Vol. 56, No. 13Thirteenth Week • Fall Semester • Nov. 10, 2008

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Vice chancellor finalist visits begin this week

Volleyball, soccer advance to NCAA championships

Campus scenes from Election Day 2008

UW-Eau Claire makes list of top Fulbright producers

Kiplinger's best values again include UW-Eau Claire

UW System Board of Regents meeting update

Artists Series presents Avalon String Quartet

CETL open house set for Nov. 13

Sales event draws students from around Midwest

Activities mark American Indian Heritage Month

Tickets available for Dec. 7 Holiday Concert

Student ensembles to perform fall concerts

Food drive to benefit local residents in need

Students help area residents with fall cleanup

Faculty members organize family events at local schools with focus on healthy eating

 

Vice chancellor finalist visits begin this week
UW-Eau Claire excellence sealThe first campus visits by the finalists in the search for a vice chancellor for administration, finance and facilities at UW-Eau Claire will take place this week. The finalists' curriculum vitae and a link to a finalist feedback form are available online.

David Dadds, administrator of the department of family medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, will be on campus today and tomorrow, Nov. 10 and 11. He will speak at two one-hour forums open to faculty, staff and students at 2 p.m. Nov. 10 and at 10 a.m. Nov. 11. Both forums, which will be identical in format, will be held in Davies Theatre.

Nathaniel Jones III, chief financial and administrative officer of the William Jewett Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., will be on campus Thursday and Friday, Nov. 13 and 14. He will speak at one-hour forums open to faculty, staff and students at 2 p.m. Nov. 13 in Schofield Auditorium and at 11 a.m. Nov. 14 in Davies Theatre.

Additional campus visits by vice chancellor finalists will be as follows:

  • George Hollins, university business manager, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa: Nov. 17-18
  • Greg Garber, assistant professor of finance and accounting, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn.: Dec. 1- 2. Go to top of page

Volleyball, soccer advance to NCAA championships
UW-Eau Claire Blugolds athletics logoThe Blugold women's soccer and volleyball teams both are at-large selections to participate in NCAA Division III championship play, the NCAA announced today, Nov. 10.

UW-Eau Claire will host the four-team regional soccer tournament Nov. 14-15 at Bollinger Fields. The Blugolds will take on Carthage College in the first round on Friday, Nov. 14, at a time yet to be announced. Full story.

The volleyball team will head to the University of St. Thomas for the eight-team regional tournament, where the Blugolds will play Gustavus Adolphus at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in the first round. Full story. Go to top of page

Campus scenes from Election Day 2008

The UW-Eau Claire campus was abuzz with student political activity in advance of the Nov. 4 election. In the presidential race, the voters in city of Eau Claire wards 20 and 24, which include students who live on campus, cast ballots as follows:

• Ward 20: 65.9 percent for Barack Obama, 31.8 percent for John McCain.

• Ward 24: 75.2 percent for Barack Obama, 23.6 percent for John McCain.

Read Nov. 10 Spectator articles about voter turnout and area legislator races.

campaign signs on campus
On Election Day, campaign signs for candidates from every local and national race filled all available green space on and around UW-Eau Claire's Central Campus Mall.
Students voting On-campus students voted in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center, with many UW-Eau Claire students voting in their first presidential election. In Ward 20, which includes voters who live in the upper-campus residence halls as well as off-campus residents, the registered voter participation rate was 62.5 percent, up 9.3 percent from the rate in the 2004 election. In Ward 24, which includes voters from the two lower-campus residence halls, the voting rate was 57.2 percent, up 2.3 percent from 2004. (Photos by Bill Hoepner, LTS)
Students waiting in line to vote

UW-Eau Claire makes list of top Fulbright producers
UW-Eau Claire is among the top producers of 2008-09 U.S. Fulbright Fellows, according to a list recently released by the Fulbright Program.

UW-Eau Claire is one of 22 institutions included in the master's institution category on the Fulbright Program's list of colleges and universities that produced the most U.S. Fulbright Fellows.

