Vol. 55, No. 30 • Fourteenth Week • Spring Semester • April 21, 2008
Alumni Association to sponsor Eco Tour April 26
The event, which is open to the public, will include a nature walk through Putnam Park led by UW-Eau Claire biologist Dr. Paula Kleintjes-Neff. Following the hike, the group will bike to Phoenix Park to participate in citywide Earth Day events. At Phoenix Park, the Alumni Association will host a table with displays by faculty and students. After the Phoenix Park activities, the Eco Tour group will bike to Carson Park, where they will canoe on Half Moon Lake and learn about the area's water ecosystems and conservation efforts from Dr. Harry Jol and Dr. Douglas Faulkner, professors of geography and anthropology. Learn more and register for the Eco Tour on the Alumni Association Web site.
Campus crisis communication plan includes
Part of the crisis communication plan are text messages via a cell phone notification system, a free service now available to all students and employees. Registration for the cell phone notification system is available on the campus emergency information Web page.
Dr. B. Alan Wallace will present "The Conscious Universe: Where Buddhism and Physics Converge" at 7 p.m. April 22 in UW-Eau Claire's Schofield Auditorium. The Chippewa Valley Dialogue on Science and Religion presentation will discuss what is currently known about consciousness and how those ideas fit with Buddhist teachings.
Wallace is the president and founder of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies. His published works and research focus on scientific investigations of nature, origins and the role of consciousness, and the study of human well-being and positive psychology. He also is a frequent translator for and collaborator with the Dalai Lama. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire is alcohol survey series pilot site
"Positive Response" surveys will be sent out during two weeks in April to UW-Eau Claire faculty, students, area liquor outlets and community members. The surveys will look at the perceptions and the norms of alcohol use and abuse by university students. Faculty and students will be surveyed online while liquor outlets and the community will receive surveys in the mail.In addition to the surveys, MIPH will assess the policies the university currently has in place regarding alcohol use on campus and will look at the data of violations on and off campus for crimes and policy violations related to alcohol use and abuse. Full story.
Events mark Sexual Assault Activism Week
• American Geophysical Union honor: Two UW-Eau Claire geology students, December 2007 graduate Cale Anger, Spring Valley, and senior Anna Baker, Eau Claire, were recently notified that they won an "Outstanding Student Paper Award" from the hydrology section of the American Geophysical Union for a poster and presentation they gave at the AGU fall conference in San Francisco, the largest gathering of geoscientists in the world.
Assistant professor of geology Dr. Katherine Grote said she was particularly proud of Anger and Baker because there is no undergraduate category in the competition, so the two were competing against master's and doctoral degree candidates. Full story.
• Wisconsin Ground Water Association awards: Another three geology majors won first- and second-place awards for their research at the annual Wisconsin Ground Water Association meeting in Brookfield.
Junior Crystal Nickel, Lake Mills, won first place for her poster, "Vadose Zone Characterization Using Ground Penetrating Radar Groundwaves," with faculty mentor Dr. Katherine Grote. Sophomore Taylor Crist, Eau Claire, and senior Herald Schulz, Seymour, won second place for their poster, "Monitoring Near-Surface Soil Water Content Using Air-Launched GPR Techniques," with faculty mentor Grote. Full story.
• Former player Loen named men's hockey coach: After leading the UW-Eau Claire men’s hockey program to one of its most successful seasons ever as interim head coach, former Blugold player Matt Loen has been named the permanent head coach following a national search.
Loen played Blugold hockey under coach Ian Perrin from 1991 through 1995. The Spring Lake Park, Minn., native was the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Year for the 1994-95 season. He was a two-time All-NCHA first team pick and also one of only four Blugolds ever named to the American Hockey Coaches Association All-American first team. With that award, he stands in the company of Blugold alumni Alex Hicks '04, Greg Robertson '90 and Mike Schwengler '94 as Blugold AHCA All-Americans. Full story.
Freshman Ross pitches Blugolds' first perfect softball game: Jenny Ross did what no UW-Eau Claire softball pitcher had done before, sending down all 21 batters in UW-Eau Claire’s first perfect game ever April 15 against UW-Oshkosh. The14th-ranked Blugolds would go on to win the game 3-0 but lost 7-0 in the second game of the doubleheader against the Titans. Full story.
Campus to hold tornado drill April 24
The purpose of a tornado drill is to ensure that faculty, staff and students know what to do and where to go should a tornado or severe weather arise. To avoid disrupting classes, actual evacuations are not recommended. Faculty who are teaching are asked to announce the planned drill and read information regarding what to do in the event of severe weather or a tornado. See information to be read to students.
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Dinner to benefit Latin American studies program
For those who cannot stay for dinner, hors d'oeuvres are available for $25 plus a cash bar.
The fundraiser, hosted by the LAS program, is part of an effort to endow the Latin American Studies Scholarship Fund, which will award its first scholarship this spring to LAS students since the program originated 35 years ago.The $100-a-plate dinner, prepared by chef Nathan Berg from Native Bay, will consist of five courses with wine pairings and featured foods from various Latin American countries. Full story.