Vol. 55, No. 25Eighth Week • Spring Semester • March 10, 2008

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Islamic scholar Ingrid Mattson to speak tonight

Student Senate commits $250,000 to Hobbs project

Women's basketball team loses in second round

Students present research at state capitol event

Blugold athlete, coach receive WIAC honors

Input invited regarding University Bookstore

Innovative course teaches collaborative leadership

International Poetry Reading participants sought

Displaced New Orleans artists exhibit works

No University Bulletin next week


Islamic scholar Ingrid Mattson to speak tonight

Ingrid Mattson
Ingrid Mattson

Ingrid Mattson, a scholar focused on Islamic law and society and Christian-Muslim relations, will speak tonight at UW-Eau Claire as part of The Forum lecture series. Her program, titled "The Qur'an: Its Relevance and Impact on Society," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.

Mattson is a professor of Islamic studies and director of Islamic chaplaincy at the Macdonald Center for Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Conn. Canadian-born, raised Catholic and a convert to Islam, Mattson lived in Pakistan in 1987-88 and worked with Afghan refugee women. In 1995 she served as adviser to the Afghan delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

Dr. Helaine Minkus, associate professor of geography and anthropology, will host a pre-Forum hors d'oeuvres reception with Mattson in The Dulany, Davies Center, from 6-7 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance or at the door. Full story.

Student Senate commits $250,000 to Hobbs project
Future of Ice campaign imageThe UW-Eau Claire Student Senate voted March 3 to commit $250,000 to the Future of Ice campaign, which seeks $2 million to help fund a $6 million public-private partnership plan for renovations to the aging Hobbs Ice Arena in Eau Claire.

Following the Senate vote, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation provided an additional $250,000 in matching funds. Combined with the students' allocation, the university's total contribution of $500,000 represents one-fourth of the Future of Ice campaign goal.

Future of Ice campaign partners include the city of Eau Claire, UW-Eau Claire men's and women's hockey programs, Eau Claire Figure Skating Club, Eau Claire Memorial and North high school hockey programs, and Eau Claire Youth Hockey. Full story. Go to top of page

Women's basketball team loses in second round
UW-Eau Claire Blugolds athletics logoDespite a 16-0 run late in the second half, the UW-Eau Claire women’s basketball team came up short, falling 70-63 to Simpson College (Iowa) in the second round of the 2008 NCAA Division III women’s basketball championships March 8 in Indianola, Iowa.

The Blugolds ended their season with a 23-7 overall record. This season’s trip to the NCAA championships was the first since 2003. Full story. Go to top of page

Students present research at state capitol event

'Posters in the Rotunda' image
More than 80 UW System undergraduate students, including 10 from UW-Eau Claire, shared their research findings with legislators, state leaders and others during 'Posters in the Rotunda' March 10. See more photos below. (Photo by Larry Dickerson)

Ten UW-Eau Claire students presented research projects to legislators, state leaders and UW System alumni and supporters during "Posters in the Rotunda: A Celebration of Undergraduate Research," held March 5 at the state capitol in Madison. Participating students, their faculty mentors and research topics were:

  • Teri Sanders, art & design (Dr. Karen O’Day), "Rock Art of the Superior National Forest"
  • Angela Heacock, Megan Pederson, Heidel Brady and Cortney Bongard, communication sciences and disorders (Dr. Kristine Retherford), "Acquiring Play Behaviors:  A Study of an Adopted Boy"
  • Matt Brewer and Nathan Butler, biology (Dr. Julie Anderson and Dr. Darwin Wittrock), "Risk Factors for Cryptosporidium and Giardia parasites in Wisconsin Dairy Calves"
  • Michael Ojibway, psychology (Dr. April Bleske-Rechek), "Correlates of Students' Perceptions of Their Mentoring Experiences"
  • Mitch Phillipson and Tanya Smeltzer, mathematics (Dr. Simei Tong) and computer science (Dr. Michael Wick), "Evacuation Models for Emergency Situations"

'Posters in the Rotunda' photos

students with faculty mentor and Kevin Reilly From left: Dr. Kristine Retherford, UW System President Kevin Reilly, and UW-Eau Claire student researchers Megan Pedersen, Cortney Bongard, Heidel Brady, and Angela Heacock. (Photo by Larry Dickerson)
Matt Brewer and Nathan Butler with Rep. Gary Tauchen Michael Ojibway
Above left: Matt Brewer (left) and Nathan Butler with Rep. Gary Tauchen from Wisconsin's sixth Assembly district. Above right: Michael Ojibway. (Photos by Larry Dickerson)
Mitch Phillipson and Tanya Smeltzer with Rep. Jeff Smith Teri Sanders

