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

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Final strategic plan sets forth new university vision

Softball team moves on to national championship

Grant funds program to improve Eau Claire teachers' cultural competency, intervention skills

Field seminar course proves good grad school training ground for geography seniors

Alumni Association honors outstanding students

Forensics student places sixth in nation

Devroy winner makes transatlantic trip to accept award

Phi Kappa Phi grants support student trips abroad

University Bulletin Special Edition coming Thursday

Summer Bulletin to begin June 9

 

Final strategic plan sets forth new university vision
Strategic planning logoStudents, faculty and staff were introduced May 7 to the final version of "Transforming Our Future," UW-Eau Claire's strategic plan for 2008 through 2016, the university's centennial year.

"The vision this plan sets before us is a bold one: We will become the premier undergraduate learning community in the upper Midwest," said Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich in an e-mail message to the university community. "(It is) a tall order, but one I believe we are fully capable of achieving, based on our long history of excellence and the demonstrated commitment of our faculty and staff."

The final strategic plan and a one-page goal summary are accessible from the strategic planning Web site. Go to top of page

Softball team moves on to national championship
UW-Eau Claire Blugolds athletics logoThe sixth-seeded UW-Eau Claire softball team defeated second-seeded UW-Oshkosh 6-0 on Sunday, May 11, to win the NCAA Division III regional tournament and move on to the national championship in Salem, Va. The national championship starts Friday, May 16.

This the second straight year No. 25 Eau Claire has advanced to the national championship and the second year it has defeated 14th-ranked Oshkosh in the regional to do so.  The two squads also battled each other in the conference championship two of the past three years, with the Blugolds winning both times. Full story. Go to top of page

Grant funds program to improve Eau Claire teachers' cultural competency, intervention skills

Dwight C. Watson
Dr. Dwight C. Watson

A new joint program between UW-Eau Claire and the Eau Claire Area School District will help classroom teachers and university student teachers better meet the learning needs of students of color, according to the program's creator.

The grant-funded program, "Culturally Congruent Response to Intervention," will provide teachers and student teachers with cultural competency skills and expertise on intervention and techniques, said Dr. Dwight C. Watson, associate dean of teacher education at UW-Eau Claire and author of the $164,000 UW System three-year grant that will fund the program.

"The project gives teachers and university student teachers the skills to identify struggling students early, and knowledge of the appropriate instructional interventions in the regular classroom rather than the special education classroom," Watson said. "Keeping students in the regular classroom will increase student achievement." Full story. Go to top of page

Field seminar course proves good grad school training ground for geography seniors

geography students on glacier in New Zealand

UW-Eau Claire geography students hiked in New Zealand's Mount Cook National Park along the Hooker Glacier trail during a mid-March research trip as part of a field seminar capstone class. Pictured, left to right, are Bryan Vickroy, Chris Below, Beth Ellison, Adam Rubach, Jackie Ebert, Pat Dryer and Todd Wermager. (Photo by Harry Jol, geography and anthropology)

Several UW-Eau Claire geography students who participated in Dr. Harry Jol's spring semester field seminar capstone class have received full scholarships to attend graduate school in the fall. The class traveled in mid-March to New Zealand, where students used their research skills to complete an investigative group project and to complete individual topical research papers.

"It was an amazing experience," said senior Jackie Ebert, who has received a full scholarship and graduate assistant position with a living stipend at Missouri State University, where she will pursue a master's degree in geospatial sciences. "Our trip was truly unique in that we were afforded the opportunity to use our knowledge overseas in an environment that was strange to us.

"I talk to many other geography students that attend other schools and they don't have one-quarter the experience that I have attained from this department," Ebert said. "I believe that attending UW-Eau Claire afforded me opportunities that I would not have been able to receive elsewhere." Full story. Go to top of page

Alumni Association honors outstanding students
outstanding students
UW-Eau Claire's Alumni Association honored 16 outstanding students and scholarship recipients at an awards luncheon May 7. Also recognized were faculty who spoke during the past year at the Alumni Association's monthly "Let's Do Lunch" program. See the listing of all honorees. Pictured above are (front row, left to right) Matthew Brewer, Michael Ojibway, Daniel Platta, Hannah Jones, Kari Metz and Nichole Ray; and (back row, left to right) Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich, Alyssa Retzlaff, Stephanie Wilson, Indira Nugroho, Jason Van Zanten, Patricia Elliott, Rebekah Streit and Patty Krug. (Photo by Bill Hoepner, LTS) Go to top of page

Forensics student places sixth in nation

Eric Plantenberg
Eric Plantenberg

UW-Eau Claire forensics student Eric Plantenberg, a junior from Monroe, represented Wisconsin at the Interstate Oratory Contest April 24-26 at the state capitol in Madison.

