Vol. 56, No. 23Fifth Week • Spring Semester • Feb. 23, 2009

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Two provost finalists to make campus visits

Marie Stadler receives first Larson research award

Nursing students collaborate with middle schoolers

Faculty, staff reflect on reasons for supporting UW-Eau Claire Foundation

Employee Appreciation Luncheon canceled

Concert Choir takes stage in Washington, D.C.

Robin and Linda Williams and band to perform

UW-Eau Claire to celebrate national TRIO Day

Event to acknowledge women's acts of boldness

Science faculty to give community presentations

'Teapots' exhibit begins this week in Foster Gallery

First Arab World Lecture to feature Miriam Cooke

Chemistry professor to open orchestra concert

Bone marrow registration drive set for March 3

 

Two provost finalists to make campus visits
provost search graphicThe third and fourth of six finalists in the search for a provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UW-Eau Claire will visit campus in the coming days.

  • Patricia Kleine, dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, Conn., will present a campus open forum Thursday from 2:15-3:15 p.m. in Phillips 007.
  • Susan Carlson, associate provost for faculty advancement and diversity and professor of English at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, will present a campus open forum Monday, March 2, from 2:15-3:15 p.m. in Hibbard 102.
Links to all finalists' curriculum vitae, the times and locations of their campus open forums, and a forum feedback form are available online. Go to top of page

Marie Stadler receives first Larson research award

Vicki Lord Larson Marie Stadler
Lord Larson
Stadler

The Vicki Lord Larson Faculty Research Fellowship for the UW-Eau Claire communication sciences and disorders department has been awarded for the first time to a UW-Eau Claire assistant professor.

Dr. Marie Stadler, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders, received the $5,000 award, which provides faculty a semester with reassigned teaching duties to pursue faculty-student collaborative research.

The UW-Eau Claire Foundation fellowship was created by Chancellor Emerita Vicki Lord Larson, a former faculty member and chair of the communication sciences and disorders department who also served as UW-Eau Claire's interim chancellor from 2005-2006. It is the first fellowship that supports professional development of faculty at UW-Eau Claire. Full story. Go to top of page

Nursing students collaborate with middle schoolers
Thirty-nine UW-Eau Claire nursing majors joined students from two Eau Claire elementary schools Feb. 19 at health fairs where they shared their expertise about healthy habits and lifestyle changes.

The presentations at Longfellow Elementary School and Sam Davey Elementary School were the result of a program that paired university nursing students with students enrolled in the gifted and talented programs at area middle schools. The university students served as mentors to the middle school students as they worked together to create activity projects about health that could then be presented to elementary school students. Read a fall 2008 news release for background on the project.

The UW-Eau Claire nursing department faculty and the Eau Claire Area School District gifted and talented program resource teachers who collaborated in the planning process have been invited to present the project at the 20th International Nursing Research Congress on Evidence-Based Practice this summer in Cancun, Mexico. Go to top of page

Campus Campaign spotlight

Beth Hellwig
Hellwig
Tom Miller
Miller
Mary Ryan-Miller
Ryan-Miller

Faculty, staff reflect on reasons for supporting UW-Eau Claire Foundation

As UW-Eau Claire employees consider their gifts to the 2009-10 Campus Campaign, it may be helpful to know the reasons why several of their colleagues have chosen to establish strong giving records.

  • Dr. Beth Hellwig, vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students, began giving to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation shortly after arriving on campus in summer 2008.
  • Dr. Tom Miller, professor emeritus of history, has been giving to Campus Campaign for nearly 40 years. Although an alumnus of three different universities, Dr. Miller has chosen to give to UW-Eau Claire, where he devoted his career to teaching.
  • Mary Ryan-Miller, former associate dean of students, also spent the majority of her professional life here and supports UW-Eau Claire rather than her alma mater.

Read about Hellwig, Miller and Ryan-Miller's reasons for supporting UW-Eau Claire's Campus Campaign. Go to top of page

Employee Appreciation Luncheon canceled
Economic concerns have led to the decision to cancel this year’s UW-Eau Claire Foundation Employee Appreciation Luncheon.

"We are grateful for the involvement of so many members of the campus community in the Campus Campaign," said Kimera Way, UW-Eau Claire Foundation executive director. "Traditionally we have demonstrated that gratitude with an employee appreciation luncheon. After much deliberation, it was decided that this year, in light of the current economic challenges, university budget constraints and the need for the Foundation to provide as much direct support as possible to students, the luncheon scheduled for Feb. 27 should be canceled."

"Our gratitude remains unchanged, and when better economic times return, we will reinstitute the luncheon," Way said. "Please know we are inspired by the selflessness of our campus community members in all they do for the university, and we trust that in that spirit they will understand our decision." Go to top of page

Concert Choir takes stage in Washington, D.C.
Concert Choir at National Cathedral
UW-Eau Claire's Concert Choir performed Feb. 15 at the National Cathedral (above) and Feb. 16 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (below). The ensemble was the featured choir in the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Choral Festival, for which Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, UW-Eau Claire professor of music and Concert Choir director, was artistic director. Full story. (Click on photos to view larger images.)
Concert Choir at Kennedy Center

Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group
Robin and Linda Williams
and Their Fine Group

Robin and Linda Williams and band to perform
The UW-Eau Claire Artists Series will present Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Schofield Auditorium.

