Vol. 55, No. 11Eleventh Week • Fall Semester • Oct. 29, 2007

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New state budget supports UW-Eau Claire initiatives

Foundation event celebrates 'promises fulfilled'

UW-Eau Claire is among top Fulbright producers

Zombies to be topic of tonight's Forum presentation

American Indian Heritage Month kicks off this week

International Folk Fair set for Nov. 4

Former Middle East correspondent Mark Matthews to discuss Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Emerita receives Alzheimer's Association honor

Photo corner: Disability Awareness reception

  New state budget supports UW-Eau Claire initiatives
The 2007-09 state budget signed into law Oct. 26 by Gov. Jim Doyle includes funding for a number of new initiatives that will enable UW-Eau Claire to enhance its educational opportunities, facilities and service to the Chippewa Valley.

"We are especially pleased that the budget priorities we have worked with our local legislators to secure have largely been realized," Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich said in an Oct. 26 e-mail message to UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff and students.

The new budget holds good news for two UW-Eau Claire facilities projects:

  • It authorizes UW-Eau Claire to proceed with the $48.8 million student-funded redevelopment of the Davies Center. No tax dollars will be used to construct or operate this facility; it will be paid for entirely by students.
  • While it does not include funds for UW-Eau Claire's proposed new academic building to replace the Brewer Hall/Campus School complex, the budget does fund a number of academic building projects at other campuses, which clears the way for construction funding for the UW-Eau Claire building in a future biennium, hopefully in 2009-11.

The new budget also supports several UW-Eau Claire initiatives that are part of the UW System Growth Agenda for Wisconsin:

  • It provides $2,969,700 for the collaborative NanoSTEM Initiative between UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stout. Of this total, $1,821,100 is for UW-Eau Claire.
  • It provides $504,700 to fund five new full-time equivalent positions at UW-Eau Claire to allow the development of a new accelerated nursing program and to expand the university's satellite nursing program at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.
  • It includes about $150,000 and two new full-time equivalent positions at UW-Eau Claire to enhance teacher education programs. Full story. Go to top of page

Foundation event celebrates 'promises fulfilled'

Bert Colianni Jr.
Bert Colianni Jr., a 1976 UW-Eau Claire alumnus and chairman of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation board, addressed those gathered for the "Celebrating Promises Fulfilled" event. (Photo by Bill Hoepner, LTS)

Members of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's Circle of Excellence gathered in Davies Center the evening of Oct. 26 for "Celebrating Promises Fulfilled," an event to mark the many successes of the Foundation's Fufilling the Promise of Excellence campaign. Circle of Excellence members are donors whose cumulative gifts to the Foundation total $10,000 or more (or $25,000 or more for corporate members). As of Oct. 1, the campaign had raised nearly $51.8 million in gifts and commitments for the people and programs of UW-Eau Claire. The campaign continues through Dec. 31.

Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich and David Karlgaard students performing at campaign celebration
Left: Chancellor Levin Stankevich talked with David Karlgaard, a 1967 UW-Eau Claire alumnus who, along with his wife, Marilyn (who attended UW-Eau Claire from 1965-68), has served as national chair of the Foundation's Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence campaign. The Karlgaards have been the campaign's largest donors, making gifts totaling $5 million to benefit the computer science department. Right: UW-Eau Claire music students entertained Circle of Excellence members at the campaign celebration. (Photos by Bill Hoepner, LTS)
Carole Halberg and Chancellor Emeritus Donald Mash
Left: Carole Halberg, former UW-Eau Claire Foundation president, and Donald Mash, UW-Eau Claire chancellor emeritus, were honored guests at the Foundation's Oct. 26 campaign celebration. The campaign kicked off in 2000 under their leadership. (Photo by Bill Hoepner, LTS) Go to top of page

UW-Eau Claire is among top Fulbright producers

Erin House, left, a May 2007 German graduate, and John Maxim Zanetti II, a December 2006 political science graduate, are UW-Eau Claire's 2007-08 Fulbright Fellows through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

UW-Eau Claire is among the top producers of 2007-08 U.S. Fulbright Fellows, according to a list recently released by the Fulbright Program.

