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UW-Eau Claire items on Board of Regents June 4-5 agenda

An award for a team of UW-Eau Claire academic staff and several UW-Eau Claire-related agenda items will be taken up by the UW System Board of Regents during the board's meeting Thursday and Friday, June 4-5, in Milwaukee. 

On Friday, UW-Eau Claire's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs staff will receive a UW System Academic Staff Excellence Award — the system's highest recognition for academic staff. Dr. Karen Havholm, UW-Eau Claire's assistant vice chancellor for research, will accept the award along with Jeremy Miner, ORSP's director of grants and contracts. Read more about ORSP's excellence award

UW-Eau Claire agenda items during the Board of Regents meeting include: 

  • A new bachelor of science degree program in materials science and engineering, approved Thursday by the board's Education Committee and up for approval by the full Board of Regents Friday. The materials science and engineering degree program, which would be offered beginning in fall 2016, grows out of UW-Eau Claire's existing bachelor of science degree in materials science, which has been offered since 2009. The materials science and engineering degree, designed for accreditation by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), will provide students with a credential that will enable them to better compete for employment and to be paid as an engineer when employed. The program also responds to regional employers who report that their growth is hampered by a lack of available talent for engineers in northwestern Wisconsin. It is projected that within five years of implementation, the program will enroll 25 new students per year and have a total annual enrollment of 84 students. UW-Eau Claire already has the necessary faculty and scientific instrumentation to offer the degree, so no new funding is required. The new materials science and engineering degree will be part of the course array of the Northwest Wisconsin Engineering Consortium, which also includes UW-Stout and UW-River Falls. 
  • Three improvement projects at The Priory, approved Thursday by the board's Capital Planning and Budget Committee and up for approval by the full Board of Regents on Friday: (1) renovation of the assembly area (former chapel area) in spaces for meeting, instruction, office, bathrooms, serving kitchen and dining; (2) renovations to the kitchen serving the Children's Nature Academy to allow food to be prepared on site rather than be delivered from the main UW-Eau Claire campus;and (3) reconfiguration of the existing parking lot to allow the addition of 94 stalls, for a total of 154 stalls, to accommodate increased residential occupancy and educational programming at the site.