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Vol. 50, No. 23 • Fifth Week • Spring Semester • Feb. 17, 2003

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Faculty learn new strategies to teach undergraduates

University Bulletin ... going paperless

Campus Campaign

First classified staff scholarship to be awarded

Local family of alumni supports Cyberlab in UW-Eau Claire College of Business

National Civic Engagement Week Activities
Planned at UW-Eau Claire Feb. 17-21



USA Today names senior Lisa Hansen to All-USA College Academic First Team

Lisa Hansen and fifth graders.
As a member of the All-USA College Academic Team, Lisa Hansen is among students from Yale, Harvard and Stanford. She is pictured here working with fifth-graders at Osseo Elementary School last semester.

UW-Eau Claire senior Lisa Hansen is among 20 college students nationwide to be named to the 2003 All-USA College Academic First Team. The 20 undergraduates were featured in the Feb. 13 issue of the nation's USA Today newspaper.

The award recognizes significant academic endeavor on the undergraduate level and is given annually by USA Today. Hansen, an elementary education major from Spencer and a graduate of Wausau West High School, received a $2,500 cash award. She is student teaching this semester with Karen Bejin at DeLong Middle School and will graduate from UW-Eau Claire in August. Full story.

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Faculty learn new strategies to teach undergraduates
Erik Austin and TIE fellows
Erik Austin, director of Archival Development at ICPSR, attended the first meeting of the TIE Fellows Feb. 10. He talked to the group about how UW-Eau Claire can become more of a partner in developing curriculum.

Students in the social sciences at UW-Eau Claire will be able to make better use of computer datasets compiled by social scientists and historians from around the world, thanks to the work of James Oberly, professor of history.

Last year the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research in Ann Arbor, Mich., awarded Oberly a sabbatical to develop teacher guides on how to use historical datasets in teaching undergraduates. UW-Eau Claire has been a member of ICPSR, which is the world's largest repository of computer-readable social science data, for 20 years.

This semester Oberly will work with 11 members of the faculty in the social sciences to explore the teaching and research possibilities of making more use of ICPSR datasets at UW-Eau Claire. Full story.

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University Bulletin ... going paperless

Go Blugolds, Go Packers, Go Paperless!?

No it's not a new sports team in the Chippewa Valley, but a phrase that is being heard more and more around university campuses, particularly when referring to faculty/staff newsletters.

Going paperless with the University Bulletin is one way that UW-Eau Claire can cut costs and increase efficiencies of our printed materials, which, of course, is of vital importance as we address the current and impending budget reductions. With that in mind, the University Bulletin, which currently is produced in both print and online versions, will be published only in an electronic online format and distributed via e-mail beginning with the March 24 issue.

As you know, we have redesigned the online version of the University Bulletin to be more attractive and user friendly — and we appreciate your comments or suggestions as we continue to make improvement to the Web site and the distribution process.

Go Paper! — also can be heard from the stands, as we realize that some staff do not have frequent computer access. If this is the case, request that your department print out a copy to distribute or post.

We hope that you understand the reason for the change and still appreciate the news and information that is included in the University Bulletin. If you have any comments or questions, call the News Bureau at 836-4741.

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Campus Campaign: How designated and unrestricted gifts support UW-Eau Claire's people and programs

Campus Campaign logo This article continues a series discussing the impact of Campus Campaign contributions and the different ways faculty and staff can support the campaign.

Each semester, people and programs across the UW-Eau Claire campus benefit from the generosity of donors to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Thousands of donors support teaching and learning at the university through a mix of unrestricted and designated gifts.

Faculty and staff who contribute to UW-Eau Claire's Campus Campaign 2002-03 also must decide whether to designate their support or give an unrestricted donation. What is the difference between these types of gifts, and how does each help meet the needs of UW-Eau Claire?

Quite simply, a gift becomes designated when the donor specifies how he or she wants it to be used. As discussed in last week's University Bulletin, a gift can be designated for one of the Foundation's existing annual or endowed funds, or it can be used to create a new fund that supports a cause important to the donor.

Often donors wish to support the university's areas of greatest need, regardless of which program or academic area their gifts might benefit. These donors can make unrestricted gifts, which become part of UW-Eau Claire's Excellence Fund.

Both designated and unrestricted gifts are important in helping the university carry out is mission. Some designated gifts create new endowments or add to existing ones, giving permanent support to university programs that, as a result, will no longer need to vie for unrestricted funds. Others meet particular department or program needs, such as for startup funds for new initiatives.

Unrestricted gifts, which are pooled together in the Excellence Fund, help the university take advantage of new, often quickly arising opportunities to better serve students, faculty and the region. They also support important scholarships and grants, awards for outstanding faculty and staff, and university publications that keep UW-Eau Claire alumni and friends informed.

Next week: Faculty and staff share their reasons for supporting the university through Campus Campaign.

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First classified staff scholarship to be awarded

The Classified Staff Scholarship Fund, established in 2000, has reached the endowed level, thanks to designated Campus Campaign contributions by UW-Eau Claire classified staff, faculty and academic staff and the Wisconsin State Employee's Union.

