Vol. 53, No. 1 • First Week • Fall Semester • Aug. 22, 2005
| Academic year starts this week for faculty, staff
Today marks the official opening of the 2005-06 academic year at UW-Eau Claire. Following are some of the meetings and events scheduled before the first day of classes Sept. 6. Read the full calendar for the opening of the academic year.
UW-Eau Claire places high in U.S. News rankings
Kinesiology faculty member Jeff Oliphant dies
Oliphant, 45, joined UW-Eau Claire in August 1989. Under his leadership, the athletic training program thrived, and in May 2002 the UW System Board of Regents granted approval for UW-Eau Claire to offer a bachelor of science degree in athletic training. In fall 2004, the athletic training program was granted accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
In April 2005, Oliphant became the youngest person ever selected for the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame. Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor a WATA member can receive from the organization.
Oliphant also received a 2005 Over and Above Award from the National Athletic Trainers' Association's College/University Athletic Training Committee. The award recognizes outstanding service to the athletic training profession and the National Athletic Trainers' Association at the college and university Division III level. Candidates for the award must have held the certified athletic trainer credential for at least 15 years. Oliphant served as UW-Eau Claire head athletic trainer from 1989-2002.
Oliphant is survived by his wife, Ruth; son, Zachary, a UW-Eau Claire freshman; and daughter, Jessica. Funeral services for Oliphant were held Monday, Aug. 15, in Eau Claire. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in care of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation for the Jeff Oliphant Scholarship Fund. Full obituary.
New 2005 faculty/academic staff appointments, recent promotions and grants of tenure
Campus receives $2.4 million GearUp grant
If Patti See were to write a "what I did last summer" essay, it would read like no one else's across the UW-Eau Claire campus. On July 26 See, senior student services coordinator in UW-Eau Claire's Academic Skills Center, donated one of her kidneys to a stranger at Fairview University Medical Center in Minneapolis. After learning about the need for nondirected kidney donors (donors who do not know and may never meet their recipients, as distinguished from directed donors, who are known by or respond to an ad placed by their recipients), See was prompted to take the steps necessary to become the 33rd nondirected donor accepted into Fairview’s kidney transplant program. See initially was moved by a local news story of a woman who placed an ad seeking a kidney when none of her family members could serve as donors. While See's blood type wasn't a match in that case, she continued to explore the idea of becoming a donor. "Research shifted my central question from 'Why should I donate?' to 'How could I not?'" See wrote in an e-mail 12 days after her surgery. She returns to campus today, four weeks after the surgery, in time for the start of the academic year. "This donation essentially cost me three days of my time so someone else can live," she wrote. Read an Aug. 21 Leader-Telegram article and listen to a Wisconsin Public Radio news story about See's experience.
Several UW-Eau Claire publications recently were recognized in the University Photographers Association of America 2005 publication competition. Publication awards are presented for the best use of photography in university and/or college publications.
UW-Eau Claire took third place and an honorable mention in the viewbook category. University viewbooks are general distribution publications sent to provide information to prospective students.
The third place award went to UW-Eau Claire's viewbook and search piece, two publications designed to work together under the title "It Begins with You." The pieces were designed by senior publications artist Sheila Pederson, with senior editor Ann Hoffman.
The honorable mention was awarded to UW-Eau Claire's housing book, "Living and Learning," designed by publications artist Ansel Brooks.
UW-Eau Claire also was awarded an honorable mention in the Poster category for its women's basketball team poster, also designed by Brooks.
UW-Eau Claire's McIntyre Library presents "Faces from Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico, 1971," a double show of color and black and white photography by Nile Ostenso, a 1971 UW-Eau Claire geology alumnus. The show, held in the library’s Grand Corridor, opens today and runs through Sept. 30. The photos on the exhibit were taken during a monthlong drive through Central America in 1971. The exhibit is presented in celebration of national Hispanic Heritage Month.
United Way news: UW-Eau Claire campaign
"Day of Caring" — Plan on attending UW-Eau Claire's United Way "Day of Caring" Friday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall. Once again there will be a number of fun-filled (and fundraising) activities. You'll find ice cream cones, a dunk tank, marshmallow golf, music, school supply donation barrels and a theme basket raffle. For more information and/or to volunteer, contact Barb Bowers, Human Resources, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 836-3871.
Theme baskets — The UW-Eau Claire United Way campaign again includes an opportunity for university departments, offices and units to create theme baskets for a raffle to benefit United Way of Greater Eau Claire and its member agencies. Interested? Just follow these simple steps:
UW-Eau Claire track and field standout Stephanie Barnes and the Blugold football team are featured in the September issue of the statewide magazine Inside Wisconsin Sports. Barnes, the 2005 WIAC indoor pole vault champion, came back to win the title after recovering from a fracture in her back as well as other injuries. The UW-Eau Claire junior also placed third at the NCAA indoor nationals and won the gold medal at this year’s national outdoor meet after a three-way jump off. The football team will be included in a preseason look at all of Wisconsin’s Division III teams. Coming off a 7-3 season, the Blugolds must overcome heavy player turnover. Notable returning players include senior Joe Gast, who finished second in the WIAC in rushing touchdowns last fall, and First Team All-Conference cornerback Derek Sikora.
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