Vol. 53, No. 18First Week • Spring Semester • Jan. 23, 2006

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Chancellor finalists to visit campus this week

Campus Campaign 2005-06 to kick off Feb. 1

Veteran Division I coach John Means to lead Blugold women's golf program

Bonnie Isaacson joins Financial Aid staff

University Recreation makes name change

'Let's Do Lunch'' session to examine crises in media

Foster Gallery exhibit to feature works by renowned illustrators

Hip-hop dance company to take Zorn Arena stage

Staff members win 11 CASE District V awards

Unclassified staff have new sick leave policy

Campus implements energy conservation measures

 

Chancellor finalists to visit campus this week
chancellor search imageThe four candidates for UW-Eau Claire chancellor announced Jan. 17 by UW System President Kevin Reilly will be on the UW-Eau Claire campus for daylong visits this week. UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff and students, as well as community members, will have the opportunity to listen and speak to the candidates during several meetings and open forums. The candidates and the days they will be on campus are as follows:

  • Today: James W. Perry, campus executive officer and campus dean at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, Menasha.
  • Tuesday: Sharon K. Hahs, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
  • Thursday: Royce C. Engstrom, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, S.D.
  • Friday: Brian Levin-Stankevich, interim president, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Wash.

See the candidates' detailed visit itineraries. Faculty, staff, students and community members who attend meetings and/or forums with the chancellor candidates are encouraged to complete an online feedback form. Candidate biographies and curriculum vitae are available on the chancellor search Web site.

Following the campus visits, the chancellor search timeline calls for the candidates to be interviewed by Reilly and the Board of Regents special committee Jan. 30 in Madison. The Board of Regents is scheduled to appoint a new chancellor during its meeting Feb. 9 and 10. The new chancellor's start date is July 1. Go to top of page

Campus Campaign 2005-06 to kick off Feb. 1

Keeping the Promise graphicEvidence of UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff keeping the promise of excellence can be seen daily through their service, support and dedication to students. It's time to celebrate the many ways faculty and staff make a difference on the UW-Eau Claire campus with the kickoff of the 2005-06 Campus Campaign, "Keeping the Promise."

Marty Wood, chair of the department of English, and Mary Ellen Alea, interim director of undergraduate English, are serving as this year's Campus Campaign chairs. They are urging faculty and staff to participate in the campaign because of its direct impact on campus and the long-term impact on the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's comprehensive campaign, Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, which has raised more than $45 million since July 2000. Faculty and staff gifts are responsible for more than $600,000 of that total. All faculty and staff contributions to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation from July 1, 2005, through June 30, 2006, will be recognized as contributions to Campus Campaign 2005-06. Full story. Go to top of page

Veteran Division I coach John Means to lead
Blugold women's golf program

John Means
John Means

A veteran NCAA Division I coach has been named to lead UW-Eau Claire's women's golf program, Director of Athletics Scott Kilgallon has announced. John Means, whose previous collegiate golf coaching experience included 11-year stints with the men's teams at the University of Minnesota and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, inherits a Blugold women's team that has won back-to-back Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships and gone to the NCAA Division III nationals for five straight years. From 2002-05, Means was the director of golf and consultant for the Mulligan Masters Golf Learning Center in Lake Elmo, Minn. Full story. Go to top of page

Bonnie Isaacson joins Financial Aid staff

Bonnie Isaacson
Bonnie Isaacson

Bonnie Isaacson has been named student services coordinator in UW-Eau Claire's Financial Aid office. As student services coordinator, her main areas of responsibility will be on- and off-campus student employment, academic satisfactory progress, and presentations to area high school students and parents. She also will assist with student and parent questions in the Financial Aid office. Isaacson, formerly an outreach specialist in the Educational Opportunity Center and a nontraditional student adviser in Academic Advising, began her new position Jan. 3. Isaacson received her master's degree in guidance and counseling from UW-Stout after graduating from UW-Eau Claire in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She was an EOC client and was employed as an EOC program assistant while she attended classes at UW-Eau Claire. She worked in the program assistant position for seven years before being hired as an EOC counselor. Go to top of page

University Recreation makes name change
University Recreation and Sport Facilities logoUW-Eau Claire University Recreation has changed its name to University Recreation and Sport Facilities, Vice Chancellor for Business and Student Services Andrew Soll announced Dec. 16. "The name change more accurately reflects our unit's broad range of responsibilities, including the oversight of the many campus sport facilities that became our responsibility following the university's summer 2004 reorganization," said Thomas Patt, director of University Recreation and Sport Facilities. For a complete overview of the unit's programming and responsibilities, visit the University Recreation Web site (an updated Web site reflecting the name change will be completed soon). Go to top of page

