Thursday, December 12, 2013

Proposed graduate curricular changes in College of Arts and Sciences

The following courses have been proposed as new or revised graduate course offerings or for deletion from the graduate curriculum. If you have questions or objections, contact Dr. Margaret Cassidy at or 715-836-3152 within 30 days of this notice, posted Dec. 12, 2013.

New Course Proposals
ENGL 512 Topics in Rhetoric and Science, 3 crs
ENGL 513 Topics in Rhetoric and Technology, 3 crs
ENGL 514 Topics in Rhetoric and Culture, 3 crs
ENGL 515 Visual Rhetorics of Science, Technology, and Culture, 3 crs
ENGL 597 Writing Center Theory & Practice, 3 crs
ENGL 681 Seminar in Film, Video, and Moving-Image Culture, 3-4 crs
HIST 527 Preparatory Study for Central European Travel Seminar, 1-4 crs
IDIS 540 Central European Travel Seminar, 3 crs
PSYC 549 Psychology of Stigma, Prejudice and Intergroup Relations, 3 crs

Revision of Existing Courses
ENGL 613 Writing for Children, 3 crs (change of Catalog title, Catalog description, repeatability, prerequisites, and course content timetable/outline)

Deletion from Curriculum
ENGL 581 Topics in Film, Video, and Moving-Image Culture, 4 crs
FREN 680 The French Novel, 3 crs
FREN 682 The Theatre in France, 3 crs
MUSI 606 Canon and Fugue, 2 crs
MUSI 608 Theory Pedagogy, 2 crs

Monday, December 9, 2013

W: drive to be unavailable Dec. 27-28

The W: drive will be unavailable Friday, Dec. 27, and Saturday, Dec. 28, when Learning and Technology Services will update folder permissions on the drive to minimize the risk of a CryptoLocker-type exploit.

Why is this happening?
Over time, permissions on the W: drive have become very inconsistent. Unfortunately, this makes the millions of files stored on the W: drive vulnerable to a CryptoLocker-type exploit. To limit the exposure of W: drive data to malware and other security risks, LTS will be resetting the W: drive permissions to a more consistent and secure state over a two-day period (Dec. 27-28). During these two days, the W: drive data will be unavailable.

What happens after the permissions have been reset?
Once the permission reset process is complete, LTS will work with you to customize the permissions of your folders so that they are ready for your classes and other collaboration needs. Please contact the LTS Help Desk at 836-5711 for any permission questions or requests. We will have extra staff on hand to assist with managing folder permissions.

About CryptoLocker
The CryptoLocker exploit (and others like it) encrypt any accessible files, essentially making the files unreadable. If a student, staff or faculty member's files were to become infected with CryptoLocker, the results could be devastating: Any network drives mapped at the time could become encrypted and completely inaccessible to the rest of campus. While we do make backups on a regular basis, this could still leave many directories unavailable for hours or even days as we restore over nine terabytes of backed-up data. This is why we are taking precautionary measures to minimize the risk of this happening on our campus.

Call for proposals: Faculty-led International Immersion Experiences program

Academic Affairs, the Office of the Provost and the Council on Internationalization and Global Engagement solicit proposals for the Faculty-led International Immersion Experiences (FLIIE) program. The deadline for proposals is Jan. 31, 2014.

Details about the program, a budget sheet (and sample), and the proposal format can be found on the Undergraduate Studies website.

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. Louisa Rice at or 715-836-5276 within 15 days of this notice, posted Dec. 9, 2013.

MINOR: ART, Liberal Arts (Code 020-401)
Page 68 of the Catalog Year 2003-04
Twenty-four semester credits, including Art 107, 240, 244; 264 or 357; ArtH 111 and 112. Six credits of electives in Art History or Studio Art.
To: Reinstate the code of the former minor and to revise its requirements as follows:
Twenty-four semester credits, including:
Six credits of 100-level Art courses: 107, 108, 110
Nine credits of any entry-level Art courses: 240, 241, 244, 247, 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 264, 274, 275, 276, 278, 281, 312, 357, 358.
Nine credits of any intermediate and/or advanced Art courses: 332, 340, 341, 342, 344, 347, 348, 349, 350, 351, 352, 353, 364, 365, 366, 373, 374, 375, 376, 378, 381, 382, 383, 402, 405, 441, 443, 458, 474, 476, 477, 478, 481.

NOTE: Art minors are encouraged to take Art History (ArtH) courses to meet the GE-IV requirement.

Dr. Aina Galejs, longtime supporter of Latvian international students, passes away

Dr. Aina Galejs
The UW-Eau Claire Foundation is sad to share the news of the passing of Dr. Aina Galejs, who since 1991 donated more than $500,000 to the Foundation to fund scholarships to students from Latvia to study at UW-Eau Claire. Dr. Galejs died Dec. 3 at her home in Minneapolis.

Dr. Galejs was born in Riga, Latvia,  in 1925. In her teens, she lost her father to Soviet Russian terror. As the Red Army returned in 1944, she fled Latvia with her mother. After the war, she studied at the University of Hamburg and earned her medical degree. In 1951, she came to the United States, becoming a Minnesota licensed physician in 1952 and specializing in pathology. She practiced pathology in the Twin Cities from 1956 to 1976 and continued to serve as a pathologist in a number of states until her retirement in 2002.

In the early 1990s, in connection with the newly established UW-Eau Claire study-abroad program at the University of Latvia, Galejs established an annual scholarship program for Latvian students for study at UW-Eau Claire. More than 50 students from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have been recipients of the Dr. Aina Galejs Scholarship.

In 2006, Dr. Galejs received UW-Eau Claire's Honorary Alumnus Award, which is presented to nonalumni who have demonstrated great love of and service to UW-Eau Claire.

"The selfless generosity and the commitment of Dr. Galejs to supporting the international education of these young individuals is a compelling testimony to her humanity," wrote Dr. Karl Markgraf, director of the UW-Eau Claire Center for International Education, in a letter to the award nominating committee.

In recognition of her outstanding contributions to education and health in Latvia, Galejs was awarded its highest civilian honor, the Order of the Three Stars, by the Latvian government in 2002. She also was recognized for her selfless service with the extraordinary national award "The Pride of Latvia," and the University of Latvia named her an Honorary Member for her generous support of its students.

A full obituary for Dr. Galejs, including funeral service information, can be viewed online.