Claire mathematics and computer science programs receive national
mathematics and computer science departments at UW-Eau Claire have
received a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to
develop the Excellence in Mathematics and Computer Science Scholarship
Beginning with the 2003-04 academic
year, the initiative will provide 30 students — new freshmen
or currently enrolled students who major in mathematics or computer
science, and demonstrate financial need and academic potential —
with scholarships and opportunities to enhance their academic programs,
said Michael Howe, associate professor of mathematics.
addition to scholarships of up to $3,125 per year (renewable for
up to four years), EMACS scholars will receive support in the form
of faculty and peer mentoring, student/faculty research projects,
capstone and independent study opportunities, career counseling
that includes preparation for graduate school, and service-learning
and internship opportunities.
outstanding academic opportunities — in addition to substantial
scholarships — will help our mathematics and computer science
departments recruit talented high school students who might otherwise
not consider majoring in mathematics or computer science,"
Howe said, noting that UW-Eau Claire is the first UW System school
to receive a NSF Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics Scholarship
Program federal grant.
the number of graduates in mathematics and computer science will
increase the number of highly skilled workers who can enter high-tech
fields," Howe said. "That's good news for those
in high-tech industries who tell us they can't find enough
qualified Americans to fill the high-tech jobs available in this
initiative will benefit UW-Eau Claire by helping to increase the
number and diversity of students majoring in mathematics or computer
science, said Howe, who developed EMACS with Andrew Phillips, professor
of computer science, and Alex Smith, associate professor of mathematics.
grant award is further recognition that UW-Eau Claire's mathematics
and computer science programs are among the best of the best,"
Provost Ronald Satz said. "This initiative will allow us to
build on our already exceptional programs and provide opportunities
to even more high-achieving students."
awarding the grant, the NSF reviewers noted UW-Eau Claire's
outstanding faculty and academic programs, the quality of its mathematics
and computer science programs, and the overall excellence of the
university, Howe said. The reviewers also cited the importance the
university places on student-faculty research, he said.
EMACS program was funded through the NSF Computer Science, Engineering
and Mathematics Scholarship Program, which funds scholarships for
academically talented, financially needy students, enabling them
to enter the high-technology workforce. The grant's funding
is from a non-tax supported program, Howe said.
addition to the $400,000 provided by the NSF, the UW-Eau Claire
Foundation has committed to raise an additional $100,000 to support
students who receive funding from the NSF program, said Carole Halberg,
president of the Foundation.
promoting the NSF support in its fundraising efforts, the Foundation
can pursue additional funding from alumni, regional employers and
emeriti faculty, Halberg said. "We will take this opportunity
to ask that these sources support the EMACS program long after the
completion of the initial NSF funding."
more information, contact Michael Howe at 836-3366 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Governor hopefuls to debate on campus
For the first time since 1986, Eau Claire will be the
site of a gubernatorial debate.
General Jim Doyle and Gov. Scott McCallum have tentatively agreed
to a debate at UW-Eau Claire Wednesday, Oct. 16.
debate also will include gubernatorial candidate Ed Thompson, running
on the Libertarian ticket, and Wisconsin Green Party nominee Jim
Young. The hour-long event, open to the public, will begin at 7
p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.
forum will consist of questions from a panel of journalists as well
as from audience members.
debate will be carried live on Wisconsin
Public Radio station WHWC (88.3), NewsTalk 790 WAYY-AM and Community
Television in Eau Claire. Eau Claire television stations WEAU and
WQOW will tape the event for future broadcast.
art trip planned
UW-Eau Claire art department is sponsoring a trip to Chicago Nov.
The focus of the trip, an annual event,
is to expose students to a variety of exhibitions, but community
members also are invited. Events of interest include "The
Medici, Michelangelo and the Art of Late Renaissance Florence"
at the Art Institute of Chicago, the work of Juan Muñoz at
the Museum of Contemporary Art and the work of Charles LeDray at
the Arts Club Chicago.
A bus will leave UW-Eau Claire at
8 a.m. Nov. 8 and arrive at the Cass Hotel in Chicago's River
North District, just one block from Michigan Avenue, in the early
afternoon. Participants will then be free to plan their own schedule,
as there is no set itinerary for the group.
The return trip Nov. 10 will include
a stop at the Milwaukee Art Museum, where "Leonardo Da Vinci
and the Splendor of Poland" will be showing in addition to
the regular collection.
The cost, which covers lodging and
transportation, is $110 for quad-occupancy rooms and $165 for double-occupancy
rooms. The deadline for purchasing tickets is Oct. 7.
For more information, call the art
department office at 836-3277 or send e-mail to Bobby Pitts at email@example.com.
UW-Eau Claire to offer new program for
UW-Eau Claire will inaugurate a new monthly program for
senior citizens Oct. 4. The program will provide entertainment and
educational experiences in partnership with the community.
