Vol. 5, No. 3Third Week • Summer Session • June 27, 2005

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Alan Gengenbach receives grant for collaborative research

Rose-Marie Avin to visit India through Fulbright-Hays program

NATA honors
Jeff Oliphant's outstanding service

Assembly OKs state budget, Senate votes this week

Dennis Warner to perform free family show

'Best Children's Books of 2005 (So Far)' to be June 29 luncheon topic

Next Summer Bulletin to be published July 5


Alan GengenbachAlan Gengenbach receives grant for collaborative research
Dr. Alan Gengenbach, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of chemistry, recently was awarded a $34,876 Research Corporation grant through the Cottrell College Science Awards program. Gengenbach, who joined the UW-Eau Claire faculty in 2002, received the award for his project "Metalloporphyrin Catalyzed Oxidation of Azo Dyes." Key elements of the CCSA program include the meaningful involvement of undergraduate students in the research and the expectation that the research also will impact the recipient's teaching, raising the quality of undergraduate education. Gengenbach said the CCSA grant will fund specific experiments in his lab that are part of a larger collaborative project between faculty in UW-Eau Claire's chemistry and biology departments. The project was started about a year ago, when Gengenbach, along with assistant professor of chemistry Dr. Marcia Miller-Rodeberg and assistant professor of biology Dr. Sasha Showsh, received funding from the Merck/AAAS Undergraduate Science Research Program to start the project and support students for three years. Full story. Go to top of page

Rose-Marie AvinRose-Marie Avin to visit India through Fulbright-Hays program
Dr. Rose-Marie Avin, UW-Eau Claire professor of economics, will spend five weeks in India this summer gaining a better understanding of the country and its culture. Avin was among 16 educators from throughout the United States selected to participate in the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program's "Women in Contemporary India" session, slated for July 1-Aug. 5. "It's very exciting," Avin said of the Fulbright-Hays award. "It's going to allow me to develop some good insights into the culture and history of India, a nation that is very important to South Asia." The program is designed to provide United States educators with a broader insight into Indian cultural heritage, specifically focusing on the role and status of women in India. Full story. Go to top of page

NATA honors Jeff Oliphant's outstanding service
Jeff OliphantJeff Oliphant, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of kinesiology and a certified athletic trainer, has received a 2005 Over and Above Award from the National Athletic Trainers' Association's College/University Athletic Training Committee. The award recognizes outstanding service to the athletic training profession and the National Athletic Trainers' Association at the college and university Division III level. Oliphant was nominated for the award by one of his former students, Nicholas Anderson, a 2002 kinesiology graduate who is now the head athletic trainer at Wilmer Amina Carter High School in Rialto, Calif. Full story. The Over and Above Award is Oliphant's second honor this year. In April he became the youngest person ever inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame (see story). Go to top of page

Assembly OKs state budget, Senate votes this week
The Wisconsin State Assembly passed on June 22 its version of the 2005-07 state budget. (Read related Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and Associated Press stories.) The budget will be voted on this week by the state Senate. As passed by the Assembly, the budget will result in a $90 million cut to the UW System — which is in addition to $250 million in cuts during the current biennium and another $50 million in 2002-03.

The budget passed by the Assembly would result in cuts of more than $3.8 million at UW-Eau Claire in 2005-07. That is in addition to the $4.9 million reduction in the current biennium and a $410,000 reduction in 2002-03. With this budget, the total reduction in state support for UW-Eau Claire during 2002-2007 would be in excess of $9 million. Meanwhile, Minnesota is expected to increase funding to its public colleges and universities by $214 million in the next two years. Recent newspaper editorials in Wisconsin and Minnesota have commented on the topic, including columns in the La Crosse Tribune, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online and St. Paul Pioneer Press (newspaper sites may require free registration before articles can be viewed). Go to top of page

Dennis Warner to perform free family show
Dennis WarnerA free outdoor family show by Dennis Warner will highlight UW-Eau Claire's Summer Session Programs for the week of June 27. Blending acoustic folk-country music and humor, Warner presents upbeat, up-tempo kids and family concerts popular in well over 100 cities each year. He will perform at 7 p.m. tonight on the Central Campus Mall. Refreshments will be sold. Audience members are invited to bring blankets or folding chairs for lawn seating. Full story. Go to top of page

'Best Children's Books of 2005 (So Far)'
to be June 29 luncheon topic
'Let's Do Lunch' imageRob Reid, a UW-Eau Claire lecturer of foundations of education and a member of the American Library Association's Newbery Award Selection Committee, will share his picks for the best children's books of 2005 at the June 29 session of the "Let's Do Lunch" speaker series sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association. The luncheon will be from noon to 1 p.m. at Sweetwaters Restaurant. Find more information about this and future "Let's Do Lunch" presentations. Go to top of page

American flagNext Summer Bulletin
to be published July 5

Due to the July 4 holiday next Monday, the next issue of the Summer Bulletin will be published Tuesday, July 5. Go to top of page


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