Vol. 54, No. 21Fourth Week • Spring Semester • Feb. 12, 2007

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Regents approve updated admissions policy

Prestigious award honors Linda Carpenter

Evidence — A Dance Company to perform tonight

Survey: Student alcohol use continues decline

Novice forensics team places second at St. Cloud

Martin Mogensen Lecture to feature author, educator John Perricone

Library's Special Collections area to host reception

Campus Campaign: Giving has domino effect

Reminder: Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Feb. 12-18 is Random Acts of Kindness Week

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Regents approve updated admissions policy
UW System logoCollege admissions processes at UW System campuses will follow a single, updated policy approved unanimously by the Board of Regents Feb. 9.

The policy requires campuses to employ a comprehensive, or "holistic," admissions review process. The process first considers a potential student's academic achievements. Applications of qualified students are also reviewed for evidence of leadership and/or community service; if an applicant is a military veteran, returning adult or nontraditional student; as well as socioeconomic background and status as a member of a historically underrepresented racial or ethnic group.

Read the updated admissions policy, as well as summaries of Day 1 and Day 2 of the regents' February meeting in Madison. Also read Milwaukee Journal Sentinel articles dated Feb. 8 and Feb. 9 regarding the admissions policy. Go to top of page

Prestigious award honors Linda Carpenter

Dr. Linda Carpenter
Dr. Linda Carpenter

The Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association has awarded its highest honor to Dr. Linda Carpenter, professor of communication sciences and disorders at UW-Eau Claire.

Carpenter received the Honors of the Association Award Feb. 9 at the association's annual convention in Madison. The award recognizes excellence in at least three of the following areas: education, clinical service, research, service to the professions of audiology and/or speech-language pathology, leadership, enhancing public and/or political awareness regarding the impact of speech-language and/or hearing problems, or how the nominee serves as a mentor. Full story. Go to top of page

Evidence — A Dance Company to perform tonight
Evidence Dance CompanyEvidence - A Dance Company will present an evening of choreographer Ronald K. Brown's dance stories tonight at UW-Eau Claire. The Artists Series performance and Black History Month event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this season, Evidence - A Dance Company has taken its unique blend of African, Caribbean, modern, ballet and contemporary urban dance to prestigious venues around the world. The ensemble was created by Brown, acclaimed as "one of the few major choreographers to emerge in American modern dance in the last 10 years" (The New York Times). Brown is the company's artistic director and choreographer, as well as one of its eight dancers. Full story. Go to top of page

Survey: Student alcohol use continues decline
CASE logoA recent survey found that alcohol use among UW-Eau Claire students is continuing to decline, an encouraging trend that began in 2002.

"Fewer students reported drinking in the past month and more reported having three or fewer drinks in a typical week when compared to past surveys," said Peggy O'Halloran, director of the Center for Alcohol Studies and Education. "The findings show that improved coordination of alcohol prevention and education programming is having a real effect on student drinking."

The Core Alcohol and Drug Survey - completed by more than 680 randomly selected UW-Eau Claire students in May 2006 - measures student alcohol and other drug use. Full story. Go to top of page

Novice forensics team places second at St. Cloud

B.J. Pickard Paul Gilleland
B.J. Pickard
Paul Gilleland
Alex Collie Eric Plantenberg
Alex Collie
Eric Plantenberg

The UW-Eau Claire forensics team placed second at the Ice Box Classic tournament Feb. 2-3 at St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minn.

According to Karen Morris, director of UW-Eau Claire forensics, the UW-Eau Claire forensics team was the only novice team competing against the other varsity teams.

First-place finishers for UW-Eau Claire included freshman B.J. Pickard, Eau Claire, in communication analysis; freshman Paul Gilleland, Fall Creek, in poetry interpretation; and freshman Alex Collie, Menomonie, and junior Eric Plantenberg, Monroe, in duo interpretation. See the complete team results. Go to top of page

John Perricone
John Perricone

Martin Mogensen Lecture to feature
author, educator John Perricone

UW-Eau Claire's annual Martin Mogensen Education Lecture, Feb. 20, will feature John Perricone, educator and author of "Zen and the Art of Public School Teaching," who will speak on establishing a philosophical identity - a sense of mission or purpose that inspires teachers to teach. The lecture, sponsored by the College of Education and Human Sciences, will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. It is free and open to the public.

