Vol. 54, No. 13Thirteenth Week • Fall Semester • Nov. 13, 2006

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History department receives regents award

NCAA tournament update

Artists Series presents James Sewell Ballet

Student Health Service offers flu shots this week

Portrayal of sexual assault in film is event focus

Symphony Band, Wind Symphony plan fall concert

Latvian women's vocal group to perform

Center for Service-Learning gets Big Read grant

McNair Program announces 2006 colloquia

Ready or not: Snow blankets UW-Eau Claire

 

History department receives regents award

Katherine Lang and Regent Christopher Semenas
Katherine Lang, associate professor of history and chair of UW-Eau Claire's history department, received the department's Excellence in Teaching Award from Student Regent Christopher Semenas at the November meeting of the UW System Board of Regents. (UW System photo)

The UW-Eau Claire history department received one of the UW System Board of Regents 14th annual Teaching Excellence Awards Nov. 10 during the board's monthly meeting in Madison. Student Regent Christopher Semenas of UW-Parkside, a history major himself, presented the award. He said that the UW-Eau Claire history department helps find answers to the problems of today and tomorrow by looking to the past. It does this by offering students the chance to learn from a diverse faculty, by supporting undergraduate research, and through efforts to improve elementary and secondary education. The department also has attracted external grant funding, he said. Students in the history department have the opportunity to partner with local museums and historical agencies, and they testify to the collaboration, dedication, faculty mentorship and teaching excellence that the department offers, Semanas said. Full story. Also see related UW-Eau Claire news release.

For more information on the regents' November meeting, read the Day 1 and Day 2 news summaries. Go to top of page

NCAA tournament update
Soccer advances, volleyball loses final, women's
cross country receives championship bid

Blugold athletics logogThe UW-Eau Claire soccer team advanced to the NCAA Championship Sectionals Nov. 12 after a three-goal performance by Maria Iaizzo in a 4-0 shutout over Augustana College. Full story and tournament details. Meanwhile, the volleyball team lost to UW-Whitewater in the Midwest regional final Nov. 11 at UW-Eau Claire. Full story and tournament details.

In other athletics news, the Blugold women's cross country team became the fourth UW-Eau Claire team to receive a bid to an NCAA championship this fall. The team will participate in the Nov. 18 NCAA Division III championship, which is being hosted by Ohio's Wilmington College at Voice of America Park in West Chester, Ohio. Full story. Go to top of page

Artists Series presents James Sewell Ballet
James Sewell BalletUW-Eau Claire's Artists Series will present James Sewell Ballet's performance of "Amahl and the Night Visitors" at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Zorn Arena.

Gian Carlo Menotti's one-act opera is a heartwarming story about a little boy, his widowed mother and the extraordinary night they were visited by the Three Kings on their star-guided journey to Bethlehem. Originally composed for NBC-TV in 1951, the enduringly popular work has been called the "Christmas Carol" of opera, the quintessential story of a Christmas miracle.

James Sewell Ballet was founded in 1990 by Sewell and his wife, Sally Rousse, who danced the role of Amahl in the work's first performance in 1995. Based in New York City for its first three years, the company relocated to Minneapolis in 1993. Primarily presenting Sewell's contemporary ballet choreography, the company performs innovative works that explore the technical boundaries of ballet. Full story. Go to top of page

Student Health Service offers flu shots this week
syringeUW-Eau Claire's Student Health Service will offer flu shots for students, faculty and staff on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 14 and 15. The fee for the vaccine is $15 for students and $20 for faculty and staff. The fee is due at the time of injection and can be paid with cash or a check.

Flu vaccine clinics will be offered as follows:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Badger Room of Davies Center and 5-7 p.m. in The Dugout at the Bowling and Billiards Center at Hilltop Center.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Menominee Room of Davies Center and 5-7 p.m. in the Hilltop Lounge.

For more information, call Student Health Service at 715-836-4311 or visit the Health Service Web site. Go to top of page

Portrayal of sexual assault in film is event focus
Three UW-Eau Claire organizations are sponsoring an event to increase awareness of the portrayal of sexual assault in mainstream media. The Women and Gender Equity Center, College Feminists and the Center for Awareness of Sexual Assault will show film clips from three movies depicting sexual assault and lead a discussion titled "Hollywood's Portrayal of Sexual Assault" at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in Room 100 of Hibbard Humanities Hall. Assistant professor of English Stacy Thompson will facilitate the discussion. Full story. Go to top of page

Symphony Band, Wind Symphony plan fall concert
Nov. 19 performance to feature alumnus as guest conductor

Russel Mikkelson
Russel Mikkelson

UW-Eau Claire's Symphony Band and Wind Symphony will present a concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The Symphony Band is directed by Phillip Ostrander, assistant professor of music, and the Wind Symphony is conducted by Richard Mark Heidel, associate professor of music. Featured as a guest conductor during the Symphony Band's performance will be 1983 UW-Eau Claire music alumnus Russel Mikkelson, who is director of university bands and associate professor of conducting at The Ohio State University. Full story. Also see related news release for more information on Mikkelson's work and his itinerary while at UW-Eau Claire. Go to top of page

Latvian women's vocal group Putni to perform
PutniPutni, a Latvian women's vocal ensemble that has received accolades both in Latvia and abroad, will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in UW-Eau Claire's Davies Theatre as part of a 14-concert tour of the United States. Over the years, Putni (which means "birds" in Latvian) has perfected an individual sound that has been enjoyed by audiences in Germany, Latvia, Sweden and Finland, where the ensemble has won a number of international choir competitions. The group's specialty is music of the 20th century, although they also perform classical pieces and Latvian folk music. Their performance at UW-Eau Claire is sponsored by the Baltic Student Organization and the Center for International Education. Full story.
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Center for Service-Learning gets Big Read grant
The Big Read logoThe National Endowment for the Arts announced Nov. 1 that the Center for Service-Learning at UW-Eau Claire is one of 72 organizations that will receive grants to support Big Read programs between January and June 2007.

The Big Read is a new national program by the NEA, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest, that encourages literary reading by asking communities to come together to read and discuss one book. Eau Claire will receive $15,000, which will be matched by $18,000 of in-kind donations and a $5,000 fund-raising target to promote and carry out month-long, community-based programs focused on the book "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury. The Eau Claire Big Read will take place mid-March through mid-April 2007.

Primary authors of the grant were Jasmine Krotzman, UW-Eau Claire associate lecturer of English, and Jeremy Gragert, AmeriCorps*VISTA member in the Center for Service-Learning. Full story. Go to top of page

McNair Program announces 2006 colloquia
UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff are invited to attend McNair Scholar presentations during the university's seventh annual Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program Colloquia. UW-Eau Claire's McNair Scholars will present their research projects on Tuesdays, Nov. 14 through Dec. 5, from 6-7:45 p.m. in Room 227 of the Nursing Building. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by calling 836-4912 or sending e-mail to goldenp@uwec.edu. See colloquia schedule for names of scholars, their faculty mentors and presentation titles. Go to top of page

Ready or not : Snow blankets UW-Eau Claire
student riding bike in snow Winter arrived early in Eau Claire Nov. 10, as 6½ inches of snow fell on the city, including the UW-Eau Claire campus. The snow, however, did not discourage this student from bicycling to class. (Photo by Bill Hoepner, LTS)

 

 


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