Vol. 50, No. 24 • Sixth Week • Spring Semester • Feb. 24, 2003
In their own words: Faculty
and staff share reasons for contributing to Campus Campaign
As February, the official month of Campus Campaign 2002-03, draws to a close, UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff who have not already done so are encouraged to consider making a gift to the campaign. All gifts through June 30, 2003, will be counted in the Campus Campaign 2002-03 totals as well as the totals for Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, the university's ongoing comprehensive fund-raising campaign.
Below, several faculty and staff share their reasons for giving to the campaign:
Martin Wood, professor of English, English
"I designated my gift for three purposes: for two advancement funds for departments in Arts and Sciences, and for the Duyfhuizen Professorship, a fund established to support faculty research in my discipline. In all three cases, not only did a clear need exist, but these also seemed to me to be areas less likely to attract a large number of donations. The next time I increase my gift I intend to designate one of the scholarship funds — I haven't yet decided which one."
Kris Anderson, interim director of admissions
"Specifically, I designate my contribution to go to university scholarships. Being able to support outstanding students in their work here is not just personally gratifying, but it's also crucial in the competitive marketplace we're in. It takes a (campus) to recruit, retain, and nurture a high-quality student body, and giving to the campaign is one of the ways in which I choose to support that mission."
Andre Gibault, custodian
"When the staff scholarship fund was established I began giving 1 percent of my salary to it. I wasn't able to help my kids with it, but perhaps I will be able to help out the sons and daughters of co-workers or alumni or students I know or will meet. It is a fund that keeps on giving. The students are our future, so we need to support them today. When I see the quality of students who pass through UW-Eau Claire, I have no doubt that the future is in good hands.
"I can still remember the day when the chancellor was inaugurated. He mentioned the next level of excellence, and I told him that I would do my best help raise it. I like to think that my giving in all the ways that I do has helped. My wife Joanne and I will keep supporting UW-Eau Claire in all the ways that we do."
January Boten, residence hall director, Putnam
Bobby Pitts, associate professor of art &
"I have also remembered that the destination of my donation may be changed. I have heard of others who pool their resources for scholarships, which can be fully funded within a few years.
UW System names 2003-04 Wisconsin
Teaching Scholars and Teaching Fellows
Student Support Services
The Student Support Services program is sponsored by the federal government to promote the retention and graduation rates of eligible students. To participate in the program, a student must be from a household of limited income, have a documented disability or be from a family in which neither parent has a bachelor's degree. The student also must demonstrate an academic need for assistance.
Directed by Bruce Ouderkirk, the Student Support Services program at UW-Eau Claire serves 300 students annually. The program provides participants with such services as academic assessment, tutoring, supplemental advising, career development opportunities, cultural enrichment and informational programming.
Go Blugolds, Go Packers, Go Paperless!?
No it's not a new sports team in the Chippewa Valley, but a phrase that is being heard more and more around university campuses, particularly when referring to faculty/staff newsletters.
Going paperless with the University Bulletin is one way that UW-Eau Claire can cut costs and increase efficiencies of our printed materials, which, of course, is of vital importance as we address the current and impending budget reductions. With that in mind, the University Bulletin, which currently is produced in both print and online versions, will be published only in an electronic online format and distributed via e-mail beginning with the March 24 issue.
As you know, we have redesigned the online version of the University Bulletin to be more attractive and user friendly — and we appreciate your comments or suggestions as we continue to make improvement to the Web site and the distribution process.
Go Paper! — also can be heard from the stands, as we realize that some staff do not have frequent computer access. If this is the case, request that your department print out a copy to distribute or post.
We hope that you understand the reason for the change and still appreciate the news and information that is included in the University Bulletin. If you have any comments or questions, call the News Bureau at 836-4741.