Vol. 54, No. 18 • First Week • Spring Semester • Jan. 22, 2007
UW-Eau Claire is ranked 65th in the magazine's 2007 rankings, which are published in the magazine's February issue. UW-Eau Claire was ranked 69th in the magazine's 2006 "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" list.
"What's special about these rankings is that they recognize the quality of education at UW-Eau Claire and also acknowledge that we're providing that first-class education at a price that students can afford," said Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich. "To make the list, institutions must offer top-notch academics at affordable prices." Full story.
UW System admissions policy videoconference
The video broadcast also can be viewed online beginning at 4 p.m. at http://www.wisconsin.edu/admissions. The Web site also contains the full text of the proposed revised systemwide policy and answers to frequently asked questions, and it offers an opportunity for residents to e-mail their comments to the Board of Regents before or after the public forum. Full story.
Dr. Justin Patchin, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of criminal justice, and his co-researcher, Dr. Sameer Hinduja, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at Florida Atlantic University, recently have received national media attention for their first-of-its-kind analysis of teenagers' MySpace profiles.
Patchin and Hinduja's research found that a majority of teenagers are responsible when using the online social networking site MySpace, but a number of adolescents still share personal information that could put their safety at risk.
The professors' work was featured in a recent UW-Eau Claire news release that resulted in coverage by regional and national media, including:
Carol Lonning, 48, a library assistant in the cataloging department in UW-Eau Claire's McIntyre Library, died Jan. 10.
Carol worked in cataloging since 2002. Before that she worked for the library as a student assistant. In 2001 she graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a major in business administration and a minor in library science.
A memorial service was held Jan. 15 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Memorials may be given to the Horse Rescue Fund, Literacy Volunteers-Chippewa Valley, or the Eau Claire County Humane Association. Friends and colleagues may share condolences online. Full obituary.
Routinely UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff provide assistance through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation that makes research opportunities, travel abroad, mentoring experiences and internships possible for UW-Eau Claire students. With the kickoff of its 2006-07 Campus Campaign, "Empowering Lives Together," the Foundation recognizes its partnership with the many faculty and staff who give to benefit students.
Gretchen Hutterli, assistant dean for external affairs in the College of Business, and Robert Erffmeyer, MBA program director and professor of marketing in the College of Business, are serving as this year's Campus Campaign chairs. They urge faculty and staff to participate in the campaign because the benefit of giving helps UW-Eau Claire to distinguish itself as a leading regional university that is student focused.
"Private gifts help UW-Eau Claire differentiate itself from other universities," Hutterli said. "Gifts to the Foundation's campaign help UW-Eau Claire gain that extra edge. It allows the university to provide greater opportunities for students, the excellence that we couldn't provide without those gifts."
All faculty and staff contributions to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation from July 1, 2006, through June 30, 2007, will be recognized as contributions to Campus Campaign 2006-07. Full story.
Chancellor issues university inclusivity statement
Student receives heroism honor
UW-Eau Claire professor of geography and anthropology Harry Jol recently returned from an international research project in Antarctica, where he used his expertise in ground penetrating radar to help a team investigate the internal structure of the sand dunes in the Victoria Valley sector of the Antarctica Dry Valleys. The results from the research will lead to increased understanding of the formation of cold climate dunes and help to interpret dunes of similar morphology on Mars, Jol said. Full story.
Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music and director of choral activities at UW-Eau Claire, has been selected for the Outstanding Church Musician Award by the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association. He received the award Jan. 12 in Madison at the organization's state convention.
"It's an honor to be recognized by my peers for this award," Schwartzhoff said. "My lifelong work in church music has been a rewarding experience involving the four churches I have been privileged to serve as director of music." Full story.
Special Collections moves to McIntyre Library
The library will host an opening reception to celebrate the move during the spring semester. Details about that event will be released soon. For more information, contact Colleen McFarland, assistant professor, head special collections librarian, at 836-3873 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dulany, the newly remodeled dining area on the upper level of UW-Eau Claire's Davies Center, will celebrate its grand reopening Jan. 29-Feb. 2. Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 29. The new entrance to the restaurant is on the central hallway of Davies Center.
Remodeling of The Dulany began the second week in September. Improvements include new tables and chairs, flooring and wallpaper. Historic photographs - nearly all of them the work of Gilbert Tanner, a member of the geography faculty from 1951 to 1983 who recorded campus life for more than two decades - will be displayed on the walls.
The Dulany is open Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. during the academic year. The restaurant features a daily all-you-care-to-eat buffet for $6.50. Daily ethnic theme buffets and prize drawings will take place during the week of the reopening. Buffet menus are available online. Full story.
The anonymous tipster line number is 715-855-5555.
"The tipster line will provide people with another way to share information and/or report suspicious activities on campus," said UW-Eau Claire Police Lt. Rexann Lemke. "Callers don't have to identify themselves, which should encourage people who may not want to be identified to still contact law enforcement when they witness or learn about illegal activities."