Vol. 53, No. 12Twelfth Week • Fall Semester • Nov. 7, 2005

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University reviews policies regarding RA activities

Grant gives geology students hands-on experience

Former Forest Service chief to speak Wednesday

NET announces
Nov. 9 open house

New York choreographer to visit campus this week

Typography exhibit opens in Foster Gallery

Award-winning chemistry alum to present seminar

Former soldier to discuss Israeli society

 

University reviews policies regarding RA activities
UW-Eau Claire is reviewing its longstanding policies and practices relating to prohibition of certain activities by resident assistants in their rooms and in the residence halls where they live.

Resident assistants are state employees and have supervisory authority over students in the residence halls in which they live. They are considered to be on duty whenever they are in their rooms or residence halls where they live. Resident assistants receive compensation in the form of room and board and a $675-per-semester stipend. Their room and residence hall in which they live is considered their place of employment.

Currently, as it has for many years, UW-Eau Claire prohibits resident assistants from organizing or leading certain religious activities (Christian or other), partisan political activities, other ideological activities and “selling party” events in their rooms or in the residence halls where they have supervisory authority over other students. They can organize and lead these types of activities at campus locations other than their rooms or residence halls where they live.

These restrictions apply only to resident assistants and only in their rooms or residence halls where they live. All other UW-Eau Claire students can organize or lead any of the activities in their rooms and residence halls as well as in other campus locations.

Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson received a letter from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) dated Oct. 10 questioning the university’s policy prohibiting resident assistants from leading religious study groups in their rooms or residence halls where they live. After receiving FIRE’s letter, Chancellor Larson initiated an internal review of UW-Eau Claire’s policies and practices, and she consulted with UW System legal counsel.

On Nov. 2, FIRE distributed to the news media and posted on its Web site a news release relating to UW-Eau Claire's policy. The news release generated numerous media inquiries and news stories. (See recent stories from the Spectator, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Associated Press.)

The university is currently gathering information and seeking advice from legal counsel to ensure UW-Eau Claire practices and policies comply with legal standards.

Information will be shared with the campus community when the review is completed and decisions regarding the policy are made. In the meantime, contact Mike Rindo, executive director of University Communications, at (715) 836-4742 or rindomj@uwec.edu with questions. Go to top of page

Grant gives geology students hands-on experience

Adam Kjos doing field work in British Columbia
UW-Eau Claire senior Adam Kjos collected rock samples over the summer during field work for a research project funded by a grant from the government of British Columbia. (Contributed photo)

A number of UW-Eau Claire geology students are spending the fall semester busily analyzing rock samples collected and brought back from the mountains of British Columbia thanks to a $310,000 grant (Canadian — approximately $260,000 American) from the government of British Columbia and the collaborative summer field work of several faculty members and students. Professor of geology J. Brian Mahoney proposed the research grant in collaboration with the University of British Columbia and the Geological Survey of Canada. The two-year grant is for bedrock mapping and associated geologic studies and mineral assessment along the Intermontane/Coast Belt Boundary of the Whitesail Lake map-area of British Columbia. According to Mahoney, the Geological Survey of Canada has established a working relationship with UW-Eau Claire because the geology department can offer them regional expertise, excellent on-campus analytical facilities, and the enthusiastic involvement of students. "We've demonstrated through long association that we're extremely good at what we do," said Mahoney, who estimates that a total of 7-9 students will ultimately be involved in work related to this two-year grant. Full story. Go to top of page

Former Forest Service chief to speak Wednesday
Dr. Michael DombeckDr. Michael Dombeck, former head of the U.S. Forest Service under President Clinton, will visit UW-Eau Claire Wednesday, Nov. 9, to give two presentations. Both are free and open to the public. At 3 p.m., Dombeck will present "Conservation Challenges for the 21st Century," in Room 007 of Phillips Science Hall. He will discuss his experiences as chief of the Forest Service and his opinions about current and future conservation challenges facing our nation. At 4:30 p.m., Dombeck will present "National Security: What's Missing Is Securing the Long-term Health of the Land," in Hibbard Hall, Room 100. He will once again speak about his experiences as chief of the Forest Service and about the important role natural resources play in national security. Full story. Go to top of page

