Patterson receives distinguished professorship
Patterson, professor of music, is the fourth recipient of the Maxwell
Schoenfeld Distinguished Professorship at UW-Eau Claire.
The award recognizes a commitment
to the university, achievement in scholarship and a commitment to
student learning and life.
the Max Schoenfeld Distinguished Professorship is an enormous honor,"
Patterson said. "I am very grateful to the university."
will use the $5,000 award to research and document the life of Dora
Zaslavsky Koch, a piano professor who greatly influenced his life
Russian ancestry, Dora Zaslavsky Koch was a longtime faculty member
at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, and a teacher
of bigger-than-life proportions who influenced generations of performers
and teachers," said Patterson, who earned his master's
degree from the Manhattan School of Music. "Although I took
my last lesson from her in 1972, her influence on my playing was
profound and her philosophy of care and concern for the individual
student helps shape my teaching to this day.
investigating Dora's life, I will be able to pay tribute to
her and share her with my students."
a member of UW-Eau Claire's music faculty since 1976, regularly
presents public piano recitals, offering his listeners a diverse
repertoire, said David Baker, chair of the music and theatre arts
department. His approach to repertoire selection goes beyond well-known
piano masterworks, extending to the seldom-heard niches in music
history and new music by relatively unknown composers, he said.
a performer has enriched my life and teaching," Patterson
said. "By giving recitals, I have put myself on the line on
a regular basis as an example and inspiration to my students and
as a means of staying skilled in my art."
respected author and reviewer, Patterson is a leading scholar on
piano music of American composer Vincent Persichetti and an authority
on piano music for one hand.
performing, research, publishing and recording are important to
him, Patterson has always put teaching and his students first. "I
have tried to see each student as an individual with individual
talents and abilities, and I have encouraged them to find their
own path and to succeed in ways that match their skills and intellect,"
Patterson said of his teaching philosophy.
Patterson truly has made a difference in the lives of his students,"
Baker said. "Under his guidance, they have received numerous
awards and acknowledgement for their prowess as performers and developing
master pedagogue, Patterson ensures that the courses he teaches
are informative but also that they aggressively and actively engage
students in learning, Baker said.
his 26-year tenure, Dr. Patterson has consistently been a faculty
leader and unselfish advocate of the arts," Baker said. "His
leadership has made a tangible impact on university-community relations,
and he recently coordinated activity to create a preparatory program
in the performing arts. His work with area music teachers has fostered
good will and significantly enhanced cooperation and collaboration
between the university and the local arts community."
professorship was created in honor of Maxwell Schoenfeld, a UW-Eau
Claire history professor and scholar from 1964 until his death in
Claire part of Jumpstart national network
— a national non-profit organization focused on early childhood
education and teacher recruitment — recently announced the
addition of 12 new university-based programs, including one at UW-Eau
of the fastest growing national organizations in America, Jumpstart
consists of a 30-site network that will engage more than 1,400 college
students in one-to-one service to more than 1,400 preschool children
Jumpstart program at UW-Eau Claire is the first AmeriCorps program
in Wisconsin to use college students as Corps members, and the first
to focus on early childhood development and education, said Donald
Mowry, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for Service-Learning.
Eau Claire program sites include Western Dairyland Truax Headstart
Center, Literacy Volunteers of America-Chippewa Valley Family Literacy
Program, Children's House Montessori School and UW-Eau Claire's
program will provide four teams of 10 students at each of these
sites during the academic year to work with preschoolers needing
extra assistance to master school readiness skills in cognitive,
emotional and social areas, Mowry said.
Jumpstart's official growth partner, Starbucks has made a
four-year, $1 million commitment to support Jumpstart's national
expansion. Starbucks' funding provides challenge grants for
new university partners to launch campus-based Jumpstart programs.
Through Starbucks support, Jumpstart is continuing its work with
preschoolers and is actively pursuing its mission: to work toward
the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed.
goal of our partnership is to educate the community about the importance
of literacy in the lives of young children and to encourage involvement
in early literacy programs," said Lauren Moore, Starbucks
director of Giving and Community Affairs."
creating the magic of learning in one child and helping that child
develop lifelong learning skills," said Rob Waldron, president
and CEO of Jumpstart. "Then imagine replicating that magic
for 1,400 children across the country. That's what Starbucks
funding lets us do."
more than 200 universities expressed interest in the Jumpstart program,
Jumpstart selected and awarded 10 grants for 10 new universities
to launch Jumpstart programs. Additionally, Long Island University-Brooklyn
and Tufts University deepened their existing partnership with Jumpstart
by committing to house campus-based Jumpstart.
fall, the following universities will be added to the Jumpstart
Jumpstart Brooklyn at Long Island University-Brooklyn.
• Jumpstart Columbus at the Ohio State
• Jumpstart Eau Claire at UW-Eau Claire.
• Jumpstart Geneva at Hobart & William
• Jumpstart Itta Bena at Mississippi Valley
• Jumpstart Jackson at Jackson State University.
• Jumpstart Lubbock at Texas Tech University
• Jumpstart Northridge at California State
• Jumpstart Santa Monica at Pepperdine
• Jumpstart Tallahassee at Florida State
• Jumpstart Tufts at Tufts University.
• Jumpstart Washington, DC at the George
is a national non-profit organization that engages young people
in service to work toward the day every child in America enters
school prepared to succeed. Jumpstart recruits, trains and supports
college students to serve as part-time AmeriCorps members, working
directly with and supporting young children in Head Start and other
early childhood education programs.
focuses on building School Success for young children
by developing their early language, literacy and social skills;
encouraging strong Family Involvement to help families
support children's learning; and training college students
to be Future Teachers and leaders in early childhood
national sponsors include American Eagle Outfitters, official outfitter;
Pearson, official education partner; and Starbucks, official growth
more information, visit the
Jumpstart Web site.
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Liz Wolf Green, Editor
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
· Diane Walkoff,
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February 13, 2003