Vol. 51, No. 8Eighth Week • Fall Semester • Oct. 20, 2003

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Phillips Hall improvements approved

Hobbs Observatory to dedicate new telescope

Health insurance open enrollment ends Oct. 24

BearingPoint issues final report on administrative computing environment

UW-Eau Claire celebrates National Chemistry Week

Student Recognition Awards honor efforts of professor and program assistant

Area physicians to help pre-med students learn about medical profession


Phillips Science Hall improvements approved
Project total $1.9 million
The State Building Commission has approved $1.9 million for improvements to Phillips Science Hall at UW-Eau Claire. The commission voted Oct. 15 to approve the All Agency Project Request submitted by UW-Eau Claire for the 2003-05 biennium.

The funds will be used for a variety of projects, including modifications to a number of classrooms that will accommodate installation and use of new instructional technology; replacement of floor tiles and cabinetry throughout much of the building; replacement of ceiling tiles in the office wing; and upgrades to the heating system that will reduce noise, increase efficiency and allow for improved climate control to protect sensitive scientific instruments. Full story.

Hobbs Observatory to dedicate new telescope

George Stecher and Bob Elliott.

George Stecher, associate professor of physics and astronomy, and Bob Elliott, professor emeritus of physics and astronomy, are excited about the many advantages of the new 14-inch telescope at Hobbs Observatory.
(UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson.)

Hobbs Observatory’s new telescope will be dedicated during a “first-light” celebration at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at the observatory at Beaver Creek Reserve.

“When a telescope is christened, the event is called a ‘first-light’ ceremony,” said George Stecher, associate professor of physics and astronomy at UW-Eau Claire. Stecher and other physics and astronomy faculty members take students out to Hobbs for research projects.

“Members of the local astronomy club were the impetus for getting the new telescope. They started about a year ago, researching the equipment and figuring out how to get the money to pay for it,” Stecher said.

The dedication ceremony will honor those who worked “behind the scenes,” as well as the groups that funded the project, said Bert Moritz, president of the Chippewa Valley Astronomical Society. The program will include several short talks about the telescope and future research that can be done with it, as well as a time to observe through the main telescopes. Full story.
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Health insurance open enrollment ends Oct. 24
Stethoscope on medical files.Do you understand the changes in the health insurance program? How about the prescription drug coverage? And, what are the details of the new Standard Plan and Three-Tier program? If you're still confused, mark your calendar to attend the last health insurance presentation beginning at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 21, in Davies Theatre. Human Resources staff will be available to answer your health insurance questions and assist you with your health insurance application.

There also is a lot of helpful information about the health insurance program changes on the Human Resources Web site.

Health insurance change applications are due in the Human Resources office no later than 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. Go to top of page

BearingPoint issues final report on administrative computing environment
BearingPoint (formerly KPMG) consulting has issued its final report regarding a strategic plan for modernizing UW-Eau Claire’s administrative computing environment. This environment contains student information, human resources, financial and other data systems that provide information for decision making and enhance administrative operations. The consultant's final report is available online.

The next steps, facilitated by Chancellor Mash, will be to determine the appropriate strategic direction and process for the campus. Go to top of page

UW-Eau Claire celebrates National Chemistry Week

Junior Joey Rosemeyer (front) and Mike Carney.
Joey Rosemeyer, a junior chemistry major from Platteville, worked with Mike Carney, associate professor of chemistry, on a research project this summer.
(UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson.)

The American Chemical Society-Student Affiliate at UW-Eau Claire will host several activities Oct. 19-25 to celebrate National Chemistry Week. This year’s theme is “Earth’s Atmosphere and Beyond.”

“The goal of National Chemistry Week is to celebrate chemistry and its applications to everything in our world, as well as to educate people about what chemistry can do for them,” said Philip Cannon, president of the ACS-SA at UW-Eau Claire. Full story. Go to top of page

Student Recognition Awards honor efforts of professor and program assistant
Two UW-Eau Claire employees will receive the 2003 Student Recognition Awards for their work with students with disabilities.
Awards will be presented to Faith Bogstad, a program assistant in the department of biology, and Darwin Wittrock, professor of biology, at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday,
Oct. 22, in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center. A reception will be held from 3-4 p.m.

“I am very honored to receive an award such as this, and surprised as well,” said Bogstad, who has worked in UW-Eau Claire’s department of biology for two years. Bogstad was one of nine program assistants nominated by self-identified students with disabilities.

Wittrock was one of 23 faculty members nominated for demonstrating excellence in teaching and advising, academic support, and acceptance and understanding of the individual needs of students with disabilities. Wittrock, who is in his 28th year of teaching at UW-Eau Claire, feels this award comes primarily from his work with visually impaired students. Full story. Go to top of page

Area physicians to help pre-med students learn about medical profession
A project to connect pre-medicine students and area physicians is under way at UW-Eau Claire.

The idea is to help students make contacts with local physicians so they can get advice, learn more about medicine as a profession and do job shadowing, said Joe Eaton, a senior pre-med student from Eau Claire who initiated the project.

“You always hear as a student that you should get some hands-on experience with the career you think you want to pursue,” Eaton said. “I thought it would be a really good idea for the university to help pre-med students learn more about what it’s like to be a doctor before they graduate.”

Eaton talked to Jeanne Skoug, director of Career Services at UW-Eau Claire, about the need and she helped him develop a plan, which they are now presenting to administrators at hospitals and clinics in Eau Claire. To date, more than 50 physicians have expressed an interest in the project. Full news release and Leader-Telegram story. Go to top of page


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