'Let's Do Lunch' session to examine crises in media
'Let's Do Lunch' graphicChanges in U.S. media and news coverage that affect the quality of the international information to which we are exposed will be the topic of a Jan. 25 luncheon presentation hosted by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association. Arlyn Anderson, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of communication and journalism, will give the presentation from noon to 1 p.m. at Sweetwater's restaurant. Anderson's talk, titled "Crises in International Media at the Start of a New Century," will examine U.S. media and news coverage generally toward the close of the 20th century and the start of the 21st. Full story. Go to top of page

'Online Comedy' by Tim Bower
'Online Comedy' by Tim Bower is one of the works in a new Foster Gallery exhibit opening Jan. 26.

Foster Gallery exhibit to feature works by renowned illustrators
"Figuratively Speaking: Illustrators Who Communicate with the Figure," an exhibit that features works of art, sketches, products and printed pieces by five nationally and internationally renowned illustrators, will open Jan. 26 at UW-Eau Claire's Foster Gallery in the Haas Fine Arts Center. The exhibit will be on display through Feb.16. An opening reception will be held in the gallery from 7:30-9 p.m. Jan. 26. The work of John Collier, Etienne Delessert, Natalie Ascencios, Tim Bower and Nathan Fox will demonstrate the continuing influence of the human figure in the visual arts. The featured artists have experience in print and film media, institutional teaching, book publishing and more. Full story. Go to top of page

Hip-hop dance company to take Zorn Arena stage
Break! performerBreak! The Urban Funk Spectacular will open the spring semester of the Artists Series at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Thursday, Feb. 2. The New York City hip-hop dance company will take the Zorn Arena stage at 7:30 p.m. Members of Break! have been featured soloists in performances with Madonna, Janet Jackson, B2K, 50 Cent, Ringo Starr, Whitney Houston, Puff Daddy and Luther Vandross. Tickets are $15 for the public, $13 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $5 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Reserved seats are available at the Service Center counter in the east lobby of Davies Center. General admission tickets will be sold at the door. Full story. Go to top of page

Staff members win 11 CASE District V awards

UW-Eau Claire alumni relations and communications staff members received 11 awards at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District V conference Dec. 11-13 in Chicago. The 11 awards were the most won by any college or university, public or private, in Wisconsin. CASE, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the professional organization for education advancement professionals at all levels who work in alumni relations, communications and development. CASE District V includes member institutions in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

Gold Award recipients were Ann Hoffman and Elizabeth Wolf Green, News Bureau; Sheila Pederson, Jodi Baglien Sparkes and Ansel Brooks, Publications office; Rick Mickelson and Deb Blanchard, Learning and Technology Services; John Bachmeier, Alumni Relations office; and Gretchen Hutterli, Kou Thao, student Christopher Newgard and alumni Beth Larson and Donald Ross, College of Business.

Judy Berthiaume, News Bureau, was a Silver Award winner. Bronze Award winners were Mike Rindo, University Communications; Berthiaume, Janice Wisner, Green, Hoffman, Juliana Poquette and Nancy Wesenberg, News Bureau; Lillian Hillis, Brian Hogan and Mickelson, Learning and Technology Services; and Mari Jo Janke and Mindy Merryfield, Publications office. Full story. Go to top of page

Unclassified staff have new sick leave policy
Actions last fall by the UW System Board of Regents require all university unclassified employees (faculty and academic staff) to provide to their department chair, director or supervisor written medical certification from their health care provider of the medical necessity for use of sick leave for absences of more than five consecutive working days. A medical certification must be submitted to the chair, director, or for those outside of a department or unit, to the supervisor, within 15 days from the day of return to work.

In addition, supervisors are authorized to request medical certification for use of sick leave if they suspect the request for sick leave is inappropriate, regardless of the length of the absence. If an employee anticipates using more than five days of sick leave, for example under the Family Medical Leave Act, a medical certification may be submitted prior to the actual leave. Read the new policy in its entirety. Go to top of page

electricity transmission towersCampus implements energy conservation measures
In late November, Gov. Jim Doyle issued Executive Order 132 directing state agencies, including the University of Wisconsin, to take immediate steps to reduce energy consumption at state facilities. The order was issued in response to record high energy prices. Last month, UW System President Kevin Reilly sent a notice to all chancellors requesting that they implement the guidelines issued by the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA). The guidelines are designed to control energy consumption through specific energy conservation measures and through the promotion of employee awareness and understanding of those measures. Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson has directed that UW-Eau Claire implement the provisions of the governor's executive order and President Reilly's directive. Read UW-Eau Claire's Energy Alert for details about how the DOA measures are being implemented on campus. Go to top of page

 


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