Above left: Mitch Phillipson (left) and Tanya Smeltzer with Rep. Jeff Smith of Wisconsin's 93rd Assembly district. Above right: Teri Sanders. (Photos by Larry Dickerson) Go to top of page

Blugold athlete, coach recieve WIAC honors

Michelle Burns Chip Schneider
Michelle Burns
Chip Schneider

Senior Michelle Burns, a four-year member of the Blugold women's basketball team, has been named Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year and the WIAC Judy Kruckman Scholar-Athlete. Full story.

The WIAC also announced last week that UW-Eau Claire women’s track and field head coach Chip Schneider has been named the conference’s indoor coach of the year. Full story. Go to top of page

Input invited regarding University Bookstore
University BookstoreThis spring, UW-Eau Claire will seek proposals leading to a new contract for the operation and management of the University Bookstore and Instructional Resource Rental Center in Davies Center. University Centers administration seeks input regarding changes in services to be considered for the new contract and encourages students, faculty and staff  to express thoughts on the bookstore and IRR during one of the following meetings:

  • Student Senate – 6 p.m. today, March 10,  Tamarack Room, Davies Center
  • University Senate – 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, Tamarack Room, Davies Center

Read a memo from Andrew Soll, Business and Student Services, including information to keep in mind when considering input to present at the meetings. Go to top of page

Innovative course teaches collaborative leadership

students in collaboratively taught education methods course
UW-Eau Claire teacher education students from various subject areas work together in a collaboratively taught methods and curriculum course. (Contributed photo)

When students repeatedly describe a class as a "fantastic experience" or "the best, most meaningful educational experience I've ever had," something powerful and interesting is going on, UW-Eau Claire educators say.

Faculty in the College of Education and Human Sciences have been hearing such praise from students in response to an innovative class they've developed that brings faculty and students from several subject areas together in a single course. 

For the past five semesters, Dr. Susan McIntyre, Dr. Deborah Pattee and Dr. Michael Kolis from the curriculum and instruction department have taken four separate teaching method courses known as "the Block" (General Methods of Teaching, Middle Level Methods and Curriculum, Teacher Assisting, and Content Area Reading and Study Strategies) and collapsed them into one. Dr. Alan Rieck and Dr. Vanissa Murphy from the music and theatre arts department co-facilitate the class. The faculty members collaboratively teach a cohort of students from different subject areas. Full story. Go to top of page

International Poetry Reading participants sought
Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to participate in UW-Eau Claire's second annual International Poetry Reading from 7-9 p.m. April 30 in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center.

poetry reading participant poetry reading participant poetry reading participant
Among the participants in the first International Poetry Reading, held in 2007, were, from left, Ioana Sumurducan, an international student from Romania; Yuhua Tang, a visiting professor from Jinan University in Guangzhou, China; and Anthonia Arikawe, an international student from Nigeria. (LTS photos)

To be included on the list of readers for the event, those interested should immediately send an e-mail to Dr. Jeff Vahlbusch, foreign languages, with "poetry reading" in the subject line. The message should include the prospective reader's name, e-mail address and chosen language. Readers will be scheduled as the event time permits.

Prospective readers may then choose a short poem (under 40 lines) in any language but modern English and send Vahlbusch electronic copies of the poem and its English translation in a Microsoft Word file. Participants are encouraged to send their poems with full bibliographic information and translation as soon as possible, but no later than midnight April 9. Full story. Go to top of page

'Overtopped III' by Jonathan Ferrara
'Left Behind' by Sandy Chism
"Overtopped III" by Jonathan Ferrara (top photo) and "Left Behind" by Sandy Chism are among the works displayed in the "New Orleans Artists in Exile" exhibit in Foster Gallery,

Displaced New Orleans artists exhibit works
The exhibit "New Orleans Artists in Exile" will run through March 31 in the Foster Gallery in the Haas Fine Arts Center at UW-Eau Claire. The gallery will be closed during spring break, March 15-24.

Curated by the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, the exhibit features the works of eight artists in a variety of mediums. Ferrara has worked with New Orleans artists who were displaced by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Foster Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6-8 p.m. Thursday and 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Go to top of page

No University Bulletin next week
The University Bulletin will not be published next Monday, March 17, because of spring break. The next issue of the University Bulletin will be published when classes resume Tuesday, March 25. Have a great spring break! Go to top of page


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