Thursday, December 18, 2014

Curricular changes in College of Business

The following curricular changes were approved by the College of Business Curriculum Committee on Dec. 15, 2014. If you have questions or concerns, contact Dr. Tim Vaughan, College of Business associate dean, at vaughats@uwec.edu or 715-836-4408.

Curricular changes in College of Business

The following items were approved by the College of Business Curriculum Committee on Nov. 17, 2014. If you have questions or concerns, contact Dr. Tim Vaughan, College of Business associate dean, at vaughats@uwec.edu or 715-836-4408. You also may contact the appropriate department directly: Dr. Paula Lentz at ginderpj@uwec.edu or 715-836-3604; or Dr. Tony Keys at keysac@uwec.edu or 715-836-5910.

1. Changes to Advanced Business Communication certificate. Increase the number of credits required to earn the certificate to 12. Up to three credits of approved communication-intensive business courses may be applied to the certificate elective requirements.

2. ACCT 435 was approved as an elective in the Information Systems major (Business Analysis emphasis and Systems Development emphasis).

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Proposed graduate course offerings

The following courses have been proposed as new graduate course offerings in the graduate curriculum. If you have questions or objections, contact Dr. Margaret Cassidy at cassidml@uwec.edu or 715-836-3152 within 30 days of this notice, posted Dec. 16, 2014.
 
New Course Proposals
DS 700 Foundations of Data Science, 3 crs.
DS 705 Statistical Methods, 3 crs.
DS 710 Programming for Data Science, 3 crs.
DS 715 Data Warehousing, 3 crs.
DS 730 Big Data: High Performance Computing, 3 crs.
DS 735 Communicating about Data, 3 crs.

Monday, December 15, 2014

UW-Eau Claire Police join 'Booze and Belts' campaign

To increase safety-belt use and help reduce drunken driving, UW-Eau Claire Police have mobilized for the statewide "Booze and Belts" campaign from Dec. 12-20.

"Deaths and injuries in traffic crashes are especially tragic for families this time of year, so our officers will be out in force during the 'Booze and Belts' mobilization looking for unbuckled and impaired motorists," said Sgt. Joel Field of the
UW-Eau Claire Police.

High-visibility law enforcement mobilizations, like "Booze and Belts," are helping save lives and reduce injuries.

In the past 10 years, fatalities from alcohol-related crashes dropped from 348 in 2003 to 185 in 2013, which is a 47 percent reduction. Injuries from alcohol-related crashes dropped from 6,445 in 2003 to 2,660 in 2013, which is a 59 percent reduction. In addition, seat belt use in Wisconsin is at an all-time high with nearly 85 percent of drivers and passengers buckling up, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

"We're making progress toward the goal of zero preventable traffic deaths in Wisconsin, but far too many people are still needlessly killed or injured in traffic crashes," Field said.

"We are striving for voluntary compliance with traffic laws, so we urge you to make the responsible decision to buckle up and drive sober. But if you make an irresponsible decision, we will stop you and we won’t give you a warning or a second chance."

The Center for Alcohol Studies and Education will support the "Booze and Belts" efforts with educational messages across campus reminding students that the holidays are a high-risk time for accidents involving an impaired driver.

CASE peer educators are working to spread the message to students that keeping yourself and friends safe is as easy as planning ahead, using a taxi or public transportation to get home, or calling a sober friend or family member for a ride.

At UW-Eau Claire, surveys indicate that most students make the right choice and avoid driving after drinking. In 2014, 15 percent of students reported driving after drinking in the past year.

For more information, contact Sgt. Joel Field at 715-836-2222 or fieldja@uwec.edu.

UW System travel policy updates

Important improvements will be implemented in the near future to ease the booking process, provide assistance and protections to travelers and ensure the best available rates and flight options for UW System-funded travel.

New improvements to Concur will be launched Jan. 5, 2015.  An overhaul of the user interface has made the application more intuitive and will make self-booking air, car and lodging easier, faster and more efficient. This will eliminate the need or perceived benefits of surfing commercial sites for better deals. Concur's mobile functionality has also been enhanced.

Use of Fox World Travel or Concur allows UW System travelers to receive the necessary level of protection and care, especially when travel disruptions or emergencies occur. Fox World Travel also has hired additional travel agents to serve UW System needs.

While improvements in the program and policy revisions will take effect Jan. 5, there is a transition period until July 1. After July 1, only travel booked through the travel program will be eligible for reimbursement. 

The policy will be live on the UW System travel portal website Dec. 22, and the new Fox World Travel/Concur website will be live Jan. 5.

