Vol. 56, No. 10Tenth Week • Fall Semester • Oct. 20, 2008

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Michael Wick named FYE director

Campus Sustainability Days set for Oct. 21-23

Prof to discuss Frederick Douglass and current political season

Advocates to speak on violence against women

Artists Series presents acclaimed pianist Tharaud

International Folk Fair to transform Davies Center

Sign up now for University Recreation events

United Way basket drawing winners announced


Dr. Michael Wick

Michael Wick named FYE director

Dr. Michael Wick has been named director of UW-Eau Claire's First-Year Experience program, Dr. Susan Turell, interim associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of undergraduate studies, has announced.

Wick, a professor of computer science and chair of the computer science department, will assume the half-time FYE director duties Jan. 1. He will succeed current FYE director Donald Mowry, who will continue in his roles as director of UW-Eau Claire's service-learning program and a professor of social work.

All new freshmen at UW-Eau Claire have the opportunity to take an FYE course. FYE classes are small sections of regular courses that are open only to freshmen. Each class has a student mentor and is taught by an experienced faculty member. Full story. Go to top of page

Campus Sustainability Days set for Oct. 21-23
Several UW-Eau Claire student organizations will join colleges and universities around the country for Campus Sustainability Day, recognized Oct. 22, to raise awareness about environmental sustainability on college campuses.

The Conservationists, Foodlums, Hobnailers and Student National Environmental Health Association will provide displays, speakers, bike repair, recycling, live music and Putnam Trail and Chippewa River cleanup opportunities on campus at various times and locations Oct. 21-23. See a complete schedule of events. Go to top of page

Dr. Peter Myers

Prof to discuss Frederick Douglass
and current political season

Dr. Peter Myers, UW-Eau Claire professor of political science, will present the program "Frederick Douglass: The Original Audacity of Hope," at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 in Room 100 of Schneider Hall.

Myers, who recently published the book "Frederick Douglass: Race and the Rebirth of American Liberalism," will discuss how understanding the writings and life of former slave Douglass can enable one to develop a deeper sense of the context of the issues and events of the 2008 political season.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is cosponsored by the Network of Unitarian Universalist Students and the departments of history, political science, English, and philosophy and religious studies. Go to top of page

Advocates to speak on violence against women
'Speaking the Truth' presentation graphicVictim advocates Lina Juarbe and Carmen Pitre will present "Speaking the Truth about Sexual Violence, Prostitution, Immigration and Human Trafficking" from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 23 in Davies Theatre of Davies Center at UW-Eau Claire. Juarbe and Pitre will examine violence against women though a human rights framework. The event is sponsored by the women's studies program and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Full story. Go to top of page

Artists Series presents acclaimed pianist Tharaud

Alexandre Tharaud

Internationally acclaimed pianist Alexandre Tharaud will present an all-Ravel recital Oct. 23 at UW-Eau Claire. The Artists Series concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of Haas Fine Arts Center.

The pianist will be joined by the University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nobuyoshi Yasuda, for the second half of the program.

"The current It boy of young French pianists is Alexandre Tharaud," wrote the Toronto Star. "At times you wonder how human fingers can achieve such delicate playing." Full story. Go to top of page

International Folk Fair to transform Davies Center
International Folk Fair graphicDavies Center will once again be transformed into a miniature world with many nationalities and groups proudly displaying their cultures at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's International Folk Fair, to be held from noon-4 p.m. Oct. 26.

The Folk Fair, coordinated by the Center for International Education, is the largest international festival of its kind in the area. Serving as a cultural exchange between exhibitors and visitors to the fair, it includes educational activities for children, live music, colorful cultural exhibits, dancing, art and craft displays, history, language, culture and a variety of ethnic food. Full story. Go to top of page

Sign up now for University Recreation events
University Recreation and Sport Facilities logoUW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff, as well as community members, are invited to participate in several upcoming special events offered by University Recreation & Sport Facilities. Advance signup is required for the events, which have varied registration deadlines. More information about the following events is available on the University Recreation & Sport Facilities Web site:

  • Nov. 1 Mega Mall Excursion
  • Jan. 12-17 Winter Break Ski Trip to Summit County, Colo.
  • Feb. 12 Night of Entertainment at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre
  • Feb. 24 Minnesota Wild vs. L.A. Kings hockey game
  • March 3 Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Golden State Warriors basketball game. Go to top of page

United Way basket drawing winners announced
An Oct. 17 drawing for 13 theme baskets created by UW-Eau Claire employees raised $1,314 for the United Way of Greater Eau Claire and its member agencies. Sponsoring departments/offices, theme baskets and basket winners were as follows:

  • Activities and Programs: "That's Entertainment" – Vickie Peterson
  • Advising and New Student Initiatives: "Road Trip" – Sue Peck
  • Athletics: Blugold theme – Wanda Schulner
  • Business Services: "Wisconsin Favorites" – Amanda Baxter
  • Career Services: "Patriotic Theme" – Stephanie Zighelboim
  • Children's Center: "Family Fun" – Dana Dunaway
  • Student Affairs/Dean of Students office: "It's All About ME, ME, ME" – Nancy Amdahl
  • McIntyre Library: "It's a Mystery" – Scott Ritter
  • Multicultural Affairs office: "Chocolate Lover's Basket" – Scott Ritter
  • University Communications: "Local Foods" – Mindy Merryfield
  • University Recreation and Sport Facilities: “Let’s Play!” – Tina Wolfgram
  • UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association and Foundation: "Bountiful Blugold Basket" – Corinne Charlson
  • Academic Skills Center “Italian Dinner” – Leanne Noonan. Go to top of page


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