Vol. 8, No. 2 • Second Week • Summer Session • June 16, 2008
As the first step in implementing its new strategic plan, UW-Eau Claire has established the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. With a goal of providing better institutional support for improving student learning, CETL will involve faculty and staff in professional development activities that will help them design and implement superior educational experiences.
UW-Eau Claire alumnus Casey Sylla, vice president of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation board and president of Sylla and Associates of Barrington, Ill., and his wife, Delores, have committed $100,000 to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to support the establishment of CETL and to kick off implementation of the strategic plan.
Dr. Robert Eierman, professor of chemistry, will serve as the interim director of CETL.
"CETL will serve an important function on campus for educators who want to learn new strategies to help students learn," said Eierman, a member of the faculty for 25 years. "I look forward to helping establish the center."
CETL will replace the Network for Excellence in Teaching, which has provided mostly technology-oriented faculty and staff development. Full story.
Dr. Mary Zwygart-Stauffacher, associate dean of UW-Eau Claire's College of Nursing and Health Sciences, has been named interim dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Provost and Vice Chancellor Steve Tallant announced today. Zwygart-Stauffacher's appointment is effective July 1. She will succeed Dr. Elaine Wendt, who is retiring.
Tallant said Zwygart-Stauffacher will remain in the interim position until an extended national search to select a permanent dean is successfully completed. The recent campus interviews of two candidates did not result in the selection of either of those two finalists, according to Tallant.
"I have consulted with the search and screen committee and we are in agreement that it is in the best interests of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences to extend the national search by bringing additional candidates to campus in the fall,” Tallant said.
Zwygart-Stauffacher joined the UW-Eau Claire faculty in 2000 as a professor and chair of the department of nursing systems. She has nearly 30 years' experience in gerontological nursing practice, particularly in the nursing home arena, where she has implemented new advanced practice roles and clinical best practice models. She has held a variety of faculty positions in schools of nursing and is a co-principal investigator with Dr. M. Rantz on the University of Missouri-Columbia NIH/NINR-funded Nursing Home Quality Improvement Study.
"We are fortunate that Dr. Zwygart-Stauffacher has agreed to provide leadership during this transitional period," Tallant said. "She is a seasoned leader and I am confident that she will do an outstanding job while we continue our search for a permanent dean."
MAMA educates teachers about state's immigrants
The program "Making Americans, Making America: Community, Citizenship, and the Constitution" is funded by a Teaching American History grant from the U.S. Department of Education and is a partnership between eight Cooperative Educational Service Agency districts, the UW-Eau Claire history department and the Chippewa Valley Museum. Teachers who complete the three-year program earn 15 graduate credits in history at no cost to them; fellowships from the Department of Education grant cover the tuition costs.
Part of this summer's institute will include a field trip organized by the Chippewa Valley Museum focusing on the impact of new groups on Wisconsin's agricultural community. In the second week of the institute, participants will interview members of some of these new communities to get a more intimate understanding of the recent immigrants, their history and their impact on Wisconsin.
"By the end of the institute, teachers will have far greater expertise concerning recent immigration to Wisconsin and its impact on Wisconsin's culture, the impact of federal legislation concerning immigration, the relationship between the Constitution and citizenship, and the relationships between immigrant groups and native-born Wisconsin residents," said Oscar Chamberlain, MAMA director and a member of UW-Eau Claire's history department. Full story.
The Wisconsin Youth Sports Program, a free summer camp formerly known as the National Youth Sports Program that has served more than 10,000 area youth at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus during the past 27 years, has received grants from two area foundations.
Grants from the Eau Claire Community Foundation's John and Betsy Kell Family Fund and the AnnMarie Foundation will help support this summer's WYSP program, which runs from June 10-July 11. Federal funding for NYSP was eliminated beginning this year, but UW-Eau Claire decided to continue the program and rename it, said Lisa Schuetz, WYSP activity director. The program, which serves more than 400 children ages 10-16 for five weeks each summer and has an annual operating budget of just over $83,000, now relies on community partnerships and private funding for support, she said.
"We hope to be able to continue WYSP for years to come," Reed said. "For almost three decades, this program has provided opportunities for area youth from families with limited financial resources to develop their leadership, academic and athletic skills and to have a quality, memorable summer camp experience. The large number of registrations we receive each year is evidence of a need for this program in the community, and we hope to receive the continued support needed to make it happen into the future." Full story.
Carpeting project to affect some library services
Alumni Association announces board changes
Michael Carney '83, Eau Claire; Karen Coonen '81, Seymour; Joel Everts '95, Green Bay; Erica Keezer '92, '04, Prescott; and Richard Kneer '73, Eau Claire, are retiring from the board this month after serving two three-year terms. Julia Lokken '02, Eau Claire, is retiring after one three-year term. Marcia Nelson Jezwinski '71, Madison, retires after two three-year terms and after serving from 2005-07 as president of the board.
Six new members approved at the March 2008 board meeting will begin serving their terms on Aug. 4. They are Travis Colvin '04, St. Louis Park, Minn., financial analyst for Target India; Jill Fenn '01, Eau Claire, creative development and promotions supervisor for National Business Institute; Kent Letnes '06, Eau Claire, owner of Bear Creek Grille; Adam Mohr '02, Altoona, financial adviser for Ameriprise Financial; Shawn Pfaff '94, Fitchburg, senior associate of Capitol Consultants Inc.; and Andrew Schlafer '92, Altoona, financial adviser for Edward Jones.
A list of all UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association Board members is available online.
Hilfiker Fellowship recipient to teach in Tanzania
Ashley Geitz, a social work major who received the Mary Roelli Hilfiker Service Fellowship, will work through an international nonprofit agency, Cross Cultural Solutions. She will work with students at Mlingotini Primary School, where she will teach English, math, reading, writing, sports, games and crafts, and she will introduce both the teachers and the children to American culture. The service fellowship will support some of the direct expenses associated with Geitz's project. Full story.
The eight-week Summer Events series at UW-Eau Claire continues today with free Jazz at Noon and Music on the Mall concerts.
Throughout June, jazz groups will perform from noon to 1 p.m. weekdays on the Central Campus Mall under the direction of UW-Eau Claire alumnus Steven Hobert. The rain site for Jazz at Noon concerts is The Cabin in Davies Center.
Wandering minstrel Eddie Jeff Cahill will present a Music on the Mall concert at 7 p.m. today, June 16, on the Central Campus Mall. Audience members are invited to bring blankets or folding chairs for lawn seating. The Cabin in Davies Center is the rain site for Music on the Mall concerts. Full story.