Vol. 52, No. 31Sixteenth Week • Spring Semester • May 9, 2005

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Reilly appoints
UW-Eau Claire chancellor search and screen committee

Reynolds selected for Fulbright-Hays seminar

Pearson named associate director of admissions

Kilcrease to resign effective July 15

Tuition, Midwest Student Exchange Program among regents' May meeting topics

Eight honored for contributions to student development and diversity

Alumni gift creates biology grant program

WCME library to be named for Morris Hayes

New Web design catches on across campus

Online calendar of events: Are your events posted?

Golf outing to benefit award-winning NYSP

Sounds of spring


Reilly appoints UW-Eau Claire chancellor search and screen committee
Chancellor search graphicUW System President Kevin Reilly has appointed a search and screen committee to assist in identifying a new chancellor for UW-Eau Claire. Reilly, along with UW System Special Regent Committee Chair Peggy Rosenzweig, will visit UW-Eau Claire from 1-3 p.m. May 17 to charge the committee.

Members of the UW-Eau Claire chancellor search and screen committee are Robert Hooper, professor of geology (search and screen committee chair); Kristina Anderson, executive director of enrollment services and director of admissions; Jeff Baldovin (student representative); Linda Carpenter, professor of communication disorders; Mickey Crothers, associate professor of psychology; Deborah Durcan, vice president of finance, UW System; Avril Flaten (student representative); Charles Grossklaus, president, Royal Credit Union (community representative); Scott Hartsel, professor of chemistry; Irene Lazda, associate professor of foreign languages; Douglas Olson, assistant professor of public health professions; Andrew Phillips, interim associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies; Patrick Quinn, president, Ayres Associates (community representative); Alan Rieck, assistant professor of music and theatre arts; Michael Rindo, executive director of university communications; M. Cecilia Wendler, associate professor of nursing; and Martin Wood, professor of English and English department chair.

The committee must recommend at least five finalists for the chancellor position to Reilly and the Special Regent Committee, who in turn will recommend one of the finalists to the UW System Board of Regents for appointment. In recent years, the search and screen process for UW System chancellors has taken from 6 to 10 months, from the authorization to recruit through the final appointment by the Board of Regents. See the Board of Regents Policy 88-2, "Search and Screen Procedures for Chancellors," and the UW System's "Responsibilities and Procedures for Search and Screen Committees for Chancellors." Go to top of page

Reynolds selected for Fulbright-Hays seminar
Kate ReynoldsDr. Kate Reynolds, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of foreign languages, will spend five weeks in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam this summer through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad seminar, "Highlighting Southeast Asian Heritage & Culture in the Curriculum." At UW-Eau Claire, Reynolds directs teaching of English to speakers of other languages and teaching English as a foreign language programs. More than 200 K-12 and university-level educators applied for the Fulbright-Hays seminar, with just 18 selected to participate. The group will visit southeast Asian schools, meeting with educators, attending seminars and workshops relating to the people and culture, and participating in other activities intended to further their understanding of the region. Full story. Go to top of page

Pearson named associate director of admissions
Heather PearsonHeather Pearson has been named associate director of admissions at UW-Eau Claire. Pearson, who had been coordinator of transfer and international admissions since 2004, began her new position May 1. She has been on the UW-Eau Claire admissions staff since 2001, first as an admissions counselor and then as transfer coordinator from 2002-2004. Pearson received her bachelor of science degree in 1996 from Edgewood College in Madison, and she expects to complete her master of education degree in professional development from UW-Eau Claire this summer or fall. Go to top of page

Kilcrease to resign effective July 15
Mitch KilcreaseDirector of University Centers and Programs E. Mitchell Kilcrease will resign effective July 15, 2005, to accept a new position as student union director at Oklahoma State University. Kilcrease has served in his current position since July 2002.

Oklahoma State University boasts the largest student union in the world, totaling 611,000 square feet. “This is an opportunity of a lifetime," Kilcrease said. "Oklahoma State is considered one of the best student unions nationally.” The new position also provides Kilcrease and his wife the opportunity to be closer to home and family.

Kilcrease has been acting as staff adviser to the Davies Center Exploratory Committee examining issues and alternatives relating to Davies Center and University Recreation facilities. University Recreation Director Thomas Patt, who also has been participating in the committee proceedings, will remain involved to provide continuity.

