Vol. 53, No. 1First Week • Fall Semester • Aug. 22, 2005

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Academic year starts this week for faculty, staff

UW-Eau Claire places high in U.S. News rankings

Kinesiology faculty member Jeff Oliphant dies

New 2005 faculty/academic staff appointments, recent promotions and grants of tenure

Campus receives $2.4 million GearUp grant

Staff member becomes nondirected kidney donor

University publications get national recognition

Exhibit to feature photos by UW-Eau Claire alumnus

United Way news

Track and field standout, football team to be featured in statewide sports magazine

Highlights from Summer Bulletin

  Fall shot of Schofield HallAcademic 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.
  1. the opening meeting of the faculty and academic staff from 8:30-10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, in Schofield Auditorium (see agenda);
  2. the interim chancellor's opening meetings with classified staff from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, in the Tamarack Room in Davies Center and from 8-9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, in the Presidents Room in Davies Center; and
  3. "Gettin' in the Groove," an informal evening of food, music and dancing for all members of the university community sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. Go to top of page

Calendar links
The following UW-Eau Claire academic calendars are available online:
 2005-06 Opening of the Academic Year Calendar
2005-06 and 2006-07 Academic Year Calendars

UW-Eau Claire places high in U.S. News rankings
U.S. News Best Colleges logoU.S. News & World Report magazine has again recognized UW-Eau Claire as one of the best public regional universities in the Midwest, and it again named UW-Eau Claire's undergraduate research program as one of the best in America. The 2006 rankings place UW-Eau Claire at No. 5 among top regional public universities and 26th among all private and public institutions in the Midwest, a region that includes schools in 12 states stretching from the Dakotas in the west to Missouri in the south to Ohio in the east. "The U.S. News & World Report rankings are extremely competitive, so it's satisfying to see that UW-Eau Claire has been near the top of the list every year for more than a decade," said Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson. "Our faculty and staff deserve a great deal of credit for helping to build and maintain UW-Eau Claire's national reputation for excellence." Full story. Go to top of page

Kinesiology faculty member Jeff Oliphant dies
Jeff OliphantJeff Oliphant, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of kinesiology and director of the athletic training education program, died Friday, Aug. 12, at his home in Eau Claire.

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. Go to top of page

New 2005 faculty/academic staff appointments, recent promotions and grants of tenure
Click here to find out who's new on campus among faculty and academic staff. Also see faculty and academic staff promotions and tenure designations. Go to top of page

Campus receives $2.4 million GearUp grant
GearUp logoMore than 500 students at four northern Wisconsin schools will get new resources and encouragement to help them pursue a post-secondary education thanks to a $2.4 million federal grant awarded earlier this month to UW-Eau Claire. About $410,000 will be awarded annually for six years under the GearUp Partnership Grant awarded by the federal Department of Education. UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stout collaborated to develop the grant proposal, which focuses on strengthening schools and providing opportunities to 513 low-income students in grades three through seven attending the Winter Public Schools, the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School, Menominee Tribal School and schools in the Menominee Indian School District. About 75 percent of the students attending the targeted schools are Native Americans. Full story. Go to top of page

Staff member becomes nondirected kidney donor

Patti See
Patti See (Photo by Dan Reiland, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram)

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. Go to top of page

University publications get national recognition

UW-Eau Claire viewbook cover
Blugold women's basketball poster
UW-Eau Claire's 2004-05 viewbook, top, and women's basketball poster were among several of the university's publications recognized in the University Photographers Association of America 2005 publication competition.

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.

Rick Mickelson, photographer and photo/graphics coordinator in Learning and Technology Services, took the majority of the photos in the winning pieces. Go to top of page

Exhibit to feature photos by UW-Eau Claire alumnus

photo by Nile Ostenso
"Cinco Alumnos" is one of the photos by alumnus Nile Ostenso to be shown in a McIntyre Library exhibit today through Sept. 30.

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. Go to top of page

United Way news: UW-Eau Claire campaign
to include 'Day of Caring,' theme basket raffle

UW-Eau Claire's United Way/State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) Committee announces the following upcoming events to benefit the United Way of Greater Eau Claire:

ice cream booth at 2004 Day of Caring"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 bowersba@uwec.edu or 836-3871.

basket from 2004 theme basket raffleTheme 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:

  • Determine what type of theme basket you would like to create. (Note: “Basket” is a catch-all word — you could use a bucket for a car wash theme or a large ceramic bowl for a popcorn theme.)
  • Ask members of your department, office or unit to donate items to create the theme basket.
  • Contact Barb Bowers at bowersba@uwec.edu or 836-3871 to request raffle tickets and to let her know what theme basket your group is creating.
  • Display the basket in your area and sell raffle tickets to anyone and everyone. Tickets are one for $1 or six for $5.
  • Get going — and watch the University Bulletin for more information about this and other United Way/SECC campaign activities. Go to top of page

Track and field standout, football team
to be featured in statewide sports magazine

Stephanie Barnes Blugold football players
Stephanie Barnes
Blugold football players (Photo by Rick Mickelson, Learning and Technology Services)

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. Go to top of page

Highlights from Summer Bulletin
For faculty and staff who were away from campus during the summer, below are links to some of the stories that appeared in the 2005 Summer Bulletin. To take a look at all the campus news and events featured in the Summer Bulletin, go to the past issues section.

Chemistry professors to patent fluorescent probes
C. Kate Hale to begin interim affirmative action post
George Kroeninger is Continuing Education director
Federal grant funds initiative to reduce students' high-risk drinking
NATA honors Jeff Oliphant's outstanding service
UW-Eau Claire, CVTC team up to provide senior dental exams in area care facilities
Zwygart-Stauffacher named associate dean of College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Myers is director of educational access programs
New equipment in geology department to benefit undergraduate researchers, area businesses
Chancellor search Web site goes live
'Wish lists' help departments, programs communicate needs
Lawton announces governor's budget vetoes at campus news conference
Susan Turell receives national award for work to end sexual violence
Eckardt, Evans assume duties as CIO, Blugold Fellow program coordinator
Blugolds name new men's golf, hockey coaches
Hill reopens after riverbank project completion
July 23 storm leaves damage Go to top of page


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