Vol. 56, No. 27Tenth Week • Spring Semester • March 30, 2009

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Donald Christian accepts SUNY provost position

Chancellor sends budget update, to hold open campus discussion Tuesday

Journal publishes SUREPAM participants' work

Pamela Forman recognized for work with girls

Women's Herstory Month includes comedy show

Artists Series to present 'Hedda Gabler'

Local neurosurgeon to speak on campus Thursday

Senior BFA art show to begin Friday

Campus Ambassador receives CASE award

Awards honor outstanding UW-Eau Claire TRIO students

Thesis gets honorable mention in MAGS contest

Students to compete in college comedy contest


Donald Christian accepts SUNY provost position

Donald Christian

Dr. Donald P. Christian, dean of UW-Eau Claire's College of Arts and Sciences, has announced he will leave UW-Eau Claire to accept a leadership position at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Christian, who came to UW-Eau Claire in 2004, has accepted the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs at SUNY New Paltz. He also will hold tenure in the biology department.

"I value the time that I have spent at UW-Eau Claire, and am proud to have been able to serve as dean at such a fine university," Christian said. "The opportunity to work with so many wonderful people and programs has been a true pleasure for me. I will miss UW-Eau Claire at the same time I am excited about the challenges of a new position."

Christian will continue in his position at UW-Eau Claire until early July and begin his new position in New York Aug. 1. Full story. Go to top of page

Chancellor sends budget update, to hold
open campus discussion Tuesday

In a March 27 e-mail message to all UW-Eau Claire employees, Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich summarized his testimony before the Wisconsin Legislature's Joint Finance Committee during the committee's state budget hearing that morning in the university's Haas Fine Arts Center. Read the chancellor's e-mail message.

Levin-Stankevich will hold an open discussion on the university budget from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in the Tamarack Room, Davies Center. The discussion is sponsored by the University Senate. Go to top of page

Journal publishes SUREPAM participants' work

James Walker

Two students who participated in the National Science Foundation Summer Research in Pure and Applied Mathematics program hosted by UW-Eau Claire have had their work published in a national journal.

Co-authored with UW-Eau Claire's Dr. James Walker, professor of mathematics, the article is titled "Time-Frequency Analysis of Musical Rhythm" and is published in the March 2009 issue of The Notices of the American Mathematical Society, one of two journals AMS sends to all its members.

The student co-authors are Xiaowen Cheng, a student at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and Jarod Hart, a graduate of UW-La Crosse who is now pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Kansas-Lawrence. They collaborated with Walker in the summer of 2007 as part of SUREPAM. The managing editor of The Notices has asked Walker to write another article on mathematics and music, scheduled to appear in the January 2010 issue. Full story. Go to top of page

Pamela Forman recognized for work with girls

Pamela Forman


Dr. Pamela Forman, assistant professor of sociology, will receive the Jane Addams Outstanding Service Award from the Women in the Profession Committee of the Midwest Sociological Society during its annual meeting April 2-5 in Iowa.

The award recognizes service to girls and women who have traditionally been invisible and under-rewarded in society and in the discipline of sociology. Forman is being recognized for her work with Adventure Girls, an afterschool program for preadolescent girls focusing on self-esteem, cooperation and leadership. The program is specifically directed toward girls from low-income or racial/ethic minority families. Full story. Go to top of page

Womens' Herstory Month includes comedy show

Megan Mooney Jen Kober

Comedians Megan Mooney and Jen Kober will be featured at a Women's History Month comedy show  at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in UW-Eau Claire's Schofield Auditorium.

Mooney is a veteran of the HBO Comedy Arts Festival and Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. She has appeared on Comedy Central's Premium Blend and in her own Comedy Central Presents episode. Kober's one-woman show "sUbcIty" won the director's choice award at The Kennedy Center Theatre Festival. Her credits include appearances on Showtime, Lifetime, TBS and Oxygen, and she appeared in Jamie Kennedy's feature documentary, "Heckler" (2007). Full story. Go to top of page

Artists Series to present 'Hedda Gabler'
'Hedda Gabler' imageThe UW-Eau Claire Artists Series will welcome the Commonweal Theatre Company for a performance of Henrik Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

For more than a decade Commonweal has celebrated the work of Norwegian playwright Ibsen, the father of modern drama, with its annual Ibsen Festival. The only theatre in North America with such a commitment, Commonweal has included UW-Eau Claire as one of only eight stops on a rare tour that will culminate in "Hedda Gabler" opening the 12th Annual Ibsen Festival. Full story. Go to top of page

Local neurosurgeon to speak on campus Thursday

Dr. Kamal Thapar

A neurosurgeon from Sacred Heart Hospital who helped save the life of a UW-Eau Claire international student last year will speak at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in Room 007 of Phillips Science Hall at UW-Eau Claire.

