UW-Eau Claire hosting faculty
From Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Important notice regarding
health insurance programs
Center for Awareness of Sexual
Assault provides round-the-clock crisis hotline
Where did Jesus bathe? Jol’s
ground-penetrating surveys support archeology dig in Nazareth
Foundation receives $615,000 estate
Campaign makes sweeping impact
on foreign languages department
29th annual holiday music concert
set for Dec. 7
Turtle Island String Quartet
to perform solstice celebration
Winter weather advisory
UW-Eau Claire one of few universities
hosting faculty From Eastern Europe and Central Asia
UW-Eau Claire is one of 12 universities in the
United States bringing faculty from newly independent states in Eastern
Europe and Central Asia to their campuses to help the scholars learn
about Western-style higher education.
“It’s an incredible opportunity for everyone involved,”
Karl Markgraf, director of the Center of International Education said
of the Open Society Institute’s Faculty Development Program. “It
gives the fellows a chance to learn how we do higher education in a
free society. And it gives our students and faculty an opportunity to
learn about parts of the world that are not widely known.”
Papaskiri, a history professor from Tbilisi State University in Georgia,
will join UW-Eau Claire’s history department in January 2004,
making him the university’s fourth fellow through the program.
notice regarding health insurance programs
The Dual Choice Enrollment period has reopened
and will remain open until 4:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 5. Read
Claire’s Center for Awareness of Sexual Assault provides round-the-clock
|Erica Eul, CASA victim services coordinator
UW-Eau Claire students who
are dealing with sexual assault issues can now get help at any time
thanks to a new crisis hotline that has been staffed 24 hours a day
since Nov. 24.
Students dealing with sexual assault issues are encouraged to call the
hotline at (715) 836-HELP
for support and information, said Erica Eul, the university’s
newly created Center for Awareness of Sexual Assault’s (CASA)
victim services coordinator.
“We have a team of 24 trained student volunteers who will staff
the hotline,” Eul said, noting that she also will take calls when
she’s available. “In addition to the victims, we’re
also here to talk with the victim’s friends, parents and other
loved ones who have questions or concerns.” Full
Jol’s ground-penetrating surveys support
archeology dig in Nazareth
|While in Nazareth with
Harry Jol last summer, Bryan Frenz used ground penetrating radar
equipment to help determine if the tunnel area, considered by some
to be the site of an ancient bathhouse, is worth excavating.
The work of a UW-Eau Claire geographer and his student
research assistants are helping to shore up the confidence of an American
archeological excavator’s belief that they have found a Roman
bathhouse from 2,000 years ago in the town where Jesus was raised.
Last summer Harry Jol, associate professor of geography, and Bryan Frenz,
a geography major from Tomah, took their ground-penetrating radar equipment
to Nazareth at the request of Richard Freund, who has been involved
with important Holy Land digs at the ancient city of Bethsaida and Qumran
in the Jordan Valley. Full
Foundation receives $615,000 estate
UW-Eau Claire Foundation has received a gift of $615,000 from the Wayne
Canar Trust, established more than 30 years ago by Wayne Canar, former
Mondovi businessman and entrepreneur.
The gift will become a part of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation’s
Excellence Fund endowment, said Carole Halberg, UW-Eau Claire Foundation
president. Annual earnings from the endowment support student scholarships,
faculty/student research, the Honors Program, faculty development and
the university’s other areas of greatest need. Full
Gifts open windows to the world
Campaign makes sweeping impact on foreign
|Lee Ann Pignet, a senior Spanish education
major at UW-Eau Claire, introduces elementary students to Spanish
language and culture during the Spanish in the Schools program.
The program was made possible through one of many recent campaign
gifts designated for UW-Eau Claire's foreign languages department.
(Eau Claire Leader-Telegram photo by Steve Kinderman)
For a microcosm of the impact
of UW-Eau Claire’s Fulfilling
the Promise of Excellence campaign, one
need look no further than the university’s foreign languages department.
There, campaign gifts literally are opening up a world of opportunities
for students and faculty — as well as for others in the local
“These gifts to our department represent the
difference between standing still and moving forward,” said Richard
Gunn, professor emeritus of foreign languages, chair of the foreign
languages department in the 1980s and 1990s, and interim department
chair from July 2001 through July 2003. “Funding from the university
budget allows us to maintain and sometimes move forward, but the Foundation
gifts help us to accelerate the move forward.”
about a number of gifts directed to people and programs in the foreign
languages department that are supporting a variety of areas.
annual holiday music concert set for Dec. 7
UW-Eau Claire’s music and theatre arts department and the UW-Eau
Claire Foundation will present their annual holiday gift to the community
at 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, when six music ensembles will perform
the university’s 29th annual Holiday Concert in the festively
decorated Zorn Arena.
“This concert has been the university’s and foundation’s
gift to the Eau Claire community for nearly three decades,” said
Chancellor Donald Mash. “It is our way of sharing our talent and
expressing our appreciation for the excellent relationship the university
enjoys with the Chippewa Valley.”
The free concert will feature both individual and combined performances
by the Wind Symphony, conducted by Richard Mark Heidel; the Symphony
Orchestra, conducted by Nobuyoshi Yasuda; the Symphonic Choir and Women’s
Concert Chorale, directed by Alan Rieck; and the Concert Choir and The
Singing Statesmen, directed by Gary Schwartzhoff, who also serves as
executive director for the Holiday Concert. Full
Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance at
the Service Center, (715) 836-3727, or online.
Island String Quartet to perform solstice celebration Dec. 8
Celebration: The Festival of Lights” is the title of Turtle
Island String Quartet’s concert of world holiday music at
the UW-Eau Claire Monday, Dec. 8. The Artists Series presentation will
begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of Haas Fine Arts Center.
Its name derived from American Indian creation mythology, Turtle Island
String Quartet has been a singular force in the creation of bold new
trends in chamber music for strings. The ensemble fuses the classical
quartet aesthetic with 21st-century American popular styles. Full
Winter weather advisory
With winter weather upon us, it's time to review
UW-Eau Claire's practices in the event severe weather strikes.
In general, when inclement weather threatens operations at UW-Eau Claire,
the university will remain open to the extent possible. If necessary,
the chancellor may close the university to the public or cancel classes,
but state employees will be expected to report to work.
In response to local weather conditions, the chancellor may release
employees. In such instances, no employee will be required to remain
Employees covered by a labor agreement should check their respective
bargaining agreements for specifics about excusing employees from work
and related issues.
Employees not covered by a labor agreement may use vacation, compensatory
time, personal holidays or leave without pay to cover time lost if they
are ordered to leave work or if they request or are allowed to be excused
from work when they believe that weather conditions or emergency situations
make it unsafe to get to or remain at work.
Local media will be notified if the chancellor decides to cancel classes.
However, announcements by local media are advisory only. For official
information concerning university operations, call the Chancellor's
Office at 836-2327 after 7 a.m. or call your supervisor.