Vol. 52, No. 28Thirteenth Week • Spring Semester • April 18, 2005

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Rose-Marie Avin receives UW System Women of Color Award

Students selected from U.S. peers for prestigious opportunities

University academic staff to meet at 10 a.m. today

They danced all night: Viennese Ball 2005

UW-Eau Claire announces Honors Week events

Group meeetings to address university budget

Campus to participate in April 21 tornado drill

Student Research Day set for April 25 and 26

Geography and anthropology students show research at national meeting

Blugolds celebrate UW Spirit Day


Rose-Marie Avin receives Women of Color
in Education Award from UW System
Dr. Rose-Marie AvinDr. Rose-Marie Avin, UW-Eau Claire professor of economics, received a UW System Women of Color in Education Award during the UW System's 29th Annual Women's Studies Conference April 15-16 in Madison. Each UW System campus was asked to select a woman to receive the recognition. A member of UW-Eau Claire's faculty since 1987, Avin has extensive teaching and research experience in Latin America and has been recognized for her distinguished contributions in the field as the recipient of the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Award in Brazil in 2000. She has received a second Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Award to India during the summer of 2005. Avin also is involved with the Wisconsin Coordinating Council on Nicaragua, a non-profit organization based in Madison that works to help empower poor women in Nicaragua. Full story. Go to top of page

Students selected from among U.S. peers
for prestigious opportunities

Two UW-Eau Claire students recently have been selected from among their peers across the nation for opportunities of a lifetime in their respective fields of study.

  • Michael D. LeMaySenior computer science major Michael D. LeMay — who enrolled in his first university computer science course at the age of 15 — is among the winners of a prestigious National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. LeMay, a 20-year-old Eau Claire native who will graduate from UW-Eau Claire in May, is among the 180 NDSEG fellows selected from 3,700 applicants, making him the first UW-Eau Claire student to receive an NDSEG fellowship. LeMay and a UW-Madison student were the only two fellows selected this year from UW campuses, with many of the winners coming from internationally known schools such as Harvard, Stanford and MIT. Full story.
  • John RiedererSenior John Riederer, a business administration and German for business professionals double major with an international business minor, been selected to participate this summer in the Transatlantic Program, a prestigious international internship program in Germany. Offered through the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, the Transatlantic Program allows 25 highly motivated and qualified college students from all of the United States to gain a comprehensive perspective in German business, the economy and political situation, as well as German culture and language. Full story. Go to top of page

University academic staff to meet at 10 a.m. today
Members of UW-Eau Claire's academic staff are encouraged to attend a university academic staff meeting today at 10 a.m. in Davies Theatre. The agenda is as follows:

  1. Report from University Academic Staff Nominating Committee (Connie Russell, chair) regarding nominations for the spring 2005 university academic staff elections. (Additional nominations for these committees will be taken from the floor.)*
  2. Proposed amendments to the constitution of the faculty and academic staff (Susan Harrison, chair, University Senate).*
  3. Academic staff representative's report (Jean Wilcox)
  4. Miscellaneous business.
  5. Conversation with Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson, who will take questions and comments from those in attendance.

*Information on the committees, nominations and proposed amendments to the constitution can be found on the University Senate Web site. Go to top of page

They danced all night
UW-Eau Claire's Davies Center was transformed April 15 and 16 for the 31st annual Viennese Ball. At right, sophomore music major Katie LeBrun dances with her father, John LeBrun, in the Ceremonial Room. Below, ballgoers navigated the crowded dance floor in the Golden Lion Festival Room. Tickets to the event sold out to 1,400 guests each evening, said Beverly Soll, Viennese Ball executive director. The ball annually supports scholarships for international study, music, and service awards for Davies Center students while continuing to build an endowment for future scholarship awards, Soll said. Go to top of page

Sophomore Katie LeBrun and John LeBrun
dancers in the Golden Lion Festival Room
Photos by Andy Soll, Business and Student Services
UW-Eau Claire announces Honors Week events
UW-Eau Claire is celebrating its 33rd annual Scholastic Honors Week today, April 18, through Sunday, April 24. This week is the time set aside by the university to recognize students of high scholastic achievement. All events, with the exception of the April 19 Honors Banquet, are open to the public and free of charge. Complete events schedule. Go to top of page

Group meetings to address university budget
The following group meetings addressing UW-Eau Claire's budget challenges are scheduled for the week of April 18-22:

  • Wednesday, April 20: Deans and directors meeting, Rooms 2023 A and B, McIntyre Library, 8:30-10 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 21: All-chairs meeting, Rooms 2023 A and B, McIntyre Library, 9:30-11 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 21: Forum for faculty and instructional academic staff, Schofield Auditorium, 2-4 p.m.

Forums for classified staff and professional and administrative academic staff are scheduled for the week of April 25. See schedule.

