Vol. 53, No. 8Eighth Week • Fall Semester • Oct. 10, 2005

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Homecoming Week begins at UW-Eau Claire

Dual Choice enrollment starts today

Larson to discuss issues with faculty and staff

Regents approve updates to UW personnel policies

ENPH alumni control health risks in nation's crises

Matching gift makes physics and astronomy fund possible

Migration project team holds information sessions

Child obesity expert to speak on campus

Hall of Fame/Super Six Award banquet to honor former, current Blugold greats

Alumni photo exhibit feature image

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Homecoming Week begins at UW-Eau Claire

Student Blugold fans at Homecoming 2004 football game
Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS

Thousands of UW-Eau Claire alumni, students, faculty, staff and community members will join in the Oct. 10-15 celebration of Homecoming 2005, themed "Battle of the Blues: Burn, Baby, Burn!" Events for both students and alumni are planned throughout the week, culminating on Saturday in the traditional 10 a.m. Homecoming parade, the 11 a.m. Blugold Fever Fest in Carson Park (featuring tailgate cuisine, beverages and the music of the Blugold Marching Band) and the 1 p.m. Blugolds vs. UW-Stout Blue Devils football game. The fun will continue for alumni with the "Disco Fever — Blugold Style" postgame celebration back on campus at 4 p.m. in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center. Full story.

UW-Eau Claire encourages responsible drinking during Homecoming 2005 festivities. Go to top of page

Dual Choice enrollment starts today
Each year employees enrolled in one of the state group health insurance plans have the opportunity to change from one health insurance carrier to another or to add eligible family members who are not currently covered. This year, the Dual Choice enrollment period is Oct. 10-28. The effective date of any change is Jan. 1, 2006. Dual Choice booklets were distributed in campus mail Oct. 7 to everyone who is enrolled in a health insurance plan. A benefits fair will be Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. Several changes taking place in 2006 could affect UW-Eau Claire employees. Insurance vendors will be available at the benefits fair to answer questions. For additional
information on Dual Choice enrollment and other insurance open enrollments, see the Human Resources online newsletter. Go to top of page

Larson to discuss issues with faculty and staff

Vicki Lord Larson

UW-Eau Claire's Chancellor's Advisory Commission on the Status of Women is sponsoring a conversation and dialog with Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson today from 3-4 p.m. in the Presidents Room of Davies Center. Building community, the campus climate and gender issues will be among the conversation topics, and faculty and staff are invited to bring their ideas for discussion. Go to top of page

Regents approve updates to UW personnel policies
UW System logoAs part of addressing employment policies and practices within the UW System, the system's Board of Regents on Oct. 7 approved a resolution that will require UW System employees to provide a health professional’s certification when taking more than five days of sick leave. The board also approved seven measures recommended by UW System President Kevin Reilly to strengthen audit-related reporting relationships in the UW System. Those included officially designating the board’s Business and Finance Committee as the audit committee of the Board of Regents, and designating the vice chair of the committee as the audit liaison. The board also will ensure that UW auditors are guaranteed unfettered access to the board and/or the president.

In other business, the regents:

  • approved a name change to reflect a broader mission for the UW Medical School. The UW-Madison school will be called the School of Medicine and Public Health effective Nov. 11, pending regent review of a report on collaborations with agencies in the Milwaukee area.
  • authorized an online master of business administration degree as a UW consortial degree, offered jointly by the business schools at UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh and UW-Parkside.
  • authorized revised faculty personnel rules related to the dismissal for cause policy at UW-Eau Claire.
  • presented Teaching Excellence Awards to two UW System professors and one academic department.

For full details, see the Day 1 and Day 2 news summaries from the Board of Regents' October meeting. Go to top of page

ENPH alumni control health risks in nation's crises

Environmental public health students on field trip
UW-Eau Claire environmental public health students take water samples during a class field trip. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS)

Graduates of UW-Eau Claire's environmental public health programs are making significant contributions in evaluating public health risks in several recent high-profile crises, including Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. "Graduates of our programs are extremely well-trained and knowledgeable," said Dr. Crispin Pierce, assistant professor of public health professions and coordinator of the ENPH programs. "If there is a major event that involves public health concerns, you're likely to find one of our graduates there offering their expertise." The National Environmental Health Association has recognized the quality of UW-Eau Claire's ENPH programs by granting them accreditation, Pierce said. Full story. Go to top of page

