Vol. 54, No. 6Sixth Week • Fall Semester • Sept. 25, 2006

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Program to highlight nanotechnology's current, future impact on Wisconsin

Visitor to examine campus support for diversity, use of resources for minority students

Gloria Steinem opens 65th season of The Forum

Ensemble to perform live score to silent film

Bill Cosby appearance to open Parents Weekend

Mother/son team to speak about alcohol choices

'Women, Money and Politics' is forum topic

Golf outing to support award-winning NYSP

Theme basket benefit drawing is Sept. 29

Zorn Arena swings with sounds of Big Band Era

 

'Thinking Small' brochure coverProgram to highlight nanotechnology's current, future impact on Wisconsin
A series of events highlighting work in nanotechnology at UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stout, UW-Madison and the Chippewa Valley Technical College will run from noon-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at several Chippewa Valley locations. "Thinking Small: Nanotechnology and the American Dream” will discuss the impact nanotechnology already is making on the economy in western Wisconsin, as well as its implications for Wisconsin's future.

The schedule of events includes the following activities:

Brown bag discussion, noon-1:30 p.m., Silicon Graphics Inc. headquarters, Chippewa Falls. The event will feature Dr. Franco Cerrina, director of the Center of Nanotechnology at UW-Madison.

High school outreach program, 1-2:30 p.m., Memorial High School, Eau Claire. Presenters will include graduate students from UW-Madison's Nanotechnology Outreach program. High school science classes will be invited to the event.

Tour and discussion, 3-4:30 p.m., Chippewa Valley Technical College NanoRite Center, Eau Claire. Dr. William Ihlenfeldt, CVTC president, will host the event.

Public lecture and reception, 5:30-7 p.m., Phillips Science Hall, UW-Eau Claire. Featured speakers include Cerrina; Doug Dunham, UW-Eau Claire; Forrest Schultz, UW-Stout; and Hans Mikelson from CVTC. Area alumni from UW-Madison and UW-Eau Claire are among those invited to the public lecture and reception. Go to top of page

Visitor to examine campus support for diversity,
use of resources for minority students

William Ponder
William Ponder

William Ponder, vice president for student affairs at Eastern Washington University, will visit UW-Eau Claire Sept. 27-30 to examine the effectiveness of the way resources are currently expended for recruitment and retention of minority students. He also will review the effectiveness of the current organizational structure of student life functions in relation to supporting diversity on campus.

During his visit, Ponder will meet with UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff and students to gather their observations and recommendations. He will submit a report outlining his findings and recommendations to Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich by the end of October.

Ponder will be available to meet with students wishing to provide feedback from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Sept. 28 and from 11 a.m.-noon Sept. 29 in the Potawatomi Room, Davies Center.

Faculty and staff are asked to help inform students about the opportunity to share their thoughts with Ponder during the Sept. 28 and Sept. 29 student sessions. Go to top of page

Gloria Steinem opens 65th season of The Forum

Gloria Steinem
Gloria Steinem

Tickets still are available for the Tuesday, Sept. 26, presentation by women's rights icon Gloria Steinem in UW-Eau Claire's Zorn Arena. The program, titled "The Longest Revolution," will begin at 7:30 p.m.and open the university's 65th season of The Forum series. It will be Steinem's second Forum presentation. The first was in 1971, the year before she co-founded Ms. Magazine. Full story. Go to top of page

Ensemble to perform live score to silent film

Devil Music Ensemble
Devil Music Ensemble

The Devil Music Ensemble will perform its original score live to John Barrymore's silent film "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" at UW-Eau Claire today at 7 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.

Formed in Boston in 1999, the Devil Music Ensemble is a trio comprised of Brendon Wood on guitars, lap steel and synthesizer; Jonah Rapino on electric violin, vibraphone and synthesizer; and Tim Nylander on drums, percussion and synthesizer. In its short history, the Devil Music Ensemble has been a rock trio, an Eastern European folk band, a country band, a 40-piece modern orchestra, a house band for live theater and a multi-instrumental ensemble performing live soundtracks to silent films.

