Vol. 52, No. 14Fourteenth Week • Fall Semester • Nov. 29, 2004

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NOVA program to feature Cave of Letters expedition

UW-Eau Claire's first Rhodes Scholar making headlines

Jumpstart Eau Claire to receive $100,000

Momentum Chippewa Valley fund helps area businesses hire student interns

Campus community asked to provide
Plan 2008 feedback

Piano student wins state piano competition

Nadelmann to speak on drug policy reform

'Crimes of the Heart' to open Dec. 2

Holiday Concert set for Dec. 5

Chancellor's Holiday Reception next Monday

Los Angeles Piano Quartet to perform Dec. 6

United Way update; contributions needed


NOVA program to feature Cave of Letters expedition
Researchers included UW-Eau Claire professor, graduate
Harry Jol in the Cave of Letters Harry Jol, top left, operated ground penetrating radar with the assistance of then-student Chris Morton, lower left, during exploration of the Cave of Letters. Below, researchers make the challenging hike to the remote cave in the Judean desert. (Contributed photos.) The expedition will be featured in an upcoming NOVA program on Wisconsin Public Television.
2001 graduate Chris Morton Researchers hike to the Cave of Letters

A film that follows a group of scientists and biblical scholars — including UW-Eau Claire associate professor of geography Harry Jol and one of his students — will be broadcast on an upcoming edition of the PBS science television series NOVA.

"Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land" will premier locally at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, on Wisconsin Public Television. (The original broadcast was Nov. 23 in Milwaukee and other parts of the country.) University and community members are invited to watch the NOVA program with Jol on the big screen in Phillips Hall 007 on Nov. 30. He will be available to answer questions after the show.

In this program NOVA explores a remote cave in the Judean desert, the Cave of Letters, with the Jewish historian Richard Freund of the University of Hartford. Freund's expedition was equipped with state-of-the-art technology including ground penetrating radar operated by Jol and Christopher Morton, a computer science major who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 2001. Full story. Go to top of page

UW-Eau Claire's first Rhodes Scholar making headlines
Senior Chauncy Harris among 32 Americans selected

National/regional Rhodes Scholar coverage

Chauncy Harris ABC News "32 U.S. students named as Rhodes Scholars."
CBS News "UW-Eau Claire announces its first Rhodes Scholar"
The New York Times
"32 U.S. students chosen as Rhodes Scholars"
Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Rhodes Scholar from Eau Claire follows great-uncle"
USA Today "Rhodes Trust names 32 American students to study at Oxford"
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Student is Eau Claire's 1st Rhodes Scholar"
Duluth News Tribune "UW-Eau Claire's Harris follows great uncle as Rhodes Scholar"
Leader-Telegram "UW-Eau Claire's first Rhodes Scholar lauded for hard work"
Leader-Telegram "Scholar fulfills family legacy"
Wisconsin Public Radio "Here and Now" program

Last week the flurry began — Rhodes Scholar and UW-Eau Claire in the same headline. If you missed it, Chauncy S. Harris Jr., a senior at UW-Eau Claire, is one of 32 Americans chosen as 2005 Rhodes Scholars. Harris, a geography and history major from Eau Claire, is the first Rhodes Scholar to be elected from UW-Eau Claire.

"I'm thrilled that a UW-Eau Claire student is among those elected to be a Rhodes Scholar," Chancellor Donald Mash said. "It's a highly competitive process involving exceptional students from prestigious universities throughout the country. This is a wonderful recognition for Chauncy and for UW-Eau Claire."

The Rhodes Scholars were chosen from 904 applicants, who were endorsed by 341 colleges and universities. Rhodes Scholarships provide two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England. Harris will enter Oxford in October 2005, where he hopes to study Modern Middle Eastern Studies, which he believes is the only program of its kind in the world. Full story. Go to top of page

Jumpstart Eau Claire to receive $100,000
UW-Eau Claire's Jumpstart Eau Claire program has been awarded a $100,000 appropriation by the U.S. House Appropriations bill through the efforts of Wisconsin Congressmen Herb Kohl and Ron Kind.

UW-Eau Claire's Jumpstart Eau Claire program recruits, trains and supervises college students to work with early childhood programs, including Head Start, in low-income neighborhoods to provide one-to-one attention to young children struggling in preschool. During the 2002-03 school year, 40 university students provided 36 children individual Jumpstart sessions and assisted 260 children in centers served by Jumpstart.

The $100,000 will be used to expand Jumpstart Eau Claire to serve additional children, to expand the program to new parts of Wisconsin, to train parents of pre-school children in pre-literacy methods, and to recruit and prepare Jumpstart members to become Head Start teachers after college. Full story. Go to top of page

Momentum Chippewa Valley fund helps area businesses hire student interns
Momentum Chippewa Valley logoMore students attending higher education institutions in the Chippewa Valley will have opportunities to complete technology-related internships at area businesses thanks to the support of a regional economic development organization.

Jeanne Skoug
Jeanne Skoug

Momentum Chippewa Valley created a fund to develop internship and cooperative educational opportunities for students at UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stout and the Chippewa Valley Technical College, said Jeanne Skoug, director of Career Services at UW-Eau Claire and Momentum Chippewa Valley board member.

"It's a wonderful way to strengthen partnerships among area businesses and the Chippewa Valley 's outstanding higher educational institutions," Skoug said. "And it gives students a chance to complete an internship in the area, creating even stronger ties to western Wisconsin."

