Claire awarded grants to train teachers
department receives $1 million to train teachers
UW-Eau Claire's history department received a $1 million grant
from the U.S. Department of Education to help 50 elementary and
secondary teachers from 30 school districts in central and western
Wisconsin learn new ways to teach American history. The grant is
a collaborative effort with CESA 10 and the Chippewa Valley Museum.
The "Learning by Doing: Public
History in the Classroom" program will allow 50 teachers to
receive certificates in public history, earn up to 15 graduate credits,
and bring new skills and resources to students and colleagues in
The "Learning by Doing"
program is the first graduate public history certificate program
in the United States designed for elementary and secondary education
teachers, said Patricia Turner, associate professor of history and
co-director of the program. Public history, a growing sub-discipline
offered at more than 100 U.S. universities and colleges –
including UW-Eau Claire – focuses on the public dissemination
of historical knowledge. Public historians bring history to the
general public, using venues such as museums or community displays
The grant will help the history department
enhance its resource facilities, curricular offerings and extracurricular
activities, Turner said. Specifically, it will allow the department
Purchase $28,000 in equipment, which can be used by the 50 teacher
fellows in the "Learning by Doing" program, as well
as by other students with history majors or minors, and graduate
students conducting historical research.
• Hire for the 2003-04 and 2004-05 academic years an instructional
staff member with a doctorate in public history, who will teach
introductory courses in public history. This will be the start
of an undergraduate emphasis in public history.
• Bring to campus each semester a nationally renowned historian
to give evening lectures for the campus and greater Eau Claire
• Sponsor a conference on public history in the classroom,
allowing teaching fellows and educators from throughout the country
to discuss the goals and outcomes of the "Learning by Doing"
teachers will be awarded fellowships and accepted into the new program
in spring 2003, with another 25 joining in spring 2004. Teachers
will organize study groups in their districts to educate other teachers,
which means the program will reach nearly 225 teachers – or
almost half the history teachers in CESA 10's 30-district
region, Turner said.
The two-year program will include
content-based courses in American history as well as hands-on learning
opportunities for the teachers, Turner said.
"By helping teachers become
skilled practitioners of public history, or professional historians,
we will greatly improve American history education," Turner
This is the second major grant the
history department has received in the last six months for improving
K-12 teaching of American history. Kate Lang, assistant professor
of history, received a $100,000 grant from the National Endowment
for the Humanities to support the Center for History Teaching and
Learning. The NEH grant is being used to train teachers in the Augusta
school district in project-based teaching methods.
"These grants are examples of
UW-Eau Claire's commitment to providing educational opportunities
that meet regional and state needs," said Provost Ronald Satz.
"They also are testaments to the strong relationships that
exist among the university, local schools and community."
million awarded to train teachers of non-English speaking students
Claire has been selected to receive a $1.05 million federal grant
to train teachers of non-English speaking students in the Eau Claire
Area School District and surrounding districts.
As a result of the four-year grant
from the U.S. Department of Education under the National Professional
Development Program, the number of English as a Second Language
trained personnel in the region will increase by nearly 700 percent.
"This effort speaks clearly
to the mission of UW-Eau Claire to provide education in a broad
range of programs to meet identified regional and state needs,"
said Provost Ronald Satz. "It demonstrates the close partnership
between the university and the local school district."
The grant will satisfy a critical
need for teacher development in the Eau Claire Area Schools, said
Dr. William Klaus, school superintendent.
"The district needs trained
teachers in the areas of ESL instruction. We currently have one
and parts of two other federal and state grant initiatives to help
better instruct our non-native English-speaking students. These
grants, however, do not fill the need of further preparation for
in-service or pre-service content teachers," Klaus said.
The project will help bridge the gap
for mainstreaming ESL students by training content-area teachers
to assess and teach these students and serve as experts in their
"There are 12 teachers with
ESL training in the Eau Claire district now, and that number will
increase to 260 under this project," said Dr. Kate Reynolds,
project director and director of the university's Teacher
of English to Speakers of Other Languages and English as a Second
The four-year grant is aimed at teachers
with Hmong and Spanish speaking students in their classrooms. It
will enable teachers to develop their knowledge base for instruction
and mainstreaming of students with limited English abilities.
