Thursday, December 1, 2011

Inclement weather policy

car driving in blizzardWith winter weather upon us, it's time to review UW-Eau Claire's practices in the event severe weather strikes. (Note: The following is a summary of the university's official inclement weather policy.)

In general, when inclement weather threatens operations at UW-Eau Claire, the university will remain open to the extent possible. If necessary, the chancellor may close the university to the public or cancel classes, but state employees will be expected to report to work.

In response to local weather conditions, the chancellor may release employees. In such instances, no employee will be required to remain at work.

Employees covered by a labor agreement should check their respective bargaining agreements for specifics about excusing employees from work and related issues.

Employees not covered by a labor agreement may use vacation, compensatory time, personal holidays or leave without pay to cover time lost if they are ordered to leave work or if they request or are allowed to be excused from work when they believe that weather conditions or emergency situations make it unsafe to get to or remain at work.

Local media will be notified if the chancellor decides to cancel classes. However, announcements by local media are advisory only. For official information concerning university operations, check the UW-Eau Claire website, call the Chancellor's Office at 715-836-2327 after 7 a.m. or call your supervisor.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Nominations sought for RA positions

UW-Eau Claire Housing and Residence Life encourages faculty and staff to identify students who are highly motivated and who exhibit strong leadership skills and a genuine interest in helping others as possible candidates for resident assistant positions for the 2012-13 academic year. Applications for interested students will be available on the Housing and Residence Life website from Dec. 12-Jan. 30, 2012. Any faculty or staff member can nominate a student for an RA position by submitting the student's name to Deb Newman, associate director of Housing and Residence Life, at 715-836-3674 or

Monday, November 28, 2011

McIntyre Library Staff Association heads up annual HMAA fundraiser

The UW-Eau Claire McIntyre Library Staff Association is again accepting donations for its annual fundraiser that will benefit the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association. The association has held the fundraiser for more than a decade, raising thousands of dollars for the HMAA. The HMAA is a social service agency that serves the local Hmong community by operating a food pantry and assisting in housing, employment and translating services. The agency also works with other area services to assist the local Hmong community. Checks, made payable to McIntyre Library Staff Association, should be submitted by Dec. 16 to Dan Hillis in Room 5012 of McIntyre Library. More information.

Proposals for integrative learning courses, seminars, Blugold Bundles accepted through Jan. 10

As UW-Eau Claire continues general education reform efforts, faculty and instructional academic staff are invited to submit proposals for 2012-13 integrative learning projects. Applications are being accepted through Jan. 10 for 2012-13 Blugold Bundles, First Year Experience courses and First Year Seminar/Transfer Seminar courses. A workgroup of faculty and staff representing all colleges and key programs have developed the integrative learning applications and supportive materials. Visit the Undergraduate Studies website for applications, a schedule of informational sessions, mentoring supports and deadlines.