Vol. 53, No. 23Sixth Week • Semester Semester • Feb. 27, 2006

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Management information systems changes department name, academic programs

Leader-Telegram profile features new Chancellor Levin-Stankevich

Reminder: Campus-community forum is tonight

Economics alumnus to present Jerry Johnson Memorial Lecture

Campus Campaign: Faculty, staff continue generous response to fundraising effort

Fall 2006 Class Schedule now available online

Women's History Month kicks off this week

Maori dance troupe to perform March 6

Faculty, staff can attend work-life video conference

Students offer children's foreign language classes

Scenes from Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon

 

Management information systems changes department name, academic programs

Dr. Thomas Hilton
Dr. Thomas Hilton

UW-Eau Claire's management information systems department has changed its name and revamped its academic programs to serve more students and better meet the needs of the growing number of businesses that want to hire its graduates. In the fall, the newly named information systems department will begin offering new major, minor and certificate programs, all of which better address student career interests and current IS trends in business and industry, said Dr. Thomas Hilton, chair of the department.

"The IS field has changed dramatically in the last 10 years," Hilton said. "Information systems now impact all levels of every organization in every country in the world. People in the IS field now focus less on the technical aspects of an information system and more on how the technology can help an organization solve business problems and achieve goals. As a department, we have re-invented ourselves to stay a leader in the field." Full story. Go to top of page

Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich
Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich

Leader-Telegram profile features new Chancellor Levin-Stankevich
An article featuring Dr. Brian Levin Stankevich, who will start June 1 as the next chancellor of UW-Eau Claire, appeared in the Feb. 26 issue of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Reporter Mary Stegmeir traveled recently to Spokane and Cheney, Wash., where Levin-Stankevich lives and works as interim president of Eastern Washington University. Read Part I and Part II of "Taking it all in: Observers say educator listens to all viewpoints." (Free online registration is required to view the article). Go to top of page

Reminder: Campus-community forum is tonight
The first campus and community "town hall" meeting to discuss the role colleges and universities should play in preparing students for the future will be from 6:30-8:30 tonight in the Two Rivers Ballroom at the Plaza Hotel. Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton and Eau Claire County Circuit Judge Lisa K. Stark will be among the participants in the program, titled "Developing Minds for 21st Century Challenges: A Campus and Community Discussion about University Education." Full story. Go to top of page
Dr. Kevin Neumann
Dr. Kevin Neumann

Economics alumnus to present Jerry Johnson Memorial Lecture
Dr. Kevin Neuman, a UW-Eau Claire alumnus and assistant professor of economics at UW-Stevens Point, will present the Jerry Johnson Memorial Lecture at 3 p.m. Friday, March 3, in Davies Theatre. Neuman's topic will be "The Economics of an Aging America: The Growing Storm." Neuman graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1999 with a degree in economics and went on to earn master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Notre Dame. The Jerry Johnson Memorial Lecture is an annual event named for a UW-Eau Claire economics professor who died in 1998. The event is sponsored by the department of economics and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation through a fund established by Johnson after he retired. Full story. Go to top of page

Campus Campaign: Faculty, staff continue generous response to fundraising effort
Keeping the Promise logo and Web linkSince the beginning of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence campaign in 2000, more than $1 million in contributions and more than $2.5 million in planned gifts have been pledged through the Campus Campaign by faculty, staff and emeriti. In a letter to the campus community, 2005-06 Campus Campaign co-chairs Marty Wood and Mary Ellen Alea thank friends and colleagues for the generous response from more than 360 faculty and staff members during "Keeping the Promise," this year's Campus Campaign. Read their letter to faculty and staff. Go to top of page

Fall 2006 Class Schedule now available online
UW-Eau Claire's Fall 2006 Class Schedule is now available on the Web and through the Blugold Insider (under "Administrative Resources"). Also access the schedule by going to the "Quick Links" pulldown at the top of the UW-Eau Claire homepage and choosing "Class Schedule." Note that a regularly updated, printable schedule is available in both Microsoft Word and PDF formats. Go to top of page

Women's History Month kicks off this week
In recognition of Women's History Month, UW-Eau Claire will host events to highlight women of yesterday, today and tomorrow throughout the month of March. The events are sponsored by a variety of university organizations and coordinated through the UW-Eau Claire Commission on the Status of Women.

