University Bulletin
Vol. 50, No. 33Sixteenth Week • Spring Semester • May 5, 2003

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University community encouraged to attend Kent State Memorial re-dedication Monday

Campus budget forum set for today

Members from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to speak at
UW-Eau Claire

Campus modem pool to be eliminated

Lucretia Mattson and UW-Eau Claire students honored for volunteer activities

Thirteen members of classified staff retire

Eight honored at Service-Learning recognition breakfast

Alumni Association to honor outstanding students at luncheon


Pierson wins new faculty award for teaching adult returning studentsKim Pierson
A member of the physics faculty is the 2003 recipient of a new award, recognizing an outstanding UW-Eau Claire faculty member who best exemplifies the art and science of teaching adult returning students.

Kim Pierson, associate professor of physics, received the first-ever OWL Award for helping "older, wiser learners" reach their academic potential at the all-University Honors Banquet April 26.

"Our purpose is to give some much deserved recognition to faculty who genuinely value 'older, wiser learners' in their classrooms, and who make appropriate use of the knowledge base and life experiences that nontraditional students bring to the classroom, without making them an object lesson or otherwise making them feel like odd ducks among largely traditional-age college students," said Rita Webb, adult opportunity adviser. Full story.
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University community encouraged to attend Kent State Memorial re-dedication Monday

1970 Spectator photo of Chancellor Haas addressing students following the Kent State shootings
In this photo from the May 7, 1970, issue of The Spectator, Chancellor Leonard Haas addresses a crowd of nearly 3,000 UW-Eau Claire students protesting the killings of four Kent State University students.

May 4 marked the 33rd anniversary of the 1970 shootings that left four anti-Vietnam War protestors dead and nine wounded at Kent State University in Ohio. On May 8, 1970, four crabapple trees were planted next to Davies Center as a memorial to the young people killed at Kent State. One of the four trees died and was removed.

Representatives from the university will plant a new tree to re-dedicate the Kent State Memorial. Chancellor Mash will preside over the ceremony which will be held between Davies Center and the Phillips Lot at 11 a.m Monday, May 5 (rain site: Tamarack Room, Davies Center). Also speaking at the ceremony will be Marty Wood, English; Max Garland, English; Adrian Klenz, Student Senate president; and Jay Tobin, a Vietnam War veteran who was a UW-Eau Claire student at the time of the Kent State shootings. Go to top of page

Campus budget forum set for today
Chancellor Donald Mash, Provost Ronald Satz and Vice Chancellor Andrew Soll will lead a discussion of campus budget issues at 4 p.m. Monday, May 5, in Schofield Auditorium. Chancellor Mash's most recent budget message can be read online. Go to top of page

Members from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to speak at UW-Eau Claire

Tommy Thompson Kevin Keane
Tommy Thompson Kevin Keane

Two key members of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be at UW-Eau Claire May 17 to speak during spring commencement ceremonies in Zorn Arena.

Tommy Thompson, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary, will present the "Charge to the Class" address during the morning ceremony. Students from the College of Arts and Sciences and graduate students will participate in the 9:30 a.m. ceremony.

Kevin Keane, a 1987 UW-Eau Claire graduate who now is assistant secretary for public affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will deliver the "Charge to the Class" during the afternoon ceremony. Students from the College of business and College of Professional Studies will participate in the 2 p.m. ceremony.

Thompson is the 19th individual to serve as secretary of the HHS department, which employs more than 60,000 personnel. He has dedicated his professional life to public service, most recently serving as governor of Wisconsin since 1987. Secretary Thompson made state history when he was re-elected to office for a third term in 1994 and a fourth term in 1998.

Keane is the principal public affairs adviser to the Secretary. Prior to joining HHS, Keane served as then-Governor Tommy Thompson's director of communications and executive assistant. From 1992-94, Keane was the Washington correspondent for Thomson Newspapers, providing coverage of the White House, Congress and federal agencies, including coverage of the 1992 presidential campaign. Keane was named outstanding journalism graduate at UW-Eau Claire in 1987.

