Vol. 56, No. 31 • Fourteenth Week • Spring Semester • April 27, 2009
Dr. Tess Onwueme, distinguished professor of English at UW-Eau Claire, has received the African Literature Association's prestigious Fonlon-Nichols award.
The award is given annually to an African writer whose works have demonstrated a commitment to democratic ideals, humanistic values and literary excellence in Africa.
"The award elevates Dr. Onwueme to a new level among world-class writers," said Jack Bushnell, chair of the English department. "It's an honor that will put her on the radar screen for groups that make decisions about other prestigious awards, including the Nobel committee. It's a very big deal."
A variety of internationally known luminaries are past recipients of the Fonlon-Nichols award, including Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka of Nigeria. The prestigious award is named for Cameroonian literary scholar Bernard Fonlon and American journalist Lee Nichols, recognizing their contributions to the struggle for human rights and freedom of expression. Full story.
Dr. Jean Pratt, assistant professor of information systems at UW-Eau Claire, was recently elected president of the International Association for Computer Information Systems.
IACIS has about 800 members in 23 countries. The association hosts a scholarly journal (the Journal of Computer Information Systems — JCIS) that is ranked in the top 5 percent of IS-related journals and an annual international conference attended by members from 12-15 different countries.Pratt's leadership position in the organization will bring additional international recognition to UW-Eau Claire.
Paula Stuettgen, senior coordinator for student development and programs at UW-Eau Claire, has received the national Outstanding Advisor of the Year award from Alpha Lambda Delta for 2008-09.
The National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta named Stuettgen the organization's top adviser in the nation during the UW-Eau Claire chapter's induction ceremony April 25.
Alpha Lambda Delta is a national society that honors academic excellence during a student's first year in college. Stuettgen has served as the UW-Eau Claire's chapter adviser since 1984. During her tenure, she has encouraged the chapter and individual students to achieve greatness and to serve others, said Andrew Simon, past vice-president of the UW-Eau Claire chapter and current member of the National Advisory Council for Alpha Lambda Delta. In recent years, several UW-Eau Claire students have received Alpha Lambda Delta Trow Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships, monetary awards given to the most outstanding students in the society nationwide. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire students will display their faculty-mentored student research, scholarly and creative projects at the 17th annual Student Research Day today through Wednesday, April 29.
A record number of research posters will be on display a day longer this year from noon to 5 p.m. today, April 27; from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 28; and from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 29, in Zorn Arena. Judging will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.
With 277 projects to be displayed, Dr. Karen Havholm, assistant vice chancellor for research and director of the Center of Excellence for Faculty/Student Research Collaboration, said she was happy to see a record number of submissions this year, an increase of nearly 40 projects over last year. Full story.
A concert by Imani Winds will close this season's Artists Series at 7:30 p.m. tonight, April 27, in Gantner Concert Hall of Haas Fine Arts Center.
Since 1997, the Grammy-nominated Imani Winds has carved out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, genre-blurring collaborations and inspirational outreach programs. Taking its name from the Swahili word for faith, the group exhibits a high level of energy and presents concerts that are just plain fun.
The group has been recognized with the 2007 ASCAP Award, the 2002 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, and the CMA/WQXR Award for its debut and self-released CD, "Umoja." At the 2001 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Imani Winds was selected as the first Educational Residency Ensemble.The Artists Series concert will be followed by an end-of-season reception hosted by Wisconsin Public Radio personalities. Full story.
First Wisconsin Idea Forum set for May 14
"Addressing Alcohol Abuse through Public Policy: Finding Common Ground" — to be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 14 at UW-Eau Claire — will be the inaugural Wisconsin Idea Forum, the first in a series of programs that connect important regional and state issues with University of Wisconsin resources.
UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will open the program, and UW System President Kevin Reilly will introduce the Wisconsin Idea Forum initiative. Presenters will include Patrick Remington, M.D., M.P.H.; Tom Oliver, Ph.D; D. Paul Moberg, Ph.D.; and Richard Brown, M.D., M.P.H.
The cost to attend is $49 for registrations received by May 1 or $69 for registrations received after May 1. Student scholarships are available. Full story.
Annual English Festival to run April 27-May 1
The English Festival is one of the largest student-run language arts festivals in the nation, featuring guest authors, lectures by faculty members, student panels, capstone presentations and an international poetry reading. It also will include live music from noon-1 p.m. daily on the campus mall.
Events are free and open to the public. Full story.
Student center design to be public meeting topic
The meeting will run from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Spruce and Tamarack rooms of Davies Center, following the April 28 University Senate meeting.
Architects from the Philadelphia-based architectural firm Burt, Hill and the Wisconsin-based firm Bray Architects will give a presentation at the start of the charette. A question-and-answer session will follow. Participants will be encouraged to share ideas and ask questions. Full story.
Dr. Wayne Carroll, UW-Eau Claire professor of economics, will discuss the current recession and implications of the recent economic downturn during an Alumni Association luncheon from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at Sweetwater's Restaurant.
In his presentation, "The Great Recession of 2008-09: Starting to Build the Historical Perspective," Carroll will examine the history of previous recessions and the Great Depression, and apply those lessons to today's economic crisis. He will discuss similarities and differences between today's economic picture and those of the past. Full story.
Dr. Erica Benson, assistant professor of English, has been selected as the 2009 recipient of UW-Eau Claire's OWL (Older, Wiser Learner) Award presented by the Nontraditional Student Services office and nontraditional students. Benson and all the award nominees were honored at an OWL Award brown bag event April 23.
The 2009 Owl Award nominees also honored April 23 were Dr. Michael Fine, political science; Dr. Rose Jadack, nursing; Dr. Fredric Kolb, economics; Dr. Tamara Lindsey, curriculum and instruction; Colleen McFarland, McIntyre Library; Meghan Mehlos, foreign languages; Dr. Karen O’Day, art & design; Dr. Jill Smith, geography and anthropology; Dr. Paul Thomas, physics and astronomy; and Dr. Kurt Wiegel, chemistry.
NSS and UW-Eau Claire nontraditional students annually present the OWL Award to an outstanding faculty member who best exemplifies both the art and the science of teaching returning adult students. The award recognizes faculty who provide the kind of learning environment where the life experiences of adult students are honored, the intellectual demands spur further discovery and growth, and classroom strategies are appropriately varied and flexible.
CASE issues 'responsible drinking' definition
CASE was prompted to provide a formal definition after seeing a variation in responses among students to the question, "What is responsible drinking?"
CASE uses the 0-1-2-3 guidelines to define responsible drinking: Zero drinks if driving or under the age of 21; one standard drink per hour maximum; two drinking occasions per week maximum; and three drinks per occasion maximum, if 21 or older. A standard drink is 12 ounces of beer, four ounces of wine or a 1.5 ounce shot of 80-proof alcohol. Full story.
University theatre to stage 'The Shadow Box'
In the play by Michael Cristopher, three terminal cancer patients dwell in separate cottages on a hospital’s grounds. With a sense of humor and sensitivity, the play dramatizes the patients' anxieties and their coming to grips with the finality of their condition. The three are attended and visited by family and close friends who struggle with their own anxieties and fears of the impending loss. The play is directed by Richard Nimke, associate professor of theatre arts.