Vol. 56, No. 7 • Seventh Week • Fall Semester • Sept. 29, 2008
A UW-Eau Claire senior psychology major spent the summer working with sea lions and dolphins at the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program in San Diego, Calif.
"It was incredible," Kristine Funk said of her internship. "I loved everything about it. It was hard work but it was a great experience. It was a blast."
Funk was one of 16 interns selected from throughout the country to participate in the 16-week program.
Interns provide support to marine mammal program staff while gaining experience in the field of marine mammal care and training, said Erika Putman, coordinator of volunteer opportunities for the program, noting the internship provides students with knowledge and hands-on experiences that they can't get in a classroom or lab setting. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire celebrates Homecoming 2008
New 2008 faculty/academic staff appointments, recent promotions and grants of tenure
Alcohol use surveys indicate improvements
"Clearly our efforts to better educate students about alcohol-related issues and outcomes are paying off," said Lee, who shared survey information with members of the BRIDGE Campus Community Coalition on Sept. 24. "While there is still much work to be done, many students are making more responsible choices when it comes to alcohol."The BRIDGE Campus Community Coalition is a group of neighbors, community leaders, law enforcement officials, health care providers, public school officials, tavern owners and alcohol distributors, who have volunteered to work together with university students, faculty, staff and administration to reduce high risk drinking and its negative effects on campus and in the community. Full story, including selected survey findings.
The UW-Eau Claire Foundation will celebrate a successful fundraising year — the second best year in Foundation history — and the conclusion of its Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence campaign during an Oct. 3 reception honoring its Circle of Excellence donors.
The Circle of Excellence includes individuals whose cumulative gifts to the Foundation total $10,000 or more and corporate donors who have given $25,000 or more.
The Foundation ended the 2007-08 fiscal year with $4,040,900 in gifts, with contributions from Circle of Excellence members representing more than 60 percent of the total gifts received for the year, said Kimera Way, Foundation executive director.
Gifts from Circle of Excellence members also represented a significant portion of gifts to the Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence campaign, which ended in December 2007 with nearly $54 million in total commitments, Way said. Full story.
Banned Books Week exhibit starts today
The exhibit, which will be on display through Dec. 19, was developed by the Long Island Coalition Against Censorship. Through narratives and illustrations, it chronicles incidents of censorship dating back to the 19th century, as well as frequently challenged books and creative works. Full story.
University Senate to hold PEEQ open discussion
PEEQ co-chairs Marty Wood, interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, and Beth Hellwig, vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students, will moderate the discussion. Information on the PEEQ process will be presented, including an update on the self-study questions.
“More than 300 faculty and staff have participated in PEEQ charrettes and provided feedback on the questions,” Wood said. “The PEEQ Task Force has reviewed all the comments to date and begun to make revisions based on suggestions from campus. More comments are welcome.”
At the Senate’s open discussion, the revisions will be shared and there will be time to provide more suggestions and ask additional questions. Review PEEQ charrettes feedback submitted as of Sept. 25.
UW-Eau Claire will recognize the hard work and self-discipline it takes for university faculty and staff to bring scholarly work to the level of publication or performance with an Authors Celebration from 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center.
The work of 36 UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff authors will be featured, but the event celebrates the publishing accomplishments of all university staff by highlighting representative successes. Interim Provost Marty Wood will speak briefly at 5 p.m. and hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served. Faculty and staff are invited to join their colleagues for conversation and celebration.
Campus groups host election-related events
• Vice Presidential Debate Forum — The UW-Eau Claire political science department and the Society of Politics, a UW-Eau Claire student organization, are sponsoring a Vice Presidential Debate Forum at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in Room 102 of Hibbard Humanities Hall. Anyone who would like to watch and then discuss the televised vice presidential debates with other interested citizens is invited to attend.
• Debates research project — UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in an international research project led by UW-Eau Claire communication and journalism faculty members Mike Dorsher, Jack Kapfer and Jan Larson, along with participants at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Those interested should arrive by 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 (before the televised vice presidential debate) and/or Tuesday, Oct. 7 (before the televised presidential debate), in Room 102 of Hibbard Humanities Hall. Half the participants will be randomly assigned to listen to the debate without any video and the other half will watch the full televised version. More information.
GE review group to host town meetings, lecture
Winterim, spring 2009 class schedules now online