Vol. 5, No. 1First Week • Summer Session • June 13, 2005

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Chemistry professors to patent fluorescent probes

Regents call for restored state funding, endorse Reilly's proposed commission on UW System

C. Kate Hale to begin interim affirmative action post

George Kroeninger is Continuing Education director

Kimberly O'Kelly named interim parking coordinator

Study abroad program ranks second in nation

Campus bids farewell to Sister Joel Jacobi

Campuswide input sought on TLTDC/CNS merger

Jazz at Noon, Music on the Mall, Summer Cinema start today

Faculty, staff help coordinate Juneteenth event

UW-Eau Claire hosts NYSP for 25th year

 

Chemistry professors to patent fluorescent probes

live human fibroblast cells stained with fluorescence microscopy probe
This real-color photomicrograph shows a newly developed probe staining the Golgi apparatus (which serves as a cell's packaging and delivery center) in a live human fibroblast cell. (Photo by Lori Scardino, UW-Eau Claire chemistry student)

If all goes as planned, work in the medical science and diagnostic industries will advance because of the research of two UW-Eau Claire chemistry professors. Dr. David Lewis, an organic chemist, and Dr. Scott Hartsel, a biochemist, have developed a new class of probes (or dyes) for fluorescence microscopy of live cells. The probes can potentially be used for a variety of medical and diagnostic purposes, ranging from mass screening of cholesterol-lowering drugs to stem cell or cancer research to studying metabolic diseases of lysosomes such as Tay-Sachs disease, Lewis and Hartsel said. The two are working through the patenting process with WiSys Technology Foundation, an organization that offers UW System faculty free patenting and licensing services. Full story. Go to top of page

Regents call for restored state funding, endorse Reilly's proposed commission on UW System
In a resolution passed June 10, the UW System Board of Regents urged the Wisconsin State Legislature to strongly consider restoring funding for financial aid and teaching faculty in the 2005-07 UW System budget, and to join the regents in determining the long-term direction for the UW System. Read the June 10 and June 9 news summaries from the regents' two-day meeting at UW-Milwaukee. Go to top of page

C. Kate Hale to begin interim affirmative action post
Dr. C. Kate HaleDr. C. Kate Hale, senior lecturer of English, has been named UW-Eau Claire's interim assistant to the chancellor for affirmative action. Hale, who will begin her affirmative action duties July 1, replaces Barbara Stevens, who is retiring. Hale joined UW-Eau Claire's faculty in 1987 as a lecturer in the English department. She was promoted to senior lecturer in 1994. She also has taught courses in the Women's Studies program. Hale has served on a number of departmental, university and UW System committees, including the Women's Studies Curriculum and Liaison committees, the university's Academic Grievance Committee, the English department's Composition Committee, and the UW System's Advisory Group on the Liberal Arts. She also was a UW-Eau Claire representative to the UW System's Academic Staff Category B Gender/Race Equity Committee. Hale has been active in the Staff and Faculty for Peace and Justice, the Wisconsin Stewardship Network and Northern Thunder. She has served as faculty adviser for the student organizations Campus Greens and College Feminists. Hale earned her bachelor's degree from Milligan College, and her master's and doctoral degrees from Michigan State University. Full story. Go to top of page

George Kroeninger is Continuing Education director
George J. KroeningerGeorge J. Kroeninger, a Wisconsin native with more than 15 years of leadership experience in government and nonprofit organizations, has been named UW-Eau Claire's director of Continuing Education. He will begin his duties July 18, replacing Douglas Pearson Jr., who has served as interim director of Continuing Education since October 2004. Kroeninger currently is the executive director of Be Active Minnesota, based in Minneapolis. Other positions he's held include director of medical and community education for the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation in Minneapolis; wellness administrator/staff liaison for the Foothills Park and Recreation District/Foothills Foundation Community Wellness Program in Lakewood, Colo.; and health promotion coordinator for Dominican Health Care Inc./St. Catherine's Hospital in Kenosha. Kroeninger earned a bachelor's degree from UW-Oshkosh and a master's degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo. Full story. Go to top of page

Kimberly O'Kelly named interim parking coordinator
Kimberly O'KellyEffective July 1, Kimberly O'Kelly will serve as UW-Eau Claire's interim coordinator of Parking and Transportation Services. Current coordinator Gary Bartlett will retire in August. O'Kelly received her bachelor's degree in criminal justice from UW-Eau Claire in 2002, and she completed the Law Enforcement Academy program at Chippewa Valley Technical College in 2003. She has been a police officer with the University Police since August 2003. O'Kelly's association with Parking and Transportation Services began as a UW-Eau Claire student, when she was a parking enforcement officer and then parking enforcement student supervisor. In 2002 she began working as a parking office clerical assistant, a position she has held, along with her police officer position, until accepting the interim coordinator appointment. Go to top of page

Study abroad program ranks second in nation

UW-Eau Claire students in Potsdam, Germany
UW-Eau Claire students in front of Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, Germany, during an excursion offered as part of the Wittenberg study abroad program.