More information is available on the updated UW System Travel Services document.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Flags to be flown at half-staff Dec. 7

As directed by Gov. Scott Walker, the flag of the United States and the flag of the state of Wisconsin will be flown at half-staff at all buildings, grounds and military installations of the state of Wisconsin beginning at sunrise and ending at sunset Dec. 7, National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. More information.

Upcoming ORSP programs

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will host the following:

Grants Educational Series, 12:10-12:50 p.m., CETL, Old Library 1142:

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Holidays from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation!

The UW-Eau Claire Foundation office will be closed for the holidays on Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1, and open regular business hours on Dec. 26, 29 30 and Jan. 2 from 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 
Donations to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation can be made online by clicking here. Online donations processed before midnight CST on Wednesday, Dec. 31, will be receipted as a 2014 gift. Please consult your tax adviser to determine the tax considerations of your donations.
Thank you to the alumni and friends who have played a special role in the success of UW-Eau Claire!

Proposed changes in College of Arts and Sciences

Following are proposed changes in the College of Arts and Sciences. If you have questions or concerns, contact Dr. Louisa Rice at ricelc@uwec.edu or 715-836-5276 within 15 days of this notice, posted Nov. 26, 2014.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Donor to match young alumni donations to UW-Eau Claire Foundation

Donations made to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation by alumni from the last decade will be matched dollar for dollar through Dec. 31.

All gifts made online by graduates will be matched by an anonymous donor through the Dollars for Blugold Scholars fund. See how donations touch the lives of current students in a Thank You video.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Student recruitment and retention forums Nov. 13 and 20

As a continuation of campus budget discussions and because the ability to enroll and graduate students is central to our mission and critical to our future, Chancellor James Schmidt has invited faculty and staff to two forums on student recruitment and retention:
Each forum will include the presentation of practical ideas for what individuals and departments can do to assist our marketing, admissions and retention efforts, as well as time for questions and discussion.

Proposed new or revised graduate course offerings

The following courses have been proposed as new or revised graduate course offerings in the graduate curriculum.  If you have questions or objections, contact Dr. Margaret Cassidy at cassidml@uwec.edu or 836-3152 within 30 days of this notice, posted Nov. 17, 2014.

New Course Proposals
FREN 630 Environmental and Linguistic Diversity, 3 crs
GEOL 661 Applied Geophysics, 4 crs
HIST 796 Public History Thesis Practicum, 1-3 crs
WMNS 508 Topics in LGBTQ Studies, 3 crs

Revision of Existing Courses
CHEM 653 Biochemistry Laboratory, 2 crs (change of course components, when typically offered, and topical outline/timetable)
CJ 507 Small Group Communication, 3 crs (change of prerequisites)
CJ 510 Communication Analysis, 3 crs (change of prerequisites)
CJ 550 Human Resource Development, 3 crs (change of prerequisites)
CJ 551 Strategic Event Planning, 3 crs (change of prerequisites)
CJ 555 , 3 crs (change of prerequisites)
CJ 557 Professional Communication, 3 crs (change of prerequisites)
CJ 606 Persuasion, 3 crs (change of prerequisites)
ECON 555 Economic Development of the Third World, 3 crs (change of title and description)
ENGL 525 History of the English Language, 3 crs (change of catalog title, description, repeatability, and topical outline/timetable)
HIST 583 Development of Modern Africa, 3 crs (change of title and description)
MATH 650 Foundations of Actuarial Science, 3 crs (change of prerequisites)
MATH 660 Contingent Payment Analysis, 3 crs (change of prerequisites)
MATH 670 Mathematical Models for Financial Economics, 4 crs (change of prerequisites)
PSYC 525 Theories of Counseling, 3 crs (change of prerequisites)
PSYC 533 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging, 3 crs (change of prerequisites)
PSYC 540 Personality Psychology, 3 crs (change of prerequisites)
PSYC 546 Positive Psychology, 3 crs (change of prerequisites)
PSYC 557 Ethics in Psychology, 3 crs (change of prerequisites)
PSYC 572 Individual Differences and Behavior Genetics, 3 crs (change of prerequisites)
PSYC 573 Evolutionary Psychology, 3 crs (change of prerequisites)
PSYC 574 Cognitive Neuroscience, 3 crs (change of prerequisites)
PSYC 576 Psychology of Perception, 3 crs (change of prerequisites)
PSYC 579 Cognitive Psychology, 3 crs (change of prerequisites)
PSYC 580 Introduction to Behavior Modification, 3 crs (change of prerequisites)
PSYC 590 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis, 3 crs (change of prerequisites)
THEA 690 Theatre Arts Seminar, 1-3 crs (change of repeatability)

Deletion of Existing Courses
CJ 710 Speechwriting, 2 crs
MUSI 627 Symphonic Literature, 3 crs
MUSI 633 Nineteenth-Century Harmonic Practice, 3 crs