Vol. 55, No. 17Seventeenth Week • Fall Semester • Dec. 10, 2007

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Commencement ceremonies set for Dec. 15

Faculty, academic staff announce retirements

Five classified staff members retire

UW System Board of Regents December update

Eight to receive Alumni Association awards

Student receives full scholarship to join voyage on The Scholar Ship

Human Diversity Expo to feature student research

BFA candidates display works in Foster Gallery

Continuing Education announces staff changes

Grant supports work of new VISTA members

McIntyre Library begins special extended hours

Cabaret XXX tickets go on sale today

Photo corner: Schneider Hall knitting group, employees at county celebration

Inclement weather policy

Happy Holidays!


Commencement ceremonies set for Dec. 15

Celebrating the Class of 2007 graphic

Visit the Celebrating the Class of 2007 Web site to meet some of UW-Eau Claire's outstanding December graduates and find additional commencement information.

UW-Eau Claire commencement exercises for 687 students will begin at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in Zorn Arena. Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and candidates for master's degrees will receive degrees during the 9:30 a.m. ceremony. Candidates from the College of Business, College of Education and Human Sciences, and College of Nursing and Health Sciences will receive degrees during the 2 p.m. ceremony.

Allotted tickets are available only to graduates and must be obtained at the Service Center prior to the ceremonies. No tickets are required for remote site broadcasts of the ceremonies, which may be viewed in the Davies Theatre of Davies Center. The ceremonies also will be broadcast live via Web video streaming. A reception for graduates and guests will follow each ceremony in the Spruce-Tamarack Room of Davies Center. Full story. Go to top of page

Faculty, academic staff announce retirements
Eight UW-Eau Claire faculty and academic staff members recently retired or have announced they will retire soon:

  • Dr. Kenneth De Meuse, professor emeritus, management and marketing
  • Mimi King, associate professor emerita, McIntyre Library
  • Paul Kosower, professor emeritus, music and theatre arts
  • Thomas Moore, assistant professor emeritus, computer science, and senior information processing consultant, Learning and Technology Services
  • Janice Morse, administrative officer emerita, Academic Affairs
  • Mary Ryan-Miller, associate dean emerita, Student Development and Diversity
  • Dr. Roger Tlusty, professor emeritus, foundations of education
  • Dr. Anne Utschig, professor emerita, English

Full story. Go to top of page

Five classified staff members retire
Five UW-Eau Claire classified staff members have recently retired or will retire soon:

  • Enid Bahnub, program assistant advanced-confidential, Academic Affairs
  • Mary Green, office associate, Custodial Services
  • Patricia Imberry, academic department associate, mathematics
  • Richard Krause, custodian, Haas Fine Arts Center
  • Philip Staff, information technology services specialist, Learning and Technology Services

Full story. Go to top of page

UW System Board of Regents December update
UW System logoAt its Dec. 6-7 meeting in Madison, the UW System Board of Regents approved a new sick leave policy for faculty and academic staff. The policy requires faculty and academic staff to report any sick leave, even if their classes or office hours are covered by another staff member. This change will affect 18,000 employees and will become effective Jan. 1, 2008. See the sick leave policy resolutions passed by the board on pages 59-61 of the online Business, Finance and Budget Committee agenda. The Board of Regents also approved a pay plan for UW System faculty and academic staff that provides a 2 percent general wage adjustment effective the pay period following the approval.

For complete details, see the Day 1 and Day 2 summaries of the regents' December meeting. Go to top of page

Eight to receive Alumni Association awards

Mark Fuhrmann Cathy Sultan
Mark Fuhrmann
Cathy Sultan
Patrick Dennis Meghan Marx
Patrick Dennis
Meghan Marx

Scott Pingel

Capt. Shaun Westphal
Scott Pingel
Capt. Shaun Westphal
Robert Webb Randall Wilber
Robert Webb
Randall Wilber

The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association will present awards to seven alumni and one friend of the university Dec. 15 at a special luncheon and ceremony in conjunction with commencement. Read the recent news release for more details on the following recipients:

Mark Fuhrmann '80 will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes distinguished service to the community, state or nation in a manner that brings credit to the recipients and UW-Eau Claire.

Cathy Sultan will receive the Honorary Alumnus Award, presented to nonalumni who have demonstrated great love of and service to UW-Eau Claire.

