Vol. 55, No. 1First Week • Fall Semester • Aug. 20, 2007

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Chancellor to address major policy initiatives tomorrow at academic year opening meeting

UW-Eau Claire places high in U.S.News rankings

Help create a plan of distinction for UW-Eau Claire

Shu-Chuan Cheng is Chinese programs coordinator

Teaching & Learning Symposium is
Aug. 27

Library to host faculty/staff open house

Faculty, staff invited to Continuing Education Expo

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Highlights from Summer Bulletin


Chancellor to address major policy initiatives tomorrow at academic year opening meeting

UW-Eau Claire excellence sealChancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will focus on two major policy initiatives during his state-of-the-university speech tomorrow at UW-Eau Claire's all-employee Blugold Breakfast and academic year opening meeting in Zorn Arena.

A live video stream of tomorrow's academic year opening meeting will be available on the Web. The archived video stream also will be available following the meeting.

The meeting also will be broadcast live in UW-Eau Claire academic buildings on academic television channel 35.

University offices must remain open during tomorrow's opening meeting. Departments should make arrangements for student employees or designated staff or faculty members to provide office coverage while the meeting is in session.

The chancellor will address (1) finalizing and implementing a new strategic vision for the university and (2) broadening the borders of the university by strengthening and expanding community partnerships during the event welcoming UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff to the start of a new academic year. Along with Steven Tallant, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, the chancellor also will present the annual faculty and staff excellence awards.

Breakfast will be served starting at 7:30 a.m., and the opening meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. Employees are welcome to come and go to and from the meeting as their schedules require. An academic year opening meeting for evening shift employees who cannot attend the morning event is planned for 8 p.m. Aug. 21 in the Presidents Room of Davies Center.

Read the full calendar for the opening days of the academic year. Go to top of page

UW-Eau Claire places high in U.S.News rankings
U.S.News Best Colleges badgeU.S.News & World Report magazine has again named UW-Eau Claire among the best public regional universities in the Midwest. The 2008 edition of "America's Best Colleges" ranks UW-Eau Claire No. 5 among the top regional public universities in the Midwest and 26th among all private and public institutions in the Midwest. The publication has ranked UW-Eau Claire among the top five public institutions in the Midwest every year since 1995.

U.S.News & World Report also recognized UW-Eau Claire's undergraduate research and service-learning programs in its online 2008 "Programs to Look For" lists. The lists include schools with outstanding examples of academic programs that are believed to lead to student success. Full story. Go to top of page

Help create a plan of distinction for UW-Eau Claire
Strategic planning logoWhat will distinguish our university by the end of the next decade? Radical curriculum reform that connects disciplines and provides an immersion experience for students? Required study abroad for all graduates? A sustainable, green campus?

You can read about these ideas and more on the strategic planning Web site. There you'll find proposals from six planning work groups. Composed of faculty, staff and students, the groups spent the summer assessing UW-Eau Claire's strengths and opportunities and creating specific proposals to guide the university's decision making over the next five to 10 years.

Strategic planning charrettes will be held the following dates and times in the Tamarack Room in Davies Center. All faculty, staff and students are invited to participate at the time most convenient for them:

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m.-
1 p.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 20, 11 a.m.-
1 p.m.

The work groups were formed in response to Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich's call for a new strategic vision for the university. The collaborative process invites ideas from all faculty, staff and students. Here's how you can help to develop the plan:

Read about the work group proposals online and contact one of the group members with your questions.

Use the online discussion forum to post your comments.

