Vol. 53, No. 16Sixteenth Week • Fall Semester • Dec. 5, 2005

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University suspends RA policy; review continues

Alumna's generosity makes dreams come true

Chancellor's Holiday Reception set for 3:30 p.m. today

Foster Gallery features two exhibits through Dec. 21

Classified Staff Day set for Jan. 11

Do your part to reduce utility expenses

Inclement weather policy

Last University Bulletin of semester to be Dec. 12

 

University suspends RA policy; review continues
As announced Nov. 30, UW-Eau Claire has suspended its practices and policies prohibiting resident assistants from organizing, leading or recruiting for certain activities in the rooms and residence halls where they live. Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson announced the suspension to UW-Eau Claire students Nov. 30 during a Chancellor's Roundtable. An all-campus e-mail and a news release was sent shortly after the roundtable began. Larson had on Nov. 29 announced to the UW-Eau Claire executive staff and UW System officials her decision to suspend the practices. The suspension was necessary, Larson said, because an initial campus review of the policies and practices found that there have been inconsistencies in how they have been communicated to resident assistants and because the UW System has announced it will appoint a systemwide advisory committee that will provide guidance about RA activities.

Various news sources have reported that a lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a UW-Eau Claire resident assistant over the recently suspended policies and practices. UW-Eau Claire had no knowledge of a lawsuit being filed prior to the suspension announcement and, to date, has not received notice of a lawsuit, Larson said.

Read UW-Eau Claire key dates and actions regarding the RA policy issue. Also find links to all previous related university e-mail messages, media memos, fact sheets and news releases on a University Communications Web page. Go to top of page

Alumna's generosity makes dreams come true

Samson Gimui
UW-Eau Claire alumna Mary Hilfiker '67 is supporting a scholarship to cover tuition and fees for freshman Samson Gimui, at left, who is from Uganda. Samson's father, Joab Kiboma Gimui, is a 1970 UW-Eau Claire graduate. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

When computer science major Samson Gimui walked onto UW-Eau Claire's campus this fall, he made the dreams of two Blugold alumni come true: Samson's father, Joab Kiboma Gimui, a 1970 geography graduate who is now a lecturer at the Islamic University in Uganda, and Mary Hilfiker, a 1967 education graduate with a love for the people of Africa. Joab Gimui had wished that one of his six children would attend his alma mater, and Hilfiker longed to give a young African the opportunity to study at an American university. Now, through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, Hilfiker has created a scholarship to pay Samson Gimui's tuition and fees until he graduates. Full story. Go to top of page

holiday greeneryChancellor's Holiday Reception set for 3:30 p.m. today
All UW-Eau Claire faculty, academic and classified staff, and emeriti are invited to the Chancellor's Holiday Reception from 3:30-5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center. All are welcome to attend and enjoy food and fellowship with colleagues and friends. Go to top of page

Foster Gallery features two exhibits through Dec. 21
A senior art show and an exhibit of photographs from archeological excavations in Israel are on display simultaneously through Dec. 21 in UW-Eau Claire's Foster Gallery.

  • The senior art show features works from five UW-Eau Claire students who are candidates for bachelor of fine arts degrees: Tim Cnossen, Elderon; Jennifer Seipel, Eau Claire; Christy McKew, River Falls; Greg Gossel, Baldwin; and Tyler Moen, Colfax. Full story.
  • The photography exhibit, "Holy Sites/Sights," features a selection of photographs by faculty and students of the Hartford Art School in West Hartford, Conn. Full story.

See the Foster Gallery Web site for gallery hours and details on upcoming exhibits. Go to top of page

Classified Staff Day set for Jan. 11
Classified staff logoUW-Eau Claire classified staff members are invited to attend Classified Staff Day Wednesday, Jan. 11. The event, which will include a keynote speaker, lunch and a variety of workshops, will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Davies Center. Keynote speaker Tom Kidd will present "Personal Rejuvenation for a Happier, Healthier and Even More Successful Life." Kidd is a professional motivational and educational speaker with more than 25 years of teaching experience as a middle school teacher in the Eau Claire Area School District and as an adjunct faculty member at UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse and Viterbo University. Following Kidd's presentation, participants can attend three workshop sessions. Classified Staff Day is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Classified Staff Committee for Professional Development. Registration and payment of $22 is due by Friday, Dec. 16. See full details and registration information. Go to top of page

Do your part to reduce utility expenses
electricity imageTo help reduce UW-Eau Claire’s costly electrical bills, the Physical Plant Planning Committee of the University Senate, Facilities Planning and Management, and Learning and Technology Services ask you to:

  • Turn your computer monitors off at night. Do not turn off your CPU — "log off" instead.
  • For weekends, short vacations and extended absences, turn off your monitor and "shut down" your CPU. (Be aware that when you turn your computer on after an extended absence, it will be slow, as it is processing updates from the
    system.)
  • Be conscientious about turning off lights when they are not needed.
  • Refrain from using electric space heaters in the workplace, instead bringing a sweater to work to wear when it's needed.Go to top of page

Inclement weather policy
With winter weather upon us, it's time to review UW-Eau Claire's practices in the event severe weather strikes.

winter drivingIn general, when inclement weather threatens operations at UW-Eau Claire, the university will remain open to the extent possible. If necessary, the chancellor may close the university to the public or cancel classes, but state employees will be expected to report to work.

In response to local weather conditions, the chancellor may release employees. In such instances, no employee will be required to remain at work.

Employees covered by a labor agreement should check their respective bargaining agreements for specifics about excusing employees from work and related issues.

Employees not covered by a labor agreement may use vacation, compensatory time, personal holidays or leave without pay to cover time lost if they are ordered to leave work or if they request or are allowed to be excused from work when they believe that weather conditions or emergency situations make it unsafe to get to or remain at work.

Local media will be notified if the chancellor decides to cancel classes. However, announcements by local media are advisory only. For official information concerning university operations, check the UW-Eau Claire Web site, call the Chancellor's Office at 836-2327 after 7 a.m. or call your supervisor. Go to top of page

Last University Bulletin of semester to be Dec. 12
The Dec. 12 issue of the University Bulletin will be the final one for the fall semester. Notices for that issue must arrive in the News Bureau, Schofield 201, or via e-mail to poquetjm@uwec.edu by Monday, Dec. 5. The first issue for the 2006 spring semester will be dated Jan. 23, 2006. Go to top of page

 


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