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Blugold FYI archive: August 2017

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Aug. 22 Blugold FYI

Important Announcements

Faculty and staff recognized for excellence
Seven UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members were recognized for excellence during today's academic year opening meeting. Learn about the 2017 Excellence Awards recipients.

Tamara Johnson is inaugural assistant chancellor for EDI
Dr. Tamara Johnson, a higher education administrator with extensive experience in diversity, student affairs and faculty affairs, joined UW-Eau Claire in June as the university’s inaugural assistant chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion. Learn more.

Shawn Wilson named interim assistant dean of students
A Blugold alumnus with administrative experience in student affairs has been named interim assistant dean of students at UW-Eau Claire. Shawn Wilson began his duties in the Dean of Students Office on Aug. 21. 

Craig Ernst is new Client Support Services manager [From Learning and Technology Services]
Craig Ernst is the new Client Support Services manager in Learning and Technology Services, taking over for Charles Probst, who recently retired. Craig will oversee the Help Desk, Desktop Support and Learning Spaces units of LTS.

Opening of academic year calendar, campus construction-related reminders
— View opening of academic year calendar.
View construction-related reminders pertaining to the university footbridge, the Garfield Avenue hill and campus parking.

Call for coaches for Blugold Beginnings Learning Community [From Blugold Beginnings]
Faculty and staff are invited to consider serving as volunteer college coaches to the incoming class of Blugold Beginnings Learning Community students. Coaches meet with their students at least once a month to provide mentoring and to help connect them to campus resources. Each coach will be matched with a first-year student during a luncheon at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 29, in the Dakota Room of Davies Center.  Interested? Contact Cheri Snobl at snoblc@uwec.edu.

Nominate a student for Blugold of the Month! [From Dean of Students Office]
Nominate a student for Blugold of the Month! Students with outstanding academic, leadership, community involvement or service achievements will be considered. Students who receive the Blugold of the Month honor are featured on social media and receive a $100 gift card to the University Bookstore as well as a free meal for themselves and three friends at The Dulany Inn in Davies Center. Nominate a student at uwec.ly/blugoldofthemonth.

Have a quick, low-cost solution to help make campus better? [From Fast Fix Committee]
Do you have an idea of how we could improve our campus? If so, submit your Fast Fix! Suggestions must be able to be implemented quickly (1-3 months) and require little or no cost. Ideas that are submitted with solutions are highly encouraged.

Faculty, staff invited to participate in Experts Directory [From Integrated Marketing and Communications]
UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff are invited to be included in the university's online Experts Directory, a listing of faculty and staff experts who can comment to the news media on a variety of topics and issues and who may be available to speak to service and professional groups. Faculty and staff who sign on as experts in their fields of interest and areas of knowledge will help make the Experts Directory a more comprehensive and valuable resource for the news media and community members. To participate, fill out the online Experts Directory Form.

Hilltop bowling alleys to be replaced with new recreation spaces [From Recreation and Sport Facilities]
In response to student input, Recreation and Sport Facilities at UW-Eau Claire will soon replace its bowling facility in Hilltop Center with reconfigured recreation space for our students, faculty and staff. Learn more.

Reuse, recycle, RECLAIM! [From Surplus Store]
Head to the Surplus Store Aug. 23 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. for the biweekly department reclaim event for faculty and staff. Come by to reclaim university furniture and office supplies free of charge. The Surplus Store will deliver items within three days. See photos of what's available this week, visit the Surplus Store website or call 715-836-5555 for more information.

Smile! Professional portraits offered on Thursdays [From LTS Photo]
The Learning and Technology Services photo department offers free, walk-in professional portrait sessions for faculty and staff from 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays throughout the semester. The photo studio is on the garden level of Schofield Hall. Enter door S59 and the studio is at the end of the hallway. Questions? Call 715-836-6005.

Awards and Achievements

Dr. Eric Kasper, associate professor of political science, had his article titled "Musicians are now more likely than ever to object to American presidential candidates' use of their songs" published by the U.S. Centre for American Politics and Policy at the London School of Economics.

