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UW-Eau Claire again places high in U.S. News rankings

Plan now to return
Oct. 3-4 for Homecoming 2008

Strategic priorities are opening meeting focus

Eight faculty, staff receive excellence awards

Alumni business cards sought for October Majors Fair

Professor receives $404,305 grant for software project

UW-Eau Claire faculty members publish new books

Regents approve UW-Eau Claire initiatives

New alumni success stories

Blugold Trivia

Alumni Links

e-View archive

Alumni events

Blugold Babies

Blugold Bliss

Photo album

'The View' online

Alumni success stories

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August 2008

UW-Eau Claire again places high in U.S. News rankings
U.S. News best colleges badgeU.S. News & World Report magazine has again named UW-Eau Claire among the best public regional universities in the Midwest.

The 2009 edition of "America's Best Colleges" ranks UW-Eau Claire No. 4 among the top regional public universities in the Midwest and 26th among all private and public institutions in the Midwest.

The publication has ranked UW-Eau Claire among the top five public institutions in the Midwest every year since 1995. Full story. back to top

Homecoming 2007 image Plan now to return Oct. 3-4
for Homecoming 2008
The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association is gearing up for Homecoming 2008, to be held Oct. 3-4. From the parade on First Avenue to the Blugold Fever Fest, football game and Fifth Quarter postgame party in Carson Park, you won't want to miss a thing! (Watch the Homecoming Web page for details as they are finalized.) Plan now to join your UW-Eau Claire friends for Homecoming 2008! back to top
UW-Eau Claire photo by Bill Hoepner '98

Strategic priorities are opening meeting focus

Opening meeting links:
View the archived video Web broadcast of the Aug. 19 academic year opening meeting, including Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich's state-of-the-university speech.
Read the university news release
summarizing the chancellor's address.
Read the text of the address by Dr. Martin Wood, University Senate chair.
See photos from the event.

UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich Aug. 19 announced the university's strategic priorities for 2008-09 during the opening meeting of the academic year.

In his state-of-the-university speech, Levin-Stankevich told nearly 900 university employees and guests that achieving UW-Eau Claire's vision of becoming the premier undergraduate learning community in the upper Midwest will require overcoming a number of challenges and being strategic about what should be done first. The seven specific strategic priorities for the coming year are:

  • Develop a rigorous and distinctive curriculum.
  • Expand experiential, multicultural and interdisciplinary learning.
  • Provide a global experience for all students.
  • Engage faculty and staff through professional development and process improvements.
  • Improve resource flexibility and explore new revenue opportunities.
  • Evaluate and enhance quality of services and academic programs.
  • Identify and prioritize campus improvements, focusing on sustainability and community partnerships.

Full story. back to top

Eight faculty, staff receive excellence awards
Excellence award recipients

Excellence award recipients (left to right) Dr. Matt Germonprez, Dr. Rosemary Jadack, Dr. Jeanie Geurink, Dr. Shyam Chadha, Robin Baker, Marjorie Frankenberger, Dr. J. Brian Mahoney and Dr. Theresa Kemp. (UW-Eau Clailre photo by Rick Mickelson)

Eight UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members were recognized for excellence during the university's opening meeting Aug. 19:

Robin Baker, athletics budget coordinator, assistant to the director of athletics and assistant softball coach, received the Excellence in Performance Award for Administrative and Professional Academic Staff.

Dr. Shyam Chadha, professor of mathematics, received the Excellence in Scholarship Award.

Marjorie Frankenberger, academic publications and scheduling specialist in Registration Services, received the Classified Staff Excellence in Performance Award.

Dr. Matt Germonprez, assistant professor of information systems, received the Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dr. Jeanie Geurink, assistant professor of communication and journalism, received the Excellence in Advising Award.

Dr. Rosemary Jadack, professor of nursing, received the Excellence in Service Award.

Dr. Theresa Kemp, professor of English, is the UW-Eau Claire 2008 Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award nominee.

Dr. J. Brian Mahoney, professor of geology, is UW-Eau Claire's nominee for the 2008 U.S. Professor of the Year Award sponsored by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

Each honoree received a university medallion and $1,500 from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Full story. back to top

Alumni business cards sought for October Majors Fair
UW-Eau Claire's Academic Advising office is seeking UW-Eau Claire alumni business cards to be included in a display at the university's 10th annual Majors Fair Oct 23. The fair is an opportunity for undeclared and prospective students to find out about the various majors offered at UW-Eau Claire. The business card display is arranged by major to help students see how one’s major can be applied to the “world of work,” said Signe Matson, academic adviser. Students are often surprised by the variety of occupations majors can pursue, she said.

