Vol. 56, No. 2Second Week • Fall Semester • Aug. 25, 2008

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Strategic priorities are opening meeting focus

UW-Eau Claire is fourth in U.S. News rankings

Eight receive faculty/staff excellence awards

Regents approve UW-Eau Claire initiatives

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

Art Brandt named head swmming and diving coach

New book focuses on stress, burnout in health care

Campus charettes announced for September

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Strategic priorities are opening meeting focus

Opening meeting image
Photo by Bill Hoepner, LTS

Opening meeting links:

View the archived video Web broadcast of the Aug. 19 academic year opening meeting, including Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich's state-of-the-university speech.

Read the university news release summarizing the chancellor's address.

Read the text of the address by Dr. Martin Wood, University Senate chair.

See photos from the event.

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:

  • Develop a rigorous and distinctive curriculum.
  • Expand experiential, multicultural and interdisciplinary learning.
  • Provide a global experience for all students.
  • Engage faculty and staff through professional development and process improvements.
  • Improve resource flexibility and explore new revenue opportunities.
  • Evaluate and enhance quality of services and academic programs.
  • Identify and prioritize campus improvements, focusing on sustainability and community partnerships.

Full story. Also see related story below on upcoming campus charrettes that will focus on initiatives related to these strategic priorities. Go to top of page

UW-Eau Claire is fourth in U.S. News rankings
U.S. News best colleges logoU.S. News & World Report magazine has again named UW-Eau Claire among the best public regional universities in the Midwest.

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. Go to top of page

Eight receive faculty/staff excellence awards
Excellence Award recipients
UW-Eau Claire's 2008 faculty and staff excellence award recipients are (left to right) Dr. Matt Germonprez, Dr. Rosemary Jadack, Dr. Jeanie Geurink, Dr. Shyam Chadha, Robin Baker, Marjorie Frankenberger, Dr. J. Brian Mahoney and Dr. Theresa Kemp. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS)

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. Go to top of page

Regents approve UW-Eau Claire initiatives
UW System logoThe UW System Board of Regents on Aug. 22 unanimously approved the biennial state budget request for 2009-11 recommended by system President Kevin P. Reilly for its 26 campuses and its statewide UW-Extension. That budget includes support for the expansion of UW-Eau Claire applied behavioral analysis (ABA) programs and the predesign for a new academic building to replace UW-Eau Claire's obsolete Brewer Hall and Campus School complex.

The regents also gave final approval to UW-Eau Claire's new liberal studies degree and comprehensive major.

For more details, see an Aug. 25 UW-Eau Claire media memo and the Day 1 and Day 2 news summaries of the regents' August meeting.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 Dr. Matt Germonprez and Dr. Shyam Chadha — 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. today in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.

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. 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
CE Expo graphicUW-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

Art Brandt named head swimming and diving coach

Art Brandt

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. Go to top of page

New book focuses on stress, burnout in health care

Jonathon Halbesleben

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. Go to top of page

Campus charrettes announced for September

Campus charrettes schedule
All charrettes will be held in the Tamarack Room, Davies Center. All university personnel are welcome.

Wednesday, Sept. 10, noon–2 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2–4 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 12, 11:30 a.m.– 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m.– noon

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.

Watch e-mail for more information on the charrettes, or check the strategic planning and PEEQ Web sites. Go to top of page

Photo corner:
Scenes from academic year opening meeting
Photos by Bill Hoepner, LTS
Opening meeting image
Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich and Debi Levin-Stankevich greeted Wendy Geniusz, UW-Eau Claire's new American Indian studies program director and instructor of Ojibwe in the foreign languages department (in blue), and Emilia Oswalt, who will teach Russian in the foreign languages department this semester, during the Blugold Breakfast and academic year opening meeting Aug. 19 in UW-Eau Claire's Zorn Arena.
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In left photo, Steve Fink and Kristin Schaupp, faculty members in the department of philosophy and religious studies, enjoyed food and conversation during the Blugold Breakfast. In right photo, Beth Hellwig, vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students, presented Robin Baker, athletics, with the Excellence in Performance Award for Administrative and Professional Academic Staff.
opening meeting image John Lee, Learning and Technology Services, looked over the "gold arrow" priorities identified during the opening meeting by Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich as the first steps in implementing UW-Eau Claire's strategic plan.
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Nearly 900 UW-Eau Claire employees and guests filled Zorn Arena for the Blugold Breakfast and 2008-09 academic year opening meeting. Go to top of page



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