In addition, an anonymous UW-Eau Claire administrator has pledged the raise he has received this fiscal year to the Classified Staff Scholarship Fund. He will give this amount to the scholarship fund on a monthly basis until the contract for represented classified staff is settled.

The first Classified Staff Scholarship, which the recipient will apply to fall 2003 tuition and fees at UW-Eau Claire, will be awarded in May. The $400 scholarship will be awarded annually. Each member of the UW-Eau Claire classified staff is eligible to nominate one student who meets the scholarship criteria, and all nominees will be entered in a drawing for the scholarship. Each nominee may have only one entry in the drawing. Application/nomination forms, as well as details on the scholarship criteria, are available in the human resources department.

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Local family of alumni supports Cyberlab in UW-Eau Claire College of Business
UW-Eau Claire student at computer terminal
UW-Eau Claire students will have access to the Cyberlab from any computer with an Internet connection.

Robert Scobie remembers the first major technology upgrade at his family business: the switch from manual to electric typewriters.

That was some 40 years ago, and Scobie, now chairman emeritus of R.W. Scobie Inc. in Eau Claire, has since seen many more advances in business technology.

The 87-year-old Scobie, who regularly uses e-mail to keep in touch with his children, speaks from experience when he observes, "Things are bound to change; there's nothing you can do about that."

Those words ring resoundingly true for Robert Scobie's son, Peter Scobie, and nephew, Robert Giles. The two cousins at the helm of R.W. Scobie Inc. have learned and used countless new technologies since the days they used punch cards and a large mainframe computer as UW-Eau Claire business students in the 1960s and 70s.

To help prepare today's UW-Eau Claire business students for what are sure to be technology-intensive careers, Peter Scobie and Giles recently pledged $25,000 to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation in support of the College of Business Cyberlab. Robert Scobie, who attended UW-Eau Claire (then Eau Claire State Teachers College) in the 1930s, also has pledged annual contributions to the project. The gifts will be matched dollar for dollar by a UW System grant that supports technology for business schools.

The gifts from the Scobies and Giles are recognized as contributions to Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, UW-Eau Claire's ongoing comprehensive fund-raising campaign to secure $35 million in private support by July 2005 for the university's people and programs.

"We hope that the Cyberlab will help graduates from UW-Eau Claire to be better prepared for the cyberworld," said Giles, chief operating officer of R.W. Scobie Inc., an independent managing general insurance agency that provides services to retail agencies in six states

The College of Business Cyberlab will reside on a server accessible via the Internet 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It will host an array of application software and databases for use by undergraduate and graduate students in accounting, business communication, finance, operations/materials management, human resources management, marketing and management information systems courses.

Students will have access to the Cyberlab anyplace they can use a computer with an Internet connection, and any classroom with Internet connections will be, in essence, a lab. The Cyberlab will enable College of Business students to use technology in more courses than in the past, as faculty will no longer have to vie for lab time and space. It also is expected to better meet the needs of an increasingly mobile student population and adult students enrolled in the university's online business programs.

The object of the Cyberlab is to give students access to the latest business software and to integrate the use of that software into their classes, said Dale Johnson, associate dean in the College of Business. The outcome will be graduates who have in-depth experience using the latest business software programs and who are confident in their ability to learn new technologies.

UW-Eau Claire students at computer terminal

"What we're really trying to do with the Cyberlab is to help students become fast technical learners," Johnson said.

The Cyberlab is important because it prepares business students for the future, said Peter Scobie, R.W. Scobie chief executive officer and a member of the College of Business advisory board. He noted that it will give UW-Eau Claire business graduates "added value" in the eyes of potential employers, since no other business schools in Wisconsin or Minnesota offer a similar learning environment.

"It will really give them an advantage over other college graduates who haven't had the experiences UW-Eau Claire business students have had," he said.

Johnson credited the Scobies and Giles for supporting a project that won't result in a physical lab or classroom with their names on it.

"They're doing this simply because it will turn out better graduates," he said.

Johnson noted that the university faces a major challenge as the Cyberlab develops: finding the time and funding to allow business faculty to learn specialized software applications and integrate them into their courses. Several faculty members have applied for technology development grants that would support some software training and curriculum preparation this summer.

Like other U.S. universities that have taken on similar projects, UW-Eau Claire is depending on grants and private support for the development of the Cyberlab because it cannot be paid for by funds in the existing budget, Johnson said.

"Private money is really important to the success of the project," he said.

Businesses in the region have a vested interest in the Cyberlab, Johnson added, noting, "These are members of the business community who will be hiring our graduates."

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National Civic Engagement Week Activities Planned at UW-Eau Claire Feb. 17-21

UW-Eau Claire will join nine Wisconsin colleges and universities and more than 600 U.S. colleges and universities in launching the "Raise Your Voice — A Week of Action" campaign during National Student Civic Engagement Week, Feb. 16-22.

According to sophomore Eric Ristau, Eleva, one of the organizers of the event, it's a campaign with a clear message for students: Act today to create the world you want to live in tomorrow. Change starts with you.

The campaign is the first initiative for Wisconsin Campus Compact, a new statewide association of college presidents and chancellors committed to strengthening citizenship skills and values by promoting community service and service learning. Full Story. \ Go to Top

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