Vol. 56, No. 14Fourteenth Week • Fall Semester • Nov. 17, 2008

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Mathematics major selected for NASA internship

Vice chancellor finalist visits continue this week

Feedback sought on first HLC self-study report

Pakistan to be Forum presentation focus

New series offers business courses to nonmajors

Staff member receives "Distinguished Artist" title

Psychology professors collaborate on new book

Summer 2009 class schedule now online

Biology students share 'Slime and Mucous' with local children

 

Mathematics major selected for NASA internship

Rochelle Halama
Rochelle Halama

A UW-Eau Claire senior mathematics major and McNair Scholar will spend the spring semester as an intern at a National Aeronautics and Space Administration flight facility in Virginia.

Rochelle Halama of Independence will begin her NASA internship Jan. 12, 2009, at the Wallops Flight Facility, where she will focus on researching ways to prove software reliability.

Halama has worked on research projects at UW-Eau Claire with Dr. Mohamed Elgindi, a professor of mathematics. That experience will help her in the research-centered NASA internship, she said. Full story. Go to top of page

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

George Hollins, university business manager at The University of Iowa, will be on campus today and tomorrow, Nov. 17 and 18. He will speak at two one-hour forums open to faculty, staff and students at 2 p.m. Nov. 17 and at 10 a.m. Nov. 18. Both forums, which will be identical in format, will be held in Davies Theatre.

An additional campus visit by finalist Greg Garber, assistant professor of finance and accounting at Concordia College, is scheduled for Dec. 1 and 2.

Finalists David Dadds, administrator of the department of family medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and Nathaniel Jones III, chief financial and administrative officer of the William Jewett Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth College, made campus visits the week of Nov. 10-14. Go to top of page

Feedback sought on first HLC self-study report
The steering committee for UW-Eau Claire's Higher Learning Commission self-study has released a draft of its report on Criterion 4 (Acquisition, Discovery, and Application of Knowledge). The draft, as well as a feedback form to be used by faculty and staff to submit anonymous comments, is available on UW-Eau Claire's HLC Web site.

A separate study group worked on reports related to each of five HLC criteria. The five HLC criteria are as follows:

  1. Mission and Integrity
  2. Preparing for the Future
  3. Student Learning and Effective Teaching
  4. Acquisition, Discovery, and Application of Knowledge
  5. Engagement and Service

Reports for the other criteria will be released as they are completed. Go to top of page

Pakistan to be Forum presentation focus

Tariq Ali
Tariq Ali

UW-Eau Claire's Forum series will present writer, journalist and filmmaker Tariq Ali  Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Zorn Arena. His address, "U.S. Foreign Policy: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan," will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Ali's presentation will center on Pakistan, the likely home of Osama Bin Laden and safe house for the Taliban forces fighting NATO in Afghanistan. His most recent book, "The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power," was published in September.

Tariq Ali is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio and writes for publications including The Nation, the Guardian, Counterpunch and the London Review of Books. Full story. Go to top of page

New series offers business courses to nonmajors
A new series of online classes at UW-Eau Claire will allow degree-seeking students and adult learners to take basic business courses without having to major or minor in business.

The Essentials logoBeginning in January 2009, UW-Eau Claire's College of Business and Continuing Education will offer The Essentials program, which will include classes that focus on the essential areas of business, such as marketing, management, accounting, investing, finance and information systems. The eight-week 100-level courses will be open to all non-business majors or minors as well as to adult learners.

"We know there is a need on campus and in the community for quality basic business classes that will help people launch or enhance a variety of careers," said Cynthia Hofacker, an instructional program manager in the College of Business who is coordinating the new program. "Everyone — whether they are in the arts, education, health care or any other field — can benefit from knowing how to work with budgets or how to market themselves or their ideas." Full story. Go to top of page

Staff member receives 'Distinguished Artist' title

Gene Leisz
Gene Leisz

UW-Eau Claire academic staff member Gene Leisz joined a small, elite group of state professionals this summer when he became the first person at UW-Eau Claire to be granted the state title of Distinguished Artist.

The title acknowledges a professional who performs at a level of proficiency requiring extensive experience and advanced knowledge and skills. Leisz, a senior graphic artist in UW-Eau Claire's Learning and Technology Services, was trained as a fine artist and received a bachelor of fine arts degree in drawing and printmaking from UW-Eau Claire.

Leisz has been a presenter at the Governor's Wisconsin Educational Technology Conference and has shared his talents with the community and region. He has taught digital photography workshops at the L.E. Phillips Senior Center, Senior Americans' Day, the local Cooperative Educational Service Agency, Cray Academy and other summer institutes for educators, and he has created scenery and taught scenery painting for the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild. He also has taught drawing, painting, sculpture and doll and puppet making to a wide range of audiences through continuing education courses and workshops. Full story. Go to top of page

Psychology professors collaborate on new book
'Positive Psychology' book coverTwo UW-Eau Claire professors have collaborated on a new book, "Positive Psychology," which reviews the research and theory related to the emerging area of positive psychology.

Professor emeritus of psychology Dr. Steve Baumgardner did the research and writing for the book, and Dr. Mickey (Marie) Crothers, associate professor of psychology, edited the work. Crothers was Baumgardner's student when she was an undergraduate at UW-Eau Claire.

The relatively new field of positive psychology is focused on developing a psychological and sociocultural understanding of the meaning and measure of happiness, as well as the means to living "a good life," Baumgardner said. The book, published in September by Pearson Publishing, is designed to serve as a primary text for an undergraduate college course in positive psychology. The University of Delaware has adopted it for use in undergraduate classes, Baumgardner noted. Full story. Go to top of page

Summer 2009 class schedule now online
The 2009 summer session class schedule is now available online. Available class schedules can be accessed anytime through the UW-Eau Claire home page by going to "Quick Links" and choosing "class schedule." The schedules are available for printing in both Microsoft Word and PDF formats. Go to top of page

Biology students share 'Slime and Mucous' with local children
UW-Eau Claire student Barbie Bolek with Putnam Heights students UW-Eau Claire student Ernest Ruiz with Putnam Heights students
UW-Eau Claire students Barbie Bolek, left, and Ernest Ruiz, right, work with fifth-graders from Putnam Heights Elementary School during a "Slime and Mucous" presentation Nov. 13 at the school. Bolek and Ruiz were among five members of the UW-Eau Claire chapter of the Tri Beta National Biological Honor Society who led the program. Read a Nov. 14 Leader-Telegram article about the biology students' presentation. (Photos by Bill Hoepner, LTS) Go to top of page

 

 

 


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