Vol. 55, No. 19Second Week • Spring Semester • Jan. 28, 2008

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Ann Lapp to serve as interim associate vice chancellor

Super Bowl ads linked to stock market success

Years of research yield geological publication

College announces first Freshman Provocation

Foster Gallery exhibit features illustrators' works

Web site features campus maps, directions, tours

Reminder: Draft strategic plan preview is Feb. 5

'Leap at the Chance' campus campaign to kick off

Financial system shutdown to begin Feb. 8

Criminal background check policy session set

New fund to support lectures on Arab world issues

Kiosks offer on-campus movie rentals

New student radio show has local focus

 

Ann Lapp to serve as interim associate vice chancellor for student development and diversity

Ann Lapp
Ann Lapp

Beginning Feb. 1, Ann Lapp will serve as UW-Eau Claire's interim associate vice chancellor for student development and diversity. She was named to the post following the departure of Kimberly Barrett, who served as associate vice chancellor since 2003 and has accepted an administrative position at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Ala. Lapp will serve in the interim position until a new vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students is named following a national search.

Lapp, who served as UW-Eau Claire’s dean of students and director of academic and career services from 1996-2003, retired in 2003 with emeritus status after 34 years of service to the university. Her career at UW-Eau Claire also included teaching organizational and interpersonal communication and public speaking in the department of communication and journalism, as well as the administrative positions of director of educational opportunity and director of student support services. Lapp has a bachelor's degree from UW-River Falls and a master’s degree from UW-Eau Claire.

Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich has appointed a search committee for the vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students position. Members of the committee are Analisa DeGrave, Jesse Dixon, Bob Eierman, Tonja Englund, Charles Farrell, Kirby Harless and Jodi Thesing-Ritter. Two students also will be named to the committee by the Student Senate. The committee will begin its work immediately. Go to top of page

Super Bowl ads linked to stock market success

Chuck Tomkovick
Chuck Tomkovick
Rama Yelkur
Rama Yelkur

The aggregate stock price of publicly traded firms that ran in-game Super Bowl advertisements beat the Standard & Poors 500 performance in 10 of the last 12 years, according to UW-Eau Claire marketing professors and research partners Dr. Chuck Tomkovick and Dr. Rama Yelkur.

The researchers' latest study has been featured or linked to in online media nationwide, including USA Today, ABC News, The Business Journal of Milwaukee, the Baltimore Business Journal and StreetInsider.com. See "UW-Eau Claire in the News" for a more complete listing.

"Investing in Super Bowl ads seems to be shock resistant," Tomkovick said. "In each of the four years the S&P declined during the period of study, Super Bowl stocks beat the S&P 500."

Most Super Bowl-related research has focused on the likeability of the ads rather than on financial factors, Yelkur said.

"This study examines the financial performance of the firms that invest in Super Bowl ads and demonstrates there is a net positive effect, regardless of how likeable the ads were scored in USA Today's annual Ad Meter publication," Yelkur said. Full story. Go to top of page

student geology researchers
In this summer 1999 photo, UW-Eau Claire student researchers and fellow geology majors Katie Thornburg Stariha (left) and Joel Hyzer described sediment core in the Chippewa Moraine Ice Age National Scientific Reserve. Stariha and Hyzer were among 14 geology students who worked with Dr. Kent Syverson on a project that resulted in the December publication  of an illustrated bulletin on the glacial geology of Chippewa County.

Years of research yield geological publication

More than 10 years of research conducted by UW-Eau Claire geology professor Dr. Kent Syverson and 14 geology students came to fruition in late December with the publication of Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey Bulletin 103, "Pleistocene Geology of Chippewa County, Wisconsin."

The 53-page illustrated bulletin describes the sediments, landforms and glacial history of Chippewa County. It makes, for the first time, that information accessible to everyone from land-use professionals and land owners to area teachers or outdoor enthusiasts interested in knowing more about local geology.

Syverson noted that $63,000 in grant funding from WGNHS and the Chippewa County Land Conservation Department supported the project. Full story. Go to top of page

College announces first Freshman Provocation
UW-Eau Claire's College of Arts and Sciences will sponsor the first Freshman Provocation at 7 p.m. today in Schofield Auditorium.

Organizers of the event said they hope it will "provoke" students to seriously consider the concept of liberal education as vital to their futures. The goal is to inspire and educate students about the power of a liberal education in the 21st century information age.

Four faculty members — Dr. Evan Weiher, professor of biology; Dr. April Bleske-Rechek, assistant professor of psychology; Dr. Jim Phillips, professor of chemistry; and Dr. Marty Wood, professor of English — will speak about how their own liberal educations have impacted their personal and professional lives and why they advocate that students should work intentionally to develop broad content knowledge and skills across disciplines. Full story. Go to top of page

Web site features campus maps, directions, tours
compassA recently launched UW-Eau Claire "Maps, Directions and Tours" Web site provides a "one-stop shop" for people seeking directions to campus or information about specific university facilities. The site, accessible from a link toward the bottom of the university home page, includes five maps, directions to upper and lower campus as well as to athletics facilities, links to four campus tours and a guide to campus services. Check out the new site. Campus Web publishers are encouraged to link from their sites to "Maps, Directions and Tours" when appropriate. Go to top of page

Foster Gallery exhibit features illustrators' works

Anita Kunz poster
This poster by illustrator Anita Kunz is among the works included in the new Foster Gallery exhibit "Meaning and Metaphor."

