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Nominations sought for interim director of new Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

D2L Upgrade – Memorial Day holiday weekend outage

Faculty/academic staff spring election results

ORSP program deadlines

Business and Student Services

Chemistry

Foreign Languages

Geography and Anthropology

Services for Students with Disabilities

Student Support Services

Condolences

Nominations sought for interim director of new
Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

UW-Eau Claire excellence seal At the most recent University Senate meeting, Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich announced the creation of the new Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (replacing the Network for Excellence in Teaching) as one of the first major action steps toward implementing the Transforming our Future Centennial Plan. 

Academic Affairs seeks interested faculty members who wish to serve as the interim director for CETL beginning this May 21 through the 2008-09 academic year and continuing until the conclusion of a national search for the permanent director. This position will be a full-time fiscal year position open to anyone at the university with faculty rank. The interim director also will be encouraged to apply for the permanent position if interested.

Those who are interested, have questions or wish to nominate someone for the position should e-mail Wanda Schulner at schulnw@uwec.edu. All nominations must be received on or before Sunday, May 18. Go to top of page

D2L Upgrade — Memorial Day holiday weekend outage
D2L will be unavailable during Memorial Day weekend due to an upgrade to Desire2Learn version 8.3. The planned outage period is 8 p.m. Thursday, May 22, through 7 a.m. Tuesday, May 27.

If you are teaching during that time, consider the following recommendations to prepare for the outage:
    • Export course grade books to .csv files before Thursday, May 22.
    • Avoid due dates for online quizzes, assignments and discussions during the upgrade outage period.
    • Use alternate strategies such as e-mail, wikis, listserves or Web sites during the outage. More information on these strategies.
    • Have students complete assignments and discussions offline and post to D2L once it comes back up.
    • Contact NET staff members at NET@uwec.edu to brainstorm other alternatives.

D2L Upgrade Training
Once D2L is upgraded, faculty will notice changes to many of the tools. NET is offering D2L training sessions for instructors during final exam week in OL 1100:

    • Monday, May 12, 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, May 13, 10:30 a.m. to noon.
    • Wednesday, May 14, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, May 15, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
    • Friday, May 16, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

NET staff members encourage instructors who are teaching summer courses, especially during the three-week summer session, to attend one of the above sessions. Additional D2L training sessions also will be offered throughout the summer. More information. Go to top of page

Faculty/academic staff spring election results
The spring 2008 faculty/academic staff committee election results are available online. Go to top of page

ORSP program deadlines
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs announces the following program deadlines:

Program Deadlines:
       • The Academic Staff Professional Development Program deadline is June 1.
       The
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend Incentive deadline is June 6.
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Business and Student Services
Andrew Soll was recognized for outstanding service to the student body when the Student Senate awarded him the Ron Satz Award for Student Advocacy at its spring banquet May 1. In presenting the award, student body president Ray French noted Soll’s dedication and hard work on behalf of students at both the campus and UW System levels. Go to top of page

Chemistry
Stephen Drucker and former research students Laura Hoffelt (now a medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine) and Mitchell Springer (now a graduate student in human genetics at the University of Pittsburgh) had their article titled "Phosphorescence Excitation Spectrum of the T1(n,p*) – S0 Transition of 4H-pyran-4-one" published in the Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol. 128, page 104312, 2008, abstract. Drucker, former research students Logan Ausman (now a chemistry graduate student at Northwestern University) and Elizabeth Brown (now a medical student at the Medical College of Milwaukee), Mohamed Rishard (Texas A&M University), Jaebum Choo (Hanyang University, Korea) and Jaan Laane (Texas A&M University) had their article titled "Ultraviolet Cavity Ringdown Spectra and the S1(n,p*) Ring-Inversion Potential Energy Function for 2-Cyclohexen-1-one and its 2,6,6-d3 Isotopomer" published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry A, Vol. 112, page 38, 2008, abstract. In addition, Drucker, former research student Nathan Pillsbury (now a chemistry graduate student at Purdue University), Timothy Zwier (Purdue University) and Richard Judge (UW-Parkside) had their article titled "Jet-Cooled Phosphorescence Excitation Spectrum of the T1(n,p*) – S0 Transition of 2-Cyclopenten-1-one" published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry A, Vol. 111, page 8357, 2007, abstract. The paper is based on research Drucker and Pillsbury conducted while Drucker was at Purdue during a sabbatical leave from UW-Eau Claire. Go to top of page

Foreign Languages
Tomomi Kakegawa presented a paper titled "Informal Application of Contrastive Learner Corpus Analysis to the Teaching of Japanese Sentence Final Particles" at the 15th Princeton Japanese Pedagogy Forum May 3-4 in Princeton, N.J. Go to top of page

Geography and Anthropology
Brady Foust presented two papers at the Business GIS Summit in April 27-30 in Chicago, Ill. The first paper, “Location and Content: The Primary Problems of GIS for Insurance,” was in the small business track’s closing session. The second paper, “Small Footprint, High End Grocery Store Location Analysis Strategies," was in the geoextended business systems session.

Harry Jol co-edited a book titled "Stratigraphic Analyses Using GPR" with Greg Baker (University of Tennessee). The book was published by the Geological Society of America as Special Publication 432. Go to top of page

Services for Students with Disabilities
Beth Hicks (emerita) was recognized as one of seven honorees of distinction at the seventh annual Children's Legacy Luncheon April 30 in Eau Claire. Hicks has been a member of the board of directors of United Cerebral Palsy of West Central Wisconsin for the past 26 years and is the current board president.The luncheon was hosted by the Eau Claire Community Foundation and supported by Luther Midelfort, Marshfield Clinic and Sacred Heart Hospital. Go to top of page

Student Support Services
Bruce Ouderkirk recently was elected to the executive board of the Wisconsin Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel. He will serve a one-year term as a member-at-large. Go to top of page

Condolences
Condolences to the family of Joanna Barsness. Barsness, a faculty member in the UW-Eau Claire library science department from 1952-57, died May 5 in Bethlehem, Pa. Full obituary. Go to top of page


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University Bulletin • Vol. 55, No. 33 • Seventeenth Week • Spring Semester • May 12, 2008

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Updated: May 12, 2008

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