Vol. 54, No. 7 • Seventh Week • Fall Semester • Oct. 2, 2006
Provost search and screen committee selected
Members of the UW-Eau Claire provost search and screen committee are Chip Eckardt, chief information officer and manager of desktop computing; Avril Flaten, senior history major; Karen Havholm, interim assistant vice chancellor for research and sponsored programs; Elise Hallock, sophomore philosophy and political science major; David Jones, assistant professor of English; Karl Markgraf, director of international education; Susan McIntyre, professor of curriculum and instruction; Sue Moore, registrar; Scott Oates, associate professor of English and director of university assessment; Jim Oberly, professor of history; Jill Pinkney Pastrana, associate professor of Foundations of Education; Lori Snyder, senior lecturer, geology; Robert Sutton, associate dean of the College of Business; and Mary Zwygart-Stauffacher, associate dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Dr. Eberth Alarcon, associate professor of mathematics at UW-Eau Claire, died Sept. 26. He was diagnosed with leukemia in March. Alarcon, 40, joined the university's mathematics faculty in 1995. His wife, Asha Sen, is an associate professor of English at UW-Eau Claire. A memorial service will be held at UW-Eau Claire Oct. 14. As details about the service's time and location are finalized, the UW-Eau Claire News Bureau will share that information with the campus community. Full obituary. Also read recent Spectator and Leader-Telegram articles in which colleagues and students remember Alarcon.
Thousands of UW-Eau Claire alumni, students, faculty, staff and community members will join in the Oct. 2-8 celebration of Homecoming 2006, themed "Flood the Falls." Events for both students and alumni are planned throughout the week, culminating on Saturday in the traditional 10 a.m. Homecoming parade, the 11 a.m. Blugold Fever Fest in Carson Park (featuring tailgate cuisine, beverages and the music of the Blugold Marching Band) and the 1 p.m. Blugolds vs. UW-River Falls Falcons football game. The fun will continue after the game with the Fifth Quarter postgame celebration in Carson Park. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire encourages responsible drinking during Homecoming 2006 festivities.
Celebration to honor published faculty, staff
The event features the work of more than 40 authors but celebrates the publishing accomplishments of all university staff by highlighting representative successes. The event is sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, McIntyre Library and Academic Affairs.
Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will speak briefly at 5 p.m. and hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served. Faculty and staff are invited to join their colleagues for conversation and celebration. More information, including list of featured authors.
Andrea Boh, a first-year graduate student in communication sciences and disorders at UW-Eau Claire, is one of nine students in the nation to receive a 2006 Students Preparing for Academic and Research Careers Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
The award program is part of an ASHA initiative to address the shortage of communication science and disorders faculty and researchers in higher education, said Linda Carpenter, professor of communication sciences and disorders and Boh's mentor.
A Middleton native, Boh graduated from UW-Eau Claire in May with a bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders. She earned a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average and has been involved in faculty-student research projects since her freshman year.
"I was lucky to start early," Boh said. "By my junior year I knew I wanted to go to graduate school and become a teacher in my field. I like the learning model at UW-Eau Claire, where research is integrated with teaching." Full story.
A UW-Eau Claire alumni gathering Sept. 30 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis for the Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago White Sox baseball game drew 1,024 Blugold alumni and friends — a record number of attendees for a UW-Eau Claire alumni event. "I couldn't be more pleased with the response we received from our alumni living in and around the Minneapolis and St. Paul area," said John Bachmeier, UW-Eau Claire alumni relations director. " I know the Twins are enjoying an outstanding year, but I would never have guessed we would draw more than 1,000 UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends."
The gathering was part of UW Day at the Metrodome, to which alumni from all UW System campuses were offered a reduced ticket price.
"I think this also is a real tribute to Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff and The Singing Statesmen," Bachmeier added. "Those guys have a real following." The Singing Statesmen sang the national anthem before the game.
The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association maintains a schedule of its upcoming events on its Web site.
Aaron Schasse, a UW-Eau Claire senior graphic design student, will present an exhibit titled "Costa Rica: Inside and Out" from Oct. 2-27 in the Grand Corridor of McIntyre Library in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month.
The exhibit includes photographs and short video poems from Schasse's travels to San Jose in 2005 and is the result of a student/faculty collaborative grant project with Cara Tomlinson, assistant professor of art, and Sean Regan, assistant professor of art history. Schasse, who has a minor in Latin American studies, said the focus of his research became the evolving process of reviewing the footage he'd obtained and assembling it in a way that would communicate "the emotional content, truth and beauty" of his experiences.
Dancer and choreographer David Appel is visiting UW-Eau Claire as artist in residence for the department of music and theatre arts from Friday, Sept. 29, through Monday, Oct. 9. He will hold a master class, open to the public, at 6 p.m. today in Room 105 of the McPhee Physical Education Center.
In addition to the master class, Appel will serve as guest lecturer in "Dance Appreciation" and "Advanced Modern Dance" classes and will choreograph a new work for the Concert Dance Company. Appel has a background in a variety of techniques, including modern, release, T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Aikido, contact and other improvisation forms, movement re-education and healing. Full story.
Latin American Studies Week events planned
Jill Prushiek, associate professor and field experience director for the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, received the 2005 Jeff Wendt Appreciation Award for her volunteer efforts with Indianhead Area Special Olympics. The Jeff Wendt Award recognizes an individual in the Indianhead Area who made the most impact on the program throughout the year. It is named for Jeff Wendt, a Special Olympics athlete who died in 1993 at the age of 33, and was established by his family in recognition of his love and commitment for Special Olympics. Full story.
Chicago art trip meeting is Oct. 5
An informational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in Room 101 of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Tickets for the trip are $160 for four-person rooms or $225 for two-person rooms and include three nights at the Howard Johnson Inn in downtown Chicago and round trip motor coach. Tickets are now available at the University Service Center. Full story.
The Sept. 29 raffle of 13 theme baskets donated by UW-Eau Claire employees raised $1,900 for the United Way of Greater Eau Claire and its member agencies. The event was coordinated by UW-Eau Claire's United Way/State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) Committee. Following are the raffle winners: