Vol. 56, No. 28Eleventh Week • Spring Semester • April 6, 2009

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UW-Eau Claire drops summer commencement

New Web page is budget information source

ROTC pilot program comes to UW-Eau Claire

Emergency notification system test set for April 9

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, trayless days

Blugold Family Weekend set for April 24-26

University supports city's sustainability efforts

Earth Month panel to discuss clean transportation

Event to celebrate Hmong community's past, future

WBA honors student-run 'Culture Talk' program

Blugolds move up in Directors' Cup standings


UW-Eau Claire drops summer commencement
commencement imageUW-Eau Claire will no longer hold an August commencement ceremony, Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich announced last week.

With fewer than half the candidates for graduation participating in the August ceremony, eliminating the ceremony has been discussed for several years, Levin-Stankevich said. Given the fiscal challenges currently facing the university, it made sense to make the change now, he said.

UW-Eau Claire was the last campus in the UW System to offer a summer commencement, Levin-Stankevich said, noting that only about 215 students typically graduate in August, significantly fewer students than the number who graduate in December and May. Full story. Go to top of page

New Web page is budget information source
A new UW-Eau Claire Web page has been created to facilitate timely communication about the university's budget reduction process. The new budget update Web page includes links to all budget-related campus e-mail messages from Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich, budget background documents, budget-reduction recommendations from university employees and budget-related media reports. As they become available, new budget-related information and messages will be posted on the site, which is linked from the UW-Eau Claire home page. Go to top of page

ROTC pilot program comes to UW-Eau Claire
soldier's fatigues and bootsThe Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps is establishing a partnership with UW-Eau Claire to provide a one-year pilot program on campus, Interim Provost Marty Wood said.

For the 2009-10 academic year, ROTC classes will be offered through UW-Eau Claire's Continuing Education program, Wood said. After the pilot phase, if the ROTC program is approved through the university's shared governance system, it will become a series of courses offered through the College of Business, he said.

Given the ROTC's focus on leadership development, the program will be aligned with the College of Business' Center for Leadership, said Dr. Robert Sutton, associate dean of the College of Business. Starting in the fall, ROTC office space will be housed in Schneider Hall, he said. Full story. Go to top of page

Emergency notification system test set for April 9
UW-Eau Claire will conduct a campuswide test of its enhanced emergency notification system at 2:10 p.m. Thursday, April 9.
The test will include the following notification methods:

  • pop-up message on all university-owned computers, including those in offices, labs and classrooms
  • e-mail to all students, faculty and staff
  • unique ringtone and accompanying text message on all campus voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) telephones
  • a message sent over the university's carillon
  • announcements on the UW-Eau Claire home page
  • announcements on the university's emergency Web site, http://emergency.uwec.edu/
  • a text message to cell phones that have been registered in the cell phone notification system.

Following the test, faculty, staff and students will be asked to complete a brief Web survey to provide feedback regarding the emergency notification system.

UW-Eau Claire conducted a similar test in May 2008. The notification system was enhanced based on findings from the previous test. For example, the university has upgraded the software used to place the pop-up messages on computers. The new program will allow the pop-up to override programs such as PowerPoint and will not allow the pop-up to be deleted immediately. Go to top of page

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, trayless days …
Starting in fall 2009, UW-Eau Claire students will no longer use trays in campus dining facilities.

A Trayless Tuesdays program that started in fall 2008 was such a success that it was expanded to Wednesdays during the spring semester, said Christian Wise, food services director at UW-Eau Claire. Trays will be eliminated completely at the start of the fall 2009 semester, he said, noting that a few trays will remain for students for whom it would be physically difficult to go without trays, such as students who use wheelchairs or crutches.

"Trays account for a significant portion of our dishwashing — more than 6,000 are cleaned each day on campus, resulting in more than 396,000 gallons of water being used for this one purpose only," Wise said. "Going trayless lessens the environmental impact we generate here on campus. A significant amount of water and electricity is saved, food waste is diverted from landfills and, above all, we make a small dent in reducing carbon emissions." Full story. Go to top of page

Blugold Family Weekend set for April 24-26
Blugold Family Weekend logoParents, grandparents, siblings and friends of UW-Eau Claire students will participate in the first Blugold Family Weekend April 24-26.