"These teachers will learn ways
they can modify their materials, instructional strategies and other
educational practices to include best practices for English language
learners," Reynolds said. "TESOL is just good teaching.
It's an interactive, hands-on method of teaching and will
improve the educational experience for all students in the classroom."
Reynolds said there is limited support
for ESL in Eau Claire because the district is considered a low-incident
area for English language learners. The ratio of English language
learners to certified ESL teachers in the Eau Claire school district
is 51 to 1. Since the ratios are high and time is limited, there
is an increased need for quickly and effectively mainstreaming these
In many cases the gap between the
students' abilities and the level of performance necessary
in the regular classroom is too difficult to bridge without support,
Reynolds said. Mainstream teachers often feel ill equipped to include
these students into their classes because they have no training
on how to modify their curriculum to help them.
"Many of these students fall
behind in coursework and when they are legally permitted, they drop
out of school," Reynolds said. "Clearly there is a critical
need for intervention through training, and that is what this project
aims to provide."
The grant will serve 20 in-service
teachers in UW-Eau Claire's TESOL add-on license program and
will reach an additional 140 in-service teachers through workshops.
In addition, 100 pre-service teachers will complete the UW-Eau Claire
content-based English as a Second Language methods course and participate
in workshops to develop skills to teach students from diverse language
and cultural backgrounds in their future classrooms.
"They will be able to develop
their skills to educate linguistically and culturally diverse learners
in their classrooms, meet the State of Wisconsin's Public
Instruction 34 Teacher Standards and to develop further their concept
of best practice," Reynolds said.
The TESOL add-on license program is
a two-year, 32-credit program. The participants will be granted
scholarships for all TESOL courses for tuition, fees and books as
well as a small stipend for participation. The grant also includes
funds to pay substitute teachers while in-service teachers are receiving
workshop training during school hours.
Reynolds wants to recruit 20 teachers,
with 10 admitted to the program for the spring 2003 semester. The
other 10 will start next fall.
For more information, contact Reynolds
at (715) 836-4067 or Reynolds@uwec.edu.
Gifts from area donors help bring UW-Eau
Claire fund-raising total to $21.7 million
Donors have committed $21.7 million so far to UW-Eau
Claire's ongoing fund-raising campaign, officials announced
Friday, Oct. 11, at a meeting of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation board
campaign progress update was the first since the April 26 kickoff
of the public phase of Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence,
UW-Eau Claire's first comprehensive fund-raising campaign.
In April, officials reported that $18,268,000 had been pledged since
the campaign's quiet phase began in July 2000. The campaign
seeks $35 million in private support for UW-Eau Claire's people
and programs by July 2005.
gift commitments announced during the Foundation board meeting include
$1.5 million from James and Anne Ramsey, Longwood, Fla.; $125,000
from Markquart Chevrolet, Markquart Motors and Markquart Toyota of Eau Claire; $120,000 from Kell Container
Corp., Chippewa Falls; $75,000 from John and Helen Drawbert, Altoona;
and $25,000 from Northwestern Bank, Chippewa Falls.
and Anne Ramsey make $1.5 million gift to UW-Eau Claire
The Ramseys have made a planned gift to endow a UW-Eau Claire faculty
position in the sciences. The gift will establish the Oliver Marion
Ramsey Science Chair in memory of James Ramsey's brother,
a 1933 UW-Eau Claire graduate who later graduated from the U.S.
Naval Academy and served as a lieutenant in the Navy during World
War II. He was killed in the Battle of Guadalcanal on Nov. 13, 1942.
want this to be a permanent and fitting way of honoring his memory,"
James Ramsey said of the planned gift to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.
Halberg, UW-Eau Claire Foundation president, said the Ramseys'
gift is part of a "legacy of generosity."
Ramsey was generous in service to his country, and that is being
memorialized by Jim and Anne Ramsey's generous support of
a faculty position at UW-Eau Claire," Halberg said.
gift also is a fitting tribute to James and Oliver Ramsey's
father, Robert, said Anne Ramsey. "Their father was such a
strong proponent of education at a time when it was not customary
for farm families to send their children to college," she
said. "He never kept them home from school."