With two UW-Eau Claire students awarded Fulbright awards for 2008-09, UW-Eau Claire is the only Wisconsin institution included on the list of top Fulbright producers in the master's category. Full story. Go to top of page

Kiplinger's best values again include UW-Eau Claire
Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine has again included UW-Eau Claire among its 100 best values in public colleges.

In Kiplinger's national 2008-09 "100 Best Values in Public Colleges," UW-Eau Claire is ranked 65th for in-state students and 63rd in best value for out-of-state students. The rankings are based on academic quality, overall costs and financial aid availability.

"These rankings continue to demonstrate the excellent reputation of UW-Eau Claire for providing an extraordinary education at very affordable costs," Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich said. "In the economy of today and into the future, those college graduates will be best prepared who are able to transition between many careers over a lifetime. This adaptability and flexibility is achieved through a sound liberal education, experiential learning opportunities and developing a passion for both a field of study and for learning. These are the hallmarks of a UW-Eau Claire degree." Full story. Go to top of page

UW System Board of Regents meeting update
UW System logoThe UW System Board of Regents met for a one-day meeting on Nov. 6, with most of the session focusing on broad discussions about two strategic issues: academic workforce recruitment and retention challenges, and professional doctorates in the UW System. No action was taken on either item.

An aging academic workforce is expected to exacerbate the already competitive climate in which UW System institutions work to recruit and retain their high quality faculty and staff, the regents were told. The impact of the “graying” academic workforce on UW’s competitiveness relative to peers was discussed as a factor to be considered in UW’s annual pay plan review, which the Board will address at its December meeting.

UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich spoke during the discussion of offering professional doctoral degrees at UW System comprehensive universities, noting that offering doctorates would promote the sustainability of those institutions. Levin-Stankevich was quoted in Badger Herald coverage of the regents' meeting.

The regents also honored two professors and one academic department with the presentation of their 16th annual Teaching Excellence Awards. The 2008 recipients are Douglas Heil, professor of communication at UW-Oshkosh; Nate Splett, associate dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and professor of agricultural economics at UW-River Falls; and the department of mathematics, statistics and computer science at UW-Stout. Read the news summary of the Nov. 6 regents meeting. Go to top of page

Artists Series presents Avalon String Quartet

Avalon String Quartet
Avalon String Quartet

UW-Eau Claire's Artists Series will present the Avalon String Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The concert will include the performance of a recently premiered composition by UW-Eau Claire assistant professor Dr. Ethan Wickman.

The Avalon String Quartet has won many notable competitions and secured coveted residencies — most recently a position at Northern Illinois University formerly occupied by the distinguished Vermeer Quartet. The ensemble also was quartet-in-residence at Indiana University at South Bend for four years. Full story. Go to top of page

CETL open house set for Nov. 13
CETL logoThe UW-Eau Claire Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, to welcome the campus community to the center's newly remodeled learning space in Room 1142 of the Old Library and to celebrate the new era in professional development of teaching and learning that CETL represents.

CETL was established to work with UW-Eau Claire educators and students to improve the quality of teaching on the UW-Eau Claire campus and to improve students' overall learning experience. Full story. Go to top of page

Sales event draws students from around Midwest
Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up graphicForty-eight students from marketing programs at nine Midwestern colleges and universities will gather at UW-Eau Claire Nov. 13-15 for the second annual Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up, a regional sales competition hosted by UW-Eau Claire's department of management and marketing.