"The weekend will give our students' loved ones a chance to get a taste of life at UW-Eau Claire," said Jennifer Lee, director of the Blugold Family Connection. "We'll offer more than 30 events and programs during the weekend. Activities will range from classroom discussions with faculty, to entertainment showcasing talented students, to demonstrations of cutting edge technology, to recreation activities."

See the Blugold Family Connection Web site for registration information and a schedule of Blugold Family Weekend events. Full story. Go to top of page

University supports city's sustainability efforts
A number of UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff and students were among those who shared their expertise and ideas last fall with city of Eau Claire planners as they developed a chapter on sustainability to add to city's Comprehensive Plan.

Kate Hale


An Eau Claire Planning Commission public hearing on the draft of the sustainability chapter is set for 7 p.m. tonight in the Council Chamber at Eau Claire City Hall.

"Sustainability is a priority on our campus and we are pleased that it's also a priority for the Chippewa Valley," said Dr. Kate Hale, UW-Eau Claire's sustainability fellow. "Our city planners sought community input to help identify ways to increase our efforts to create a more sustainable future. Many members of the campus community stepped forward to be part of the process and our city planners welcomed their contributions."

The sustainability chapter will go to the Eau Claire City Council for final approval following the public hearing. Go to top of page

Earth Month panel to discuss clean transportation
An Earth Month panel discussion titled "Clean Transportation" will run from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in the Menominee Room of Davies Center at UW-Eau Claire. Panelists will include:

  • Dr. Robert Eierman, representing the UW-Eau Claire Clean Commute initiative
  • Brad Henderson, representing the city of Eau Claire Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Commission
  • Kyle Zander, representing AmeriCorps*VISTA
  • Zac Barnes, representing AmeriCorps*VISTA.

Find the complete schedule of Earth Month activities on the university's sustainability Web site. Go to top of page

Event to celebrate Hmong community's past, future
The 20th annual Hmong Community Fellowship Banquet, "Reflecting on Our Past, Strengthening Our Future," will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center at UW-Eau Claire.

HMAA banquet graphicThis year's event will be special for several reasons, said Caitlin Lee, Hmong Mutual Assistance Association board president and equal opportunity specialist in UW-Eau Claire's Affirmative Action office.

"Besides the fact that this is the 20th anniversary of the fellowship banquet, April 9 also marks the day when the very first Hmong family arrived in Eau Claire 33 years ago," Lee said. "Several people who have been instrumental in working with the Hmong community during this time will reflect on the past and the changes that have occurred over the years, while the new executive director of the HMAA will speak about plans and goals for the future." Full story. Go to top of page

WBA honors student-run 'Culture Talk' program

Nessa Severson Anne Moser Pierce Koch
Joe Tierney Judy Sims Clockwise, from top left: Nessa Severson, Anne Moser, Pierce Koch, Dr. Judy Sims, Joe Tierney.

Four students at UW-Eau Claire have been recognized for their work on a radio program that discusses the influence of culture on communication.

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association honored a segment of "Culture Talk" with a second place award in the Public Affairs/Talk Show (Radio) category at the WBA Student Awards for Excellence ceremony in March.

The episode featured an interview with UW-Eau Claire international student Anna Bakhtiyarova, a graduate student from Ukraine who is in the communication sciences and disorders program.

"Culture Talk," part of a UW-Eau Claire student-faculty collaborative research project, is produced by seniors Nessa Severson, Anne Moser and Pierce Koch and sophomore Joe Tierney. Dr. Judy Sims, professor of communication and journalism, serves as faculty adviser.

"Culture Talk" broadcasts will be featured on WUEC-89.7 FM from 6-7 p.m. every Sunday through May 17. Full story. Go to top of page

Blugolds move up in Directors' Cup standings
UW-Eau Claire Blugolds athletics logoUW-Eau Claire athletics is in 10th place out of more than 420 NCAA Division III institutions following this winter’s final Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics officials have announced.

Last year at this time the Blugolds were in 15th place overall with 351 points. They finished 10th by the end of the 2007-08 season with 628 points. Full story. Go to top of page


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