Vol. 54, No. 3Third Week • Fall Semester • Sept. 5, 2006

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NSF grant goes to area nanotechnology program

New 2006 faculty/academic staff appointments, recent promotions and grants of tenure

Mark your calendar: Inauguration set for Oct. 27

Peggy O'Halloran is new CASE director

Katherine Rhoades announces 2007 retirement

Remembering the days …

Faculty show kicks off new Foster Gallery season

Community fitness program begins this month

Faculty, staff to lead sessions at Beaver Creek event

Photo corner: Students return to campus

 

NSF grant goes to area nanotechnology program

Douglas Dunham Marcus McEllistrem
UW-Eau Claire faculty members Douglas Dunham, physics and astronomy (left), and Marcus McEllistrem, chemistry (right), spoke during a news conference Aug. 31 announcing a National Science Foundation grant for an area nanotechnology program. Dunham and McEllistrem will participate in a cooperative nanotechnology curriculum-writing program along with and faculty from Chippewa Valley Technical College and UW-Stout. (CVTC photos)

A $217,975 National Science Foundation grant will be disbursed over two years for the development of nanoscience technology coursework to be offered cooperatively at Chippewa Valley Technical College, UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stout. The coursework will allow students in CVTC's nanoscience technology program to complete their final semester in the Chippewa Valley rather than at the University of Minnesota, as previously required.

UW-Eau Claire professors Douglas Dunham, physics and astronomy, and Marcus McEllistrem, chemistry, will participate in the curriculum-writing project along with faculty from CVTC and UW-Stout. Students in the nanoscience technology program will use facilities at each of the cooperating institutions, including UW-Eau Claire's Materials Science Center. See related Leader-Telegram and Wisconsin Technology Network articles. Go to top of page

New 2006 faculty/academic staff appointments, recent promotions and grants of tenure
Click here to find out who's new on campus among faculty and academic staff. Also see faculty and academic staff promotions and tenure designations. Go to top of page

Mark your calendar:
Inauguration set for Oct. 27
The inauguration for UW-Eau Claire's new chancellor, Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich, will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, on the university campus. UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff are invited to mark their calendars and plan on attending this celebration. Additional details will follow in upcoming issues of the University Bulletin. Go to top of page

 

Peggy O'Halloran is new CASE director

Peggy O'Halloran
Peggy O'Halloran

Peggy O'Halloran is the new director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for Alcohol Studies and Education. O'Halloran, who started the position Aug. 1, has seven years of experience in program planning and implementation, grant writing and program evaluation in the public health field. With a bachelor's degree in biology from UW-Madison and a master's of public health degree from the University of Minnesota, O'Halloran was most recently the evaluation coordinator for HIV, STD and hepatitis prevention programs funded by the Minnesota Department of Health from 2002 to 2006.

Last summer UW-Eau Claire received a two-year, $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help support CASE, including an initiative aimed at reducing rates of drinking among first-year students. This semester begins the second year of grant-funded activities. O'Halloran said the goals of the grant program will continue to be increasing awareness of the consequences of high-risk drinking, enhancing enforcement of state laws and university policies regarding underage and high-risk drinking, reducing the number of students who drink and drive, and reducing the negative consequences of underage and high-risk drinking among first-year students. Full story. Go to top of page

Katherine Rhoades announces 2007 retirement
Katherine Rhoades, dean of UW-Eau Claire's College of Education and Human Sciences, has announced she will retire in July 2007. A national search for Rhoades' replacement will be conducted during the 2006-07 academic year with the goal of having a new COEHS dean in place by the start of the 2007-08 academic year, said Steve Tallant, interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. "We will lose an excellent leader in Dr. Rhoades," Tallant said. "She has made many important contributions as both a faculty member and administrator here. We look forward to having the benefit of her guidance during her remaining semesters at UW-Eau Claire." Go to top of page

Remembering the days
link to On the university's first day of classes, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation is connecting with alumni and friends via e-mail to remind them of their first days on campus. The new "Remember" e-mail solicitation for the Foundation's Excellence Fund is being sent today to nearly 20,000 UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends. You can check out the new message, which features Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich, on the Foundation Web site. The Foundation entered the e-mail solicitation arena last December with its "The Promise of Excellence" solicitation, which generated more than $20,000 for the Excellence Fund. Go to top of page

Faculty show kicks off new Foster Gallery season

Ned Gannon's "To Love Anything" (top photo) and Jian Luo's "Transaction" are among the works to be displayed during this fall's Faculty Art Show in Foster Gallery.