The presentation is hosted by the UW-Eau Claire Pre-Med Club and biology department but is open to anyone from the campus or greater Eau Claire communities. A reception will begin at 4 p.m. in the biology department conference room.

Dr. Kamal Thapar, director of Sacred Heart's Brain & Spine Institute and the hospital's medical director of tertiary care, was honored by the Chippewa Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross as a 2008 Real Hero for saving the life of a South Korean student who came to the United States to learn English. Haesung Won collapsed in her UW-Eau Claire residence hall room a day after arriving as a result of a blood clot in her brain. Dr. Thapar successfully completed a four-hour brain surgery to remove the clot and micro-surgically corrected the blood vessels in her brain.

During his presentation, Thapar will talk about everything from the "smart" operating room he directs (one of 17 of its kind in the world) to the tools he uses to various experiences he has had as a neurosurgeon. Full story. Go to top of page

Senior BFA art show to begin Friday

'Shady Sisters'
'Icarus' "Shady Sisters," above, by Danielle Schmitz, and "Icarus," right, by Nathan Sorenson, are among the works included in the April 3-15 senior BFA art show in Foster Gallery.

Ten students who are candidates for UW-Eau Claire bachelor of fine arts degrees will display their work in a senior BFA art show April 3-15 in the Foster Gallery of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The public is invited to the opening reception from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 4.

The exhibit will include a variety of drawings; oil and acrylic paintings and watercolors; digital photography, photo and performance art installations; ceramics; and graphic design pieces, including posters, packaging, brochures, identity systems and inkjet prints. Full story. Go to top of page

Campus Ambassador receives CASE award

Jamie Daley

UW-Eau Claire senior Jamie Daley was awarded the Outstanding Student Leader award at a recent Council for Advancement and Support of Education Affiliated Student Advancement Programs conference. Daley was one of four recipients of this award for the Great Lakes region of CASE.

Daley was nominated for her work with Campus Ambassadors and other organizations. She was inducted into Campus Ambassadors in 2005 and was elected president in 2008. She also is involved with the Spanish honor society Sigma Delta Phi, the Spanish Business Association and the International Association of Business Communicators. Full story. Go to top of page

Carrie Miller and Jim Dzimiela
Carrie Miller (right) with Jim Dzimiela, program counselor at UW-Barron County.
Mary Steinmeyer and Sallie Kernan
Mary Steinmeyer (right) with Sallie Kernan, EOC program counselor at UW-Eau Claire.

Awards honor outstanding UW-Eau Claire TRIO students
Eau Claire recognized National TRIO Day with a program and awards ceremony during which awards were presented to two outstanding TRIO students.

Junior Carrie Miller received the Dedication Award for demonstrating great dedication and persistence in academic work.

Sophomore Mary Steinmeyer received the Achiever Award, which recognizes exceptional students characterized by high academic achievement, superior character, service to others, leadership and commitment to the mission of the TRIO programs. Full story. Go to top of page

Thesis gets honorable mention in MAGS contest

Krista Hebl

Krista Hebel, who was awarded first place in UW-Eau Claire's Distinguished Master's Thesis Competition in December, has received an honorable mention in the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools Distinguished Master's Thesis Competition.

Hebel will give a presentation on her award-winning thesis, "Wielding 'A Power the Dark Lord Knows Not': Harry Potter and the Heroics of Care," at a celebration scheduled for noon April 27 in Room 2022 of McIntyre Library. The thesis takes a feminist approach to the reading of the Harry Potter novels. Full story. Go to top of page

Students to compete in college comedy contest
UW-Eau Claire comedy team

A team of UW-Eau Claire stand-up comedians selected during the local phase of the RooftopComedy National College Comedy Competition will advance to the regional phase tonight, March 30.

Team members (pictured above at the local competition with RooftopComedy's Eric Allen, third from left) include (from left) Ben Smithart, Sam Pfeifer, Blaise Thompson, Jay Birkholz and David Buonauro.

The team will compete in a regional rival match against the University of Minnesota at 7:30 p.m. at the Acme Comedy Co. in Minneapolis.

UW-Eau Claire's participation in the program is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate. Full story. Go to top of page



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