Vol. 54, No. 31Fifteenth Week • Spring Semester • April 30, 2007

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2007 English Festival begins today

Princeton Review again names UW-Eau Claire among nation's best college values

Two COEHS associate dean finalists to interview on campus this week

Battalio, Devine recognized for service to students with disabilities

May 7 reception to honor retiring employees and those reaching career milestones

ORSP announces Student Research Day winners

David Jacobs receives Karl Andresen Scholarship

New poster added to diversity campaign

'Much Ado About Nothing' to open
May 3

Author Sam Weller to speak at final Big Read event

Early Birdie Golf Outing to benefit NYSP

Student ensembles to perform spring concerts

Concert Choir performs in Chicago


2007 English Festival begins today

Allyson Loomis
Allyson Goldin Loomis, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of English, and her husband, Jon Loomis, will present a reading of their poetry and fiction tonight to kick off the 2007 English Festival.

The UW-Eau Claire English department will hold its annual English Festival today through May 4 at various locations across campus, including Davies Center and the Campus Mall.

UW-Eau Claire's English Festival is one of the largest student-run language arts festivals in the nation, featuring guest authors, lectures by English faculty members, student panels, capstone presentations, an international poetry reading and live music each day on the campus mall.

"Comma Sutra: Let Language Touch You" is the theme of this year's English Festival. Many of the presentations will explore issues of love, romance and sexuality in texts. The festival will kick off at 7 p.m. tonight with a reading of poetry and fiction by UW-Eau Claire writers Allyson Goldin Loomis and Jon Loomis in The Cabin in Davies Center. See related news release and the English Festival program. Go to top of page

Princeton Review again names UW-Eau Claire among nation's best college values
UW-Eau Claire excellence sealThe Princeton Review has again named UW-Eau Claire one of the nation's best value undergraduate institutions. UW-Eau Claire is featured in The Princeton Review's 2008 edition of America's Best Value Colleges, a guide that profiles 165 colleges chosen for their excellent academics, generous financial aid packages and/or relatively low costs of attendance.

Given the tuition increases of recent years, it's important that people know UW-Eau Claire is still a best value among higher education institutions across the country, said Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich.

"UW-Eau Claire offers its students an exceptional education at a reasonable cost," said Levin-Stankevich. "We have extremely talented faculty and staff who are committed to making sure their students receive the best educational experience possible. As the cost to attend college continues to rise nationwide, a best value distinction is more important than ever." Full story. Go to top of page

Two COEHS associate dean finalists
to interview on campus this week

Two finalists will interview on campus this week for UW-Eau Claire's position of associate dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences teacher education program and chair of curriculum and instruction and foundations of education. Below are the names of the finalists and the dates of their on-campus interviews:

  • April 30-May 1: Dwight C. Watson, interim director for the Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching and chair of the department of education at Hamline University.
  • May 2-3: Paul R. Fossum, associate professor of education foundations and program coordinator of the master of arts in teaching program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

See the finalists' letters of application, curriculum vitae and campus interview schedules on the College of Education and Human Sciences Web site. (Note: This information is accessible only to university students, faculty and staff.) Go to top of page

Battalio, Devine recognized for service
to students with disabilities

Rosemary Battalio, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of special education, and Margaret Devine, associate professor of accounting and finance, were among those who received UW-Eau Claire Student Development and Diversity awards April 18. Their awards were inadvertently omitted from coverage of the awards reception in the April 23 University Bulletin. Battalio and Devine received the Services for Students with Disabilities Accessibility Recognition Award. Students with disabilities were invited to nominate a university employee who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to ensuring the educational environment is accessible for students with disabilities. Devine and Battalio were selected from the nominees as individuals who reached out to students with disabilities in unique, caring and creative ways. See a recent news release for information on all the awards recipients. Go to top of page

May 7 reception to honor retiring employees
and those reaching career milestones
UW-Eau Claire excellence medalUW-Eau Claire's Service Recognition and Retirement Reception will be Monday, May 7, from 3-5 p.m. in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center. Retiring employees will be honored at 3:30 p.m. Also receiving recognition will be employees who are approaching the anniversary of their 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th, 35th and 40th years of service. The event is open to all faculty and staff. More information. Go to top of page

ORSP announces Student Research Day winners

Courtney Wood discussing research
Katie KlotzAbove, junior Courtney Wood discussed her group's research project with students who attended Student Research Day. Wood's group, who worked with faculty mentor William Frankeberger, received first-place honors in the graduate entries category. Biochemistry major Katie Klotz, right, received the Kell Container Corporation Scholarship. Klotz's faculty mentor was Jason Halfen. (Photos by Rick Mickelson, LTS)

UW-Eau Claire students displayed 252 student and faculty collaborative research projects and independent student research projects at the 15th annual Student Research Day April 23-24. The event was sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs with support from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

Senior biochemistry major Katie Klotz was the recipient of the Kell Container Corporation Scholarship. Klotz worked with faculty mentor Jason Halfen on a research project titled "Probing the Molecular Architecture of Iron-Based Catalysts for the Aziridination of Olefins."

