Vol. 56, No. 30Thirteenth Week • Spring Semester • April 20, 2009

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Patricia Kleine to be new provost/vice chancellor

Andrew Phillips to leave for Naval Academy post

Week to honor students' scholastic achievements

New center's environmental impact to be discussed

Students to present research at state capitol

Devroy Forum features Washington Post's Dan Balz

Lecture, award to honor Leonard Gibbs

Alumna is state's outstanding elementary principal

Public invited to 18th annual Mathematics Retreat

Energy, recycling to be Earth Month event topics

Forum to address race, racial equity in Eau Claire

Student ensembles to present spring concerts

 

Patricia Kleine to be new provost/vice chancellor

Patricia Kleine
Kleine

Dr. Patricia A. Kleine, currently the dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, Conn., has been named provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UW-Eau Claire. Kleine will begin her new duties July 1.

"Dr. Kleine brings to Eau Claire both a firm understanding of professional education and a very strong commitment to the liberal arts and sciences," said Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich. "She displays an enthusiasm for the present and the future of UW-Eau Claire, and a strong respect for the core values and traditions that have made this university great."

UW-Eau Claire's Centennial Plan sets an ambitious course for the university, which she fully embraces, Kleine said, noting that her past and current professional experiences have afforded her significant leadership opportunities in moving academic departments and institutions toward full implementation of strategic goals. Full story. Go to top of page

Andrew Phillips to leave for Naval Academy post

Andrew Phillips
Phillips

Dr. Andrew Phillips, UW-Eau Claire's associate vice chancellor of academic affairs and dean of graduate studies, has been named academic dean and provost at the United States Naval Academy. He will begin his new position July 1.

"UW-Eau Claire is a wonderful place, and I've been most fortunate to live and work here with so many terrific people," Phillips said. "The opportunity to serve as Navy's next academic dean and provost offers me a great challenge, and it provides me with a chance to return to the institution that, in large measure, has shaped me as a person and as a leader. For that I am most grateful."

Phillips' first teaching position was as assistant professor in the Naval Academy's computer science department from 1988-1993; in 1993, he was awarded tenure and served as an associate professor in the department until 1998, when he accepted the position professor and chair of the computer science department at UW-Eau Claire. Full story. Go to top of page

Week to honor students' scholastic achievements
UW-Eau Claire will celebrate its 37th annual Scholastic Honors Week today, April 20, through Sunday, April 26. The week is a time to recognize students of high scholastic achievement.

All Honors Week activities, with the exception of the Honors Banquet, are open to the public and free of charge. See the complete Honors Week schedule. Go to top of page

New center's environmental impact to be discussed
An environmental impact statement (EIS) scoping meeting regarding the proposed UW-Eau Claire Davies Center replacement project will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in the President’s Room, Davies Center. A description of the project will be presented, and attendees will have the opportunity to provide input on issues they believe should be addressed during the EIS process for the proposed project. Read the legal notice for this public meeting. Go to top of page

Students to present research at state capitol
Wisconsin state capitolEleven UW-Eau Claire students will present seven research projects to legislators, state leaders and UW System alumni and supporters during "Posters in the Rotunda: A Celebration of Undergraduate Research" April 22 at the state capitol in Madison. Participating students, their faculty mentors and research topics are:

  • Amanda Verriden, psychology (Dr. Kevin Klatt), "Assessing Preferences for Young Children Diagnosed with Autism."
  • Touger Thao, philosophy and religious studies (Dr. Scott Lowe), "The Essential Aspects of Traditional and Christian Hmong Weddings in America."
  • Sarah J. Peterson and Robyn Fennig, biology (Dr. Kristina Beuning), "The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire 2008 Carbon Inventory."
  • Heather Nichols, nursing (Dr. Cheryl Lapp), "War and Its Aftermath: A Study of Nurses and Their Resilience in the Coming Home Process."
  • Amber Jamelske, Beth Lutz and William Hendricks, economics (Dr. Eric Jamelske) and psychology (Dr. Lori Bica), "Impact of the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program on the Attitudes and Behaviors of Elementary School Students in Eau Claire, Wisconsin."
  • Nicholas King and Amy Wichlacz, geography and anthropology (Dr. Doug Faulkner), "Planimetric Channel Change Along the Lower Chippewa River in West-Central Wisconsin, 1938-2008."
  • Angela Nieman, music and theatre arts (Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour), "Mayhem with Mozart."

Full story. Go to top of page

Devroy Forum features Washington Post's Dan Balz

Dan Balz
Balz

Dan Balz, national political correspondent for The Washington Post, will be the featured speaker at UW-Eau Claire's 2009 Ann Devroy Memorial Forum at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in Schofield Auditorium.