Patrick Dennis '65 will receive the Lifetime Excellence Award, presented to UW-Eau Claire alumni who have demonstrated longtime and successful commitment to their careers and communities.

Meghan Marx '00, Scott Pingel '96 and Capt. Shaun Westphal '97 will receive the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award, which acknowledges special achievements and great promise of alumni who are within 15 years of their graduation from UW-Eau Claire.

Robert Webb '74 and Randall Wilber '79 will receive the President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional or personal achievements or service to UW-Eau Claire. Go to top of page

Nhia Vang
Nhia Vang

Student receives full scholarship to join voyage on The Scholar Ship

UW-Eau Claire is well represented in a new international study program that brings students from diverse cultural backgrounds together to create a "transnational learning community" aimed at developing intercultural competence.

Sophomore Nhia Vang, Wausau, will receive a full scholarship of $21,935 to participate in the January 2008 voyage of The Scholar Ship, an experiential-based program that integrates travel and education as students travel by sea from country to country over a 16-week semester.

The Scholar Ship program awarded only two full scholarships nationwide, one in fall and one in spring, said Bruce Ouderkirk, director of Student Support Services. More than 200,000 students enrolled in Student Support Services or McNair programs were eligible to apply, he said.

Julie Wright, a UW-Eau Claire junior geography major from Eagan, Minn., participated in the inaugural voyage of The Scholar Ship in September. Wright, who will return to UW-Eau Claire for the spring semester, was among a group of students offered $10,000 to help cover the costs of the trip. Full story. Go to top of page

Human Diversity Expo to feature student research
UW-Eau Claire education and social work students will share results of their diversity research projects during the 19th biannual Human Diversity Expo Thursday, Dec.13.

The expo, which will run from 4-5:15 p.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center, will feature projects designed by 140 students currently enrolled in "Social Foundations of Human Relations," a course taught by Dr. Ramona Gunter and Dr. Jill Pinkney Pastrana of the foundations of education department, and the "Ethnic-sensitive Social Work Practice" course taught by Dr. La Vonne Cornell-Swanson of the department of social work.

The expo will feature inquiry projects, video documentaries and case studies on topics of cultural diversity. Full story. Go to top of page

BFA candidates display works in Foster Gallery

Beth Beebout painting Jenna Eichberger painting
'A Painting About the Man," left, by Beth Beebout, and a series of paintings titled "December 2006" by Jenna Eichberger, one of which is shown at right, are among the works on display in Foster Gallery by candidates for bachelor of fine arts degrees.

Twelve candidates for UW-Eau Claire bachelor of fine arts degrees are displaying their works in a senior BFA art show. The exhibit will run through Sunday, Dec. 16, in the Foster Gallery of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The exhibit includes illustrations, paintings, ceramics and graphic designs. Full story. Go to top of page

Continuing Education announces staff changes

Jim Mishefske Ann Rupnow
Jim Mishefske
Ann Rupnow

UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education has announced two position changes in Business Outreach Services. Jim Mishefske has been named the Small Business Development Center director. He works with partners, educational institutions, entrepreneurial networks and stakeholder groups to provide expertise and resources to prospective entrepreneurs and small business owners throughout the region. Ann Rupnow was promoted to program manager of Business Outreach Services. She serves as Continuing Education's primary liaison to regional businesses. Full story. Go to top of page

Grant supports work of new VISTA members

Chalsea Lane Zachary Barnes
Chalsea Lane
Zachary Barnes

Two new AmeriCorps* VISTA members have been working in the Chippewa Valley since August, creating and strengthening partnerships between UW-Eau Claire's Center for Service-Learning and various governmental and nonprofit agencies for the benefit of the region.

Chalsea Lane has been working with several agencies, including the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Western Dairyland, Restorative Justice and Choose After Care, to strengthen and improve existing ex-offender reentry programs and look at alternatives to incarceration in this area.

Zachary Barnes is working on improving support services for low-income families and aging adults by partnering with agencies like the Family Resource Center and the L.E. Phillips Senior Center.