Attend a charrette in September. A charrette is a collaborative meeting to gather a broad range of ideas. At the strategic planning charrettes, you'll have the opportunity to talk with work group members and to write your comments for posting. Go to top of page

Shu-Chuan Cheng is Chinese programs coordinator

Shu-Chuan Cheng
Shu-Chuan Cheng

Shu-Chuan Cheng has been hired as the Chinese programs coordinator for the Center for International Education at UW-Eau Claire. Cheng started in her new position June 11 and accompanied Karl Markgraf, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education, on a trip to China June 22-July 1, where they attended a conference and Markgraf signed agreements with 16 Chinese universities that will begin sending students to UW-Eau Claire in fall 2008 as part of the China 1-2-1 program. (UW-Eau Claire recently announced that it was accepted into the China 1-2-1 program. See related story.) Cheng is well known in Eau Claire because of her 20 years as a children's librarian and a community program coordinator at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. She also served as adviser to the library's Young Adult Advisory Board. Full story. Go to top of page

Teaching & Learning Symposium is Aug. 27
symposium graphicUW-Eau Claire's Network for Excellence in Teaching will present the fourth annual Teaching & Learning Symposium for university faculty and instructional academic staff from 1-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, in the Tamarack Room, Davies Center. During the symposium, members of NET's 2006-07 learning communities as well as others who have conducted scholarly work on teaching and learning will share posters, demos and short presentations. To register, send e-mail to NET@uwec.edu. See symposium schedule of events. Go to top of page

Library to host faculty/staff open house
McIntyre Library logoAll faculty and academic staff are invited to an open house at McIntyre Library from 1- 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29. Get to know the library, meet the staff and learn about the following:

  • scheduling library instruction and working with library faculty
  • putting class materials on reserve or e-reserve
  • finding, using and keeping up with databases in your field
  • library departments, services, procedures and more.

Tours will be given and refreshments will be served. For more information call 715-836-3858 or send e-mail to library.reference@uwec.edu. Go to top of page

Faculty, staff invited to Continuing Education Expo
Connecting Campus and CommunityUW-Eau Claire Continuing Education will host its first Expo on Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Skylight Lounge of Davies Center. The Expo will give UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff the opportunity to:

  • learn how they can teach a Continuing Education course or be involved in other ways.
  • find out how they can apply for the new Provost's Continuing Education Innovation fund.
  • meet CE staff and enjoy coffee and biscotti.
  • enter a door prize drawing to win one of more than $1500 worth of products and gift certificates donated by local merchants.

Full story. Go to top of page

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workers installing Campus Mall clock

Just in time
As a new semester begins, the UW-Eau Claire campus community can once again count on the Central Campus Mall clock to keep accurate time. Above, Bernie (left) and Dan (right) Zylstra of Clockworks and Engraving installed new inner workings for the clock Aug. 15. The clock, purchased and installed with the construction of the mall in 1987, also underwent cosmetic improvements over the summer. "Because of the ravages of time and wear, we found it necessary to replace all interior mechanical components and refinish the exterior surface of the clock," said Terry Classen, director of facilities planning and management. (Photo by Bill Hoepner, LTS)

Liberty Mutual check presentation
Gift creates computer science scholarship
A recent gift of $2,000 from Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation will establish a new scholarship fund for computer science students. The scholarship will be linked with opportunities for computer science students to participate in internships with Liberty Mutual, which will support the scholarship annually and increase the number of scholarships offered as the program evolves. Above, Mike Kramer, manager of information systems for Liberty Mutual and a 1982 UW-Eau Claire graduate, presents the gift to Michael Wick, computer science department chair. Also pictured is Dale Broom, manager of resource services for Liberty Mutual, and Kimera Way, executive director of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Liberty Mutual employs several UW-Eau Claire graduates. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS)

Highlights from Summer Bulletin
For faculty and staff who were away from campus during the summer, below are links to some of the stories that appeared in the 2007 Summer Bulletin. To take a look at all the campus news and events featured in the Summer Bulletin, go to the past issues section.

COEHS names new dean, associate dean
Study group to examine student services
Vicki Funne Reed is interim director of University Recreation and Sport Facilities
John Pollitz named director of libraries
Students' service valued at more than $1.3 million
Eleven National Merit scholars enroll for fall
Fulbright grants go to faculty member, recent grad
Students to receive 2007-08 scholarship awards
Corporate donors support new sales competition
Jennifer Lee is new director of CASE, Blugold Parent and Family Office Go to top of page


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