Vol. 56, No. 8 • Eighth Week • Fall Semester • Oct. 6, 2008
Lorraine Smith, assistant to the dean in UW-Eau Claire's College of Nursing and Health Sciences, has been named state director of the BSN@Home program, formerly known as the Collaborative Nursing Program.
Smith, a registered nurse with a master's degree in nursing, has been advising nursing students at UW-Eau Claire since 1993, when she was hired to assist with the Native American nursing program grant project that was in place from 1993-2003. Over the years her duties have broadened and she now splits her time between advising and advocating for all UW-Eau Claire nursing students and directing the statewide program. Smith assumed her new duties July 1.
The BSN@Home program allows practicing nurses with an associate degree or diploma in nursing to earn a bachelor of science degree in nursing while continuing to work. Participants may take general education courses at or through any college from which credits will transfer to one of the five participating campuses they choose as their home institution: UW-Eau Claire, UW-Madison, UW-Green Bay, UW Oshkosh or UW-Milwaukee. The program's nursing courses are taught online and available to students registered in the nursing programs at any of the five participating campuses. Full story.
Kyle Buchmann, a 2005 UW-Eau Claire management graduate, has been named a new major gifts officer for the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. He began his duties Oct. 1.
Buchmann has worked for the National Club Baseball Association since 2005, first as director of spring training and then as director of tournaments and championships. While a student, Buchmann was coach and general manager of the Blugold club baseball team. In addition, he was a student manager of Davies Center, a resident assistant, a Campus Ambassador and a freshman orientation assistant. In 2005, he received the Outstanding Leadership Award and was named the Distinguished Management Major of the Year.
As a major gifts officer, Buchmann will work closely with the director of major gifts, focusing on one-on-one coordination and stewardship of major gift prospects and donors. His responsibilities will include contacting and visiting prospective donors, assisting in campus visits and other special activities. Full story.
UW System Board of Regents meeting update
As part of the UW System’s participation in the Voluntary System of Accountability, or VSA, the 13 campuses now provide comparable information on the characteristics of each institution and its students on the web-based College Portrait (collegeportraits.org). The College Portrait sites provide consistent and comparable information on each institution’s students, cost of attendance, student engagement with the learning process, and survey data on core educational outcomes.
The regents meeting also included a discussion of fine-tuning the UW System's chancellor selection process to ensure the most accurate picture of each finalist is obtained. For details on this and other business during the regents' October meeting, see the Day 1 and Day 2 news summaries.
Counselors urge use of depression screening tool
National Depression Screening Day is Friday, Oct. 10.
Left untreated, depression — often described as an "equal opportunity" illness that impacts men and women — can have far reaching implications for faculty, staff, students and family members, said Dr. P. J. Kennedy, director of Counseling Services. Full story.
Dual Choice enrollment period begins today
In early October, Dual Choice booklets will be e-mailed to eligible employees. E-mail messages will include a link to the Department of Employee Trust Fund (ETF) Web site to obtain the "It's Your Choice" booklet.
Open enrollment for Employee Reimbursement Accounts (ERAs), Anthem DentalBlue, OptumHealth Vision (formerly Spectera Vision), UW Employees Inc. life insurance, and Dental and Excess Medical (EPIC) will also be included in this year's open enrollment.
A benefits fair will be Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center. Insurance vendors will be available at the benefits fair to answer questions. For additional information on Dual Choice enrollment and other insurance open enrollments, see the Human Resources online newsletter.
This week all UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff will receive packets for the 2008 United Way/SECC (State Employee Combined Campaign) fundraising drive. Funds raised for the United Way campaign go to the United Way of Greater Eau Claire, and SECC contributions go to Community Health Charities Wisconsin. The packets will include a combined pledge card and brochures for both fund drives. For more information contact Barbara Bowers, campaign coordinator, at 836-3871 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amnesty International organizer to speak today
Dr. John F. Haught, senior fellow of science and religion at Georgetown University's Woodstock Theological Center, will present "Science, Faith and the New Atheism" from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in UW-Eau Claire's Schofield Auditorium.
Haught is one of the world's leading thinkers in theology and science and the author of "God and the New Atheism: A Critical Response to Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens," "Christianity and Science," "God After Darwin," "Is Nature Enough?" and other books. His presentation, sponsored by the Chippewa Valley Dialogue on Science and Religion, is free and open to the public.
Campus Solutions sessions start Oct. 8
The CampS implementation team will present brown-bag information sessions describing the transition to Campus Solutions and offering a glimpse of the software’s menu and screens. Sessions will also describe current activities of the project, people and offices directly involved, the implementation approach and training plans for the campus community. Sessions are scheduled at the following times and locations:
Since the change to Campus Solutions will affect all faculty, staff and students, everyone is encouraged to attend an information session. Also see the Learning and Technology Services and PeopleSoft Campus Solutions conversion Web sites for ongoing news about the transition.
Fairs to feature study-abroad, grad school info
UW-Eau Claire's third annual Graduate and Professional School Fair will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in the Council Fire Room in Davies Center. Representatives from more than 40 schools with graduate programs will be at the fair, which is open to everyone in the Chippewa Valley and surrounding areas, including students from neighboring colleges and universities. Full story.
Theatre department to perform Sherman's 'Bent'
Sherman's "Bent," directed by Richard Nimke, associate professor of theatre, is a gay love story set in Nazi Germany at a time when homosexuals could be arrested and sent to concentration camps.
The subject matter of the production is emotional and a challenge for his student actors, but it is a story that needs to be told, said director Richard Nimke, associate professor of theatre.
"'Bent' is an important play in the history it tells," Nimke said. "When it was first performed in 1979, it was significant in opening up an area of gay studies that had not been examined up until then. Many people were and still are unaware of the homosexual victims of the Nazi concentration camps." Full story.
Internment camp photos to be presentation focus
Alinder will speak about her research on photographic images of Japanese American internment camps during World War II. She will address problems that museum curators and historians face when incorporating these photographs in exhibitions and other public history venues. Exploring the tension between photographs depicting smiling Japanese Americans and contemporary historians' understanding of the incarceration, she will address the implications of keeping these problematic images confined to the archives and out of the public eye. Full story.
Following the performance, attendees are encouraged to join the directors and performers in the lobby for a reception hosted by the UW-Eau Claire National Band Association Student Chapter.
Tickets are available at the University Service Center locations in Davies Center and the lobby of Haas Fine Arts Center. Full story.
Author Jeffrey M. Smith, a leading voice on the health dangers of genetically modified organisms, will open the 67th season of The Forum Oct. 13 in UW-Eau Claire's Zorn Arena. Smith's address, "Seeds of Deception: Genetically Modified Organisms and Your Health," will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Smith's globally respected research captured public attention in 2003 with his first book, "Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies about the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You're Eating." In his second book, "Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods" (2007), Smith presents 65 health risks discovered in insider documents about GMO safety trials. Full story.