Vol. 55, No. 32 • Sixteenth Week • Spring Semester • May 5, 2008
The search and screen committee for UW-Eau Claire's associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of undergraduate studies has announced three finalists for the position.
The finalists will make campus visits Tuesday, May 6, through Wednesday, May 14, during which the campus community will have the opportunity to listen and speak to each candidate during an open forum. The forum topic will be as follows: "This new position brings together student support services and academics to create an integrated undergraduate experience. What do you see as the challenges and opportunities?"
The finalists and their open forum dates are as follows:
May 7 reception to honor retiring employees
UW-Eau Claire will conduct a campuswide test of its recently enhanced emergency notification system between 2 and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8.
The test will include the following notification methods:
Thursday's test will help university officials determine how an alert will impact the campus and cell phone technology infrastructure. Following the test, faculty, staff and students will be asked to complete a brief Web survey to provide feedback regarding the emergency notification system.
Softball team gets bid to NCAA championship,
UW-Eau Claire is set to host an eight-team, first-round regional tournament this weekend at Carson Park in Eau Claire. In addition to UW-Eau Claire, the other teams competing in the Eau Claire regional are St. Thomas (Minn.), Ripon College, Illinois Wesleyan University, Simpson College (Iowa), North Central College (Ill.), Aurora University (Ill.) and UW-Oshkosh. More information.
UW-Eau Claire senior Eric Becker will take a big step toward making his dream career a reality when he begins an internship this summer with H&T International Transportation Ltd. in Guangzhou, China.
"I'm thrilled with the way things have worked out," said Dr. Rama Yelkur, project director and author of the Partnerships in International Education (PIE) program. "Everything is falling into place. We've created international faculty exchanges, established international internships and have begun to support area businesses as they compete in a global economy."
PIE, which will run through June 2009, is funded by a $174,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Title VIB Business and International program. Full story.
Sarah Janes, a December 2007 political science and Latin American studies graduate, has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant to study the impact of male migration on women in sending communities of Veracruz, Mexico. Janes will collaborate with two researchers from the Universidad Veracruzana Intercultural. She said she hopes to emphasize the importance of incorporating non-migrant women's experiences into the immigration story, from public awareness to public policy and beyond. Full story.
James Patrick Hahn, a December 2007 Spanish and mathematics education graduate, has received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. Hahn, who currently teaches Spanish in the Oshkosh Area School District, will teach English or another subject in English in a secondary school in the Madrid area of Spain. In addition to teaching 16-20 hours per week, he will study the Spanish math education system and how multiple intelligences are used within the classroom. Full story.
More than 400 UW-Eau Claire students displayed student and faculty collaborative research projects and independent student research projects at the 16th annual Student Research Day April 28-29. The event was sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs with support from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.
Senior chemistry major Skye Doering was the recipient of the Kell Container Corporation Scholarship. Doering worked with faculty mentor James Boulter on a research project titled "Effect of Dissociated Oxygen on the Structure of Low-Temperature Water Ice Films."
A 10-member faculty judging panel with representatives from Montana State University, The College of Wooster, Depauw University, UW-Stout, the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, the University of St. Thomas, Oberlin College, Carleton College and Illinois Wesleyan University also selected several research projects for special recognition. The following students and faculty mentors received first-place honors in their categories (see other Student Research Day winners on the ORSP Web site):
Service abroad leads to fundraiser for children
The 5K charity run/walk will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 10, by the Nursing Building at UW-Eau Claire. Registration is $12 in advance or $15 the day of the event. All proceeds from the event will be given as scholarships to children in El Fortín, Nicaragua, so they can purchase school uniforms, shoes and supplies.
For two years, UW-Eau Claire students studying in Nicaragua have worked on a service-learning project in El Fortín. The students lived in the community, staying with local families while building a greenhouse so the community can raise herbs to sell. During the project, the university students became aware of the needs of the people, particularly the need to educate the children. Full story.
Dr. Thomas Miller, UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of history and former chair of the history department, has given $12,000 to establish an award for the outstanding history thesis completed by a student in the senior thesis class.
The first Miller Prize was awarded this spring to Patricia Callaghan, a senior from Eau Claire, for her paper, "The Irish of Manitowoc County: Maintaining ethnic identity in a rural community." The $200 award will be presented each semester.
Miller, who joined the history department in 1967, served the university for 40 years before retiring in 2007. In addition to teaching, Miller served as associate vice chancellor and interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire's Springfest — the annual campus celebration of music and spring — will feature a variety of performers during shows from noon-1 p.m. today through Friday, May 9. The free performances will be held on the Central Campus Mall (rain site: The Cabin, Davies Center). A variety of grilled lunch items will be sold during the shows.
Performers will include Soap, an experimental rock fusion jam band from Chicago; Snifter, an experimental-psych-pop trio from Eau Claire; The Bright Life Soundtrack, featuring acoustic folk-rock performer Kevin Castillo of Menasha; the Trapper Schoepp Band from Milwaukee and Ellsworth; and Ada Jane (formerly the Matt Marka Band), a Minneapolis rock group. Full story.
Early Birdie Golf Outing to benefit WYSP