Vol. 53, No. 32Sixteenth Week • Spring Semester • May 8, 2006

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Reception today to honor retiring employees and those reaching career milestones

Campus to honor Vicki Lord Larson at Wednesday event

ORSP announces Student Research Day winners

Kat Trio to close 2005-06 Artists Series May 10

Chippewa Valley NanoSTEM Initiative is considered by regents

Congressional Award winner to present May 23 NET workshops

Nursing students to study in Costa Rica

Regent Connolly-Keesler visits campus

Online calendar of events: Are your events listed?

Fifth Element, Gospel Choir plan performances

Ivar Lunde retires as youth symphony director, conducts final concert

Robert Baca to perform with Chippewa Valley Symphony

Chinese art institute, UW-Eau Claire explore possible exchange program


Reception today to honor retiring employees
and those reaching career milestones
UW-Eau Claire excellence medalUW-Eau Claire's Service Recognition and Retirement Reception will be today from 3-5 p.m. in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center. Retiring employees will be honored at 3:30 p.m. Also receiving recognition will be employees who are approaching the anniversary of their 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th and 35th years of service. The event is open to all faculty and staff. Go to top of page

Vicki Lord Larson
Interim Chancellor
Vicki Lord Larson

Campus to honor Vicki Lord Larson at Wednesday event
UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff members are invited to a farewell reception for Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson from 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, May 10, in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center. A brief program is scheduled at 10 a.m. Larson will serve as interim chancellor through the end of May, and Chancellor Designate Brian Levin-Stankevich will begin his term as chancellor June 1. Go to top of page

ORSP announces Student Research Day winners

Phong Xion and Erin Quinlan present their research to Karen Havholm
Students Phong Xiong, political science, and Erin Quinlan, music education, Student Research Day first-place winners in the Business and Professional Studies category, presented their research to Dr. Karen Havholm, interim assistant vice chancellor for research and sponsored programs. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS)

UW-Eau Claire students displayed 196 student and faculty collaborative research projects and independent student research projects at the 14th annual Student Research Day May 1-2. The event was sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs with support from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

Senior psychology major Thomas Hahn was named the recipient of the Kell Container Corporation Scholarship. Hahn worked with faculty mentor David Jewett on a research project titled “Effects of Brain Chemicals and Drugs that Decrease Food Intake in an Animal Model of Hunger."

A seven-member faculty judging panel from Carthage College, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Macalester College, College of Wooster, University of Central Arkansas, St. Olaf College and Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation also selected several research projects for special recognition. The following students and faculty mentors received first-place honors in their categories (see other Student Research Day winners on the ORSP Web site):

  • Arts and Humanities: Tammy L. Goss with faculty mentor Erica Benson, English, "Silent Service: Specialized Submariner Speech from WWII to Present."
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences: Victoria Udalova with faculty mentor Wayne Carroll, economics, "Labor Force Participation Rates among Hmong Immigrants."
  • Business and Professional Studies: Erin Quinlan and Phong Xiong with faculty mentor Bob Hollon, curriculum and instruction, "Community Case Studies in Collaborative Leadership."
  • Natural and Physical Sciences: Carolyn Otto with faculty mentor Michael Penkava, mathematics, "Deformations of Low Dimensional Lie Algebras."
  • Graduate Entries: Rebecca Zeitler and Jodi Budd with faculty mentor Lisa La Salle, communication sciences and disorders, "Phonological Encoding and Stutter Loci during CVC-in-utterance Imitation." Go to top of page

Kat Trio to close 2005-06 Artists Series May 10
The Ekaterinburg Classical TrioThe Ekaterinburg Classical Trio, known to Wisconsin Public Radio listeners as the Kat Trio, will give UW-Eau Claire's final 2005-06 Artists Series performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The Kat Trio's performances are energetic and audience friendly, featuring classical works, well-known inspirational songs and even American pop standards. The wide-ranging Artists Series program will include Aram Khachaturyan's Trio for violin, clarinet and piano as well as music by Brahms, Max Bruch, Chopin, Dvorak, Jerome Kern, Rachmaninoff, Peter Schickele, Shostakovich, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky and Henri Vieuxtemps. Full story. Go to top of page

Chippewa Valley NanoSTEM Initiative is among Growth Agenda plans considered by regents
UW System logoThe UW System Board of Regents considered May 4 a number of action plans from UW System institutions, including UW-Eau Claire, that would contribute to the system's Growth Agenda for Wisconsin. The Growth Agenda is the system's long-term plan to increase the number of Wisconsin citizens who have four-year college degrees and to use the university's resources to grow the state's 21st century knowledge economy.

Among the action plans considered was the Chippewa Valley NanoSTEM Initiative, a collaborative initiative between UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stout and Chippewa Valley Technical College that would provide advanced science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, intellectual expertise and state-of-the-art facilities to students, faculty and businesses throughout the Chippewa Valley and Wisconsin. The initiative would capitalize on the existing expertise and strengths of each institution in the development and enhancement of degree programs that focus on nanotechnology, nanoengineering and nanoscience education. UW-Eau Claire would expand the number of faculty and staff now engaged in teaching, faculty-student undergraduate research and utilization of the Materials Science Center, which houses highly sophisticated scientific equipment suitable for nanoscale research.

