Vol. 55, No. 3Third Week • Fall Semester • Sept. 4, 2007

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NSF grant goes to professor Jim Phillips for continued faculty/student chemistry research

Chancellor signs Climate Commitment

Psychology students, instructor revive BARC program to make dogs more adoptable

University Police receive $4,000 DOT grant

Exhibit features photos from Homecomings past

CampS consulting report now available for review

Noon Tunes concerts to feature familiar faces

Coaches to continue weekly Blugold Luncheons

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Ceremony marks Child Advocacy Center opening

Freshmen get warm welcome to campus

 

NSF grant goes to professor Jim Phillips
for continued faculty/student chemistry research

Dr. Jim Phillips
Dr. Jim Phillips

UW-Eau Claire chemistry professor Dr. Jim Phillips will once again be able to give four chemistry students the opportunity to collaborate with him on ongoing research thanks to a $189,000 award from the National Science Foundation Research in Undergraduate Institutions grant program. Phillips and his students will extend their previous experimental and theoretical research on how condensed phase environments change molecular structures in a novel class of nitrile donor acceptor complexes whose gas-phase structures undergo significant changes in the solid state or in solution.

"Thinking, communicating, and identifying and solving problems are all skills that this kind of research helps develop" said Phillips. "And whether these students go on to be research chemists, teachers, doctors, pharmacists, or something entirely different, those are all skills that they will need and that will make a difference in their lives." Full story. Go to top of page

Chancellor signs Climate Commitment
UW-Eau Claire has joined nearly 350 colleges and universities across the nation in becoming a signatory to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.

ACUPCC logoUW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich recently signed the commitment to set and attain sustainable energy and environmental goals for the university. By becoming a signatory, UW-Eau Claire has committed to completing and updating annually an inventory of all its greenhouse gas emissions, developing an institutional plan for becoming "climate neutral" and taking other specific actions to reduce greenhouse gases while the institutional plan is developed. Full story. Go to top of page

Psychology students, instructor revive BARC program to make dogs more adoptable

Erin Barney working with dog
Erin Barney, a senior psychology major at UW-Eau Claire, works with a dog in the recently revived BARC program. (Contributed photo)

Several UW-Eau Claire psychology students and their instructor, Daniel Holt, have revived the BARC program, which works with the Eau Claire County Humane Association to retrain dogs that display problem behaviors in an effort to make them more adoptable.

BARC, which stands for Behavioral Applications Regarding Canines, was established during the 2001-02 academic year as a collaborative venture with the Humane Association by psychology professor Dr. Greg Madden, with the assistance of Dr. Lori Bica, now chair of the psychology department. It operated for several years, but after Madden left UW-Eau Claire in 2005, the program became inactive.

This summer, Erin Barney, a psychology major, and Holt began working with a few dogs to get things started and reestablish a presence at the shelter. Student Kristine Funk, a biology and psychlolgy major, will take the lead in getting the program reestablished this fall. Full story. Go to top of page

University Police receive $4,000 DOT grant
Click It or Ticket graphicThe UW-Eau Claire Police Department has been awarded a $4,000 traffic enforcement equipment grant from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Safety.

The grant was awarded to the department Aug. 23 following its participation in the national "Click It or Ticket" safety belt enforcement campaign from May 21-June 3. The UW-Eau Claire Police Department was one of more than 190 Wisconsin law enforcement agencies to participate as unfunded agencies.

Officer Doug Hubbard accepted the grant while attending Wisconsin's 33rd annual Governors Conference on Highway Safety in Stevens Point, where traffic safety professionals were presented the results of the Click It or Ticket mobilization and planned for the current campaign, "Drunk Driving, Over The Limit, Under Arrest."

"The grant will allow the department to purchase new traffic enforcement equipment, which will enhance our goal of promoting traffic safety in our community," Hubbard said. Go to top of page

Exhibit features photos from Homecomings past

An exhibit featuring the work of university photographer Rick Mickelson chronicles the past 20 years of UW-Eau Claire Homecoming celebrations.

tuba player Clowns
football game
These are a few of Rick Mickelson's photos from past UW-Eau Claire Homecomings included in the "20 Homecomings" exhibit now on display in the McIntyre Library's Grand Corridor.

The exhibit, titled "20 Homecomings," is on display in the Grand Corridor of UW-Eau Claire's McIntyre Library from Sept. 4 through this year's Homecoming, scheduled for Oct. 5-6. Approximately 40 prints, 16 inches by 20 inches in size, will be featured.

Mickelson's first day on the job at UW-Eau Claire was Homecoming Day 1988. Armed with a camera he had never used before and a long list of photos to be taken during the day, he quickly got his feet wet.

"Since then, Homecoming has been a special workday for me, and 2007 marks the completion of two decades' worth of documenting UW-Eau Claire Homecoming celebrations," Mickelson said.

The exhibit is co-sponsored by the university's Learning and Technology Services, Alumni Association and Foster Gallery. Go to top of page

CampS consulting report now available for review
CampS logoThe Campus Solutions project (code-named CampS for easier identification) involves UW-Eau Claire's transition from its current in-house developed administrative computing system to the UW System-directed PeopleSoft Campus Solutions software package. The "cut-over" is scheduled for fall 2009.

