Friday, April 8, 2011

College of Nursing and Health Sciences to host accreditation visits

The UW-Eau Claire College of Nursing and Health Sciences will host two accreditation visits on campus this month. The National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council will visit April 11 and 12 to review the environmental public health program. From April 18-20 the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education will review the college's baccalaureate, master's and doctor of nursing practice degree programs. For more information, contact Dr. Debra Jansen at 715-836-5183 or

CSD series concludes with April 15 presentation

The UW-Eau Claire communication sciences and disorders department will host its final professional seminar for the 2010-11 academic year on April 15. The following presentation will be held from 1-3 p.m. in Room 226 of the Human Sciences and Services building:
  • Dr. Vicki Samelson of the UW-Eau Claire communication sciences and disorders department, has expertise in child language and language processing in mathematics. Arithmetic word problems are especially difficult for children with low oral language skill. The discussion will illustrate how children with low oral language skill solve word problems and how to design interventions to improve their problem solving skills and their comprehension of mathematical language.
A complete presentation schedule is available online. Support for the series has been provided by the UW-Eau Claire Academic Affairs Professional Development Program. For more information, contact Jerry Hoepner, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders, at or 715-836-3980.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Academic Skills Center earns CRLA re-certification

UW-Eau Claire's Academic Skills Center recently earned re-certification in the College Reading and Learning Association’s (CRLA) International Tutor Program Certification (ITPC). The lengthy application process was completed last summer, and the ASC is now certified through Nov. 30, 2015.
The purpose of the ITPC program is twofold. First, it provides recognition and positive reinforcement for tutors' successful work from an international organization, CRLA. Second, CRLA's tutor certification process sets an internationally accepted standard of skills and training for tutors.
ITPC has been endorsed by the Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations, National Association for Developmental Education, and the Commission XVI of the American College Personnel Association. Other national organizations/programs that endorse CRLA's ITPC program for Tutor Training include the National College Learning Center Association, the Association for the Tutoring Profession and the National Center for Developmental Education.

Each certification level requires 10 hours of training and 25 hours of tutoring. For more information, please contact Patti See at or 715-836-4826.

April 7 presentation to address Supplemental Instruction program

UW-Eau Claire's Student Success Network will host a presentation April 7 for faculty, staff and administrators about the Supplemental Instruction program. The nationally acclaimed program for student success and retention seeks to reduce D, F and W rates in historically difficult courses.

Dr. Maureen Hurley, from the International Center for Supplemental Instruction at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, will give a 90-minute presentation at 9:30 a.m. that will be repeated at 2 p.m. Both presentations will take place in the Hibbard Penthouse, located on the top floor of Hibbard Humanities Hall.

Space is limited for the April 7 presentations. Those interested in attending should RSVP to Linda Spaeth by April 6 at More information.

UW System tax-sheltered annuity guide available online

The UW System's TSA Question and Answer Guide is now available online through the system's employee benefits page. It provides useful information for employees looking to start a UW System 403(b) account as well as those currently participating in the program. 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

UW System offers guidance on political activities

With the spring elections upon us, UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff are encouraged to review the UW System guidelines on political campaign activities at system institutions. The guidelines are available on the government relations pages of the UW System website.

Associate vice chancellor for academic affairs finalist to interview on campus April 6

One finalist for the position of associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at UW-Eau Claire will interview on campus April 6. Dr. M. Gary Sayed will lead an open forum at 9 a.m. in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center, and all UW-Eau Claire employees and students are invited to attend. View Dr. Sayed's curriculum vitae. Employees and students are invited to complete an online feedback form following the open forum. The form and additional information about the position of associate vice chancellor for academic affairs can be found on the university's employment website. Additional finalists for this position will be announced.