Vol. 56, No. 31Fourteenth Week • Spring Semester • April 27, 2009

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Tess Onwueme receives prestigious literary award

IACIS elects Jean Pratt to presidency

National adviser award goes to Paula Stuettgen

2009 Student Research Day to include more exhibits

Imani Winds closes 2008-09 Artists Series season

First Wisconsin Idea Forum set for May 14

Annual English Festival to run April 27-May 1

Student center design to be public meeting topic

Earth Month panel to discuss climate change

Carroll to discuss recession's historical perspective

2009 OWL Award goes to Erica Benson

CASE issues 'responsible drinking' definition

University Theatre to stage 'The Shadow Box'

Student ensembles to present spring concerts

Photo corner: Spring color sighting, Earth Day action


Tess Onwueme receives prestigious literary award

Tess Onwueme

Dr. Tess Onwueme, distinguished professor of English at UW-Eau Claire, has received the African Literature Association's prestigious Fonlon-Nichols award.

The award is given annually to an African writer whose works have demonstrated a commitment to democratic ideals, humanistic values and literary excellence in Africa.

"The award elevates Dr. Onwueme to a new level among world-class writers," said Jack Bushnell, chair of the English department. "It's an honor that will put her on the radar screen for groups that make decisions about other prestigious awards, including the Nobel committee. It's a very big deal."

A variety of internationally known luminaries are past recipients of the Fonlon-Nichols award, including Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka of Nigeria. The prestigious award is named for Cameroonian literary scholar Bernard Fonlon and American journalist Lee Nichols, recognizing their contributions to the struggle for human rights and freedom of expression. Full story. Go to top of page

IACIS elects Jean Pratt to presidency

Jean Pratt


Dr. Jean Pratt, assistant professor of information systems at UW-Eau Claire, was recently elected president of the International Association for Computer Information Systems.

IACIS has about 800 members in 23 countries. The association hosts a scholarly journal (the Journal of Computer Information Systems — JCIS) that is ranked in the top 5 percent of IS-related journals and an annual international conference attended by members from 12-15 different countries.

Pratt's leadership position in the organization will bring additional international recognition to UW-Eau Claire. Go to top of page

National adviser award goes to Paula Stuettgen

Paula Stuettgen

Paula Stuettgen, senior coordinator for student development and programs at UW-Eau Claire, has received the national Outstanding Advisor of the Year award from Alpha Lambda Delta for 2008-09.

The National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta named Stuettgen the organization's top adviser in the nation during the UW-Eau Claire chapter's induction ceremony April 25.

Alpha Lambda Delta is a national society that honors academic excellence during a student's first year in college. Stuettgen has served as the UW-Eau Claire's chapter adviser since 1984. During her tenure, she has encouraged the chapter and individual students to achieve greatness and to serve others, said Andrew Simon, past vice-president of the UW-Eau Claire chapter and current member of the National Advisory Council for Alpha Lambda Delta. In recent years, several UW-Eau Claire students have received Alpha Lambda Delta Trow Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships, monetary awards given to the most outstanding students in the society nationwide. Full story. Go to top of page

2009 Student Research Day to include more exhibits

Student Research Day 2008
UW-Eau Claire students displayed their research results during Student Research Day 2008. This year's event, to be held April 27-29, will include 277 research exhibits, up from the number of exhibits last year. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS)

UW-Eau Claire students will display their faculty-mentored student research, scholarly and creative projects at the 17th annual Student Research Day today through Wednesday, April 29.

A record number of research posters will be on display a day longer this year from noon to 5 p.m. today, April 27; from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 28; and from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 29, in Zorn Arena. Judging will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

With 277 projects to be displayed, Dr. Karen Havholm, assistant vice chancellor for research and director of the Center of Excellence for Faculty/Student Research Collaboration, said she was happy to see a record number of submissions this year, an increase of nearly 40 projects over last year. Full story. Go to top of page

Imani Winds closes 2008-09 Artists Series season

Imani Winds
Imani Winds

A concert by Imani Winds will close this season's Artists Series at 7:30 p.m. tonight, April 27, in Gantner Concert Hall of Haas Fine Arts Center.