The music of Robin and Linda Williams is often described as Americana, a combination of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country. Their band is a renowned live act, performing in a range of venues including the Grand Ole Opry, Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. Their career spans more than 30 years and more than 20 albums Full story. Go to top of page

UW-Eau Claire to celebrate National TRIO Day
TRIO logoThe Eau Claire City Council has declared Tuesday, Feb. 24, TRIO Day in Eau Claire in recognition of the opportunities that national TRIO programs bring to students of many ages in Eau Claire.

UW-Eau Claire will recognize National TRIO Day with a program and awards ceremony from 3:30-6 p.m. Feb. 24 in Davies Center. Awards will be presented to outstanding TRIO students and to staff members who have provided exceptional service for the programs. The event is open to the public.

TRIO programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Education to promote the academic achievement of eligible students. UW-Eau Claire operates four TRIO projects: Upward Bound, Student Support Services, the Educational Opportunity Center and the McNair Program. These programs receive more than $1.2 million in federal funding and serve nearly 1,500 people annually. Full story. Go to top of page

Event to acknowledge women's acts of boldness
'That Takes Ovaries!' book coverUW-Eau Claire's Women's and Gender Equity Center will host a performance of "That Takes Ovaries: Bold Females and Their Brazen Acts" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the Davies Theatre of Davies Center.

Based on a book of the same name by Rivka Solomon and a play by Solomon and Bobbi Ausubel, the event will feature student volunteers reading "a collection of real-life stories from women and girls about the gutsy, outrageous, courageous things they have done." After the performance, audience members will be invited to share stories about times they, or women they know, have acted boldly.

The "That Takes Ovaries" performance is free, but donations will benefit the new UW-Eau Claire Children's Center. Full story. Go to top of page

Science faculty to give community presentations

Scott Hartsel
Hartsel
Joe Hupy
Hupy

Two UW-Eau Claire science faculty members will share their expertise at community events this week:

  • Dr. Scott Hartsel, professor of chemistry, will present "Natural Product Drugs" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Acoustic Café in downtown Eau Claire. The presentation is part of the university's "Ask a Scientist" series. Full story.
  • Dr. Joe Hupy, assistant professor of geography and anthropology, will present "The Impacts of War on the Contemporary Landscape" at noon Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Sweetwaters Restaurant in Eau Claire. The presentation is part of the the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch" series. More information. Go to top of page

'Teapots' exhibit starts this week in Foster Gallery

A new exhibit, "Teapots: Formal, Functional, Narrative," will open Thursday, Feb. 26, and continue through March 29 in the Foster Gallery of the Haas Fine Arts Center at UW-Eau Claire.

teapot by Joan Bruneau teapot by Sam Chung

Teapots on display at the Foster Gallery Feb. 26 through March 29 include pieces by Joan Bruneau, left, and Sam Chung.

An opening reception will run from 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday in the gallery. The show will include 40 artists, many with national or international reputations.

"Teapots" is co-curated by Susan O'Brien, a ceramist and UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of art, and Margaret Bohls, ceramicist and assistant professor of art at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Both are also exhibitors. Full story. Go to top of page

First Arab World Lecture to feature Miriam Cooke
The inaugural presentation of UW-Eau Claire's Arab World Lecture Series will feature Dr. Miriam Cooke's lecture, "Feminism in Islam," at 5:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Miriam Cooke
Cooke

Cooke, one of the pioneers in the Western academic tradition of Middle East women's studies, currently teaches at Duke University. An author of several books and the recipient of numerous awards and honors, Cooke earned her doctorate in Arabic literature from Oxford University in England.

Cooke's visit is possible because of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's Arab World Lecture Fund, which supports a lecture series that focuses specifically on Middle Eastern and Arab world issues. The fund was established by Cathy Sultan, a peace activist, author of "Israeli and Palestinian Voices: A Dialogue with Both Sides" and a UW-Eau Claire honorary alumna, and Dr. Kate Lang, chair of the history department. Members of the local Arab community also have supported the fund. Full story. Go to top of page

Chemistry professor to open orchestra concert

David Lewis
Lewis

Dr. David Lewis, UW-Eau Claire professor of chemistry, will open the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra's Saturday, Feb. 28, "Russian Delights" concert by discussing Alexandre Borodin's dual careers as a chemist and as a composer.

Lewis, an organic chemist, has an interest in the history of chemistry and especially the history of organic chemistry in Russia prior to the revolution. This has sparked his interest in Borodin, especially since the composer’s musical career has generally eclipsed his considerable chemical accomplishments. Borodin achieved his greatest recognition long after his death, both musically and in regard to his most important chemical contributions, according to Lewis.

Works by Borodin and Russian composers Dmitri Shostakovich and Sergei Prokofiev will be featured in the Feb. 28 program, which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. Nicholas Phillips, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of music, will be a soloist in the Shostakovich piece during the Feb. 28 performance. Go to top of page

Bone marrow registration drive set for March 3
A bone marrow registration drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the Oneida and Ho-Chunk rooms of the Davies Center as part of second annual Eberth Alarcón Peace and Justice Lecture Series. The process takes only minutes, and those interested in donating may come any time during those hours.

Eberth Alarcon
Alarcón

The Eberth Alarcón Peace and Justice Memorial Lecture Series was created as a tribute to the life of Dr. Eberth Alarcón, associate professor of mathematics at UW-Eau Claire, who died Sept. 26, 2006, after a battle against acute leukemia. Alarcón was known for his energy and passion for teaching and social justice.

See a recent news release and the Staff and Faculty for Peace and Justice Web site for more information. Go to top of page

 


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