Gambrell receives Regents Teaching Excellence Award
Gambrell, professor emeritus of political science at UW-Eau Claire,
is a recipient of the 2002 Regents Teaching Excellence Award.
"This whole thing has me reeling,"
Gambrell said of the award. "It's very difficult to put
into words what I feel. To be honored for doing what I loved doing
is a very nice bonus."
excellence awards recognize some of the UW System's finest faculty
and reflect "the UW System's vigorous commitment to teaching,"
said UW System President Katharine Lyall.
come to UW-Eau Claire expecting to be challenged and respond best
to the faculty who do routinely challenge them, Gambrell said of his
motivation to continuously improve his teaching. And the university
as a whole values quality teaching, he said.
told regularly, in various ways, that my teaching performance and
skill development are important meant that I was able to work in a
professional, challenging environment in which I always tried to reach
deep within myself to try to find one more way that I might get a
complex set of ideas across to my students," said Gambrell,
who retired from UW-Eau Claire in June after 36 years of teaching.
in these practices becomes or creates a standard that we simply assume
as our responsibility to our students, our colleagues and to the institution.
UW-Eau Claire is a place where many faculty take these challenges
seriously," he said.
said his goal when teaching is to ensure that students are engaged
in the course and to help them understand the concepts that he has
I have done my job right, students can continue to learn, on their
own, about my particular subject matter for the rest of their lives,"
Gambrell said. "Experience has taught me that developing the
capacity to think is at least as important as the specific content
of the course. … These are lifelong learning skills valuable
in all walks of life."
describing Gambrell, many of his students and colleagues note his
enthusiasm for political science and teaching, and his love of helping
students understand complex issues.
Gambrell is one of the most dedicated individuals to the profession
of teaching and the field of political science at UW-Eau Claire,"
said Erin Brandt, a 2002 UW-Eau Claire graduate. "He takes a
marked interest in his students, pushing them to excel beyond their
perceived abilities. His enthusiasm for the subject inspires students
to pursue political science as a major and as a career beyond the
former student said Gambrell's dedication to his students continues
to inspire him several years after graduation. "As I now start
on the path toward earning a Ph.D. in international relations, I look
to the example set by Dr. Gambrell as my benchmark of success,"
said Marc Hutchison, a 1998 UW-Eau Claire graduate.
said Gambrell inspired them to be better teachers. "In Leonard
Gambrell, I found someone who made me think about issues in ways that
made me a better teacher and in ways that have undoubtedly affected
my students," said Michael Fine, professor of political science.
is a scholar who enjoys sharing his knowledge, Fine said. "Len
has a lifelong interest in teaching and learning about war and peace,"
Fine said. "… I want to emphasize how much he integrates
the work on his scholarship with his classes. It would be impossible
to separate the two. For Leonard Gambrell, studying war and peace
is teaching war and peace.
extends not only to the conventional classroom … It is impossible
for an important world event to pass us by without a local radio or
television station calling to interview Len. It appears that long
ago he decided to not say ‘no' when asked to speak to
recent years, Gambrell has added a new dimension to his teaching by
leading groups — including UW-Eau Claire students and community
members — in tours of Vietnam, said Stephen Gosch, a professor
of history who team-taught a course on the Vietnam War with Gambrell.
the Vietnam War course with Leonard for the past 20 years has been
one of the highlights of my professional life," Gosch said.
"He has taught me a great deal about the War, about teaching
and about living a meaningful life."
who joined UW-Eau Claire's faculty in 1966, earned his bachelor's
and master's degrees from Oklahoma State University, and his
Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.
of the $5,000 awards will be honored during a Sept. 13 ceremony in
11 remembrances planned
staff and students at UW-Eau Claire will mark the one-year anniversary
of the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy in several meaningful ways, including
At 7:45 a.m. (the approximate time the first
plane hit the World Trade Center tower) Sept. 11, two trumpet
players will play dual taps from opposite ends of the footbridge
on the UW-Eau Claire campus. Faculty, staff and students will
be invited to throw 3,000 rose petals
from the bridge into the Chippewa River as a symbolic gesture
remembering the 3,000-plus people believed to have died in the
attacks. Also, the carillon toll will mark the times of crashes
into the second tower at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon
and the crash in Pennsylvania.
• Faculty may devote whatever time they think is appropriate
during their classes on Sept. 11 to discuss events related to
• Pastors from the Ecumenical Religious Center
will lead 11 minutes of prayer at 9:11 a.m.
• The Activities and Programs Office will coordinate the
Blugold Organizations Bash: Celebrating American Freedoms. Through
student organization involvement, students can exercise their
freedom to associate, freedom of speech, freedom of religion,
and freedom from want and fear. The Sept. 11 event will begin
at 11 a.m. with a moment of silence to remember
the people who lost their lives during the events of a year
ago. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Central
Campus Mall, students can gather information on a variety
of student organizations. The event will move to the Council
Fire Room of Davies Center if it rains.
