Vol. 56, No. 1 • First Week • Fall Semester • Aug. 18, 2008
Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will identify the strategic planning priorities for the UW-Eau Claire community in the coming academic year during his state-of-the-university speech tomorrow at UW-Eau Claire's all-employee Blugold Breakfast and academic year opening meeting in Zorn Arena.
The chancellor also will present the annual faculty and staff excellence awards.
Breakfast will be served starting at 7:30 a.m., and the opening meeting will begin at 8:15 a.m. Employees are welcome to come and go to and from the meeting as their schedules require.
Steven Tallant is sole finalist for
Susan Turell is interim vice chancellor/undergraduate dean
Turell's interim appointment is for a two-year term.
"Dr. Turell brings to the table an in-depth understanding of and experience relevant to both our academic and student services programs, which makes her especially well-qualified to serve in this position," Tallant said. "I am pleased to welcome her to the academic affairs team." Full story.
UW-Eau Claire's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will present "Promoting Integrated and Transformative Assessment: A Deeper Focus on Student Learning" with Dr. Catherine Wehlburg, executive director of the Office for Assessment and Quality Enhancement at Texas Christian University, in morning and afternoon sessions Thursday, Aug. 21, in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.The first session, titled " Integrating Assessment with Teaching and Learning: Insuring Alignment from the Course to Institutional Level," is from 9 a.m. to noon. This session is designed for all faculty and instructional academic staff. The second session, titled "Putting Assessment in Context: Building on What We Have," is from 1-4 p.m. This session is designed for all deans, directors, chairs and others interested in assessment plans. More details and registration in formation is available on the CETL events Web page.
Faculty members selected as CETL, ORSP Fellows
Dr. April Bleske-Recheck, associate professor of psychology, is the CETL Faculty Fellow. She will lead a learning community for educators interested in looking at the student evaluation process, perceived bias associated with student evaluations and commonalities across departments regarding student evaluations. CETL will award one or two fellowships each year from a pool of interested applicants. Fellows will actively participate in CETL activities, including established programs and a program or two that are initiated by the fellow.
Dr. Patricia Turner, professor of history, is the ORSP Faculty Fellow. The ORSP Fellow develops one or more special projects in conjunction with ORSP staff and assists with some regular ORSP work, such as proposal reviews. The ORSP Faculty Fellow program started in spring 2008, when Dr. Jennifer Shaddock, professor of English, was appointed as Fellow to write an institutional grant proposal. Turner was selected as the 2008-09 Fellow from those who responded to an open call for applications. As Fellow, her focus this year will be to revise and update ORSP’s Web site and promotional materials. In spring 2009, ORSP will post a call for applications for its 2009-10 Faculty Fellow.Alumnus is named sports information director
Meinholz, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in communication and journalism with a public relations emphasis, has served in the position on an interim basis since 2007. While a student at UW-Eau Claire, he served as a sports information student worker for four years.As the sports information director, Meinholz's will coordinate all publicity and communications for Blugold sports. Full story.
Nicole Poehling brings more than seven years of experience to her new position as associate director of annual giving for the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Poehling will be responsible for overseeing the Telefund, an annual Foundation fundraising event. Last year the Telefund generated more than $547,000 from private support, primarily from alumni.
Poehling, who graduated from UW-La Crosse in December 2006, previously worked for American Benefit Limited, a telemarketing insurance agency in La Crosse.
"I'm looking forward to working with the students and helping instill in them an understanding of what the Foundation does and how their work in the call center helps them and other students," Poehling said. Full story.
Dr. Justin Patchin, assistant professor of criminal justice in the department of political science, and Dr. Sameer Hinduja, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at Florida Atlantic University, are authors of "Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying," released this month by Corwin Press. The book provides comprehensive strategies to help educators and parents identify, prevent and respond to instances of cyberbullying in their schools and families. Full story.
Dr. Charlene Burns, associate professor of philosophy and religious studies, is the author of "More Moral Than God: Taking Responsibility for Religious Violence," released in July by Rowman & Littlefield. While numerous books have been published Since 9/11 blaming religion for religious violence, Burns' book instead takes a look at the psychological motivations behind religious violence and focuses on the problem as a human creation. Full story.
Double take: University Web site has new look
The pages are the first on the university's Web site to be created and maintained within a Web content management system (WCMS). Read a Q&A discussing the details of the WCMS implementation, including the benefits of a WCMS, the reasons for the updated Web site design and what changes it will include and which university Web sites will be affected. Also see the WCMS Web site for more background information on the project.
First Showcase of Excellence to feature 2008 teaching, scholarship award recipients
Each award recipient will speak for 20-30 minutes about his or her teaching and/or research, followed by questions or comments from the audience.ORSP and CETL also will have information and registration available for their fall programs and services, and refreshments will be provided.
Campus community invited to workshop
The workshop, to be held in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center, will examine our responsibilities in creating an inclusive campus and work on integrating diversity and equity into our strategic planning priorities. Please direct any questions to Teresa O’Halloran, assistant to the chancellor for affirmative action, at 715-836-2387 or email@example.com.
Continuing Education Expo set for Aug. 27
The expo will give UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff the opportunity to:
Highlights from Summer Bulletin
Faculty, staff members announce retirements