Mark your calendars: CETL open house is Nov. 13
The UW-Eau Claire Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 13 to welcome the campus community to the center's newly remodeled learning space in Room 1142 of the Old Library and to celebrate the new era in professional development of teaching and learning that CETL represents.
CETL was established to work with UW-Eau Claire educators and students to improve the quality of teaching on the UW-Eau Claire campus and to improve students' overall learning experience. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire staff members receive WCPA awards
Several UW-Eau Claire academic staff members received awards at the annual conference of the Wisconsin College Personnel Association Oct. 23-24 in Wisconsin Dells.
Mary Duckworth, hall director of Katharine Thomas Hall, was awarded the Outstanding New Professional of the Year Award. Jacqueline Bonneville, coordinator of new student orientation, was awarded the Nora McGuire Outstanding Professional Award. Bonneville and Jodi Thesing-Ritter, associate dean of students, presented "Advising Through the First Year: A UW-Eau Claire Model," which won a program honorable mention award.
Angie Bong, coordinator for student leadership and organizations in the Activities and Programs office, served on the WCPA executive board as the 2008 conference chair elect. She will serve the board this upcoming year as the 2009 conference chair. Paul Shepherd, assistant director for leadership and education in Housing and Residence Life, served WCPA as president this past year, during which time WCPA's membership has tripled and five new standing commissions were established to create additional involvement opportunities for WCPA members. Shepherd was awarded a leadership pin from the American College Personnel Association: College Student Educators International to commemorate his service and leadership. He will serve WCPA as the immediate past president this next year. Full story.
State Federation of Music Clubs honors Ada Bors
Ada Smalley Bors, UW-Eau Claire special events coordinator emeritus and founder and coordinator of the Viennese Ball at UW-Eau Claire for 25 years, was named a recipient of a 2008 Wisconsin Federation of Music Clubs Citation Award at the clubs' September board meeting in Milwaukee.
Bors was nominated for the award by musician, composer and UW-Eau Claire alumnus Sam Ecoff, who spoke about Bors and accepted the award for her as she was unable to be present at the meeting.
Bors coordinated the first UW-Eau Claire Viennese Ball in 1974. Since then, the Viennese Ball has grown to be the largest event of its kind outside of Vienna and has raised more than $1 million for international, music and service scholarships and awards for UW-Eau Claire students and Austrian students coming to UW-Eau Claire. Full story.
Faculty/Academic Staff Forums
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will present Faculty/Academic Staff Forums this semester. The programs will be held from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. Wednesdays in the Presidents Room of Davies Center unless otherwise noted. Attendees are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch or tray.
• Nov. 5: Yongzhong Deng, International School of Jinan University, and Hongbing Peng, College of Foreign Studies, Jinan University, “China Craze Series.” More information.
• Nov. 12: Tim Vaughan, management and marketing, "Simulation Analysis of Production Scheduling Systems."
A list of all Fall 2008 Faculty/Academic Staff Forums can be viewed online.
Academic Skills Center/Women's Studies
Patti See’s feature article “Turning Forty Tavern Tour” appeared in the Oct. 23 issue of Volume One.
UW-Eau Claire student Elizabeth Balgord presented a paper titled "Redefinition of the Precambrian-Cambrian Contact in Southwestern Montana" at the 2008 Geological Society of America Annual Conference Oct. 5 in Houston, Texas, along with co-authors J. Brian Mahoney, Phil Ihinger and UW-Eau Claire student Michelle Forgette. The abstract of the paper was published in the GSA Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 39, No. 7. The project was funded by the U.S. Geological Survey EDMAP program in association with the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology.
Geography and Anthropology
UW-Eau Claire student Lindsay Olson, alumnus Phil Larson (now a graduate student at Arizona State University) along with faculty members Joe Hupy, Harry, Jol, Doug Faulkner and Garry Running presented a poster titled “Late Quaternary Eolian Dunes and Fluvial Terraces of the Lower Chippewa River Valley” at the 104th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers April 15-19 in Boston, Mass. An abstract of the presentation was published on page 523 of the conference Program and Abstracts on CD-ROM.
Three UW-Eau Claire students attended the Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine May 28-31 in Indianapolis, Ind., along with faculty members Lance Dalleck, Jeffrey Janot and Don Bredle. The conference highlighted hundreds of topics in health, fitness, exercise and medicine. This year's conference was particularly important for UW-Eau Claire, as the three students who attended represented the Northland chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine in their first appearance in the College Quiz Bowl. Team members included recent alumni Amy Nikolai and Lauri Bausch, and current student Jessica Tischendorf.
The competition consisted of two rounds of jeopardy-style questioning and a final jeopardy question. The questions dealt with various topics in exercise physiology, anatomy and physiology, metabolism, nutrition and biomechanics. The team from UW-Eau Claire took a very close 2nd place, just a few dollars behind a team composed of Ohio State University students.
Condolences to the family of James Phillip "Phil" Griffin. Griffin, who was chair of the UW-Eau Claire philosophy and religious studies department from 1967 until his retirement in 1983, died Oct. 9 in Golden Valley, Minn. Full obituary.