Matt Germonprez, associate professor of information systems at UW-Eau Claire, is the recipient of a $399,094 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Virtual Organizations as Sociotechnical Systems program. The grant will support research examining how and why organizations participate in open communities, as well as what universities should be teaching students about open community participation. > Full story.
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Historic Schofield Auditorium at UW-Eau Claire is being renovated to better accommodate public events serving the campus, student organizations and the greater Eau Claire community. Renovation of the auditorium, which resides in Schofield Hall — the only National Historic Building on campus — began in late May and is scheduled to be completed by the > Full story.
Debra Barker, professor of English and American Indian studies at UW-Eau Claire, received a UW System Outstanding Woman of Color in Education Award this spring. Barker’s scholarship and research studies focus on American Indian literature and culture and political representations of American Indians in textbooks. She is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe > Full story.
The UW-Eau Claire Student Senate passed a bill earlier this year approving the allocation of just over $9.5 million in student differential tuition funds for the 2011-12 academic year through the university’s Blugold Commitment initiative. The Student Senate approved differential tuition support of high-impact learning experiences for students; provost-led initiatives focused on improved course availability, > Full story.
UW-Eau Claire is among the most environmentally responsible colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, according to the newly released guidebook “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition.” The comprehensive guide names UW-Eau Claire as one of 311 institutions of higher education that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in > Full story.
After 22 years on the Blugold men’s basketball staff, including 16 years as the head coach, Terry Gibbons has announced he is leaving the men’s basketball program at UW-Eau Claire. Gibbons will retain his teaching duties and will be reassigned as a special assistant to director of athletics Scott Kilgallon, who has begun a national > Full story.
Plans are proceeding for construction of two new buildings on campus. Groundbreaking for a new $3.8 million Children’s Center is anticipated in June. The new Children’s Center will replace the current center located in Campus School and will also include infant and toddler child care services, which are currently housed at an Eau Claire church. > Full story.
A recent UW-Eau Claire geography graduate has received a prestigious National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship to support her continued research relating to Liberian women peacemakers. Jenna Christian, who earned her bachelor’s degree from UW-Eau Claire in spring 2010, currently is pursuing her master’s degree in geography at Penn State. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship > Full story.
The new student center at UW-Eau Claire, like the building it will replace, is to be named after the university’s second president, William R. Davies. The new building’s name, W.R. Davies Student Center, will continue to honor the memory of William R. Davies, who served as the second president of the university (then called the > Full story.
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has again named UW-Eau Claire one of the nation’s 100 best values in public colleges. In Kiplinger’s 2010-11 “100 Best Values in Public Colleges,” UW-Eau Claire is ranked 68th for in-state students and 69th for out-of-state students. The rankings are based on academic quality, overall costs and financial aid availability. UW-Eau > Full story.