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.

Monday, July 14, 2014

On-campus writing retreat set for Aug. 4-8

The UW-Eau Claire Center for Writing Excellence (CWE) is offering an on-campus writing retreat from Aug. 4-8 for faculty, staff and administrators. The retreat will be held in the CWE in McIntyre Library 2003A from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9:30 a.m.-noon Friday.

The retreat will provide a quiet space on campus for participants to establish an individual workspace and write among other focused, productive faculty and staff. Participants should bring all materials needed for their projects (including laptops and data) and spread out at tables in the CWE. This is not an opportunity for research; in fact, the CWE recommends that participants turn off their phones, disconnect from WiFi and just focus on writing and revising. This is not a workshop, although opportunities for individual support will be available during the retreat.

During the first morning, the group will convene and individuals will describe specific goals for the day. Participants will write until lunch and then break to eat and socialize. At the end of the day, participants will reflect on their progress and report to the group. Resources on writing and individual afternoon consultations with CWE director Dr. Alan Benson (who will be writing as well), will be available. At the end of the week, individuals will report, reflect, celebrate their accomplishments and devise ways to sustain productivity beyond the retreat.

Register online by July 31. Registration is limited to 30 participants.

For more information, contact Dr. Alan Benson, CWE director, at

Friday, June 27, 2014

Finalists for university budget and resource planning director position to interview on campus

Finalists for the position of university budget and resource planning director at UW-Eau Claire have been invited to interview on campus. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the finalists' open forums.

The finalists and the dates of their open forums are as follows:
  • Michael Baer: July 8, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Council Oak Room (260), Davies Center.
  • Kristen Hendrickson: July 14, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Ho-Chunk Room (320E), Davies Center.
More information about the position and finalists as well as links to feedback forms are available online.


Condolences to the family of Dr. Rodney Johnson. Johnson, UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of education and former dean of university's School of Education, passed away June 8 in Eau Claire. Full obituary.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Call for 'Meals with Honors' presenters

UW-Eau Claire faculty and academic staff are invited to present a topic and lead a discussion for the University Honors Program's "Meals with Honors" series during the 2014-15 academic year. "Meals with Honors" provide 15-20 interested Honors Program students with an opportunity to learn from faculty and academic staff on a wide range of topics through presentation and discussion over a meal.

Breakfasts are typically held Tuesday or Wednesday mornings from 7-7:50 a.m., and include coffee, juices and baked goods. Lunches and dinners usually feature pizza or sandwiches, with lunch held from noon-12:50 p.m. Dinners can begin anytime between 5 and 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.

If you are interested in presenting, please email the information requested in the form below to Pam Golden at If you are unsure of specific times or dates, please indicate your preferences for presenting: time of year; at breakfast, lunch or dinner; and which day(s) are best for you.

For more information, contact Dr. Jeff Vahlbusch, Honors Program director, at or 715-836-4490.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Temporary parking changes in Phillips lot

From June 23-July 31, 2014, a portion of student S-permit parking in UW-Eau Claire's Phillips lot also will be open to faculty and staff with F permits. The temporary conversion involves 34 stalls in the southeast corner of the lot; new signage reflecting the change is in place. Hours of enforcement will remain unchanged. For more information, contact Becky Shannon, parking coordinator, at or 715-836-2726.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Chancellor seeks nominations for two university commissions

Chancellor Schmidt is seeking nominations for service on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and the Chancellor's Diversity Advisory Commission (CDAC). If you are interested in serving on either of these commissions, please email a short statement of interest to Teresa O'Halloran at

Friday, May 23, 2014


Condolences to the family of Cleo Powers. Powers, UW-Eau Claire associate professor emerita of library services, passed away May 22 in Eau Claire. Full obituary.

Flags to be flown at half-staff on Memorial Day, May 26

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has directed that the flag of the United States and the flag of the state of Wisconsin be flown at half-staff at all buildings, grounds and military installations of the state May 26 in honor of Memorial Day. More information.