Business cards submitted for the display should include the alum's major and year of graduation printed on the back. The cards will be used for display purposes only. Mail business cards to Signe Matson, UW-Eau Claire Academic Advising, 226 Schofield Hall, P.O. Box 4004, Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004. back to top

Professor receives $404,305 grant for software project

Paul Wagner

Dr. Paul Wagner, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of computer science, has received a $404,305 National Science Foundation grant to develop portable and customizable software for hands-on, computer-intensive educational workshops.

The three-year NSF grant is a phase-two grant that builds on work Wagner and other UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff completed through a previous NSF grant to create a laptop-based computer security workshop program. The new grant will allow the team to take the next step and make the program work in a wireless environment.

Going wireless will greatly expand the uses of the program, Wagner said. Now used just for workshops on computer security, once wireless the program also will be usable for workshops on other computer science topics as well as for more general education uses, he said. Full story. back to top

UW-Eau Claire faculty members publish new books

Charlene Burns
Jonathon Halbesleben
Justin Patchin

Dr. Charlene Burns, associate professor of philosophy and religious studies, is the author of "More Moral Than God: Taking Responsibility for Religious Violence," released in July by Rowman & Littlefield. While numerous books have been published Since 9/11 blaming religion for religious violence, Burns' book instead takes a look at the psychological motivations behind religious violence and focuses on the problem as a human creation. Full story.

Dr. Jonathon R.B. Halbesleben, assistant professor of management and marketing, is editor of "Handbook of Stress and Burnout in Health Care," released in August by Nova Publishers. The book summarizes the science in the thousands of studies that have been done on stress and burnout in health care, many focused on health care professionals. It is a comprehensive guide to the literature on this major issue facing health care providers. The book summarizes the research on the measurement of stress and burnout, the unique causes of this condition for health care professionals, as well as the consequences for the patients they serve. Full story.

Dr. Justin Patchin, assistant professor of criminal justice in the department of political science, and Dr. Sameer Hinduja, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at Florida Atlantic University, are authors of "Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying," released this month by Corwin Press. The book provides comprehensive strategies to help educators and parents identify, prevent and respond to instances of cyberbullying in their schools and families. Full story. back to top

Regents approve UW-Eau Claire initiatives
UW System logoThe UW System Board of Regents Aug. 22 unanimously approved the biennial state budget request for 2009-11 recommended by system President Kevin P. Reilly for its 26 campuses and its statewide UW-Extension. That budget includes support for the expansion of UW-Eau Claire applied behavioral analysis (ABA) programs and the predesign for a new academic building to replace UW-Eau Claire's obsolete Brewer Hall and Campus School complex.

The regents also gave final approval to UW-Eau Claire's new liberal studies degree and comprehensive major.

For more details, see an Aug. 25 UW-Eau Claire media memo and the Day 1 and Day 2 news summaries of the regents' August meeting. back to top

Alumni success stories
Read about the accomplishments of these and other UW-Eau Claire alumni on the Alumni Success Stories Web pages:

Ray Petkovsek .73 Ray Petkovsek '73, a UW-Eau Claire accounting graduate, has been named president-elect of the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants. See a recent feature on Petkovsek in the WICPA publication "On Balance," and an earlier feature story from that same publication.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Shireen (Bork) Renaghan '97, a UW-Eau Claire communications graduate, had a kidney transplant nine years ago and now competes in the National Kidney Foundation's Transplant Games. Full story.
Kevin Meinholz '07 Kevin Meinholz '07, a 2007 UW-Eau Claire communication and journalism graduate, has been named the university's sports information director for Blugold athletics. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Carrie Hamm '99, a UW-Eau Claire psychology and American Indian studies graduate, began July 1 serving as pastor of Chetek United Methodist Church. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire excellence seal Angela Ferraro-Fanning '04, a UW-Eau Claire art graduate, is the owner of a graphic design business in Hudson. Full story.

Blugold Trivia headline
Show how much you know about UW-Eau Claire — AND win great Blugold prizes! E-mail your answer to this month's question to the Blugold Trivia mailbox (trivia@uwec.edu). Those sending correct responses to this month's question will be entered in a drawing for a UW-Eau Claire T-shirt. The name of this month's Blugold Trivia winner will be published in the September issue of e-View.

August Blugold Trivia question:

How many UW-Eau Claire colleges and departments have news links on the Alumni Association Web site?

Know the answer? E-mail it, along with your name and class year, to trivia@uwec.edu. You'll be notified by e-mail if you are this month's winner!

July's winner:
Congratulations to Jeanette (Hatfield) Suchla, a 1970 UW-Eau Claire speech graduate! Jeanette has won the July Blugold Trivia prize in a drawing from among those who correctly identified the destinations of the September and October Alumni Association travel opportunities: Davos, Switzerland, and Salzburg, Austria, in September and Opatija, Croatia, and Lido di Jesolo, Italy, in October. back to top

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