Vol. 55, No. 21 • Fourth Week • Spring Semester • Feb. 11, 2008
Representatives from UW-Eau Claire, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the UW System will lead a discussion about high school preparedness for the university from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Plaza Hotel, Eau Claire. "Preparedness for Successful Transition to the University: A Campus and Community Discussion about University Education" will include brief panelist presentations followed by discussion among panelists and audience members.
Presenters at the free event will include Don Christian, dean of the UW-Eau Claire College of Arts and Sciences; Scott Oates, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of English and member of the DPI English Language Arts ADP/P21 Design Team; Rebecca Martin, UW System senior vice president for academic affairs; Erik Hendrickson, UW-Eau Claire professor of physics and astronomy; and Carmen Manning, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of English.
The event is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and Human Sciences and UW System administration, with the cooperation of the Wisconsin DPI. More information.
Academic Affairs seeks new IRB chair
Budget management measures now in effect
UW System Board of Regents February update
On Feb. 7, UW System President Kevin Reilly opened the regents' meeting by unveiling specific action steps that have grown out of the Advantage Wisconsin strategic planning process. One of the proposed action steps is the creation of a new UW personal development transcript, or a dual transcript, that would essentially capture real-world, out-of-classroom experience such as service-learning projects. (See related news release.)
For example, support through the Foundation (most notably a $50,000 gift from alumni Tom and Jeannie Flesch) helped Dr. Randal Dickerson, associate professor of music and director of the Blugold Marching Band, take a band of 60 students and grow it to 202 students in just seven years. The Blugold Marching Band is now the largest marching band of any NCAA Division III school in the nation.
Through participation in the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's 2007-08 "Leap at the Chance" campus campaign, faculty and staff can similarly support extraordinary efforts by their colleagues and benefit the university's people and programs. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire's Learning and Technology Services Help Desk and Building Information Technology Skills (BITS) offices invite all students, faculty and staff to an open house from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the new Help Desk/BITS facility, Old Library 1106. Participants can tour the new facility, learn about the services offered and enjoy refreshments.
UW-Eau Claire's Office of Multicultural Affairs continues this week to present activities in celebration of Black History Month.
On Thursday, Feb. 14, Jesse Dixon Jr., director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, will present the second of three sessions of a Black History Month Dialogue on Diversity from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Presidents Room, Davies Center. The sessions focus on the California Newsreels film series "Race — The Power of an Illusion," and Thursday's session will examine the series' second episode, "The Story We Tell." Full story.
CCI to faculty, staff: Ride the bus!
CCI members invite faculty and staff to learn more about options for riding the bus at an information table between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in the east lobby of Davies Center (near the Service Center). Bus schedule information and route planning assistance will be available from an Eau Claire Transit representative and CCI members. More information.
A family of storytellers using dance and language from many cultures will be featured at the fifth annual UW-Eau Claire Martin Mogensen Education Lecture this month.
Sadarri and Rick Saskill and their 13-year-old daughter, Autumn Joy, will present "One World — Many Stories," a series of multicultural stories suitable for all ages. Their presentation, sponsored by the College of Education and Human Services, will begin at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. It is free and open to the public. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire's Environmental Adventure Center will host the third annual Aldo Leopold Banquet from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in the EAC, located in the basement of Hilltop Center. The banquet honors the conservation legacy of Aldo Leopold and aims to further foster the idea of developing a land ethic.
The banquet will include a rustic-themed menu and a predinner program featuring five guest speakers: Buddy Huffaker, executive director of the Aldo Leopold Foundation in Baraboo; Tex Hawkins, watershed biologist; Duke Welter, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Board secretary and Trout Unlimited leader; Dr. Sean Hartnett, UW-Eau Claire professor of geography; and Dr. John Hildebrand, UW-Eau Claire professor of English. Hartnett and Hildebrand teach the Aldo Leopold land ethic in their UW-Eau Claire classes.
Cost for the event is $18 per person. The banquet is expected to sell out quickly, so early reservations are requested. Full story.
Summer Session registration dates announced
This year's Summer Session offers nearly 200 undergraduate and graduate courses, 70 of which are online. Courses will be offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the College of Education and Human Sciences. Full story.
Students to offer kids' foreign language classes
Classes will meet from 4:10-4:50 p.m. on Thursdays, March 13-May 8, in Hibbard Hall. There will be no class on March 20.
To register, go to the foreign languages department Web site; contact the department of foreign languages at 715-836-4287; or contact Anne Hlas, assistant professor of Spanish and foreign language education, at 715-836-3528 or firstname.lastname@example.org.