Vol. 53, No. 13Thirteenth Week • Fall Semester • Nov. 14, 2005

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Artists Series presents pianist
Chu-Fang Huang

Regents eliminate use of 'back-up' positions

Halfen's research featured in top science journal

Fund to help alumni launch Eau Claire businesses

PeopleSoft upgrade to interrupt check processing

New Web site highlights science outreach programs

Student ensembles to present fall concerts

Holiday Concert set for Dec. 11

Circle K sponsors Gift of Love project

 

Artists Series presents pianist Chu-Fang Huang
Chu-Fang HuangPianist Chu-Fang Huang, a finalist in the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition last summer, will perform Tuesday, Nov. 15, at UW-Eau Claire. The Artists Series concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of Haas Fine Arts Center. Huang began studying the piano when she was seven, and at the age of 12 she was accepted on full scholarship as the youngest student in the Shenyang Music Conservatory's pre-college division. She made her U.S. recital debut on the Prodigy Series of the La Jolla Music Society at the age of 15, soon after she moved from her native China. A top prizewinner of several regional and international competitions, Huang was awarded first prize at the 2005 Cleveland International Piano Competition two months after being named a finalist of the Cliburn competition. Full story. Go to top of page

Regents eliminate use of 'back-up' positions
UW System logoThe UW System Board of Regents Nov. 11 voted unanimously to eliminate future use of so-called administrative "back-up" positions at system campuses. The board also voted to authorize UW System President Kevin Reilly to offer new limited appointees up to six months' notice of termination in lieu of what has been known as a “back-up” appointment. Also at the regents' November meeting:

  • UW System President Kevin Reilly announced the new President’s Council on Diversity. Reilly named Cory Nettles, former secretary of the state Department of Commerce, as the council’s chair.
  • Noting a trend of increasing rates in student segregated fees, Regent Thomas Loftus of Sun Prairie requested an audit of the student fees throughout the UW System to study whether they are being directed toward appropriate projects and programming. (See related Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article.)

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

Halfen's research featured in top science journal
Dr. Jason HalfenDr. Jason Halfen, UW-Eau Claire professor of chemistry, is a corresponding author on an article published this month in Science, one of the premier multi-field science journals in the world. The groundbreaking research described in the paper is the result of work by an eight-person research team from four universities. Besides Halfen, who teaches inorganic chemistry at UW-Eau Claire, the authors include three chemists from the University of Minnesota, three from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and one from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea. Their Science article describes the preparation and characterization of a compound that mimics the behavior of a key liver enzyme, cytochrome P450, which is responsible for the metabolism of many chemical compounds and toxins that people put into their bodies. It is the first time that some of the key features in this enzyme have been duplicated. Full story.
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Fund to help alumni launch Eau Claire businesses
Raymond HughesA new fund established through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation will provide up to $50,000 a year to startup businesses in the Eau Claire area that are founded by recent UW-Eau Claire graduates. "Through this fund, our aim is to keep more of UW-Eau Claire's best and brightest in the area, helping them succeed at their own ventures, create jobs and contribute to the economic well-being of the region," said Raymond Hughes, director of UW-Eau Claire's entrepreneur program and one of the initial investors in the Blugold Angel Fund. Read a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story about the Blugold Angel Fund. Go to top of page

PeopleSoft upgrade to interrupt check processing
Due to the UW System Shared Financial System PeopleSoft upgrade from Saturday, Nov. 19, through approximately Wednesday, Nov. 30, UW-Eau Claire Accounts Payable will not be able to process checks to vendors (this includes travel reimbursements and payments to individuals) during that time period. For payments due during this time period, paperwork must be submitted to the Accounts Payable office in Schofield Hall by 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17.

Procurement card and travel procurement card services will proceed as normal. In addition, payroll will not be interrupted.

Contact Vickie Gardner at (715) 836-4528 or gardnevl@uwec.edu for any questions regarding accounts payable or the university liability credit cards. Contact Jackie Kriesel at (715) 836-2520 or kriesejd@uwec.edu for questions regarding payroll or accounting issues. Go to top of page

New Web site highlights science outreach programs
science outreach program participantThanks to the generosity of a UW-Eau Claire alumna, the university has created a new Web site that provides detailed information on demonstrations, tours and speakers available from the UW-Eau Claire departments of astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, geography, geology and physics. The site provides a brief description of each offering, including its age appropriateness, optimal audience size, costs (if any), scheduling and contact information. The site is part of an overall science education outreach effort supported by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's Gritzmacher Science Education Fund. The Gritzmacher Fund, established by Christine A. Gritzmacher, who graduated with a degree in biology from UW-Eau Claire in 1972, provides two scholarships for students coordinating science education outreach programs. A stipend also is paid to a faculty member who serves as a student adviser and mentor, and additional money is provided for material support. Full story. Go to top of page

Student ensembles to present fall concerts
UW-Eau Claire student musicianSeveral UW-Eau Claire student ensembles will perform fall concerts over the next week in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center:

  • Jazz Ensemble II, directed by Robert Baca, professor of music, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17. The first half of the concert will be a tribute to New Zealand composer Wayne Senior and will feature his compositions. Senior will serve as guest conductor for the band during the first set. The second half of the concert will be dedicated to the music of Benny Carter. Full story.
  • The Symphony Band, directed by Phillip Ostrander, assistant professor of music, and the Wind Symphony, directed by Richard Mark Heidel, associate professor of music, will present a concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20. Full story.
  • The Women’s Concert Chorale, directed by Alan Rieck, associate professor of music, will perform at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20.
  • The Women's Chorus, directed by Daniel Newman, associate professor of music, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21.

Tickets for all the concerts are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or (800) 949-UWEC. Go to top of page

Holiday Concert set for Dec. 11
Holiday Concert graphicUW-Eau Claire's music and theatre arts department and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation will present the 31st annual Holiday Concert at 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, in a festively decorated Zorn Arena. The free concert, which has been the university's and Foundation's gift to the Eau Claire community for three decades, will feature both individual and combined performances by the Concert Choir, Singing Statesmen, Women's Concert Chorale, Symphonic Choir, Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance at the Service Center, (715) 836-3727, or online. Go to top of page

Circle K sponsors Gift of Love project
Circle K logoUW-Eau Claire's chapter of Circle K International is sponsoring its 12th annual Gift of Love project from Nov. 20 to Dec. 2. The item and cash donation drive provides critical winter necessities for Eau Claire families with limited resources. Donations of blankets, winter jackets, clothes, toys and other items in good condition can be placed in Gift of Love boxes at the following locations: Kerm's grocery story on Water Street; UW-Eau Claire's Putnam, Thomas, Horan, Towers, Bridgman and Chancellors residence halls; and the Gift of Love booth in Davies Center across from the University Bookstore. Monetary donations also will be accepted at the Davies Center booth or via mail. Checks payable to UW-Eau Claire Circle K can be sent to Circle K International, 132 Davies Center, UW-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI 54701. For more information on the Gift of Love project, contact Rachel Kuenzel at (763) 232-7669 or kuenzerm@uwec.edu. Go to top of page

 


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