Vol. 51, No. 4Fourth Week • Fall Semester • Sept. 15, 2003

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P.J. O'Rourke at UW-Eau Claire Sept. 17

Five students travel United States and Mexico offering volunteer service

UW-Eau Claire to participate in Wisconsin’s first PK-16 service learning conference

UW-Eau Claire to host Wisconsin Geographical Society

Math conference to feature internationally known experts

Office of Multicultural Affairs holds annual picnic

Homecoming 2003 set for
Oct. 3-4


Shedding some light on the latest buzz
Adjustments to executive salary pay ranges
UW System logoThere have been a number of news reports and newspaper editorials in the past week regarding the UW System Board of Regents teleconference vote to adjust executive salary pay ranges. UW System vice president of University Relations Linda Weimer has issued the following clarification of the action taken by the Regents:

"Every biennium, the UW System Board of Regents adjusts the salary ranges for faculty, academic staff and the executive salary group. This year, the Regents will recommend new faculty minimums and academic staff salary ranges at the October meeting.

After following the standard procedure for giving notice of an open meeting, the board met by teleconference on Sept. 2 and adjusted the executive salary ranges to move forward with the UW-Milwaukee and UW-Stevens Point chancellor replacement searches. No raises to anyone in the executive salary group were awarded at the September meeting and none have been awarded since.

The 35 people in this category - president, vice presidents, chancellors and provosts — are required by law to be paid at the minimum of their respective peer ranges but in fact, 12 are not paid at the minimum of last year's salary ranges. This is, in part, because this executive salary group was not awarded the 2.1 percent raise given to other faculty and staff last January.

UW System President Katharine C. Lyall will ask a national consultant to review the executive group ranges and will discuss that review with the Regents before any further action is taken. In any case, President Lyall and UW-Madison Chancellor John Wiley already are paid above the minimum of their ranges and would not quality for any such adjustment."

Possibility of increased insurance premiums
There also has been reporting about a concept being discussed that would tie increased insurance premium payments to a possible faculty and academic staff pay plan. Read about it online.

UW System has told campuses the insurance premium/pay plan is "simply a concept that is not even in draft form. This concept is one of many options being considered to avoid a zero pay plan."

UW-Eau Claire representatives to President Lyall's Compensation Advisory Committee are gathering feedback on the insurance premium/pay plan concept and will report their findings to President Lyall. In the meantime, UW-Eau Claire budget and human resources officials are working with the UW System to determine how changes in the state insurance premium structure will affect employee contributions to their health plans. Information will be provided to faculty and staff as it is available. Go to top of page

P.J. O'Rourke at UW-Eau Claire Sept. 17
P.J. O'RourkePolitical satirist P.J. O’Rourke will open the 62nd season of The Forum at UW-Eau Claire on Wednesday, Sept. 17. His presentation, “The Politics of Worry — Government vs. the Free Market: Which is Worse?” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

With more than a million words of trenchant journalism under his byline and more citations in The Penguin Dictionary of Humorous Quotations than any other living writer, P.J. O’Rourke has established himself as one of the funniest speakers in America. He is the best-selling author of ten books, including “Parliament of Whores,” “Give War a Chance,” “Eat the Rich” and “The CEO of the Sofa.”

P.J. O'Rourke is known as a hard-bitten, cigar-smoking conservative. In fact, he bashes all political persuasions. Whether dealing with the inner workings of Washington, the shifting political sands of the new world order, or his own living room, O’Rourke is a savvy guide to national and world affairs. His razor-sharp insights inform and entertain, and audiences may be in peril of injury from laughter. For ticket information, go to the Service Center. Go to top of page

Five students travel United States and Mexico offering volunteer service

Luke Peters
Luke Peters, a junior from Appleton, is among five UW-Eau Claire students who are taking the semester off to volunteer their services. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson.)

Three UW-Eau Claire students, long with two other UW System students, have formed their own volunteer service organization and are taking the fall 2003 semester off to help underprivileged people in the southern United States and Mexico.

The idea for Students Building Communities Through Service was conceived more than a year ago as a group of about 20 friends sat kicking ideas around in the basement of one of their homes. Over time the group dwindled to five, but those five have since managed to establish themselves as an organization, complete with Web site and financial support from individuals and businesses.

Luke Peters, Mark Lee, Christopher Wilcox, Mike Van Handel and Adam Slota said they hope to use their mental, physical and spiritual resources and talents to make a difference in communities in Natchitoches and New Orleans, Louisiana, and Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, Mexico. Full story. Go to top of page

UW-Eau Claire to participate in Wisconsin’s first PK-16 service learning conference
The director of the Center for Service-Learning at UW-Eau Claire will be among those honored during Wisconsin’s first PK-16 Service Learning Conference, planned for Sept. 18 at UW-Madison.

Donald Mowry will be recognized for his work with a planning group that helped to launch Wisconsin Campus Compact, a statewide association of college presidents and chancellors committed to strengthening citizenship skills and values by promoting community service and service learning.

UW-Eau Claire’s Jumpstart Program also will be spotlighted during the conference. Full story. Go to top of page

UW-Eau Claire to host 57th annual meeting of the Wisconsin Geographical Society
The department of geography and anthropology will host the Wisconsin Geographical Society’s 57th annual meeting Sept. 19 and 20 at the Davies Center.

The conference will include paper and poster sessions, student paper and poster competitions, a GIS data workshop, a Friday night banquet with keynote speaker, a Saturday luncheon and several field trips.

“Perhaps the most important goal of this meeting is to build lines of communication between the different geography departments in the region” said Tim Bawden, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor and WGS state coordinator. “Hopefully, that will generate some sharing of ideas and perhaps collaborative teaching and research projects in the future.” Full story.
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UW-Eau Claire math conference to feature internationally known experts
The department of mathematics will host a mathematics conference Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20-21, in Room 101 of Hibbard Hall.

“Invariants, Differential Operators and their Relation to Combinatorics and Geometry” will feature presentations by Roger Howe, Yale University; Harm Derksen, University of Michigan; Tuong Ton-That, University of Iowa; Gail Ratcliff, East Carolina University; and Vic Reiner and Dennis Stanton, University of Minnesota. All are internationally known experts in this field.

“Having mathematicians of this caliber visiting our campus indicates the high level of involvement of the UW-Eau Claire mathematics department with the larger mathematical community,” said Provost and Vice Chancellor Ron Satz.
Full story. Go to top of page

Office of Multicultural Affairs holds annual picnic
The Office of Multicultural Affairs welcomed incoming freshmen and transfer students as well as continuing students during a picnic Sept. 5 at Owen Park. Lots of food, activities and about 160 people made for a successful event. Here are a few photos from the gathering.

Group photo from Multicultural Affairs picnic.
Students, staff member at Multicultural Affairs picnic. Kimberly Barrett talking with two students at Mulitcultural Affairs picnic.
Three Hmong students at Multicultural Affairs picnic.
UW-Eau Claire photos by Rick Mickelson Go to top of page

Mark your calendar: Homecoming 2003 set for
Oct. 3-4

Join UW-Eau Claire employees, students and alumni from near and far for Homecoming 2003, to be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3-4.
"Come Back for the Camaraderie" is this year's Alumni Association theme. Although the Camaraderie, the popular social haunt of so many people, was destroyed by fire on Jan. 7, 2001, Homecoming 2003 will bring the spirit of "The Cam" alive once again.

Homecoming Week will be celebrated on campus, Sept. 29-Oct. 5, with the theme "Deal 'em a Royal Flush." For details check out the Alumni Homecoming Web site and the Student Senate Homecoming Web site — and watch the
University Bulletin for more information. Go to top of page


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