UW-Eau Claire ranks No. 2 nationally among master's level institutions sending students to study abroad for at least a semester, according to the newest Open Doors Report from the Institute for International Education. "We're excited because this ranking reflects our commitment to semester-long study abroad programs," said Karl Markgraf, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education. Unlike some universities, a majority of UW-Eau Claire's study abroad programs involve students studying in a country for a period of months rather than weeks, Markgraf said. Research indicates that shorter programs sometimes perpetuate stereotypes because students don't have enough time to decode the culture and understand it, Markgraf said, adding that UW-Eau Claire's commitment to longer programs dates back more than 20 years. Full story. Go to top of page

Sr. Joel Jacobi and Karen Witt
Among Sister Joel Jacobi's former colleagues attending the June 3 reception was Karen Witt, pictured here with Sister Jacobi. Witt, an associate professor emeritus of nursing systems, retired from UW-Eau Claire in 2001. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, TLTDC)

Campus bids farewell to Sister Joel Jacobi
UW-Eau Claire's College of Nursing and Health Sciences hosted a farewell reception June 3 for Sister Joel Jacobi, assistant professor emerita of family health nursing. Sister Jacobi, who is moving to the motherhouse for the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis in Springfield, Ill., came to Eau Claire in 1965 at the request of then-Chancellor Leonard Haas to conduct a feasibility study regarding the development of a nursing school. She advised that a nursing bachelor's degree program be developed at UW-Eau Claire. She returned to UW-Eau Claire in 1970 as a member of the nursing faculty, serving as a department chair for a number of years. She retired from the family health nursing department in 1995 at the age of 76. Sister Jacobi started the St. Francis Food Pantry in Eau Claire and has been involved in many other community initiatives. Go to top of page

Others in attendance at the recent farewell reception for Sister Jacobi included (left to right) Dr. Elaine Wendt, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences; Marilyn Burgess, associate professor emerita of family health nursing; Sister Jacobi; Gayle Sohr, assistant professor emerita of adult health nursing; and Jean Lamb, assistant professor emerita of adult health nursing. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, TLTDC)

Campuswide input sought on TLTDC/CNS merger
UW-Eau Claire's Teaching and Learning Technology Development Center and Computing and Networking Services are continuing the process of reorganizing and merging their services into a new unit. (See related May 16 University Bulletin story.) They have framed a new mission statement for the unit and invite university faculty, staff, and students to participate in a focus group discussion to help them gauge understanding and support of that mission on campus. Two focus group meetings are scheduled:

  • Tuesday, June 21, noon to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 22, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Both meetings will be in the Teaching-Learning Resource Lab (Schofield 30/44). Contact Jessica Franson at holmjl@uwec.edu to participate in one of the meetings. Go to top of page

Central Campus Mall clockJazz at Noon, Music on the Mall, Summer Cinema start today
Live jazz at noon, an evening Music on the Mall performance and the first showing of a "Summer Screamer" festival of horror films are included in today's kickoff of UW-Eau Claire's Summer Session Programs. Today through July 1, live jazz combos will play weekdays from noon to 1 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall. Tonight at 7 p.m., Howard "Guitar" Luedtke and Blue Max will be the first of seven musical acts to perform in the weekly Music on the Mall series. Also at 7 p.m. today through Thursday, "Scream" will be the first film featured in the eight-week Summer Cinema series. More information.Go to top of page

Faculty, staff help coordinate Juneteenth event
Juneteenth 140th anniversary logoSeveral UW-Eau Claire faculty, emeriti faculty and staff are helping to coordinate the area's fifth annual Juneteenth celebration, which will run from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at Mt. Simon Park in the Dells (upper) Pavilion. UW-Eau Claire's Office of Multicultural Affairs is among the sponsors of the event, the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. The Eau Claire event will bring together area residents to celebrate and visit about their commitment toward a more united community enriched by its diversity. Food, music, activities for children, and a brief program on the history of Juneteenth are planned. Full story. Go to top of page

2005 NYSP participants
Participants in UW-Eau Claire's NYSP program assembled June 10 for this group photo on upper campus. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, TLTDC)

UW-Eau Claire hosts NYSP
for 25th year
The National Youth Sports Program at UW-Eau Claire kicked off its 25th season June 9 as 615 youths ages 10-16 arrived on campus for the program's opening day. Sixty-two staff members work with the participants in the federally funded program conducted by University Recreation. The program runs through July 15. Read more about NYSP and the UW-Eau Claire program's top national ranking. Go to top of page

 


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