Vol. 54, No. 2Second Week • Fall Semester • Aug. 28, 2006

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Chancellor Levin-Stankevich outlines priorities

Faculty and staff receive 2006 Excellence Awards

Phase two orientation begins Aug. 31

New awards memorialize
Jeff Oliphant,
Ronald Satz

Faculty/staff roundtable, workshop to focus on writing in the disciplines

Attention new faculty and academic staff: Complete online News Bureau forms

'Drink Like a Blugold'' event set for Sept. 7

Human Resources publishes fall 2006 newsletter

Geography of football, baseball fans to be topic of next 'Let's Do Lunch' session

Athletics announces '1st and 10 Lunches,' ticket info

Photo corner: Scenes from 2006-07 academic year opening meeting


Chancellor Levin-Stankevich outlines priorities
Opening address calls faculty, staff to keep focus on students

Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich addressed 750 members of UW-Eau Claire's faculty and staff during the university's Aug. 22 academic year opening meeting in Zorn Arena. (Photo by Bill Hoepner, LTS)

UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich said Aug. 22 that strategic planning, cultural competence and diversity, capital projects and private fundraising are his immediate goals as he begins his first academic year as the university's top administrator.

“This is a university of high quality and wonderful reputation, filled with people who have deep pride in it,” Levin-Stankevich told 750 faculty and staff members during the campus opening meeting to kick off the 2006-07 academic year. “Together you've built and continue to enjoy something that is truly special. Now we must engage together to keep it that way because, simply put, we can't stay static and expect to stay distinctive.” Full story. Go to top of page

The full text and archived audio broadcast of Chancellor Levin-Stankevich's Aug. 22 opening address are available online.

See photos from the Aug. 22 opening meeting below.

Faculty and staff receive 2006 Excellence Awards

UW-Eau Claire's 2006 Excellence Award recipients are (back row, from left) Venerian Vance, Charles Tomkovick, Robert Hooper and Richard Mickelson; and (front row, from left) Thomas Miller, Jason Halfen and Robert Eierman. (Photo by Bill Hoepner, LTS)

Seven UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members were recognized for excellence during the university's opening meeting Aug. 22:

Dr. Robert Eierman, professor of chemistry, is the UW-Eau Claire 2006 Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award nominee.

Dr. Jason Halfen, professor of chemistry, received the Excellence in Scholarship Award.

Dr. Robert Hooper, professor of geology, received the Excellence in Service Award.

Richard Mickelson, photography and graphics coordinator in Learning and Technology Services, received the Administrative and Professional Academic Staff Excellence in Performance Award.

Dr. Thomas Miller, professor of history, received the Excellence in Advising Award.

Dr. Charles Tomkovick, professor of marketing, received the Excellence in Teaching Award.

Venerian Vance, university services associate in the Admissions office, received the Classified Staff Excellence in Performance Award.

Recipients received a university medallion and $1,500 from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation in recognition of their commitment to excellence. Full story. Go to top of page

Phase two orientation begins Thursday, Aug. 31

students at 2006 CUBEfest event
Students competed in a tug-of-war game during 2005 orientation activities. CUBEfest and other phase two orientation activities begin this week for UW-Eau Claire's new freshmen. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS)

The school year will be under way this Thursday, Aug. 31, for UW-Eau Claire's more than 2,000 new freshmen. The new students are invited to attend the second phase of their orientation to the university, which began during summer orientation when they registered for classes.

A welcome picnic featuring Live Band Karaoke will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday on the Campus Mall, followed by Convocation at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena. The Convocation speaker is Dr. Joe Martin, founder and president of RealWorld University. A Student Senate ice cream social will follow on the Campus Mall, weather permitting.

On Friday, Sept. 1, the new students will meet in small groups with a staff member and student mentor from 10 to 11:30 a.m. For most students this will be part of their First Year Experience, which includes specially designed credit courses for new students. In the afternoon, they will meet with faculty and other students in their major, or if they haven't yet declared a major, they will meet with an undeclared adviser.

