Vol. 56, No. 32Fifteenth Week • Spring Semester • May 4, 2009

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Student receives national journalism ethics award

Blugold softball team again heads to NCAA tourney

Web site provides latest H1N1 (swine) flu information

Reception today to honor retiring employees and those reaching career milestones

Women's studies celebrates 25th anniversary

'The Shadow Box' performances continue this week

Human Diversity Expo to feature student research

May 8 Early Birdie Golf Outing to benefit WYSP

Student survey: Most female vets are satisfied with university services

ORSP announces Student Research Day winners

Service-Learning presents awards

Prospective students attend STEM Research Day

Staff member's project honors daughter's memory

Assistantships to allow students to teach abroad

UAC's annual Spring Fest is this week

Theta Zeta chapter receives honors at convention

 

Student receives national journalism ethics award

Glen Mabie
Mabie

Glen Mabie, a UW-Eau Claire journalism student, has been awarded a 2009 Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism in the individual category.

The Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism, awarded by the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon, honor journalists who encourage public trust in the media by practicing high standards in the face of political or economic pressures.

Mabie, former news director of WEAU in Eau Claire and a 24-year veteran of television news, had been station news director for a year when he resigned in protest over a proposed exclusive coverage deal with a local hospital. In the wake of his resignation, the station abandoned the plan. Full story. Go to top of page

Blugold softball team again heads to NCAA tourney
UW-Eau Claire Blugolds athletics logoFor the fourth year in a row, the UW-Eau Claire softball team will compete in the NCAA Division III Championship, NCAA officials announced today.

The defending national champion Blugolds earned an at-large bid to the 59-team tournament after finishing in fourth place in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

With the Blugolds earning a No. 5 seed, they will face the No. 4 seed Coe College at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 7. The loser will move on to face UW-Whitewater at 4 p.m. the same day. The regional tournament will conclude on May 10. Full story and official championship site. Go to top of page

health care workerWeb site provides H1N1 (swine) flu updates
UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff can check a new page on the UW-Eau Claire Student Health Service Web site for the latest information regarding the ongoing H1N1 (swine) flu outbreak. The most recent addition to the site is a frequently-asked-questions document for all Wisconsin state employees issued by the Office of State Employment Relations. UW-Eau Claire employees with questions about university-specific policies regarding the issues discussed in the OSER document should contact the university's Human Resources office.

Reception today to honor retiring employees
and those reaching career milestones
Excellence medallionUW-Eau Claire's Service Recognition and Retirement Reception will be today, May 4, from 3-5 p.m. in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center. Retiring employees and employees approaching the anniversary of their 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th and 35th years of service will be honored. The event is open to all faculty and staff. More information. Go to top of page

Women's studies celebrates 25th anniversary

'The Great Leap of Faith' by Jane Evershed
This work by Jane Evershed, titled "The Great Leap of Faith," was featured in a commemorative poster marking the 25th anniversary of UW-Eau Claire's women's studies program.

The UW-Eau Claire women's studies program will celebrate years of progress and current students' achievements at the department's 25th Anniversary Celebration and Capstone Colloquium on Wednesday, May 6.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center with a welcome from Dr. Katherine Rhoades, interim coordinator of the women's studies program and professor and dean emerita of the College of Education and Human Sciences.

Part of the celebration will focus on an oral history project conducted by five undergraduates in Rhoades' "Feminist Analysis and Practices" course and one public history graduate student. The students recorded interviews with seven accomplished women and one man who have made significant contributions to UW-Eau Claire's women's studies program and to feminism in the Chippewa Valley.

The capstone colloquium portion of the event will feature presentations by 12 women's studies seniors completing their capstone projects. Full story. Go to top of page

'The Shadow Box' performances continue this week
'The Shadow Box' graphicUniversity Theatre's production of Michael Cristofer's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "The Shadow Box" continues this week with performances at 7:30 p.m. March 6-9. Richard Nimke, associate professor of theatre arts, directs the production in which three terminal cancer patients dwell in separate cottages on a hospital’s grounds.  With a sense of humor and sensitivity, the play dramatizes their anxieties and their coming to grips with the finality of their condition. More information. Go to top of page

Human Diversity Expo to feature student research
Education and social work students at UW-Eau Claire will share results of their diversity research projects during the 21st bi-annual Human Diversity Expo on Thursday, May 7.

The expo, which is free and open to the public, will run from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Ho-Chunk and Ojibwa rooms of Davies Center. It will feature projects designed by 120 students enrolled in "Social Foundations of Human Relations." The course is taught by Christin DePouw and Aram deKoven, assistant professors in the foundations of education department. Full story. Go to top of page

May 8 Early Birdie Golf Outing to benefit WYSP
Early Birdie Golf Outing logoThe 2009 Early Birdie Golf Outing will take place Friday, May 8, at Wild Ridge Golf Course as part of UW-Eau Claire's annual Rec Fest.

