Vol. 51, No. 16Sixteenth Week • Fall Semester • Dec. 15, 2003

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UW-Eau Claire Foundation to receive $6 million in
estate gifts

Commencement ceremonies to be held at
UW-Eau Claire

UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association to present awards Dec. 20

Five UW-Eau Claire faculty members announce retirement

Four members of university's classified staff retire

UW-Eau Claire Web site redesign in progress

Programs offered by UW-Eau Claire Preparatory Arts Music Program

Nursing students de-stress with pizza and gift boxes from
Luther Hospital

Happy Holidays!

 

UW-Eau Claire Foundation to receive $6 million in estate gifts

George Simpson Jr.
George Simpson Jr. played football for Eau Claire State Teachers College in 1941.

Two Chippewa Valley organizations will receive an estimated $10 million in estate gifts from the son of a longtime UW-Eau Claire faculty member who retired more than a half century ago.

The UW-Eau Claire Foundation announced Dec. 9 it will receive at least $6 million in estate gifts — its largest contribution to date — from the son of a longtime UW-Eau Claire faculty member who retired more than a half century ago. The gift is the Foundation's eighth gift of $1 million or more.

George Simpson Sr. and Marie (Stannard) Simpson
George Simpson Sr. and Marie (Stannard) Simpson in a photo from the 1943 Eau Claire State Teachers College Periscope.

Foundation and the Eau Claire YMCA announced Dec. 9 they will receive at least $4 million each as beneficiaries of a trust from the estate of Lt. Col. George L. Simpson Jr. He was the son of Col. George L. Simpson Sr., one of UW-Eau Claire’s first faculty members, and Marie (Stannard) Simpson, a member of the university’s first graduating class in 1917.

Carole Halberg speaking at press conference.
“It’s an amazing gift,” said Foundation President Carole Halberg during a press conference Dec. 9.

The Foundation also will receive $2 million in December as an outright gift from the estate, bringing the total gift to the university to at least $6 million, said Foundation President Carole Halberg.

“I can’t begin to adequately express the immense gratitude of the university community and our foundation,” Halberg said. “This family’s incredible gift has the ability to literally transform programs at UW-Eau Claire.” Full story. Go to top of page

Commencement ceremonies to be held at UW-Eau Claire
Graduates outside; female waving.Winter commencement exercises for 643 students at UW-Eau Claire will be held Saturday, Dec. 20, in Zorn Arena.

Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and candidates for master’s degrees will receive degrees during a 9:30 a.m. ceremony. Candidates from the College of Business and the College of Professional Studies will receive degrees during a 2 p.m. ceremony.

A total of 623 students are candidates for bachelor’s degrees, 18 students are candidates for master’s degrees and two students are candidates for education specialist degrees. Full story. Go to top of page

UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association to present awards Dec. 20
The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association will present awards to five alumni and friends of the university Dec. 20 at a special luncheon and ceremony in conjunction with winter commencement.

Peter FernholzPeter Fernholz, a 1973 graduate will receive the President’s Award, which recognizes outstanding professional or personal achievements or service to UW-Eau Claire. Fernholz, who earned a bachelor of science degree in environmental and public health from UW-Eau Claire, is research and development vice president for the food and beverage division of Ecolab, Inc., of St. Paul, Minn. Robert Nelson, professor emeritus of allied health professions, who taught Fernholz when he was still a young faculty member, said he still remembers his outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, as well as his exceptional writing and research abilities.

Elizabeth Difanis PhillipsElizabeth Difanis Phillips, also a recipient of the President’s Award, is senior academic specialist in the department of mathematics at Michigan State University. She received a bachelor of science degree with a double major in mathematics and chemistry education from UW-Eau Claire and a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame. Difanis Phillips, who has been teaching both students and other teachers for 45 years, has said that her “lifelong interest in teaching and learning in mathematics” began at UW-Eau Claire.

Congressman Mark GreenCongressman Mark Green will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes distinguished service to the community, state or nation in a manner that brings credit upon the recipient and the university. Green, who represents Wisconsin’s 8th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, earned a bachelor of arts degree with a double major in English and political science from UW-Eau Claire in 1983.

Richard D. LarsonRichard D. Larson, chairman of Larson Companies, will receive the Honorary Alumnus Award, presented to a non-alumnus who has demonstrated great love of and service to UW-Eau Claire. Larson, an Eau Claire native, opened his first business, Northwest Fabrics, in his hometown in 1963 at the age of 26. His success with that venture led to a string of business accomplishments that have made him one of Eau Claire’s most successful entrepreneurs and a widely recognized business leader.

