Vol. 56, No. 21Third Week • Spring Semester • Feb. 9, 2009

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UW-Eau Claire again gets national service honor

Chancellor provides budget process update

New online campus events calendar goes live

University Writing Center opens in CETL

Group identifies possible student center sites

UW System Board of Regents February update

Campus events mark Black History Month

Concert Choir to perform at Kennedy Center Feb. 16

Fund supports efforts of student organizations

ORSP to select 2009-10 Faculty Fellow

Donors help students meet new laptop requirement

Book is first new sales management text in years

Children's success to be Mogensen Lecture focus

Internship Mania set for Feb. 11

Photo corner: Winter Wednesday Warmup

 

UW-Eau Claire again gets national service honor
President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll badgeFor the third consecutive year, UW-Eau Claire has been recognized for its outstanding community service programs by a federal agency charged with fostering an ethic of volunteerism and service in America.

UW-Eau Claire was among 83 public and private colleges, universities and professional schools named in the 2008 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for General Community Service, compiled by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

UW-Eau Claire and Marquette University are the only two schools in Wisconsin named to the 2008 Honor Roll with Distinction. UW-Eau Claire is the only Wisconsin school, public or private, named to the Honor Roll with Distinction every one of the three years since the honor roll was instituted in 2006. Full story. Go to top of page

Chancellor provides budget process update
A recent e-mail message from Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich informed all UW-Eau Claire employees that, in light of the looming state budget deficit, all university chairs and directors have been asked to prepare budget recommendations that will address a universitywide expected reduction of $2.5 million in the coming 2009-10 budget year. Chairs and directors have been asked to develop recommendations for base cuts to each department or unit, the chancellor's Feb. 5 message said.

University employees are invited to share their budget reduction suggestions via an online form available on the chancellor's home page. Links to each of the chancellor's recent budget-related e-mail messages also are available there. Go to top of page

New online campus events calendar goes live
UW-Eau Claire's online Calendar of Events has undergone some recent updates. The Master Calendar Web Event System was purchased to provide a single source for campus events information that can be distributed wherever needed. The primary display is the searchable event Web site, now linked from the university home page.

This system provides several advantages over the previous system, one of the biggest being that it integrates with existing campus systems. Event data from a University Centers application and other similar systems can be directly imported into it, eliminating the need for duplicate data entry.

Data can also be exported. This means users can set up an RSS feed to a feed reader, automatically pull events from the system to a Web site or add an event to a personal calendar. Users also can subscribe to a particular calendar grouping and receive e-mail notification of new events, e-mail events to friends or set up event reminders.

The UW-Eau Claire News Bureau encourages all university departments and units to include their events in the new calendar system. Since the calendar is a public display, event descriptions should state if an event is for a limited audience, such as UW-Eau Claire staff or students only.

For information about how to use the new calendar system, contact Susan King at kingsa@uwec.edu or 836-4003. Go to top of page

University Writing Center opens in CETL
UW-Eau Claire's English Writing Center has moved to the new Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Room 1142 of the Old Library and is offering expanded services under its new name: the University Writing Center.

pen and notebookOnce a composition lab offering help only to students struggling with writing assignments, the new University Writing Center has a broader mission: to help university students, faculty and staff with writing tasks for any purpose or discipline.

Dr. Karen Welch, director of the English Composition Program, is serving as interim director of the University Writing Center.

"The Writing Center isn't only for struggling writers," Welch said. "It is a place for all writers on this campus to discuss their drafts or writing tasks, to seek feedback from trained staff, and to use what they learn in those discussions to review and help strengthen their writing." Full story. Go to top of page

Group identifies possible student center sites
The UW-Eau Claire committee charged with overseeing the student-initiated and student-funded $48.8 million redevelopment of UW-Eau Claire's student center identified two potential sites during a series of meetings with architects Feb. 3.

The Davies Redevelopment Steering Committee — made up of students, faculty, staff and administrators — narrowed the options to the following sites:

  • the green space area between the existing Davies Center and the Phillips Hall parking lot on the south side of lower campus; and
  • the area between Zorn Arena and Schneider Hall along Park Avenue on the east side of lower campus.
Full story. Go to top of page

UW System Board of Regents February update
UW System logoUW System President Kevin P. Reilly reiterated Feb. 6 the university’s intent to stand by the goals spelled out in the Growth Agenda for Wisconsin during this time of uncertain budget prospects.

“We are convinced that this is the right path for our State, and we will continue working closely with the Governor and the Legislature, encouraging them to provide us with the level of investment that will let us keep at least part of the Growth Agenda alive as we struggle through this recession,” Reilly said in a UW System news release about the February meeting of the system's Board of Regents in Madison.

Reilly also announced the formation of a task force charged with studying the UW research, patent, and commercialization process. The Research to Jobs Task Force also will make recommendations for establishing benchmarks and outcomes to facilitate getting the research that is taking place at UW institutions to the private sector more expeditiously.

For complete details, see the Day 1 and Day 2 summaries of the regents' February meeting. Go to top of page

Campus events mark Black History Month
Black History Month graphicThe following Black History Month events are planned during the coming week at UW-Eau Claire:

  • Children ages 3-5 from UW-Eau Claire's Children's Center will gather from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, in the second floor breezeway of McIntyre Library for the fifth annual campus African-American Read-In. Hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, McIntyre Library and the College of Education and Human Sciences, the read-in will feature black children's authors. Each child will take home a commemorative bookmark and a book by a black author.
  • Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, associate professor of history, will present "Civil Rights, Martin Luther King Jr. and Barack Obama ... How We Got Here!" from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in the Presidents Room, Davies Center. She will trace America's Civil Rights history from the 1920s to the election of President Obama.

