Faculty and staff invited to join McIntyre Library's HMAA fundraiser
It's time again for McIntyre Library’s annual holiday giving project, which as in years past is a fundraiser to purchase rice for the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association. The current economic crisis, combined with a worldwide rice shortage that has driven the cost of rice up by as much as 50 percent in recent months, makes the need great this year. The HMAA is a social service agency that serves the local Hmong community in a number of ways. HMAA operates a food pantry and assists in housing, employment and translating services. It works in concert with other area services to assist our Hmong community.
For more than a decade, the McIntyre Library Staff Association has held the annual fundraiser through which voluntary contributions have totaled thousands of dollars. Last year the effort raised $485 to purchase 925 pounds of rice. Many families rely on this service for their basic sustenance.
The project is open to anyone wishing to contribute. If you choose to participate, please make checks payable to McIntyre Library Staff Association and submit them to Dan Hillis, Staff Association treasurer, 5012 McIntyre Library, by Friday, Dec. 12. Names of contributors will be included on a card accompanying the donation and given to the HMAA. Contributors who wish to remain anonymous should indicate their preference. For more information, contact Jill Markgraf at firstname.lastname@example.org or 836-5357.
ORSP deadline announced
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs announces the following deadline:
• The Academic Staff Professional Development Program deadline for the second competition is Dec. 1.
Faculty/Academic Staff Forums
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will present its final Faculty/Academic Staff Forum for the fall semester. The program will be held from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. in Room 2023 of McIntyre Library.
• Nov. 19: Kristin Schaupp, philosophy and religious studies, "Saints, Heroes and the Supererogatory."
A list of all Fall 2008 Faculty/Academic Staff Forums can be viewed online.
Communication and Journalism
Judy Sims completed the Intercultural Development Inventory Qualifying Seminar with Mitchell Hammer at the Humphrey Institute Conference Center Oct. 20-22 in Minneapolis, Minn. Attendance at the seminar was financed with funds from a UW-Eau Claire Workshops and Special Projects Travel Grant, the College of Arts and Sciences and the department of communication and journalism.
Kate Hale, UW-Eau Claire's sustainability fellow, will lead a discussion about Barbara Kingsolver's recent best-seller, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life," Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Chippewa Room of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire. More information.
Foreign Languages/Honors Program
Paul Hoff (Foreign Languages/Honors Program) and Nuria Hoff (Foreign Languages) are the co-authors of "Aventura 1: Grammar and Vocabulary Exercises – Teacher’s Edition," EMC Publishing, 2009. Paul Hoff also presented "Tristes Guerras" at the Conference of the Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers Nov. 6-8 in Appleton. The presentation dealt with images and messages of war in the art of Goya and Picasso and in the poetry of Miguel Hernández.
Condolences to Juelie Sires, Activities and Programs, whose sister, Carol Pierce, died Nov. 11 in Eau Claire. Full obituary.