$125,000 gift to honor faculty and staff
The Markquart gift will establish the Lee and Mary Markquart
Excellence Awards Endowment to underwrite UW-Eau Claire's
annual awards to faculty and staff members for exemplary work in
teaching, advising and research. The gift also will fund the annual
cost of the awards for five years while the endowment builds. Each
year the university and the Foundation present university medallions
and $1,500 awards to the recipients of the Excellence in Teaching,
Excellence in Advising and Excellence in Research awards.
Claire's influence in the region and a belief in the university's
mission were factors in the decision to make the gift, Lee Markquart
said. He added that he and his wife agree that support for faculty
and staff is important to the university and its students. "You
have to have great teachers to attract great students," he
many years, support for the Excellence awards has come from the
Foundation's Excellence Fund, a reserve of funds from undesignated
gifts to the university. However, when the first Excellence in Teaching
Award was presented in 1966, it was supported by the Johnson Foundation
the Markquarts' generosity, we are returning to our roots
of private support designated for the recognition of our outstanding
faculty and staff," Halberg said. "This endowment not
only ensures the future of these important awards, but it frees
up unrestricted funds so we can take advantage of more opportunities
to serve our students and our region."
Container gift to assist football program
The Kell Container Corp. gift will establish the Kell Container
Corporation Blugold Football Opportunity Endowment. The endowment
will provide a stable source of annual funding to supplement UW-Eau
Claire's existing football budget, Halberg said.
Blugold football program was a natural choice when determining where
to direct Kell Container's support for Fulfilling the
Promise of Excellence, said John Kell, co-owner and CEO of
Kell Container and a 1973 UW-Eau Claire graduate. Tom Kell, John's
brother and Kell Container president and co-owner, also noted that
their father, who attended the University of Notre Dame on a football
scholarship, likely would not have attended college or started the
family business had he not excelled in football and received the
our beginning, football and athletics has played a big part in shaping
Kell Container Corporation," John Kell said.
noted that supplemental funding like the Kell Container gift is
important to UW-Eau Claire because, as a Division III school, it
cannot offer scholarships when recruiting players for its athletics
the lure of scholarships, players deciding between two Division
III schools often choose based on the intangibles that create a
positive environment in which to play and study," Halberg
said, adding that the Kell Container gift will allow the university
to provide more of those intangibles, such as locker room improvements
and equipment purchases.
gift to support a variety of university programs
The Drawberts' gift includes support for several university
programs. John and Helen Drawbert each have specific areas of interest
to which they've directed past support, John for athletics
and Helen for single parent scholarships, so these were logical
areas to support in their campaign gift as well, Helen Drawbert
added that their strong belief in philanthropy and giving back to
their community were factors in their decision to support Fulfilling
the Promise of Excellence.
university is an incredible facility right here in our community,
and being able to help individuals pursue their educational goals
is of great importance to us," she said.
Drawberts' gift will support the high school sports medicine
outreach program, an ongoing partnership between UW-Eau Claire's
athletic-training program, Chippewa Valley Orthopedics and Sports
Medicine, and area high schools. It also establishes the Drawbert
Blugold Fellowship, which annually will provide tuition support
and a stipend to a first- or second-year UW-Eau Claire student who
will assist a faculty member in research that will impact the quality
of life in the Chippewa Valley. The gift also includes support for
Blugold athletics and the UW-Eau Claire Single Parent Scholarship
this gift, the Drawberts support several key programs here at the
university and ensure that UW-Eau Claire will continue its outstanding
service to students and to the region," Halberg said.
Bank gift to provide scholarships to top high school graduates
The gift from Northwestern Bank will endow the Northwestern Bank
Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship. The scholarship is part
of a state program in which the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, through
sponsors like Northwestern Bank, supplements state funds to provide
$2,250 scholarships to top graduating students from Wisconsin high
schools who enroll at UW-Eau Claire. The scholarships are renewable
for up to four years.
Bank's endowment ensures that its WAES scholarship, to which
it has given regular annual support in the past, will be available
this endowed scholarship, we hope to help area students with their
education, which in turn hopefully will help our community,"
said Joy Danielson, Northwestern Bank marketing officer.
