Vol. 55, No. 14Fourteenth Week • Fall Semester • Nov. 19, 2007

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Report gives study-abroad program high rankings

UW-Eau Claire students take top three places in regional sales competition

Football team defeats St. Norbert, Bethel next up

WIAC names Glaser coach of the year, football team receives all-conference honors

McNair program names newest scholars

Crossing the cultural divide

Class to help businesses with wellness programs

Grad scholarships available to seniors, recent alums

UW-Eau Claire to present 33rd Holiday Concert

Joint Diwali/
Hanukah celebration to be Nov. 26

Student ensembles to give fall performances

 

Report gives study-abroad program high rankings

Students Matt Biedermann, Nessa Severson and Bethany Nikstad on Mt. Pilatus
UW-Eau Claire students (from left) Matt Biedermann, Nessa Severson and Bethany Nikstad made an excursion to Mt. Pilatus near Lucerne, Switzerland, while they were studying abroad in Graz, Austria, during the 2006-07 academic year. (Contributed photo)

UW-Eau Claire ranks 14th nationally among all master's-level schools in the number of students who study abroad, according to the 2007 Open Doors Report of the Institute for International Education.

The 2007 Open Doors Report indicates that 484 UW-Eau Claire students studied abroad during the 2005-06 academic year, up from the previous year when 440 students participated in a study abroad program.

UW-Eau Claire's long-standing commitment to placing students in countries for months rather than weeks also sets it apart, according to the Open Doors Report. The report's "duration of study abroad" survey ranks UW-Eau Claire seventh nationally. Full story. Go to top of page

UW-Eau Claire regional sales event competitors
Eleven UW-Eau Claire students competed in the Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up Nov. 15-17. Pictured above from left to right are LaNette Flunker, student coach and senior lecturer of management and marketing, and students Charles Lymangood, Jenna Weber, Pat Lipinski, Sarah Wienke, Mike Gore, Heather Maul, Brandon Buth, Laura Dahlstrom, Garrett Ullom, Kari Schmidt and Heidi Accola. (Photo by Bill Hoepner, LTS)
UW-Eau Claire students take top three places
in Nov. 15-17 regional sales competition

Four UW-Eau Claire students were among the top five finishers in the first Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up hosted by the College of Business Nov. 15-17. The event, modeled after the National Collegiate Sales Competition held every spring at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga., drew 50 student competitors from marketing programs at eight Midwestern colleges and universities.

UW-Eau Claire's Heather Maul, a senior mass communication major and marketing minor, was named Best Overall Salesperson at the event. Other UW-Eau Claire students among the top finishers were first runner-up Garrett Ullom, a senior marketing-professional sales major; second runner-up Jenna Weber, a senior marketing major; and fourth-place finisher Sarah Wienke, a senior marketing-professional sales and finance double major. Maul, Ullom, Weber and Wienke will represent UW-Eau Claire at the national competition in March. Go to top of page

Football team defeats St. Norbert, Bethel next up

More Blugold athletics news: Women's cross country finishes eighth at nationals

The Blugold football team will advance to the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs following a 24-20 win over St. Norbert Nov. 17 in Green Bay. Next they will face Bethel University at noon Saturday, Nov. 24, in St. Paul. Full story. Go to top of page

WIAC names Glaser coach of the year,
football team receives all-conference honors

Todd Glaser
Todd Glaser

UW-Eau Claire head football coach Todd Glaser has been named the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's George Chryst Coach of the Year. Glaser, a UW-Eau Claire alumnus, is in his second year as the Blugolds' head coach and led the team to a second-place finish in the WIAC this season with an 8-2 record. He is only the second coach in program history to lead his team to an NCAA Division III postseason appearance (the first was Bob Nielson in 1998) and the second to be named WIAC coach of the year (Link Walker received the honor in 1981 and 1983). Full story.

Also recognized by the conference were 12 Blugold football players who received all-WIAC honors. Full story. Go to top of page

McNair program names newest scholars
Ten UW-Eau Claire students have been selected as the university's newest cohort for the prestigious Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. UW-Eau Claire is one of approximately 150 institutions nationwide to be awarded a McNair program through the U.S. Department of Education.

Each year faculty nominate undergraduate students recognized for their academic achievement and select up to 10 to participate in the program. McNair Scholars spend two years undertaking collaborative research with faculty members and eventually publish and present their research to the academic community.

