Vol. 56, No. 1First Week • Fall Semester • Aug. 18, 2008

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Chancellor to address 2008-09 strategic planning focus tomorrow at academic year opening meeting

Steven Tallant is sole finalist for Texas A&M-Kingsville top post

Susan Turell is interim vice chancellor/under-graduate dean

Guest speaker to assess integrated assessment

Faculty members selected as CETL, ORSP Fellows

Alumnus is named sports information director

Foundation welcomes new Telefund director

UW-Eau Claire authors publish new books

Double take: University Web site has new look

First Showcase of Excellence to feature 2008 teaching, scholarship award recipients

Campus community invited to workshop on inclusivity in strategic planning

Continuing Education Expo set for Aug. 27

Highlights from Summer Bulletin

 

Chancellor to address 2008-09 strategic planning focus tomorrow at academic year opening meeting

A live Web video stream of tomorrow's academic year opening meeting will be available. The archived video stream also will be available following the meeting. Test your media player before the meeting to be sure you can view the video.

The meeting also will be broadcast live in UW-Eau Claire academic buildings on academic television channel 35.

University offices must remain open during tomorrow's opening meeting. Departments should make arrangements for student employees or designated staff or faculty members to provide office coverage while the meeting is in session.

UW-Eau Claire excellence sealChancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will identify the strategic planning priorities for the UW-Eau Claire community in the coming academic year during his state-of-the-university speech tomorrow at UW-Eau Claire's all-employee Blugold Breakfast and academic year opening meeting in Zorn Arena.

The chancellor also will present the annual faculty and staff excellence awards.

Breakfast will be served starting at 7:30 a.m., and the opening meeting will begin at 8:15 a.m. Employees are welcome to come and go to and from the meeting as their schedules require.

See calendars of institutional events and other campus activities for the opening days of the academic year. Go to top of page

Dr. Steven Tallant
Tallant

Steven Tallant is sole finalist for
Texas A&M-Kingsville top post
Texas A&M University-Kingsville announced Aug. 1 that the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents has selected Dr. Steven Tallant, currently UW-Eau Claire provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs,  as the sole finalist to become the 19th president of Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Tallant was named UW-Eau Claire provost and vice chancellor in spring 2007 after serving in that position on an interim basis since spring 2005. Read the Texas A&M-Kingsville news release. Go to top of page

Susan Turell
Turell

Susan Turell is interim vice chancellor/undergraduate dean
Dr. Susan C. Turell, coordinator of women's studies and professor of psychology, has been named UW-Eau Claire's interim associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of undergraduate studies, said Dr. Steven Tallant, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Turell's interim appointment is for a two-year term.

"Dr. Turell brings to the table an in-depth understanding of and experience relevant to both our academic and student services programs, which makes her especially well-qualified to serve in this position," Tallant said. "I am pleased to welcome her to the academic affairs team." Full story. Go to top of page

Guest speaker to address integrated assessment

Catherine Wehlburg
Wehlburg

UW-Eau Claire's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will present "Promoting Integrated and Transformative Assessment: A Deeper Focus on Student Learning" with Dr. Catherine Wehlburg, executive director of the Office for Assessment and Quality Enhancement at Texas Christian University, in morning and afternoon sessions Thursday, Aug. 21, in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.

The first session, titled " Integrating Assessment with Teaching and Learning: Insuring Alignment from the Course to Institutional Level," is from 9 a.m. to noon. This session is designed for all faculty and instructional academic staff. The second session, titled "Putting Assessment in Context: Building on What We Have," is from 1-4 p.m. This session is designed for all deans, directors, chairs and others interested in assessment plans. More details and registration in formation is available on the CETL events Web page. Go to top of page

Faculty members selected as CETL, ORSP Fellows
UW-Eau Claire's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and Office of Research and Sponsored Programs have announced their 2008-09 Faculty Fellows.

April Bleske-Recheck
Bleske-Recheck
Patricia Turner
Turner

Dr. April Bleske-Recheck, associate professor of psychology, is the CETL Faculty Fellow. She will lead a learning community for educators interested in looking at the student evaluation process, perceived bias associated with student evaluations and commonalities across departments regarding student evaluations. CETL will award one or two fellowships each year from a pool of interested applicants. Fellows will actively participate in CETL activities, including established programs and a program or two that are initiated by the fellow.

Dr. Patricia Turner, professor of history, is the ORSP Faculty Fellow. The ORSP Fellow develops one or more special projects in conjunction with ORSP staff and assists with some regular ORSP work, such as proposal reviews. The ORSP Faculty Fellow program started in spring 2008, when Dr. Jennifer Shaddock, professor of English, was appointed as Fellow to write an institutional grant proposal. Turner was selected as the 2008-09 Fellow from those who responded to an open call for applications. As Fellow, her focus this year will be to revise and update ORSP’s Web site and promotional materials. In spring 2009, ORSP will post a call for applications for its 2009-10 Faculty Fellow. Go to top of page

Alumnus is named sports information director
Kevin Meinholz
Meinholz
Kevin Meinholz has been named sports information director for Blugold athletics at UW-Eau Claire.

