MAILED: May 12, 2000
Registrar Sue Shelton Moore will serve as the interim director of the newly formed Continuing Education unit at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Provost and Vice Chancellor Ronald Satz announced the appointment, which will be effective June 1. Connie Russell has been named interim associate registrar and will handle many of the registrar's duties in Shelton Moore's absence.
Before joining UW-Eau Claire in 1993, Shelton Moore served as the registrar for continuing education at the University of Oklahoma. She was responsible for directing operations of the student admissions, registration, veterans' certification and records system of the university's extensive continuing education operations, which generated annually over 30,000 credit hours and nearly 3 million clock hours of non-credit instruction. She managed a staff of 16 full-time and eight part-time employees and successfully effected the combination of two previously autonomous offices into one unit.
"After considerable reflection on how to best proceed with the work ahead, I decided to select someone for the position who has experience in continuing education but who is not a member of any of the offices that are being merged," Satz said. "I believe Sue has the necessary interpersonal skills and leadership ability to work with the staff and effect the merger of continuing education units on our campus in the open and consultative manner that has been our goal since the beginning of the merger discussions."
The university's newly formed continuing education unit is the result of the merger of several existing outreach services into a centralized community outreach unit. The services involved in the merger are Arts and Sciences Continuing Education; College of Business Outreach, including the Small Business Development Center; Education Outreach; School of Human Sciences and Services Outreach; and Continuing Education in Nursing.
The new unit will be housed in two locations. Part of the staff will work out of the Continuing Education Welcome Center, which is expected to open later this summer in the space next to the former Kinko's store at 210 Water St. The rest of the staff will move to the Human Sciences and Services building, also located on Water Street.
The newly merged unit and one-stop center will provide easier access to citizens and businesses that want to enhance learning through university classes, courses, programs and services, Satz said.
"The main advantage of UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education is its convenience. By streamlining our outreach services, a community member or business can easily walk in and pick up some information or even register for a course."
The new center also is more visible and will eliminate the problem of parking on the lower campus, where many of the outreach services have been located.
UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education, which will operate under the motto "Excellence in Action," will develop and deliver programs that increase professional competencies, improve the work force and strengthen the economy. Operating in concert with UW-Extension, the unit also will take advantage of the enormous opportunities that technology offers to meet the needs of learners, Satz said. "We are committed to using the right blend of technologies appropriate to each situation to enhance instruction and access to learning."
UW-Eau Claire is working to broaden and increase its resources to better meet regional needs, Satz said. "The Continuing Education unit and center will improve our ability to efficiently interact with citizens and business in the Chippewa Valley. We believe the new structure and center will help us connect with the community and enhance lifelong learning in the region."
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 12, 2000