Balz's presentation will be titled "The Obama Administration: How They Got There. Where They're Going."

Balz, who joined the Post in 1978, has been involved in the paper's political coverage as a reporter or editor for 27 years. He has served as national editor, political editor, White House correspondent and as the paper's Texas-based Southwest correspondent. Full story. Go to top of page

Lecture, award to honor Leonard Gibbs

Leonard Gibbs

Gibbs

Dr. Leonard Gibbs, an emeritus professor of social work at UW-Eau Claire who retired in 2005 and passed away in June 2008 after a three-year battle with metastatic prostate cancer, is still being honored for his contributions to the field of social work and related human service areas.

An internationally recognized leader in the evidence-based practice movement, Gibbs will be honored in April with a lecture in his memory at his alma mater, UW-Madison, and in May, the Campbell Collaboration Social Welfare Coordinating Group will present the first Leonard E. Gibbs Award during the Campbell Collaboration Colloquium, "Better Evidence for a Better World," May 18-20 in Oslo, Norway.

The UW-Madison lecture, "Evidence-Informed Practice: Antidote to Propaganda in the Helping Professions," will be presented from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in the Waisman Center Auditorium. The speaker will be Dr. Eileen Gambrill, Hutto Patterson professor of child and family studies in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley. Full story. Go to top of page

Alumna is state's outstanding elementary principal

Bobbie Schmidt
Schmidt

A UW-Eau Claire education graduate has been named the 2009 Elementary School Principal of the Year by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators.

Bobbie Schmidt, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1976 with a degree in elementary education and special education, is currently the principal at Richmond Elementary School in Appleton. Full story. Go to top of page

Public invited to 18th annual Mathematics Retreat

Yoichiro Mori
Mori

The UW-Eau Claire department of mathematics will host its 18th annual Mathematics Retreat and second annual Andrew Balas Lecture today and Tuesday, April 20 and 21, in Hibbard Hall. Area teachers, students and parents are invited to attend.

From 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, students and faculty will give talks on different aspects of mathematics and mathematics education.

Dr. Yoichiro Mori, an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, will be the distinguished visiting speaker. He will present the Andrew Balas Lecture, "Research in Mathematical Biology," at 7:30 p.m. tonight. He will deliver a more technical talk, "On the Representation of an Incompressible Linearly Elastic Material as a Collection of Fibers," at 2 p.m. April 21. Full story. Go to top of page

Energy, recycling to be Earth Month event topics
Two campus events this week are part of a series of events hosted by UW-Eau Claire and a variety of community groups in celebration of Earth Month 2009:

  • An Earth Month panel discussion on "Energy for a Sustainable Future" will run from 5-6:30 p.m. today, April 20, in the Presidents Room of Davies Center. Full story.
  • An Earth Day "green bag" discussion, "Home Recycling Dos and Don'ts will be presented Wednesday, April 22, by Eau Claire County recycling coordinator Jon Tulman from noon to 1 p.m. in the Arrowhead Room of Davies Center and from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Wisconsin Room of Davies Center. Full story.
See a complete listing of UW-Eau Claire's Earth Month events. Go to top of page

Forum to address race, racial equity in Eau Claire
IRE logoUW-Eau Claire will host a discussion about race and racial equity from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, at Stella Blues in downtown Eau Claire.

In the forum, "Can We Talk About It? A Campus and Community Discussion about Race and Racial Equity in Eau Claire," members of the campus and greater Eau Claire communities will discuss race-related topics, such as the role race plays in American life, how the experiences of people of color differ from white people, how lives and communities are affected by racial bias, and how people should talk with each other about race-related issues.

Among the panelists will be UW-Eau Claire's Diversity Fellow, Dr. David Shih, English, and Jesse Dixon, Office of Multicultural Affairs. Dr. Don Christian, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will introduce speakers and moderate the discussion. Full story. Go to top of page

Student ensembles to present spring concerts
sheet musicThe following UW-Eau Claire student ensembles will present spring concerts in the coming week in the Haas Fine Arts Center:

  • The Women's Chorus will perform at 7:30 p.m. today, April 20, in Gantner Concert Hall.
  • The Wind Chamber Ensembles will perform at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in Phillips Recital Hall.
  • The University Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in Gantner Concert Hall.
  • The BASSically Brass and Trombone ensembles will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in Gantner Concert Hall.
  • Jazz Ensemble III will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in Gantner Concert Hall.
  • The Women's Concert Chorale will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26, in Gantner Concert Hall.
  • The Symphony Band will present "Baseball: America's Pastime," including Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich as guest narrator for a performance of "Casey at the Bat" by Randol Alan Bass, at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 26, in Gantner Concert Hall.
  • The Chamber Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26, in Phillips Recital Hall. Go to top of page

 


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