Vol. 51, No. 17First Week • Spring Semester • Jan. 26, 2004

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Provost Satz plans return to campus

Work under way on Chippewa River bank stabilization project

Campus Campaign 2003-04 kicks off Feb. 1

New WiSys effort targets Chippewa Valley and area universities

UW-Eau Claire's use of federal work study dollars for community services goes up

Expanded bus service plans delayed


Provost Satz plans return to campus
Provost Ron Satz plans to return to campus in mid-February following a short medical leave for the diagnosis and treatment of a serious medical condition, the symptoms of which came on suddenly in late November.

His treatments, which began in late December, will continue during the spring semester, while he resumes a number of his duties and continues regular consultation with his staff, the chancellor and others.

Provost Satz wishes to thank the faculty, staff, students and friends of the university for their get well wishes. He also would like to acknowledge with appreciation the efforts of his staff and others who have been filling in for him so ably during his absence. Go to top of page

Work under way on Chippewa River bank stabilization project site

Tree and shrub removal  from Chippewa River bank
Tree trunk being removed with heavy equipment from Chippewa River bank

Work began Monday, Jan. 19, at the site of the Chippewa River bank stabilization project on the UW-Eau Claire campus.

Trees and other vegetation are being cleared from the project site, which includes 1,200 feet of riverbank along Garfield Avenue from the pedestrian bridge to the Putnam Park Parking lot.

Removing the vegetation now should strengthen the riverbank until the next phase of the project can begin after commencement in the spring, said Andy Soll, vice chancellor of business and student services.

In August, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources granted UW-Eau Claire a permit to stabilize a portion of the riverbank that runs through campus. The project is necessary because of a history of riverbank erosion, and concerns about public safely and damage to the university's infrastructure along the river that could result from a potential collapse of the bank under certain conditions, Soll said. Go to top of page

Campus Campaign 2003-04 kicks off Feb. 1
Campus Campaign logoUW-Eau Claire’s Campus Campaign 2003-04 will kick off Feb. 1, offering faculty and staff the opportunity to support campus people and programs while helping to ensure the success of Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, the university’s ongoing five-year comprehensive fund-raising campaign. Campus Campaign information packets will be sent this week to all faculty and staff via campus mail. The 2003-04 Campus Campaign theme is “Empowering Each Other.” “This year’s theme captures what Campus Campaign is all about: helping ourselves in fiscally challenging times to ensure we will be able to continue our great work at UW-Eau Claire,” said Debra King, outreach program manager III in UW-Eau Claire’s Continuing Education and Campus Campaign co-chair. Full story. Go to top of page

New WiSys effort targets Chippewa Valley and area universities

Cheryl Muller talking with WiSys representatives
WiSys representatives met with Cheryl Muller, chair of the chemistry department, as well as chemistry and physics faculty who recently formed a Material Science Research group.

Getting Wisconsin technologies into the hands of Eau Claire area businesses was the goal behind a meeting Jan. 12 at UW-Eau Claire, where WiSys Technology Foundation representatives encouraged faculty members to use WiSys' free patenting and licensing services. WiSys will help faculty determine what is patentable and assist them with preparing a disclosure that describes their invention. If the invention has market potential, WiSys will patent the invention and market it to companies in Wisconsin and beyond.

"This effort is part of WiSys' desire to ensure that discoveries of all UW System campuses are available to Wisconsin business," said Beth Donley, WiSys general manager. "But more importantly, in these tough economic times when we're all trying to find ways to grow the state's economy, we believe technologies developed at Wisconsin's universities can be an important source of innovation for Wisconsin's businesses to help them be more successful."

WiSys and its parent organization, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, currently are marketing Wisconsin technologies through a campaign titled "What's IN it for Wisconsin Companies." For more information about the campaign contact Emily Bauer or check out their Web site. Go to top of page

UW-Eau Claire's use of federal work study dollars for community services goes up

Jumpstart Corps members with Jumpstart students
UW-Eau Claire Jumpstart Corps members Dru Korab and Kelly Rooney with their Jumpstart students.

UW-Eau Claire devoted nearly 23 percent of its federal work-study program for community service placements in 2002-03, up from a little over 8.7 percent in 2001-02.

The federal work study program, which gives students with financial need an opportunity for part-time, temporary employment, encourages students to gain career-related experience and promotes community-service employment opportunities, said Dale Johnson, student employment coordinator. UW-Eau Claire’s FWS community service dollars for 2001-02 were at $98,842. In 2002-03, they were at $214,649, an increase of 115,806.

“Some of this increase was a result of more spending by other community-service agencies, but the majority was from the university’s participation in Jumpstart,” Johnson said. Full story. Go to top of page

Expanded bus service plans delayed
Students getting off busPlans to expand Eau Claire Transit bus service into the evening and early morning hours during weekends this winter and spring have been delayed because the Eau Claire City Council and the union representing bus drivers could not reach a contract agreement. Full story. Go to top of page


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