The new VISTA members are supported in part by a new project grant through Wisconsin Campus Compact and the AmeriCorps* VISTA Community Based Learning Project I. Don Mowry, director of the Center for Service-Learning, submitted the successful grant, and his office acts as a host site, providing supervision, workspace, equipment and some minimal transportation and professional development costs for the VISTA workers, who will work full-time for at least one year. Full story. Go to top of page

McIntyre Libary begins special extended hours

students in library
Students work in the McIntyre Library. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS)

McIntyre Library will be open 24 hours this week and next (finals week). The extended hours are as follows:

  • From 7 a.m. today until midnight Friday, Dec. 14
  • From 7:30 a.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 15
  • From 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, until 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21

The library will be closed Saturday through Tuesday, December 22-25.

Free coffee, sponsored by McIntyre Library and University Catering, will be available to students studying in the library from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights, Dec. 16-20. For more information, contact Kati Tvaruzka, tvaruzke@uwec.edu or 715-836-4522, or call the Reference Desk at 715-836-3858. Go to top of page

Cabaret XXX tickets go on sale today
Tickets go on sale today for UW-Eau Claire's Cabaret XXX Diamond Anniversary show. Performances for the popular Cabaret are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17-19 and 24-26; 2 p.m. matinees are scheduled for Jan. 19 and 26. Tickets are available at the University Service Center in Davies Center.

Cabaret XXX logoThis year marks the diamond anniversary of Cabaret, which will feature a musical revue showcasing four decades of music, beginning with the 1970s. The show will feature performers from the Concert Choir, jazz ensembles, The Singing Statesmen, University Symphony Orchestra and Women's Concert Chorale. Performances will be held in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. Full story. Go to top of page

Photo corner
Schneider Hall group warms up holidays for others in need
Schneider Hall knitting group
The Knit Wits and Crochet Chicks, a group of UW-Eau Claire Schneider Hall employees who knit and crochet when they take work breaks together, have been creating hats, scarves and gloves for the past year to be donated to various charities this holiday season. Their creations will go to a men's homeless shelter in Milwaukee, as well as Bolton Refuge House and Sacred Heart and Luther hospitals in Eau Claire. Some of those who knitted or crocheted for the project or donated supplies are (seated, left to right) Nancy Jackson, Franny Meyer-Briggs, Linda Dodge and Linda Glenna, and (standing, left to right) Jan Stewart, Pam Blanchette, Janna Johnson and Cindy Mudrak. Other group members not pictured are faculty and staff members D'Arcy Becker, Diann Benesh, Marilyn Bergmann, Kristina Bourne, Margaret Devine, Gretchen Hutterli, Carla Kurz and Jill Smith. Also part of the group are Lucille Burke, Bergmann's 99-year-old mother, and Sue Roder, sister to Johnson. The group held an open house Dec. 7 in Schneider Hall to display their creations, including those below, before donating them. (Photos by Bill Hoepner, LTS)
knitting group's work
Employees, student help celebrate county sesquicentennial
Chad Ronannder at county sesquicentennial celebration
Chad Ronnander, a postdoctoral fellow in the UW-Eau Claire history department, portrayed a figure from Eau Claire County's history, E.W. Robbins, during the Dec. 4 celebration of the county's sesquicentennial. Ronnander and UW-Eau Claire employees Robin Leary and John Mann served on the sesquicentennial commission, and student Amanda Verstegen performed the new Eau Claire County Anthem at the celebration. (Eau Claire Leader-Telegram photo by Andi Stempniak)

Inclement weather policy
With winter weather upon us, it's time to review UW-Eau Claire's practices in the event severe weather strikes.

winter drivingIn general, when inclement weather threatens operations at UW-Eau Claire, the university will remain open to the extent possible. If necessary, the chancellor may close the university to the public or cancel classes, but state employees will be expected to report to work.

In response to local weather conditions, the chancellor may release employees. In such instances, no employee will be required to remain at work.

Employees covered by a labor agreement should check their respective bargaining agreements for specifics about excusing employees from work and related issues.

Employees not covered by a labor agreement may use vacation, compensatory time, personal holidays or leave without pay to cover time lost if they are ordered to leave work or if they request or are allowed to be excused from work when they believe that weather conditions or emergency situations make it unsafe to get to or remain at work.

Local media will be notified if the chancellor decides to cancel classes. However, announcements by local media are advisory only. For official information concerning university operations, check the UW-Eau Claire Web site, call the Chancellor's Office at 836-2327 after 7 a.m. or call your supervisor. Go to top of page

Happy Holidays!
This is the last issue of the University Bulletin for fall semester. The first issue for the spring semester will be dated Jan. 22, 2008. Go to top of page


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