• UW-Eau Claire's Student Senate will hold a candle
light vigil at 8:30 p.m. Sept.
11 on the Central Campus Mall. All members
of the UW-Eau Claire and greater Eau Claire communities are
welcome to attend.
• UW-Eau Claire's student chapter of Amnesty International
will host a poetry reading from 7-9 p.m. Sept.
11 in The Cabin of Davies Center. Some of the
poetry will relate to the events of Sept. 11 and responses to
• UW-Eau Claire's Center for Service-Learning is
organizing community service projects to commemorate Sept. 11.
• McIntyre Library will devote a Grand Corridor display
to items related to Sept. 11. The exhibit, which will be on
display from Sept. 5-30, will include publications related to
the Sept. 11, 2001, events; publications of the newly formed
Homeland Security Office; and other publications on related
Music at Sunset program launches harps project
Friends of Music at UW-Eau Claire will present a program of music
and food at sunset Sept. 12 to launch a campaign to raise funds
for two harps for the department of music and theatre arts.
Roger Bethard, senior logic design engineer at Cray Inc., will host
the "Music at Sunset" program at his home overlooking
the Chippewa River to kick off the fund-raising campaign aimed at
providing new harps for the university's music students and
whose home features a large acoustically designed music room and
a Bosendorfer Imperial Grand piano, will open the program. Other
performers include the UW-Eau Claire Voice Faculty Quartet, harpist
Paula Smith from the department of music and theatre arts faculty,
and pianist Barbara Young.
at Sunset" will begin at 6:15 p.m. with an hors d'oeuvres
buffet and harp music by Smith. The Voice Faculty Quartet of Mitra
Sadeghpour, soprano, Kathryn Proctor Duax, mezzo-soprano, Daniel
Newman, tenor, and Robert Knight, baritone, accompanied by pianist
Barbara Young, will perform operatic excerpts. Bethard and Young
will perform a piano duet, followed by a dessert buffet from 8:15
to 9 p.m. The cost is $50 per person and is tax deductible.
unique musical experience is kicks off for the Harps Project. Our
goal over the next year is to raise $25,000 for the purchase of
a pedal harp and a troubadour harp for the department of music and
theatre arts," said Duax, chair of the Friends of Music. "This
is a great opportunity to support the Harps Project while enjoying
some wonderful music in a beautiful setting."
make a reservation for the program, call the UW-Eau Claire Foundation
at 836-3526. Attendance is limited to 60 guests on a first-come,
to the Harps Project may be sent the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, 214
Schofield Hall, Eau Claire, WI, 54702-4004.
UW-Eau Claire receives Marshall Fields grant for tutor/mentor program
Marshall Fields Community Giving Program, formerly known as the
Dayton's Community Giving Program, has donated $3,000 to UW-Eau
Claire's Human Development Center.
grant, given to the university for the past seven years, will be
used to pay tutor/mentors serving two elementary schools in Eau
Claire. The HDC matches the grant to fund two graduate assistantship
positions to coordinate the center's tutor/mentor program
throughout the academic year.
assistants are Terri Olsen, Bessemer, Mich., from the school psychology
program and Taryn Jones, Prairie du Chien, from the department of
communication disorders. Besides coordinating the program, Olsen
and Jones will each serve as a tutor/mentor for a child.
to Olsen, the program will have 14 upper-level undergraduate and
graduate student participants. Tutor/mentors will serve about 20-25
students from the first through fifth grades at Lincoln Elementary
School and Lakeshore Elementary School.
the school year tutor/mentors go to the elementary schools twice
a week for an hour. Students who are identified as needing some
extra help in academics are tutored one-on-one or in some instances
paired up by teachers according to ability and grade-level.
the past few years we have been trying to incorporate social skills
lessons with academics, and we hope to develop and improve this
aspect of the program this year," Olsen said. "The program
benefits the university students by offering experience in working
closely with one or two elementary students who are in need of some
extra help academically and often socially."
said the tutor/mentors learn about building relationships and techniques
for helping students who need extra assistance. Students have the
opportunity to work with a positive role model and do homework in
a positive environment.
"The teachers at the schools
report that students who are involved in the program gain confidence
in the classroom and are gaining academic skills they were behind
on, such as reading and mathematics," Olsen said. "The
program has a great reputation in the schools that it serves, and
we are going to keep our expectations high and develop the program
to meet the needs of the children."
In Brief Calendar
of Events Faculty/Staff News
Liz Wolf Green, Editor
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
· Diane Walkoff,
Editorial Assistant ·
September 12, 2002