Since 1997, the Grammy-nominated Imani Winds has carved out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, genre-blurring collaborations and inspirational outreach programs. Taking its name from the Swahili word for faith, the group exhibits a high level of energy and presents concerts that are just plain fun.

The group has been recognized with the 2007 ASCAP Award, the 2002 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, and the CMA/WQXR Award for its debut and self-released CD, "Umoja." At the 2001 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Imani Winds was selected as the first Educational Residency Ensemble.

The Artists Series concert will be followed by an end-of-season reception hosted by Wisconsin Public Radio personalities. Full story. Go to top of page

First Wisconsin Idea Forum set for May 14
Event to discuss public policies on addressing alcohol abuse
Wisconsin Idea Forum graphicMedical and public policy experts will lead a discussion in May in Eau Claire about the scope of alcohol abuse in Wisconsin and the policies that have been enacted and/or proposed to solve the problem.

"Addressing Alcohol Abuse through Public Policy: Finding Common Ground" — to be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 14 at UW-Eau Claire — will be the inaugural Wisconsin Idea Forum, the first in a series of programs that connect important regional and state issues with University of Wisconsin resources.

UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will open the program, and UW System President Kevin Reilly will introduce the Wisconsin Idea Forum initiative. Presenters will include Patrick Remington, M.D., M.P.H.; Tom Oliver, Ph.D; D. Paul Moberg, Ph.D.; and Richard Brown, M.D., M.P.H.

The cost to attend is $49 for registrations received by May 1 or $69 for registrations received after May 1. Student scholarships are available. Full story. Go to top of page

Annual English Festival to run April 27-May 1
English FestivalUW-Eau Claire's English department will host its annual English Festival — a weeklong celebration of reading, writing and the arts — today through May 1 in Davies Center.

The English Festival is one of the largest student-run language arts festivals in the nation, featuring guest authors, lectures by faculty members, student panels, capstone presentations and an international poetry reading. It also will include live music from noon-1 p.m. daily on the campus mall.

Events are free and open to the public. Full story. Go to top of page

Student center design to be public meeting topic
Members of the UW-Eau Claire and greater Eau Claire communities are invited to a charette on Tuesday, April 28, to discuss the design of the university's new student center.

The meeting will run from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Spruce and Tamarack rooms of Davies Center, following the April 28 University Senate meeting.

Architects from the Philadelphia-based architectural firm Burt, Hill and the Wisconsin-based firm Bray Architects will give a presentation at the start of the charette. A question-and-answer session will follow. Participants will be encouraged to share ideas and ask questions. Full story. Go to top of page

Earth Month panel to discuss climate change
Three UW-Eau Claire experts will share their perspectives on climate change during an Earth Month presentation from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in The Cabin of Davies Center.

"Interesting Perspectives on Climate Change: The Science, The Ethics, The Economics" will feature panelists Dr. Jim Phillips, professor of chemistry; Dr. Sean McAleer, associate professor of philosophy and religious studies; and Dr. Eric Jamelske, associate professor of economics. Full story.

See a complete listing of UW-Eau Claire's Earth Month events. Go to top of page

Carroll to discuss recession's historical perspective

Wayne Carroll

Dr. Wayne Carroll, UW-Eau Claire professor of economics, will discuss the current recession and implications of the recent economic downturn during an Alumni Association luncheon from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at Sweetwater's Restaurant.

In his presentation, "The Great Recession of 2008-09: Starting to Build the Historical Perspective," Carroll will examine the history of previous recessions and the Great Depression, and apply those lessons to today's economic crisis. He will discuss similarities and differences between today's economic picture and those of the past. Full story. Go to top of page

2009 OWL Award goes to Erica Benson

Dr. Erica Benson

Dr. Erica Benson, assistant professor of English, has been selected as the 2009 recipient of UW-Eau Claire's OWL (Older, Wiser Learner) Award presented by the Nontraditional Student Services office and nontraditional students. Benson and all the award nominees were honored at an OWL Award brown bag event April 23.

