Vol. 55, No. 3 • Third Week • Fall Semester • Sept. 4, 2007
UW-Eau Claire chemistry professor Dr. Jim Phillips will once again be able to give four chemistry students the opportunity to collaborate with him on ongoing research thanks to a $189,000 award from the National Science Foundation Research in Undergraduate Institutions grant program. Phillips and his students will extend their previous experimental and theoretical research on how condensed phase environments change molecular structures in a novel class of nitrile donor acceptor complexes whose gas-phase structures undergo significant changes in the solid state or in solution.
"Thinking, communicating, and identifying and solving problems are all skills that this kind of research helps develop" said Phillips. "And whether these students go on to be research chemists, teachers, doctors, pharmacists, or something entirely different, those are all skills that they will need and that will make a difference in their lives." Full story.
Chancellor signs Climate Commitment
UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich recently signed the commitment to set and attain sustainable energy and environmental goals for the university. By becoming a signatory, UW-Eau Claire has committed to completing and updating annually an inventory of all its greenhouse gas emissions, developing an institutional plan for becoming "climate neutral" and taking other specific actions to reduce greenhouse gases while the institutional plan is developed. Full story.
Several UW-Eau Claire psychology students and their instructor, Daniel Holt, have revived the BARC program, which works with the Eau Claire County Humane Association to retrain dogs that display problem behaviors in an effort to make them more adoptable.
BARC, which stands for Behavioral Applications Regarding Canines, was established during the 2001-02 academic year as a collaborative venture with the Humane Association by psychology professor Dr. Greg Madden, with the assistance of Dr. Lori Bica, now chair of the psychology department. It operated for several years, but after Madden left UW-Eau Claire in 2005, the program became inactive.
This summer, Erin Barney, a psychology major, and Holt began working with a few dogs to get things started and reestablish a presence at the shelter. Student Kristine Funk, a biology and psychlolgy major, will take the lead in getting the program reestablished this fall. Full story.
University Police receive $4,000 DOT grant
The grant was awarded to the department Aug. 23 following its participation in the national "Click It or Ticket" safety belt enforcement campaign from May 21-June 3. The UW-Eau Claire Police Department was one of more than 190 Wisconsin law enforcement agencies to participate as unfunded agencies.
Officer Doug Hubbard accepted the grant while attending Wisconsin's 33rd annual Governors Conference on Highway Safety in Stevens Point, where traffic safety professionals were presented the results of the Click It or Ticket mobilization and planned for the current campaign, "Drunk Driving, Over The Limit, Under Arrest."
An exhibit featuring the work of university photographer Rick Mickelson chronicles the past 20 years of UW-Eau Claire Homecoming celebrations.
The exhibit, titled "20 Homecomings," is on display in the Grand Corridor of UW-Eau Claire's McIntyre Library from Sept. 4 through this year's Homecoming, scheduled for Oct. 5-6. Approximately 40 prints, 16 inches by 20 inches in size, will be featured.
Mickelson's first day on the job at UW-Eau Claire was Homecoming Day 1988. Armed with a camera he had never used before and a long list of photos to be taken during the day, he quickly got his feet wet.
"Since then, Homecoming has been a special workday for me, and 2007 marks the completion of two decades' worth of documenting UW-Eau Claire Homecoming celebrations," Mickelson said.
CampS consulting report now available for review
Every UW-Eau Claire student as well as every individual and department dealing directly with students will be affected by the transition. Departments doing the "heavy lifting" with initial set-up will be Admissions, Registrar's Office, Financial Aid, Business Office, and Learning and Technology Services. LTS staff coordinating the project are Chip Eckardt (project manager) and Bev Miller (assistant project manager).
The initial CampS Readiness Assessment and Project Charter is now available for review. This consulting report is a product of interviews and open meetings with multiple campus representatives over several weeks this past summer. Issues addressed in the report include WHAT and WHY (project vision, implementation scope, objectives, constraints and risks, and dependencies), WHO (project organization and team structure), HOW (strategies, responsibilities and protocol for the project) and WHEN (timeline for the next phases).
More ongoing information about the conversion can be found on the LTS Web site, which also has a connection to the UW-Eau Claire PeopleSoft Campus Solutions conversion Web site.
On four days during the first three weeks of fall semester classes, students and staff at UW-Eau Claire will be treated to the music of four bands from noon until 1 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall. Members of the bands include UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff, alumni and others. The lineup is as follows:
Friday, Sept. 7 - Dr. Tao and the Zendaddies is professor of philosophy and religious studies D. Scott Lowe; Jon Loomis, a lecturer in the English department; alumni Adam Winrich and Mark Miller; and Travis Wenzel (rain site: Davies Theatre).
Monday, Sept. 10 - Davey J is associate professor of English David Jones (rain site: The Cabin).
Friday, Sept. 14 - Little Willie includes chemistry professor Jim Phillips, Billy Angel, and alumni Levi Felling and Bill Hamilton (rain site: The Cabin). A surprise special guest also will appear.
Wednesday, Sept.19 - Duffy & Pace is English professor and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Bernard (Duffy) Duyfhuizen and associate professor of English Joel Pace (rain site: The Cabin).
Coaches to continue weekly Blugold Luncheons
All Blugold Luncheons will take place from noon-1 p.m. in the either the Wisconsin Room or Rosewood Room of the Quality Inn (see full schedule) and will be catered by Mancino's. The cost for attendees is $6 per week and includes a sandwich, cookie and beverage. No advance registration is necessary.