Vol. 56, No. 29Twelfth Week • Spring Semester • April 13, 2009

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College of Business maintains accreditation

Survey completion requested following emergency notification system test

Changes proposed to requirements for veterans, active military students

Nominations sought for excellence awards

Contest aims to end quest for Blugold mascot'

University, Veolia partner on composting program

Journalism's future to be panel discussion topic

Event to explore local Native American history

Student ensembles to present spring concerts

Public forum to focus on Wisconsin government

AMA chapter recognized at international conference

 

College of Business maintains accreditation
AACSB logoUW-Eau Claire has maintained its business accreditation by the Associations to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.

AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools. Just 559 schools of business — or fewer than 5 percent worldwide — have earned the distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education.

The UW-Eau Claire College of Business will be recognized at the 2009 AACSB International Conference and Annual Meeting April 26-28 in Florida. Full story. Go to top of page

Survey completion requested following
emergency notification system test

Following the April 9 test of UW-Eau Claire's campuswide emergency notification system, students, faculty and staff are asked to complete a Web survey to help emergency personnel assess the system. Students and employees are asked to fill out the survey regardless of whether they received the test emergency notification.

Responses to the survey will help university officials evaluate the effectiveness of the emergency notification system and identify possible improvements, Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich said in an April 9 e-mail message to the campus community. Go to top of page

soldier's fatigues and bootsChanges proposed to requirements
for veterans, active military students

The UW-Eau Claire Academic Policies Committee has recommended two changes to university policies that would streamline the fulfillment of academic requirements for students who are veterans or currently serving in the active military.

Under the recommended changes, students who have completed military basic training/boot camp will receive one credit of physical activity, and students in active military service or with an honorable or general discharge from military service will have fulfilled the university's service-learning graduation requirement.

The proposed changes, which were first recommended by the Veterans Advisory Committee, now must be approved by the University Senate, which will consider the proposed changes at its April 14 meeting. Full story. Go to top of page

Nominations sought for excellence awards
UW-Eau Claire excellence sealNominations are due April 20 for several UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff excellence awards, which will be presented in August at the opening meeting of the 2009-10 academic year. Nominations are sought for the following awards:

(Also see the faculty excellence awards nomination instructions.) Go to top of page

Contest aims to end quest for Blugold mascot
mascot design contest graphicA contest to select an official mascot for UW-Eau Claire may finally answer the often-asked question, "What is a Blugold?"

The Blugold Mascot Design Contest, sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association, will start April 15 and run through June 15, with the winner announced by July 15. The winning entry will receive $500.

The contest was created after a 2008 survey of the university community showed strong support for a mascot. Nearly 7,000 people responded to the survey, with 69 percent of the respondents indicating that they favored having a mascot. The survey was initiated by a committee of students, faculty, staff and community members charged by Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich to research the mascot issue. Full story. Go to top of page

University, Veolia partner on composting program
Nearly 2 tons of waste a week is being diverted from an Eau Claire landfill thanks to a recently established composting program at UW-Eau Claire.

In late January, UW-Eau Claire and its refuse management provider, Veolia Environmental Services, launched a full composting program at the university, making it one of the first commercial composting programs in the area, said Mark Thornton, director of operations for Blugold Dining at UW-Eau Claire.

"Our goal is to offer composting to all Blugold Dining customers and to compost at all food production stations to reduce the amount of waste going into landfills," said Thornton. "I'm quite pleased with the progress so far. On average, Blugold Dining is diverting nearly 2 tons from the landfill each week. While we're satisfied, we will continue to work to increase the number of people who participate in the program." Full story. Go to top of page

Journalism's future to be panel discussion topic
newspaperA panel discussion on "The Future of Journalism" will begin at 7 p.m. April 14 in Room 101 of UW-Eau Claire's Hibbard Hall.

The program is free and open to the public. Panelists will include:

  • Mark Baker, publisher of Chippewa Valley Newspapers, including the Chippewa Herald in Chippewa Falls.
  • Scott Libin, news director at WCCO-TV in the Twin Cities.
  • Marisa Helms, a Twin Cities journalist with freelance and full-time experience in radio, print and online media.
  • Megan Peterson, UW-Eau Claire broadcast journalism senior and president of the student Society of Professional Journalists chapter.

Mike Rindo, UW-Eau Claire executive director of university communications and special assistant to the chancellor, will serve as moderator. Full story. Go to top of page

Event to explore local Native American history
UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff and community members are invited to gather at scenic Round Hill near Durand from 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, to learn about local Native American history.

UW-Eau Claire's Environmental Adventure Center, in collaboration with other university and community organizations, will present "Native American History on the Lower Chippewa River" at Round Hill. Driving directions to Round Hill can be found online.

Dr. Rick St. Germaine, UW-Eau Claire professor of history and American Indian studies, and others will provide insights based on ancestry, research and knowledge of the locality. Snacks baked in the brick oven located at Round Hill will be served. Full story. Go to top of page

Student ensembles to present spring concerts
sheet musicThe following UW-Eau Claire student ensembles will present spring concerts in the coming week in the Haas Fine Arts Center:

  • The Cello Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, in Phillips Recital Hall.
  • The Corner Horner Horn Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in Phillips Recital Hall.
  • Jazz Ensemble II will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in Gantner Concert Hall.
  • The Concert Choir will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 19, in Gantner Concert Hall.
  • The Symphony Orchestra will perform at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 19, in Gantner Concert Hall.
  • The Women's Chorus will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 20, in Gantner Concert Hall. Go to top of page

Public forum to focus on Wisconsin government
A public forum titled "What Ever Happened to Good Government in Wisconsin? How We Can Fix It and Why It Matters in a Recession" will run from 6:30-8 p.m. April 20 in Room 102 of Hibbard Hall at UW-Eau Claire.

Speakers will include state Reps. Kristen Dexter and Jeff Smith of Eau Claire; state Sen. Pat Kreitlow of Chippewa Falls; Tom Giffey, editorial page editor of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram; and Jay Heck, executive director of Common Cause in Wisconsin. Full story. Go to top of page

AMA chapter recognized at international conference

UW-Eau Claire AMA students
UW-Eau Claire American Marketing Association chapter members who participated at the recent International Collegiate Conference included (front row, left to right): Jaimie Hoeschen, Rachel Roberts, Jennifer Forsythe, Heidi Becker and (back row, left to right): Lindsey Taylor, Aaron Schmitz, Nikole Bryson, Eric Gustafson, Megan Justin-Bridgman, Travis Messerschmidt, Andrew Simon and adviser Scott Swanson.

In its first year in more than a decade competing at the American Marketing Association International Collegiate Conference, UW-Eau Claire's AMA student chapter received an honorable mention in the Chapter Recruitment Video Competition, was given an overall ranking of 10th out of 145 international chapters, and was recognized as an Outstanding Chapter. The Outstanding Chapter award is given to only eight schools internationally.

Students who participated at the conference, held March 26-28 in New Orleans, were Jennifer Forsythe, Iron River; Carmen Micke and Andrew Simon, Green Bay; Eric Gustafson, Waukesha; Rachel Roberts and Nikole Bryson, Elkhorn; Travis Messerschmidt, Marshfield; Lindsey Taylor, Apple Valley, Minn.; Aaron Schmitz, Jim Falls; Heidi Becker, Turtle Lake; and Jaimie Hoeschen, St. Michael, Minn. Full story. Go to top of page

 


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