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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

University Bulletin Vol. 50, No. 18
Eighteenth Week
Fall Semester
Dec. 16, 2002

 Commencement for 687 graduates set for Saturday
Winter commencement exercises for 687 UW-Eau Claire students will be held Saturday, Dec. 21, in Zorn Arena.
     Candidates from the College of Business and College of Professional Studies will receive degrees during a 9:30 a.m. ceremony. Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and candidates for master's degrees will receive degrees during a 2 p.m. ceremony.
     A remote site broadcast of the ceremony may be viewed in the Davies Theatre of Davies Center. This option is available to accommodate additional guests. Doors to the Davies Theatre will open at 8:15 a.m. for the morning ceremony and at 12:45 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony. No tickets for the remote site viewing are required.
     A total of 647 students are candidates for bachelor's degrees, and 40 students are candidates for master's degrees. Of the candidates for bachelor's degrees, 247 are from the College of Arts and Sciences, 214 are from the College of Professional Studies and 175 are from the College of Business. Candidates from the College of Professional Studies include 124 from the School of Education, 61 from the School of Human Sciences and Services and 40 from the School of Nursing.
     Chancellor Donald Mash will preside over the ceremonies and confer degrees. Steven Tallant, associate vice chancellor and director of graduate programs, will present the candidates, and the deans of the colleges will present the diplomas.
     Marie Crothers, assistant professor of psychology and recipient of the 2002 Excellence in Teaching Award, will deliver the "Charge to the Class" at both ceremonies.
     Natalie Marie Strawn, Apple Valley, Minn., a candidate for a bachelor of science degree, will deliver the "Reflections" during the morning ceremony. Her speech is titled "Have a Little Faith." Aaron Unseth, Plato, Minn., a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree, will deliver the "Reflections," titled "A Charlie Brown Graduation," during the afternoon ceremony.
     Retiring faculty and academic staff members to be recognized are Laurie Gapko, associate professor unranked emeritus, University Centers and Programs; Walter Schaffer, laboratory manager emeritus, biology; and Sally Webb, professor emerita, communication and journalism.
     A 1972 graduate, Michael O'Meara, now chairman of People's National Bank, Eau Claire, will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award. Andrea Gapko, director of the UW-Eau Claire Academic Skills Center, also will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award. She earned a bachelor's degree in 1971 and a master's degree in 1975.
     A 1991 graduate, Thomas Bennerotte, an attorney with the Minnesota firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ceresi, and 1994 graduate Timothy Masterlark, a senior scientist with the USGS/EROS Data Center in Brandon, S.D., will each receive the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award.
     John Dernbach, a 1975 graduate and professor of law at the Widener University Law School, and Tswv Fong Lor, a 1995 graduate and environmental health specialist with the city of St. Paul, will each receive the President's Award.
     Katherine Schneider, senior psychologist with UW-Eau Claire Counseling Services, and Sally Webb, professor of communication and journalism, will receive the Honorary Alumnus Award.
     A reception for graduates and guests will follow each ceremony in the Spruce-Tamarack Room of Davies Center.

Jim Doyle to hold hearing at UW-Eau Claire
Governor-elect Jim Doyle will hold a listening session to hear input on ways to solve the state budget deficit from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.
     The deficit for the 2003-05 biennium is projected at $2.6 billion. Doyle is seeking ideas on reducing state spending as well as possible impacts of budget reductions.
     "These hearings are a chance to discuss the upcoming budget out in the open, and for citizens, local leaders and interest groups to present their suggestions of services they could do without and cuts they would make in state government," Doyle said in a recent news release. "We are not asking for ideas on how we can spend more money, but how we can cut current state spending."
     UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff, students and the general public are welcome to attend. People who would like to testify at the hearing need to register at the table near the Council Fire Room entrance. Doyle is expected to listen to testimony from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Area lawmakers will continue to take testimony until 12:30 p.m.
     Those who cannot make it to the hearing session are encouraged to let Doyle know about their ideas by filling out a suggestion form on his Web site at

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Adult opportunity programs, Community Registration Night set for January
UW-Eau Claire is offering two informational sessions and a Community Registration Night in January for adult students who are planning to attend the university during spring semester.
     The Adult Passport Program is for returning adult students who plan to take their first college math or English composition classes in the spring. Participants will take the UW System placement test, which will help ensure that students get into the appropriate class. The program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11.
     The Back-to-School Program is designed for community members who are interested in taking a class or have already enrolled for the spring semester but want more information about what's available to them on campus. The program, co-sponsored by the nontraditional student honor society, Sigma Gamma Zeta II, will also give returning adult students a chance to meet other nontraditional-age students.
     Back-to-School sessions will be offered Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 9 to 11 a.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. An optional campus tour or an introductory computer workshop will be offered from 11 a.m. to noon following the first session.
Community Registration Night will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, in Schofield Hall for community members interested in taking classes as special students during the spring 2003 semester.
     A list of open classes will be available, and university staff will be on hand to help community members select and enroll in classes. A $100 deposit is required at registration. Returning the necessary forms and paying the required deposit by Jan. 14 can expedite registration. For a registration packet, call 836-2425.
     The programs are free, but participants must register in advance for the Adult Passport Program and the Back-to-School Program.
     To register or obtain more information about opportunities for adult students, call the Adult Opportunity office at 836-3259.

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Updated: December 16, 2002