Bank's endowment of this scholarship helps ensure that UW-Eau
Claire will continue furthering the goal of the WAES program, which
is to keep Wisconsin's best and brightest students in our
state, contributing to its healthy future," Halberg said.
more information about the Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence
campaign, contact the UW-Eau Claire
Foundation at (715) 836-5630, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or
view the Web site.
Focus on faculty and staff distinction
The articles below focus on the campaign objective
of faculty and staff distinction — one of six key areas for
investment by private contributors to Fulfilling the Promise of
Excellence, UW-Eau Claire's five-year comprehensive campaign.
The recent campaign gift featured below, from both the donors'
and the recipients' perspectives, is an example of an investment
to support and enhance the work of the university's music
funds music composition fund
recent gift from UW-Eau Claire alumni Mark and Susan McKenzie has
established the Baker, Cunningham and Lunde Music Composition Fund
at UW-Eau Claire.
McKenzie, a 1979 music theory and composition graduate, and Susan
McKenzie, a 1978 music therapy graduate, established the fund to
honor music and theatre arts professors David Baker (also the department
chair), Michael Cunningham and Ivar Lunde, all of whom taught music
composition when Mark McKenzie attended UW-Eau Claire.
McKenzie, now a well-respected Hollywood composer and orchestrator,
also has agreed to compose a processional piece to be premiered
by UW-Eau Claire music students and faculty directors. The piece,
to be performed publicly for the first time at UW-Eau Claire's
Holiday Concert this December, will be from the score of the movie
"Blizzard," which McKenzie is now composing. "Blizzard,"
directed by LeVar Burton and including Whoopi Goldberg, Christopher
Plummer and Kevin Pollak among its cast members, is a G-rated Christmas
movie to be released in 2003.
UW-Eau Claire graduates who are composers will be invited to make
similar gifts of talent and treasure in the future, said Marcia
Van Beek, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's director of major
gifts. Once the composition fund reaches the endowment level, its
earnings will be used by music faculty to commission original compositions
for performance by UW-Eau Claire music ensembles.
is indeed a great honor and a surprise to be included in the title
of this new fund," Lunde said. "It comes at a time when
my wife and I looked in the credits of a recently enjoyed movie
to discover Mark's name as the one responsible for the clever
orchestration of the score. One could not help but feel proud."
gift to establish the fund not only honors his professors, but it
will directly support them and their colleagues in their work as
music educators, Baker said.
programming and performance of new music by our ensembles is an
important goal of each faculty director," he said. "In
a very significant way, Mark's gift provides a vehicle for
realizing this goal."
alumni honor respected professors
you went to the movies last summer, chances are you read Mark McKenzie's
name when the credits rolled.
who in 1979 was UW-Eau Claire's first music theory and composition
graduate, most recently did the orchestrations for "Spider-Man,"
"The Sum of All Fears," "Lilo and Stitch" and
"Stuart Little 2," all shown in theaters last summer.
Having credits in four films during one season is a personal record
for McKenzie, but equally impressive is the total number of films
in which he's had orchestration credits (more than 75) or composition
credits (11, soon to be 12) during his 17-year career. (Samples
of McKenzie's music can be heard on his Web site, http://www.markmckenzie.org.)
of McKenzie's success in Hollywood, however, has apparently not
clouded his memories of where it all began. Recently, McKenzie and
his wife, Susan, honored three of McKenzie's former UW-Eau Claire
music professors when they established the Baker, Cunningham and
Lunde Music Composition Fund through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.
feel grateful for many of my UW-Eau Claire professors and particularly
for these three fine composers," McKenzie said. "I studied
music composition with each of them, and each made valuable contributions
into who I've grown to become as an orchestrator and composer."
intentions for the composition fund are twofold. First, he hopes
the fund will provide inspiration for young composers, "causing
new music to be written and enjoyed that might not otherwise exist."
also wants to honor three men whom he respects as committed music
educators: "My wife and I would like to honor these men and
their commitment to students, to quality education and to the craft
of music composition."
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Liz Wolf Green, Editor
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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December 5, 2007