The search for a new director of University Centers and Programs will begin immediately. Following Kilcrease's departure, Bill Harms, associate vice chancellor of student services, will act as interim director. Go to top of page

Tuition, Midwest Student Exchange program among Regents' May meeting topics
Tuition funding options and the potential for UW System schools to join a multi-state student exchange program were two of many topics discussed during the first day of the UW System Board of Regents meeting at UW-Stout May 5 and 6. Day 2 business included clarification by Regent President Toby Marcovich of the board’s role in creating and enforcing employment contracts for UW System chancellors. Read more about the Regents' two-day May meeting:

May 2005 regents' meeting day 1 news summary
May 2005 regents' meeting day 2 news summary Go to top of page

Eight honored for contributions to student development and diversity
Eight awards were presented to UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff members and students at the 2005 Student Development and Diversity Awards recognition reception April 27. The Student Development and Diversity recognition awards ceremony is an annual event that recognizes individuals who have gone to extraordinary lengths to help students and colleagues reach their unique potential. The following awards were presented:

  • Staff Excellence Award: Jeannie Harms, senior student services coordinator.
  • Student Organization Award: Peer Diversity Educators (student coordinators Rebecca Piotrowski and Sally Trnka).
  • University Staff Excellence Award: January Boten, residence hall director and adviser to the student organization Making Our School an Intercultural Community.
  • Instructional Staff Excellence Award: Sharon Westphal, lecturer of psychology.
  • Student Assistant Award: Senior Jessica Evers, Kaukauna, Student Health Service student employee.
  • Diversity Teacher/Scholar Award: La Vonne Cornell-Swanson, assistant professor of social work.
  • Diversity Advocate Award: Beth Hicks, director of Services for Students with Disabilities.
  • Older Wiser Learner Award: James Oberly, professor of history. Full story. Go to top of page

Alumni gift creates biology grant program

Steve and Julie Henseler
Alumni Steve and Julie Henseler. (Contributed photo)

An opportunity fund grant program for UW-Eau Claire biology students has been created through a $20,000 endowed gift from Steve and Julie Henseler to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence campaign. The fund will provide grants for biology students to pursue activities outside the classroom that enhance their education. Students must develop a project proposal and budget and establish a mentor relationship to qualify for a grant. The Henselers received their bachelor's degrees in biology from UW-Eau Claire in 1989. Full story. Go to top of page

WCME library to be named for Morris D. Hayes

Morris Hayes
Morris D. Hayes
(1983 photo)

The Wisconsin Center for Music Education — a state-of-the-art center that will provide music teachers, students and community members with innovative music education programs and resources — will name one of its libraries after a UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of music. The Center, which is slated to open in July in Waunakee, will include the Morris D. Hayes Choral Library, named after the man who served as the director of choral activities at UW-Eau Claire from 1966-1987. "I deeply appreciate the honor that has been bestowed upon me," Hayes said of the library, which is being built by the Wisconsin School Music Association. "I owe it all to those talented students who I had the privilege to work with at UW-Eau Claire. Their preparation before entering the university can be credited to the excellence of the music programs in the public schools." A state and national leader in music education during his years at UW-Eau Claire, Hayes is donating his personal music collection to the Center, which is the first facility of its kind in the country. Full story. Go to top of page

New Web design catches on across campus

Social work department home page
The social work department Web site is one of many campus sites that has been updated using the new Web site design templates. View a list of other sites that have taken on the new look and format of the university's upper-level Web pages.

Page by page, UW-Eau Claire's Web site is transforming from a conglomeration of many looks to a collection of subsites with a more unified appearance. Many departmental and administrative Web sites have been redesigned in the months since a new design for the university's top-level pages was released last June. View a listing of some of those redesigned sites.

As summer approaches, departments and units interested in updating their Web sites using the new campus Web site design templates can do so with assistance from Web Development Services. Read more about how to get started and how Web Development staff can help you update the look of your Web site. Go to top of page

Online calendar of events: Are your events posted?
UW-Eau Claire's online calendar of events is a forum for posting all university-sponsored events that are open to the public. Information in the online calendar is available to anyone visiting the university Web site. In addition, the link to the online calendar is sent monthly to regional media, school districts, libraries, chambers of commerce and other groups that in turn often publicize campus events through their newsletters and other public relations efforts. UW-Eau Cliare faculty and staff whose departments or units are sponsoring upcoming events can learn how to post their events and obtain access to the online event-posting form by contacting Sue King in the News Bureau at kingsa@uwec.edu or 836-4003. Go to top of page

Sounds of spring
Assistant professor of English Joel Pace, left, and Bernard "Duffy" Duyfhuizen, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, performed a noon-hour concert May 5 on the Central Campus Mall as part of the ongoing English Fest 2005. Pace and Duyfhuizen, along with Max Garland, associate professor of English, have a group called Clearwater Roots Fusion and will close the season at The Cabin in Davies Center on May 14.
Joel Pace and Bernard Duyfhuizen
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau photo


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