Vol. 54, No. 9Ninth Week • Fall Semester • Oct. 16, 2006

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History department receives UW System award

Psychology prof's study makes international news

Details set for chancellor's Oct. 27 inauguration

Robert Rose announces retirement

Alumnus leaves $200,000 estate gift for computer science scholarships

UW System gives guidance on political activities

Campus readings to be part of area book festival

Events celebrate new women's studies major

Tunnel of Oppression includes new issues, images

Campus hosts first graduate school fair

'The Adding Machine' runs through Oct. 22

Blugold Dining joins quest for food drive record

Institute on Race and Ethnicity publishes newsletter

 

History department receives UW System award
UW-Eau Claire excellence sealThe UW-Eau Claire history department is the recipient of the 14th annual Regents Teaching Excellence Award for Academic Departments and Programs. The award recognizes and rewards an academic department or program at a UW System institution that demonstrates exceptional commitment to teaching and learning.

The award pays tribute to the history department's dedication and to the faculty's ability to inspire in its students an enthusiasm for learning in the classroom and beyond, Board of Regents President David Walsh and Regent Danae Davis stated in a letter announcing the award.

"Additionally, this award recognizes the spirit of collaboration and cooperation at the heart of your program, qualities that invigorate academic life and are essential the scholarship of teaching and learning," the letter states. Full story. Go to top of page

Psychology prof's study makes international news

April Bleske-Rechek
April Bleske-Rechek

Research by April Bleske-Rechek, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of psychology, and Martie Haselton from UCLA has received international attention from news media since it was published last week. Their research findings, published in Hormones and Behavior, indicate that women who are ovulating tend to pay more attention to their appearance, perhaps in a subliminal effort to attract a mate.

In the study, women's clothing patterns coincided with the basic finding that when fertile, women dressed to impress: they wore more accessories and more fashionable clothing. Bleske-Rechek said the research supports a strong line of previous research suggesting that women experience a whole set of changes when in the fertile phase of their cycle, including more feelings of sexiness, more desire to flirt with and meet men, and stronger feelings of attraction toward men outside their primary relationship.

Read a related UW-Eau Claire media memo and news stories from the Leader-Telegram; WEAU-TV; CBS News; ABC News; WTVF-TV in Nashville, Tenn.; the UCLA Daily Bruin; Ireland On-Line; Monsters and Critics.com based in Glasgow, Scotland; Medical News Today based in Bexhill, England; Medindia.com; Spotlighting News; and the Los Angeles Times as published in the Houston Chronicle. Go to top of page

Details set for chancellor's Oct. 27 inauguration
The inauguration of UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Before the ceremony, university choral ensembles will perform in the foyer of the Haas Fine Arts Center beginning at 2:15 p.m. A reception in the Haas Fine Arts Center foyer will immediately follow the ceremony. Invitations were sent the week of Sept. 18 via campus mail to all university faculty and staff. Faculty and staff may RSVP by delivering their response cards to the Chancellor's Office, 204 Schofield Hall, or by completing the online guest RSVP form. Go to top of page

Robert Rose
Robert Rose

Robert Rose announces retirement
Robert Rose, professor and director of libraries at UW-Eau Claire, has announced he will retire at the end of this month. Christopher Cox, assistant director of libraries, has been named interim director.

Rose joined the UW-Eau Claire faculty in August 1998 after serving in a variety of librarian positions at other universities, including the University of Northern Iowa, Pennsylvania State University at Erie, Behrend College, San Diego State University, Arizona State University and California State University, Fullerton. Rose's areas of research have included reference and business librarianship, distance education, and collection development and management. At UW-Eau Claire and other libraries, Rose participated in planning and implementation of several major library building and/or remodeling projects. Full story. Go to top of page

Scott Seawell
Scott Seawell

Alumnus leaves $200,000 estate gift
for computer science scholarships
Scott Seawell, a leader in sales, marketing and product development in the communication industry and a 1984 UW-Eau Claire graduate, has made a $200,000 estate gift to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, permanently endowing a scholarship fund for UW-Eau Claire students majoring in computer science.

Seawell, who died of leukemia in October 2005 at the age of 43, wanted others to have the opportunity for a college education at the university he loved. "Scott felt very strongly about education and wanted his gift to make a significant difference to deserving students," said Todd Seawell, Scott's brother.

Seawell's gift supports two annual scholarships of $4,000, which will be awarded to students who are juniors majoring in computer science with a GPA of 3.5 and above and who demonstrate financial need. The scholarships are renewable if the recipients continue to perform well academically. Full story. Go to top of page

UW System gives guidance on political activities
Democrat/Republican symbolsWith many political campaigns gearing up for the November elections, UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff are encouraged to review the UW System guidelines on political campaign activities at system institutions. The guidelines are available on the government relations pages of the UW System Web site. Go to top of page

Campus readings to be part of area book festival
booksReadings at UW-Eau Claire by two internationally known authors are among the events planned for the seventh annual Chippewa Valley Book Festival, taking place Oct. 15-21 at various locations around Eau Claire.