CUBEfest, 10 days of events and activities to welcome and integrate first-year students to the academic community, begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday with a picnic in the backyard of Towers Residence Hall. Other CUBEfest activities include special entertainers and concerts, dances, films, fitness activities, athletic events, canoeing, and in-hall activities. Full story. Go to top of page

New awards memorialize Jeff Oliphant, Ronald Satz

Jeff Oliphant Ronald Satz
Jeff Oliphant
Ronald Satz

The College of Education and Human Sciences at UW-Eau Claire has established awards in memory of Jeff Oliphant, director of the athletic training program who died suddenly in August 2005, and Ronald Satz, provost and vice-chancellor emeritus, who died March 7 after a long struggle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Dean Katherine Rhoades said the awards, the Jeff Oliphant Blugold Spirit Award and the Ron Satz Teacher/Scholar Award, honor the memory of the two men, who contributed so significantly to the college during their professional careers. The awards will include a cash award of $1,000 each and will be funded by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Full story. Go to top of page

student writingFaculty/staff roundtable, workshop to focus on writing in the disciplines
All members of the university community are invited to participate in two events this week that focus on writing in the disciplines. On Tuesday, Aug. 29, from 9-11 a.m., a roundtable of the following UW-Eau Claire faculty members will discuss their reasons and strategies for including writing in their major or GE courses: April Bleske-Rechek (psychology), Tom Hilton (information systems), Kate Lang (history), Paul Kaldjian (geography and anthropology), Roger Tlusty (foundations of education) and CeCelia Zorn (nursing/nursing systems). On Wednesday, Aug. 30, from 9-11 a.m., Karen Welch, director of composition, will conduct a writing workshop on designing effective writing tasks to help students meet course learning goals. Both events will be held in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. For more information or to reserve workshop materials, contact Welch at welchka@uwec.edu. Go to top of page

Attention new faculty and academic staff:
Complete online News Bureau forms
computer mouse and keyboardNew UW-Eau Claire faculty and academic staff are asked to complete and submit the New Faculty/Academic Staff Form to provide background information for the university's News Bureau to use when preparing news releases about faculty and staff accomplishments. (The new online form is an alternative to the yellow printed form sent to new faculty and academic staff from Academic Affairs.) The information submitted on this form will not be shared for any purpose other than a news release, and faculty and staff members featured in news releases will have the opportunity to review those releases before they are sent to area media.

In addition to submitting the completed online form, new faculty and academic staff members who have not already done so are asked to send a vita as an e-mail attachment to the News Bureau at newsbur@uwec.edu.

Also, the News Bureau would like photos of new faculty and academic staff members on file for promotional purposes. Contact Deb Blanchard (836-6005, blanchdl@uwec.edu) to set up a portrait appointment in the Learning and Technology Services photo studio in Room 30 of Schofield Hall. The News Bureau will pay for the photos.

Faculty and academic staff who would like to be included in the listing of campus experts who can comment to the media on a variety of topics and issues and who may be available to talk to service and professional groups should also complete and submit the Experts Directory form. Go to top of page

'Drink Like a Blugold' event set for Sept. 7

Jackson Katz
Jackson Katz

Several UW-Eau Claire offices will sponsor "Drink Like a Blugold: Challenge the Assumptions" Thursday, Sept. 7. Informational and participatory activities will begin at 6 p.m. in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center, and on the Campus Mall to inform students about the dangers of alcohol abuse and offer other options for campus involvement, relaxation and recreation. At 8 p.m., guest speaker Jackson Katz will take the stage in Zorn Arena to challenge students to examine their attitudes and beliefs about alcohol.

"Our main objective is to continue changing the culture of our campus by challenging the assumption that drinking is the 'only thing to do' in college," said Amanda Krier, hall director at Towers North. "We want to empower all students, male and female alike, and promote the concept of responsible choices." Full story.  Go to top of page

Human Resources publishes fall 2006 newsletter
Human Resources News bannerThe fall 2006 issue of UW-Eau Claire's Human Resources News is now online. Here's some of what you'll find:    

  • information on the Dual Choice enrollment period and the 2006 Benefits Fair;
  • details about floating legal holidays for 2006 (for unclassified and classified staff);
  • links to I-9, eligibility, W-4, and paycheck distribution forms;
  • and more.   