Meinholz, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in communication and journalism with a public relations emphasis, has served in the position on an interim basis since 2007. While a student at UW-Eau Claire, he served as a sports information student worker for four years.As the sports information director, Meinholz's will coordinate all publicity and communications for Blugold sports. Full story.
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Foundation welcomes new Telefund director

Nicole Poehling
Poehling

Nicole Poehling brings more than seven years of experience to her new position as associate director of annual giving for the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Poehling will be responsible for overseeing the Telefund, an annual Foundation fundraising event. Last year the Telefund generated more than $547,000 from private support, primarily from alumni.

Poehling, who graduated from UW-La Crosse in December 2006, previously worked for American Benefit Limited, a telemarketing insurance agency in La Crosse.

"I'm looking forward to working with the students and helping instill in them an understanding of what the Foundation does and how their work in the call center helps them and other students," Poehling said. Full story. Go to top of page

UW-Eau Claire authors publish new books
Two UW-Eau Claire faculty members are authors of recently published books:

Justin Patchin
Patchin

Dr. Justin Patchin, assistant professor of criminal justice in the department of political science, and Dr. Sameer Hinduja, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at Florida Atlantic University, are authors of "Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying," released this month by Corwin Press. The book provides comprehensive strategies to help educators and parents identify, prevent and respond to instances of cyberbullying in their schools and families. Full story.

Charlene Burns
Burns

Dr. Charlene Burns, associate professor of philosophy and religious studies, is the author of "More Moral Than God: Taking Responsibility for Religious Violence," released in July by Rowman & Littlefield. While numerous books have been published Since 9/11 blaming religion for religious violence, Burns' book instead takes a look at the psychological motivations behind religious violence and focuses on the problem as a human creation. Full story. Go to top of page

Double take: University Web site has new look
home page imageThose just returning to campus for the fall semester may look twice the first time they bring up the university Web site on their computers. An updated design for UW-Eau Claire's home page (shown at right) and other top-level Web pages was implemented in late July. See "Tips for using this site" for an overview of the changes implemented.

The pages are the first on the university's Web site to be created and maintained within a Web content management system (WCMS). Read a Q&A discussing the details of the WCMS implementation, including the benefits of a WCMS, the reasons for the updated Web site design and what changes it will include and which university Web sites will be affected. Also see the WCMS Web site for more background information on the project. Go to top of page

First Showcase of Excellence to feature 2008 teaching, scholarship award recipients
UW-Eau Claire's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will feature the 2008 recipients of the university's Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Scholarship awards at the first Showcase of Excellence from 2-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.

Each award recipient will speak for 20-30 minutes about his or her teaching and/or research, followed by questions or comments from the audience.ORSP and CETL also will have information and registration available for their fall programs and services, and refreshments will be provided. Go to top of page

Campus community invited to workshop
on inclusivity in strategic planning

Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich invites the campus community to attend a workshop from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, on integrating inclusiveness, equity and diversity with strategic planning.  

The workshop, to be held in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center, will examine our responsibilities in creating an inclusive campus and work on integrating diversity and equity into our strategic planning priorities.  Please direct any questions to Teresa O’Halloran, assistant to the chancellor for affirmative action, at 715-836-2387 or ohallote@uwec.edu. Go to top of page

Continuing Education Expo set for Aug. 27
Connecting Campus and CommunityUW-Eau Claire Continuing Education will host its second annual CE Expo Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Skylight Lounge of Davies Center. Attendees can meet Continuing Education staff and register to win one of four grand prizes and many door prizes donated by local businesses. Refreshments will be served.

The expo will give UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff the opportunity to:

  • learn how they can teach a course through CE or be involved in other ways.
  • find out how they can apply for program development support from the Provost’s Continuing Education Innovation Fund.
  • learn more about the Continuing Education Revenue-Sharing Plan.

Full story. Go to top of page

Highlights from Summer Bulletin
For faculty and staff who were away from campus during the summer, below are links to some of the stories that appeared in the 2008 Summer Bulletin. To take a look at all the campus news and events featured in the Summer Bulletin, go to the past issues section.

Faculty, staff members announce retirements
Seven to receive Alumni Association awards
Alumni Association launches new Web site
Grant to fund research with fuel clean-up application
WYSP receives $11,600 from RCU Charity Classic
New grants fund chemistry faculty/student research
Hotel to house up to 130 UW-Eau Claire students
Chancellor announces search and screen committee for vice chancellor for administration, finance and facilities

Softball coaches receive national recognition
New freshmen include eight National Merit scholars
Helping students learn to be new center's focus
Zwygart-Stauffacher named interim CONHS dean

Andrew Soll accepts new post in Salem, Mass.
Process to examine outcomes for UW-Eau Claire students of color
Beth Hellwig named to dean of students post Go to top of page

 


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