See the full schedule of Black History Month events. Go to top of page

Concert Choir to perform at Kennedy Center Feb. 16
Eau Claire will be represented in the nation's capital for Presidents' Day this year when the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Concert Choir and director Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff perform as the featured choir at the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Choral Festival being held over Presidents' Day weekend, Feb. 13-16, in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff
Schwartzhoff

Schwartzhoff is artistic director for the event, leading his choir as well as several other high school, university and community choirs. Seven choirs comprised of 265 singers from Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Rhode Island, Illinois and Wisconsin will perform.

The festival will culminate in an afternoon concert at 2 p.m. Feb. 16 — Presidents' Day — at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The choirs will perform with the McLean Symphony Orchestra of McLean, Va.

The UW-Eau Claire Concert Choir also will perform a solo evensong concert in the National Cathedral Feb. 15.  Full story. Go to top of page

Campus Campaign spotlight
Fund supports efforts of student organizations

2009 Campus Campaign heading
Faculty and staff who would like to support the events and activities of recognized student organizations can specify that their 2009-10 Campus Campaign contributions go to the Student Organizations Opportunity Fund.

In the fall of 2007, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation established the Student Organizations Opportunity Fund, which provides funding to recognized student organizations for events and activities.

"The funding can be used for travel to a conference or workshop, for supplies or to support a community service event as well as other uses," said Angela Bong, UW-Eau Claire student leadership and organization coordinator. "Student organizations can apply for a $250 award once per semester.”

The fund has been used by groups as diverse as the Student Homeless Awareness Chapter, Foodlums, the Native American Student Association and Disc Golf Club, to name a few of the organizations to receive funding this year. The Student Homeless Awareness Chapter used the fund to purchase food for Thanksgiving baskets for 20 families living in poverty identified by Beacon House, the local family homeless shelter.

"For students who participated in this event, it was their first encounter with how homelessness affects families during the holiday season," said Megan Callahan, a member of SHAC. "I believe many young people take their holiday traditions for granted, and SHAC members are able to further understand and appreciate their lifestyle through this event." Full story. Go to top of page

ORSP to select 2009-10 Faculty Fellow
UW-Eau Claire's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs  seeks a Faculty Fellow for 2009-2010. The primary focus of the Fellow will be to work on special projects and assist with various aspects of ORSP programming, further detailed in the position description. The application deadline is Feb. 25. Go to top of page

Donors help students meet new laptop requirement

Rick Schroder
Schroder

Thanks to grant from Northwestern Mutual Foundation and a private gift from UW-Eau Claire alumnus Rick Schroder '77 and his wife, Evelyn Zabo, 10 UW-Eau Claire information systems students now own their own laptop computers. Each student received $700 to purchase a laptop that meets College of Business computing requirements.

Beginning with the fall 2009 semester, students in more than 20 business classes must have in-class access to their own laptop computers. Persistent budget cuts forced the College of Business to implement the cost-saving measure.

Because the information systems department is piloting the new technology requirement this spring, students enrolled in four IS courses must be ready to bring their portable computers to class in January, nine months before other business students are required to do so.

Dr. Thomas Hilton, IS department chair, was concerned about the 20 percent of College of Business students who may not be financially able to satisfy the laptop requirement. So he solicited funds from companies and private donors to establish a laptop relief fund to aid his department’s neediest students. Full story. Go to top of page

Book is first new sales management text in years
UW-Eau Claire alumni are among professionals profiled

Bob Erffmeyer
Erffmeyer

This spring, for the first time students in UW-Eau Claire marketing professor Bob Erffmeyer's sales management classes will use "Sales Management — Shaping Future Leaders," a new book Erffmeyer co-authored with Jeff Tanner (Baylor University, Texas) and Earl Honeycutt (Elon University, North Carolina).

The new textbook prepares students to become effective sales managers by integrating current technology, research and strategic-thinking activities. An entire chapter is devoted to using customer relationship management (CRM) technology when conducting business in sales organizations. Adopters of the book also will receive access to Aplicor, a third-party CRM tool that is widely used in the industry.

“Our text is up-to-date and fresh,” Erffmeyer said. “It is really the first 'new' sales management book written in about 15 years.”  Full story. Go to top of page

Children's success to be Mogensen Lecture focus

Rick Miller
Miller

Education strategies designed to help all children succeed will be the topic of a presentation by nationally recognized child advocate Rick Miller during the sixth annual UW-Eau Claire Martin Mogensen Education Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 16 in Schofield Auditorium.

Miller's "Kids at Risk, Kids at Hope" lecture will focus on how schools and nonprofit agencies can adopt a cultural strategic framework to support the success of all children. The presentation, sponsored by the College of Education and Human Services and the Eau Claire Area School District, is free and open to the public. Full story. Go to top of page

Internship Mania set for Feb. 11
Internship Mania logoUW-Eau Claire faculty and staff are encouraged to remind students about Internship Mania 2009, where they can explore internship opportunities and gather employment tips from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the Tamarack and Council Fire rooms of Davies Center.

Organizations, businesses and agencies from the Chippewa Valley and other parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa will be at the event. Recruiters will field questions about their companies, accept resumes for internship opportunities and share information about their industries. A complete list of participating employers is available online. Full story. Go to top of page

Photo corner: Winter Wednesday warmup
Chancellor handing cocoa to student Beth Hellwig handing cocoa to student
Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich (left), Beth Hellwig, dean of students (right), and other members of the chancellor's executive staff handed out hot cocoa to UW-Eau Claire students Feb. 4 as they walked to classes in frigid temperatures. The thermometer read minus 8 when these photos were taken. (Photos by Rick Mickelson, LTS)

 


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