Every UW-Eau Claire student as well as every individual and department dealing directly with students will be affected by the transition. Departments doing the "heavy lifting" with initial set-up will be Admissions, Registrar's Office, Financial Aid, Business Office, and Learning and Technology Services. LTS staff coordinating the project are Chip Eckardt (project manager) and Bev Miller (assistant project manager).

The initial CampS Readiness Assessment and Project Charter is now available for review. This consulting report is a product of interviews and open meetings with multiple campus representatives over several weeks this past summer. Issues addressed in the report include WHAT and WHY (project vision, implementation scope, objectives, constraints and risks, and dependencies), WHO (project organization and team structure), HOW (strategies, responsibilities and protocol for the project) and WHEN (timeline for the next phases).

More ongoing information about the conversion can be found on the LTS Web site, which also has a connection to the UW-Eau Claire PeopleSoft Campus Solutions conversion Web site. Go to top of page

Noon Tunes concerts to feature familiar faces

Duffy & Pace
Joel Pace, associate professor of English, and Bernard "Duffy" Duyfhuizen, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, pictured here during a Central Campus Mall performance in the spring of 2005, will be among the musical performers during UW-Eau Claire's upcoming Noon Tunes concert series.

On four days during the first three weeks of fall semester classes, students and staff at UW-Eau Claire will be treated to the music of four bands from noon until 1 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall. Members of the bands include UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff, alumni and others. The lineup is as follows:

Friday, Sept. 7 - Dr. Tao and the Zendaddies is professor of philosophy and religious studies D. Scott Lowe; Jon Loomis, a lecturer in the English department; alumni Adam Winrich and Mark Miller; and Travis Wenzel (rain site: Davies Theatre).

Monday, Sept. 10 - Davey J is associate professor of English David Jones (rain site: The Cabin).

Friday, Sept. 14 - Little Willie includes chemistry professor Jim Phillips, Billy Angel, and alumni Levi Felling and Bill Hamilton (rain site: The Cabin). A surprise special guest also will appear.

Wednesday, Sept.19 - Duffy & Pace is English professor and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Bernard (Duffy) Duyfhuizen and associate professor of English Joel Pace (rain site: The Cabin).

The concerts are sponsored by the Provost's office and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Go to top of page

Coaches to continue weekly Blugold Luncheons
UW-Eau Claire Blugolds athletics logoFor the second year in a row, Blugold coaches from football, basketball, hockey and softball will hold weekly Blugold Luncheons, where they will discuss different aspects of the current season.

All Blugold Luncheons will take place from noon-1 p.m. in the either the Wisconsin Room or Rosewood Room of the Quality Inn (see full schedule) and will be catered by Mancino's. The cost for attendees is $6 per week and includes a sandwich, cookie and beverage. No advance registration is necessary. Go to top of page

Photo corner:
Ceremony marks Child Advocacy Center opening
Photos by Bill Hoepner, LTS
Child Advocacy Center mural

A grand opening ceremony was held Aug. 28 for the Chippewa Valley Child Advocacy Center located in UW-Eau Claire's Nursing Building. The center, a collaborative project between the university and the Children's Service Society of Wisconsin, provides services for child victims of sexual and physical abuse and their non-offending family members.

Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich Elaine Wendt, Marcia Bollinger and Rosemary Jadack
Above left: UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich spoke at the Chippewa Valley Child Advocacy Center grand opening ceremony Aug. 28. At right, other UW-Eau Claire administrators and faculty members on hand included (left to right) Elaine Wendt, Marcia Bollinger and Rosemary Jadack of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
New freshmen get warm greeting to campus
Photos by Bill Hoepner, LTS
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Many of UW-Eau Claire's more than 2,000 new freshmen moved into the university's residence halls Aug. 30. Above and below are just a few scenes from move-in day.
freshman move-in image
An information and welcome tent for students' parents and families was a new feature of freshman move-in day this year. The tent, sponsored by the new Blugold Parent and Family Office, was staffed by university employees, including Julia Diggins, Advising and New Student Initiatives, shown at right assisting a parent. Below, parents and families looked at informational materials available in the tent.
freshmen eating lunch on lawn
After moving in the day before, freshmen participated in phase two orientation activities Aug. 31. Left and below, new students enjoyed lunch and activities on the Central Campus Mall following morning small-group meetings with UW-Eau Claire staff members and student mentors. The noon-hour activities also included a student services fair to familiarize freshmen with services available on campus.
students getting temporary tatoos
At right and below, following afternoon meetings with faculty members and advisers and walking through their class schedules, new freshmen attended an early evening picnic on the Central Campus Mall. Below left, Steven Tallant, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, handed out Frisbees as students arrived at the picnic. Following the picnic students attended a convocation, featuring award-winning speaker Dr. Joe Martin, in Zorn Arena.
students dancing under clock tower
Steve Tallant hands out Frisbees Students at picnic

 


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