UW-Eau Claire's Foster Gallery, located in the Haas Fine Arts Center, will open the fall season in its traditional way, with a Faculty Art Show featuring the results of the past year's research by studio art faculty from the department of art & design.

This fall the featured faculty artists are assistant professors of art & design Ned Gannon and Jian Luo. Gannon will exhibit a series of paintings collectively titled "Thirteen Ways to Look at the North Crossing." Luo will exhibit six pieces: two larger works on paper with mixed media and four pieces on canvas with oil and aluminum board.

The exhibit will open Thursday, Sept. 7, with an opening reception in the gallery from 7:30-9 p.m. The show runs through Oct. 5. Full story. Go to top of page

Community fitness program begins this month
exercise photoOn Sept. 18, UW-Eau Claire's department of kinesiology will begin the ninth year of a popular Community Fitness Program that has gotten hundreds of people started on a regular exercise routine.

Meetings are in the Olson Addition of McPhee Physical Education Center on upper campus. This semester, new time slots from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday are offered in addition to the traditional 6-8 a.m. time. Participants are not expected to stay the full two hours.The midday time slot may be particularly convenient for university faculty and staff members who typically are already on campus during that time and would not have parking concerns, said Don Bredle, one of the kinesiology faculty members coordinating the program.

The goal is to help adults who are out of shape, overweight or unsure about how to start a program to feel the many benefits that regular exercise can bring. Full story. Go to top of page

Faculty, staff to lead sessions at Beaver Creek event
woman studying streamSeven UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members will be among the experts leading sessions Sept. 12 during A Chippewa Valley Environmental Experience, a daylong program at the Wise Nature Center at Beaver Creek Reserve north of Fall Creek. Anyone interested in the natural world, whether for pure enjoyment or scientific research, is invited to this event to learn about plant identification, lake ecology and limnology, global positioning systems (GPS) and orienteering, river and stream ecology, bird surveys, and geology. UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff presenting sessions will be Paula Kleintjes Neff, David Lonzarich, Todd Wellnitz, Johanna Oosterwyk, Evan Weiher and Joseph Rohrer, all from the biology department, and Garry Running, geography and anthropology. More information is available on the Beaver Creek Reserve Web site. Go to top of page

Photo corner: Students return to campus
Scenes from freshman move-in day, picnic, CUBEfest

Photos by Bill Hoepner, LTS
student carrying TV

student, parent unloading vehicle

Scenes like these were common Aug. 31 as incoming freshmen and their families unloaded vehicles and moved students' belongings into their residence hall rooms. Good-byes to family members (below) followed all the hard work.

student, parent embracing
students walking to picnic Chancellor Levin-Stankevich greets students
Above left, new freshmen made their way from the residence halls to the Central Campus Mall Sept. 1 for the welcome picnic and the opening of phase two orientation activities. Above right, Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich greeted students as they arrived at the picnic.
Above left, the freshman opening picnic included an appearance by the Blugold Marching Band. Below, students loaded their plates with picnic fare. Following the picnic, the freshmen attended a convocation presentation in Zorn Arena, followed by an ice cream social back out on the Campus Mall.
Chancellor Levin-Stankevich prepares to throw first Wiffle ball pitch
Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich prepared to throw the first pitch in the fourth annual Wiffle Ball Challenge hosted on Labor Day by Horan Hall. The event, held in conjunction with Horan's fifth annual "Sausage Fest," was a part of CUBEfest activities designed to welcome and integrate first-year students to the academic community. CUBEfest continues through this week.

 


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