Vol. 54, No. 2 • Second Week • Fall Semester • Aug. 28, 2006
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.
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.
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.
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.
Faculty/staff roundtable, workshop to focus on writing in the disciplines
Attention new faculty and academic staff:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, the News Bureau would like photos of new faculty and academic staff members on file for promotional purposes. Contact Deb Blanchard (836-6005, email@example.com) 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.
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.
Human Resources publishes fall 2006 newsletter
Geography of football, baseball fans to be topic
• 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 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.