Vol. 54, No. 10Tenth Week • Fall Semester • Oct. 23, 2006

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Campus celebrates inauguration this Friday

Karlgaards give $500,000 more to extend Excellence in Computer Science Program initiatives

UW-Eau Claire ranks high among producers of Fulbright Scholars

Teresa O'Halloran to assume affirmative action post

New site takes prospective students on virtual tour

Guest speaker will address spirituality and health

Get the word out with campus e-Newsletter system

Davies Center to transform for annual Folk Fair

 

Campus celebrates inauguration this Friday

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In celebration of the inauguration, Dr. Brian and Debi Levin-Stankevich have established The Chancellor's Fund for Community Dialogue. More information.

UW-Eau Claire will celebrate the inaugura-tion of its seventh chief executive, Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich, at 3 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 27, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

All university faculty, staff and emeriti have been invited to attend the inauguration festivities. Those planning to attend should RSVP by returning their response cards to the Chancellor's Office, 204 Schofield Hall, or by completing the online guest RSVP form.

University music ensembles will perform before the ceremony in the Haas Fine Arts Center foyer beginning at 2:15 p.m. Music during the ceremony will be provided by the University Symphony Orchestra, and the university's all-male chorus, The Singing Statesmen, will lead attendees in the national anthem and the UW-Eau Claire Alma Mater. A reception in the Haas Fine Arts Center foyer immediately following the ceremony also will include music by ensembles from UW-Eau Claire's department of music and theatre arts.

Speakers during the ceremony will include Susan Harrison, University Senate chair; Chris Wagner, Student Senate president; Christopher Kirchman, recipient of UW-Eau Claire's 2005 Classified Staff Excellence in Performance Award; Robert McCoy, president of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce; Dave Zien, Wisconsin Senate president pro tem; Jesus Salas, a member of the UW System Board of Regents; and Stephen Jordan, president of Metropolitan State College of Denver. UW System president Kevin Reilly will install Chancellor Levin-Stankevich and present him with the university medallion. Go to top of page

Karlgaards give $500,000 more to extend Excellence in Computer Science Program initiatives
/fndn/campaignoverview.htmUW-Eau Claire alumni David and Marilyn Karlgaard, who gave a record $4.5 million to UW-Eau Claire in 2002, have donated another $500,000 to the university. The Karlgaards' initial gift, the largest announced to date by a Wisconsin public regional university, established a $4 million charitable trust designated for the university. In addition, they gave $500,000 to establish the Karlgaard Excellence in Computer Science Program. The newest $500,000 gift will extend the excellence fund's initiatives.

The Karlgaards' generosity already has made a significant difference to the university and its students, said Carole Halberg, UW-Eau Claire Foundation president. Those benefiting the most directly are the 70 students who have received Karlgaard scholarships, which provide up to four years of full tuition and fees. The Karlgaards are the national chairpersons for Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, the Foundation's ongoing comprehensive campaign for UW-Eau Claire's people and programs. Full story. Go to top of page

Justin Van Ness
Justin Van Ness
Jenna Cushing-Leubner
Jenna Cushing-Leubner
Amanda Hill
Amanda Hill

UW-Eau Claire ranks high among producers of Fulbright Scholars
UW-Eau Claire has more students receiving Fulbright grants for 2006-07 than most master's level colleges and universities in the United States, the Fulbright Program recently announced.

With Fulbright awards to three of its graduates who applied while enrolled at the university, UW-Eau Claire is ranked 8th in the nation among master's level institutions producing U.S. student Fulbright Scholars in 2006-07, according to a list of top producer schools compiled by the Fulbright Program. No other Wisconsin college or university is included on the list of top master's level institutions. The list is featured in the Oct. 20 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The 2006-07 Fulbright winners who applied to the Fulbright program while enrolled at UW-Eau Claire are Justin Van Ness, who graduated in December 2005 with a double major in political science and Spanish; Jenna Cushing-Leubner, a December 2005 graduate with majors in English and German; and Amanda Hill, who graduated in May with majors in biology and French. Full story. Go to top of page