The lecture series for education students was established four years ago to honor Martin Mogensen, a 1952 UW-Eau Claire alumnus who became one of the first victims of school shootings in this country when, at the age of 46, he was killed by a student in the Tomah school where he served as principal. His daughters, Marti Mogensen and Margaret Mogensen Nelson, both graduates of UW-Eau Claire, and other family members and friends support the lecture series through the Martin Mogensen Education Lecture and Scholarship Fund of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Full story. Go to top of page

Library's Special Collections area to host reception

new Special Collections reading room
The reading room in the new Special Collections area accommodates 30 researchers. A microfilm reader/printer, microfiche reader and audio-video equipment are available for all to use. The reading room will also be used as a teaching space for archives and rare book instruction.

McIntyre Library will host a reception for UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 16 to celebrate its newly renovated and relocated Special Collections area. The reception will be held in Special Collections' new location on the fifth floor of the library. Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich and Dr. Kate Lang, chair of the history department, will speak at 3 p.m. Special Collections houses the University Archives, Area Research Center and Rare Books. It was formerly located in the Old Library. For more information about the opening reception or to learn more about the services provided by Special Collections, call 715-836-2739. Go to top of page

UW-Eau Claire Foundation Faculty/
Staff Appreciation Luncheon

• Thursday, Feb. 15

• 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Council Fire Room-Willow Lounge, Davies Center

Come when you can, stay as long as you are able. Enjoy the complimentary luncheon buffet and hear Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich speak at 12:30 p.m. Door prize drawings will be held throughout the event.

Campus Campaign:
Giving has domino effect

Empowering Lives Together Campus Campaign logoGifts to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation can have a domino effect, with one donation motivating others. Such was the case of the investment by an anonymous donor to the UW-Eau Claire jazz program. This support made it possible for five student musicians and Robert Baca, UW-Eau Claire director of jazz studies, to travel to and perform at two major universities in China in November.

Following the return of their son, UW-Eau Claire student John Raymond, from the China trip, Buzz and Janet Raymond were so impressed by the Foundation's support of the trip that they donated $1,000 to the Jazz Advancement Fund. Full story. Go to top of page

Feb. 12-18 is Random Acts of Kindness Week
Random acts of kindness graphicUW-Eau Claire's Campus Civility Team invites faculty, staff and students to recognize and celebrate various acts of kindness during National Random Acts of Kindness Week, Feb. 12-18.

Today residence hall assistants will begin recognizing residents for kind acts by awarding them Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) stickers, said Susan Harrison, Civility Team leader. Those recognized will be asked to pass on that recognition by awarding RAK stickers to others throughout the week.

"If you receive recognition, wear your sticker proudly for the week," Harrison said.

Those who know of someone to recognize for displaying kindness and respect can present the person with an RAK sticker (a few are available in the Student Organizations Complex in Davies Center) or share the details of the person's kindness through the online nomination form. All nominations will be reviewed. A few nominees will be selected for recognition in the Spectator. Others will be posted on the civility Web site. Go to top of page

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Basketball alumni return for weekend games

Meagan (Whatley) Konkol and Rachel Becker Jon Wallenfelsz, Dan Boetcher and Matt Fermanich
Fifty-one former Blugold basketball players returned to UW-Eau Claire Feb. 10 for the annual men's and women's alumni basketball games in Zorn Arena. Above left, Meagan (Whatley) Konkol (who played for the Blugolds from 1997 to 2001) drives on Rachel Becker (2002-06). At right, Jon Wallenfelsz (1997-2000) goes to the basket with Dan Boetcher (1999-2000) looking on. On the bench watching the action is Matt Fermanich (1997-2000). See the results from the men's and women's alumni games. (Photos by Rick Mickelson, LTS)
Photo of student makes national news
The photo at right of UW-Eau Claire student Reid Filiatreaux, taken by Eau Claire Leader-Telegram photo editor Steve Kinderman, provided a glimpse of the region's recent cold snap to readers of the Leader-Telegram as well as those of other publications that picked up the photo on the Associated Press wire, including U.SNews & World Report and the Sarasota, Fla., Herald-Tribune. Filiatreaux was dressed for the frigid cold while walking to class Feb. 5.


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