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Kate Hale Named UW-Eau Claire's Campus Sustainability Fellow

RELEASED: Sept. 2, 2008

Dr. Kate Hale
Dr. Kate Hale

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Kate Hale, adjunct assistant professor of English, has been appointed by Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich as the Campus Sustainability Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. This is a new half-time position created as part of the implementation of the Centennial Plan, the university's strategic plan, which calls for identifying and prioritizing campus improvements focusing on sustainability.

"Dr. Hale has an intense interest in the environment," Levin-Stankevich said. "She demonstrated her organizational skills during a previous term as interim affirmative action officer, and I needed help in making sure that our sustainability efforts and my signing of the Campus Climate Commitment will be moved forward in the coming year.

As the Campus Sustainability Fellow, Hale will work with the chancellor's Climate Commitment Advisory Group to identify ways to expand participation in sustainability efforts. She will help to coordinate and support sustainability efforts currently operating on campus and assist in the development of new efforts. She will serve as a liaison with other campuses, community organizations, government representatives and other local enterprises related to sustainability efforts. In addition, Hale will help track UW-Eau Claire's efforts to reduce the university's carbon footprint as part of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, a national effort at increasing sustainability.

Hale has incorporated ecological thinking as the focus of her English composition class for almost a decade. In addition, Hale worked with UW-Eau Claire chemistry professor Jim Phillips to create an environment, society and culture minor, a humanities-connected minor that complements the science-oriented environmental science minor. She also was involved with other faculty and staff in the development of the proposed Watershed Institute for Collaborative Environmental Studies, and she has served as the western regional coordinator for the Wisconsin Stewardship Network and on the board of Northern Thunder, a local environmental group that formed on the UW-Eau Claire campus around 1970.

"I have been teaching university students for nearly half my life — and I love that work," Hale said. "At 51, I am delighted to have this opportunity to work in a way that can marshal and amplify the efforts of so many toward meeting such vital goals."

Hale joined the faculty at UW-Eau Claire in 1987. In 1986 she spent a year as a visiting lecturer at Hillsdale College in Michigan. Prior to that she was a graduate student and teaching assistant at Michigan State University. She received her bachelor of arts degree in English from Milligan College in 1979. She received her master's degree in 1983 and her doctoral degree in 1994 from Michigan State University.

She served as UW-Eau Claire's interim assistant to the chancellor for affirmative action in 2006. Currently she serves as a member of the UW System Advisory Group on the Liberal Arts.

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