The Momentum Chippewa Valley Internship/Cooperative Education Fund was created with a $15,000 donation. The dollars must be used to help area employers hire interns to assist with technology-related projects, said Brian Shepley, Career Services' Chippewa Valley internship coordinator. Full story. Go to top of page

Campus community asked to provide Plan 2008 feedback
UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff and students are encouraged to provide input regarding the second phase of Plan 2008, the systemwide initiative to increase diversity on campus.

Kimberly BarrettPhase II of the plan focuses on how to help all students achieve their unique potential, said Kimberly Barrett, associate vice chancellor of Student Development and Diversity and chair of the UW-Eau Claire Diversity Planning Committee. "We need to address how we can close the achievement gap between minority and majority students," Barrett said.

The university community can assist with the initiative by first reviewing the"Educational Quality through Racial and Ethnic Diversity — Phase II" (working draft) and then sending e-mail to Kimberly Barrett. Or, attend one of the following open forums to discuss the plan:
    Noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center.
    4 to 5 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Menominee Room of Davies Center. Go to top of page

Piano student wins state piano competition

Yukiko Fujimura and Alexandre Dossin
Yukiko Fujimura rehearsing with Alexandre Dossin. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, TLTDC.)

UW-Eau Claire senior Yukiko Fujimura, Kanagawa, Japan, was named state winner in the piano competition at the 2004 Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Performance Competition. The piano competition was held Oct. 22-23 at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton. The MTNA holds student competitions at state, division and national levels, and Fujimura will now advance to the MTNA division competitions, to be held Jan. 14-16 at UW-Madison.

"I was pleased to be chosen as state winner in the young artist piano competition," said Fujimura. "Competitions have been very good opportunities for me to perform. I hope that division competition will be even better."

Fujimura has been studying with Dr. Alexandre Dossin, assistant professor of music and theatre arts at UW-Eau Claire, since the fall of 2002. Full story. Go to top of page

Ethan Nadelmann to speak on drug policy reform
Ethan NadelmannEthan Nadelmann, widely regarded as the outstanding proponent of drug policy reform in the United States and abroad, will speak Tuesday, Nov. 30, at UW-Eau Claire. The Forum will present his address, titled "Building a Political Movement to End the War on Drugs," at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

Described by Rolling Stone as “the point man” for drug policy reform efforts, Nadelmann uses a healthy dose of criticism against current U.S. drug policy by giving basic statistics and drug war facts, balanced with well thought out alternatives, stressing treatment and effort to minimize the harm drugs and drug policy cause to individuals and society.

Referring to Nadelmann's book, “Cops Across Borders,” Lawrence M. Friedman of the Stanford Law School said, “I don't think any student of social history, diplomatic history or legal history can ignore this book, which sheds so much light on a wide variety of important policy issues, including, very notably, drug enforcement policy. It deserves a wide readership.” Full story and ticket information. Go to top of page

'Crimes of the Heart' to open Dec. 2

Crimes of the Heart graphicUW-Eau Claire's production of "Crimes of the Heart," a play written by Beth Henley, will premiere at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, in Kjer Theatre. Additional performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 4 and 8-11, and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.

Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, "Crimes of the Heart" teems with humanity and humor as it examines the plight of three young sisters betrayed by their passions. The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of their dying grandfather.

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or (800) 949-UWEC, are $9 for the general public , $7 for those 62 and older , $6 for those 17 and younger and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff with a university ID , and $5 for UW-Eau Claire students with a university ID. Go to top of page

Holiday Concert set for Dec. 5
30th Annual Holiday ConcertUW-Eau Claire's music and theatre arts department and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation will present the 30th annual Holiday Concert at 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, in Zorn Arena. The free concert, which has been the university's and Foundation's gift to the Eau Claire community for three decades, will feature both individual and combined performances by the Concert Choir, Singing Statesmen, Women's Concert Chorale, Symphonic Choir, Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra. Full story and ticket information. Go to top of page

Chancellor's Holiday Reception next Monday
All UW-Eau Claire employees and emeriti are invited to attend the Chancellor's Holiday Reception held between 3:30 and 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. Take a little time from your busy schedule to enjoy food and fellowship with your colleagues and friends. Go to top of page

Los Angeles Piano Quartet to perform Dec. 6
Los Angeles Piano QuartetThe Los Angeles Piano Quartet, regarded as the premier ensemble of its kind, will perform Monday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of UW-Eau Claire's Haas Fine Arts Center.

The Artists Series concert will include Mozart's Piano Quartet in G minor, Brahms' Piano Quartet, op. 60, and Faure's Piano Quartet in C minor.

The Los Angeles Piano Quartet has been praised by the public and press in American cities coast to coast and internationally for its concert and festival performances. The ensemble has been a popular guest on Minnesota Public Radio's " St. Paul Sunday" and New York's "Live from WNCN."

"Their playing imparted the contrasting tone color and musical dialogue that are the heart of great string/keyboard chamber music interpretations," wrote the Houston Post. Full story and ticket information. Go to top of page

United Way update; contributions needed
It's not too late to donate
As of Nov. 23, 147 university employees contributed a total of $31,625 in cash and pledges to the United Way campaign. UW-Eau Claire's goal for the campaign is $49,761.

There still is time to send in your pledge card with a donation. If you wish to make a contribution but have lost your pledge card, e-mail or call Barb Bowers at 836-3871 to request another card. Go to top of page


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