Gov. Evers Approves DHS Statement of Scope, Beginning Administrative Rule Making Process
MADISON — Following the Supreme Court of Wisconsin's ruling striking down Wisconsin's Safer at Home order, Gov. Tony Evers today approved a statement of scope developed by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) beginning the administrative rule making process to enact protections for Wisconsinites during the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor's approval letter is available here and the scope statement is available here.
The governor's statement on the Supreme Court of Wisconsin's ruling is available here.
Rock the Riverfront featuring the charity Classic goes virtual
Eau Claire, WI – The RCU Foundation has transitioned the 2020 Rock the Riverfront featuring the Charity Classic, planned for June 27, to a Virtual Race. This will be a first in the 26-year history of the event. The decision was made with the safety of the community in mind as a result of the current environment created by COVID 19. Proceeds from the Virtual Race will benefit three partner charities: Family Support Center of Chippewa Falls, National Alliance on Mental Illness Chippewa Valley, and New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Center. Mental health and domestic violence have emerged as two prevalent issues during the global pandemic and the event is providing support to these organizations at a critical time.
Registration is now open through June 27. Participants will be able to complete their race anytime and anywhere between June 27-July 12. Course maps will be available on rcu.org for those interested in running the traditional 2 mile or 10K routes. Racers will be given the option to record their time online through July 13 and qualify to win cool prizes.
The Virtual Race will be offered at a special price of $30 for either the 10K or the 2 mile through June 14. All registered participants will receive a t-shirt, medal, and one free charity vote. Additional votes can be purchased at $2 each. The charity with the most votes will receive $15,000, second place will receive $7,500, and third will receive $5,000.
Those who registered prior to the transition to a Virtual Race will receive additional details via email.
Virtual Rock the Riverfront featuring the Charity Classic offers a safe way to “run or walk for a reason” and give back to three organizations that are making a positive impact in our communities during these difficult times.
Pablo Center at the confluence's literacy arts committee announces the 2020-2022 Eau Claire Writer-In-Residence
(May 14, 2020 - EAU CLAIRE, WIS) Pablo Center at the Confluence’s Literary Arts Committee is pleased to announce that Ken Szymanski will serve as the 2020-2022 Eau Claire Writer-in-Residence. The committee’s recommendation was approved by the Eau Claire City Council on May 5. Szymanski will take the role most recently held by outgoing Eau Claire Writer-in-Residence Karen Loeb.
Szymanski has been writing about Eau Claire since the 1980s, when he was the editor of his junior high school newspaper. In the 1990s, he served as a freelance music journalist with the Leader-Telegram, covering area music festivals—a dream gig that combined live music, writing, and road trips. In the early 2000s, he turned to spoken word performances, earning two Grand Slam titles in the Eau Claire Running Water Poetry Slam. Around the same time, he started writing for a then-brand-new arts and culture magazine, Volume One, who in 2014 bestowed upon him their Lifetime Achievement Award. Recently, Szymanski has focused his creative energies on audio storytelling, including writing and performing for Bend in the River, Oddly Enough, and WPR’s Wisconsin Life. Szymanski lives with his wife and two sons in Eau Claire and teaches English at DeLong Middle School. Literary Arts Committee member B.J. Hollars said, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Ken serving in this important role. His commitment and enthusiasm for supporting all writers of all levels will do much to ensure that our city’s literary community continues to thrive.”
Visual and Literary Arts Manager, Rose Dolan-Neill said, “We at Pablo Center are honored to support the efforts of all artists in our community and to further engage the public in the literary arts through the good work of Ken Szymanski. We are proud to provide a home base to our Literary Arts Committee who work so diligently to provide an outlet for the literary arts.”
“Ken’s passion for writing, music and collaboration is genuine and sincere,” says Director of Artistic Programming Evan Middlesworth. “These attributes will motivate our artistic community and continue to build creative relationships.
Szymanski has outlined several collaborative projects to be implemented throughout his tenure, from Eau Claire-based story collections to live shows featuring writers, musicians, and photographers. “All in all,” Szymanski said, “I will measure my success by how many people I collaborated with, and how many new voices are brought to the microphone.”
