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

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State budget update

38th annual Jazz Festival begins this week

Kind to seek student, faculty input Wednesday

Celebration will mark Jewish and Indian holidays

Governor's visit promotes Institute for Discovery

Alumna Elizabeth Willis to give poetry reading

April is Native American Awareness Month

Alumna Ruth Clusen dies, leaves national legacy

Kohl speaks to Senior Americans'' Day participants

 

State budget update: Doyle's plan goes before Legislature, campuses receive allocation notices
Gov. Jim Doyle's recently proposed state budget for the 2005-07 biennium is now before the state Legislature, which hopes to have a bill on the Governor’s desk sometime in June. Legislative deliberations began with a series of Joint Committee on Finance hearings around the state. Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson testified at the committee’s March 14 hearing in Menomonie, where she stressed the importance of making a UW education accessible to students from all economic backgrounds and that support for the UW System is critical to ensure the state's economic future. (Read the full text of Larson's testimony.)

Meanwhile, UW-Eau Claire received last week an allocation notice from System administration indicating the share of the systemwide 2005-06 budget reductions that must be accomplished at this campus. The total campus reduction for 2005-06 in the general operations budget (Fund 102 and related) is $1,488,000. The chancellor’s Budget Group, as it begins to develop a campus reduction plan, will hold a series of forums and meetings to address UW-Eau Claire's budget challenges and solicit suggestions related to making the needed reductions. Read a complete budget update from Provost and Vice Chancellor Ron Satz. Go to top of page

38th annual Jazz Festival begins this week
Jazz Festival logoSome of this country's finest jazz musicians will perform at UW-Eau Claire's 38th Annual Jazz Festival March 31-April 2. The festival will feature a March 31 Artists Series performance by trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling and Friday and Saturday evening performances by Grammy Award-winning composer Maria Schneider and tenor sax player and improvisation master Jerry Bergonzi. The Noteables Jazz Ensemble from the U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band will perform at noon on Friday. Full details are available online. Go to top of page

Kind to seek student, faculty/staff input March 30
U.S. Rep. Ron KindU.S. Rep. Ron Kind will be on the UW-Eau Claire campus this Wednesday, March 30, from 10-11 a.m. in the Tamarack Room, Davies Center, to seek input from students, faculty and staff, and the general public about improving the nation’s higher education system. Kind, a member of the House of Representatives Education and Workforce Committee, is holding a series of meetings at western Wisconsin colleges and universities as Congress considers making changes to the Higher Education Act later this spring. Read related press release.

Congress first passed the Higher Education Act in 1965. The purpose of the Act has been to make the benefits of higher education available to all Americans by directing monies to students and to states and institution to fund specific programs.

More information about the Higher Education Act can be found on the following Web sites:

Celebration will mark Jewish and Indian holidays
child celebrating HoliPurim artworkThe Jewish and Indian communities of the Chippewa Valley invite the wider community to join them in a joint celebration of the Jewish holiday of Purim and the Indian holiday of Holi at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. Members of the Indian and Jewish communities will explain the background and celebration of these holidays at this free event. Those attending will be able to participate in the celebration by applying color for Holi, making noise when the name of Haman is uttered during the recitation of the Book of Esther, and eating Indian and Jewish pastries. Participants are encouraged to come in costume and to bring rattles or other noisemakers. Full story. Go to top of page

Governor's visit promotes Institute for Discovery

Gov. Jim Doyle greets children
Student chemistry researcher Lori Scardino
Top: Gov. Jim Doyle shook hands March 18 with area children who attended his press conference. The children, all of whom have diabetes or live with family members who do, are hopeful that Wisconsin Institute for Discovery researchers will discover a cure for the disease. Below: UW-Eau Claire student chemistry researcher Lori Scardino spoke of the promising impact of the institute while Gov. Jim Doyle and state Sen. Dave Zien look on. (Photos by Rick Mickelson, TLTDC)

A planned multi-million-dollar biomedical research facility on the UW-Madison campus will benefit researchers throughout the state, including those at UW-Eau Claire, Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle said March 18 during a press conference in UW-Eau Claire's Materials Science Center in Phillips Hall. Doyle, UW System Senior Executive Vice President Donald Mash and state Sen. Dave Zien all spoke in support of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, which is part of a strategy to keep Wisconsin at the forefront of biotechnology, health sciences and stem cell research. Scott Hartsel, UW-Eau Claire professor of chemistry, and student chemistry researcher Lori Scardino also spoke about the importance of research and the promising impact of the new research facility. Later on Friday, the state Building Commission approved the $19 million Doyle included in the state capital budget to start the project, as well as the project's total cost of $380 million over 10 years, about half of which is to come from private sources. Read more about the Governor's overall strategy for maintaining Wisconsin's leadership in scientific research and about the Institute for Discovery. Also read a Leader Telegram article about Doyle's March 18 visit. Go to top of page

Alumna Elizabeth Willis to give poetry reading
Elizabeth WillisElizabeth Willis, an accomplished writer and 1983 UW-Eau Claire alumna, will present a poetry reading April 5 to mark National Poetry Month. The reading will be at 7:30 pm in the second floor breezeway of McIntyre Library. Admission is free. Willis is the author of three books of poetry and a past winner of the National Poetry Series for her book "The Human Abstract." She's been awarded fellowships by the California Arts Council and the Howard Foundation. She currently teaches poetry at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. The poetry reading is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire English department, McIntyre Library and Alumni Association. Go to top of page

April is Native American Awareness Month
Native Americans in ceremonial dressUW-Eau Claire's Office of Multicultural Affairs will host a series of events throughout April to recognize Native American Awareness Month.The month-long celebration will begin with a traditional blessing ceremony featuring Gordon Thunder, a tribal elder and Ho-Chunk culture and language instructor. The ceremony will run from 10:30-11:30 a.m. April 1 in front of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the base of the new oak tree that was planted where the Council Oak Tree once stood. A series of discussions, lectures and events also are planned throughout the month, concluding with the 2005 Honoring Education Pow-wow on April 23. Full story. Go to top of page

Alumna Ruth Clusen dies, leaves national legacy
Ruth Chickering Clusen '45Ruth Chickering Clusen, 82, died March 14, 2005, in Bellevue. Clusen, a 1945 UW-Eau Claire graduate, hosted the presidential debates between Jimmy Carter and President Gerald R. Ford in 1976 as national president of the League of Women Voters. She was known for her environmental activism as head of the league and in 2001 was inducted into the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame. She also was known for her leadership in the league’s campaign for ratification of an Equal Rights Amendment. From 1978-81 Clusen served under President Carter as an assistant secretary for the environment in the Department of Energy. Clusen taught English and speech in Green Bay, where she became president of the local League of Women Voters before going on to head the state and national organizations. She received the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award in 1970, served on the UW System Board of Regents from 1983-92 and was a member of UW-Eau Claire’s Citizens Advisory Council for several years. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association. Read articles about Clusen in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The New York Times and The Green Bay News-Chronicle (free online registration required to view articles). Go to top of page

Kohl speaks to Senior Americans' Day participants
U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl spoke at UW-Eau Claire March 22 on issues — including Social Security and the high cost of prescription drugs — facing today's senior citizens. Kohl, the leading Democrat on the Senate Committee on Aging, spoke to a group of about 400 people attending UW-Eau Claire's 17th annual Senior Americans' Day. In addition to hearing Kohl's address, those in attendance could participate in more than 40 workshops on a wide range of topics. Read a Leader-Telegram article summarizing Kohl's address (free registration required). Go to top of page

U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl

Photo by Rick Mickelson, TLTDC

 


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