Friday, October 7, 2011

Faculty/Staff Appreciation passes available for Blugold athletics events

Blugold athletics logoAs a thank you to the many faculty and staff who have directly or indirectly supported UW-Eau Claire's 560 student-athletes and athletics program, the UW-Eau Claire Student Affairs division announces the availability of complimentary Faculty/Staff Appreciation passes, good for two-person admissions to four Blugold athletics home competitions during the 2011-12 academic year. The passes provide general admission seating for regular season games only. (Per NCAA/WIAC policies, complimentary admission is not allowed for post-season play.)

The passes are good for sporting events for which admission fees are charged: football, women's volleyball, men's and women's ice hockey, men's and women's basketball, gymnastics, mens and women's swimming and diving, and wrestling. Faculty/Staff Appreciation passes are available at the Service Center in the east lobby of Davies Center. Just show your faculty/staff Blugold Card to receive your pass, and then check the Blugold athletics schedules online to decide which events to attend. Go Blugolds!

Flags to be flown at half-staff Oct. 8

flag at half-staffAs 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 Oct. 8, 2011. This will be done as a mark of respect for firefighters of this state who have given their lives in the line of duty (more information) and in honor of Army Sergeant Jakob J. Roelli who lost his life while serving his country during Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan (more information).

Monday, October 3, 2011

Benefit enrollment and change period begins Oct. 3

Each year, employees enrolled in one of the state group health insurance plans have the opportunity to change from one health insurance carrier to another or to add eligible family members who are not currently covered. This year, the benefit enrollment and change period runs from Oct. 3-28. Please note the following:
  • Employees are encouraged to attend the Health Fair from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 11 in Zorn Arena.
  • Group Health Cooperative will not be available in 2012, so employees currently covered by GHC will need to change carriers.
  • Individual/family life insurance coverage can be increased during enrollment and change period.
For more information, view Human Resource News or call Human Resources at 715-836-2513.

Authors Celebration set for Oct. 5

UW-Eau Claire excellence sealUW-Eau Claire faculty and staff who have brought scholarly work to the level of publication or performance will be recognized during an Authors Celebration from 4:30-6 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. The event, hosted by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, celebrates the publishing accomplishments of all university staff by highlighting representative successes. Faculty and staff are invited to join their colleagues for conversation and celebration.

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. Sean McAleer at or 715-836-2975 within 15 days of this notice, posted Oct. 3, 2011.


Condolences to Edsel Grams (emeritus), accounting and finance, whose wife, Maren, passed away Sept. 22 in Eau Claire. Full obituary.

Proposed changes in College of Education and Human Sciences

The following curricular changes were approved by the College of Education and Human Sciences Curriculum Committee on Sept. 16, 2011, and are to be effective with the 2011-12 academic year. If you have questions or concerns, contact Dr. Marie Stadler at or 715-836-4861 with 15 days of this notice, posted Oct. 3, 2011.

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Addition of the following new courses:
  • CSD 201 American Sign Language IV – Continuation of American Sign Language III with more complex grammar, dialogue, and narrative including advanced receptive and expressive skills. Aspects of semantics, literature, and culture.
  • CSD 210 Cultural Perspectives of the Deaf – Introduction to American Deaf Culture. The Deaf community as a linguistic/cultural minority. Historical influences of and effects on Deaf in political activism, laws, information access, educational philosophies, communication systems and others.
  • DSC 435 Research Seminar in Communication Science Disorders – An advanced-level research seminar to explore the scientific method as it applies to clinical, educational, and social science research. Topics include evidence-based practice, literature searches, developing scientific questions and hypotheses, and evaluating research.