A seven-member faculty judging panel from Boston Architectural College, University of St. Thomas, University of Minnesota-Morris, Macalester College, Presbyterian College, Bradley University, Hope College, UW-River Falls and UW-Stout also selected several research projects for special recognition. The following students and faculty mentors received first-place honors in their categories (see other Student Research Day winners on the ORSP Web site):

  • Arts and Humanities: Zach Stensen with faculty mentor Sandra Starck, art & design, "The Augusta Portrait Series: Capturing the Essence of Experience Etched in Age."
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences: Nicholas Vanselow, Corey Stocco, Sara Weinkauf, Matthew Newquist and Jodi Ogle with faculty mentor Kevin Klatt, psychology, "Comparing the Effects of Single Target and Multiple Target Trials on Acquisition, Generalization, and Maintenance."
  • Business and Professional Studies: Erica Borresen, Jeanna Wallenta, Kyle Zahler and Eugene Boyd with faculty mentor Lance Dalleck, kinesiology, "A Moderate-Intensity Exercise Program, Fulfilling the ACSM Net Energy Expenditure Recommendation, Improves Health Outcomes in Premenopausal Women."
  • Life and Earth Sciences (tie): Lynn Galston with faculty mentor Karen Havholm, geology, "Re-Evaluation of the Proterozoic Devils Island Sandstone, Keweenawan Rift, Northern Wisconsin"; and Matthew Brewer with faculty mentor Darwin Wittrock, biology, "Infection Patterns of Cryptosporidium spp. in Dairy Calves of Western Wisconsin."
  • Physical and Mathematical Sciences: Matthew Hooper and Kirsten Strobush with faculty mentor James Boulter, chemistry, "Ethylene Absorption on Crystalline and Amorphous Water Ice."
  • Graduate Entries: Bob Latterman, Courtney Wood and Stephanie Pahl with faculty mentor William Frankenberger, psychology, "The Effect of Stimulant Medication Warnings on Teachers' Attitudes and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Treatment Referrals." Go to top of page

David Jacobs receives Karl Andresen Scholarship

Karl Andresen, David Jacobs, James Tubbs
David Jacobs received the Karl Andresen Political Science Scholarship April 26 from Karl Andresen, left, and associate professor of political science James Tubbs, right. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS)

The UW-Eau Claire Foundation has awarded senior David Jacobs, Green Bay, the Karl Andresen Political Science Scholarship for the 2006-07 academic year.

The award was established by former students of Andresen, professor emeritus of political science, to recognize a graduating senior who has demonstrated academic excellence and the promise of future academic achievements. Jacobs will receive an award of $5,000, which he said will help pay for expenses at either Northwestern University School of Law or Harvard Law School. Full story. Go to top of page

New poster added to diversity campaign
diversity poster of Mona MajdalaniAn awareness campaign continues at UW-Eau Claire to bring attention to all types of diversity on campus.

A new poster has been released and can be seen, along with 14 previous posters, in numerous locations across campus. The posters feature photos of UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff, along with quotes from the individuals about what makes them diverse. The latest poster features Mona Majdalani, associate professor or curriculum and instruction.

For more information about the diversity campaign, to make a suggestion or to receive a copy of a poster for your department or office, contact Kimberly Barrett, Student Development and Diversity, at 836-5992 or barretka@uwec.edu. Go to top of page

'Much Ado About Nothing' to open May 3
'Much Ado About Nothing' graphicUW-Eau Claire's University Theatre production of William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing," directed by Cheryl Starr, professor of theatre arts, will open at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, in Kjer Theatre. Additional evening performances are scheduled for May 4 and 5 and May 9-12, with a matinee performance scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6.

Written by Shakespeare around 1598, the comedy revolves around the characters of Beatrice and Benedict, two intelligent, articulate and funny characters who are as quick to attack each other with words as they are to fall in love with each other. The play, made popular by the film starring Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh, features trickery, disguises, misperceptions and a happy ending. Full story. Go to top of page

Author Sam Weller to speak at final Big Read event

Sam Weller
Sam Weller

The final event of The Eau Claire Big Read will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, with "The Bradbury Chronicles: A Night with Sam Weller" in Room 100 of UW-Eau Claire's Schneider Social Science Hall.

Weller, author of "The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury," will discuss his experiences with Bradbury and "Fahrenheit 451." Weller is a professor at Chicago's Columbia College and teaches the only college-level course in the United States on the life and work of Ray Bradbury. He will discuss the time he spent with Bradbury, how the biography came to be written, and the cultural relevance of "Fahrenheit 451." A question-and-answer period will follow the free presentation. See the Big Read Web site. Go to top of page

Early Birdie Golf Outing to benefit NYSP
golf club hitting ball off teeRegistration for the 2007 Early Birdie Golf Outing will remain open until Thursday, May 10. The outing is part of UW-Eau Claire's annual Rec Fest and will be held at Princeton Valley Golf Course on Friday, May 11. Proceeds from the outing will support the National Youth Sports Program, UW-Eau Claire's award-winning program for boys and girls ages 10-16 who live in the greater Chippewa Valley. Full story.
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Student ensembles to perform spring concerts
musical notesThe following UW-Eau Claire ensembles will present spring concerts through May 6. All concerts are in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center unless otherwise noted:

Concert Choir performs in Chicago
Concert Choir in front of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

UW-Eau Claire's Concert Choir, with director Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music and theatre arts, is pictured in front of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, Chicago, where the group performed April 22. (Contributed photo)


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