Thursday, April 17, 2014


Dr. Tomomi Kakegawa and her three co-authors' workbook, titled "Modern Japanese Grammar Workbook," was published by Routledge in April 2014. This workbook can be used both independently and alongside the "Modern Japanese Grammar: A Practical Guide," also written by the same authors and published by Routledge. The workbook contains grammar exercises and language tasks for learners of Japanese from beginning to advanced level.

Management and Marketing

Dr. Douglas Olson received the prestigious Chair's Award for his support of association initiatives at the 48th Annual American College of Health Care Administrators Convocation and Exposition and Student Poster Session April 5-9 in in Las Vegas, Nev.

Monday, April 14, 2014


Dr. Ursula Whitcher has received a grant of $14,905 from the National Science Foundation's Conferences and Workshops in the Mathematical Sciences program for her project titled "Undergraduate Summer School in Supersymmetry."The project involves a weeklong workshop for undergraduate students on the mathematics of supersymmetry, to be held in May at the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences at the University of British Columbia. The grant will provide full funding for workshop attendance  — travel expenses and room and board — for 10 undergraduate students and one graduate student teaching assistant from the United States, partial funding for three students from the University of Maryland who are currently conducting research in this field, and funding for five Canadian participants from the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences. Full story.

Music and Theatre Arts

Dr. Donald L. Patterson (emeritus) presented two solo piano recitals in Ohio in early April. The first was presented April 2 in Celina, Ohio, and the second was held April 3 at The Ohio State University at Lima. The program consisted of works by Reinagle, Bach, Haydn, Schubert, Godard and Debussy.

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Dr. Matt Waters' article "Earth, Water, and Friendship with the King: Argos and Persia in the Mid-fifth Century" was published in "Extraction and Control: Studies in Honor of Matthew W. Stolper," ed. M. Kozuh et al., The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 2014, pages 331-336.


Dr. John Mann's article "Slough-Keetcha: Spokane Garry in History and Memory" recently received the Charles Gates Award from the Washington State Historical Society for the best article to appear in Pacific Northwest Quarterly during the previous year. The article was based on research Mann completed during his 2012-13 sabbatical and was made possible in part by funds awarded in conjunction with the Max Schoenfeld Distinguished Professorship in the College of Arts and Sciences which he held that year.


Dr. Paul J. Hoff was a contributing writer for the textbook "Aventura: Español 1B" (Annotated Teacher's Edition). He also served as a consultant for the student textbooks "Aventura: Español 1A" and "Aventura: Español 1B." The three books were published by EMC Publishing (2013).

Communication and Journalism

Dr. David Gordon (emeritus) took part in a Digital Media Ethics Symposium held in mid-March at the University of Colorado. The two-day conference featured panel discussions on seven topics ranging from "Global Standards for Media Ethics" and "Ethics Codes for the New Breed" to "Disaster Coverage and Drones." Gordon was part of a panel on "The Need for Speed," which examined ethics questions inherent in the push to be first in cyberspace with breaking news, and specific issues raised by using social media to get the news out.
Others on that panel were Fred Brown, a past national president of the Society of Professional Journalists and currently the vice-chair of SPJ’s Ethics Committee;  Kim Nguyen, digital site director for 7NEWS in Denver; and Jessica Plautz, travel editor at Mashable in New York City.

The symposium brought together academic ethicists and working professionals from around the country to exchange ideas on these topics and to discuss their different perspectives on the issues. Keynote talks were given by New York University professor Jay Rosen, a longtime media critic who recently became an adviser to First Look Media, a venture headed by Glenn Greenwald (who published the documents leaked by Edward Snowden); and Steve Buttry, digital transformations editor for Digital First Media, which operates some 800 multi-platform media outlets in 18 states. Buttry said that traditional journalism ethical values remain valid if they are updated to deal with the questions raised by the digital age. Rosen argued that "point-of-view" journalism is now both necessary and valid, and that new ethics standards should apply to it.


Amy Monticello, visiting assistant professor of English, will read from her works from 5-6 p.m. April 17 in the Janet Carson Gallery of the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center in downtown Eau Claire. Her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Redivider, The Iron Horse Literary Review, Brevity and elsewhere. She also was listed as "notable" in "Best American Essays 2013." More information.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Dr. Paul J. Hoff gave a presentation titled "Culinaria: El arte de cocinar y el placer de comer" at the 2014 Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, held March 20-22 in St. Louis, Mo. This was an invited "all-star session" based on the success of the presentation at 2013 Central States Conference in Columbus, Ohio.


Dr. Dominique Thévenin's book review of Alice Ferney's "Cherchez la femme" was published in The French Review, Vol. 86, No. 7, March 2014.

Records and Registration

Barbara Arnold, Records and Registration publications and curriculum coordinator and professional adviser to UW-Eau Claire's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America, recently was profiled in a blog of the Minnesota Public Relations Society of America. The profile is the first in a series of features about the Minnesota PRSA's affiliate PRSSA chapters and their professional and faculty advisers. Read the profile.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Gloria Hochstein (emerita) recently was appointed president of the board of directors of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society. The board of directors includes the president, president-elect, immediate past president, secretary/treasurer, historian, six regents and two student advisers. Sigma Tau Delta was established in 1924 to confer distinction for high achievement in English language, literature and writing. The Theta Zeta chapter at UW-Eau Claire was established in 1956. Hochstein continues to work with UW-Eau Claire's Sigma Tau Delta students as an emerita faculty member. As president of the board of directors, a two-year position, Hochstein will preside at all meetings of the Executive Committee and the board.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Academic Skills Center/Women's Studies

The Chippewa Herald invited Patti See to write a piece on Chippewa Falls' "resident historian," who died March 1. "A solitary ending for city's historian" was published in the Herald's March 13 edition.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Environmental Public Health

Dr. Crispin Pierce will give a presentation and hold a Q&A session via video conference with state legislators, including Rep. Brett Hulsey, Sen. Kathleen Vinehout and others, at 11 a.m. March 11. Pierce will discuss the available science about frac sand mining and its associated processing and transportation health concerns. His presentation will include a brief summary of airborne frac sand health concerns that he and his environmental public health students have identified in their ongoing research.


B.J. Hollars received the 2014 Knox College Young Alumni Achievement Award Feb. 21 at the college in Galesburg, Ill. He was honored for his accomplishments in writing. Hollars graduated from Knox in 2007 with a degree in English literature and educational studies. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, wrote for The Knox Student newspaper, helped found the literary magazine, Cellar Door, and received numerous academic honors, include the Outstanding Senior Award and selection as senior class speaker at the 2007 commencement exercises. Hollars went on to earn a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. Since 2009 he has written or edited six books, including two nonfiction works: "Opening the Doors: The Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight for Civil Rights in Tuscaloosa" and "Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence and the Last Lynching in America," which received the 2012 Society of Midland Authors' Award. Hollars has recently published a collection of short stories, "Sightings" and has edited three anthologies. His essays, stories and reviews have appeared in numerous literary journals and magazines. Full story.