Charter Bank Welcomes Deposit Operations Specialist
Eau Claire, WI – Charter Bank is proud to announce and welcome Shelley Schemenauer as our new Deposit Operations Specialist. She will be working in the Deposit Operations Department and her role will include the management Tax Reporting.
Schemenauer brings a great deal of experience to Charter Bank. She spent the last 21 years working at Royal Credit Union with her most recent position being IRS Reporting Specialist. Prior to her years at RCU, Schemenauer worked at H&R Block as a tax preparer. “I am so looking forward to getting to know all the wonderful people who work at Charter! I look forward to learning new techniques, skills, and building my knowledge. I cannot wait to be able to dig in and be useful,” states Schemenauer.
Chris Olson, Deposit Operations Officer for Charter Bank, says “Shelley is already proving to be such an asset to our team! She brings over 20 years of knowledge of tax reporting and finance. She is positive and approachable, and takes a sincere interest in the financial well-being of our customers. She’ll be a great addition to the team and I’m glad that she decided to join the Charter Bank family!”
Schemenauer is originally from Oakdale, MN but moved to Chippewa Falls in 1990. She resides there with her husband Tony, children Dylan and Dakota, and Toy Poodle Foxy - the true baby of the family! Schemenauer loves to Travel, especially cruising in the Caribbean with her favorite island being Aruba. “Family is also very important to me; I spend most of my weekends helping my mom, Rose, who just turned 90 and still lives at her home,” says Schemenauer.
Charter Bank Grants Donation to Together Chippewa Valley
Eau Claire, WI – Charter Bank is pleased to announce a $20,000 donation to Together Chippewa Valley. Through their partnership with the Federal Home Loan Bank, they have allowed Charter Bank to provide funds to small businesses or nonprofits in our community. Charter Bank decided to grant the entire $20,000 to the Together Chippewa Valley Fund.
Together Chippewa Valley spokesperson Kerry Kincaid said, “The 19 non-profit organizations who belong to Together Chippewa Valley are very grateful to Charter Bank for their generous donation. We are a broad coalition of services that works hard to help over 270,000 people in our area - from nurturing children and sheltering animals, to supporting healthy living, to lifting up the arts. We are proud to be part of a community that works together. Thank you Charter Bank.”
“We continue to see first-hand how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting so many nonprofits in our area,” states Paul Kohler, Charter Bank’s President and CEO. “When we heard about this grant through the Federal Home Loan Bank, we knew exactly how it could make a huge difference to our local nonprofit organizations.”
Together Chippewa Valley is a coalition of nonprofits formed to coordinate response efforts to address community needs during the COVID-19 crisis, raise funds through a first-of-its-kind community-wide fundraising initiative, and support one another’s missions to survive and thrive.
“Many of our staff are on these board of directors and having the difficult conversations of how these organizations move forward. We could think of no better way to stay true to our values during a time of need in our communities than to support this cause,” said Carla Leuck, Charter Bank AVP-Marketing Officer.
PESI, Inc. Donates $40,000 to Quick Response Community Fund
[EAU CLAIRE, WI] PESI, Inc. is helping to jumpstart the second phase of granting from the Quick Response Community Fund with a $40,000 donation.
In Phase 1, the Quick Response Community Fund, established by the Eau Claire Community Foundation and United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley, supported Eau Claire area nonprofits that serve community members suffering due to the COVID-19 outbreak. It also addressed urgent operational needs caused by the pandemic. Phase 2 will continue supporting local nonprofits in their service to community members impacted by the ongoing crisis.
“As a company, we feel that giving back to our community is important,” stated Mike Conner, PESI’s Executive Director. “These are unprecedented times, and we need to pull together as a community to begin the building and healing from this economic crisis.”
Phase 1 of the Quick Response grant cycle distributed $274,491 to 42 Eau Claire area nonprofits. For a complete list of grantees, visit the News Tab of the Eau Claire Community Foundation’s website.
In addition to PESI’s generous gift, Phase 2 is being supported by a matching campaign whose goal was exceeded thanks to a large donation from Charter Bank. Additional gifts to the Quick Response Community Fund are always appreciated. Because the Eau Claire Community Foundation is covering administrative fees, 100% of donations will support local nonprofits. If you would like to make a gift, please visit www.eccfwi.org.
