Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Faculty, staff honored by Services for Students with Disabilities office

James Franklin (left) and Phillip Ostrander
The Services for Students with Disabilities office at UW-Eau Claire recently honored a faculty and staff member for their service to students with disabilities.

Dr. Phillip Ostrander, music and theatre arts, and James Franklin, Facilities Management, were recognized at the Services for Students with Disabilities Faculty and Staff Recognition event Oct. 14. Each year students with disabilities are invited to nominate a university employee who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to meeting their disability-related needs.

UW-Eau Claire student Peter Winslow nominated Ostrander.

"As my professor of trombone, Dr. Ostrander has gone out of his way to help ensure that all buildings and stages are wheelchair accessible," Winslow said. "Without his persistence and thoughtfulness I would not have been able to participate in band tours, such as the International Trombone Festival in Rochester, New York, this past summer. I could not think of anyone more deserving to be recognized for his outstanding work with students."

UW-Eau Claire student David Stokes nominated Franklin.

"Mr. Franklin has worked hard to ensure proper access for students with disabilities on our campus," Stokes said. "In addition to his duties as heating plant superintendent, he works as a construction liaison overseeing new projects, including the new Davies Center, Centennial Hall as well as construction on Zorn Arena, Schofield Hall and Horan Hall. He changed the location of a steam pit to allow for a handicapped-accessible ramp for Horan Hall."

Vicky Thomas, director of Services for Students with Disabilities, said she was pleased that Ostrander and Franklin had been honored.

"The music and theatre arts department and Facilities Management both work diligently to ensure accessibility to campus programs for our students," Thomas said.

Monday, October 27, 2014


Dr. Dominique Thévenin (emerita) had her book review of "La baie vitrée" by Sébastien Brébel published in The French Review, Vol. 88, No. 1, in October 2014.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Music and Theatre Arts

Professor Robert Baca
Robert Baca
Robert Baca, director of jazz studies, has been selected to serve as the conductor of the National Association for Music Education 2014 All-National Honor Jazz Band. Baca will lead the band's Oct. 29 performance on the world-famous Grand Ole Opry House stage during the gala concert that concludes the NAfME National In-Service Conference in Nashville, Tenn. Baca is one of "four of the most prominent conductors in the United States" chosen to lead four all-national honor ensembles at the NAfME conference's closing celebration of music education and the arts.

Baca, who leads UW-Eau Claire's Jazz Ensemble I and II, teaches applied trumpet, jazz improvisation and jazz history at UW-Eau Claire and coordinates the annual Eau Claire Jazz Festival, one of the nation's largest. He has toured with Frank Sinatra, Buddy Rich, Tony Bennett and Mel Tormé, and he has performed as a soloist in China, London, Costa Rica and Europe. His fellow conductors at the NAfME performance will include Mark Camphouse, a previous regional finalist in the prestigious White House Fellowship Competition and current professor of music and  wind symphony conductor at George Mason University; Gerard Schwarz, music director of the All-Star Orchestra and the Eastern Music Festival, conductor laureate of the Seattle Symphony, and recipient of Emmy Awards, Grammy nominations, ASCAP awards and the Ditson Conductor’s Award; Edith Copley conductor of the highly acclaimed Shrine of the Ages Choir and current Regents’ Professor and director of choral studies at Northern Arizona University.

Read a news release about the NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Learning and Technology Services

Craig Ernst recently received a $250 scholarship from the Classified Staff Funding Committee. The scholarship is awarded each fall and spring semester to a classified staff member enrolled in a class.

The Classified Staff Grant Fund was established to support classified staff members who are furthering their education while working at least half time at UW-Eau Claire. Susie Warden '00 and Linda Haag '78, UW-Eau Claire classified staff members, earned degrees while working at UW-Eau Claire. Both continue to support the fund.
For information on donating to the Classified Staff Grant Fund, contact Robin Leary, UW-Eau Claire Foundation, at 715-836-5630 or

Photo caption: Classified Staff Funding Committee member Jessica Barnier with scholarship recipient Craig Ernst.