Individuals unable to attend their special group meetings may e-mail comments and suggestions to Provost and Vice Chancellor Ronald Satz at rsatz@uwec.edu, or, if anonymity is preferred, may communicate with Satz via campus mail. Go to top of page

Campus to participate in April 21 tornado drill tornado photo

Gov. Jim Doyle has proclaimed April 18-22, 2005, Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin. The Governor has asked all state agencies, including UW-Eau Claire, to conduct a tornado drill this Thursday, April 21. In Eau Claire County the drill will include a mock tornado watch at 1 p.m. The watch will be upgraded to a mock tornado warning from 1:40 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Outdoor sirens, broadcast stations and weather radios will sound the alert.

The purpose of campus participation in the tornado drill is to ensure that faculty, staff and students know what to do and where to go should a tornado or severe weather occur. To avoid disrupting classes, the UW-Eau Claire Office of Loss Prevention and Safety does not recommend actual evacuations during this week’s drill. Faculty teaching at the time of the drill are asked to announce the planned drill in class and read the following information for the benefit of their students:


  1. Evacuate to the lowest level of the building, if time permits.
  2. Go to an enclosed, windowless area in the center of the building.
  3. Do not use elevators.
  4. Stay away from windows, glass, or large open areas.
  5. Monitor weather by radio or weather alert radio.
  6. Stay in the sheltered area until the “all clear” is sounded.

If you have questions regarding severe weather, tornado, or appropriate shelter locations in your building, please contact Randy Saheim (836-3999, saheimrd@uwec.edu) or John Baltes (836-4414, jbaltes@uwec.edu). For further information regarding campus emergency procedures and operations, please consult the following link: http://www.uwec.edu/lps/plans/emergency.html. Go to top of page

Student Research Day set for April 25 and 26
Student Britta Suppes with research display
Photo by Lisa Theo, geography and anthropology

Senior geography major Britta Suppes, pictured above showing her research results in early April at the Association of American Geographers annual meeting in Denver (see related story), will be among student researchers displaying posters during UW-Eau Claire's 13th annual UW-Eau Claire Student Research Day on April 25 and 26. The event, sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, will take place in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. The entire university community and the public are encouraged to view student posters from 194 undergraduate and graduate research projects and meet with the researchers. The posters will be on display from noon until 4 p.m. April 25 and from 8 a.m. to noon April 26. The event will highlight student research accomplishments and the important role faculty and academic staff play as mentors in the scholarly activity process. Go to top of page

Geography and anthropology students show research at national meeting
Thirteen UW-Eau Claire undergraduate students presented the results of their student/faculty research in early April at the Association of American Geographers annual meeting in Denver. "Their work and presentations were very professional," said Garry Running, associate professor of geography and anthropology. Running noted that two of the students presented posters with no faculty co-author. "We've always been a leader in undergraduate students presenting work they've done with faculty, but we've not had many students present independent work at AAG before," he said. Below are the students who attended the meeting (in bold), any student co-authors (underlined) and faculty co-authors (in italics), along with their research topics:

Britta Jean Suppes. Spatial Distribution of Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness Visitors (poster).

Sarah Lynn Knabel. Integration of CAD and GIS: Modeled Changes in Perviou/Impervious Surfaces and the Affects on Surface Runnoff at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Wiscinsin (poster).

Mike LeMoine, Renee Rollman and Tim Bawden. The Cultural Atlas of Wisconsin: A Prototype (poster).

Bryan Frenz, Devon Disrude and Tim Bawden. The Hinterlands of the National Football League (poster).

Mark Nelson, Garry Running, Karen Havholm (geology), Dion Wiseman and James Graham. Dunes, Forests, and People during the Late-Holocene: Evidence from Buried Podzolic Soils in the Crepeele Dune Field, Southwestern Manitoba (poster).

Doug Faulkner and Ashley Wong. Changing Hydrography in the Tiffany Bottoms of West-Central Wisconsin (poster).

Jennifer Freeland, Doug Faulkner, Robert Barth and Garry Running. Reconstructing the Precontact Chippewa River Valley: Landscape Reconstruction Using GIS and GLO Township Surveys (poster).

Lisa Theo, Emily Szajna, Barb Featherly, Jenny Immich, Melisa Davis (history), Tina Spielmann and Hannah Lott (political science). Spatial Differences in Women's Progress and Prosperity in Wisconsin: The Lieutenant Governor's Wisconsin Women Equal Prosperity Initiative (poster). Go to top of page

Blugolds celebrate UW Spirit Day

UW Spirit Day group photo

UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff, students and alumni turned out to celebrate UW Spirit Day on Friday, April 15, on the Campus Mall. Above, Blugolds young and old gathered for a group photo on the Davies Center steps. At right, Registrar's Office staff posed under the Blugold umbrella won by Susie Warden, third from right, in the event's door prize drawing. (Photos by Rick Mickelson, TLTDC) Registrar's Office staff at UW Spirit Day


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