Jyl Kelley, associate professor of art & design, has been honored for one of her most recent time-lapse video projects. Titled "Inside Out," the project won Best Experimental Film and editing awards in the Los Angeles New Wave International Film Festival. Art & design alumnus Daniel Lee Ruff Smith collaborated with sound editing on the piece. A public screening of the video project was held Aug. 5 at the Complex Theater on Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Dr. David Lewis, professor of chemistry, has had his third essay on the history of chemistry published in Angewandte Chemie, International Edition: "Aleksei Yevgen'evich Chichibabin (1871-1945): A Century of Pyridine Chemistry," Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 9660-9668). The same article appears in the German Edition of Angewandte Chemie: "Alexei Jewgenjewitsch Tschitschibabin (1871-1945): ein Jahrhundert Pyridinchemie," Angew. Chem. 2017, 129, 9788-9796.

Dr. Tarique Niazi, professor of sociology, recently was named chair-elect of the Marxist Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. Niazi presented two of his recent papers, "Ecological Question and Development of Productive Forces: Finding a Way Out of Global Climate Change" and "The Industrial Capitalist Order and ‘Production Science’: Why 'Conservatives' Tend to Trust GMO Food" at the ASA 112th Annual Meeting, held Aug. 12-15 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Dr. John R. Stewart, assistant professor of music and director of Concert Bands, and Dr. Casey Clementson (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities) will present "The Composer Collaboratory: Transforming the Relationship Between Pre-service Teacher and Student in Young Band Settings" at the biannual Society for Music Teacher Education Conference Sept. 8 in Minneapolis.

The UW-Eau Claire Wind Symphony, under the direction of Dr. John R. Stewart, has been selected through blind peer review to perform at the annual Minnesota Music Educators Association Mid-Winter Clinic Feb. 22, 2018, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. We are proud to represent the university, the department of music and theatre arts, and UWEC bands at the annual conference.

Dr. Dale B. Taylor, professor emeritus of music and theatre arts, was interviewed on the topic of music therapy benefits for the Alzheimer's population by Toril Fisher of WDRT radio. The interview was broadcast March 30, 2017, via WDRT.org. Taylor's May 17 interview by Media Democracy on the topic of overcoming lethal media racial stereotyping now is available online.

Professional Development

Workshops to focus on teaching, student learning [From Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning]
Faculty and staff are invited to attend a variety of 50-minute sessions highlighting small changes instructors can make to enhance student learning, be more efficient with their time or better organize their resources. The workshops will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 28 (lunch on your own from noon-1 p.m.) in Rooms 3814 and 3504 of Centennial Hall. The afternoon sessions will be 75 minutes each and will focus on strategies to consider when teaching larger classes. View the workshops and email cetl@uwec.edu to register.

Support available for WWHEL fall conference
The annual Women in Higher Education Leadership fall conference, "Celebrating Diversity: Moving the Needle from Tolerance to Inclusion," will be held Oct. 19-20 at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Support is available for 15 UW-Eau Claire faculty or staff to attend at no cost. If interested, please contact Faith Pawelski, WWHEL institutional representative, at pawelsfa@uwec.edu by Aug. 30.

Blugold Excellence in Supervision series [From Administrative Support + Knowledge Center - Human Resources]
Learn about employee hiring, performance management and employee engagement. Attend each monthly two-hour session to obtain the Blugold Excellence in Supervision certificate. August session: (click on time/date to register): Team Building, 9 a.m. Aug. 23. September sessions: What Planet Are They From?, 1 p.m. Sept. 13 and 9 a.m. Sept. 27. Questions? Contact Karen Callaway at callawkl@uwec.edu or 715-836-4202. 


Aug. 29 Blugold FYI

Important Announcements

Chancellor’s opening address, Blugold Breakfast video available online [From Chancellor’s Office]
If you are interested in revisiting highlights of the 2017 Blugold Breakfast, you may read Chancellor Schmidt's academic year opening address and view the Blugold Breakfast video online.

Faculty, staff invited to 'Back Our Blugolds'! [From Chancellor's Office]
A meaningful part of many students' Blugold experience is showcasing their talents during our athletics and performing arts events. For students, it makes a huge difference to see faculty and staff in the stands or in the audience.  With that in mind, once again faculty and staff can participate in "Back Our Blugolds,” which allows each UW-Eau Claire employee and a guest to attend all home regular season athletics events for free, by presenting a Blugold card at the door. Employees also may attend most music concerts, theater performances and dance recitals at a special employee rate. Please consider participating in "Back Our Blugolds" to demonstrate university community appreciation and support for our students' efforts. Go Blugolds!

