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Community reading event planned

McNair Program deadline announced

Faculty/Academic Staff Forums

Faculty and staff members present session on Commanding English Program

Biology

Economics

English

Geography and Anthropology

Music and Theatre Arts

Condolences

Community reading event planned
Chippewa Valley Reads, a community reading event celebrating the area's cultural diversity, will be held during the weeks of March 28 and April 4 throughout Eau Claire. The book “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors and the Collision of Two Cultures” by Anne Fadiman will be discussed at the sessions. The following UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members will serve as discussion leaders: Charles Vue, Multicultural Affairs; Kimberly Barrett, Student Development and Diversity; Roberta Goodman, Counseling Services; Cynthia Gray-Mash, foundations of education; Stephanie Jamelske, Academic Affairs; and Deborah Pattee, curriculum and instruction. The program is co-sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Diversity Planning Committee, the Eau Claire Human Rights Coalition, Crossroads Books, the Altoona Public Library and the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. Additional information about the program, including times and locations of the book discussions, is available online. Go to top of page

McNair Program deadline announced
The McNair Program office currently is accepting applications and faculty nominations for the McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. Faculty mentors and student applicants should submit applications and nominations to the McNair Program Office, Old Library 2134, by April 15. For additional information, contact Patricia Quinn at quinnpa@uwec.edu or 836-4912. Go to top of page

Faculty/Academic Staff Forums
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will present Faculty/Academic Staff Forums this semester. The programs will be held from
12:10 to 12:50 p.m. Wednesdays in the Presidents Room of Davies Center, unless otherwise noted. Bring a brown bag lunch or tray.
       
March 30: Nathan Miller, physics and astronomy, "Spacecraft Observations of X-Rays from Hot Stars."
        April 6: Mehdi Sheikholeslami, accounting and finance, “Islamic Accounting.” This presentation will be held in the
Arrowhead Room, Davies Center.

A list of all Spring 2005 Faculty/Academic Staff Forums can be viewed online. Go to top of page

Faculty and staff members present session on Commanding English Program 
Jeannie Harms (Academic Advising), Patricia Stoffers (Academic Skills Center/English), Charles Vue (Office of Multicultural Affairs) and Kelly Wonder (English/Foreign Languages) presented an invited session titled "Growing ESL Populations in Postsecondary Education" at the Wisconsin ACT Council Conference Feb. 23 in Stevens Point. The presentation described the components and progress of  UW-Eau Claire's  Commanding English Program, a transitional academic program designed to assist bilingual multicultural students in developing academic English and learning strategies and to help them integrate into the university community. Representatives from many other university departments, including Admissions, Career Services, Student Support Services, First Year Experiences, developmental education, psychology, geography and anthropology, and library media, also participate in the program. Stoffers, Joseph Hisrich, emeritus, (Academic and Career Services) and Thomas Upton (Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis), co-founders of the program, recently were notified that CEP was one of 12 transitional programs worldwide selected to be profiled in the "mainstreaming" volume from the "Case Studies in Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Practice" series. Go to top of page

Biology
Evan Weiher participated in a Science Environment for Ecological Knowledge/Biodiversity and Ecological Analysis and Modeling meeting March 7-10 at the Genome Center at the University of California, Davis. The meeting, sponsored by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis and the Long-Term Ecological Research office at the University of California, Santa Barbara, focused on issues in ecoinformatics and biodiversity modeling. Topics included developing formal ontologies for database integration and developing workflows to investigate how alterations in productivity affect biodiversity across spatial scales. Notes from the meeting are available online. Go to top of page

Economics
Several faculty members presented papers and chaired sessions at the 69th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Economics Association March 11-13 in Milwaukee. Rose-Marie Avin presented a paper titled “Empowering Rural Women in Nicaragua: The Role of Women's Organizations." She also discussed a paper titled "Economics and Business Education in Vietnam: Two Steps Forward, Now One Step Back." Eric Jamelske presented a paper titled “The State Decision to Seek Welfare Waivers: Did Social Distance Play a Role?” He also presented a paper, co-authored by UW-Eau Claire student Steven Wessling, titled "A Contingent Valuation Study of the Willingness-to-Pay for the Switch to Automated Collection of Solid Waste with Single Stream Recycling in Madison, Wisconsin." Jamelske also was a discussant for a paper titled "Determinants of Health Care Spending: A State Level Analysis" in a session on health economics. Rula Kemp presented a paper titled “Consumers' Behavior in the Market for Emissions Testing." Tom Kemp was a discussant for session titled “Feminist Issues in International Development." David Schaffer presented a paper titled “The Changing Effects of Education on Wages in the U.S.: A Decomposition Analysis.” Go to top of page

English
Jack Bushnell's essay "A Baseball Boy Turns Fifty" (published in 2004 in the literary journal Elysian Fields Quarterly) won the Kay W. Levin Short Nonfiction Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. His book, "Farm Crossing," also published in 2004, received an honorable mention in the juvenile nonfiction book category. (See a description of "Farm Crossing" on the University of Wisconsin Press Web site.) The awards banquet will be held April 30 in Milwaukee.

Max Garland and Allyson Loomis each have been awarded an $8,000 Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship for 2005. Garland and Loomis are two of nine outstanding professional Wisconsin artists to receive the awards in recognition of their significant contributions to their field. Read more about the Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship.

Max Garland will lead a poetry discussion series titled “The Return of the Romantics” Wednesdays April 6, 13 and 20 from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. in the Chippewa Room of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire. Works by W.S. Merwin, Galway Kinnell and Pattiann Rogers will be discussed. Registration is required.

John Hildebrand's short story "Touching Bottom" is included in "Barnstorm," a new collection of fiction by Wisconsin writers. The book, edited by Raphael Kadushin, was published in February by the University of Wisconsin Press. Go to top of page

Geography and Anthropology
Lisa Theo
supervised six students from three different departments at the Wisconsin Women Forward Convention March 21-22 in Madison. The students were the primary cartographers and spatial analysts for the convention, which is an extension of Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton's Wisconsin Women Equal Prosperity Initiative. Student researchers were Barb Featherly and Emily Szajan (Geography and Anthropology), Melisa Davis and Jenny Immich (History), and Hannah Lott and Tina Spielmann (Political Science).

Music and Theatre Arts
Alexandre Dossin and many of his students performed a joint recital of works by Frederic Chopin celebrating the 195th anniversary of the composer’s birth March 1 at UW-Eau Claire. The following students performed: Erin Spellacy, Michelle Kallin, Krista Hebel, Charis Boersma, Xavier Suarez, Amy Bowen and Yukiko Fujimura. The following students discussed the specific genres and works performed: Jennifer Martin, Laura Ansay, Meta Hilson, Courtney Doyel, Elizabeth Schrader, Carrie Edinger, Stephanie Lundmark, Mike Steen and Catherine Henessy. Go to top of page

Condolences
Condolences to Jim Folstad, Mail Services, and his wife, Mary (France) Folstad. Mary's mother, Viola France, died March 13 in Stanley. Go to top of page


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University Bulletin • Vol. 52, No. 25 • Tenth Week • Spring Semester • March 28, 2005

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