Proceeds from the outing will support the Wisconsin Youth Sports Program, formerly the National Youth Sports Program, an award-winning summer program for boys and girls ages 10-16 held annually on the UW-Eau Claire campus.

Participants must register by noon on May 8 at the Hilltop Recreation Center on upper campus. Full story. Go to top of page

soldier's fatigues and bootsStudent survey: Most female vets are satisfied with university services
Most female military veterans enrolled at UW-Eau Claire are satisfied with the services provided by the university, but many are frustrated by the federal bureaucracy that can make it difficult to receive benefits in a timely manner, according to a recent survey of female veterans on campus.

When Nicole Lillis, a senior organizational communication major and U.S. Army veteran, began her yearlong independent research project in January 2008, she planned to survey all veteran students on campus. She narrowed the project to include only women when she realized how little research had been done — particularly in recent years — about women veterans, said Lillis, a sociology minor who conducted the research under the supervision of her sociology adviser, Dr. Jeremy Hein. Full story. Go to top of page

ORSP announces Student Research Day winners

Hannah Humbach Student Research Day photo
Left: Hannah Humbach, a senior biology major, is the recipient of the 2009 Kell Container Corporation Scholarship, awarded each year to a participant in Student Research Day. Humbach's faculty mentor is Daniel Herman. At right, a view from above shows the activity as students displayed 277 research, scholarly and creative projects at the 17th annual Student Research Day in Zorn Arena. (Photos by Rick Mickelson, LTS).

UW-Eau Claire students displayed 277 faculty-mentored student research, scholarly and creative projects at the 17th annual Student Research Day April 27-29. The event was sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs with support from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

Senior biology major Hannah Humbach was awarded the Kell Container Corporation Scholarship. Humbach worked with faculty mentor Daniel Herman on a research project titled "Detecting Protein Interactions between Mbp1, Skn7, and Swi6 Proteins in Candida albicans."

Several projects also were selected for special recognition. The following students and faculty mentors received first-place honors in their categories (see all Student Research Day winners on the ORSP Web site):

  • Arts and Humanities — Angela Nieman and Andrea Fuss with faculty mentor Mitra Sadeghpour, music and theatre arts, “En Travesti: The Operatic Mezzo-Soprano as Leading Man.”
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences, Category I: Communication and Journalism — Pierce Koch, Anne Moser, Nessa Severson and Joseph Tierney with faculty mentor Judy Sims, communication and journalism, “Culture Talk: The Influence of Culture on Communication.”
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences, Category II: Psychology and Counseling — Elizabeth Kooistra with faculty mentor Kevin Klatt, psychology, “The Effects of Motivating Operations on the Transfer from Labels to Requests for Children Diagnosed with Autism.”
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences, Category III: Other Social Sciences — William Hendricks, Amber Jamelske, Beth Lutz and Ellie Lutz with faculty mentors Lori Bica, psychology and Eric Jamelske, economics,“Impact of the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program on the Attitudes and Behaviors of Elementary School Students in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.”
  • Business and Professional Studies — Allison Wells, Lauren Tompkins, Holly Shattuck and Tara Metcalf with faculty mentor Mitra Sadeghpour, music and theatre arts, “The Development of an Opera Education Program: Opera-tunities.”
  • Life and Earth Sciences — Crysta Colangelo and Katya Voelker with faculty mentor Jamie Lyman Gingerich, biology, “Characterization of cil-5(my13), a Gene Affecting Cilia Structure and Function in Caenorhabditis elegans.”
  • Physical and Mathematical Sciences — John A. Peterson with faculty mentors Phillip Ihinger, geology, and Paul Thomas, physics and astronomy, “Slab Penetration into the Lower Mantle: A Theoretical Construction.”
  • Graduate Entries — Ian Halberg with faculty mentor Mary Beth Leibham, psychology, “Results from an Evaluation of a School District's Student Support Team Effectiveness.” Go to top of page

Service-Learning presents awards
Eleven people received awards April 22 at UW-Eau Claire's 11th annual Service-Learning Recognition Breakfast, held to honor the more than 500 community partners, project supervisors and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff mentors who have contributed to the success of the university's service-learning program. Recipients and their awards were as follows:

  • Tim Helm, chief executive officer of the Dayton, Ohio, area YMCA: David G. Anderson Community Builder Alumni Award.
  • Vicki Hoehn, RCU executive vice president of marketing: David G. Anderson Community Service Alumni Award.
  • Lindsey Johnson, marketing major: Student Excellence in Service-Learning Award.
  • Wendy Weimerskirch, sociology major: Student Excellence in Service-Learning Award.
  • Eric Johnson, business development director at the First Bank of Baldwin: Excellence in Service-Learning as a Community Partner Award.
  • Suzie Slota, executive director of the Children's Museum of Eau Claire, and her staff: Excellence in Service-Learning as a Community Partner Award.
  • Dr. Terrence Chmielewski, professor of communication and journalism: Faculty/Staff Excellence in Service-Learning Award.
  • Dr. Simei Tong, professor of mathematics: Faculty/Staff Excellence in Service-Learning Award.
  • Brittney Schedler, music therapy major: Mary Roelli Hilfiker Service Fellowship.
  • Ashley Geitz, social work major: Sally A. Webb International Service Fellowship.
  • Jasmine Wiley, biology and American Indian studies major: Ryan Prechel Community Service Fellowship.