The event is designed to increase student interest in sales as a profession said Bob Erffmeyer, professor of marketing and competition director. Students will hone their selling skills, network with sales professionals and recruiters, and meet other students who share their interest in sales. The event also will give students an opportunity to "warm-up" for the National Collegiate Sales Competition, is held every spring at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga. Full story. Go to top of page

Activities mark American Indian Heritage Month
UW-Eau Claire invites the campus and Chippewa Valley communities to celebrate American Indian Heritage Month. The following events are planned:

  • a Nov. 11 bus trip will to the 30th annual Lac Courte Oreilles Veterans Day Pow Wow in Hayward;
  • a Nov. 13 American Indian beading workshop from led by Nichole Ray, an Oglala Lakota and a UW-Eau Claire American Indian studies graduate;
  • a Nov. 17 screening of the documentary "The Way of the Warrior";
  • a Nov. 19 free concert by Wade Fernandez and the Black Wolf Group from 6-7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium; and
  • a Nov. 24 discussion by Dr. James Oberly, UW-Eau Claire professor of history, of the more than 150 years of political turmoil faced by the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Indians.

Full story. Go to top of page

Tickets available for Dec. 7 Holiday Concert
Holiday Concert graphicTickets are now available for UW-Eau Claire's 34th annual Holiday Concert, to be held at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in Zorn Arena. The concert is presented by the department of music and theatre arts and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

The concert will feature performances by The Symphonic Choir and Symphony Orchestra, The Singing Statesmen, the Women's Concert Chorale, the Women's Chorus, the Concert Choir and the Wind Symphony.

Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance by using the online ticket reservation form or calling the University Service Center, 715-836-3727. More information. Go to top of page

Student ensembles to perform fall concerts
The following UW-Eau Claire student ensemble performances will take place Nov. 11-17. All concerts, unless otherwise noted, will take place in Gantner Concert Hall of Haas Fine Arts Center. See the University Bulletin Calendar for further details about each concert.

  • Jazz Ensemble II, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11. More information.
  • The Singing Statesmen: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14. More information.
  • Concert Choir, 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16.
  • Women's Concert Chorale, 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16.
  • Chamber Ensemble I, 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in Phillips Recital Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center.
  • Opera Workshop Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17.

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Food drive to benefit local residents in need
Cans Across America graphicAll members of the UW-Eau Claire community are invited to fight hunger and help those in need in the Chippewa Valley by taking part in a special Cans Across America event Nov. 12. The Blugold Dining program will sponsor a nonperishable food drive all day in all campus dining locations.

All of the nonperishable food items collected on the UW-Eau Claire campus will help senior citizens, single parents, the working poor, the homeless, the mentally ill and others in need throughout the Chippewa Valley. Last year more than 3,500 pounds of food was collected and donated to Feed My People Food Bank in Eau Claire. Blugold Dining hopes to collect more than 6,000 pounds of food during this year's event. Full story. Go to top of page

Students help area residents with fall cleanup
Tidy Up the Town participants

Student volunteers participating in Tidy Up the Town Nov. 1 included (from left) Julie Germain, Amanda Bremner, Tessa Cash, Joseph Glatczak, Stephanie Falch, Katie (Marie) Nichols, Alyn Naslund and Rachel Erickson. (Contributed photo)

Tidy Up the Town participants

Students assist area seniors —
More than 60 UW-Eau Claire students helped local senior citizens with fall yard cleanup Nov. 1 as part of the seventh annual Tidy Up the Town event. Twelve student groups were represented among the students participating. Full story. Go to top of page

Joseph Glatczak and Julie Germain bag up a pile of leaves. (Contributed photo)
Faculty members organize family events
at local schools with focus on healthy eating
Lakeshore family fun night participants
family fun night taste testersUW-Eau Claire faculty members Dr. Eric Jamelske, economics, and Dr. Lori Bica, psychology, helped organize events for local schoolchildren and their families featuring fresh fruit and vegetable tasting and demonstrations and resources promoting healthy eating. Jamelske and Bica are part of a research team evaluating the effectiveness of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. The first family fun night, pictured above and at right, was held Nov. 6 at Lakeshore Elementary School. A similar event is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 13, at Longfellow Elementary School. Read a Nov. 9 Leader-Telegram article about the Lakeshore event. (Photos by Bill Hoepner, LTS) Go to top of page

 


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