Vol. 56, No. 24Sixth Week • Spring Semester • March 2, 2009

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Provost finalist campus visits continue

Blugold women head to NCAA tournament

U.N. internship reveals world of possibilities

International students serve Eau Claire community

Race relations, immigration to be Forum focus

Debussy expert
to present lecture March 3

Jewish-Arab relations in Israel to be lecture focus

Campus events mark Women's Herstory Month

Comic opera 'Albert Herring' continues this week

March 8 Shamrock Shuffle to raise funds for WYSP

Fair to help students explore majors, services


Provost finalist campus visits continue
provost search graphicThe following finalists in the search for a provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UW-Eau Claire will visit campus in the coming days:

  • Susan Carlson, associate provost for faculty advancement and diversity and professor of English at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, will present a campus open forum today from 2:15-3:15 p.m. in Hibbard 102.
  • Guiyou Huang, dean of the Biscayne College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and professor of English at St. Thomas University, Miami Gardens, Fla., will present a campus open forum Thursday, March 5, from 2-3 p.m. in the Tamarack Room, Davies Center.
  • John Wells, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Young Harris College, Young Harris, Ga., will present a campus open forum Monday, March 9, from 2:15-3:15 p.m. in Hibbard 102.

Links to all finalists' curriculum vitae, the times and locations of their campus open forums, and a forum feedback form are available online. Go to top of page

Blugold women head to NCAA tournament
UW-Eau Claire Blugolds athletics logoFor the second year in a row, the 12th-ranked UW-Eau Claire women’s basketball team has earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. This year the Blugolds will head to Illinois Wesleyan for the first and second rounds and will face DePauw University in the first round Friday, March 6.

DePauw, which won the NCAA Division III title two years ago, heads into the weekend with a 22-5 overall record and is ranked 17th in the latest D3hoops.com poll. The Blugolds have never faced DePauw before. Full story. Go to top of page

U.N. internship reveals world of possibilities

Megan Lowry
UW-Eau Claire senior Megan Lowry at the United Nations during her internship last fall.

UW-Eau Claire senior and broadcast journalism major Megan Lowry, Burnsville, Minn., spent part of her fall semester in the company of United Nations ambassadors, the secretary of state and the president of the United States.

As an intern for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, Lowry worked from Sept. 10 to Nov. 21 as a press and public affairs intern, where her duties included monitoring newswires for stories involving U.S. interests at the U.N.

Lowry learned of the internship opportunity through UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education. She decided to apply for the internship because of her interest in international affairs and politics.

Along with attending a "meet and greet" with then President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Lowry met many different ambassadors, including French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Full story. Go to top of page

International students serve Eau Claire community

International student Thang Nguyen with South Middle School students
Watch a slide show
of UW-Eau Claire international students making their presentations to South Middle School students.
Thang Nguyen, center, a UW-Eau Claire international student from Vietnam, taught South Middle School sixth graders to use chopsticks during a presentation in December to "World Cultures" classes at the school. Nguyen was one of 13 international students enrolled in "ESL 260 - Oral Presentation Skills" with Julie Adler, senior lecturer of foreign languages, who shared information about their cultures with the middle schoolers last semester. It was the third year in a row that UW-Eau Claire international students have made the presentations, and each year more South teachers have asked to have their classes included. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS)

All UW-Eau Claire international students who take English-as-a-second-language classes in the foreign languages department participate in service projects that bring them in contact with community members. The students donate their time and talents to the Eau Claire community while helping to foster intercultural understanding.

Last semester 27 international students participated in community projects and programs, including a therapeutic riding program at an area equestrian center, an Eau Claire Parks and Recreation Center drop-in social/recreational program for developmentally disabled adults, Special Olympics volleyball and bowling programs, music therapy sessions and cultural information presentations to sixth graders at South Middle School in Eau Claire.

Watch a slide show created by Bill Hoepner, Rick Mickelson and Larry Glenn of UW-Eau Claire's Learning and Technology Services that includes photos and audio from the international students' presentations at South Middle School. Go to top of page

Race relations, immigration to be Forum focus

Cathi Tactaquin

Cathi Tactaquin, director of the California-based National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, will speak March 3 as part of the UW-Eau Claire Forum lecture series. Her address, "Immigration and Race in the Global Era," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.

