Vol. 52, No. 9 • Ninth Week • Fall Semester • Oct. 18, 2004
John Edwards to visit campus Oct. 19
Regents to host listening session at
The Regents will hold a listening session from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 18, in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center. They will hear comments on:
"My fellow Regents and I are eager to hear the public's perspective on these issues" said Regent President Toby Marcovich of Superior . "We anticipate a good turnout and valuable input on October 18."
Speakers will be asked to limit remarks to no more than five minutes so that there will be time for everyone to be heard. Written statements also are welcome. The listening session will be audio streamed on the Internet and may be accessed at www.uwec.edu.
Instead of crossing oceans, UW-Eau Claire senior Leslie Haralson crossed state, regional and cultural borders last year when she spent her junior year at Texas State University, San Marcos, through the National Student Exchange. Her tuition and fees were based on UW-Eau Claire's rate, which is a bargain compared to most schools around the country.
"I thought about studying abroad, but finances and safety kept me in the states," said Haralson, a communication major from Franklin. "I have always been a go-getter, and this experience enabled me to live in a place that I have always wanted to and see if it is really a place that I would like to live and get a job after college."
Haralson is just one example of the hundreds of UW-Eau Claire students who have participated in NSE, a program for undergraduate exchange within the United States. There are 176 colleges and universities in the program, and more than 70,000 students have participated during NSE's 36-year history. UW-Eau Claire joined the program in 1984 under the leadership of former associate dean of students Jeanne Hugo. Full story.
UW System Board of Regents' policy and state law restrict workplace political campaign activities by university employees. All university employees are required to adhere to applicable policies and laws. UW System guidance on political campaign activities is available online.
If you're interested in learning how you can be an agent of change in your world and beyond, come hear Harry Boyte Monday, Oct. 18.
Boyte, founder and co-director of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship at the University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey Institute, will present "Higher Education and the Renewal of Democracy," from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Alumni Room of Davies Center. The lecture will include an opportunity for questions and answers and conclude with a reception.
He is the author of many books, including his new book, Everyday Politics: Reconnecting Citizens and Public Life (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004), and his commentaries on democracy have aired on National Public Radio and the CBS Evening News.
Dr. Boyte's visit to UW-Eau Claire is part of a nationwide tour of several American Democracy Project campuses. The presentation, sponsored by the Network for Excellence in Teaching, the Center for Service-Learning, TLTDC and the Office of Provost and Vice Chancellor, is open to the university community. For more information, contact Don Mowry at 836-4649 and to RSVP, send
Two UW-Eau Claire employees will receive 2004 Student Recognition Awards for their work with students with disabilities. Darlene Schorbahn, a program assistant in the department of social work, and Sharon Westphal, lecturer in psychology, will receive awards at a reception from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, in the Potawatomi Room of Davies Center. The presentations will be made at approximately 2:15 p.m.
Services for Students with Disabilities began giving the awards in 1995. During the 2003-04 school year 200 students with disabilities participated in the selection of the award recipients. Full story.
The athletic training education program at UW-Eau Claire recently was granted initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Accreditation means that UW-Eau Claire graduates in athletic training are qualified to sit for the Board of Certification's national examination, a new standard put into effect by the National Athletic Trainers Association in January.
Accreditation also means that UW-Eau Claire's program will be even more attractive to prospective students, said Jeff Oliphant, assistant professor of kinesiology and director of the athletic training education program. Oliphant said he expects demand for the program to grow given the U.S. Bureau of Statistics projection of an 18.5 percent growth in the number of athletic training positions nationally between 2000-2010. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire plans variety of events for National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week
"We're hosting several new activities this year in an ongoing effort to help students become more aware of the many serious problems associated with alcohol, as well as to remind them that there are many things to do in Eau Claire that do not involve drinking," said Sarah Harvieux, UW-Eau Claire health educator. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire partners with area schools and Boys and Girls Club to offer homework help
About 20 UW-Eau Claire undergraduate students are volunteering as tutor-mentors for the "Power Hour" homework program offered by the Boys and Girls Club. The program is designed to help students understand and complete their school homework. "Power Hour" also is intended to provide support for students who need additional help in specific subjects such as math, English or science. Full story.
Author of book on overcoming learning disabilities to speak at UW-Eau Claire
Mooney, who has dyslexia and did not learn to read until he was 12 years old, is the co-author, along with David Cole, of "Learning Outside the Lines." The book describes the anger and shame both authors experienced early in their lives while struggling with learning problems in conventional school settings. Both eventually graduated from Brown University , an Ivy League school, and they wrote this book, part memoir and part alternative study skills, to help others with learning disabilities and ADHD by giving them "the tools for academic success and educational revolution."
Mooney's presentation is free and open to the public. Parents; educators; students; psychologists; guidance counselors; school administrators; speech, physical and occupational therapists; and social workers - anyone interested in the feelings, attitudes and educational needs of those who have difficulty learning in conventional ways - are encouraged to attend. Full story.
Earth Science Seminar Series open to everyone
Footbridge ramp to be closed beginning Oct. 18