First Fridays colloquium will take place the first Friday of each
month, Oct. through May (except Jan.), at no cost to the senior
Fridays programs will be presented in the Memorial Lounge at Christ
Church Cathedral, on the corner of Lake and Farwell streets in downtown
Eau Claire. A free continental breakfast will precede each formal
program. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. for breakfast; the program
will begin at 9 a.m.
session will feature a university or community presenter. Programs
may include concerts and recitals, lectures, slide presentations,
or demonstrations on a variety of topics — such as travel,
film, the visual arts and the humanities, new technology, consumer
hoaxes and frauds, and social programs geared specifically toward
inaugural program Oct. 4 will feature Laura Chellman, director of
Health Services at UW-Eau Claire, who will speak on "Tips
for a Healthy Winter Season." On Nov. 1, videographer Cynthia
Gray-Mash will discuss "Embracing Art and Science: The Making
of a Documentary," and show her film, "Termespheres:
Total Worlds." The Dec. 6 program, titled "Sounds of
the Holidays," will feature Eu-Tu (ba), a UW-Eau Claire ensemble
led by Jerry Young, and the UW-Eau Claire Voice Ensemble directed
by Kathryn Proctor Duax.
new endeavor is funded in part by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Community
Outreach Program for the Arts, by Christ Church Cathedral, and by
a Downtown Eau Claire Business Improvement District grant.
on a successful program at Nebraska's Wayne State College,
First Fridays is coordinated by Beverly Soll and Jennifer Hinners
of the UW-Eau Claire Activities and Programs office and Scott and
Heather Kirby of Christ Church Cathedral.
more information about First Fridays, or to be placed on a mailing
list, call 836-2787.
Festival of the Turning Leaves to begin
The third annual Festival of the Turning Leaves will
be held Oct. 14 to Nov. 2 in Eau Claire.
festival will include a series of events with the theme "The
City and Nature: Reflections on Life in the Upper Midwest."
Presentations have been planned to encourage audiences to recognize
the diverse nature of Midwest culture through literature, music
following festival events will be held at the L.E. Phillips Memorial
Public Library in Eau Claire:
Oct. 14, 7 p.m. — UW-Eau Claire forensics
team members will present "Variations on a Theme: Nature
and the City in Popular Drama, Literature and Music."
Oct. 27, 1:30 p.m. — UW-Madison composer
Douglas Hill and retired UW-Eau Claire English faculty member
Tim Hirsch will present "Nature Writing and Music: Creative
Responses to the Work of Wisconsin Nature Writers."
Oct. 29, 7 p.m. — UW-Eau Claire English
faculty members Erna Kelly and John Hildebrand will present "Reading
and Writing About Nature: A Discussion With Two Local Scholars/Writers."
Oct. 30, 7 p.m. — UW-Eau Claire music and
theatre arts faculty member Ivar Lunde and English faculty member
Max Garland will present "Poetry and Music: A Video Collaboration."
a complete festival schedule, call 839-5004.
Professor's new book celebrates the
art of nursing
M. Cecilia Wendler, associate professor in the department
of nursing systems at UW-Eau Claire, celebrates the spirit of nursing
in her new book, "The HeART of Nursing: Expressions of Creative
Art in Nursing."
published by Center Nursing Publishing of Sigma Theta Tau International,
the nursing honor society, the book is a compilation of original
stories, poems, essays, paintings, photographs and needlework by
nurses, about nursing.
who routinely asks her rather startled master's level nursing
students to produce works of original art, believes that art and
the humanities can help deepen and enrich nursing practice in a
variety of ways. Art, she says, can help nurses momentarily free
themselves from their scientific, clinical orientation and better
define and express what brought them to, and keeps them in, a challenging
profession. Writing a poem or essay, for instance, may help bring
some peace and closure to a nurse who has lost a young patient and
been privy to the family's grief.
according to Wendler, art also can serve as inspiration for the
practice of nursing itself, and in turn, transform that practice
into art. One of her own contributions to the book, an essay titled
"A Lesson from the ‘Phantom'," tells how
her memory of a scene from the musical play, "Phantom of the
Opera," inspired and empowered her to take time out from clinical
duties to show compassion for the suffering husband of a dying patient.
humanistic roots are very visible in these works and can facilitate
healing at a whole different level," said Wendler. "Nursing
is more than just body-caring. It is spirit-caring, caring for the
mind, caring for the whole human experiencing sometimes exquisite
suffering, a suffering routinely seen and co-experienced by nurses,
always present, 24 hours each day. Thus, the book is a testament
to the enduring nursing spirit."
to Wendler, Sigma Theta Tau has just begun to return to nursing's
artistic roots, now recognizing publicly the connection between
art, the humanities and nursing practice. A call for artistic contributions
for their annual conference resulted in 65 contributions, including
one from Wendler, who went on to contact the other contributors
and propose a collaboration.
agreed, and a second call for work brought even more contributions,
after which Wendler spent two summers immersing herself in the works
and considering how to organize them. Gradually, she said, seven
themes seemed to emerge, which became the book's chapter headings:
1) The Nature of Nursing; 2) Bookends: Birth and Death; 3) The Extraordinary
Ordinary; 4) Reflections: Nurses' Interiority Unfolding; 5)
The Other is Me; 6) Preparing Others to Nurse: Teaching; and 7)
Hope: Looking Forward.
number of other UW-Eau Claire faculty, graduate students and alumni
also contributed to the book, including Joan Stehle Werner, professor
of adult health nursing; Rita Sperstad, assistant professor of adult
health nursing; nursing graduate students Sandra Lynch and Linda
Jerzak; and nursing alumni Leah Luedke and Heather Nelson. Gene
Leisz, senior artist in the Center for Instructional Technology
Improvement and Innovation, illustrated one of Wendler's essays.
information about purchasing
"The HeART of Nursing," call the Honor Society of Nursing,
Sigma Theta Tau International, toll free at (888) 634-7575.
In Brief Calendar
of Events Faculty/Staff News
Liz Wolf Green, Editor
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
· Diane Walkoff,
Editorial Assistant ·
September 30, 2002