Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Condolences to the family of Tina Emerson. Emerson, a clinical instructor in UW-Eau Claire's College of Nursing and Health Sciences, passed away April 20 in Eau Claire. Full obituary.

College of Education and Human Sciences dean finalists to interview on campus

Finalists for the position of dean of UW-Eau Claire's College of Education and Human Sciences have been invited to interview on campus.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the finalists' open forums, where they will address the following topic: "Please discuss the challenges facing a College of Education and Human Sciences today. Explain how you would lead our college to maintain its excellence and move forward to create new opportunities for students, faculty and programs."

The finalists and the dates of their open forums are as follows:
  • Dr. Carmen Manning (on campus April 17-18); open forum: 3-3:50 p.m. April 17 in Hibbard Hall Room 102
  • Dr. Christopher Duffrin (on campus April 28-29); open forum: 3-3:50 p.m. April 28, Centennial Hall Room 1614
  • Dr. Jim Powell (on campus May 5-6); open forum: 3-3:50 p.m. May 5, Hibbard Hall Room 102
More information about the position and finalists, links to feedback forms, and videos from each open forum will be available online.

Campus tornado drill set for April 24

April 21-25 is Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin. State agencies, including UW-Eau Claire, have been asked to conduct a tornado drill on Thursday, April 24.  In Eau Claire County the drill will include a mock tornado watch at 1 p.m. upgraded to a mock tornado warning at 1:45 p.m. Outdoor sirens, broadcast stations and weather radios will sound the warning.

The purpose of a tornado drill is to ensure that faculty, staff and students know what to do and where to go should a tornado or severe weather arise. To avoid disrupting classes, actual evacuations are not recommended.  Faculty who are teaching at the time of the drill are asked to announce the planned drill and read the following information:

What to do in the event of severe weather or tornado
  1. Evacuate to the lowest level of the building, if time permits.
  2. Go to an enclosed windowless area in the center of the building.
  3. Do not use elevators.
  4. Stay away from windows, glass, or large open areas.
  5. Monitor weather by radio or weather alert radio.
  6. Stay in the sheltered area until the “all clear” is sounded.

It is the goal of this university to ensure the safety of everyone who works on or visits our campus. 

If you have questions regarding severe weather or tornados, contact Randy Saheim (36-3999), saheimrd@uwec.edu) or John Baltes (36-4414), jbaltes@uwec.edu).  

For information regarding severe weather, tornado procedures or the location of safe areas in campus buildings, visit UW-Eau Claire's loss prevention and safety website.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Condolences to Dr. Margaret L. Cassidy, associate dean, College of Arts and Sciences, whose mother, Harriette Cassidy, passed away April 8 in Spokane, Washington. Full obituary.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fidelity consultant to be on campus April 14

A Fidelity Investments consultant will be available to share information with UW-Eau Claire staff members from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. April 14 in Centennial Room 320A of Davies Center. Those interested in meeting privately with the consultant are asked to call 800-642-7131 or make a reservation online. More information.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Academic Staff Nominating Committee seeks nominations by April 11

The Academic Staff Nominating Committee seeks nominations for openings on several university committees. The spring meeting of the university faculty and the university academic staff is scheduled for April 22. Nominations are presented at that meeting for the spring elections. Nominations will also be taken from the floor.

If you are interested in nominating yourself or a colleague (if they are interested) for a committee listed below please contact Katie Ritland-Clouse (ritlanka@uwec.edu) or Kristi Herbenson (rassbakl@uwec.edu) directly. The nomination deadline is April 11.

Vote Code explanation:
Vote Code 4: University Faculty, Instructional Academic Staff with faculty status and Academic Staff
Vote Code 5/7: University Academic Staff, Academic Staff and Administrative and Professional Academic Staff
Vote Code 6: University Academic Staff, Academic Staff and Instructional Academic Staff without faculty status

2 vacancies
2-year terms; non-consecutive
Vote Code 5, 6 or 7       
7 vacancies
(4) APAS vacancies: (3) 3-year terms and (1) 2 -year term
(3) IAS vacancies: (1) 2-year term and (2) 1-year terms
3-year terms
APAS: Vote Code 5 or 7
IAS: Vote Code 6
2 vacancies
3-year terms
Vote Code 4, 5, 6 or 7
2 vacancies
(1) APAS and (1) either APAS or  IAS
(1) 3-year term and (1) 1-year term
IAS Vote Code: 4 or 6
APAS Vote Code: 5 or 7
2 vacancies
UAS vacancies
(1) 4-year term and (1) 3-year term
Vote Code: 5, 6 or 7

2 vacancies
3-year terms
(1)  APAS: Vote Code: 5 or 7
(1)  IAS:  Vote Code: 4 or 6

1 vacancy
1-year term
Meets from 2-3 on Mondays
Vote Code: 4, 5, 6 or 7
University Academic Staff vacancy
3-year term
Vote Code 5, 6 or 7

2 vacancies
3-year terms
Appointed by the Chancellor from names submitted by the Nominating Committee
Vote Code: 5 or 7


Condolences to Chancellor James Schmidt, whose grandmother, Elizabeth “Bette” Mae Schmidt, passed away April 2 in Winona, Minn. Mrs. Schmidt was in attendance at Chancellor Schmidt's inauguration in November. Full obituary.

Monday, April 7, 2014


Condolences to the family of Jim Mishefske. Mishefske, a UW-Eau Claire alumnus and former director of the Small Business Development Center at UW-Eau Claire, passed away April 3 in Madison. Full obituary.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Upcoming ORSP events

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will host the following presentations from 12:10-12:50 p.m. in CETL, Old Library 1142:

Faculty/Staff Forum
Grants Educational Series

Thursday, April 3, 2014


Condolences to the family of Karen Rothbauer. Rothbauer, a retired UW-Eau Claire classified staff member who served the university from 1989-2011, died April 1 in Cadott. During her time at UW-Eau Claire, she worked in several positions within Business Services from 1989-98 and then in the Center for International Education from 1998-2011. Full obituary.