Comments or questions regarding Human Resources News may be referred to the Human Resources office at 836-2513. Go to top of page

Geography of football, baseball fans to be topic
of next 'Let's Do Lunch' session

'Let's Do Lunch' graphicResearch on contemporary patterns of fan bases and markets in professional baseball and football will be the topic of an Aug. 30 luncheon presentation hosted by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association. Dr. Timothy Bawden, assistant professor of geography and anthropology at UW-Eau Claire, will give a presentation from noon to 1 p.m. at Sweetwaters restaurant. Bawden's talk, titled "The Geography of Professional Baseball and Football Fans," is part of the Alumni Association's monthly "Let's Do Lunch" series. Full story.  Go to top of page

Athletics announces 1st & 10 Luncheons, ticket info

Todd Glaser
Todd Glaser

First-year UW-Eau Claire head football coach Todd Glaser has announced he will meet the media and fans at weekly "1st and 10 Luncheons" this fall. During each session, which will last from noon to 1 or 1:30 p.m., Glaser will provide video highlights of the previous week's game and offer comments on the upcoming game. Other coordinators or position coaches also will speak each week, and there will be regular appearances by Blugold players. Other Blugold staff members also will make guest appearances and drawings will be held regularly for Blugold apparel. Full story and luncheon schedule.

UW-Eau Claire Blugolds athletics logo UW-Eau Claire athletic officials have announced no major changes in athletic ticket prices and policies for the 2006-07 seasons. Single game general admission tickets will continue to be priced at $6 for adults, $5 for UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff, $4 for seniors and $3 for youths and visiting students. UW-Eau Claire students will be admitted free of charge with a validated student ID. Admission will continue to be charged for the fall sports of football and volleyball and all winter sports which include basketball, hockey, wrestling, swimming and gymnastics. There are more than 70 scheduled regular season home events in the nine admission sports during 2006-07. The doors will open one hour prior to game time in all sports except football, for which the gates will open 1½ hours prior to game time. Full story, including all-sports and season pass information.  Go to top of page

Photo corner
Scenes from 2006-07 academic year opening meeting
Photos by Bill Hoepner, LTS
Faculty and staff fill Zorn Arena Top left: UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members filled Zorn Arena for the first all-employee breakfast and academic year opening meeting Aug. 22. Middle left: Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich and his wife, Debi, visited with faculty members during the all-employee breakfast before the academic year opening meeting. Seated, from left, are Thomas Miller, history; Brady Foust, geography and anthropology; Robert Eierman, chemistry; Paula Kleintjes Neff, biology; and David Lewis, chemistry (with back to camera).
Chancellor Brian and Debi Levin-Stankevich with faculty members
Sandra Schulner and Jennifer Johs-Artisensi
Above, Sandra Schulner, College of Education and Human Sciences, left, caught up with Jennifer Johs-Artisensi, public health professions.  
Jim Vance, Steve Tallant, Damian O'Brien Al Wiberg and Troy Terhark
Above left, Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor Steve Tallant, center, spoke with, at left, Jim Vance, former director of UW-Eau Claire's American Ethnic Coordinating Office, and Damian O'Brien, Admissions. Above right, Al Wiberg, left, talked to Troy Terhark. Both Wiberg and Terhark work in University Recreation and Sport Facilities.
Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich made the rounds during the all-employee breakfast, meeting many staff members for the first time. At right, top photo, he shakes hands with Dan Wald, University Centers and Programs. Center right, Levin-Stankevich and his wife, Debi, greeted Paula Stuettgen, Activities and Programs (shaking chancellor's hand); Andrew Gutshall, University Centers and Programs (seated next to Stuettgen); Sharon Nergaard, Service Center (across from Gutshall); and Bill Webb, Facilities Planning and Management. Bottom right, Levin-Stankevich welcomes Jill Olm, art & design. Looking on are Vicki Funne Reed, University Recreation and Sport Facilities (to chancellor's left) and Sandra Starck, art & design. Go to top of page Chancellor Levin-Stankevich and Dan Wald
Chancellor Levin-Stankevich and Debi Levin-Stankevich greet employees


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