Full story. Go to top of page

Prospective students attend STEM Research Day
James Bomber discussion research with prospective STEM students
Photo by Bill Hoepner, LTS
UW-Eau Claire hosted its first STEM Research Day April 28, bringing prospective science, technology, engineering and math students to campus for a visit highlighting opportunities in UW-Eau Claire's STEM majors. Approximately 115 visitors attended the event, including prospective students and their families and several high school groups, said Creanna Cote, STEM counselor in the Admissions Office. During their campus visit, STEM Research Day attendees viewed Student Research Day posters in Zorn Arena. Above, junior physics major James Bomber (in blue) discussed his research on bouncing liquid jets with STEM Research Day participants.

Staff member's project honors daughter's memory

Patricia Lee with Beezie Bags
Pat Lee with the Beezie Bags she created in memory of her daughter, Katie Brophy Lee. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS)

It's been nearly two years since Katie Brophy Lee died following a battle with cancer, but her dreams of a cleaner environment are living on through her mother's Beezie Bag reusable bag project.

Katie died Aug. 15, 2007, at the age of 23 from complications from a stem cell transplant she received because of acute myelogenous leukemia.

To honor Katie's desire to protect the environment, her mother, Patricia Lee, who works in UW-Eau Claire's Registrar's Office, has created the Beezie Bag. The reusable bags — which come in two styles — have a tree/acorn logo that is an original drawing of Katie's, who was an art student at UW-Stout when she died."Beezie" was the family's affectionate name for Katie.

So far the Lee family has distributed more than 2,500 bags to people across the country, Lee said. In the beginning, most bags were given to family and friends, but through word of mouth, people from all over the country have requested bags, she said, noting that some also have been distributed by friends in Europe. Full story. Go to top of page

Assistantships to allow students to teach abroad
Three UW-Eau Claire students have received assistantships to teach English as a foreign language abroad this fall:

  • Mee Xiong was accepted by the Wisconsin Chiba Sister School program administered through the Wisconsin Department of Instruction to be an assistant language teacher at a school in the metro area of Chiba, Japan. Full story.
  • Maria Lind and Jana Huebner will teach English as a foreign language in France thanks to teaching assistantships from the French Ministry of Education. Lind will be in Nancy-Metz and Jana Huebner will be in Poitiers, France. Full story. Go to top of page

UAC's annual Spring Fest is this week
Spring Fest logoFive bands will perform this week on UW-Eau Claire's Central Campus Mall as part of the University Activity Commission's annual Spring Fest. (The event's rain site is The Cabin in Davies Center.) Grilled lunch items will be sold during the festival, which runs from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today, May 4, through Friday, May 8. The performance schedule is as follows:

  • Monday: Meridene
  • Tuesday: Paper George
  • Wednesday: South Farwell
  • Thursday: EverGreen Grass Band
  • Friday: Ada Jane.

Full story. Go to top of page

Theta Zeta chapter receives honors at convention
Sigma Tau Delta crestUW-Eau Claire's Theta Zeta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, a national English honor society, was recognized as an outstanding chapter at the recent Sigma Tau Delta 2009 International Convention in Minneapolis.Two UW-Eau Claire students won awards at the convention for their creative works, and one received a major scholarship. The UW-Eau Claire chapter served as host for the event.

Senior Stephanie Schiefelbein, one of two Sigma Tau Delta student advisers nationwide, won the Sigma Tau Delta Scholarship. The $4,000 award recognizes academic excellence and outstanding service to Sigma Tau Delta.

Senior Jessica Soine chaired a session on Victorian literature and read her poetry collection, "Legacy," which won a $150 first-place award for Works Best Representing the Convention Theme of "Reflections."

Senior Jillian Phillips chaired a session on original drama and read her poetry collection, "Reflections Made in Nature: A Pastoral Memoir," which won a $75 honorable mention award.

Gloria Hochstein, adjunct assistant professor of English, who celebrated her 10-year anniversary as Sigma Tau Delta adviser, was the 2009 convention chair.

See the complete listing of UW-Eau Claire student and faculty presentations at the convention. Go to top of page

 


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