Vol. 53, No. 5Fifth Week • Fall Semester • Sept. 19, 2005

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Rebecca Matter receives advising excellence award

Chris Lind to retire; interim position announced

Emam and Friends to open Artists Series

Joseph Picconatto heads University Bookstore

Gift memorializes alumna's persistence, spirit

Faculty and staff can reconnect with former students at Alumni Association events

More campus Web sites convert to new design

Campus hosts successful Day of Caring

UW System publishes newsletter from Institute on Race and Ethnicity


Rebecca Matter receives advising excellence award
Rebecca MatterRebecca Matter, an academic adviser in Advising and New Student Initiatives at UW-Eau Claire, is the recipient of the 2005 Advising Excellence Award from the Wisconsin Academic Advising Association. The award, which Matter will receive during a Sept. 21-22 WACADA conference in Sheboygan, recognizes her interpersonal skills and caring attitude toward advisees, as well as her willingness to initiate and support advising programs that benefit students. An adviser at UW-Eau Claire for five years, Matter works primarily with students who have not yet declared a major, but her services are available to all students. Full story. Go to top of page

Chris Lind to retire; interim position announced
Dr. Chris Lind has announced his retirement as the assistant vice chancellor and director of the Center of Excellence for Faculty/
Student Research Collaboration
effective Feb. 1, 2006. A search and screen committee will be formed soon to find a permanent replacement for Dr. Lind. It is anticipated that Dr. Lind’s successor will start no later than July 1, 2006.

In the meantime, Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor Steven Tallant will appoint an interim assistant vice chancellor. As a result, the Office of Academic Affairs requests letters of application from faculty and academic staff interested in serving as interim assistant vice chancellor and director of the Center of Excellence for Faculty/Student Research Collaboration. The interim position will begin on a part-time basis Nov. 1, 2005. Effective Jan. 1, 2006, the position will be full time until a permanent assistant vice chancellor is hired. The interim assistant vice chancellor will be eligible to apply for the permanent position. See position responsibilities and application information. Go to top of page

Emam and Friends to open Artists Series
Emam of Emam and FriendsEmam and Friends — a "virtual United Nations of an ensemble [that] has created some of the freshest, most entertaining and accessible World Fusion music ever" (Awareness Magazine) — will open UW-Eau Claire's Artists Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in Zorn Arena. The deliberately eclectic amalgam of people and musical heritages brought together by Emam combines elements from Indian, Turkish, Macedonian, Spanish and Eastern European folk idioms with jazz, rock and new age music. The concert will be preceded by a World Music for World Peace season opener celebration on the Central Campus Mall from 6 to 7 p.m. International foods will be sold at the outdoor event, which is sponsored in conjunction with the Student Life and Diversity Commission of the Student Senate. Full story. Go to top of page

Joseph Picconatto heads University Bookstore
Barnes & Noble College Booksellers has appointed Joseph Picconatto as the new director of UW-Eau Claire's University Bookstore. Previous to this appointment, Picconatto oversaw a three-store network at Riverside Community College in Riverside, Calif. He has held management positions on several campuses including the College of St. Scholastic in Duluth, Minn., the University of Portland in Portland, Ore., and the Seattle Community College network in Seattle. Picconatto is a native of Minnesota and holds a bachelor's degree from UW-Superior and a master's degree from Iowa State University.

Camille Weixel, previous University Bookstore director, is pursuing new career opportunities with Barnes & Noble College Booksellers. Go to top of page

Gift memorializes alumna's persistence, spirit

Emil and Patricia Rinaldi
Emil and Patricia Rinaldi
(contributed photo)

The determined spirit of a successful teacher and businesswoman who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1969 is being memorialized by her husband through the creation of a scholarship in her name. Patricia Arts Rinaldi, who began her UW-Eau Claire college career at age 37 and earned a bachelor's degree in business education, died of cancer in 1999. Her husband, Emil Rinaldi, has endowed a fund through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to create the annual Patricia Arts Rinaldi Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding education major who graduated from a Wisconsin high school and demonstrates a passion for setting goals and persisting, sometimes through obstacles, on the path toward reaching a dream. Full story. Go to top of page

Faculty and staff can reconnect with former students at Alumni Association events

Susan (Kuehn) Schwarm '87 and Kyle Schwarm '85 were among 45 alumni and their guests who enjoyed the Alumni Association's riveryacht cruise on Madison's Lake Mendota in June.

