Vol. 53, No. 10Tenth Week • Fall Semester • Oct. 24, 2005

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Atherton memorial service is at 5 p.m. Wednesday

Havholm named interim assistant vice chancellor

Christopherson retires after 28 years of service

Women-in-science proposal receives NSF funding

Turtinen publishes antifungal drug research

Travel regulation information sessions scheduled

Book festival readings to be in Schofield Hall

Faculty, staff receive new Blugold Cards this week

Reminder: Dual Choice enrollment ends Oct. 28

'Common Ground'' photo exhibit feature image

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Atherton memorial service is 5 p.m. Wednesday

Branden Atherton
Branden Atherton

A memorial service will be held at UW-Eau Claire Wednesday, Oct. 26, for Branden Atherton, 24, the UW-Eau Claire senior music education major killed along with four others in the Oct. 16 collision of a bus carrying Chippewa Falls High School marching band members, teachers, chaperones and family members. The service will be at 5 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall in the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Several UW-Eau Claire students also were injured in the crash. The following news articles quote UW-Eau Claire faculty and students as they talk about the impact of losing Atherton and about coping with the tragedy:

A Chippewa Falls High School band parent also maintains a Web page with information about funeral and memorial services, obituaries, memorial scholarship details, condition reports on those injured in the crash, online guestbook links and an archive of photos and articles related to the tragedy. Go to top of page

Havholm named interim assistant vice chancellor
Dr. Karen HavholmDr. Karen Havholm, professor of geology, has been named interim assistant vice chancellor and director of UW-Eau Claire's Center of Excellence for Faculty/Student Research Collaboration. Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor Steve Tallant selected Havholm following an internal search and screen process.

"Faculty-student collaborative research is one of the best educational tools we have," Havholm said. "I am looking forward to taking on the role of advocate for faculty, staff and students engaged in scholarship."

Havholm, who joined UW-Eau Claire in 1993, will succeed Dr. Christopher Lind upon his retirement in February 2006. In the meantime, Havholm will begin working with Lind to ensure a smooth transition. “Karen Havholm has an impressive publication and research record,” Tallant said. “She also has successfully secured a number of external grants and has been an active participant in faculty-student undergraduate collaborative research.”

Havholm received her bachelor of arts degree in geology from The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio, and her master’s degree and doctorate in geology from the University of Texas at Austin. At UW-Eau Claire, Havholm has worked on faculty-student research collaborations that have won awards at the regional and national levels, and she is active with the National Association of Geoscience Teachers as vice president and as chair of its distinguished speakers program. Go to top of page

Christopherson retires after 28 years of service
Patricia ChristophersonPatricia Christopherson, associate dean of the UW-Eau Claire College of Education and Human Sciences and a professor of social work, retired Oct. 19 after 28 years of service to the university. While she had initially planned to retire in January 2006, those plans were changed due to an illness in her family. Christopherson joined the social work department in 1977. From 1990 to 1994 she served as the department's director of internships, and from 1993 to 1996 she was chair of the department. She also worked as a clinical social worker in UW-Eau Claire Counseling Services for several semesters. She was appointed acting associate dean of the school of Human Sciences and Services in 1999, and following the fall 2004 reorganization of schools and colleges at UW-Eau Claire, she was named associate dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences.

In addition to serving on numerous university committees, Christopherson has been a member of the Wisconsin Department of Justice Task Force on Children in Need and the planning committee of the Council of Social Work Annual Program Committee, and she has been the newsletter editor for the Wisconsin Council on Social Work Education. She also served as a consultant to Medical Educational Services Inc., which conducts seminars nationally for lawyers, social workers, nurses and other professionals. Recently, she has been active in the development and funding for the Community Based Service Training Partnership, which has provided continuing education for social workers in northern and eastern Wisconsin counties.

Christopherson earned her undergraduate degree in sociology and psychology from UW-River Falls and subsequently conducted research at the University of Oslo in Norway under the auspices of a Fulbright Hays research grant. She later earned master's degrees in sociology and social work from UW-Madison.

A search is under way for a person to fill the vacant associate dean position, said Steve Tallant, UW-Eau Claire interim provost and vice chancellor. Go to top of page

Women-in-science proposal receives NSF funding

UW-Eau Claire female chemistry student in lab
Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS

A proposal from investigators at UW-Eau Claire, UW-Oshkosh and UW-Green Bay to increase the participation of women in science has been funded by the National Science Foundation. Marc Goulet, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of mathematics, along with Susie Sandrin, director of the UW System Women and Science Program, and Heidi Fencl, associate professor of physics at UW-Green Bay, have received a $199,891 NSF grant for "Wisconsin Women in Science, Technology and Engineering." The grant will run from January 2006 through December 2007. Full story. Go to top of page

Turtinen publishes antifungal drug research
Dr. Lloyd TurtinenLloyd Turtinen, UW-Eau Claire professor of biology, recently published details of research that may lead to a better understanding of the human immune system, as well as the development of improved antifungal antibiotics to treat the kinds of infections that plague organ transplant recipients, cancer patients receiving chemotherapy and people dealing with immune system disorders such as AIDS. Turtinen, colleagues and students at UW-Eau Claire have been working for years on research related to understanding how to make antifungal drugs that are both highly effective and less toxic. Prior attempts to decrease the toxicity of these drugs often have led to a corresponding decrease in their effectiveness. Full story. Go to top of page

Travel regulation information sessions scheduled
UW-Eau Claire Business Services will hold information sessions regarding new state-mandated travel policies and regulations on Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 2-4 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 27, from 9-11 a.m. Both sessions will be in Schofield Auditorium.