New policies on sexual violence, sexual harassment, consensual relationships in effect [From Affirmative Action Office]
New policies on sexual violence and sexual harassment and on consensual relationships are in effect at UW-Eau Claire. Please take time to review the policies and contact Teresa O’Halloran, affirmative action director and Title IX coordinator, at ohallote@uwec.edu with any questions. 

Assistance available for workstation ergonomics [From Office of Risk Management and Safety]
The Office of Risk Management and Safety, in conjunction with the kinesiology department, is in the process of updating the ergonomics program available to all employees. Faculty and staff can get assistance with training materials on proper workstation setup and even request an assessment for advanced help. Employees who have concerns about their ergonomic setup should contact the ergonomics team at ergo@uwec.edu.

Call for coaches for Blugold Beginnings Learning Community [From Blugold Beginnings]
Faculty and staff are invited to consider serving as volunteer college coaches to the incoming class of Blugold Beginnings Learning Community students. Coaches meet with their students at least once a month to provide mentoring and to help connect them to campus resources. Each coach will be matched with a first-year student during a luncheon at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 29, in the Dakota Room of Davies Center.  Interested? Contact Cheri Snobl at snoblc@uwec.edu.

Center for Academic Preparation to offer program for young children [From Center for Academic Preparation]
The Center for Academic Preparation (and Campus Autism Program) will provide services to young children starting in September. There is no cost for the services. For more information, contact Dr. Kevin Klatt at klattkp@uwec.edu or 715-579-9998.

Have a quick, low-cost solution to help make campus better? [From Fast Fix Committee]
Do you have an idea of how we could improve our campus? If so, submit your Fast Fix! Suggestions must be able to be implemented quickly (1-3 months) and require little or no cost. Ideas that are submitted with solutions are highly encouraged.

Public surplus sale this week [From Surplus Store]
Join us for our next surplus sale from 3-6 p.m. Aug. 31 in the Central Stores warehouse on upper campus. For more information, visit the Surplus Store website. Questions? Email surplusstore@uwec.edu or call 715-836-5555.    

Davies Center, University Bookstore to be open Labor Day [From University Centers]
On Labor Day, Sept. 4, Davies Center and the University Bookstore will be open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

In Memoriam

Condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Calvin Eland. Eland, UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of education, passed away Aug. 19 in Green Valley, Arizona. He was a member of the education faculty from 1969-88. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Eau Claire. A full obituary will be posted and condolences may be expressed soon on the National Cremation Society website.

Awards and Achievements

Dr. Debra K.S. Barker, professor of English and American Indian studies, presented "Aesthetics and Cultural Resistance with the Oceti Sakowin (The Great Sioux Nation) in the Work of Joseph Marshall III" at the 38th American Indian Workshop Conference July 5 in London, England. The conference was sponsored by Goldsmith's University of London and the University of Kent.

Dr. Christina Berchini, assistant professor of English, is the recipient of one of two honorable mentions for the 2017 National Council of Teachers of English National Intellectual Freedom Award. This award honors individuals, groups or institutions that merit recognition for advancing the cause of intellectual freedom. Members of the Standing Committee Against Censorship who served on the selection committee note that her work raises public awareness of how school organization is anything but benign, instead shaping educational practice to impose one set of (white) cultural values and practices on multicultural students and teachers. Berchini’s essay, titled "Which Childhood Experiences are 'Appropriate,' and Says Who?" was published in the Aug. 23 issue of Literacy & NCTE, the official blog of the National Council of Teachers of English. The essay explores the topic of adults denying the reality of students by censoring books that validate them.

Dr. Anne Cummings Hlas, professor of Spanish, and co-authors Kelly Conroy and Susan Hildebrandt '17 have had their article titled "Student teachers and CALL: Personal and pedagogical uses and beliefs" published in the CALICO Journal, 34(3), pages 336-354.

