Vol. 54, No. 25Eighth Week • Spring Semester • March 12, 2007

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Two more provost/vice chancellor finalists to interview this week; feedback due
March 16

Longtime volleyball coach Lisa Herb retires

Regents approve liberal arts collaborative degree program with CVTC

Chancellor Levin-Stankevich speaks at College of Business Annual Community Breakfast

CJ students receive state honor for 'Update News'

Essay competition winners go on to system contest

Scholarships encourage service-learning

Band to perform sendoff concert before Ireland tour

UW-Eau Claire is Sunshine Week webcast host

Book Nook exchange site now open in Davies

Women's History Month events continue

Senior Americans' Day is March 20

No University Bulletin next week

 

Two provost/vice chancellor finalists
to interview this week; feedback due March 16

Provost finalist feedback forms
UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff are invited to give anonymous feedback on the provost and vice chancellor finalists following their campus visits. Links to online feedback forms will be available on the provost search Web site. The feedback form for each finalist will be available on the date of that finalist's campus visit. The feedback forms must be submitted by Friday, March 16.

The provost search committee will report student, faculty and staff feedback to the chancellor before the next provost is selected.

The two remaining finalists in the search for UW-Eau Claire's new provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs each will spend two days interviewing on campus this week. (Two additional finalists, Dr. Steven Tallant and Dr. Michael Miller, interviewed during the week of March 5.) Each finalist will present a public forum titled "The Future of Public Higher Education," to which all UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff are invited. Each finalist also will hold office hours open to all univeristy faculty and staff.

Dr. Kathleen Rountree
Kathleen Rountree

Dr. Kathleen Rountree, associate provost for undergraduate education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will be interviewed today and Tuesday, March 13. Her public forum will be today from 3:30-4:45 p.m. in Phillips Hall Room 007. Her open office hours will be from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in Schofield Hall Room 206A.

Dr. Laura Niesen de Abruna
Laura Niesen de Abruna

Dr. Laura Niesen de Abruna, vice president for academic affairs, dean of the college and professor of English at Heidelberg College in Ohio, will be interviewed Wednesday and Thursday, March 14-15. Her public forum will be March 14 from 3:30-4:45 p.m. in Phillips Hall Room 007. Her open office hours will be from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in Schofield Hall Room 206A.

Find more provost search details, including cover letters, vitae and complete interview schedules for all finalists, on the provost search Web site. Go to top of page

Lisa Herb retires as Blugold volleyball coach

Lisa Herb
Lisa Herb

UW-Eau Claire head volleyball coach Lisa Herb has announced her retirement from coaching after 22 seasons at Eau Claire and 28 seasons overall as a head coach, Director of Athletics Scott Kilgallon announced March 8.

Herb compiled a 626-208 record (.751 winning percentage) in her 22 years at UW-Eau Claire and coached 1,086 career matches in 28 years, finishing with a 789-297 career mark (.726). She started the 2006 season as the third winningest coach in Division III.

Kilgallon expressed his appreciation for Herb's long service with Blugold athletics. "I want to thank Lisa for her dedication to the program and the many student-athletes whom she mentored during these past 22 years."

Herb will continue in her position as an associate professor in UW-Eau Claire's department of kinesiology, where she is serving as the interim department chair. Full story. Go to top of page

Regents approve liberal arts collaborative
degree program with CVTC
UW System logoAs early as next fall, students in the Chippewa Valley can begin earning their four-year college degrees through a collaborative liberal arts associate degree program approved March 9 by the UW System Board of Regents.

The associate degree would be offered collaboratively between Chippewa Valley Technical College and four UW System institutions. Two-thirds of the coursework would be available at Chippewa Valley Technical College locations, and students would be able to choose remaining required courses at UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stout, UW-River Falls or the UW Colleges Online.

For more information about the regents' March meeting at UW-Parkside, see the meeting's Day 1 and Day 2 news summaries. Go to top of page

UW-Eau Claire is Sunshine Week webcast host
Sunshine Week logoUW-Eau Claire will take part today in "Sunshine Week 2007: Closed Doors; Open Democracies?," a national dialogue on public access to government information and accountability that will be webcast to sites around the country from the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

McIntyre Library will serve as a host site for the webcast, which will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Room 2033 of the library. The event is free and open to the public. Ira Flatow of National Public Radio's "Science Friday" will be the program's moderator. Full story. Go to top of page

Chancellor Levin-Stankevich speaks at
College of Business Annual Community Breakfast

Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich
Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich

"Campus and Community: Serving Our Constituences and Planning for the Future" was the theme of Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich's presentation to members of the region's business community March 7 during the Annual Community Breakfast at UW-Eau Claire. The event was hosted by UW-Eau Claire's College of Business, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation and the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce. Read the text of Levin-Stankevich's presentation. Go to top of page

CJ students receive state honor for 'Update News'
Wisconsin Broadcasters Association logoStudents in UW-Eau Claire's "Radio and Television News Editing" course received second place in the Television Newscast category of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association 2007 Student Awards for Excellence for their "Update News" program. They competed against newscasts produced by students from other schools around the state.

According to assistant professor of communication and journalism Jack Kapfer, the entire class contributed with news packages, writing, anchoring and the technical jobs involved in putting the newscast on the air.

The newscast's producer, Christina Harris, Mequon, accepted the award for the class at the 2007 Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Student Seminar held Feb. 24 in Madison. Also in attendance were Kapfer and students Heidi Bohl, Chippewa Falls; Henry Seroogy, De Pere; Jason Rykiss, Lake Elmo, Minn.; and Kate Wiersema, Sun Prairie. Full story. Go to top of page

Essay competition winners go on to system contest
Three students have been selected as UW-Eau Claire's winners in the Second Annual Liberal Arts Essay Competition, sponsored by the UW System Advisory Group on the Liberal Arts.

