Vol. 55, No. 5Fifth Week • Fall Semester • Sept. 17, 2007

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English professors' fund supports symposium

Friends of Autism gift goes to CAP program

Additions to new faculty and staff list

Strategic planning reminder: Charrettes to be held this week and next Monday

South African social worker to be guest lecturer

John Means is new Foundation major gifts officer

Alumna, grad student is WAGE coordinator

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Photo corner: Noon Tunes feature diverse talents of faculty, staff — and chancellor


English professors' fund supports symposium
'Population: 485' book coverMore than 500 UW-Eau Claire students will read and discuss a book by nationally recognized local author Michael Perry thanks to funding from two former UW-Eau Claire English faculty members. Through the Elizabeth G. Morris Fund, the UW-Eau Claire English department and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation will sponsor the John and Elizabeth Morris Literature Symposium.

During the symposium, students from 25 sections of the introductory college writing course, a required course for all students, will read Perry's book "Population: 485 - Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time." Perry, a 1987 UW-Eau Claire nursing graduate, will hold four 50-minute discussions with students on the writing process on Sept. 24-25. The symposium also will include a reading by Perry on Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium that is free and open to the public. Full story. Go to top of page

Friends of Autism gift goes to CAP program

psychology student works with a young client in the Campus Autism Program
A UW-Eau Claire psychology student works with a young client in the Campus Autism Program. (CAP photo)

UW-Eau Claire psychology students will have more opportunities to conduct research and serve local children diagnosed with autism thanks to a $10,000 donation from the Friends of Autism.

The money was raised through the eighth annual Friends of Autism Golf Classic held Aug. 21 at the Silver Spring Country Club in Menomonee Falls and given to the UW-Eau Claire Campus Autism Program (CAP). The university autism program brings psychology students, children with autism and their families together and offers intensive behavior intervention.

"This will provide more research funding as well as present valuable learning opportunities for both the students and the children with autism they work with," said Kevin Klatt, UW-Eau Claire associate psychology professor and coordinator of the CAP program. "It's a real win-win situation for both the families and the students. There are very few universities that have students providing services to families and almost none providing research opportunities for undergraduates." Full story. Go to top of page

Additions to new faculty and staff list
In addition to the new faculty and staff listed in the Sept. 10 issue of the University Bulletin, the following individuals also are new to campus:

Visiting faculty from Jeonju National University of  Education, Jeonju, South Korea:

  • Dr. Jonghwa Lee, curriculum and instruction

Visiting faculty from Daegu National University of Education, Daegu, South Korea:

  • Dr. Mee Kyung Chung, curriculum and instruction
  • Dr. Seon Mi Koh, curriculum and instruction and music and theatre arts
  • Dr. Soon Ho Park, curriculum and instruction

Visiting faculty in the department of foreign languages from Jinan University, Guangzhou, China:

  • Mr. Huihua Hu
  • Ms. Shimin Huang
  • Ms. Xueqing Liu
  • Ms. Hongbin Luo
  • Dr. Xiaoying Luo
  • Mr. Xia Wei

AmeriCorp*VISTA members, Center for Service-Learning:

  • Zachary Barnes
  • Jeremy Gragert
  • Davin Haukebo-Bol
  • Chalsea Lane Go to top of page

Strategic planning reminder:
Charrettes to be held this week and next Monday

Charrette Schedule

Daytime sessions, Tamarack Room, Davies Center:

• 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.

Evening session, Presidents Room, Davies Center:

• Monday, Sept. 24, 9 p.m.

A series of strategic planning charrettes — collaborative sessions at which university faculty, staff and students can learn more about proposed strategic planning ideas and submit their own ideas — will be held Sept. 18-20 and 24 in Davies Center.

Representatives from each of the six strategic planning work groups will be on hand at the charrettes to explain and answer questions about the groups' proposals. Faculty, staff and students who attend a charrette should prepare by reading the proposals, available on the strategic planning Web site, said MJ Brukhardt, special assistant to the chancellor for strategic planning. Charrette participants also will be invited to write their ideas and comments regarding the work group proposals on posters set up in the meeting room. For more information about the process, read "What's a Charrette and Why Attend One?" Go to top of page

South African social worker to be guest lecturer
Orphans of AIDS and the thousands of street children in South Africa will be among the topics South African social worker Premilla Pillay will discuss when she is at UW-Eau Claire this month as an invited guest lecturer.

Pillay will serve as a guest lecturer from Sept. 19-28 in the department of social work. A social worker at Durban Children's Home in Durban, South Africa, Pillay supervises social work interns from UW-Eau Claire and KwaZulu-Natal University in Durban.

During her time at UW-Eau Claire, Pillay will speak to students in social work and economics classes, make class presentations on topics related to South Africa, and will meet with students interested in interning in South Africa.

Pillay also will present "Orphans of AIDS in South Africa" from noon-1 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Arrowhead Room of Davies Center. The presentation is open to the campus and greater Eau Claire communities. Full story. Go to top of page

John Means is new Foundation major gifts officer

John Means
John Means

John Means has been named a major gifts officer for the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

As a major gifts officer, Means will work in close coordination with the director of major gifts, focusing on one-on-one cultivation and stewardship of major gift prospects and donors. Some of his responsibilities will include contacting and visiting prospective donors, assisting in campus visits and other special activities.

Means, former director of golf and former head men's golf coach at the University of Minnesota, raised over $3 million to endow that university's golf program. Means has been the UW-Eau Claire head women's golf coach since 2006 and will remain head coach in addition to his work with the Foundation. Full story. Go to top of page

Alumna, grad student is WAGE coordinator

Lisa Cooper-Murphy
Lisa Cooper-Murphy

Lisa Cooper-Murphy recently took over as coordinator of UW-Eau Claire's Women's and Gender Equity Center for the 2007-08 academic year. Cooper-Murphy currently is working toward a master's degree in English and previously earned a bachelor's degree in English literature with a minor in women's studies from UW-Eau Claire.

Cooper-Murphy said in the coming year she hopes to continue promoting and improving upon the services offered by the WAGE Center in the past, as well as plan several new services, including a monthly feminist book club and a bimonthly support group, facilitated in cooperation with university Counseling Services, for those with loved ones serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. Full story. Go to top of page

Did you know?
Did you know that all of UW-Eau Claire's news releases dating back to 1997, University Bulletin issues back to 1998 and Summer Bulletin issues back to 2001 are available online? Here's more of what you'll find on the University Communications Web site:

Check it out today! Go to top of page

Photo corner: Noon Tunes concerts feature diverse talents of faculty, staff — and chancellor
Photos by Bill Hoepner, LTS
Jim Phillips Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich playing with Little Willie
Above left, Jim Phillips, professor of chemistry, performed with the band Little Willie Sept. 14 as part of the Noon Tunes concert series featuring bands that include UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff and alumni. Above right, Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich made a surprise guest appearance with the group. Partially visible on the left side of the photo is band member and UW-Eau Claire alumnus Bill Hamilton.
At left, Noon Tunes creator Diane Bilderback, Student Development and Diversity, and Susie Johnson, Chancellor's Office, enjoyed the performance. The final Noon Tunes concert, featuring Duffy & Pace (Bernard "Duffy" Duyfhuizen, English and College of Arts and Sciences, and Joel Pace, English) will be Wednesday, Sept. 19, on the Central Campus Mall. The concert's rain site will be The Cabin in Davies Center. The Noon Tunes concerts were sponsored by the Provost's Office and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.



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