The newest McNair Scholars and their faculty mentors are Rochelle Halama (Dr. Mohammed Elgindi), mathematics; Elizabeth Kooistra (Dr. Kevin Klatt,) psychology; Kathryn Lance (Dr. Johannes Strohschänk), foreign languages; Kayla Lorenzen (Dr. George Stecher), physics and astronomy; Angela J. Manlick (Dr. Sasha Showsh), biology; Lyndsay Nelson (April Bleske-Rechek), psychology; Amanda Niedfeldt (Dr. Audrey Fessler), English; Touger Thao (Dr. Scott Lowe), philosophy and religious studies; Heather Sommer (Dr. Erica Benson), English; and Emily Worzalla (Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour), music. Full story. Go to top of page

Crossing the cultural divide
Foreign exchange students share cultures, practice communication skills during middle school presentations
Hongzhen Xiao demonstrating tai chi to South Middle School students

During the week of Nov. 12, UW-Eau Claire international students in the English as a second language oral presentation skills class gave presentations at South Middle School. The students, from Sweden, Brazil, China and Bosnia, visited sixth-grade world cultures classes to talk about their home countries. They also taught the sixth-graders a song, game or craft through a demonstrative speech. Julie Adler, senior lecturer of foreign languages, is the oral presentation skills class instructor. Above, Hongzhen Xiao, from Guangdong, China, taught the South students three basic Tai Chi forms. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS) Go to top of page

Class to help businesses with wellness programs

Dr. Susan Moch
Dr. Susan Moch

A UW-Eau Claire faculty member is looking for Chippewa Valley businesses or organizations that have an interest in starting or enhancing a workplace wellness program.

Students in "Wellness in the Work World," a class offered in spring 2008 for the first time, will work with local organizations to gather information and/or plan a wellness program that will meet the needs of the individual businesses, said Dr. Susan Moch, a professor of nursing who will teach the course.

"We're open to any small project that an agency or business might have that will create a healthier work world," Moch said. "We want to contribute in a meaningful way to the health of our community and possibly to helping keep health care costs down." Full story. Go to top of page

Grad scholarships available to seniors, recent alums
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation logoOutstanding UW-Eau Claire seniors and alumni who have graduated since spring 2003 are invited to apply for nomination to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship Program, one of the largest and most competitive scholarship programs in the country. Scholarships can total as much as $300,000 (up to $50,000 per year for up to six years).

Complete eligibility information and application materials are available on the foundation's Web site or by calling 800-498-6478.

UW-Eau Claire also has a Web site with specific information about applying for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship program. A completed application with supporting documents is due to the dean of Graduate Studies by March 1, 2008. Full story. Go to top of page

UW-Eau Claire to present 33rd Holiday Concert
Holiday Concert imageUW-Eau Claire's department of music and theatre arts and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation will continue a long-standing tradition by presenting the 33rd Holiday Concert at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 9 in Zorn Arena.

The concert will feature performances by The Symphonic Choir and Symphony Orchestra, The Singing Statesmen, the Women's Concert Chorale, the Women's Chorus, the Concert Choir and the Wind Symphony. There will be a preconcert performance by Two Rivers Brass, a brass quintet.

Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance by using the online ticket reservation form or calling the University Service Center, 715-836-3727. Full story. Go to top of page

Student ensembles to give fall performances
sheet music and conductor's batonUW-Eau Claire's Women's Chorus and Jazz Ensemble III will give performances this week in the Haas Fine Arts Center's Gantner Concert Hall.

  • The Women's Chorus, directed by Robert Mondlock, lecturer of music, will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. tonight. Full story.
  • Jazz Ensemble III, directed by Jeffery Crowell, assistant professor of music, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20. Full story. Go to top of page

Joint Diwali/Hanukkah celebration to be Nov. 26
burning candlesA joint celebration of the Hindu holiday of Diwali and the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah will be held at UW-Eau Claire from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.

Speakers will explain the cultural and religious significance of Diwali and Hanukkah. Members of both cultures who grew up in different countries will talk about how the holiday is celebrated in their homeland and what it means to them to celebrate it. Folk songs and dances will be taught. Full story. Go to top of page

 


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