Vol. 56, No. 12 • Twelfth Week • Fall Semester • Nov. 3, 2008
Finalists named in vice chancellor search
Links to the finalists' curriculum vitae and the times of their campus open forums are available online.
The first six interviews in a radio series called "Culture Talk" will air at 6 p.m. Nov. 9, 16 and 23 on WUEC-89.7 FM. The series is being produced as part of a faculty/student collaborative research project titled "International Awareness Through Intercultural Radio Interviews," led by Dr. Judy Sims, UW-Eau Claire professor of communication and journalism.
For the project, UW-Eau Claire student researchers are conducting 20 interviews with people of diverse cultural backgrounds. The interviews explore the ways in which verbal and nonverbal communication behaviors vary among cultures.
"If people simply assume that everyone in the world is taught the same values and communicates in identical ways, then it makes it much more difficult to try and do business with each other, resolve conflicts and so on," Sims said. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire faculty members have helped plan family activity nights in November at two Eau Claire elementary schools participating in the federally funded Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program during the 2008-09 academic year .The events' focus will be on educating students and their families about healthy eating habits.
Dr. Eric Jamelske, associate professor of economics, and Dr. Lori Bica, associate professor of psychology and chair of the psychology department, are part of a research team evaluating the success of the FFVP for the Wisconsin departments of Public Instruction and Health and Family Services.
Lakeshore and Longfellow elementary schools will host healthy eating family fun nights in their school gyms. The event at Lakeshore will run from 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 6 and the event at Longfellow will run from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 13. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire AASHE membership includes
While AASHE’s Web site is partially open to the public, membership gives everyone with a UW-Eau Claire e-mail account (staff, faculty, students) access to AASHE’s members-only materials. Students, faculty and staff also may subscribe to the AASHE Bulletin, a weekly compilation of the latest sustainability news, resources, events and opportunities at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Read a memo from UW-Eau Claire Sustainability Fellow Dr. Kate Hale for details about ASSHE member resources and how to access them.
Energy alert: Guidelines promote strategic goals
To conserve energy, reduce the campus carbon footprint and help UW-Eau Claire comply with state mandates, university employees and students are asked to cooperate with the following guidelines:
Twelve UW-Eau Claire students enrolled in the class "Engineering Geology and Geophysics" with Dr. Katherine Grote, assistant professor of hydrogeology in the geology department, recently completed a project to help the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources characterize the subsurface at the site of WRR Environmental Services Co. Inc. and at Lowes Creek County Park.
The information generated during the geophysics studies will help provide a better interpretation of the depth to the top of bedrock as it slopes from state Highway 93 to the west toward Lowes Creek. The students made a presentation to DNR officials, WRR staff and a representative of Short Elliot Hendrickson Inc., an engineering firm retained by WRR, at an Oct. 23 meeting at the WRR offices. Full story.
Foster Gallery exhibit features new media art
The exhibit is curated by Jian Luo, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of art & design, whose work is included in the show. Other artists featured are Silvia Ruzanka, Shawn Decker, Doreen Maloney, Dmitry Strakovsky, Yuichiro Nishizawa, Taylor Hokanson, Matt Frieburghaus and Christopher Furman.
According to Tom Wagener, director of the Foster Gallery, new media art originates from an "increasingly technologically dependent society" and "not only challenges traditional creative media and ways of thinking, but also posits new questions concerning all realms of contemporary life." Full story.
Students, faculty members and an alumnus from UW-Eau Claire attended the "Cultivating Sustainable Agriculture: Higher Education Programs in Wisconsin" conference Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at UW-Madison. Several of the UW-Eau Claire representatives participated in panel presentations during the event, which provided opportunities for new sustainable agriculture initiatives on Wisconsin campuses to learn from each other and establish new formal and informal ties between institutions.
"UW-Eau Claire had a strong showing at the conference with six students and three professors," Jamelske said. " People took notice and were impressed by our work and our knowledge and our commitment to working toward sustainability on our campus."
UW-Eau Claire participants included current and former members of the student organization The Foodlums. Foodlums representatives in attendance were Corey Hilber, a senior economics and mathematics major; Dylan Thomas, a 2008 biology graduate and now an AmeriCorps VISTA member working in the Center for Service-Learning; Ane Klomps, a senior nursing major; Emilie Carlson, a sophomore biology major; Briana Odegard, a junior elementary education major; and Danielle Gannon, a junior English major.
Hilber was a presenter on panels that discussed "Student Gardens and Farms" and "Getting Local, Sustainable Food onto Campus." Thomas presented on "The Role of Students in Shaping Food Intake on Campus." Also, all student attendees presented posters on The Foodlums and local foods survey research.
Faculty members in attendance were Dr. Joseph Hupy, assistant professor of geography and Foodlums adviser; Dr. Eric Jamelske, associate professor of economics and Foodlums adviser; and Dr. Kate Hale, UW-Eau Claire Sustainability Fellow and adjunct assistant professor of English.
Hupy participated in the "Student Gardens and Farms" panel, where he discussed his role as an adviser to The Foodlums, and Jamelske was a presenter during the "Campus Greening and Sustainable Agriculture" session, where he discussed results from a survey on local food purchasing among Wisconsin colleges.