Teresa O'Halloran to assume affirmative action post

Teresa O'Halloran
Teresa O'Halloran

UW-Eau Claire has hired Eau Claire attorney Teresa O'Halloran as its assistant to the chancellor for affirmative action. She will join the university Nov. 1. As an attorney with the Ruder Ware law firm in Eau Claire, O'Halloran has concentrated her practice in employment law. She has advised employers on equal employment opportunity issues and conducted litigation in state and federal courts and administrative forums. O'Halloran is a graduate of the New York University School of Law. She earned her undergraduate degree at UW-Madison.

The assistant to the chancellor for affirmative action is the affirmative action officer for the university. The position carries two primary responsibilities: (1) coordinating university efforts to achieve its goals in the areas of equal opportunity in employment, affirmative action and campus diversity; and (2) coordinating consultation with the UW System Office of General Counsel regarding university policies, public records and other areas as directed by the chancellor. Full story.Go to top of page

New site takes prospective students on virtual tour
Virtual tour home pageAn online virtual tour has been created to help prospective students and others learn about how UW-Eau Claire students live, learn and succeed. The virtual tour navigates through pictures and captions to illustrate the many unique academic opportunities and vibrant student life at UW-Eau Claire. The site also connects to the interactive campus map, formerly called the virtual tour.

The Web site was a cooperative project between the Admissions office, the Publications office, Learning and Technology Services, and the News Bureau, with current students taking the lead in development and implementation. Sawyer Butterfield, a senior computer science major from Ladysmith, developed the navigation and infrastructure for the site. Kristin Blake, a senior Spanish and ancient studies major from Appleton, and Courtney Kostick, a senior mass communication major from Hudson, wrote the text and advised on layout. View the virtual tour. Go to top of page

Guest speaker will address spirituality and health

Dr. Harold Koenig
Dr. Harold Koenig

Dr. Harold Koenig, co-director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University Medical Center, will present two lectures on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at UW-Eau Claire. Koenig's presentations are sponsored by the Chippewa Valley Dialogue on Science and Religion initiative.

Koenig's first presentation, "Religion, Spirituality and Health: Background, Research and Clinical Applications" will be a free lecture geared toward an audience of medical and mental heath professionals as well as nursing and pre-med students from 5 to 6:45 p.m. in Davies Theatre, Davies Center.

Koenig also will present "Faith and Health: How Religious Beliefs Influence Mind and Body," from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Davies Theatre. The second lecture is free, open to the public and intended for a general audience. Full story. Go to top of page

Get the word out with campus eNewsletter system
UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff are reminded of the university's eNewsletter system, which allows campus units and organizations to disseminate news and announcements to faculty, staff, students and the general public.

e-Newsletter home page eNewsletter was created to solve "the mass e-mail dilemma," states the Web Development Services site describing the system. "On one hand, we have a campus mass e-mail policy that protects individuals from receiving large numbers of unsolicited/unsanctioned e-mail messages. On the other hand, there are legitimate needs for communicating via e-mail to broad audience groups. This system, through the weekly e-mail digest, sums the messages up into one collective e-mail message," the Web site states.

Through eNewsletter, two separate weekly newsletter/announcement digests are sent via e-mail, one to faculty and staff and one to students. Recipients can link directly from the digest to the individual newsletters and announcements they wish to read, and they can choose to subscribe to future issues of individual electronic newsletters. An overview of the eNewsletter system and guidelines for reading and publishing newsletters and announcements through the system are available online. Go to top of page

Davies Center to transform for annual Folk Fair
International Folk Fair logoUW-Eau Claire's annual International Folk Fair will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. The fair, coordinated by the university's Center for International Education, is the largest international festival of its kind in the area. Serving as a cultural exchange between exhibitors and visitors to the fair, it includes educational activities for children, live music, colorful cultural exhibits, dancing, art and craft displays, history, language, culture and a variety of ethnic food. Full story. Go to top of page

 


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