OPID to offer conference development grants
The UW System Office of Professional and Instructional Development offers grants of up to $1,000 for development and sponsorship of local, regional and system-wide workshops and conferences focused on the improvement of teaching.
OPID is particularly interested in proposals that focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning, and in activities that build upon existing campus initiatives focused on teaching and learning. OPID also is eager to create opportunities for faculty and staff who have received previous OPID grants to share those projects and their results with colleagues.
Two copies of each proposal must be submitted to Linda Carpenter, NET coordinator and UW-Eau Claire's administrative representative to OPID, in the NET office (Schofield 30) by Nov. 3. NET will ensure that proposals are received in the OPID office by Nov. 10.
Guidelines and application forms are available on the NET or OPID Web sites. For more information, contact Linda Carpenter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 836-2298. Proposers also may request additional details and guidelines from Donna Silver, OPID assistant director, at email@example.com or 608-262-4337.
Call for proposals for visiting minority artists/scholars
The Visiting Minority Scholar/Artist in Residence Program provides the opportunity to build relationships with minority scholars and artists, and can serve as a wonderful recruiting opportunity for departments or units. Steven Tallant, interim provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, invites proposals to bring visiting minority scholars/artists to UW-Eau Claire, with funding provided by his office.
Scholars/artists should be representative of those racial/ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in the U.S. workforce, and must be U.S. citizens or have permanent residency status. Candidates also must possess a social security card.
Proposals may be submitted throughout the academic year. Priority consideration will be given to those proposals received by Dec. 1. More information is available online or by contacting Tallant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty/Academic Staff Forums
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will present Faculty/Academic Staff Forums this semester. The programs will be held from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. Wednesdays in the Presidents Room of Davies Center unless otherwise noted. Attendees are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch or tray.
• Oct. 25: Doug Olson, public health professions, and Mary Zwygart-Stauffacher, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Exploring the Critical Role of the Director of Nursing, results of a two state study and sharing plans for a national study with long-term care organizations.
• Nov. 1: Kate Reynolds and Dale Gable, foreign languages, "English as a Second Language: Academic or Fluff?"
A list of all Fall 2006 Faculty/Academic Staff Forums can be viewed online.
Ron Schlattman (emeritus) recently was elected president of the Loveland (Colo.) Civic Music Association. He had served as vice president for the previous four years. Schlattman also is on the teaching staff of the Mountain Wildlife Program for the city.
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Thomas King (emeritus) and students Paul Schoch, Barbara Pavcovich and James Antonson demonstrated traditional goju karate for area adults at the Minong Senior Center June 21. King and the students discussed elements of adult fitness with the audience and emphasized the role of physical conditioning in maintaining and enhancing overall wellness and cognitive functioning throughout life. King is Sandan rank, third degree black belt in karate, with more than 35 years' martial arts experience. In addition, his articles on aging “If You Had Just One Day,”“Moccasin Mike Road, Melba Toast, and McGyver” and “Skateboarding to Retirement” were published in the Superior Daily Telegram over the past few months. King's readings of his essays also have aired on the Wisconsin Public Radio station KUWS over the past year. The essays are part of one of King's current book projects, “Becoming Eternal: Reflections on the Second Half of Life,” which King anticipates will be published in 2008 or 2009.
John Hildebrand participated in a panel titled "Environmentalism and Sense of Place" at the Wisconsin Book Festival Oct. 21 in Madison. His book, "A Northern Front: New & Selected Essays," recently was named a notable book by the Wisconsin Library Association. Earlier it also had won a Minnesota Book Award for science and nature Writing.
Bruce Taylor read his poetry Oct. 9 at Cameron College in Lawton, Okla. He also visited classes as part of the college's Visiting Artists Series.
Foundations of Education/Communication and Journalism
John Ridge (emeritus, Foundations of Education) and Alice Ridge (emerita, Communication and Journalism) were invited speakers at the 33rd annual conference of the Montana Historical Society Sept. 28-30 in Billings, Mont. Their talk was titled "The Impact of the Yellowstone Trail Upon the Yellowstone River Valley." The Ridges are founders of the nonprofit organization Yellowstone Trail Association, are columnists for the national magazine American Road and are authors of "Introducing the Yellowstone Trail: A Good Road from Plymouth Rock to Puget Sound, 1912-1930."
Geography and Anthropology
Harry Jol was a co-author with UW-Eau Claire graduate Jenifer Bode (now a graduate student at the University of Calgary) on a presentation titled "GPR Investigations of Hapuna Beach, Hawaii: Coastal and Fluvial Deposits," which was presented at the 11th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR 2006) June 19-22 at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. The associated paper was published in the proceedings of the conference on CD-ROM.
Jane Pederson chaired and presented comments at a session titled "Women's Roles and Leadership in Rural Organizations" at the 2006 Conference of the Rural Women's Studies Association Oct. 5-7 in Lancaster, Pa.
Music and Theatre Arts
Donald Patterson presented a recital Oct. 8 in the Music Room of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Music of Mozart, Schumann and Gorecki were featured.
Cheryl Starr presented two workshops titled "Drama in the Classroom" with Becky Mattson, a third-grade teacher at Robbins Elementary School, at the NWEA Conference Oct. 12 and 13 in Eau Claire.
Tarique Niazi recently had his article “Distributional Inequities and Resource Use Behavior: Political Economy of Ecological Divide” published in the Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 41, No. 40, Oct. 7, 2006, pages 4273-4280. The Economic and Political Weekly, which is regarded as the world’s largest outlet of peer-reviewed scientific research, featured Niazi’s contribution as a special article. The 8,000-words article includes seven statistical tables and 52 documented sources of ecological and economic data. The Office of Research and Sponsored Program funded Niazi’s research, and ORSP’s former director Christopher Lind (emeritus) took deep interest in the successful completion of this project.