Thursday, September 18, 2014

Center for International Education

Sarah Vowels, community outreach coordinator/immigration support associate in the Center for International Education, recently was featured in the International Enrollment Management Spotlight Newsletter as an IEM Newcomer. The newsletter is a NAFSA: National Association of International Educators publication. Vowels also was quoted in the Sept. 6 Leader-Telegram column "Host friend program brings lasting benefits."


Dr. Josh Brown has been selected as one of three German Embassy Teacher of Excellence Award recipients nationally for 2014. This annual award recognizes outstanding young university faculty members and schoolteachers who are engaged in innovative teaching and successful program building and reform — and who are actively involved in the work of their local chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).

In Brown's three years at UW-Eau Claire he has worked with his colleagues in German to increase the number of German majors and minors by more than 30 percent and to reform and streamline the curriculum. He also has authored and edited several important books and articles on the Amish, Mennonites and Hutterites, especially relating to their diversity and changing narratives as early German-speaking immigrants in America. Brown also has published significant articles on German language pedagogy as well as more broadly on language and gender identity. In addition to his work in German, he is an affiliate faculty member in women's studies and a member of the campus LGBTQA Advisory Board.

Brown will be honored during the awards presentation at the AATG Annual Meeting held in conjunction with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention and World Languages Expo Nov. 22 in San Antonio, Texas. His award includes an all-expense-paid immersion trip to Germany to participate in a professional development seminar for German faculty.

Art & Design

Jyl Kelley, UW-Eau Claire art & design student Phillip Schladweiler and local artist Lori Chilifone will co-curate an exhibit titled "Dust on My Boots," featuring works by veterans, from Oct. 3-31 at the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls. An opening reception for will be held from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Heyde Center. For more information, contact Jyl Kelley at or 715-836-4622.


Dr. Jennifer Shaddock is leading a literary discussion series titled "The Human Experience: World War I" at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire. Remaining presentations will be held Sept. 22, Oct. 6 and Oct. 20 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Chippewa Room of the library. The series is co-sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire English department and the Elizabeth G. Morris Scholarship Fund of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Space is limited. Call 715-839-5004 to register. More information.

Monday, September 15, 2014


Dr. Kelly Biers presented a paper titled "Vowel and Consonant Epithesis in French" at the 19th Mid-Continental Phonetics and Phonology Conference Sept. 12-14 at UW-Madison.


Dr. Fred Kolb gave invited testimony to the Wisconsin Legislative Council Study Committee on the transfer of structured settlement payments Sept. 11. The Study Committee is in the process of developing legislation on the issue of the sale (transfer) of structured settlements by those who have received the structured settlements in the past to settle lawsuits — usually personal injury or malpractice awards. Along with North Dakota, Wisconsin is one of only two states without a statute covering such transfers.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Dr. Rita M. Gross (emerita) has published her 10th book, "Religious Diversity — What's the Problem? Buddhist Suggestions for Flourishing with Religious Diversity." The book, based on Gross's longtime practice of Buddhism and comparative study of religion, provides tools with which one can appreciate religious diversity as a gift and resource rather than as a deficiency or a problem to be overcome.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Sertling Miller
Dr. Jessica Sertling Miller presented a paper titled "Spoken French in a Phonetics Course: Impressions and Applications" at the fifth annual conference on Pronunciation of Second Language Learning and Teaching, held Sept. 5-6 in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Dr. Al Denio (emeritus) attended the American Chemistry Society National Meeting Aug. 10-14 in San Francisco. Denio is a 50-year member of the American Chemical Society and was until recently a member of the Council of the Society.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Dr. Eva Santos-Phillips (emerita) had her interview (including an introduction, filmography and bibliography) on Latina documentary filmmaker Sonia Fritz, titled "Latina Documentarian: An Interview with Sonia Fritz (Web Exclusive)," published in Cineaste: America's Leading Magazine on the Art and Politics of the Cinema, Vol. 39, No. 3, Summer 2014. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Dean Linda Young successfully completed the American Association of Colleges of Nursing-Wharton Executive Leadership Program Aug. 11-14 in Philadelphia, Pa. Launched in 2012 in collaboration with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, this enrichment experience was designed exclusively for top academic leaders in schools of nursing. Young was among 30 academic nursing leaders selected to participate this year. Full story.


Dr. Roslyn Theisen, Dr. David Lewis and UW-Eau Claire students Lindsey Kuettner and Elizabeth Brandes attended the 248th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society Aug. 10-14 in San Francisco, where they presented four papers — three in the division of chemical education (CHED) and one in the division of the history of chemistry (HIST). More than 15,000 chemists and exhibitors attended the conference. Following are the UW-Eau Claire presentation details:
  • Kuettner presented poster CHED 247, "Investigating the Role of Mesoscale Meteorology on Ambient Ozone over Lake Michigan by Novel Mobile Platforms," co-authored by her research adviser, Dr. Patricia Cleary.
  • Brandes presented poster CHED 262, "Synthesis, Characterization and Applicability of Reactive Biomimetic Model Complexes Toward Important Biological Reactions," co-authored by her research adviser, Dr. Theisen.
  • Dr. Theisen presented paper CHED 479, "Hybridizing Inorganic Chemistry: Increasing Student Engagement by Reserving Lecture for High-Impact Practices," co-authored by her colleague, Dr. Jason Halfen.
  • Dr. Lewis presented invited paper HIST 11, "Russian or German? First or Fourth? The Citation for Chemical Breakthroughs Award to St. Petersburg State University for Mendeleev's Periodic System of the Elements" in the Symposium on the HIST Citation for Chemical Breakthrough Award Program. He also represented the Central Wisconsin Section of the society at the meeting of the Council of the Society.

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Dr. Debra Jansen, associate dean in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and professor of nursing, has received a two-year grant for an Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship project to increase the number of nurse practitioners able to provide high-quality primary health care in the northern, north central and western regions of Wisconsin as well as portions of Minnesota.
The grant, from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has provided first-year funding of $349,977 with total funding over two years of $699,953. (Year 2 funding is subject to fund availability and progress.)

An important goal of the project is to increase the number of primary care nurse practitioners working in medically underserved and rural areas, Jansen said.

"It is hoped that the doctor of nursing practice graduates who have studied to be nurse practitioners will choose to work in those areas," she said. "Many of our students do come from these areas and thus may return to work in those communities following graduation to provide primary health care."

The grant money provides tuition, textbook and reasonable living expense support for full-time students in UW-Eau Claire's doctor of nursing practice program who are studying to be primary care nurse practitioners. The primary care nurse practitioner tracks UW-Eau Claire offers include options of being an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner or a family nurse practitioner.

"The HRSA is trying to increase access to health care for Americans," Jansen said. "This grant addresses the growing shortage of primary care health care providers, particularly in rural or underserved areas. The shortage is projected to increase as the population in the United States ages and grows."