UW-Eau Claire's Foster Gallery will present "Meaning and Metaphor," a new exhibit featuring the work of four renowned illustrators, Jan. 31 through Feb. 21. An opening reception will begin at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 in the gallery.

The exhibit features works by Guy Billout, Anita Kunz, Jason Holley and Daniel Bejar. Billout will talk to students about his work at 10 a.m. Feb. 1 in Room 105 of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The show will demonstrate how illustrators take contemporary issues and condense them into powerful single images that make a statement and reflect the times in which we live, said Ned Gannon, assistant professor of art & design and curator of the exhibit. Full story. Go to top of page

Reminder: Draft strategic plan preview is Feb. 5
Strategic planning logoPlan to join Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich for coffee, sweets and a first look at the draft strategic plan on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 7:30-9 a.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. The breakfast will be hosted by the University Planning Committee and is open to all faculty, staff and students.

The University Planning Committee created the draft plan based on the ideas of the strategic planning work groups and feedback from faculty, staff and students during the charrettes last fall. (See the strategic planning Web site for more information.) On Feb. 5 the committee will share copies of the draft plan, outline the key ideas and invite questions and comments. A continental breakfast will be served.

All faculty, staff and students are welcome to come when they can and stay as long as they like. Additional information and discussion sessions with the committee will be scheduled in February. Those planning to attend the breakfast should RSVP to Jan Sloan, sloanj@uwec.edu. Go to top of page

'Leap at the Chance' campus campaign to kick off
Campus Campaign logoThe UW-Eau Claire Foundation is celebrating the 2008 leap year by launching its "Leap at the Chance" campus campaign in February.

Donna and Jim Weber will serve as this year's campus campaign co-chairs. Donna Weber is UW-Eau Claire's director of human resources, and Jim Weber works in grounds services for Facilities Planning and Management.

"I know the dollars donated to the campaign and the Foundation change students' lives," said Donna Weber. "Foundation support often makes a crucial difference between whether a student can attend or stay in school."

Faculty and staff will receive additional information about the "Leap at the Chance" campus campaign via campus mail this week. In addition, the Foundation will hold its annual faculty-staff appreciation luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 29 in the Willow Lounge (Council Fire Room) in Davies Center. Full story. Also see a letter from the Webers to UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff. Go to top of page

Financial system shutdown to begin Feb. 8
UW-Eau Claire's shared financial system, PeopleSoft (SFS), will be shut down beginning Friday, Feb. 8, for software upgrades and the addition of new system capabilities. The estimated down time will be 10 business days, and it is hoped the system will be back in operation by Feb. 22, said Jacqueline Kriesel, Business Services.

During the outage, Business Services will be unable to process any payments to vendors or reimbursements to employees.  Also, purchase orders cannot be issued during the outage. The Business Office will continue to accept deposits during the outage period and WISDM will be available for viewing DeptIDs.

Account managers should make every effort to process critical transactions prior to the outage. Additional information will be provided as the outage schedule is finalized. Go to top of page

Criminal background check policy session set
A new criminal background check policy was implemented Jan. 1 at UW-Eau Claire. (Read the policy.)  To ensure that everyone understands the process, Human Resources has scheduled an information session about the policy from 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in Schofield Auditorium. Anyone in a hiring capacity (hiring for unclassified, classified/LTE, intern, student or volunteer positions) is encouraged to attend.

New fund to support lectures on Arab world issues

Cathy Sultan Kate Lang
Cathy Sultan
Kate Lang

Cathy Sultan, a peace activist, author and UW-Eau Claire honorary alumna, and Dr. Kate Lang, associate professor and chair of the history department, have established the Arab World Lecture Fund through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to broaden students' education about the Middle East. The first speaker for the lecture fund will give a presentation in spring 2009.

Many individuals from the Middle East who are living in Eau Claire have donated to the fund because they believe education about Arab world issues are essential given current world politics, said Sultan, who received the honorary alumna award in December from the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association for her work on Middle East peace initiatives. Full story. Go to top of page

Kiosks offer on-campus movie rentals
BigBox DVD kioskUW-Eau Claire University Centers has entered into an agreement with Mosquito Productions, a Minnesota company, to provide BigBox DVD rental kiosks on campus for general use. Two rental kiosks — one on upper campus, one on lower campus — will allow students, faculty, staff and the public to rent DVD and next-generation high-definition titles. The kiosks, in Davies Center's west lobby (near the Corner Store) and on the first floor of Hilltop Center (near the ATM), began operating Jan. 24. Full story. Go to top of page

New student radio show has local focus
"Local Independence," a new radio show featuring local music and interviews with people from the Chippewa Valley, is debuting this semester as part of a three-hour Sunday evening block of student programming on WUEC 89.7 FM. Scott Morfitt, a UW-Eau Claire journalism student, hosts the 7 p.m. show.

Other Sunday student programming includes "Blugold Performance of the Air" at 5 p.m., hosted by Jake Kolstad, a UW-Eau Claire information systems student, and "Jazz, Blues and Beyond" at 6 p.m., hosted by David Jones, associate professor of English. See spring semester schedules for "Blugold Performance of the Air" and "Jazz, Blues and Beyond." Go to top of page

 


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