A reading by Marge Piercy will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in UW-Eau Claire's Davies Theatre, followed by a reading by Patricia Hampl at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the breezeway of McIntyre Library. Piercy is the author of 17 novels, including the New York Times bestseller "Gone to Soldiers" and the national bestseller "The Longings of Women," 17 volumes of poetry, and a critically acclaimed memoir, "Sleeping with Cats." Hampl is the author of three highly acclaimed memoirs - "A Romantic Education," "Virgin Time" and "I Could Tell You Stories: Sojourns in the Land of Memory" - all of which were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. She also has published two collections of poetry, and her writing has appeared in magazines such as The New Yorker, Paris Review, New York Times Book Review and Ploughshares. Full story and festival schedule. Go to top of page

Events celebrate new women's studies major
Faculty, friends and students of the newly initiated UW-Eau Claire women's studies major are invited to gather during the week of Oct.16 to honor the foundations of women's studies - the roots of feminist learning, grassroots action and activism, and celebration of community.

The week's activities will include "A Day of Learning" on Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center. Also on Tuesday will be an informal conversation with internationally known author Marge Piercy from 2-3:15 p.m. in Davies Theatre. "An Evening of Celebration" is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in The Dulany, Davies Center, and "A Day of Action," with opportunities to volunteer for several area nonprofit organizations, will take place Friday, Oct. 20. Full story and event details. Go to top of page

Tunnel of Oppression includes new issues, images
MOSAIC logoUW-Eau Claire's 11th annual Tunnel of Oppression will take place today through Wednesday, Oct. 18. The nationally recognized program will offer free 45-minute tours from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Towers Basement. The interactive program raises awareness and educates people about the different types of oppression found in today's society.

"Even if participants have seen the Tunnel of Oppression before, they should attend again this year," said Emily Langer, president of Making Our School an Intercultural Community, the event sponsor. "It is completely different from years past and covers a wide variety of topics. This 'in-your-face' program allows everyone to understand the challenges others may face every day." Full story. Go to top of page

Campus hosts first graduate school fair
graduate and professional school fair logo"Steps Toward Your Future," UW-Eau Claire's first graduate and professional school fair, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in Zorn Arena. Representatives from more than 30 schools with graduate programs will be at the fair, which is open to everyone in the Chippewa Valley and surrounding areas, including students from neighboring colleges and universities. The event is cosponsored by UW-Eau Claire's Golden Key International Honour Society and Career Services. A complete list of the schools to be represented at the fair is available online. Full story. Go to top of page

'The Adding Machine' runs through Oct. 22
'The Adding Machine' posterPerformances by UW-Eau Claire's music and theatre arts department of "The Adding Machine" by Elmer Rice, which opened Oct. 12 in Kjer Theatre, will continue through Oct. 22. Additional performances will be given at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18-21, with a 1:30 p.m. matinee performance scheduled for Oct. 22.

"The Adding Machine" tells the story of Mr. Zero, an anti-hero caught in a dehumanizing technological world. Mr. Zero learns that he is being replaced by an adding machine. In response, Mr. Zero kills his boss and embarks on an expressionistic journey through life and after-life. The play, written in the 1920s, deals with contemporary issues of the 21st century, including racism, technology, job outsourcing, celebrity, cultural debasement and hypocritical moral standards. Full story. Go to top of page

Blugold Dining joins quest for food drive record
Cans Across America logoBlugold Dining will participate on Wednesday, Oct. 18, in an attempt to break the world record for the largest food drive by a noncharitable organization in a 24-hour period. The effort, called Cans Across America, will involve all Sodexho campus dining services across the United States. All donations received at UW-Eau Claire will benefit the Feed My People Food Bank in Eau Claire. Campus organizations, departments, offices and individuals are encouraged to donate canned food during regular hours of operation at these campus dining locations: Riverview Cafe, The Terrace, Hilltop Center Food Court, Davies Marketplace, Cafe a la Carts, The Little Niagara Inn and Jazzmen's Cafe. For more information or to volunteer to log donations, call the Blugold Dining office at 836-5261. Go to top of page

Institute on Race and Ethnicity publishes newsletter
race/ethnicity graphicThe UW System Institute on Race and Ethnicity, which serves as a catalyst for scholarly research and curricular innovation in racial/ethnic studies, has published its October 2006 e-newsletter to publicize the availability of the institute's services to all UW System campuses. Read the most recent issue of the institute's E-Bulletin. Go to top of page

 


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