Vol. 55, No. 6Sixth Week • Fall Semester • Sept. 24, 2007

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Christopherson receives Schoenfeld award

Petermann retires after 40 years as sports information director

Turell is among Girl Scouts' Women of Distinction

COB international education initiative receives grant

Faculty, staff, students give strategic planning input

UW System signs contract with Fox World Travel

Public records requests reminder

Lunch to focus on high-risk alcohol use prevention

Alcohol Awareness Week activities planned

Actress Jodie Sweetin to open Forum series

Children's story time sessions begin this week

 

Christopherson receives Schoenfeld award

Michael Christopherson
Michael Christopherson

Michael Christopherson, professor of art & design, is the 2007-08 recipient of the UW-Eau Claire Maxwell Schoenfeld Distinguished Professorship.

The award, which was created in honor of Maxwell Schoenfeld, a UW-Eau Claire history professor and scholar from 1964 until his death in 1996, recognizes a commitment to the university, achievement in scholarship and a commitment to student learning and life.

Steve Terwilliger, chair of the department of art & design and a longtime colleague of Christopherson's, said he knew that Christopherson was a natural for this nomination.

"The committee was very pleased to see his name come forward, and as Mike has recounted, Max Schoenfeld's help to Mike when he was an undergraduate student here represents a most fitting full circle for this award," Terwilliger said. Full story. Go to top of page

Tim Petermann

Petermann retires after 40 years
as sports information director

For the first time in more than four decades, someone new is distributing news and sharing information about UW-Eau Claire athletics. Kevin Meinholz, a May 2007 graduate of UW-Eau Claire, is serving as the interim sports information director, replacing Tim Petermann, who retired from the position July 31 after 40 years of service to the university.

Petermann's commitment to the athletics program and his willingness to assume new responsibilities during his 40-year career have been critical to the athletics program's success, said Scott Kilgallon, UW-Eau Claire's athletics director.

"Tim Petermann is synonymous with UW-Eau Claire and Blugold athletics," Kilgallon said. "He has a tremendous work ethic; he's dedicated, loyal and innovative. But what's impressed me most is that while he's accomplished so much, he doesn't want credit for any of it. Everything he does, he does to make sure our student-athletes have a great experience." Full story. Go to top of page

Turell is among Girl Scouts' Women of Distinction

Dr. Susan Turell
Dr. Susan Turell

UW-Eau Claire psychology professor and women's studies coordinator Dr. Susan Turell has been chosen as one of four Women of Distinction for 2007 by the Girl Scouts of Indian Waters Council. The four local women, recognized for their ability to serve as role models for younger women and teen Girl Scouts because of their outstanding achievements and contributions to their communities, will be honored at a banquet to be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at Florian Gardens in Eau Claire.

UW-Eau Claire English professor Helen Dale, who nominated Turell for the award, cited her as "a longtime activist and advocate for the disempowered."

"She has devoted astounding energy to creating positive change in others' lives - and especially women's lives - since her arrival in Eau Claire," wrote Dale in her nomination letter. "What she has accomplished in less than five years is truly amazing. She is an inspiring, energetic and wise leader and role model for women in the Eau Claire Community." Full story. Go to top of page

COB international education initiative receives grant
international business imageA newly funded initiative at UW-Eau Claire will provide business faculty and students with more opportunities to experience diverse cultures and explore international issues, as well as establish an organization that will help guide area businesses as they compete in a global economy.

UW-Eau Claire has received a $174,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Business and International Education program to support the new "Partnerships in International Education" program in the College of Business.

"This initiative will foster a strong link between business and education, giving all entities a better understanding of international issues," said Dr. Rama Yelkur, international business programs coordinator for the College of Business and project director for Partnerships in International Education. "Businesses and business students - our future leaders - will experience greater success if they have an understanding of and appreciation for how the United States fits into the global economy." Full story. Go to top of page

Faculty, staff, students give strategic planning input

Deb Pattee, Donna Raleigh and Lois Helland
From left, Deb Pattee, curriculum and instruction; Donna Raleigh, Learning and Technology Services; and Lois Helland, biology, discussed proposals of the "Transforming Learning" strategic planning work group during a charrette last week in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center. Below, Manuel Fernandez, foreign languages, was among those reviewing and adding to comments submitted by faculty, staff and students during the strategic planning charrettes. (Photos by Bill Hoepner, LTS)

Approximately 150 UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members and students attended one of several charrettes the week of Sept. 17 to learn more about proposals from the university's strategic planning work groups and submit their own ideas for the groups to consider. The final charrette is tonight, Sept. 24, at 9 p.m. in the Presidents Room of Davies Center. Faculty, staff and students unable to attend one of the charrettes may still contribute their strategic planning ideas on Tuesday, Sept. 25, when they may read and add their feedback to the charrette comment sheets, which will be on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Skylight Lounge of Davies Center.