NET announces Nov. 9 open house
NET logoUW-Eau Claire's Network for Excellence in Teaching (NET) invites the campus community to an open house Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. in the NET Center (Schofield 30/44). NET, a subunit of Learning and Technology Services, is a dedicated teaching-learning center that offers professional development opportunities for faculty and instructional academic staff. Faculty and staff can meet the NET staff and learn more about the center's programming, which includes one-to-one consultations, faculty learning communities, teaching-learning institutes, colloquia and special sessions by request. The following faculty members will give presentations during the open house: Mitra Sadeghpour, music and theatre arts, 10:15 a.m.; Lauren Likkel, physics and astronomy, 11:15 a.m.; La Vonne Cornell-Swanson, social work, 12:15 p.m.; and Doug Dunham, physics and astronomy, 1:15 p.m. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Linda Carpenter at carpenlj@uwec.edu or 836-2298.
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New York choreographer to visit campus this week
Barry BlumenfeldBarry Blumenfeld, a New York dancer/choreographer who has created an interesting mix of dance genres with his company, TAP FUSION, will present a residency Nov . 7-11 at UW-Eau Claire. The residency will expose UW-Eau Claire dance minors to a new way of thinking about choreography, introduce dance appreciation students to a working choreographer and to the idea of mixed genres, and provide an opportunity for the university community to experience a master class with a New York choreographer, said Toni Poll-Sorenson, UW-Eau Claire professor of music and theatre arts. Blumenfeld will teach Tap II and dance appreciation students as well as design choreography for the Concert Dance Company to be presented in their annual concert in the spring. Blumenfeld was a 2000 recipient of a Choreographers Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. He founded TAP FUSION in 1997 and has since choreographed more than a dozen works for the company which have been presented in New York, Florida, Maryland and Washington, D.C. He holds a master's degree in dance from American University and was recently inducted into the university’s Department of Performing Arts Hall of Fame. He currently is on the faculty of Friends Seminary School in Manhattan and is an adjunct professor at New York University. Go to top of page

Typography exhibit opens in Foster Gallery
A new exhibit, "Typesthetic: The Art of Typography," is on display in UW-Eau Claire's Foster Gallery through Nov. 23. In the exhibit, typography is used through a variety of styles and mediums as the basis for artistic expression, interpretation and communication. The exhibit, curated by Christos Theo, professor of art & design, will feature the work of Elliot Earls, Sybille Hagmann, Bill Moran and Tiit Raid. Full story. Go to top of page

Award-winning chemistry alum to present seminar
Dr. Franco BasileA UW-Eau Claire chemistry graduate who recently won a prestigious Lindbergh Foundation grant award will speak during a visit to campus Thursday, Nov. 10. Dr. Franco Basile, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1986 and is now an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Wyoming, will give a presentation at 12:10 p.m. in Room 401 of Phillips Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public. His talk, which is part of the chemistry department's speaker series, is titled "From Microbes to Ions: Detection of Microorganisms with Mass Spectrometry." Prior to the presentation, Basile will join chemistry students for lunch. Basile received a 2005 Lindbergh grant from the Lindbergh Foundation for his project titled "Rapidly Detecting Bacterial Pathogens in Drinking and Waste Water to Prevent Contaminated Water from Being Released for Human Consumption." (Read more about Basile's Lindbergh grant.) Full story. Go to top of page

Former soldier to discuss Israeli society
Itai TennenbaumItai Tennenbaum, who represents Israel in the Twin Cities as the shaliach or "emissary" of the Jewish Agency for Israel, will present "Journey into the Heart of Israeli Society" at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in Room 119 of Phillips Science Hall at UW-Eau Claire. The one-hour lecture will be followed by a 30-minute question and answer session. Tennenbaum was born in Tel Aviv. He moved to the United States with his family when he was 10 years old and graduated from high school in Maryland. He then returned to Israel and served in the army for three years. Tennenbaum has worked in Israel as a tour guide, and since 2000 he has been living in the United States, giving lectures on Israel. Full story. Go to top of page

 


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