Vol. 56, No. 22 • Fourth Week • Spring Semester • Feb. 16, 2009
Finalists named in provost/vice chancellor search
Links to the finalists' curriculum vitae, the times and locations of their campus open forums, and a forum feedback form are available online.
Input sought on proposed new mission statement
"UW-Eau Claire’s current mission statement weighs in at more than 175 words," said MJ Brukardt, special assistant to the chancellor for strategic planning. "While most faculty, staff and students know our university’s central purpose is student success, most would be hard pressed to recite our mission in detail."
Recognizing that the mission statement should be focused, memorable and help to provide long-term direction, the UPC was charged with developing a revised statement that reflects the university's core purpose, Brukardt said. After many consultations, including with the University Senate, a proposed 29-word mission statement is ready for campus comment, she said.
The proposed mission statement reads, "We serve Wisconsin’s public good by educating tomorrow’s leaders. We emphasize transformative learning through challenging, integrated liberal education that prepares ethical citizens to work toward a more equitable world."
Faculty and staff can read both the current mission statement and the proposed revised statement (with more detailed explanatory statements) and then provide feedback to the UPC. All documents and an anonymous comment form are available on the strategic planning home page.
All comments and suggestions received by March 1 will be reviewed by the UPC before a final draft is presented March 3 to the University Senate Executive Committee and March 10 to the University Senate. The goal is to have an approved mission statement ready to present to the Board of Regents for adoption when they are on campus in October.
Mitch Phillipson, a senior mathematics and physics major from Chippewa Falls, won a poster award at the 2009 Joint Mathematics Meeting, an annual event that is the largest gathering of mathematicians in America. The conference is attended by members of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America.
Phillipson was honored for his poster titled "Extensions and Deformations of Associative Algebras." The 200-plus posters accepted by the Joint Mathematics Meeting were each reviewed by a panel of three experts. Phillipson's poster was among the 33 posters that received awards. Full story.
Barron's names alumni as top financial advisers
Barron's — a prestigious weekly business publication for investors — created a state-by-state list of America's top 1,000 financial advisers, a list that includes only the top 1 percent of all the advisers who work at large financial firms nationwide.
Andrew Burish, a 1981 UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, was named the top adviser in Wisconsin. Peter Eckerline, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1982 with a business administration degree and in 1983 with his MBA, was named the best financial adviser in Minnesota. Michael Markin, a 1975 UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, was ranked No. 7 in Wisconsin. Full story.
Recipient, donor to participate in bone marrow donation panel discussion
Introducing the panel speakers will be Dr. Asha Sen, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of English and widow of mathematics professor and social activist Dr. Eberth Alarcón, who died from a rare form of leukemia in September 2006. Sen and UW-Eau Claire graduate student Nichole Ray organized the panel discussion and bone marrow registry drive. Ray's father, Lt. Col. Frank Tall Dog Duran, died from multiple myeloma before finding a matching bone marrow donor.
Among the panel speakers will be Kyle Buchmann, UW-Eau Claire alumnus and major gifts officer for the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, and his younger sister, Meg Buchmann, now a high school senior. Kyle recovered from a battle with leukemia after receiving a bone marrow donation from his sister, then only 13 years old, in 2003. Full story.
Third civil rights trip planned for spring break
Students who take the March 13-22 trip also may also choose to register for one class credit (HIST 280, "History Travel Seminar") or to participate in a faculty/student research project coordinated by student planners Janna Casperson, Sarah Gonzalez and Tony Och.Registration for the trip will continue until all 50 slots are filled. Students may register on a first-come, first-served basis in the Student Senate office, Room 132, Davies Center, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Full story.
Highlights include a sold-out concert by reigning "American Idol" David Cook, a comedy showcase featuring Comedy Central funny guys Sheng Wang and Chad Daniels, the fifth annual Mr. Freeze competition and a midnight screening of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." The celebration also features a number of outdoor recreation activities. See the full schedule of Winter Carnival events.
Four students who have been involved with the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Telefund fundraising effort have started a new organization aimed at increasing student knowledge about philanthropy.
Seniors Meghan Keyes, Heather Miller, Sarah French and Taylor King started the Student Philathropy Organization to make students more aware of ways to give back to society even though they may have limited finances. All four students are already acting philanthropically by giving their time and talents to Telefund. They also have made monetary contributions to the Foundation.
"We want students to realize they can start donating a little now and then later they can do more as they have better paying jobs," Keyes said. "Even if you don't have a ton of money now, you probably have more than someone else." Full story.