Dr. Anne Cummings Hlas and co-authors Krista Neyers '16 (a former Blugold Fellow) and Sarah Molitor '17 have had their article titled "Measuring student attention in the second language classroom" published in Language Teaching Research.

Jerry Kollross, senior lecturer of marketing, is the recipient of the 2017 College of Business Coaching Award. View full story.

Dr. David Lewis, professor of chemistry, and UW-Eau Claire student co-author Rachael K. Dieringer, recently had the first in a new series of columns — focused on organic name reactions — published. The column, titled "Arthur Michael (1853-1942): The Michael Addition Reaction," is the cover article for the September 2017 issue. The series, commissioned by the journal Synform (Georg Thieme Verlag), is an online supplement to the organization's flagship journal in organic synthesis, Synthesis.

Dr. Karen Mumford, associate professor in the Watershed Institute; Dr. Steve Hill, professor of political science; and Laurel Kieffer, instructor, had their article titled "Utilizing Undergraduate Research to Enhance Integrative Learning" published in the Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly, summer 2017, Vol. 37, pages 28-32.

Dr. Joel Pace and Dr. Paul Youngquist (University of Colorado Boulder) co-edited “Black Romanticism,” the spring 2017 special issue of Studies in Romanticism (Boston University). Pace's essay, titled "Afterthoughts: Romanticism, the Black Atlantic, and Self-Mapping," discusses Phillis Wheatley, hip hop and Romantic studies in the context of pedagogies posited by the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Molly Patterson, assistant professor of English, has had her novel, "Rebellion," published by Harper (HarperCollins). The book has earned starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal, and BookPage named Patterson one of the "Six Brightest New Names in Fiction." The book also was featured in a recent Leader-Telegram Q&A.

Patti See, distinguished student services coordinator, Academic Skills Center/senior lecturer, women’s studies, had her flash fiction piece titled "Boy and Dog" published in The Ponder Review, 1:1 (2017), pages 36-37, and was reprinted in the July 18 issue of Volume One. See’s essay "Joyful Mystery" appeared in “Take Care: Tales, Tips, and Love from Women Caregivers. Ed. Elayne Clift. Cincinnati: Braughler Books, 2017, pages 33-39.

Dr. Dale B. Taylor, professor emeritus of music and theatre arts, was interviewed on WDRT about music therapy and the Music & Memory project. The interview was broadcast July 31 and can be heard online.

Jeri Weiser, iDocs senior instructional specialist and the College of Business research assistant, is the 2017 recipient of the college’s Culture of Caring Award. View full story.

Terry Wells, senior lecturer of management, was presented with the 2017 Chuck Tomkovic Teaching Excellence Award at the management and marketing department’s recent fall meeting. View full story.

Dr. Rebecca Wyland, associate professor of management in the department of management and marketing, is the recipient of the 2017 College of Business Creativity and Innovation Award. View full story.

Professional Development

Support available for WWHEL fall conference
The annual Women in Higher Education Leadership fall conference, "Celebrating Diversity: Moving the Needle from Tolerance to Inclusion," will be held Oct. 19-20 at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Support is available for 15 UW-Eau Claire faculty or staff to attend at no cost. If interested, please contact Faith Pawelski, WWHEL institutional representative, at pawelsfa@uwec.edu by Aug. 30.   

ORSP announcements [From Office of Research and Sponsored Programs]
— The Council on Undergraduate Research will offer the Creative Inquiry in the Arts and Humanities Institute 10-12 at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. Contact ORSP at orsp@uwec.edu for more information.
— Please review upcoming deadlines for internal grants and UW System grants.
— Save the date: Authors Celebration. The 2017 Authors Celebration, recognizing UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff who have recently brought scholarly work to publication or performance, will be from 4:30-6 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Ojibwe Ballroom of Davies Center.

Blugold Excellence in Supervision series [From Administrative Support + Knowledge Center - Human Resources]
Learn about employee hiring, performance management and employee engagement. Attend each monthly two-hour session to obtain the Blugold Excellence in Supervision certificate. September sessions: What Planet Are They From? 1 p.m. Sept. 13 and 9 a.m. Sept. 27. Questions? Contact Karen Callaway at callawkl@uwec.edu or 715-836-4202.