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UW-Eau Claire Names Michael Wick
Director of the First Year Experience Program

RELEASED: Oct. 17, 2008

Dr. Michael Wick
Dr. Michael Wick

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Michael Wick has been named director of the First Year Experience program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Dr. Susan Turell, interim associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of undergraduate studies, announced.

Wick, a professor of computer science and chair of the computer science department, will assume the half-time FYE director duties Jan. 1, 2009.

"Dr. Wick has been an active member of the campus community for many years so he knows our students and faculty very well," Turell said. "I am confident that under his leadership, the FYE program will help even more of our talented freshmen make smooth and successful transitions to college."

Wick will succeed current FYE director Donald Mowry, who will continue in his roles as director of UW-Eau Claire's service-learning program and a professor of social work.

"In this time of transition for the FYE program, I especially want to thank Don Mowry, who has served as FYE director for many years," Turell said. "He has been a visible leader on campus for this initiative and has laid the groundwork for new FYE initiatives.”

All new freshmen at UW-Eau Claire have the opportunity to take a First Year Experience course. FYE classes are small sections of regular courses that are open only to freshmen. Each class has a student mentor and is taught by an experienced faculty member.

Students in FYE classes also participate in out-of-class activities together. These vary, but can include educational events such as forums, concerts and plays, or fun activities such as bowling or pizza.

The small class size and varied opportunities to connect with other students and faculty are designed to help new freshmen more easily transition from high school to college.

"The FYE program collaborates with the university's First Year Initiatives, which provide an important co-curricular part of our students' transition to the university," Turell said.

Wick joined UW-Eau Claire as an assistant professor of computer science in 1991. He has served the university in numerous ways including as a member of the University Senate, the University General Education Committee, the FYE Task Force, the University Senate Compensation Committee, the University Senate Faculty Personal Committee, the University Senate Budget Committee and the College of Arts & Sciences Diversity Advisory Committee. He also has served as the university faculty representative to UW System.

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