Agenda items to be covered at the sessions include:

  • Which credit card is right for you? Corporate travel credit card, procurement travel card or both
  • DOA minimum driving standards
  • Multiple/partial funding of travel expenses
  • Incidental charges
  • In-state/out-of-state lodging
  • Rental vehicles
  • Travel agencies/air travel
  • Student travel

Faculty and staff will have the opportunity to ask questions during the sessions. For more information contact Vickie Gardner, accounts payable manager, at 836-4528 or gardnevl@uwec.edu. Go to top of page

Book festival readings to be in Schofield Hall
Chippewa Valley Book Festival logoFour Midwestern authors, including a UW-Eau Claire faculty member and an alumna, will give readings on campus Friday, Oct. 28, in Schofield Auditorium as part of the sixth annual Chippewa Valley Book Festival. Bruce Taylor, UW-Eau Claire professor of English, and Charles Baxter will read at 5 p.m. Denise Sweet, UW-Eau Claire alumna and Wisconsin's poet laureate, and Bruce Weigl will read at 8 p.m. Between readings, a dinner with the authors will take place in the Dulany Inn, Davies Center. Tickets for the dinner are $15.50 and must be reserved in advance by calling 836-2787. The Chippewa Valley Book Festival, which runs Oct. 27-30, is coordinated by the Literary Arts Committee of the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council in cooperation with the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, the Chippewa Valley Museum and UW-Eau Claire. More information. Go to top of page

Faculty, staff receive new Blugold Cards this week
Get your new Blugold CardUW-Eau Claire faculty and staff are reminded to obtain their new Blugold Cards today through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Willow Lounge, Davies Center. Blugold Cards currently in use will be inactive as of Oct. 31. The new official photo identification cards will be issued at no charge.

New Blugold Cards are being produced for all ID card holders at the expense of U.S. Bank, which entered into a partnership with the university after a competitive bidding process initiated at the urging of the Student Senate last year. The new Blugold Card offers additional features including the optional use of the card as an ATM card or a PIN-based debit card. UW-Eau Claire students received their new Blugold Cards in August and September.

Faculty and staff members should bring their current Blugold Cards or photo identification to receive a new Blugold Card. Those who cannot visit Willow Lounge during the times indicated can obtain a new card at the Blugold Card Office, Davies 156, at their convenience. The Blugold Card is administered by University Centers and Programs. For more information contact the Service Center, 836-4070. Go to top of page

Reminder: Dual Choice enrollment ends Oct. 28
UW-Eau Claire employees enrolled in one of the state group health insurance plans have through this Friday, Oct. 28, to change from one health insurance carrier to another or to add eligible family members who are not currently covered. See a chart listing the available health insurance carriers, premiums, and tier levels for 2006. Also see a summary of new information on specific health care plans. The “It’s Your Choice” book distributed via campus mail earlier this month contains complete information on the employee health insurance program. The book also is available online in versions both for state of Wisconsin employees and annuitants. More information also is available in the Human Resources online newsletter. Go to top of page

'Common Ground' photo exhibit feature image:
Flores captures essence of urban peace rally

Liz Flores photo of young boy at Milwaukee peace rally
This 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 alumna Liz Flores '95 provided this background about her photo: "The Milwaukee neighborhood where I took this photo had suffered through a really bad week, four homicides, so they decided to hold a peace rally. At the rally people were trying hard to be positive. There were speeches, people having fun, kids playing, but I was having trouble seeing anything that really said 'peace' to me or showed why a Milwaukee neighborhood would have a peace rally. All of sudden this little boy ran by and I knew I had my picture, so I followed him through the crowd. I think this image best summed up the emotions of the day." More information on the exhibit. Go to top of page

Around campus

Taylor 2 dancer leading master class
A member of the dance troupe Taylor 2 led a master class at UW-Eau Claire Oct. 20. Taylor 2 performed on campus that evening as part of the university's Artists Series. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS)
Alumna Ann Thornburg meeting with female accounting students
Ann Gunderson Thornburg, a 1971 UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate who is now a national leader at global accounting and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, met with female accounting majors during an Oct. 13 visit to UW-Eau Claire. She discussed such issues as preparing for job interviews, how to approach a big four accounting firm, successfully launching a career and her thoughts on today's status of the accounting profession. Thornburg is featured in the cover story in the fall 2005 issue of The View, UW-Eau Claire's print magazine for alumni and friends. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS)


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