Monday, August 25, 2014

Upcoming ORSP events

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will host the following presentations in the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) in Old Library 1142:

Grants Educational Series
Faculty/Staff Forums
  • Sept. 10, 12:10-12:50 p.m., Dr. Brian Woodcock, philosophy and religious studies, "The Scientific Method as Epistemic Stance."
  • Sept. 17, 12:10-12:50 p.m., Dr. Carey Applegate, English, presentation to be announced.

McIntyre Library tours to be offered Sept. 8-Oct. 2

McIntyre Library staff members will conduct 30-minute library tours Sept. 8-Oct. 2, briefly describing services, assistance and collections. Tour times are varied (see schedule below) and are designed to meet the needs of a variety of students. While the tours are student-focused, others also are welcome. Tours will begin in the 24-hour study area just outside the library entrance during the following days and times:
  • 5 p.m. Mondays
  • 3 p.m. Tuesdays
  • 10 a.m. Wednesdays
  • Noon Thursdays
For more information about the tours, call the library's Reference Desk at 715-836-3858 or email To schedule a library instruction session, contact your library liaison.

UW-Eau Claire to host American Mathematical Society meeting Sept. 20-21

The American Mathematical Society (AMS) Central Fall Sectional Meeting will be held Sept. 20-21 at UW-Eau Claire. The meeting is expected to bring 300-400 mathematicians from around the United States to campus.

The AMS, which helps further the interest of mathematical research and scholarship nationally and internationally, provides avenues by which to communicate and promote mathematical research, encourage math understanding and skills and support mathematical education at all levels.

For more information about the AMS meeting, contact Dr. Dandrielle Lewis, assistant professor of mathematics, at or 715-836-4821.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Eau Queer Film Festival set for Sept. 24-28

The Eau Queer Film Festival (EQFF) returns to UW-Eau Claire for its fifth year Sept. 24-28. The festival, which will be held in the Woodland Theater of Davies Center, offers audiences a wide cinematic range, from feature length comedies and dramas to documentaries and short films. All films and discussions are free and open to the public.

Founded by Ellen Mahaffy, associate professor of communication and journalism, and Pam Forman, associate professor of sociology, the festival stands out as one of a small group of university queer film festivals remaining in the U.S. The content of the EQFF is completely student driven. Students learn valuable skills in event planning and public relations — and use the power of cinema to build bridges between the UW-Eau Claire campus and local communities.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to consider listing the EQFF in their fall semester course syllabi.

For more information, contact Jerrika Christianson, EQFF director, at or 715-836-4762.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Parking changes beginning Aug. 18

As of Aug. 18, the parking stalls near the Haas Fine Arts and Phillips loading docks that previously were designated as "lights or flashers required" have been converted to "permit required" loading zone stalls. All stalls will now require loading zone permits; please watch for updated signage. For questions on obtaining a permit, contact the Parking Office at

Monday, August 18, 2014

UW-Eau Claire Blugold Breakfast, opening meeting set for Aug. 26

Chancellor James Schmidt has invited all UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff to attend the all-employee Blugold Breakfast and academic year opening meeting Aug. 26 in the Ojibwe Grand Ballroom of Davies Center.

Breakfast will be served starting at 7:30 a.m., and the opening meeting will begin at 8:15 a.m. Employees are welcome to come and go during the meeting as their schedules require.

During his state-of-the-university address at the opening meeting, Schmidt will discuss faculty and staff shared goals for the year. He also will present the annual faculty and staff excellence awards.

A live Web video stream of the event will be accessible during the meeting (video stream link will be "live" during the opening meeting Aug. 26).

University offices will remain open during the breakfast and opening meeting. Departments should make arrangements for student employees or designated staff or faculty members to provide office coverage while the meeting is in session.

An agenda for the opening meeting and a schedule of other campus activities for the opening days of the academic year can be viewed online.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Open forums set for director of Advising and New Student Initiatives candidates

Open forums have been scheduled for candidates for the position of director of Advising and New Student Initiatives at UW-Eau Claire. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the forums. Candidate curricula vitae and links to feedback forms will be available on the director of Advising and New Student Initiatives position Web page.

Following are the candidates and their open forum dates, times and locations:
  • Julia Diggins: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2-3 p.m., Centennial Hall 2304
  • Andrew Cseter: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2-3 p.m., Centennial Hall 2304
  • Dr. Russel Potter: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2-3 p.m., Centennial Hall 2304
  • Randa Hodges: Friday, Aug. 22, 2-3 p.m., Centennial Hall 2304
The candidates will respond to the following prompt and answer questions:

UW-Eau Claire is putting renewed emphasis on increasing our four-year graduation rate, which means we have to retain students. At the same time, we want students to engage in high-impact practices and be prepared for getting a job or going to graduate school. How can advisers help with these goals? How would you go about working with faculty and professional advisers to make sure students graduate in a timely manner while still taking advantage of high-impact practices and meaningful academic experiences?

Note: The open forums will be recorded and posted online following each session. A link to the recordings will be available on the director of Advising and New Student Initiatives position Web page.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Condolences to Gretchen Hutterli, College of Business, whose father, Conrad Hutterli, passed away Aug. 11 in Eau Claire. Full obituary.

Monday, July 21, 2014


Condolences to Dr. George Stecher, physics and astronomy, whose wife, Kay Stecher, passed away July 15 in Eau Claire. Full obituary.