UW-Eau Claire is one of 21 institutions included in the master's institution category on the Fulbright Program's list of colleges and universities that produced the most U.S. Fulbright Fellows. The success of the top producing institutions was highlighted in the Oct. 26 printed edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Two UW-Eau Claire graduates, Erin House and John Maxim Zanetti II, received Fulbright awards for 2007-08. A third student was offered a Fulbright but turned hers down in favor of another international opportunity. Full story. Go to top of page

Zombies to be topic of tonight's Forum presentation

Max Brooks
Max Brooks

Max Brooks, the world's self-proclaimed expert on zombie culture, will present "Zombie Survival: Preparing for World War Z" at 7:30 tonight in Zorn Arena as part of UW-Eau Claire's 2007-08 Forum series. An Emmy Award winner for his writing for "Saturday Night Live," Brooks — son of Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks — is the author of "The Zombie Survival Guide" (2003), a deadpan illustrated guide to fighting the living dead. His debut novel, "World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War," followed in 2006. Full story. Go to top of page

American Indian Heritage Month kicks off this week
UW-Eau Claire will celebrate American Indian Heritage Month in November with a variety of activities. Most events are sponsored by the Native American Student Association in conjunction with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the American Indian Studies program.

Crystal Norcross, a member of the Fond du Lac Ojibwe Nation, will kick off the month's activities with a hoop dancing demonstration from 3:30-4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in Schofield Auditorium, followed by a meet-and-greet reception from 4-5 p.m. Norcross has traveled around the United States telling her story through a special 21-ring hoop dance. See the entire American Indian Heritage Month schedule. Go to top of page

International Folk Fair set for Nov. 4
hands holding globeDavies Center will once again be transformed into a miniature world with many nationalities and groups proudly displaying their cultures at the UW-Eau Claire's International Folk Fair, to be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4.

The Folk Fair, coordinated by the Center for International Education, is the largest international festival of its kind in the area. Serving as a cultural exchange between exhibitors and visitors to the fair, it includes educational activities for children, live music, colorful cultural exhibits, dancing, art and craft displays, history, language, culture and a variety of ethnic food. Full story. Go to top of page

Former Middle East correspondent Mark Matthews to discuss Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Mark Matthews
Mark Matthews

Mark Matthews, former diplomatic correspondent for the Baltimore Sun, will discuss "The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Is There Hope?" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in Room 100 of Hibbard Humanities Hall at UW-Eau Claire. The one-hour presentation will be followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session. Matthews covered the Middle East for 15 years and served as Middle East correspondent based in Jerusalem for close to three years. He covered such major landmarks as the Madrid conference of 1991, the Yitzhak Rabin-Yasser Arafat handshake at the White House in 1993, the aftermath of Rabin's assassination and the Intifada of 2000. Full story. Go to top of page

Emerita receives Alzheimer's Association honor

Marge Bottoms
Marge Bottoms

Marge Bottoms, UW-Eau Claire professor emerita of nursing systems and a volunteer with the Eau Claire County Humane Association, was presented Oct. 11 with October's “Senior Salute Award” by the Alzheimer's Association-Greater Wisconsin Chapter of Eau Claire and WQOW-TV 18.

After retiring from UW-Eau Claire, Bottoms, a board member for the Eau Claire County Humane Association, began writing grants to benefit the animals at the association's shelter. One of her grants recently gave money to the shelter to partner with the Eau Claire County Department on Aging Meals on Wheels program.

Bottoms and fellow volunteer Katherine Schneider, UW-Eau Claire senior psychologist emerita, use money from the grant to purchase food, which is then dispersed to homebound seniors in the community who receive Meals on Wheels and have pets of their own. “We decided to do this because many of the seniors were using the food that they needed for their own nourishment to feed their animals," Bottoms said. "Now the seniors get the food they need and their companions do too.” Go to top of page
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Disability Awareness Reception, Oct. 23
Rosemary Battalio, left, and Margaret Devine Raymond French, Kelly Powers and Amy Tremblay
Left photo, left to right: Dr. Rosemary Battalio and Dr. Margaret Devine were honored at UW-Eau Claire's Oct. 23 Disability Awareness Reception for their exceptional support of the needs of students with disabilities. Right photo, left to right: Scholarship recipients honored at the event were Raymond French, Kelly Powers and Amy Tremblay. French and Powers each received a Robert R. Southard Memorial Scholarship. Tremblay received the Barbara J. Brenner Tremble Memorial Scholarship.
Lisa Butterfield and Dianne Chlupsa

Also honored were Disability Awareness Poster Contest first-place winner Lisa Butterfield, left, and second-place winner Dianne Chlupsa.

Photos by Bill Hoepner, LTS

 


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