Tactaquin will call for a greater understanding of how the worldwide demographic shift is challenging perceptions, attitudes, policies and laws for race relations and immigration. She will draw upon her own experiences as the daughter of a farm worker, an organizer in the Filipino community and an international migrant activist. Full story. Go to top of page

Debussy expert to present lecture March 3

David Grayson

David Grayson, professor of musicology at the University of Minnesota, will present a lecture titled "Debussy's Ideal Pelléas" at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in Room 159 of UW-Eau Claire's Haas Fine Arts Center.

An authority on the French composer Claude Debussy, Grayson is on the editorial board of the journal Cahiers Debussy and has written and lectured widely on the composer and his music.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Full story. Go to top of page

Lecturer to address Jewish-Arab relations in Israel
Dr. David Wesley, a professor at the University of Tel Aviv, will present a lecture titled "Jews, Arabs and Government Officials: Power Relations Inside Israel" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in the Presidents Room of UW-Eau Claire's Davies Center.

Wesley is a scholar of urban planning, land use patterns and power relations between Jewish and Palestinian Israelis. His scholarship examines how Israel offers opportunity to its citizens, the socio-economic make up of Israeli towns and inequality between its citizens.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire departments of history, foreign languages, geography and anthropology, and political science. Full story. Go to top of page

Campus events mark Women's Herstory Month
In recognition of Women's Herstory Month, UW-Eau Claire will host a number of events throughout March to highlight the contributions of women. The following events will take place this week:

  • Today: Women's and Gender Equity Center reading discussion, 6 p.m., Sutherland Hall. An article to be discussed will be available on the WAGE Website and also distributed at Sutherland Hall.
  • March 3: Cathi Tactaquin presents "Immigration and Race in the Global Era," 7:30 p.m., Schofield Auditorium. (Part of UW-Eau Claire Forum Series; see article above.)
  • March 4: Dr. Rose-Marie Avin presents "Women's Studies in Nicaragua," 4-5:30 p.m., Schneider Hall Room 107.
  • March 5: Commission on the Status of Women Brown Bag Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Presidents Room, Davies Center.
  • March 6-7: "The Vagina Monologues" presented by V-Day, 7:30 p.m., Schofield Auditorium.
  • March 8: "The Vagina Monologues" presented by V-Day, 1:30 p.m., Schofield Auditorium.

See full schedule of Women's Herstory Month events. Go to top of page

Comic opera 'Albert Herring' continues this week
'Albert Herring' posterThe UW-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department's production of "Albert Herring" continues this week with performances at 7:30 p.m. March 5-7 and 1:30 p.m. March 8 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

"Albert Herring" is a comic chamber opera performed in three acts and composed by famed British composer Benjamin Britten. The libretto is by Eric Crozier after a short story by Guy de Maupassant. Britten's contemporaries say that the title character is, in fact, a satirical self-portrait of the composer. The opera premiered June 20, 1947, at Glyndebourne in East Sussex, England, with Britten as conductor. The opera is performed in English. Full story. Go to top of page

March 8 Shamrock Shuffle to raise funds for WYSP
Shamrock Shuffle graphicUW-Eau Claire's department of Recreation & Sport Facilities will host the Shamrock Shuffle, a 5K fun run/walk, on Sunday, March 8. The run/walk will start at 10 a.m. at the American Legion Post 53, 634 Water St.

All proceeds from the event will support the Wisconsin Youth Sports Program (formerly known as the National Youth Sports Program), a five-week summer sports camp for youth ages 10 to 16 from economically disadvantaged families.

Individual advance registration is due by March 6. Individuals also can register the day of the event beginning at 9 a.m. Full story and registration information. Go to top of page

Fair to help students explore majors, services
Two formerly separate events have been brought together as the new Majors and Student Services Fair, to be offered from noon-1:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, in the Council Fire Room of UW-Eau Claire's Davies Center. A similar event will be offered March 27 at the same time and location.

All current students are encouraged to attend. The fair also welcomes high school juniors and seniors participating in campus visits, as well as students who are interested in transferring to UW-Eau Claire from two-year UW campuses and technical colleges in western Wisconsin.

The fair offers a relaxed atmosphere where students can speak to department faculty, staff and students representing UW-Eau Claire's majors, minors and pre-professional programs. Representatives from Student Services departments also will be available to describe the full range of services offered to students. Full story. Go to top of page


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