Vol. 54, No. 5Fifth Week • Fall Semester • Sept. 18, 2006

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UW-Eau Claire named a Best Midwestern College

Speaker to address children's rights in South Africa

Hall of Fame/Super Six awards banquet to honor current, former Blugold greats

Faculty, academic staff receive grants from UW System Institute on Race and Ethnicity

University home page gets a face lift

Campus installs lightning prediction system

Day of Caring kicks off United Way basket raffle


UW-Eau Claire named a Best Midwestern College
Best Midwestern College logoUW-Eau Claire has been named by The Princeton Review as a 2007 Best Midwestern College and earlier this year was named one of America's Best Value Colleges.

UW-Eau Claire is one of 163 schools to receive the "Best Midwestern College" designation and is included on a list of 150 Best Value Colleges.

Kristina Anderson, executive director of enrollment services at UW-Eau Claire, said UW-Eau Claire continues to be a first-choice campus for talented students.

"The faculty and staff work hard to nurture our students, and in an era of rising tuition across the country, UW-Eau Claire continues to be an excellent education value. Being recognized for that excellence by the Princeton Review is certainly an honor." Full story. Go to top of page

Speaker to address children's rights in South Africa

Andreis Viviers
Andreis Viviers

The rights of children in South Africa will be the topic of a presentation by Andreis Viviers, a guest lecturer in UW-Eau Claire's department of social work, at noon Thursday, Sept. 21, in the Arrowhead Room of Davies Center.

In his presentation, "For the Children: UNICEF and Children's Rights in South Africa," Viviers will discuss his current projects for UNICEF in South Africa and the surrounding nations of southern Africa. The focus of the project is children's participation in their own lives through involvement in planning for themselves.

Viviers is a social worker employed by UNICEF South Africa. He currently supervises UW-Eau Claire social work student Alex Galston, an intern in a community development project in rural South Africa. Full story. Go to top of page

Hall of Fame/Super Six awards banquet
to honor current, former Blugold greats

UW-Eau Claire BlugoldsSeven former Blugold athletes and a former head women's basketball coach will be inducted into the Blugold Hall of Fame, and six current student athletes will be honored with the university's Super Six Award at a banquet Sept. 30 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at The Plaza Hotel & Suites, Eau Claire. The 2006 Blugold Hall of Fame inductees will be Lisa Stone (head women's basketball coach 1988-2000), Arlene Meinholz Beardsley, (basketball 1992-95 and track 1992-96), Mike Blair (basketball 1983-87 and football 1987), Tim Blair (basketball 1987-90), Tony Algiers (wrestling 1979-83), Eric Burrell (track 1988-80 and football 1987-88), Roger Vann (football 1978-81, deceased) and Jerry Gendron (football 1962-65). The 2005 Super Six Award recipients will be Brent Tieri (football), Jesse Krzyzanowski (football), Tyler Birkel (basketball), Steph Barnes (track and field), Amanda Schultz (ice hockey) and Molly Menard (volleyball).

Tickets are $20 per person for the social hour, dinner and program and should be reserved by Sept. 22 by contacting the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association at (715) 836-3266 or alumni@uwec.edu. See the athletics Web site for past Blugold Hall of Fame inductees and Super Six Award winners. Go to top of page

Faculty, academic staff receive grants from
UW System Institute on Race and Ethnicity

UW System logoThe UW System Institute on Race and Ethnicity has awarded five support grants for fiscal year 2006-07 to faculty and academic staff members at UW-Eau Claire.

Receiving curriculum development grants are Debra Barker, English, for the project “A Gathering of Spirits: American Indian Women Writers” and Linda Carpenter, communication sciences and disorders, for the project “Serving Racially, Ethnically, Culturally, and Linguistically Diverse Populations: A Proposal for a New Course in CSD.”

