW-Eau Claire graduate and guest speaker at the awards ceremony;  Andre Gibault, custodian and, along with his wife, Joanne, sponsor of the Blugold Spirit Award; Andrew Phillips, interim associate vice chancellor of academic affairs and interim dean of graduate studies; and John Bachmeier, alumni relations director. (Photo by Bill Hoepner, LTS)

Student volunteers make a difference
at Longfellow Elementary School

Staci Johnson and Curtis Koch volunteering during after-school phy ed session

Left, Ryan Paull, a UW-Eau Claire junior elementary education major, volunteers in the classroom with Longfellow kindergarten students. At right, Staci Johnson and Curtis Koch, UW-Eau Claire junior kinesiology majors, work with Longfellow Elementary School students in the physical education component of the school's after-hours program. (Photos by Rick Mickelson, LTS)

Most weekdays, 30 to 40 UW-Eau Claire students spend time volunteering at Longfellow Elementary School in Eau Claire.

· View a narrated slide show of some of the UW-Eau Claire volunteers in action at Longfellow.
· Also read a December 2007 Teaching Today article (bottom front page) featuring Longfellow's Blazing Lions Running Club, which is facilitated by UW-Eau Claire physical education students.

UW-Eau Claire volunteers' support allows the school to offer programming that would not otherwise be possible, said Holly Larson, Longfellow partnership coordinator. These programs are important to the students who attend Longfellow, a school where 70 percent of the students live in poverty and 30 percent are bilingual.

The volunteers represent a variety of academic programs from across the university campus. Some work in classrooms, others provide after-school tutoring. Another group of students participates in a program mentoring fifth-grade girls. Members of Blugold sports teams offer playground demonstrations, and the kinesiology department runs a before-school running club. In addition, members of UW-Eau Claire's Epsilon Alpha Chapter of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority have "adopted" the elementary school, and they donate time in many ways, including decorating for and chaperoning school dances, fundraising and working at monthly "Lighted School House" family nights. Go to top of page

Let's Do Lunch imageGlobal warming
health effects to be
luncheon topic

The coordinator of UW-Eau Claire's environmental health program will discuss the impact global warming has on human health during an Alumni Association luncheon this week.

Dr. Crispin Pierce's presentation, "Human Health Effects of Global Climate Change," will run from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Sweetwater's Restaurant in Eau Claire. He will talk about how heat waves, spread of disease, air pollution and Milwaukee's cryptosporidium outbreak all can be traced to global warming. Full story. Go to top of page

'The Threepenny Opera' to open Feb. 28
'The Threepenny Opera' imageThe UW-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department's production of "The Threepenny Opera" by dramatist Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill will open at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in Riverside Theatre. Additional evening performances will be presented March 1 and March 5-8, with a matinee performance at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 2.

"The Threepenny Opera" is directed by Dr. Terry Allen, professor of theatre, with musical direction by Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour, associate professor music; choreography by Dr. Toni Poll-Sorensen, professor of dance; costume design by Mallory Prucha-Rishoi, an artist in music and theatre arts; and scenic and lighting design by Kevin D. Gawley, assistant professor of theatre. Full story. Go to top of page

Goldenettes team photo

Members of UW-Eau Claire's figure-skating club team, The Goldenettes, posed with their trophy and medals after winning a synchronized skating competition in Beaver Dam. Pictured are (front row, left to right): Ashley Smidl, Lizzy McNabb, Holly Elkin, Molly Vargason, Jenna Sage, Heather Srnka, Lacey Mancl, Heather Johnson, and Sarah Hoepner; (second row, left to right): Hailey Doerr, Sara Kiekhoefer, Kaitlyn Walls and Tracy Rancour; and (third row, left to right): Kim Pluedeman, Megan Sheridan, Brianna Butera, Hannah Marschinke, Analiese Tushaus, Megan Cihaski, Megan Freidrich and Emily Krahn. (Contributed photo)

Figure-skating club wins Beaver Dam competition

The UW-Eau Claire women's synchronized figure skating club team, The UW-Eau Claire Goldenettes, won the Swan Synch Skating Competition in Beaver Dam Feb. 11. This was the team's first big win of the season.

The team's second and final competition of the year will be at the Eau Claire Synchronized Skating Competition. The Goldenettes will skate to "Harem" by Sarah Brightman at approximately 10 a.m. Sunday, March 9, at Hobbs Ice Arena. The team also can be seen performing between periods of Blugold men's and women's hockey games and at upcoming ice shows in Eau Claire April 18-20; in Woodbury, Minn., April 25-26; and in Green Bay May 2-4. Full story. Go to top of page

 


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