Vol. 56, No. 3Third Week • Fall Semester • Sept. 2, 2008

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Tallant named president of Texas A&M-Kingsville

NSF grant of $404,305 supports software project

Kate Hale is Campus Sustainability Fellow

Marching band to play at Packers season opener

UW System gives guidance on political activities

On-campus farmers market opens Sept. 4

Renovations made for The Cabin's 40th season

Service Center opens Haas ticket office

Events welcome Chinese students, share culture

International students ready for fall semester

 

Tallant named president of Texas A&M-Kingsville
Steven TallantDr. Steven Tallant, UW-Eau Claire provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, was named this morning by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents as the next president of Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Tallant will begin his duties as president Oct. 1. Read Texas A&M University System news release. Go to top of page

NSF grant of $404,305 supports software project

Dr. Paul Wagner
Wagner

Dr. Paul Wagner, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of computer science, has received a $404,305 National Science Foundation grant to develop portable and customizable software for hands-on, computer-intensive educational workshops.

The three-year NSF grant is a phase-two grant that builds on work Wagner and other UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff completed through a previous NSF grant to create a laptop-based computer security workshop program. The new grant will allow the team to take the next step and make the program work in a wireless environment.

Going wireless will greatly expand the uses of the program, Wagner said. Now used just for workshops on computer security, once wireless the program also will be usable for workshops on other computer science topics as well as for more general education uses, he said. Full story. Go to top of page

Kate Hale is Campus Sustainability Fellow

Kate Hale

Hale

Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich has named Dr. Kate Hale, a UW-Eau Claire adjunct assistant professor of English, as the university's Campus Sustainability Fellow. This is a new half-time appointment created as part of the implementation of the Centennial Plan, the university's strategic plan, which calls for identification and prioritizing campus improvements focusing on sustainability.

“Dr. Hale has an intense interest in the environment," Levin-Stankevich said. "She demonstrated her organizational skills during a previous term as interim affirmative action officer, and I needed help in making sure that our sustainability efforts and my signing of the Campus Climate Commitment will be moved forward in the coming year.”

As the Campus Sustainability Fellow, Hale will work with the chancellor’s Climate Commitment Advisory Group to identify ways to expand participation in sustainability efforts. She will help to coordinate and support sustainability efforts currently operating on campus and assist in the development of new efforts. She will serve as a liaison with other campuses, community organizations, government representatives and other local enterprises related to sustainability efforts. In addition, Hale will help track UW-Eau Claire's efforts to reduce its carbon footprint as part of the Presidents' Climate Commitment, a national effort at increasing sustainability. Full story. Go to top of page

Marching band to play at Packers season opener

BMB drummer performing at freshmen picnic
Blugold Marching Band drummer and UW-Eau Claire sophomore Aaron Monson performed with the band Aug. 29 during a welcome picnic for new UW-Eau Claire freshmen. The band will perform Sept. 8 during halftime of the Green Bay Packers' season opener against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS)

The UW-Eau Claire Blugold Marching Band will perform a halftime show during the Green Bay Packers season opener against the Minnesota Vikings Sept. 8 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

The band's director, Dr. Randal Dickerson, a UW-Eau Claire associate professor of music, recently received word that an opening for the halftime slot was available. The last-minute opening occurred when a retirement ceremony to honor former Packers quarterback Brett Favre was cancelled after Favre's recent decision not to retire and his subsequent trade by the Packers to the New York Jets.

"The Packers media director called me on Wednesday morning during our practice at Carson Park," Dickerson said. "Knowing it was a call from Green Bay, I took the phone call with the band watching and listening. At the end of the call I gave a 'thumbs up' gesture to the band, and they all screamed."

The Sept. 8 performance will be the Blugold Marching Band's second appearance at a Green Bay Packers home game. The group first performed at Lambeau Field in October 2004. Full story. Go to top of page

UW System gives guidance on political activities
Democrat/Republican symbolsWith many political campaigns gearing up for the November elections, UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff are encouraged to review the UW System guidelines on political campaign activities at system institutions. The guidelines are available on the government relations pages of the UW System Web site. Go to top of page

On-campus farmers market opens Sept. 4
Farmers Mart logoA mini farmers market featuring fresh produce, flowers and other local specialties will be on the UW-Eau Claire campus from 7:30-11:30 a.m. every Thursday from Sept. 4 through Oct. 23.

The Fresh Start Farmers Mart, formerly Jeremy's Market, will be set up on the north sidewalk in front of Zorn Arena, rain or shine. Full story. Go to top of page

Renovations made for The Cabin's 40th season

Andy Elwell
Andy Elwell will open the 40th anniversary season of The Cabin Sept. 5.

The Cabin, the performance space in UW-Eau Claire's Davies Center that presents the longest-running coffeehouse series in the nation, has been completely renovated in preparation for its 40th anniversary season.

Cosmetically, the space has a new professional-looking performance stage and front-of-house control area. Technical modifications to The Cabin represent a considerable upgrade into the professional production world, including a state-of-the-art lighting and sound system. Full story.

The Cabin will begin its 40th anniversary season Friday, Sept. 5, with a performance by Minneapolis indie acoustic artist Andy Elwell. Full story. Go to top of page

Service Center opens Haas ticket office
event ticketsUW-Eau Claire will offer event ticket sales in Haas Fine Arts Center weekdays beginning Monday, Sept. 8.

Tickets for all campus events will be sold at the Service Center's ticket office in the fine arts center's main lobby. Walk-up patrons may purchase tickets using cash, check, MasterCard, Visa or a Blugold account. The ticket office will be open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will be closed during holidays and academic breaks.

Tickets for campus events are also available at the Service Center in Davies Center's east lobby. Standard hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

The Service Center is a part of the University Centers, a student affairs unit of UW-Eau Claire. For more information about services and hours call 715-836-2637 or 800-949-8932. Go to top of page

Events welcome Chinese students, share culture
China 1+2+1 students
UW-Eau Claire Center for International Education Director Karl Markgraf, second from left, is pictured with the university's first China 1+2+1 Partnership Program participants, from left, Yifei Xu, Xi Lin, Yuan Tang and Yifan Zhang. (CIE photo)

During September a series of Chinese cultural events will welcome four Chinese students, the first participants in the China 1+2+1 Partnership Program, to UW-Eau Claire and share Chinese culture with the campus and the Eau Claire community.

The events will start with the showing of the international film "House of Flying Daggers" at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, in the television lounge of Katherine Thomas Hall. On Wednesday, Sept. 10, the newly formed Mahjong Club invites students and community members to learn how to play the Chinese game of mahjong from 4:30-6 p.m. at Intermezzos Cafe in Davies Center. See a UW-Eau Claire news release for dates, times and descriptions of these and additional events. Go to top of page

International students ready for fall semester
International students group photo by clock tower
International students attending UW-Eau Claire this semester gathered for a photo Aug. 29, the final day of international student orientation, at the clock tower on the Central Campus Mall. This year 88 new international students from 26 countries will attend UW-Eau Claire. International students arrived the weekend of Aug. 23 and stayed with host families until moving into campus residence halls Aug. 25. Those interested in serving as host families should contact Kathryn Hurd in the Center for International Education at hurdka@uwec.edu. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS)

 


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