Vol. 55, No. 6 • Sixth Week • Fall Semester • Sept. 24, 2007
Michael Christopherson, professor of art & design, is the 2007-08 recipient of the UW-Eau Claire Maxwell Schoenfeld Distinguished Professorship.
The award, which was created in honor of Maxwell Schoenfeld, a UW-Eau Claire history professor and scholar from 1964 until his death in 1996, recognizes a commitment to the university, achievement in scholarship and a commitment to student learning and life.
Steve Terwilliger, chair of the department of art & design and a longtime colleague of Christopherson's, said he knew that Christopherson was a natural for this nomination.
"The committee was very pleased to see his name come forward, and as Mike has recounted, Max Schoenfeld's help to Mike when he was an undergraduate student here represents a most fitting full circle for this award," Terwilliger said. Full story.
Petermann retires after 40 years
Petermann's commitment to the athletics program and his willingness to assume new responsibilities during his 40-year career have been critical to the athletics program's success, said Scott Kilgallon, UW-Eau Claire's athletics director."Tim Petermann is synonymous with UW-Eau Claire and Blugold athletics," Kilgallon said. "He has a tremendous work ethic; he's dedicated, loyal and innovative. But what's impressed me most is that while he's accomplished so much, he doesn't want credit for any of it. Everything he does, he does to make sure our student-athletes have a great experience." Full story.
UW-Eau Claire psychology professor and women's studies coordinator Dr. Susan Turell has been chosen as one of four Women of Distinction for 2007 by the Girl Scouts of Indian Waters Council. The four local women, recognized for their ability to serve as role models for younger women and teen Girl Scouts because of their outstanding achievements and contributions to their communities, will be honored at a banquet to be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at Florian Gardens in Eau Claire.
UW-Eau Claire English professor Helen Dale, who nominated Turell for the award, cited her as "a longtime activist and advocate for the disempowered."
"She has devoted astounding energy to creating positive change in others' lives - and especially women's lives - since her arrival in Eau Claire," wrote Dale in her nomination letter. "What she has accomplished in less than five years is truly amazing. She is an inspiring, energetic and wise leader and role model for women in the Eau Claire Community." Full story.
COB international education initiative receives grant
UW-Eau Claire has received a $174,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Business and International Education program to support the new "Partnerships in International Education" program in the College of Business.
"This initiative will foster a strong link between business and education, giving all entities a better understanding of international issues," said Dr. Rama Yelkur, international business programs coordinator for the College of Business and project director for Partnerships in International Education. "Businesses and business students - our future leaders - will experience greater success if they have an understanding of and appreciation for how the United States fits into the global economy." Full story.
Approximately 150 UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members and students attended one of several charrettes the week of Sept. 17 to learn more about proposals from the university's strategic planning work groups and submit their own ideas for the groups to consider. The final charrette is tonight, Sept. 24, at 9 p.m. in the Presidents Room of Davies Center. Faculty, staff and students unable to attend one of the charrettes may still contribute their strategic planning ideas on Tuesday, Sept. 25, when they may read and add their feedback to the charrette comment sheets, which will be on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Skylight Lounge of Davies Center.
The full text of the strategic planning work groups' proposals are available on the strategic planning Web site. Also watch the Web site for the transcriptions of all comments collected during the charrettes. The transcriptions will be posted by Sept. 28.
UW System signs contract with Fox World Travel
Travelport orientation sessions will be held Monday, Oct. 8, at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. All employees who book airline reservations online for themselves or for other employees should attend one of the sessions. During the sessions representatives from Fox World Travel and UW System administration will demonstrate Travelport and address questions or concerns regarding the reservation process, contract compliance, etc. Prior to the session, employees must register and complete a traveler profile online. More information.
For additional information, contact Vicki Gardner, Accounts Payable, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 836-4528.
Public records requests reminder
If you receive a public records request, please refer it to O'Halloran to determine whether it falls under the Public Records Law and to respond in a timely fashion on the university's behalf. You need not consult with O'Halloran each time you receive a request for documents that are routinely released by your department or unit.
Lunch to focus on high-risk alcohol use prevention
"I believe it's important for the university to share the preventative work happening at UW-Eau Claire on the dangers and social issues surrounding high-risk alcohol use," Lee said. "I want to share these new exciting efforts with the community and invite the public to come and share their ideas on this important topic as well." Full story.
A variety of activities will be held at UW-Eau Claire this week in observance of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week:
Actress Jodie Sweetin will open the 66th season of The Forum at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Monday, Oct. 1. Her program, titled "A Young Star's Road to Recovery," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.
Best known for her eight years as Stephanie Tanner, the precocious middle child on the hit ABC television show "Full House" (1987-1995), Sweetin has battled alcohol and drug addiction since the series ended.
Committed to helping others avoid the choices that cost her so much, Sweetin has spoken to campus audiences nationwide. She talks about how rehabilitative therapy has changed her life and encourages listeners to combat challenges head-on. Full story.
Children's story time sessions begin this week