Vol. 54, No. 1First Week • Fall Semester • Aug. 21, 2006

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UW-Eau Claire again ranks among Midwest's best

All-employee breakfast to kick off academic year

Regents approve state budget request, authorize UW-Eau Claire provost search

Chemistry prof receives nearly $100,000 in grants

Student receives prestigious Weinstein Scholarship

New e-newsletter goes to students' families

Gloria Steinem, Clear Fork Bluegrass Quartet to open 2006 Forum, Artists Series

Annual Big Band Era Concert set for Sept. 22, 23

'Day of Caring' event to benefit United Way

Highlights from Summer Bulletin

 

UW-Eau Claire again ranks among Midwest's best
U.S. News Best Colleges badgeU.S.News & World Report magazine has again named UW-Eau Claire among the best public regional universities in the Midwest.

The 2007 edition of "America's Best Colleges" ranks UW-Eau Claire No. 4 among top regional public universities in the Midwest and 26th among all private and public institutions in the Midwest. The Midwest region includes schools in 12 states stretching from the Dakotas in the west to Missouri in the south and Ohio in the east.

"This is a ringing endorsement of the fine work of our faculty, staff and supporters of the university as they have built a solid and continuing commitment to excellence," said Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich, who became the university's chancellor June 1. "I am very impressed by how dedicated our faculty and staff are to their students. Every conversation centers on what they can do to make their students' time here even more valuable. Every school says it's student-centered, but not every school lives up to that claim. UW-Eau Claire definitely lives up to it." Full story. Go to top of page

A live audio stream of the proceedings of tomorrow's academic year opening meeting will be available on the Web. The archived audio stream also will be available following the meeting.

University offices must remain open during tomorrow's opening meeting. Departments should make arrangements for student employees or designated staff or faculty members to provide office coverage while the meeting is in session.

All-employee breakfast to kick off academic year
UW-Eau Claire excellence sealUW-Eau Claire's "Gettin' in the Groove" All-Employee Breakfast and Opening Meeting is tomorrow in Zorn Arena. Breakfast will be served starting at 7:30 a.m., and the opening meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. The meeting will include Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich's state-of-the-university address, as well as the presentation of the annual faculty and staff excellence awards. An academic year opening meeting for evening shift employees who cannot attend the Aug. 22 event is planned for 8 p.m. Aug. 23 in the Presidents Room of Davies Center.

Read the full calendar for the opening days of the academic year. Go to top of page

Regents approve state budget request,
authorize UW-Eau Claire provost search
UW System logoThe UW System Board of Regents, in proceedings during its Aug. 17-18 meeting in Madison, authorized UW-Eau Claire to begin the search for a new provost and vice chancellor.

The regents also approved a 2007-09 biennial budget request that would allow the system to graduate more students, attract more college graduates to Wisconsin and help grow knowledge-economy jobs in the state. The budget proposal, titled "A Growth Agenda for Wisconsin," asks for an ongoing base operating budget increase of $120 million in state tax dollars, and student tuition would cover new programs and the university's existing costs. That is $90 million less than the regents' request two years ago. If the state fulfills the request, the average tuition increase would be less than 2.5 percent over the biennium - the lowest requested increases in at least 25 years.

In other business, the regents approved resolutions in support of a proposed Hold Harmless Tuition Grant and the Veterans' Tuition Grant. Funding for both grant programs is expected to be included in the 2007-09 budget request of the Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB), but the programs would directly impact UW students. The board also voted to prevent university funds from being invested with companies that support or abet acts of genocide in the country of Sudan.

Read the Day 1 and Day 2 news summaries for complete details on the regents' August meeting. Go to top of page

Chemistry prof receives nearly $100,000 in grants

James Boulter
James Boulter

Dr. James Boulter, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of chemistry, recently received grants totaling nearly $100,000 to continue laboratory investigations of the atmospheres of Earth and Jupiter.

Boulter, who joined the UW-Eau Claire faculty in 2004, and his co-investigator, Jochen Marschall of SRI International in California, received a three-year grant from NASA for their project titled "Laboratory Studies of Atomic Oxygen Effects on Ice Formation and Structure in the Mesophere." Boulter's share of the grant is $41,204. Boulter also was awarded a Research Corporation Cottrell College Science Award of $59,690 for his project "Laboratory Studies of Hydrocarbon Uptake on Mixed Ammonia Hydrate and Sulfide Ices Present in the Jovian Atmosphere." Full story. Go to top of page

Student receives prestigious Weinstein Scholarship

Jue Yang
Jue Yang

Jue Yang, a UW-Eau Claire senior business student from Manitowoc, has been awarded the Laurence A. and Frances L. Weinstein Scholarship for 2006-07 by the UW System. The Weinstein award pays resident tuition and segregated fees for one academic year. Yang is the first Hmong student to receive the prestigious scholarship, established in 1986 by UW System Regent Emeritus Laurence Weinstein and his wife, Frances, to recognize outstanding junior or senior minority business students. Yang was born in Laos and spent several years in a refugee camp in Thailand. She had no formal education prior to coming to the United States at age nine, and nobody in her family could read, write or speak English.

