Vol. 56, No. 23 • Fifth Week • Spring Semester • Feb. 23, 2009
Two provost finalists to make campus visits
The Vicki Lord Larson Faculty Research Fellowship for the UW-Eau Claire communication sciences and disorders department has been awarded for the first time to a UW-Eau Claire assistant professor.
Dr. Marie Stadler, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders, received the $5,000 award, which provides faculty a semester with reassigned teaching duties to pursue faculty-student collaborative research.
The UW-Eau Claire Foundation fellowship was created by Chancellor Emerita Vicki Lord Larson, a former faculty member and chair of the communication sciences and disorders department who also served as UW-Eau Claire's interim chancellor from 2005-2006. It is the first fellowship that supports professional development of faculty at UW-Eau Claire. Full story.
Nursing students collaborate with middle schoolers
The presentations at Longfellow Elementary School and Sam Davey Elementary School were the result of a program that paired university nursing students with students enrolled in the gifted and talented programs at area middle schools. The university students served as mentors to the middle school students as they worked together to create activity projects about health that could then be presented to elementary school students. Read a fall 2008 news release for background on the project.
The UW-Eau Claire nursing department faculty and the Eau Claire Area School District gifted and talented program resource teachers who collaborated in the planning process have been invited to present the project at the 20th International Nursing Research Congress on Evidence-Based Practice this summer in Cancun, Mexico.
Faculty, staff reflect on reasons for supporting UW-Eau Claire Foundation
As UW-Eau Claire employees consider their gifts to the 2009-10 Campus Campaign, it may be helpful to know the reasons why several of their colleagues have chosen to establish strong giving records.
Robin and Linda Williams and band to perform
The music of Robin and Linda Williams is often described as Americana, a combination of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country. Their band is a renowned live act, performing in a range of venues including the Grand Ole Opry, Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. Their career spans more than 30 years and more than 20 albums Full story.
UW-Eau Claire to celebrate National TRIO Day
UW-Eau Claire will recognize National TRIO Day with a program and awards ceremony from 3:30-6 p.m. Feb. 24 in Davies Center. Awards will be presented to outstanding TRIO students and to staff members who have provided exceptional service for the programs. The event is open to the public.
TRIO programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Education to promote the academic achievement of eligible students. UW-Eau Claire operates four TRIO projects: Upward Bound, Student Support Services, the Educational Opportunity Center and the McNair Program. These programs receive more than $1.2 million in federal funding and serve nearly 1,500 people annually. Full story.
Event to acknowledge women's acts of boldness
Based on a book of the same name by Rivka Solomon and a play by Solomon and Bobbi Ausubel, the event will feature student volunteers reading "a collection of real-life stories from women and girls about the gutsy, outrageous, courageous things they have done." After the performance, audience members will be invited to share stories about times they, or women they know, have acted boldly.
The "That Takes Ovaries" performance is free, but donations will benefit the new UW-Eau Claire Children's Center. Full story.
Two UW-Eau Claire science faculty members will share their expertise at community events this week:
A new exhibit, "Teapots: Formal, Functional, Narrative," will open Thursday, Feb. 26, and continue through March 29 in the Foster Gallery of the Haas Fine Arts Center at UW-Eau Claire.
An opening reception will run from 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday in the gallery. The show will include 40 artists, many with national or international reputations.
"Teapots" is co-curated by Susan O'Brien, a ceramist and UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of art, and Margaret Bohls, ceramicist and assistant professor of art at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Both are also exhibitors. Full story.
First Arab World Lecture to feature Miriam Cooke
Cooke, one of the pioneers in the Western academic tradition of Middle East women's studies, currently teaches at Duke University. An author of several books and the recipient of numerous awards and honors, Cooke earned her doctorate in Arabic literature from Oxford University in England.
Cooke's visit is possible because of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's Arab World Lecture Fund, which supports a lecture series that focuses specifically on Middle Eastern and Arab world issues. The fund was established by Cathy Sultan, a peace activist, author of "Israeli and Palestinian Voices: A Dialogue with Both Sides" and a UW-Eau Claire honorary alumna, and Dr. Kate Lang, chair of the history department. Members of the local Arab community also have supported the fund. Full story.
Dr. David Lewis, UW-Eau Claire professor of chemistry, will open the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra's Saturday, Feb. 28, "Russian Delights" concert by discussing Alexandre Borodin's dual careers as a chemist and as a composer.
Lewis, an organic chemist, has an interest in the history of chemistry and especially the history of organic chemistry in Russia prior to the revolution. This has sparked his interest in Borodin, especially since the composer’s musical career has generally eclipsed his considerable chemical accomplishments. Borodin achieved his greatest recognition long after his death, both musically and in regard to his most important chemical contributions, according to Lewis.Works by Borodin and Russian composers Dmitri Shostakovich and Sergei Prokofiev will be featured in the Feb. 28 program, which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. Nicholas Phillips, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of music, will be a soloist in the Shostakovich piece during the Feb. 28 performance.
Bone marrow registration drive set for March 3
The Eberth Alarcón Peace and Justice Memorial Lecture Series was created as a tribute to the life of Dr. Eberth Alarcón, associate professor of mathematics at UW-Eau Claire, who died Sept. 26, 2006, after a battle against acute leukemia. Alarcón was known for his energy and passion for teaching and social justice.