Vol. 55, No. 7Seventh Week • Fall Semester • Oct. 1, 2007

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UW-Eau Claire celebrates Homecoming 2007

Authors event to honor published faculty, staff

Time remains to provide strategic planning input

University to observe Disability Awareness Month

Concert to kick off All-Steinway School campaign


UW-Eau Claire celebrates Homecoming 2007
Homecoming 2007 buttonThousands of UW-Eau Claire alumni, students, faculty, staff and community members will join in this week's celebration of Homecoming 2007, themed "We've Got the Rhythm: Rock the Eagles." Events for both students and alumni are planned throughout the week, culminating on Saturday, Oct. 6, in the traditional 10 a.m. Homecoming parade, immediately followed by the Blugold Fever Fest in Carson Park (featuring tailgate cuisine, beverages and the music of the Blugold Marching Band) and the 11:30 a.m. Blugolds vs. UW-La Crosse Eagles football game. The fun will continue after the game with the Fifth Quarter postgame celebration in Carson Park. Full story.

UW-Eau Claire encourages responsible drinking during Homecoming 2007 festivities. Go to top of page

Authors event to honor published faculty, staff

Kent Syverson and Lois Taft
Kent Syverson, geology, described his article on glacial geology to Lois Taft, nursing systems, during UW-Eau Claire's first Authors Celebration last year. The 2007 Authors Celebration is Wednesday, Oct. 3. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS)

UW-Eau Claire will recognize the hard work and self-discipline it takes for university faculty and staff to bring scholarly work to the level of publication or performance with the second Authors Celebration from 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center.

The work of 35 authors will be featured, but the event celebrates the publishing accomplishments of all university staff by highlighting representative successes.

Andrew Phillips, interim associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and dean of graduate studies, will speak briefly at 5 p.m. and hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served. Faculty and staff are invited to join their colleagues for conversation and celebration. More information, including list of featured authors. Go to top of page

Time remains to provide strategic planning input
Strategic planning logoMore than 200 faculty, staff and students attended UW-Eau Claire's strategic planning charrettes last week to contribute comments about the strategic planning work group proposals. Their comments filled almost 50 large flip-chart sheets, said MJ Brukardt, special assistant to the chancellor for strategic planning.

"I am pleased that so many individuals participated in the charrettes, especially students," said Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich. "More important, I am impressed by the thoughtful comments we have received. We are engaged in a very productive dialogue about the future of our university."

Faculty, staff and students who couldn't attend the charrettes or would like to add to previously submitted comments can still do so. All the ideas from the charrettes are transcribed and available on the strategic planning website, and additional comments can be submitted using the online response form (responses may be submitted anonymously).

Comments also can be shared through an online forum, where so far more than 60 people have registered to discuss the strategic planning work group ideas.

The work groups will review all submitted comments as they refine their proposals during October. Final proposals will be given to the University Planning Committee in November. Go to top of page

Events planned for Disability Awareness Month
The Office of Disability Employment Policy of the U.S. Department of Labor has declared October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The theme of this year's observance is "Workers with Disabilities: Talent for a Winning Team." The theme calls attention to the millions of Americans with disabilities who, according to Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, "are an underutilized reservoir of ambition, talent and skill ready to make great contributions in the workplace."

Planned UW-Eau Claire events include the following:

  • The Student Senate's 2007 Disability Awareness Poster Contest. Poster submissions will be showcased Oct. 22-27 in Davies Center.
  • A ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon Monday, Oct. 15, to celebrate the recently redesigned Hibbard parking lot entrance featuring a universal design concept ramp.
  • The Disability Awareness Celebration/Reception at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the Presidents Room of Davies Center to honor Services for Students with Disabilities scholarship recipients; Student Senate poster contest winners; and faculty awardees Dr. Margaret Devine and Dr. Rosemary Battalio, who have been exceptionally supportive of the needs of students with disabilities. Go to top of page

Concert to kick off All-Steinway School campaign

David Hurd playing piano
UW-Eau Claire music student David Hurd plays one of the university's Steinway concert grand pianos. Hurd will be one of the student performers in the Oct. 7 concert kicking off the university's campaign to become an All-Steinway School. (Photo by Bill Hoepner, LTS)

A concert featuring UW-Eau Claire piano faculty members and piano performance students will kick off the first phase of a UW-Eau Claire Foundation campaign to make the university's department of music and theatre arts an All-Steinway School.

The concert, to be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center, will demonstrate the quality of Steinway pianos by featuring UW-Eau Claire's two existing Steinway concert grand pianos. To accomplish the All-Steinway School distinction, the university must use Steinway pianos in faculty studios, classrooms, practice rooms and performance venues.

After the concert the public will be able to view some of the pianos the department hopes to replace. The concert is free and open to the public. Full story. Go to top of page


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