Reanae McNeal
Reanae McNeal

Reanae McNeal, an inspirational speaker and award-winning playwright who challenges her audience to overcome obstacles, will be a featured guest for several first-week Women's History Month activities. She will present a brown bag lunch presentation, "The Women Gathered," at noon Friday, March 3, and will present her one-woman play "Don't Take My Mother's Name in Vain" at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Schofield Auditorium. The play tells the story of rape and sexual assault of African American women through eight character sketches, dance, blues and spiritual songs. McNeal also will be the keynote speaker at the 11th annual UW System Women of Color in Education Awards Luncheon at UW-Eau Claire Saturday, March 4. Reservations are required for the awards luncheon, which begins at 11:30 a.m. See listing of all first-week Women's History Month events. Go to top of page

Maori dance troupe to perform March 6
Kahurangi performersKahurangi Maori Dance Theatre of New Zealand will perform at UW-Eau Claire Monday, March 6. The Artists Series presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena. The performers provide "an engaging window into both the warlike and peaceable customs of the Maori people," wrote Canada's National Post. The only professional Maori dance company touring North America, Kahurangi is a cultural, educational and employment program that encourages cultural understanding among people of all nations. Each year some 20 young Maori men and women travel to more than 1,500 schools, festivals and theaters throughout New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United States, inspiring cultural development, understanding and community service. Full story. Go to top of page

Faculty, staff can attend work-life videoconference

Ellen Bravo
Ellen Bravo

All UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff are invited to attend an interactive videoconference that will focus on integrating work and personal time. The presentation is slated for noon-1 p.m. March 8 in OL 1132. The free videoconference will include faculty and staff attending at videoconference sites throughout the UW System. No registration is required. The session will feature Ellen Bravo, UW-Milwaukee professor and former executive director of 9to5, the National Association of Working Women, who will give a presentation titled "Tear Down the Maternal Wall by Redesigning the Building." Her presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Full story. Go to top of page

Students offer children's foreign language classes
UW-Eau Claire students in the Curriculum and Instruction 437 class will offer exploratory French, German and Spanish classes for children in grades 1-5. The classes are free and will meet on Thursdays from 4:10 to 4:50 p.m. in Hibbard Humanities Hall beginning March 16 and ending May 11. No classes will be held March 23 due to spring break. To enroll children in the classes, call the department of foreign languages, (715) 836-4287, by Monday, March 6. For additional information, contact Paul Hoff at hoffpj@uwec.edu or (715) 836-4437. Go to top of page

Scenes from Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon
More than 370 faculty, staff and emeriti attended the fifth annual Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon on Feb. 17. See photos below of some who attended the event hosted by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Missed this year's event? Mark your calendar and plan to attend the sixth annual Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon on Feb. 23, 2007.

Photos by Rick Mickelson, LTS

Jim Olinger Sharon Nergaard and Julie Carr
Jim Olinger, Facilities Planning and Management, finds the luncheon buffet to his liking.
Sharon Nergaard, University Centers and Programs, enjoys good food and conversation with colleagues, including Julie Carr (back to camera).
Sean Pitzer and Mike Rindo Harry Jol, Garry Running and Paul Kaldjian
Sean Pitzer, development, assists Mike Rindo, University Communications, as he draws names for door prizes. Thirty faculty and staff members were lucky winners at the event.

Left to right: Geography and anthropology faculty Harry Jol, Garry Running and Paul Kaldjian (a.k.a. "The Woodshed Boys") were all smiles for the camera.

Cliff Billingsley at the piano Diane Bilderback and Jan Sloan
UW-Eau Claire music major David Billingsley provided background music.

Diane Bilderback, left, and Jan Sloan, both from Student Development and Diversity, make their way through the buffet line.

English faculty members and 2006 Campus Campaign chairs Marty Wood and Mary Ellen Alea had plenty to be happy about knowing many faculty, staff and emeriti have accepted their invitation to participate in this year's campaign. Read their letter of appreciation to those who have made contributions and pledges. Go to top of page

 


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