Vol. 56, No. 19First Week • Spring Semester • Jan. 26, 2009

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Student intern writes about inauguration experience

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Chancellor announces Quick Win awards

New Notice of Meeting process takes effect

Senate to consider learning outcome statements

Campus Campaign kickoff: Alumnus to match employee contributions

Campus bus service to increase Jan. 26-March 13

Alternative fuel vehicles to be seminar topic

Warren Gallagher to present 'Let's Do Lunch

Sign up now for University Recreation events'


Student intern writes about inauguration experience

Janie Boschma

UW-Eau Claire journalism student Janie Boschma, working as an intern at The Washington Post during January as the university's 2008 Devroy Fellow, had the opportunity to cover the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama. In addition to contributing to the Post's coverage before, during and after the Jan. 20 event, Boschma wrote articles about the experience for the Jan. 21 and Jan. 22 issues of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, where she is employed as a part-time reporter. Go to top of page

Winter break news roundup
Below are some of the news stories released by UW-Eau Claire's News Bureau during the university's winter break. All university news releases since 2007 can be accessed online.

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Chancellor announces Quick Win awards
Twenty-one grants totaling $250,000 were announced in December by Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich as part of UW-Eau Claire's Quick Wins budget allocation.

The Quick Wins Fund was established by Levin-Stankevich to target resources to initiatives that address the university's Centennial Plan strategic goals. Quick Win awards were designated for high-impact projects that will be implemented by June 2009.

Awards include funding for multicultural immersion experiences, development of an interdisciplinary general education course, establishment of a writing center and construction of more bike parking, among others. See a full listing of the 2009 Quick Wins awards. Full story. Go to top of page

New Notice of Meetings process takes effect
Notice of MeetingsIn the interest of reducing the amount of paper used on campus, a new process now is in place for distribution of UW-Eau Claire's weekly Notice of Meetings.

Meeting information should be sent by e-mail to meetings@uwec.edu by noon Wednesdays for inclusion in the following week's notice. Notices will continue to be posted on the Notice of Meetings Web page.

In addition, paper copies will be posted on bulletin boards adjacent to the News Bureau on the second floor of Schofield Hall and next to the Cedar Room on the first floor of Davies Center. Paper copies no longer will be distributed through campus mail.

Late meeting notices also should be sent by e-mail to meetings@uwec.edu at least 24 hours before meetings are scheduled. Late notices will be posted on the Notice of Meetings Web page and paper copies will be posted on the bulletin boards described above. Committees should continue to distribute paper copies of late notices as they have in the past.

For more information, contact Diane Walkoff, News Bureau, at walkofds@uwec.edu or 715-836-3525. Go to top of page

Senate to consider learning outcome statements
This spring the University Senate will consider learning outcome statements for UW-Eau Claire’s Liberal Education Learning Goals.  These goals for student learning, already approved by the University Senate, identify the broad and general knowledge, skills and values for all UW-Eau Claire graduates. The learning outcomes will define these high-level goals so that academic departments, programs, and administrative and support service units can develop specific outcomes. 

For more information, see UW-Eau Claire's proposed Comprehensive Plan for Assessing and Advancing Student Learning on the University Assessment Web site, as well as the Association for American Colleges and Universities Web site.   

Send comments and questions to Scott Oates at oatessf@uwec.edu. Go to top of page

Larry Solberg and Jodi Thesing-Ritter
Larry Solberg and Jodi Thesing-Ritter are UW-Eau Claire's 2009-10 Campus Campaign chairs. (Photo by Bill Hoepner, LTS)

Campus Campaign kickoff: Alumnus
to match employee contributions

It's time to celebrate the many ways faculty and staff make a difference for UW-Eau Claire students with the kickoff of the 2009-10 Campus Campaign, "Double Your Impact."

UW-Eau Claire employees will receive an e-mail this week providing complete details about contributing to the Campus Campaign.

Jodi Thesing-Ritter, associate dean of students, and Larry Solberg, associate dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences, are serving as this year's Campus Campaign chairs. They are urging faculty and staff to participate in the campaign because it will impact the pursuit of the goals of the strategic plan and directly affect the quality of what the university can do for students.

Thanks to a generous alumnus, this year's participation will have double the impact, Solberg said.

"Employees who give for the first time or increase their gift will have their gift matched — doubling their investment in UW-Eau Claire," Solberg said. "A gift of any size will make a difference and generosity from faculty and staff will support the goals of the strategic plan. Campus Campaign offers faculty and staff the opportunity to contribute to what has meaning to them, whether it is a department, a scholarship or a specific fund." Full story. Go to top of page

Campus bus service to increase Jan. 26-March 13
Eau Claire Transit busUW-Eau Claire and the Eau Claire Transit Co. will increase bus service to UW-Eau Claire this winter as more members of the campus community opt for public transportation in an effort to reduce the university's carbon footprint.

Between Jan. 26 and March 13, four buses will serve the university, providing 10-minute service throughout the day. Beginning March 23, after spring break, the university routes will return to three buses with 20-minute service throughout the day.

In spring 2008, UW-Eau Claire's Student Senate initiated and overwhelmingly passed a resolution to increase the service of Route 9 from the end of January to the middle of March. See the Route 9 schedule for Jan. 26-March 13. Go to top of page

Alternative fuel vehicles to be seminar topic

Chris Schneider


Hybrid guru Chris Schneider will present an Alternative Fuel Vehicle seminar from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at UW-Eau Claire. The event is free and open to the public.

A video discussing alternative fuel vehicles will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Davies Theatre of Davies Center, followed by a question-and-answer session with experts on electric and natural gas technologies. A natural gas vehicle and a neighborhood electric vehicle will be on display on the Central Campus Mall.

Schneider is an expert on hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles. He has toured the Midwest advocating the benefits of choosing transportation that will have the least impact on the environment and building a new American energy future. Full story. Go to top of page

Warren Gallagher to present 'Let's Do Lunch'
Let's Do Lunch imageDr. Warren Gallagher, associate professor of chemistry, will describe during an Alumni Association luncheon this week how research carried out at UW-Eau Claire led to a revised chemical structure for an environmentally important molecule.

Gallagher will present "Chemical Detective Work Leads to Molecular Structure Discovery" from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Sweetwater's Restaurant in Eau Claire. The research he will discuss illustrates the classical scientific method of observation, hypothesis and chemical detective work. Full story. Go to top of page

Sign up now for University Recreation events
University Recreation and Sport Facilities logoUW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff, as well as community members, are invited to participate in several upcoming special events offered by University Recreation & Sport Facilities. Advance signup is required for the events, which have varied registration deadlines. More information about the following events is available on the University Recreation & Sport Facilities Web site:

  • Feb. 12 Night of Entertainment at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre
  • Feb. 24 Minnesota Wild vs. L.A. Kings hockey game
  • March 3 Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Golden State Warriors basketball game
  • March 8 Shamrock Shuffle fundraiser for the Wisconsin Youth Sports Program. Go to top of page


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Julie Poquette, Editor, UW-Eau Claire News Bureau, Schofield 201, (715) 836-4741
Diane Walkoff, Assistant Editor. Updated: January 26, 2009

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