Throughout the year, the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association hosts events — on campus and throughout the nation in places where alumni live and work — that keep Blugold alumni connected to each other and to their alma mater. University faculty and staff members have found these events a great way to reconnect with former students. Upcoming events include:

  • the Frank Wrigglesworth Memorial Blugold Alumni Golf Invite (Sept. 24)
  • UW Day with the Minnesota Twins (where the UW-Eau Claire Singing Statesmen will perform the national anthem before the Twins play the Detroit Tigers) (Oct. 1)
  • a reception for education alumni at Boston's Restaurant and Sports Bar in Eau Claire (Oct. 13)
  • the Walker Open golf outing (Oct. 14)
  • Homecoming 2005 (Oct. 14-15).

Find more information in the online Alumni Events Calendar, and check the calendar regularly for new events in the works. Go to top of page

More campus Web sites convert to new design

Registrar's Office homepage image
The Registrar's Office is among university departments and units that have redesigned their Web sites using the new campus Web site design templates. See a listing of other sites that have made the changeover.

A growing number of UW-Eau Claire departments and units are updating their Web sites using the new campus Web site design templates, creating a look for their sites that is consistent with the design of the university's top-level Web pages. Some of the redesigned sites are listed on the Web Development Services site.

There are many benefits to be gained from the use of the templates, including:

  • Giving a sense of consistency across different sites.
  • Making it easy to create and update sites — the basic design framework and style is already there for you.
  • Allowing for an easy transition to future Web publishing systems.
  • Using Web standards to help ensure accessibility and cross browser compatibility.
  • Using style sheets for design and output flexibility.

For more information, see Web Development Services' frequently asked questions page or contact the Web coordinator at web@uwec.edu. Go to top of page

Campus hosts successful Day of Caring

Don Christian in dunk tank
Don Christian, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, braved the dunk tank for a good cause during UW-Eau Claire's Day of Caring event Sept. 16. Below, DeAnne Swenson of the News Bureau served ice cream to students. (UW-Eau Claire News Bureau photos)
DeAnne Swenson serving ice cream

UW-Eau Claire's United Way "Day of Caring" activities brought in $761 (to date) as well as a barrel full of school supplies for area students. The Sept. 16 event to benefit United Way of Greater Eau Claire included a dunk tank, marshmallow golf, ice cream cones and a theme basket raffle.

It's not too late to get your name in to win one of the following baskets:

  • "Blugold" basket, Foundation;
  • "Some Beach, Some Where" basket, Human Resources;
  • "Find It All at Your Library" basket, McIntyre Library;
  • "Taste of Italy" basket, News Bureau;
  • "Picnic Party" basket, Student Development and Diversity;
  • "'Just Like Heaven' Movie" basket, Publications Office;
  • "M is for _________" basket, Accounts Payable;
  • "Chocolate Factory" basket, University Centers and Programs;
  • "Go Packers!" basket, Career Services; and
  • "Bouncin' Blugold Baby" basket, Advising/New Student Initiatives.

Raffle tickets are one for $1 or six for $5. Stop by the respective departments/offices to buy your tickets or look for the baskets in Davies Center Sept. 29-30. The drawing will be held Sept. 30. Go to top of page

UW System publishes newsletter from Institute
on Race and Ethnicity
race/ethnicity graphicThe UW System Institute on Race and Ethnicity, which serves as a catalyst for scholarly research and curricular innovation in racial/ethnic studies, has published its September 2005 e-newsletter to publicize the availability of the institute's services to all UW System campuses. Read the most recent issue of the institute's E-Bulletin. Go to top of page


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Published weekly during the fall and spring semesters by the UW-Eau Claire News Bureau. News items and notices should be sent to the News Bureau, Schofield 201, by 10 a.m. Monday for publication in the following week’s issue. E-mail submissions to Julie Poquette at poquetjm@uwec.edu are encouraged. Faculty/staff news items are published on a space-available basis.

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Julie Poquette, Editor, UW-Eau Claire News Bureau, Schofield 201, (715) 836-4741
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