Vol. 56, No. 2 • Second Week • Fall Semester • Aug. 25, 2008
UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich Aug. 19 announced the university's strategic priorities for 2008-09 during the opening meeting of the academic year.
In his state-of-the-university speech, Levin-Stankevich told nearly 900 university employees and guests that achieving UW-Eau Claire's vision of becoming the premier undergraduate learning community in the upper Midwest will require overcoming a number of challenges and being strategic about what should be done first. The seven specific strategic priorities for the coming year are:
The 2009 edition of "America's Best Colleges" ranks UW-Eau Claire No. 4 among the top regional public universities in the Midwest and 26th among all private and public institutions in the Midwest.
The publication has ranked UW-Eau Claire among the top five public institutions in the Midwest every year since 1995. Full story.
Eight UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members were recognized for excellence during the university's opening meeting Aug. 19:
Robin Baker, athletics budget coordinator, assistant to the director of athletics and assistant softball coach, received the Excellence in Performance Award for Administrative and Professional Academic Staff.
Dr. Shyam Chadha, professor of mathematics, received the Excellence in Scholarship Award.
Marjorie Frankenberger, academic publications and scheduling specialist in Registration Services, received the Classified Staff Excellence in Performance Award.
Dr. Matt Germonprez, assistant professor of information systems, received the Excellence in Teaching Award.
Dr. Jeanie Geurink, assistant professor of communication and journalism, received the Excellence in Advising Award.
Dr. Rosemary Jadack, professor of nursing, received the Excellence in Service Award.
Dr. Theresa Kemp, professor of English, is the UW-Eau Claire 2008 Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award nominee.
Dr. J. Brian Mahoney, professor of geology, is UW-Eau Claire's nominee for the 2008 U.S. Professor of the Year Award sponsored by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
Each honoree received a university medallion and $1,500 from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Full story.
Regents approve UW-Eau Claire initiatives
The regents also gave final approval to UW-Eau Claire's new liberal studies degree and comprehensive major.
First Showcase of Excellence to feature 2008 teaching, scholarship award recipients
Germonprez and Chadha will speak for 20-30 minutes each about their teaching/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.
Campus community invited to workshop
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continuing Education Expo set for Aug. 27
The expo will give UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff the opportunity to:
Art Brandt has been named the UW-Eau Claire men’s and women’s swimming and diving head coach, Director of Athletics Scott Kilgallon announced Aug. 20 following a national search. Brandt has been with the Blugolds since 2004 as an assistant swimming and diving coach. The last two seasons he served as associate head coach and has been the interim head coach for the past few months following former head coach Jerry Kollross’ resignation earlier this summer.
Brandt’s experience includes coaching positions in men’s and women’s swimming and diving in Menomonie, Wisconsin and Minneapolis, Minn., for almost 15 years prior to his four seasons with the Blugolds. He was also a varsity swimmer during his time as an undergraduate student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
At Miami University, Brandt earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial education. He also earned his master’s degree in special education from UW-Eau Claire and is entering his sixth year as an associate lecturer for the UW-Eau Claire special education department. Full story.
Thousands of studies have been done on stress and burnout in health care, many focused on health care professionals. A book summarizing the science in these studies, edited by a UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of management and marketing, will be released in August by Nova Publishers.
The "Handbook of Stress and Burnout in Health Care," edited by UW-Eau Claire's Dr. Jonathon R.B. Halbesleben, is a comprehensive guide to the literature on this major issue facing health care providers. The book summarizes the research on the measurement of stress and burnout, the unique causes of this condition for health care professionals, as well as the consequences for the patients they serve. Full story.
In his address at the Aug. 19 opening meeting of the academic year, Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich identified seven “gold arrow” priorities as first steps in implementing UW-Eau Claire's strategic plan. A new budget process includes $250,000 set aside to fund faculty and staff proposals for ideas that support the gold arrow priorities. In addition, a process to evaluate and enhance quality in all university programs and services — PEEQ — will be launched this fall.
More information on these initiatives will be shared at a series of campus charrettes in September. At the charrettes, university personnel will learn more about gold arrow activities they can contribute to and how to submit a budget proposal. In addition, the PEEQ process will be outlined, and faculty and staff will have the opportunity to provide suggestions and feedback on the evaluation questions that all departments and units will use.