The 2009 Owl Award nominees also honored April 23 were Dr. Michael Fine, political science; Dr. Rose Jadack, nursing; Dr. Fredric Kolb, economics; Dr. Tamara Lindsey, curriculum and instruction; Colleen McFarland, McIntyre Library; Meghan Mehlos, foreign languages; Dr. Karen O’Day, art & design; Dr. Jill Smith, geography and anthropology; Dr. Paul Thomas, physics and astronomy; and Dr. Kurt Wiegel, chemistry.

NSS and UW-Eau Claire nontraditional students annually present the OWL Award to an outstanding faculty member who best exemplifies both the art and the science of teaching returning adult students. The award recognizes faculty who provide the kind of learning environment where the life experiences of adult students are honored, the intellectual demands spur further discovery and growth, and classroom strategies are appropriately varied and flexible.

Nominations for the OWL Award are solicited from nontraditional students, and the Nontraditional Student Advisory Committee selects the winner. Go to top of page

CASE issues 'responsible drinking' definition
CASE logoThe Center for Alcohol Studies and Education at UW-Eau Claire has announced its definition of responsible drinking. The CASE definition is based on the book "The ABC's of College Drinking" by Jim Matthews.

CASE was prompted to provide a formal definition after seeing a variation in responses among students to the question, "What is responsible drinking?"

CASE uses the 0-1-2-3 guidelines to define responsible drinking: Zero drinks if driving or under the age of 21; one standard drink per hour maximum; two drinking occasions per week maximum; and three drinks per occasion maximum, if 21 or older. A standard drink is 12 ounces of beer, four ounces of wine or a 1.5 ounce shot of 80-proof alcohol. Full story. Go to top of page

University theatre to stage 'The Shadow Box'
'The Shadow Box' graphicThe UW-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department will present the Pulitzer prize-winning play "The Shadow Box" at 7:30 p.m. April 30-May 3 and May 6-9 and at 1:30 p.m. May 3 in Kjer Theatre.

In the play by Michael Cristopher, three terminal cancer patients dwell in separate cottages on a hospital’s grounds. With a sense of humor and sensitivity, the play dramatizes the patients' anxieties and their coming to grips with the finality of their condition. The three are attended and visited by family and close friends who struggle with their own anxieties and fears of the impending loss. The play is directed by Richard Nimke, associate professor of theatre arts. Go to top of page

Student ensembles to present spring concerts
sheet musicThe following UW-Eau Claire student ensembles will present spring concerts in the coming week in the Haas Fine Arts Center:

  • The Low Brass Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in Phillips Recital Hall.
  • Jazz Ensembles IV and V will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, in Gantner Concert Hall.
  • Jazz Ensemble I will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in Gantner Concert Hall.
  • The Singing Statesmen will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, in Gantner Concert Hall.
  • The Symphonic Choir will perform at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 3, in Gantner Concert Hall.
  • The Wind Symphony will perform at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 3, in Gantner Concert Hall. Go to top of page

Photo corner
Campus spring color sightings on the rise

Bright yellow daffodils are in bloom on the UW-Eau Claire campus — welcome signs of warmer weather to come. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS)
Business students take Earth Day action
Business ethics students box books for 'Books for Africa'
UW-Eau Claire students in the "Leadership and Business Ethics" class taught by Nancy Hanson-Rasmussen, lecturer of management and marketing, celebrated Earth Day by participating in three activities with area businesses. In class the students have discussed the sustainable business practices of Sodexho, Veolia Environmental Services, Barnes and Noble, and Better World Books. They then participated in service activities that included boxing 4,500 pounds of out-of-use textbooks for Books for Africa, returning/recycling rental texts to university departments and working at Davies Center composting locations to instruct students on which food service items to compost. Above, Michael Pukansky and Katie Lambert were among those who packed up books to be contributed to the Books for Africa drive. (Photo by Nancy Hanson-Rasmussen)


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