Receiving campus activities grants are Beverly Soll, Activities and Programs office, and Toni Poll-Sorensen, music and theatre arts, for their project “Evidence: The Ronald K. Brown Dance Company”; Jerry Young, music and theatre arts, for the project “Residency by Jon Sass”; and Paul Kaldjian, geography and anthropology, for the project “Latinos Lecheros: A Symposium on the Critical Contribution of Mexicans to Western Wisconsin's Culture and Economy.” Full story. Go to top of page

University home page gets a face-lift
UW-Eau Claire home pageRecent changes to UW-Eau Claire's home page will better highlight "The Eau Claire Advantage" and provide more campus events information for visitors to the university's Web site, said Lillian Hillis, Learning and Technology Services. Hillis chairs a campus Web work group that implemented the changes.

The updated home page, which went live Sept. 13, includes new banner photos that rotate each time the page is refreshed in a visitor's Web browser. The images, which will be updated periodically, illustrate different aspects of UW-Eau Claire's marks of excellence, collectively called "The Eau Claire Advantage" in university marketing materials. The text accompanying the photos states the advantages and links to "The Eau Claire Advantage" Web page. Also new to the home page is a "Campus Events" section in the lower right corner, which will highlight two campus events and link visitors to the online Calendar of Events for information about additional campus activities.

Site visitors also may notice the "News and information" link formerly in the home page's left column is no longer there. The "News and information" Web page still can be accessed by following the "More news" link just under the news items in the page's center column. Go to top of page

Campus installs lightning prediction system
lightningUW-Eau Claire has installed a lightning prediction system designed to predict a lightning strike within a defined geographical region. Using sensors connected to a computer, the system is able to measure and analyze the electrostatic field in the atmosphere. Once pre-established detection limits are reached, the system activates a series of horns and strobe lights to warn those outside to seek shelter. Since the system is automated, it can provide warning even when there appears to be no evidence of lightning.

Three sets of warning horns and strobes have been installed around the UW-Eau Claire upper campus. They are located at Bollinger Field, the Hilltop tennis courts and Simpson Field. Full story. Go to top of page

Day of Caring kicks off United Way basket raffle
Tickets for drawing still on sale until Sept. 29

student purchasing basket raffle tickets from Robin Leary
COEHS 'Jitter Jitter Bang Bang' basket
Top photo: A UW-Eau Claire student purchased raffle tickets Sept. 15 from volunteer Robin Leary of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. The tickets were for a theme basket raffle launched during the campus Day of Caring event to benefit the United Way of Greater Eau Claire. Bottom photo: The "Jitter Jitter Bang Bang" basket, provided by the College of Education and Human Sciences, is among 13 theme baskets donated to the effort by UW-Eau Claire employees. (Photos by Bill Hoepner, LTS)

UW-Eau Claire's Day of Caring event Sept. 15 launched the third annual theme basket raffle to benefit the United Way of Greater Eau Claire and its member agencies. Thirteen baskets created by UW-Eau Claire employees were displayed on the Central Campus Mall, and raffle tickets were sold for chances to win the baskets in a drawing to be held Sept. 29. Raffle tickets still can be purchased from the campus departments and offices sponsoring baskets, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 28 and 29 in the east lobby of Davies Center.

University employees willing to help sell tickets Sept. 28 and 29 should contact Jacqueline Bonneville at 836-3487 or bonnevjk@uwec.edu by Sept. 20.

The following are the basket sponsors and themes:

  • News Bureau: "Mexican Fiesta!"
  • College of Education and Human Sciences: "Jitter Jitter Bang Bang"
  • McIntyre Library: "Your Information Advantage"
  • UW-Eau Claire Foundation and Alumni Office: "Blugold Basket"
  • University Centers: "Chocolate Is Better Than … "
  • Business Services: "The Letter "B" is for …"
  • Student Development and Diversity: "Around the World"
  • Advising and New Student Initiatives: "Put the 'Gold' Back in 'Blugold'"
  • Athletics: "All Sports, All the Time"
  • Recreation and Sport Facilities: "Let's Recreate!"
  • Multicultural Affairs: "Ethnic Foods"
  • Career Services: "Chippewa Valley Harvest "
  • Educational Support Services: "A Romantic Italian Dinner."Go to top of page


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