Seniors Matthew Brewer, Mark Olson and Brian Reisinger each will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to be used for UW-Eau Claire educational expenses during the 2007-08 academic year. They also become UW-Eau Claire's nominees for the UW System essay competition. Their essays will be entered into a pool of essays from UW comprehensive and doctoral institutions to be judged at the system level. Two winners will be chosen later this spring to receive $2,000 scholarships. Full story. Go to top of page

Scholarships encourage service-learning
Three donors to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation recently created or endowed scholarships that encourage university students to participate in service activities. Applications are currently being accepted for each scholarship. All have an April 1 application deadline.

  • Sally Webb
    Mary Hilfiker
    Mary Hilfiker
    Sally Webb, who retired as a UW-Eau Claire professor of communication and journalism in 2003 and is currently a development officer for the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, has endowed the Sally A. Webb International Service Fellowship, which will provide $500 annually to an outstanding UW-Eau Claire student seeking to complete a service project in an international setting. Full story.
  • Mary Hilfiker, a UW-Eau Claire alumna and an education specialist with the U.S. Department of Education, has endowed the Mary Roelli Hilfiker Service Fellowship. The annual $1,000 fellowship will be awarded to an outstanding sophomore or junior seeking to complete a service project in Wisconsin, the United States or internationally. Full story.
  • Nancy and David Prechel have created the Ryan Prechel Community Service Fellowship in honor of their son, a 2005 UW-Eau Claire alumnus. The annual $1,250 award will go to a student or group of students who have a specific community service activity they wish to complete. The community service must directly impact the lives of those served. Full story. Go to top of page
    Dr. R. Mark Heidel Dr. Phillip Ostrander
    Dr. R. Mark Heidel
    Dr. Phillip Ostrander

Band to perform sendoff concert before Ireland tour
Just before heading off to Ireland on tour, UW-Eau Claire's Ireland Concert Band will perform a St. Patrick's Day concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Conducted by Dr. R. Mark Heidel, with soloist and guest conductor Dr. Phillip Ostrander, the concert is free and the public is invited.

The Ireland Concert band is composed of students from both the Wind Symphony, conducted by Heidel, and the Symphony Band, conducted by Ostrander, as well as other students with musical backgrounds who expressed an interest in performing and taking part in the tour to Ireland. Sixty-six students in all will perform.

The band will spend five days in Ireland, visiting Dublin, Limerick, Cork, and Galway. In Dublin, on March 16, they will perform in the Saint Patrick's Music Festival, which is typically attended by as many as 500,000 people, and on March 20 they will perform at St. Nicholas Church, Galway. Full story. Go to top of page

Book Nook exchange site now open in Davies

Dana Thompson in the Book Nook

UW-Eau Claire junior Dana Thompson reads a book in the Book Nook, a new student-run book exchange in UW-Eau Claire's Davies Center. Thompson helped write a grant that partly paid for the nook's bookcase and starter books. (Photo by Bill Hoepner, LTS)

The Book Nook, a student-run book exchange, has been created in UW-Eau Claire's Davies Center. The new venue for the exchange of novels and adult nonfiction is located on the western wall of the Blugold Room, in a "nook" near the side entrance to The Cabin.

The UW-Eau Claire Progressive Student Association, in cooperation with two AmeriCorps*VISTA members working out of the Center for Service-Learning, have been working since December to establish the Book Nook.

"We are excited to see how the students and the university community take advantage of a free book exchange," said Dana Thompson, a junior English literature major and PSA president. Full story. Go to top of page

Women's History Month events continue
The celebration of Women's History Month continues this week at UW-Eau Claire. Events include:

  • A re-creation of Judy Chicago's "The Dinner Party" from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in the Hibbard Hall Penthouse. Chicago's work of art commemorates the overlooked achievements of women from prehistory to the 20th century. Choose a woman from history and come willing to share what you know about her. Dressing up in character is optional, but encouraged. This potluck for faculty and staff; students and community members is free. Bring a dish; beverages are provided.
  • A presentation titled "Shakespeare's Women: Bawdy, Wicked, Winsome, and Wise" at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in the Chippewa Room of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. This free discussion covers "Antony and Cleopatra" and/or "Macbeth." Question for the week: Are these charismatic women to blame for the ruin of their men?
Complete event details for the week of March 12-16. Also see the complete Women's History Month calendar. Go to top of page

Senior Americans' Day is March 20

Jane Kirkpatrick
Jane Kirkpatrick

The 19th Annual Senior Americans' Day program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in UW-Eau Claire's Davies Center. The theme this year is "Live Now … Age Later."

The program features keynote speaker Jane Kirkpatrick, an award-winning author, presenter and mental health professional noted for her blend of humor and story. Her keynote address is titled "Hardiness and Hope" and focuses on commitment, control, challenge and coping.

The event also will offer nearly 50 workshops on topics ranging from computers to healthcare, crafts to spirituality, financial and estate planning, books, dance and art. This year's entertainment features Charlie and Jayne Plumer, husband and wife entertainers with a musical comedy act that takes a close look at the various stages of a relationship, love and marriage. Full story. Go to top of page

No University Bulletin next week
The University Bulletin will not be published next Monday, March 19, because of Spring Break. The next issue of the University Bulletin will be published March 26. Have a great Spring Break! Go to top of page

 


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