Vol. 56, No. 25 • Seventh Week • Spring Semester • March 9, 2009
Administrative reorganization eliminates vice chancellor post; David Gessner named CFO
Eliminating the vice chancellor position will result in realigning the offices and units within the division, reducing the number of administrative divisions from four to three. The three remaining divisions are Chancellor, Student Affairs and Academic Affairs.
As part of the reorganization, Levin-Stankevich appointed David Gessner, UW-Eau Claire's director of Business Services and budget officer, as assistant chancellor for budget and finance. In his new capacity, Dave will report to the chancellor and will serve as the university's chief financial officer, oversee the university's budget, act as a key liaison with the UW System and provide leadership for the Business Services unit. Full story.
Links to all finalists' curriculum vitae, video of their campus open forums, and a forum feedback form are available online.
Regents discuss proposed state budget impact
The real question, said UW System President Kevin P. Reilly, is “how much capacity does the UW System really have to absorb any kind of budget cut, and how do we begin to assess the real impact of a cut on our core operation of educating students?”
After stripping away targeted, earmarked or restricted funding, the UW System is left with about $1.8 billion in unencumbered dollars to support direct instruction of students, Reilly said, with $860 million in GPR and $981 million in tuition.
Read news coverage of the budget's impact on the UW-System.The March meeting also included discussion of the next steps in the UW System’s work on equity, diversity and inclusion, as well as the presentation of the first Regents Diversity Awards. Read the meeting's news summary.
Chancellor selects new student center site
In making the selection, Levin-Stankevich considered factors including but not limited to flood plain and sustainability issues, traffic flow, parking, proximity to student populations during the day and evening, proximity to McIntyre Library, student activities, and how the project affects future campus development. Full story.
A civil rights legend who helped desegregate U.S. public schools will meet with students and give a public lecture during a March 10-11 visit to the UW-Eau Claire.
Minnijean Brown Trickey will present "Return to Little Rock: A Seminal Moment in American Education and Civil Rights" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, in Schofield Auditorium. A reception will follow at 8:30 p.m. in the Presidents Room of Davies Center. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.
Brown Trickey will meet with students for coffee at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 11 in the Skylight Lounge of Davies Center. She will then give a lecture for students, faculty and staff at 10 a.m. in Davies Theatre.
As a teenager, Brown Trickey entered the civil rights movement — and American consciousness — when, as a member of the Little Rock Nine, and in defiance of the state of Arkansas, she took her place in what had previously been a whites-only school. Full story.
Brown Trickey's presentations are part of UW-Eau Claire's schedule of Women's Herstory Month events.
Campus to be site of March 11 Community Breakfast
The breakfast will include a panel discussion by representatives from local organizations that have adopted an environmentally friendly approach to business. Panelists will include Charles Farrell, UW-Eau Claire University Centers; Lee Jensen, Five Star Dairy; Dave Savage, Superior Auto Body; Mark Steil, Chaos Water Park; and Jim Vaudreuil, Huebsch Services.
The Community Breakfast is sponsored by the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce, UW-Eau Claire Foundation and UW-Eau Claire College of Business. More information is available on the College of Business Web site.
New sustainability Web site goes live
Visitors to the site will find information on ways the university community is promoting sustainability in the areas of campus buildings, energy, food, place, purchasing, transportation, waste and water. The site also links to other pages of the university Web site that contain sustainability-related information.
"Individuals from every part of the campus community are working to help UW-Eau Claire function in more sustainable ways," said Kate Hale, UW-Eau Claire campus sustainability fellow. "This Web site will serve as a gathering place to highlight these efforts — a nexus for education, reflection, inspiration and celebration. We hope students, faculty and staff will be encouraged by what they read on the new Web site, and that they'll contemplate ways they could engage with the energy."
To date more than 400 current and retired employees have contributed more than $338,000 to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation in fiscal year 2009. This includes a bequest of $149,000, according to 2009 Campus Campaign chairs Larry Solberg and Jodi Thesing-Ritter.
In a letter to UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff and emeriti, Solberg and Thesing-Ritter noted several gifts that took advantage of a matching opportunity for Campus Campaign gift increases or first-time gifts. One couple who normally give $1,000 gave $2,000, resulting in a $3,000 gift, and a new donor gave $2,500, resulting in a $5,000 gift, they said.
Health journal publishes faculty/student study
This study yielded some of the most rewarding findings he's seen in his research at UW-Eau Claire, Dalleck said.
The research team consisted of recent graduates Brittany Allen, Bailey Hanson, Erica Borresen and Mary Erickson, as well as junior Sondra De Lap, De Forest. It was funded by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for a Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates. Full story.
The UW-Eau Claire Women's Concert Chorale will represent the university on a tour of South Africa March 12-22. The 69-member choir will be led by conductor Alan Rieck, associate professor of music.
The itinerary includes an exchange with the Stellenbosch University Schola Cantorum in Cape Town, a formal concert at St. Stithian School in Johannesburg and an informal performance at the historic Regina Mundi Church in Soweto. Non-musical events include a safari tour of Pilanesberg National Park, a visit to Lesedi Cultural Village and a tour of the Apartheid Museum. The group also will tour Robben Island, holding place of Nelson Mandela for 18 years. Full story.
Professor, students to study war's environmental impact in Vietnam
The research team will assess the Khe Sanh battlefield in Vietnam 40 years after the fighting ceased, said Dr. Joseph Hupy, assistant professor of geography and anthropology.
The May trip to Vietnam is possible because of funding from the ASIA Network, a consortium of colleges and universities devoted to furthering the teaching and learning of Asian studies. Hupy, Berg and Koehler received a grant totaling more than $15,000 through the ASIA Network's Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows Program to support their work in Vietnam. The grant — the first awarded by ASIA Network to UW-Eau Claire — was one of just 14 grants given out in 2009 by the fellows program. Full story.
This year, Geurink, a UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of communication and journalism, is helping to bring the intergenerational learning experience to her own campus.
On June 20, UW-Eau Claire's Grandparents University will offer classes for grandparents and their grandchildren, ages 8 to 12. The grandparents and grandchildren will together attend classes taught by university faculty.
"Grandparents University is a bonding experience for grandparents and grandchildren," Geurink said of the program's value. "It's something my granddaughter and I talk about all year. I just had to bring it here for UW-Eau Claire alumni to enjoy."
While the university hopes that many UW-Eau Claire alumni will participate in the program, Grandparents University will be open to all seniors and children in the community. Full story.
Free kids' foreign language classes to begin April 2
Classes will meet from 4:10-4:50 p.m. on Thursdays, April 2-May 7, in Hibbard Hall, located on the corner of Park Avenue and Garfield Street. The registration deadline is March 19. Full story.
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