"We were introduced to the United States as a land of opportunity," wrote Yang in her application letter. "By age eight, I was already thinking about getting an education. Because of this, I am very determined to achieve my goals. I work hard, commit an immense amount of time to my work and always push myself to go beyond my limits." Full story. Go to top of page

New e-newsletter goes to students' families
Blugold Nuggets link and Web imageUW-Eau Claire's Office of Student Development and Diversity has launched Blugold Nuggets, a monthly online newsletter for parents and families of current UW-Eau Claire students. "We know that parents and families play a critical role in the success of our students," said Jodi Thesing-Ritter, associate dean of student development. "By putting our parents and families newsletter online and sending the link to families for whom we have e-mail addresses, we are able to get information to families in a timely way to assist them in supporting their Blugolds." The inaugural issue was sent Aug. 18 to families of first-year students who signed up during summer orientation. All parents of current students and anyone else interested in receiving e-mail notifications for future issues can subscribe online. Go to top of page

Gloria Steinem, Clear Fork Bluegrass Quartet to open 2006 season of The Forum, Artists Series

Steinem to make return UW-Eau Claire visit
Gloria SteinemThe 65th season of The Forum at UW-Eau Claire will open with a presentation by writer, lecturer and editor Gloria Steinem Tuesday, Sept. 26. An icon of the women's rights movement, Steinem first addressed The Forum in 1971, the year before she co-founded Ms. Magazine. Steinem's program, titled "The Longest Revolution," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena. The event is the first of seven Forums scheduled for the 2006-07 season. Full story.

Clear Fork Bluegrass Quartet to perform Sept. 20
Clear Fork Bluegrass QuartetThe Clear Fork Bluegrass Quartet, an acoustic ensemble dedicated to the performance of classic bluegrass music, traditional country songs and American fiddle tunes, will open this season's Artists Series at UW-Eau Claire with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, in Schofield Auditorium. The concert is the first of nine Artists Series presentations comprising the 2006-07 season. Full story. Go to top of page

Annual Big Band Era Concert set for Sept. 22, 23
Big Band Era Concert brochure imageUW-Eau Claire's popular Big Band Era Concert, presented by the department of music and theatre arts, is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. Tickets are now on sale for "A Salute to the Big Bands and Tony Bennett," to be presented in Zorn Arena.

This year's event will continue to recognize and honor the soldiers, workers, volunteers and families who have devoted themselves to keeping the United States a free nation and also will pay special tribute to the life and musical career of Tony Bennett, who performed with military bands as part of his own army service during World War II. UW-Eau Claire's award-winning Jazz Ensembles I and II, under the direction of Robert Baca and Jeffery Crowell, respectively, will perform Swing Era classics and big band favorites, including many of Bennett's standards, to be sung by some of the Chippewa Valley's most talented singers.

Proceeds from "A Salute to the Big Band Era" will provide support for activities in UW-Eau Claire's jazz studies area. Full story. Go to top of page

'Day of Caring' event to benefit United Way
basket from previous theme basket raffleUW-Eau Claire's United Way/State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) Committee will once again host a "Day of Caring" event to benefit the United Way of Greater Eau Claire and its member agencies. Plan now to attend this event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15. Enjoy music and enter for your chance to win one of the wonderful theme baskets provided by university employees.

Create your theme basket — University departments, offices and units are invited to create theme baskets for the "Day of Caring" raffle. Interested? Just follow these simple steps:

  • Determine what type of theme basket you would like to create. (Note: “Basket” is a catch-all word — you could use a bucket for a car wash theme or a large ceramic bowl for a popcorn theme.)
  • Ask members of your department, office or unit to donate items to create the theme basket.
  • Contact Jodi Thesing-Ritter (thesinjm@uwec.edu or 836-2325) or Jacqueline Bonneville (bonnevjk@uwec.edu or 836-3487) to request raffle tickets and to let them know the theme basket your group is creating.
  • Display the basket in your area and sell raffle tickets to anyone and everyone. Tickets are one for $1 or six for $5.
  • Get going — and watch the University Bulletin for more information. Go to top of page

Highlights from Summer Bulletin
For faculty and staff who were away from campus during the summer, below are links to some of the stories that appeared in the 2006 Summer Bulletin. To take a look at all the campus news and events featured in the Summer Bulletin, go to the past issues section.

Federal grants to COEHS total more than $104,000
Karen Havholm to continue as interim assistant vice chancellor; national search to resume in fall
Senior German major is one of 15 in nation chosen for Grad School Experience
Emeritus professor Morris Hayes dies at 87
New scholarship memorializes Ronald Satz
Grant to give UW System faculty advantage in competition for research funds
May graduate receives Fulbright Award
Scholarship to fund student's study in Thailand
Recent graduate receives Fulbright for research, teaching in Turkey and Austria
Putnam Park walking trail to reopen July 8
Third Ward street parking changes now in effect
Alumna commits $500,000 for Blugold Promise Scholarship
Third alum receives Fulbright for research abroad
Concert Choir receives honor during Italy tour
Blugold graduates find strong job market
Three faculty/staff members announce retirements Go to top of page

 


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