Vol. 54, No. 17 • Seventeenth Week • Fall Semester • Dec. 11, 2006
Regents approve Davies redevelopment project
In other business, the regents voted to implement criminal background checks of new employees in the UW System. Each system institution will develop and submit a plan to locally implement the policy. The regents also will forward to the state Legislature a set of proposed changes to state administrative code that will allow the university to quickly address instances of alleged serious criminal misconduct by UW faculty or staff. The proposed rules create an expedited process to dismiss faculty and staff who engage in serious criminal misconduct. The rules would also allow the university to suspend such individuals without pay in specified circumstances.
The regents also voted Dec. 8 to recommend a 5.23 percent pay plan increase for UW System faculty and unclassified staff in each year of the 2007-09 budget biennium. The recommendation asks the Governor and the Office of State Employment Relations to set aside $48 million per year in tax dollars in the state compensation reserve to fund the pay plan in full. The recommendation would not require additional tuition increases beyond those needed to support the UW's proposed 2007-09 biennial budget request, approved in August. The resolution also renews the regents' call for the ability to offer employee domestic partner benefits.
On Dec. 7, members of the regents' Education Committee decided to wait until a future meeting to consider an action that would update and unify several regent policies related to freshman admissions. The action also would ensure continued compliance with U.S. Supreme Court rulings that describe how campuses can consider both academic and nonacademic factors.
A $221,000 grant from the government of British Columbia will allow J. Brian Mahoney, UW-Eau Claire professor of geology, to continue to offer undergraduate students research opportunities both in the field and the laboratory.
For the past two years, undergraduate geology students at UW-Eau Claire have worked with Mahoney and fellow faculty members Robert Hooper and Lori Snyder, conducting bedrock mapping and associated geologic studies in mountainous areas of western British Columbia under an earlier grant received from the government of British Columbia.
In the summer of 2007, several students will once again work with Mahoney in British Columbia, thanks to a new three-year grant, but this time they will move to the southeast into the Chilcotin Ranges to explore a different environment. Previously they investigated the potential for significant gold, silver, platinum, zinc and copper mineralization in the Coast Mountains. This time they will focus on basin analysis with an eye toward hydrocarbon potential. Mahoney said both grants were driven by the Canadian government's effort to revitalize the economy in central Canada. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire December commencement exercises for 740 students will be Saturday, Dec. 16, in Zorn Arena. Candidates from the College of Business, College of Education and Human Sciences and College of Nursing and Health Sciences will receive degrees during a 9:30 a.m. ceremony. Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and candidates for master's degrees will receive degrees during a 2 p.m. ceremony.
Wilson Bradshaw, president and professor at the Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, will deliver the "Charge to the Class."
Allotted tickets are available only to graduates and must be obtained at the Service Center prior to the ceremonies. No tickets are required for remote site broadcasts of the ceremonies, which may be viewed in the Davies Theatre of Davies Center. The ceremonies also will be broadcast live via Web video streaming. A reception for graduates and guests will follow each ceremony in the Spruce-Tamarack Room of Davies Center. Full story.
The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association will present awards to five alumni Dec. 16 at a special luncheon and ceremony in conjunction with commencement. Follow the links on the recipients' names below for biographical information:
Dr. David Crane (att. 1962) and Vicky Crane '81 will receive the Lifetime Excellence Award, which is presented to UW-Eau Claire alumni who have demonstrated longtime and successful commitment to their careers and communities.
Dr. Carter Wahl '98 will receive the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award, which acknowledges special achievements and great promise of alumni who are within 15 years of their graduation from UW-Eau Claire.
Lynn Frank '69 will receive the President's Award, which recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and service to UW-Eau Claire.
Linda Clark '88 will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes distinguished service to the community, state or nation in a manner that brings credit to the recipients and UW-Eau Claire.
The Wisconsin Division for Early Childhood and the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association have awarded David Franks, recently retired UW-Eau Claire professor of special education, the Lifetime Service to Young Children and Families Award.
Franks was recognized for being a pioneer in the development of services for young children with disabilities in the state of Wisconsin, and for having a substantial impact on the future of the early childhood special education profession.
The awards ceremony was held during the 52nd Annual Wisconsin Early Childhood Education and Care Conference, "Children Connect Us," Nov. 2-4 at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Full story.
Laura Hurd, Eau Claire, was recently awarded first place in UW-Eau Claire's Distinguished Master's Thesis competition for her thesis titled "A Comparison of Language Production, Language Comprehension, and Cognitive Functioning in Identical Twins with Williams Syndrome." Hurd received her master's degree in communication disorders in May 2006.
Each year, faculty members at UW-Eau Claire are invited to nominate exceptional quality theses, with judging provided by a Graduate Council faculty committee. Professor of communication sciences and disorders Kristine Retherford, Hurd's thesis adviser, submitted her paper to the competition. The Distinguished Master's Thesis award includes a $200 cash prize, and Hurd, who currently works for CESA-10 as a speech-language pathologist in the Gilmanton school district, will also have her thesis submitted to the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools thesis competition for next spring.
Estate gift endows award for future educators
Eau Claire couple establish mathematics scholarship
Outstanding seniors, recent alumni can seek graduate scholarship nominations
The faculty representative at UW-Eau Claire is Andrew Phillips, interim dean of graduate studies and interim associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. He may be contacted at email@example.com. UW-Eau Claire also has a Web site with specific information about applying for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship program. Full story.
New Jazz I CD features Christmas classics
UW-Eau Claire team fares well
'Seniors' Secret Santa' update
All funds raised up to $1,500 will be matched by area grocery chain Mega Pick 'N Save. Mega Pick 'N Save stores will distribute grocery debit cards purchased with the funds raised to area seniors identified as having extremely limited financial means.
Donations to "Seniors' Secret Santa" will be accepted through Dec. 13. A donation form was sent Nov. 22 via campus mail to all faculty and staff. Donations, along with the completed donation form, can be dropped off or sent via campus mail to Career Services, 230 Schofield Hall. For more information, contact Career Services at 836-5358.