Randolph J. MartenRandolph J. Marten, president and chairman of the board of Marten Transport Ltd., will receive the Lifetime Excellence Award, presented to UW-Eau Claire alumni who have demonstrated longtime and successful commitment to their career and community, who have made a positive impact through dedication to service, and whose lives are a testimony to UW-Eau Claire's motto, "Excellence." Marten graduated in 1974 with a bachelor of business administration degree in management.
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Five UW-Eau Claire faculty members announce retirement
Five UW-Eau Claire faculty members have announced their recent or upcoming retirements. Each has been awarded emeritus status.
    • Kathryn Hoehn Anderson, professor in the department of family health nursing, retired in August after 19 years at UW-Eau Claire.
    • Richard E. Fuhrer, professor of psychology, retired in June after 32 years at UW-Eau Claire.
    • Douglas A. Hallatt, professor in the College of Business and director of the Center for Leadership, retired in August after 34 years at UW-Eau Claire.
    • Margaret M. Hallatt, associate director of Housing and Residence Life, retired in August after 32 years at UW-Eau Claire.
    • Janet M. Quarderer, senior lecturer in the computer science department, will retire in January after 20 years of service at UW-Eau Claire. Full story. Go to top of page

Four members of university's classified staff retire
Four members of the UW-Eau Claire’s classified staff have announced their retirements.
    • Arlene Adams, a financial specialist 2 for the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Inc., retired after 31 years of service to the university.
    • David Gilman retired after 19 years of service to UW-Eau Claire. Gilman began his career as a facilities repair worker 3 and later worked as a bricklayer and mason for facilities management.
    • James Page retired after working as a custodian for UW-Eau Claire’s facilities management for 30 years.
    • Cheryl VanderVoort, an information systems technical services senior in McIntyre Library, retired after 16 years of service to UW-Eau Claire. Full story. Go to top of page

UW-Eau Claire Web site redesign in progress
Top-level pages of the UW-Eau Claire Web site will have both a new look and navigation early next semester. For the past several months a group of technology experts, writers and designers have been working to create the new Web design.

The group is basing the redesign on feedback from a wide range of campus Web users and Web publishers, the Electronic Communications and Publications Committee (including Web design and Web functionality sub-committees) and other key campus stakeholders. The group has undertaken an extensive review of the current UW-Eau Claire Web site and hundreds of other higher education sites, conducted surveys and consulted with faculty, staff and administration to determine the direction of the redesign. Consultation and review of the new site with various campus constituencies is ongoing.

In addition, off-campus Web users and a Twin Cities-based consulting firm have been engaged to help determine best practices based on current industry standards and to gather feedback from prospective students, community members, alumni and other external audiences who have an interest in the Web site.

The project objectives are to re
design the UW-Eau Claire Web site so it:
   
Establishes a clear and consistent university image identity.
    Provides easy navigation.
    Provides understandable terminology.
    Provides consistency across university Web sites.
    Improves customer service.

Redesigning a Web site is a time-consuming effort requiring the cooperative effort of a team of employees from several units. The current redesign work group, with Mike Rindo, executive director of University Communications and Lillian Hillis, university Web coordinator as team leaders, has been meeting since the Project Charter and Plan was created in early 2003. The team also includes Judy Berthiaume, director of the News Bureau; Mari Jo Janke, director of Publications; Brian Hogan, Computing and Networking Services; Mindy Merryfield, Publications; and Michelle Karstensen, Records and Registration.

More details of the project will be shared with the campus community as the project nears completion. An advance preview also will be provided so faculty and staff have the opportunity to review the site prior to launch.

The Web group also is in the process of developing templates that will enable campus Web publishers to create new sites or redesign current sites by incorporating the new designs and navigation of the top-level pages. Training workshops to familiarize publishers with the use of templates will be available through CNS. Go to top of page

Programs offered by UW-Eau Claire Preparatory Arts Music Program
UW-Eau Claire's Preparatory Arts Music Program will provide lessons in piano, voice and brass instruments for children and adults and Suzuki Strings lessons for children ages 4 and older during the winter and spring 2004. The 15-week programs run Jan. 26 through May 14. Go to top of page

Nursing students de-stress with pizza and gift boxes from Luther Hospital

Junior Kayla Sabelko with stress reduction gift box.
Kayla Sabelko, a junior from Durand, is one of several UW-Eau Claire nursing students who enjoyed a semester exam holiday gift box and pizza party provide by nurse recruiters from Luther Hospital. The gift boxes are filled with items to help students make it through finals, including popcorn, stress-reduction toys, pens and bandages.

Happy Holidays!
This is the last issue of the University Bulletin for fall semester. The first issue for the 2004 spring semester will be dated Jan. 26, 2004. Go to top of page

 


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