Vol. 54, No. 7Seventh Week • Fall Semester • Oct. 2, 2006

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Provost search and screen committee selected

Eberth Alarcon, math faculty member, dies at 40

UW-Eau Claire kicks off Homecoming 2006

Celebration to honor published faculty, staff

Behind the scenes with the Blugold Marching Band

Graduate student receives national award

Alumni event draws record number of Blugolds

Costa Rica is focus of student photo/video exhibit

Dancer/choreographer David Appel visits campus

Latin American Studies Week events planned

Special Olympics honors volunteer Jill Prushiek

Chicago art trip meeting is Oct. 5

Basket raffle raises $1,900 for United Way

 

Provost search and screen committee selected
The search and screen committee to assist in identifying a new provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UW-Eau Claire has been selected. Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will preside over the committee's first meeting today at 4 p.m. in Schofield Hall Room 202. Levin-Stankevich will provide the committee with the position description, suggest criteria and standards for selection, clarify the role of UW System administration and/or the Board of Regents in the appointment, provide a schedule for the search and preside over the selection of a committee chair and secretary.

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. Go to top of page

Eberth Alarcon, math faculty member, dies at 40
Eberth Alarcon
Eberth Alarcon

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. Go to top of page

UW-Eau Claire kicks off Homecoming 2006
Homecoming 'Flood the Falls' logo

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. Go to top of page

Celebration to honor published faculty, staff
UW-Eau Claire will recognize the hard work and self-discipline required of university faculty and staff to bring scholarly work to the level of publication or performance with the university's first Authors Celebration from 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center.

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. Go to top of page

Behind the scenes …
A vibrant university life rarely just happens. More often it's the result of planning, preparation and much invisible work. This issue of the University Bulletin introduces "Behind the Scenes …," a new feature produced by Learning and Technology Services that provides a look behind the scenes of various aspects of university life.
Behind the scenes with the Blugold Marching Band
Blugold Marching Band trombone player

Well before classes start in the fall, the nearly 200 members of the Blugold Marching Band arrive on campus for an intense week of getting to know music, drill patterns and each other. The week ends with a march across the footbridge to perform at the Freshman Colloquium. All this work leads to a polished finished product showcased at football games, parades and exhibitions across the region.

This year the band has prepared two musical programs. Its pregame and parade performances will be in the funk style and feature the music of Earth, Wind, and Fire. The band's half-time show, titled "Shut Up and Dance," combines intricate, fun marching maneuvers with the hard-driving music of Aerosmith.

Catch the band's Homecoming performances Oct. 7 during the Blugold Fever Fest, football game halftime and the Fifth Quarter alumni gathering, all in Carson Park. BUT FIRST, take a look behind the scenes. Go to top of page

Graduate student receives national award

Andrea Boh and Linda Carpenter
Award recipient Andrea Boh with her faculty mentor, Linda Carpenter.

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. Go to top of page

Alumni event draws record number of Blugolds

Top photo: These were some of the more than 1,000 UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends who turned out for a UW Day event at the Sept. 30 Minnesota Twins baseball game. Below: The Singing Statesmen performed the national anthem before the game. (Photos by UW-Eau Claire alumnus Larry Allen '78)

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. Go to top of page

Costa Rica is focus of student photo/video exhibit

photo by Aaron Schasse
This photo taken in Costa Rica shows a nun walking past graffiti that reads, "No a la tortura, si a la cultura," or "No to torture, yes to culture." The photo, by student Aaron Schasse, will be among those on display as part of his exhibit, "Costa Rica: Inside and Out," from Oct. 2-27 in McIntyre Library.

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.

There will be an opening reception for the exhibit at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in the Grand Corridor for those interested in meeting Schasse and discussing his work. Go to top of page

Dancer/choreographer David Appel visits campus

David Appel
David Appel

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. Go to top of page

Latin American Studies Week events planned
Latin American Studies Week artworkOctober is Hispanic Heritage Month, and UW-Eau Claire will celebrate with a number of events, including Latin American Studies Week Oct. 9-13. Hosted by the Latin American Studies Program, the week will feature presentations and discussions, food, music and dance. Three additional events for Hispanic Heritage Month are scheduled for Oct. 4, 16 and 19, and beginning Oct. 1 a McIntyre Library display will feature Latin American literature and art. All events are open to the public. See the full schedule of events. Go to top of page

Special Olympics honors volunteer Jill Prushiek

Jill Prushiek
Jill Prushiek

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. Go to top of page

Chicago art trip meeting is Oct. 5
Chicago evening skylineUW-Eau Claire's department of art & design invites faculty, staff, students and community members to join the annual fall art trip to Chicago. This year's cultural adventure to the Windy City will leave Eau Claire at noon Thursday, Oct. 26, and return between 6 and 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, with a stop at the Milwaukee Art Museum on the return trip. The trip also will include visits to the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Field Museum of Natural History and Museum of Contemporary Photography.

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. Go to top of page

Basket raffle raises $1,900 for United Way

COEHS 'Jitter Jitter Bang Bang' basket
The "Jitter Jitter Bang Bang" basket went to Roger Tlusty, foundations of education, in the Sept. 29 United Way theme basket raffle. See other basket winners below. (Photo by Bill Hoepner, LTS)

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:

  • News Bureau "Mexican Fiesta!" basket: Carla Kurz
  • College of Education and Human Sciences "Jitter Jitter Bang Bang" basket: Roger Tlusty
  • McIntyre Library "Your Information Advantage" basket: Bonnie Isaacson
  • UW-Eau Claire Foundation and Alumni office "Blugold Basket": Karen Morris
  • University Centers "Chocolate Is Better Than …" basket: Maryedna Hagen
  • Business Services "The Letter 'B' Is for …" basket: Shelli Manning
  • Student Development and Diversity "Around the World" basket: Marcia Backstrom
  • Advising and New Student Initiatives "Put the GOLD in Blugold" basket: Scott Ritter
  • Athletics "All Sports, All the Time" basket: Joanne Komso
  • University Recreation and Sport Facilities "Let's Recreate!" basket: Katie Clouse
  • Multicultural Affairs "Ethnic Foods" basket: Kiri Cooney
  • Career Services "Chippewa Valley Harvest" basket: Sandy Bleske
  • Educational Support Services "Italian Dinner" basket: Judy Berthiaume. Go to top of page

 


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