UW-Eau Claire's Alumni Association will honor Keane earlier in the day with the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award recognizing his professional accomplishments and his service to the state and nation.

Approximately 1,100 students will graduate from UW-Eau Claire May 17 during the two ceremonies. Go to top of page

Campus modem pool to be eliminated
Due to the projected state budget deficit and proposed cuts to the UW System, UW-Eau Claire departments are forced to make difficult decisions regarding programs and services.

Computing and Networking Services has conducted a thorough analysis and, because of the depth of budget cuts they have been directed to plan for, must reduce or eliminate some of the services they traditionally have provided. One of those is the elimination of the modem pool effective July 1, 2003.

Direct connections in university offices, labs and residence halls will not be affected by this change.

As a result of this action, access to UW-Eau Claire systems from off campus will need to be obtained through different means than the modem pool. The university does not endorse any particular provider; however, a partial list of providers can be found online.

The CNS Help Desk is prepared to assist users with configurations necessary to accomplish the off campus connections. The Help Desk can be reached at 836-5711 or Go to top of page

Lucretia Mattson and UW-Eau Claire students honored for volunteer activities
Lucretia MattsonNearly 200 low-income individuals or families in the region received assistance with the preparation of their state and federal income tax returns this year, thanks to the volunteer efforts of accounting students at UW-Eau Claire.

It's the 18th year that UW-Eau Claire accounting students have provided the free service to low-income and elderly taxpayers who need help with their tax returns prior to the April 15 filing date.
These efforts recently were recognized by Western Dairyland Community Action Agency, which awarded its annual Community Services Award for 2002 to Lucretia Mattson, associate professor of accounting and finance and coordinator of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance project since 1988. Full story.
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Thirteen members of classified staff retire from
UW-Eau Claire
The following classified staff members at UW-Eau Claire will retire during this academic year:

    • Carol Duffenbach, Business Services
    • Penny France, Human Resources
    • Loris Akervik, Curriculum and Instruction
    • Tom Thorson, Facilities Planning and Management
    • John Stanford, Housing and Residence Life
    • Elaine Studt, Continuing Education-Indianhead Arts Center
    • Georgia Hogg, School of Education
    • Dan Wald, University Centers
    • Carolyn Jones, Affirmative Action
    • Florence Clickner, Communication Disorders
    • Darlene Wagner, Facilities Planning and Management and McIntyre Library
    • Yvonne McCarty, Business Communications and Management Information Systems
    • Carol Chan, Computing and Networking Services

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Eight individuals honored at Service-Learning recognition breakfast
Eight individuals received special awards at UW-Eau Claire's fifth annual Service-Learning recognition breakfast, held to honor the more than 500 community partners, project supervisors and UW-Eau Claire faculty mentors who have contributed to the success of the university's service-learning program.

Director of the Center for Service-Learning Donald Mowry and Provost and Vice Chancellor Ron Satz presented Faculty/Academic Staff Member Excellence in Service-Learning Awards to
Theresa Wells, senior lecturer in the department of management and marketing, Tom Bergmann, assistant dean of student affairs in the College of Business, and Allen Keniston, professor of psychology.

Suzie Slota, director of the Eau Claire Children's Museum and supervisor for several service-learning students, assisted Mowry in presenting Excellence In Service-Learning as a Community Partner Awards to the Rev.
Don Wisner, Lutheran pastor of the Ecumenical Religious Center on campus, and Laura Hookum, executive director of the L.E. Phillips Senior Center.

Valerie Mumm, Tomah, Lee Ann Pignet, Mukwonago, and Jennifer Ehlinger, Wabeno, received Student Excellence in Service-Learning Awards, presented by five other students who have demonstrated leadership in service-learning ventures. Full story. Go to top of page

Alumni Association to honor outstanding students at luncheon
The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association will honor 15 outstanding students and scholarship recipients at an award luncheon May 7. The event will begin at noon in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center. Full story. Go to top of page


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