Plantenberg placed sixth in the nation with a strong performance in the semi-finals and in the finals. He competed against 88 individuals representing 35 states.

"We are so proud of him for this achievement," said forensics director Karen Morris. "For being one of the top competitors in the state for persuasive speaking, he was chosen as one of two people to represent the state of Wisconsin." Full story. Go to top of page
Janie Boschma
Janie Boschma spoke during UW-Eau Claire's April 24 Ann Devroy Memorial Forum, where she was announced the 11th annual recipient of the Ann Devroy Fellowship.

Devroy winner makes transatlantic trip to accept award
UW-Eau Claire junior Janie Boschma flew in from London to receive the university's 11th Ann Devroy Fellowship.

Boschma, a native of Colby, is studying abroad in England for the spring semester but didn't want to miss the opportunity to accept the award, which is presented to a UW-Eau Claire journalism student who shows exceptional promise and ability.

The fellowship includes a three-week residency at The Washington Post, a $1,400 scholarship to defray the costs of the residency and a summer internship at a Wisconsin newspaper. Boschma will work at The Post during her winter break in January 2009. Full story. Go to top of page

Phi Kappa Phi grants support student trips abroad

Heather Nichols Laurie Agrimson
Heather Nichols
Laurie Agrimson
Wendy Weimerskirch
Wendy Weimerskirch, far left, on a previous trip to Uganda. (Submitted photos)

Three members of the UW-Eau Claire chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will travel internationally this summer or fall with the help of awards from the honor society.

Junior Heather Nichols, a nursing student from Pittsville, and junior Wendy Weimerskirch, a sociology major from Plymouth, Minn., received $1,000 Phi Kappa Phi study abroad travel grants from the Phi Kappa Phi national organization. Nichols will spend eight weeks in Costa Rica this summer, while Weimerskirch will travel to Nicaragua and Costa Rica for the fall semester.

Weimerskirch also received a $500 award from the local Phi Kappa Phi chapter at UW-Eau Claire. She will use the grant to buy and distribute mosquito nets as protection from malaria-carrying mosquitoes when she travels to Uganda this summer.

Another $500 local grant was awarded to graduate nursing student Laurie Agrimson, West St. Paul, Minn. She will use the grant to help pay expenses when she attends the 19th International Nursing Research Congress Focusing on Evidence-Based Practice in Singapore in July. She will then conduct independent research in Hiroshima, Japan, on the long-term health effects related to radiation exposure. Full story. Go to top of page

University Bulletin Special Edition coming Thursday
The spring semester of the 2007-08 academic year is winding down, and with that comes a lot of news about commencement, retirements and accomplishments. You can read all about it in a Special Edition of the University Bulletin that will be e-mailed to you Thursday, May 15.

Stories in the Special Edition will include:

  • UW-Eau Claire commencement set for May 17
  • Nineteen faculty and academic staff members retire
  • Fourteen members of classified staff retire
  • Alumni Association to present awards
  • and more.

This abbreviated issue will not include Calendar items, Faculty/Staff News, In The News items or Notices. Go to top of page

Summer Bulletin to begin June 9
Summer Bulletin bannerFollowing publication of the May 15 University Bulletin Special Edition, the Summer Bulletin will be published weekly during the eight-week summer session beginning Monday, June 9. The summer publication will carry official notices, calendar items, faculty and staff news and other news briefs.

Items for the Summer Bulletin should be sent by mail or e-mail to Julie Poquette, News Bureau, Schofield 201, by 10 a.m. Monday for publication in the following week's issue.

Publication of the University Bulletin will resume Aug. 18 to coincide with the official opening of the 2007-08 academic year. Go to top of page

 


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