Faculty, staff receive grant funding

Congratulations to the following UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members who recently received grant funding:
  • Dr. Liz Glogowski (Materials Science Center) and co-principal investigators Dr. Matt Jewell (Materials Science Center), Dr. Derek Gingerich (biology) and Dr. Jamie Lyman Gingerich (biology) received an award for $459,569 from the National Science Foundation's Major Research Instrumentation program. The project is titled "MRI: Acquisition of a Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope to Enable Undergraduate Research and Research Training across Disciplines."
  • Dr. Jeffrey Goodman (psychology) is a collaborator on an award for $13,571 to UW Oshkosh from the Mathematics-Science Partnership program of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The project is titled "Making Mathematical Connections: Mathematics Knowledge for Teaching the Common Core." Goodman will serve as the project evaluator and undergraduates will be involved in the research.
  • Dr. Jennifer Harrison (mathematics) received an award for $195,146 from the Mathematics-Science Partnership of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The project is titled "Teachers Engaged in Authentic Mathematics (TEAM)." The overall goal is to strengthen the mathematics content for regular and special education teachers, grades 4-8.
  • Dr. Chris Hlas (mathematics) received an award for $220,770 from the Mathematics-Science Partnership of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The project is titled "A3 — Assess, Analyze and Address: Preparing All Students." The overall goal is to strengthen the mathematics content of upper-elementary through lower-high school level teachers, with a focus on gaps that indicate students' lack of readiness for high school mathematics.
  • Dr. Donna Lehmkuhl (ECLIPSE) received an award for $89,399 from the Wisconsin National and Community Service Board's AmeriCorps State program to continue the Early Childhood Literacy Intervention Program Services and Evaluation project (ECLIPSE) program.
  • Dr. Oleksandr Lugovskyy (economics) received an award for $2,000 from WiSys/UW System. The project is titled "UW System Campus Data Analysis Project." The overall goal is to analyze survey data and undergraduates will be involved in the research.
  • Dr. J. Brian Mahoney (geology) received an award for $5,200 from Systems Research Inc. The project is titled "Husky I Mapping Project." The purpose is to document the stratigraphy and structure of the Husky I mapping area in Idaho. Undergraduates are involved in the research.
  • Courtenay O'Neil, Anna Mares and Lisa Coen (Children's Nature Academy) received an award for $750 from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's Child and Adult Care Food Program — Classroom Gardening. The project is titled "Classroom Gardening." The overall goal is to encourage healthy eating habits and educate children in the classroom about how to plant, grow, wash, measure and prepare food.

Dean of Students Office

Cindy Nevin received the Wisconsin College Personnel Association Support Staff Recognition Award at the WCPA annual conference Oct. 10 in Wisconsin Dells.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Lisa Quinn-Lee and Susan Moch named ORSP faculty fellow

UW-Eau Claire faculty Dr. Lisa Quinn-Lee, assistant professor of social work; and Dr. Susan Moch, professor of nursing, have been selected as a joint faculty fellow in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for the 2014-15 academic year.In their role as an ORSP faculty fellow, Quinn-Lee and Moch will explore models of client-based research, which could be used by faculty and staff to collaborate with community groups. In particular, they will consider how these research models can align with the new Institute for Health Sciences and span a range of health-related disciplines, including social work, nursing, biology, psychology, kinesiology, environmental and public health, health care administration, and communication sciences and disorders. Quinn-Lee and Moch will research the literature and seek input from campus stakeholders to learn about models and best practices.

"Lisa's and Susan's background of successful collaboration with public health, health care agencies and community groups makes them ideally suited to investigate models and disseminate best practices to the campus," said Dr. Karen Havholm, assistant vice chancellor for research. "This initiative will involve partnering with health-related disciplines at the university and health professionals in the community."

Quinn-Lee and Moch also will consider how student-faculty collaborative research can be applied in community collaborations. This could include increasing the opportunities for students pursuing pre-professional programs to participate in internships with partnered clinical or community institutions.

"The ability to work in an interprofessional manner is essential for future health care professionals. Recent research demonstrates that interprofessional collaboration contributes to better patient outcomes," Quinn Lee said.

For the past four years, she and Moch have worked extensively with community partners and included university colleagues and students from a variety of disciplines.

"Research that aims to find solutions for real-world problems increasingly requires multiple perspectives," Moch said. "Combining the scholarly expertise of the university with the practical experience and needs of community partners can create the most promising outcomes."

The ORSP Faculty Fellows program was started in 2007 to provide faculty with an opportunity to obtain different experiences and make new connections.

"These experiences influence the fellows' teaching, research and scholarly activities, ultimately benefitting UW-Eau Claire students," Havholm said. "ORSP also gains from the fellow's faculty perspective."

Those interested in the ORSP faculty fellow opportunity are invited to contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at or 715-836-3405.


An informal email interview with Karen Loeb (emerita) about publishing appears in the marketing column of the Fall 2014 Museletter, a publication of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. Additionally, Loeb's poems "The Cousins Table" and "Her Boston Viaduct" were published in the California Quarterly, Vol. 40.2, this fall.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Art & Design

Steve Terwilliger (emeritus), a member of the Chippewa Valley Affordable Solar citizens group, will give a presentation about his experiences as a "do-it-yourself solar homeowner" at the Solar Power Wisconsin Conference Nov. 8 at the Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire. The conference is free; however, those interested in attending are asked to register online through the conference website to help organizers anticipate numbers and tailor group sessions. For more information, contact Terwilliger at


Dr. Jack Bushnell's play, "The Infinity Monologues," was performed by the BareBones Ensemble Theatre in May 2014. During the summer, the play was named a finalist in an annual one-act play competition sponsored by The Arts Club of Washington in Washington, D.C. Submissions for the contest came from nearly all 50 states in the U.S. and from a number of European countries, including the Republic of Ireland, Greece and Great Britain.