Read the Day 1 and Day 2 news summaries for complete details on the regents' May meeting. Go to top of page

Leslie Owen Wilson
Leslie Owen Wilson

Congressional Award winner
to present May 23 NET workshops

Leslie Owen Wilson, a professor in the School of Education at UW-Stevens Point and a recent recipient of a three-year Congressional Award, will present two Network for Excellence in Teaching workshops on Tuesday, May 23, in the Presidents Room, Davies Center. Wilson will present "Speaking Millennial: Understanding and Teaching a New Generation of Students" from 9 a.m. to noon and "When Backwards Is Forward Thinking: Recreating Courses Through a New Design" from 1-4 p.m. Registration is required by Tuesday, May 16. To register for either or both sessions, e-mail NET@uwec.edu or call 836-3233. More information. Go to top of page

Nursing students to study in Costa Rica
Costa Rica imageSixteen nursing students from UW-Eau Claire and its satellite nursing program in Marshfield will spend six weeks in Costa Rica this summer as participants in a new study abroad program tailored for nursing students. The students will study the Costa Rican medical system and take a medical Spanish course at the appropriate level for their Spanish speaking abilities. They will take academic field trips to various medical facilities and will live with host families in Tibas, a suburb of San Jose, the capital city of Costa Rica. Nursing students find it difficult to take part in most study abroad programs because their course of study is regimented. A summer program offers the ideal opportunity to continue their focus on nursing while discovering another culture, said Jayne Bielecki, a clinical instructor in the family health department and co-chair of the committee charged with fostering cultural experiences for nursing students. Full story. Go to top of page

Regent Connolly-Keesler visits campus
Steven Tallant, Andrew Soll, Roger Tlusty and Eileen Connolly Keesler

UW System Regent Eileen Connolly-Keesler paid a visit to UW-Eau Claire May 1, touring campus facilities, attending Student Research Day and sitting in on the UW-Eau Claire Foundation spring board meeting. Above, Connolly-Keesler talks during a tour of Brewer Hall with (from left to right) Steven Tallant, interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs; Andrew Soll, vice chancellor for business and student services; and Roger Tlusty, professor and chair of UW-Eau Claire's foundations of education department. The replacement of Brewer Hall with a new academic building is a top priority in UW-Eau Claire's Campus Physical Development Plan. (University Communications photo) Go to top of page

Online calendar of events: Are your events posted?
UW-Eau Claire's online calendar of events is a forum for posting all university-sponsored events that are open to the public. Information in the online calendar is available to anyone visiting the university Web site. In addition, the link to the online calendar is sent monthly to regional media, school districts, libraries, chambers of commerce and other groups that in turn often publicize campus events through their newsletters and other public relations efforts. UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff whose departments or units are sponsoring upcoming events can learn how to post their events and obtain access to the online event-posting form by contacting Sue King in the News Bureau at kingsa@uwec.edu or 836-4003. Go to top of page

Fifth Element, Gospel Choir plan performances
Two UW-Eau Claire vocal ensembles will perform concerts on campus this weekend:

  • Fifth Element, an all-male a cappella ensemble, will debut its new album, "Black and Blues," during a special CD release concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, in Schofield Auditorium. The concert also will feature songs by Josh Kelley, Elliot Smith, Seal and UW-Eau Claire's own ChesterBay. Full story.
  • Sara Renner
    Sara Renner
    The UW-Eau Claire Gospel Choir will perform "Dancin' in the Light" at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 13, in Zorn Arena. The Gospel Choir also is bringing in a professional gospel group to share the night: Sara Renner and the Elements, who specialize in a blend of jazz, soul and gospel styles. Renner and her band have performed throughout the United States at churches, music festivals and special events since 2001. In February 2004, they started "Minneapolis Live!" at the widely acclaimed Club 3Degrees, where they perform each month. Full story. Go to top of page

Ivar Lunde retires as youth symphony director, conducts final concert May 13 in Gantner Hall

Ivar Lunde Jr.

Ivar Lunde Jr., UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of music, will conduct his last concert with the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 13, in Gantner Concert Hall of UW-Eau Claire's Haas Fine Arts Center. The event, which is the symphony's 25th anniversary concert, is free and open to the public.

Lunde is the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony's founder and has served as its director since its inception in 1981. In honor of Lunde's 25 years of service to the youth symphony, a reception will be held before the concert at 4:30 p.m. in the Haas Fine Arts Center lobby. Alumni and friends are especially invited to attend the reception and concert. Full story. Go to top of page

Robert Baca

Robert Baca to perform with Chippewa Valley Symphony
Robert Baca, UW-Eau Claire professor of music, will be a guest performer during the Chippewa Valley Symphony's concert, titled "Russian Rhythm," at 7:30 p.m. May 13 at The State: Regional Arts Center in Eau Claire. Baca will perform Alexander Arutunian's "Trumpet Concerto" during the concert. More information is available on the Chippewa Valley Symphony Web site. Go to top of page

Chinese art institute, UW-Eau Claire explore possible exchange of exhibits, faculty, students
SFAI representatives present gift to Vicki Lord Larson

Representatives from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Sichuan, China, were guests of UW-Eau Claire's department of art & design during a recent campus visit to discuss developing an exchange between the department and the institute. The arrangement would involve exchanges of art exhibits, faculty, and, eventually, possibly students. Above, SFAI Professor Thomas Kuang presented a book to Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson during the group's visit May 3. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS)


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