Vol. 55, No. 12 • Twelfth Week • Fall Semester • Nov. 5, 2007
The McNair Scholars program at UW-Eau Claire has been granted funds for another four-year funding cycle, ensuring that more outstanding students who come from low-income families, are from the first generation in their families to attend college, or are under-
The minimum value of this award from the U.S. Department of Education is approximately $930,000, according to Dr. Patricia Quinn, director of UW-Eau Claire's federally funded Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program and author of the successful grant. Quinn also said that just because UW-Eau Claire has had a McNair program for eight years, continued funding was not guaranteed.
"This is a very competitive program," said Quinn. "The goal of McNair is to produce people with doctoral degrees, and points are awarded for how successful your program is in doing that. Since our first cohort of McNair scholars is just now getting to that level, we have not been eligible for any of those points up until now, so we basically had to have an otherwise perfect score on our grants to make the cut."
The first McNair scholar from UW-Eau Claire to earn a doctoral degree, 2001 music therapy and psychology alumnus Jeff Miller, graduated from the University of Florida-Gainesville just this past spring. Full story.
The top-seed UW-Eau Claire women's soccer team defeated second-seed UW-Stevens Point Nov. 3 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship to win its third consecutive WIAC Championship and earn an automatic bid into the National Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament. The Blugolds are one of two WIAC teams in the 60-team national tournament. Full story. Also go to the tournament Web site for links to slide shows of tournament action.
UW-Eau Claire will host the four-team NCAA regional competition Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10 and 11, at the Bollinger Fields. On Saturday, the Blugolds will play Wartburg College at 11 a.m., and Carthage College and Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.) will face off at 1:30 p.m. The championship game will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets, available at the University Service Center, are $3 for students and youth, $4 for seniors and $6 for other adults.
Campus computing and the law, Israeli-Palestinian conflict to be topics of presentations tonight
LTS begins campus conversion
Conversion of Web pages to CommonSpot will begin with the top-level pages (i.e., those in the "/home" directory) of the university Web site. This conversion also will include the adoption of an updated page design that will maintain the site's current navigation and content organization.
Eventually, CommonSpot will be the main Web-editing software for the sites of all UW-Eau Claire colleges, units, departments, offices and student organizations, said Lillian Hillis, university Web coordinator and co-coordinator of the WCMS project with Mike Rindo, executive director of university communications. Conversion of UW-Eau Claire Web sites to the WCMS will be gradual and voluntary, Rindo said.
Watch future University Bulletin issues for information about the timeline for implementing CommonSpot, training opportunities and an introduction to the university Web site's updated design. Visit the WCMS Web site for more information about the advantages of a WCMS and the selection and implementation of CommonSpot.
Career Services-Manpower partnership links students, alumni with Chippewa Valley employers
Manpower won the contract through a bid process made available to all staffing services in this area. Students and others use the service free of charge, said Jeanne Skoug, Career Services director.
"This is an exciting win-win for UW-Eau Claire and Manpower," Skoug said. "The university pays nothing to Manpower to provide these helpful services, and Manpower taps into our talented employment pool."
In addition to job search assistance, Manpower will provide resume and interview counseling, as well as campuswide human resource Webinars on a variety of work-related issues, Skoug said. Full story.
Disaster news coverage to be panel focus
Internationally acclaimed soprano Julianne Baird will present "The Musical World of Benjamin Franklin" Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The Artists Series concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Baird will be joined by harpsichordist John Chappell Stowe and narrator Edward Mauger in this visit to an earlier time in American history.
With 115 recordings to her credit , Baird is one of the world's 10 most recorded female artists. Also recognized internationally for her scholarship, she is the author of "Introduction to the Art of Singing" (Cambridge University Press), now in its third printing, used by singers and professional schools around the world. Full story.
A new exhibit titled "Rome Is Burning/The New School" opens this week in UW-Eau Claire's Foster Gallery in the Haas Fine Arts Center. The exhibit showcases art from outside the mainstream contemporary art world, including works in underground comix, rock posters, graffiti art, Kustom Kulture and graphic design. An opening reception will be held from 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the gallery.
The show is curated by Rob McBroom of the OX-OP gallery in Minneapolis, which recently closed its gallery space but still maintains a Web presence. Gallery talks during the exhibit will include presentations by McBroom at 11 a.m. Friday Nov. 9; artist Anthony Ausgang at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16; and artist Gary Baseman at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30. All will be held in the Foster Gallery. Full story.
Vocal ensembles announce fall concerts
The first "Racin' for Jason" relay event is slated for Nov. 17 at UW-Eau Claire.
The kinesiology department organized the all-day event to raise money for the Jason Schluter Memorial Scholarship, established through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation in memory of Jason Schluter, a 23-year-old senior kinesiology major who died March 20 from injuries sustained in a traffic accident in Georgia.For details about participating in the relay, volunteering or helping to support the event, contact Lance Dalleck, kinesiology, at 715-836-3774 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Full story.