The full text of the strategic planning work groups' proposals are available on the strategic planning Web site. Also watch the Web site for the transcriptions of all comments collected during the charrettes. The transcriptions will be posted by Sept. 28. Go to top of page

Manuel Fernandez

UW System signs contract with Fox World Travel
Travelport for Business logoThe UW System has awarded a contract for online booking of airline reservations to Fox World Travel. The contract is mandatory, meaning that all UW System employees booking business-related air travel online must use Fox World's online booking product, Travelport.

Travelport orientation sessions will be held Monday, Oct. 8, at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. All employees who book airline reservations online for themselves or for other employees should attend one of the sessions. During the sessions representatives from Fox World Travel and UW System administration will demonstrate Travelport and address questions or concerns regarding the reservation process, contract compliance, etc. Prior to the session, employees must register and complete a traveler profile online. More information.

 • View registration and profile completion instructions.
 • View Travelport Q & A.

For additional information, contact Vicki Gardner, Accounts Payable, at gardnevl@uwec.edu or 836-4528. Go to top of page

Public records requests reminder
UW-Eau Claire is subject to the requirements of the Wisconsin Public Records Law (Wis. Stat. §§ 19.21-19.39). Teresa O'Halloran, assistant to the chancellor for affirmative action, is the legal custodian of public records for the university and is responsible for decisions relating to the release, inspection and reproduction of the university's public records. She may be reached at 217 Schofield Hall, 836-2387 or ohallote@uwec.edu.

If you receive a public records request, please refer it to O'Halloran to determine whether it falls under the Public Records Law and to respond in a timely fashion on the university's behalf. You need not consult with O'Halloran each time you receive a request for documents that are routinely released by your department or unit. Go to top of page

Lunch to focus on high-risk alcohol use prevention
'Let's Do Lunch' imageMeasures taken at UW-Eau Claire to reduce high-risk alcohol use by students will be part of a discussion led by Jennifer Lee, director of the UW-Eau Claire's Center for Alcohol Studies and Education, at a Sept. 26 luncheon. Lee will give a presentation from noon to 1 p.m. at Sweetwaters Restaurant. Her presentation, titled "P's of High-risk behavior reduction: Proactive measures, Preventative efforts, Partnering, and Planning," is part of the Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch" series.

"I believe it's important for the university to share the preventative work happening at UW-Eau Claire on the dangers and social issues surrounding high-risk alcohol use," Lee said. "I want to share these new exciting efforts with the community and invite the public to come and share their ideas on this important topic as well." Full story. Go to top of page

Alcohol Awareness Week activities planned

Jean Kilbourne
Jean Kilbourne

A variety of activities will be held at UW-Eau Claire this week in observance of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week:

  • The Center for Alcohol Studies and Education will host an open house today in Schofield 30 from 2-4 p.m.
  • Media critic Jean Kilbourne will present "Deadly Persuasion: Advertising and Addiction" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in Schofield Auditorium.
  • A "Jail & Bail" event till take place Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • The Higherground will host "Virgin Bourbon Street" from 8-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, and a casino night from 10 p.m.-midnight Friday, Sept. 28. Full story. Go to top of page

Actress Jodie Sweetin to open Forum series

Jodie Sweetin
Jodie Sweetin

Actress Jodie Sweetin will open the 66th season of The Forum at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Monday, Oct. 1. Her program, titled "A Young Star's Road to Recovery," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

Best known for her eight years as Stephanie Tanner, the precocious middle child on the hit ABC television show "Full House" (1987-1995), Sweetin has battled alcohol and drug addiction since the series ended.

Committed to helping others avoid the choices that cost her so much, Sweetin has spoken to campus audiences nationwide. She talks about how rehabilitative therapy has changed her life and encourages listeners to combat challenges head-on. Full story. Go to top of page

Children's story time sessions begin this week
bookKati Tvaruzka, assistant professor and education reference librarian in UW-Eau Claire's McIntyre Library, is offering free monthly story time sessions, beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, for children attending UW-Eau Claire Children's Center. Children and grandchildren of faculty, staff, students and the general public are also invited. Full story. Go to top of page

 


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