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."

Friday, August 22, 2014


Dr. Josh Brown and Dr. Martina Lindseth had their article "Making Study Abroad Meaningful, Intentional, Experiential and Transformative" published in the August/September 2014 issue (Vol. 9, Issue 4, pages 24-26) of The Language Educator, a publication of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Karen Loeb (emerita) was one of the top five prizewinners in Carve Magazine's 2014 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. Her story "Cantaloupe," which received an Editor's Choice award, was among 1,400 entries from around the world. Carve Magazine will publish the story in its October 2014 premium print edition and online. Earlier this year Loeb's story "The Walk to Makino" won first place in the Wisconsin People & Ideas Fiction Contest. She is one of several local authors who will conduct a writing workshop at the Chippewa Valley Book Festival in October.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Dean of Students Office

In response to campus climate issues that surfaced last spring, Jodi Thesing-Ritter, associate dean of students, will take on new responsibilities in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusivity. She will direct the university's Blugold Beginnings program, which she started, and will work closely with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and other diversity initiatives on campus.

Thesing-Ritter also will continue to serve as coordinator of the Civil Rights Pilgrimage and will provide outreach and support to multicultural and low-income students. She also will lend her passion and expertise to the Inclusivity Team and will work with Christopher Jorgensen, director of the Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center, in the creation of Dialogue Circles in response to student requests for added attention to diversity issues. Thesing-Ritter's office will be located in the Blugold Beginnings/Office of Multicultural Affairs suite on the first floor of Centennial Hall.

Kat Kane will join the Dean of Students Office in the role of student assistance coordinator to assume Thesing-Ritter's role with students of concern. Kane will provide intervention and support for students whose behavior has raised concern, and will work in collaboration with university and community partners to coordinate care for impacted students. Student assistance is an interdisciplinary developmental model that enhances student progress toward degree, academic success and retention by actively engaging them in utilizing resources to overcome challenges.

For the past three years Kane has served as director of operations and residence life at a large, private student housing property. She previously held positions as residence life coordinator, judicial hearing officer and residence hall director. Kane holds a bachelor's degree from UW-Eau Claire and a master's degree from the University of North Dakota.

Administration and Finance

Kristen Hendrickson has been named university budget and resource planning director at UW-Eau Claire, effective Sept. 2. Hendrickson will advise and support the university across a full range of budget and planning topics, including the development and implementation of a budget process supported by budget modeling that will consider alternative scenarios of enrollment, state appropriation, other resources and expenditures. She also will work with colleges as well as administrative and auxiliary units to develop reports and data reporting tools.

Hendrickson most recently served as director of planning, research and policy analysis at Illinois State University. She previously held positions as budget officer at UW-River Falls and as a budget and policy analyst for the UW System. Hendrickson, who holds a bachelor's degree from Florida State University and a master's degree from the University of South Florida, currently is pursuing a doctorate at Illinois State University.


Dr. Matt Waters' article "Darius the First, the Ninth King" was published in "Excavating an Empire: Achaemenid Persia in Longue DurĂ©e," ed. T. Daryaee, A. Mousavi and K. Rezakhani, Mazda Publishers, Costa Mesa, Calif., 2014, pages 63-70.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Academic Skills Center

An excerpt from Patti See's blog, "Our Long Goodbye: One Family's Experiences with Alzheimer's," was published as "A Daughter Discovers that Her Mom has Alzheimer's" in the July 2014 issue (Vol. 8, Issue 9) of "Complete Wellbeing," India's "best magazine on wellbeing" with a circulation of 30,000 readers.