Vol. 53, No. 30 • Fourteenth Week • Spring Semester • April 24, 2006
Patti See, senior student services coordinator in UW-Eau Claire's Academic Skills Center, is one of two UW System recipients of the 2006 Regents Academic Staff Award for Excellence.
See and Lynn Markham, a land use specialist with UW-Stevens Point's Center for Land Use Education, each will receive a $5,000 award for professional development or to enhance a university program or function. The awards will be presented Thursday, May 4, at the UW System Board of Regents meeting in Madison. Nominees for the award included one academic staff member from each UW institution, and a selection committee chaired by Regent Eileen Connolly-Keesler of Oshkosh chose the recipients.
See, who also teaches women's studies courses, received bachelor's and master's degrees in English from UW-Eau Claire. Full story.
Faculty, staff, students and friends of the university are invited to don their Blugold colors and help UW-Eau Claire observe UW Spirit Day at a celebration today on the Central Campus Mall from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Coffee, doughnuts and muffins will be served and UW-Eau Claire door prizes will be given away.
The event kicks off the third annual UW Spirit Week, a celebration of the impact of the UW System on Wisconsin workplaces and communities. Other Spirit Week activities include a Tuesday program at noon in the state capitol rotunda and a UW System alumni gathering on from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday in the Madison Room of the Best Western Inn on the Park, Madison. More information.
UW-Eau Claire celebrates Honors Week April 24-30
Doors for the annual event will open at 11 a.m., the grand entries will be at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and the feast will begin at 5 p.m. Admission is $5, which includes the feast. There is no cost for children under age 5 and seniors over age 55.
The powwow provides an opportunity for Native American people to gather and celebrate the importance of their heritage and culture and for UW-Eau Claire to recognize and honor its American Indian alumni. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire students will display their student/faculty collaborative research as well as independent student research at the 14th annual Student Research Day May 1-2. Student research posters will be on display from noon to 5 p.m. Monday, May 1, and from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 2, in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. Judging will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.
The entire university community is encouraged to view this exhibit and meet with the student researchers, who will be available to discuss their posters during the Monday afternoon session. The public also is invited to this free event. Full story.
Research such as that conducted by UW-Eau Claire nursing honors students has become increasingly important in recent years as the nursing profession continues to change, said a UW-Eau Claire nursing faculty member.
"As nursing is moving closer to a practice based on research, baccalaureate-prepared nurses will need both the critical thinking skills and the compassion to link patient care that honors the individual patient and yet uses the latest information from our research," said Dr. CeCelia Zorn, professor of nursing systems.
At UW-Eau Claire's annual Nursing Honors Luncheon April 27, senior students and alumni will present their honors research work. All students in the Nursing Honors Program will be recognized at the luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center. Full story.
An awareness campaign continues at UW-Eau Claire to bring attention to all types of diversity on campus.
Three new posters have been released and can be seen, along with the three initial posters, in numerous locations across campus. The posters feature photos of UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff, along with quotes from the individuals about what makes them diverse. The campaign will touch on all types of diversity, including but not limited to race, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, geographic diversity and people with mental or physical disabilities. New posters will be added to the campaign in the coming months.
For more information about the diversity campaign, contact Kimberly Barrett, Student Development and Diversity, at 836-5992 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tutoring fellow students led a UW-Eau Claire graduate to a teaching career. Now Michael Knetter, dean of the School of Business and professor of finance, investment and banking at UW-Madison, has established a new fund providing stipends for tutors in the UW-Eau Claire department of economics.
The gift is recognized as a contribution to Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's ongoing comprehensive campaign to benefit UW-Eau Claire's people and programs. The Michael Knetter Tutoring Award is one of three new funds that have been established for the UW-Eau Claire's economics department since the campaign began in 2000. Full story.
On April 29, approximately 40 K-12 social science teachers from around Wisconsin will meet in Eau Claire to begin a three-year program titled "Making Americans, Making America: Community, Citizenship and the Constitution." According to Oscar Chamberlain, senior lecturer in the UW-Eau Claire history department and director of the Making Americans program, teachers participating in this program will benefit from an extraordinary partnership: The long-standing relationship between UW-Eau Claire historians and the Chippewa Valley Museum.
"If we hadn't already had such an active, collaborative relationship with the Chippewa Valley Museum, we couldn't have just started a program like this," Chamberlain said.
The university/museum collaboration has led to some award-winning exhibits, including, "Paths of the People: The Ojibwe in the Chippewa Valley," which opened in 1991, and "Farm Life: A Century of Change for Farm Families and Their Neighbors," which opened in December 2004. The partnership also has led to benefits for community members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and students. Full story.
Jacqueline Bailey of Chippewa Falls will present her award-winning thesis, "The Hero Must Hang: The Postcolonial Swerve and Re-Visioning of Homer's 'Odyssey' in Hanif Kureishi's 'Sammy and Rosie Get Laid,'" from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, May 1, in the Presidents Room of Davies Center. A discussion will follow, and all UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff and students are invited to attend. The presentation also is open to the public.
Bailey was chosen by a Graduate Council faculty committee to receive UW-Eau Claire's Distinguished Master's Thesis Award in November 2005. She earned a master's degree in English from UW-Eau Claire in May 2005. Associate professor of English Dr. Asha Sen was Bailey's thesis adviser, and Dr. Jennifer Shaddock, also an associate professor of English, was her graduate program adviser.