UW-Eau Claire physics and astronomy student
Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS

Matching gift makes physics
and astronomy fund possible
An anonymous $10,000 gift to UW-Eau Claire's physics and astronomy department would create a student opportunity fund to support student research projects, provided an additional $10,000 in matching funding is raised by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation by Dec. 31. "The opportunity fund would help students take classroom learning to a higher level by enabling them to pursue ambitious research projects, participate in study abroad experiences or explore a concept in more depth," said Dr. J. Erik Hendrickson, physics and astronomy department chair. "The matching fund gives us a brand new way for alumni and emeriti to strengthen and enhance the excellence of the department," Hendrickson said. "It will provide more and even better learning opportunities to our current and future students, and that will help us continue to recruit and retain the best and the brightest students." Full story. Go to top of page

Migration project team holds information sessions
The Administrative Systems Migration Steering Team will host information sessions on Thursday, Oct. 13, at noon and 3:30 p.m. in Room 2023B of McIntyre Library to (1) demonstrate the new online course searching and student advising applications and (2) update the university community, answer questions and obtain feedback on the current project involving the migration of administrative computing systems. Faculty and staff are invited to bring a lunch or snack.

The steering team is leading a project to convert the university's administration system, which provides access to such things as the Blugold system, transcripts, degree audits, accounting, billing and registration. The project will result in a modern, end-user friendly (including Web) interface to administrative information. All steering team minutes and agendas, members' contact information, and project documents are available online. Go to top of page

Childhood obesity expert to speak on campus
Dr. William KlishDr. William Klish, a 1963 UW-Eau Claire graduate and one of the nation's leading experts on childhood obesity, will be on campus Oct. 13 as part of the Marshfield Clinic Biological Sciences Speaker Series. Klish, who earned degrees in chemistry and biology from UW-Eau Claire in 1963, will give a presentation titled "Childhood obesity: A public health crisis." The free seminar will begin at 4 p.m. in Room 100 of Schneider Social Science Hall. Klish, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Medical School, is chief of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition service and head of the department of medicine at Texas Children's Hospital. He also serves as a professor of pediatrics and head of the pediatric gastroenterology at Baylor College of Medicine. Klish was among the medical professionals who appeared in the movie "Supersize Me." Full story. Go to top of page

Hall of Fame/Super Six Awards Banquet
to honor current, former Blugold greats

Athletics Six former Blugold athletes and UW-Eau Claire's former athletic training program director will be inducted into the Blugold Hall of Fame, and six current student athletes will be honored with the university's Super Six Award at a banquet Oct. 22 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Campus Area, Eau Claire. The 2005 Blugold Hall of Fame inductees will be Cheryl Dieckman, Dan Held, Amy Meisner, Jeff Oliphant, Dan Stack, Lee Weigel and Bob Wozniak. Full story. The 2005 Super Six Award recipients will be Becca Carstensen, Casey Drake, Matt Evensen, Katie Murphy, John Schuna and Jen Stafslien. Tickets, which cost $20, should be reserved by Oct. 14 by contacting the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association at (715) 836-3266 or alumni@uwec.edu. More information. See the athletics Web site for past Blugold Hall of Fame inductees and Super Six Award winners. Go to top of page

'Common Ground' photo exhibit feature image:
Shutter click captures moment in Rwanda

Rwandan woman portrait by David Joles '87

This untitled image is among those on exhibit through Oct. 27 during "Common Ground: The Photography of Tony Duran, Liz Flores, David Joles and John Noltner" in UW-Eau Claire's Foster Gallery. UW-Eau Claire alumnus David Joles '87 provided this background about his photo: "I took this photo in June on my second or third day in Rwanda, in the village of Maramba. Each day I would awake at about 5:30 a.m. and just explore the village. This woman was walking the main dirt road near the local beauty salon when I came upon her. She stopped, leaned on her walking stick, leaned into my lens, and just smiled. She did that for about a minute, laughed and walked on. It was a special moment for me and it seemed for her as well." More information on the exhibit. Go to top of page

Around campus

Jarod Leslie using drunk driving simulator
UW-Eau Claire senior Jarod Leslie tried out the drunken driving simulator set up in the east lobby of Davies Center last Tuesday during Alcohol Awareness Week. The simulator demonstrates to users the changes in their reaction times and motor skills while driving with blood alcohol content levels from zero to .34 percent. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS)


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