Tickets are $4 ($2 for UW-Eau Claire students) at the Service Center, 715-836-3727, in Davies Center's east lobby. Tickets also will be sold at the door. Full story. Go to top of page

Bill Cosby appearance to open Parents Weekend

Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby

Two comedy performances by Bill Cosby will kick off Parents Weekend at UW-Eau Claire Friday, Sept. 29. The shows, titled "An Evening with Bill Cosby," will begin at 5 and 8 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

Tickets still are available for both performances, with seating in the bleachers and gallery open for the 5 p.m. show and gallery seating only open for the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $35 (bleachers, reserved seating), or $30 (gallery, reserved seating) and are available at the Service Center in Davies Center's east lobby. Full story. Go to top of page

Mother/son team to speak about alcohol choices
CASE logoChris and Toren Volkmann, authors of "From Binge to Blackout: A Mother and Son Struggle with Teen Drinking" and "Our Drink: Detoxing the Perfect Family," will speak to UW-Eau Claire students and parents Sunday, Oct. 1, about alcohol choices and the consequences of heavy drinking. Their campus presentation will begin at 10 a.m. in Davies Theatre. They also will make a presentation at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at Memorial High School.

Chris and her son Toren will share their experience concerning alcohol abuse and will talk about how to engage friends and families in discussion, agree about acceptable behavior and recognize the warning signs of alcohol abuse. The two travel around the country to tell their story and have been featured in publications such as People magazine and The New York Times.

Both presentations are free and open to the public. The first 20 guests at each event will receive a free copy of one of the Volkmanns' books. For more information contact the UW-Eau Claire's Center for Alchohol Studies and Education at 715-836-5110 or case@uwec.edu. Go to top of page

'Women, Money and Politics' is forum topic
Progressive Student Association logoUW-Eau Claire's Progressive Student Association is one of the groups sponsoring a public forum titled "Women, Money, and Politics: Who's Winning?" to be held from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, in UW-Eau Claire's Davies Theatre.

Other sponsors of the event include the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Democracy Matters, League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Women's Network and Community Shares of Wisconsin.

The event will feature keynote speaker Joan Mandle, executive director of Democracy Matters, and panelists Sara Finger, executive director of the Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health, and Kerry Kincaid of the Eau Claire City Council. Mandel and the panelists will take questions from the audience following their presentations. Full story. Go to top of page

Golf outing to support award-winning NYSP
'Early Birdie' imageThe Early Birdie Golf Outing, part of UW-Eau Claire's annual Rec Fest, will take place Friday, Sept. 29, at Princeton Valley Golf Course with tee times starting at noon. Proceeds from the outing will go to support the National Youth Sports Program, an award-winning program for boys and girls ages 10-16 that is held in June on the UW-Eau Claire campus.

The outing is for any level of golfer and costs $25 per person (four people per team). Anyone can play and the fee includes nine holes, lunch, prizes and a t-shirt. Register at the Hilltop Recreation Center by noon Thursday, Sept. 28. For more information, contact Andy Jepsen at 715-836-2176 or jepsenan@uwec.edu. Go to top of page

Theme basket benefit drawing is Sept. 29

'Chocolate Is Better Than …' basket
The "Chocolate Is Better Than …" basket from University Centers is one of 13 theme baskets to be raffled off Sept. 29 as part of a benefit for the United Way of Greater Eau Claire. (Photo by Bill Hoepner, LTS)

A drawing for 13 theme baskets created by UW-Eau Claire employees will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, in the east lobby of Davies Center. Funds from ticket sales for the drawing will benefit the United Way of Greater Eau Claire and its member agencies. Raffle tickets, which are $1 each or 6 for $5, 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 west lobby of Davies Center.

The following are the basket sponsors and themes (see a complete listing of each basket's contents):

  • 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

Zorn Arena swings with sounds of Big Band Era

Michael Andrew performs at Big Band Era concertUW-Eau Claire's jazz ensembles and guest vocalists put on the university's annual Big Band Era Concerts Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22 and 23, in Zorn Arena. At right, 1987 alumnus Michael Andrew performed numbers made popular by renowned jazz vocalist Tony Bennett. Below, Bob Baca, UW-Eau Claire's director of jazz studies, led members of Jazz Ensemble I during the Friday evening concert. Read a Sept. 25 Spectator article recapping the weekend event. (Photos by Bill Hoepner, LTS)

Bob Baca directs Jazz Ensemble I

 


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