United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley fights for the health, education, financial stability and basic needs of every person in every community we serve. www.uwgcv.org
Eau Claire Community Foundation strengthens our community by offering donors opportunities to establish charitable legacies, by making grants, and by serving as a catalyst to address community needs. www.eccfwi.org
Eau Claire County Issues Local Health Order to Prevent Spread of COVID-19
2020 Chippewa Valley Book Festival Canceled
The Chippewa Valley Book Festival announced today that we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 festival. In light of the global pandemic, and due to probable social distancing restrictions, along with weighing countless scenarios and alternatives, including the uncertainty of holding any large gatherings this fall, we felt canceling was the most responsible and prudent course of action.
We greatly appreciate our community’s support over our 20-year existence and are confident that our 2021 festival will be a grand celebration of coming together as a community around the written word–more than ever before. Stay tuned for more information and be sure to follow the Chippewa Valley Book Festival on Facebook for interesting content until we can gather together.
Trish Cummins & Judy Dekan
Chippewa Valley Book Festival Co-Chairs
Wisconsin Public Radio
History And Music Of The Ukulele On “Spectrum West” May 14, 2020
Host Al Ross will talk with Bill Fink, a California based writer, and Gordy Bischoff, an Eau Claire stringed instrument maker, about ukuleles on “Spectrum West,” which airs at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2020 on The Ideas Network stations 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. The program will also feature efforts to build a COVID-19 archive in Eau Claire, the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, Minn. and new ways the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire is serving patrons.
Gordy Bischoff, luthier (maker of stringed instruments) and initiator of the Ukulele Klub of Eau Claire (U.K.E.) and Bill Fink, a travel writer based in California who traveled to Hawaii to research the history of the ukulele, will both be joining host Al Ross on the show this week to talk about the history and music of the ukulele.
Cheryl Jimenez-Frei, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire assistant professor of history, and Greg Kocken, UWEC McIntyre Library archivist, will be talking with Ross this week about a new project that they are working on in tandem with the Chippewa Valley Museum in Eau Claire. Jodi Kiffmeyer, archivist at the museum, will join in as they outline the project, a COVID-19 archive.
Correspondent Katharine Thomas will be interviewing Eileen Moeller, marketing and sales director of the Great River Shakespeare festival in Winona, Minn. about the changes that they are making to their events in face of the conditions needed due to COVID-19 precautions.
Isa Small, L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library’s programming and communications services manager, will be talking with Ross about the library’s evolution to social distancing practices, including new pick-up and drop-off procedures.
“Spectrum West” is a weekly program exploring the music, arts and humanities in western Wisconsin. The show includes in-depth behind-the-scenes interviews and stories about area writers, musicians, theater, visual arts and much more. The show is broadcast at 10 a.m. Thursdays on The Ideas Network stations 88.3 WHWC-FM Menomonie/Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM River Falls and via an online live stream on 88.7 WRFW-FM University of Wisconsin River Falls via wrfw887.com/listen-live.html. A repeat broadcast plays at 7 p.m. Fridays on 89.7 WUEC-FM Eau Claire and 90.7 WVSS-FM/ Menomonie. Archives of “Spectrum West” are available at wpr.org/programs/spectrum-west-al-ross.
Pandemic Update and Impact on Western Wisconsin Schools on “The West Side” May 15
Adjustments by public schools to teaching students virtually, and the impacts of the pandemic on the future of public education in Wisconsin will be the primary topic of discussion on “The West Side” at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 15 on The Ideas Network Stations of Wisconsin Public Radio: 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.
The program will also feature an update on the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to western Wisconsin from WPR reporter Rich Kremer.
Host Dean Kallenbach will be joined by Linda Flottum, a member of the Turtle Lake School District Board of Education and a member of the board for directors for the Wisconsin Association of School Boards; Anne Haase, a fifth grade teacher at Wakanda Elementary School in Menomonie and former Wisconsin Elementary Teacher of the Year; and Jon Griffith, director of the Cameron Academy of Virtual Education operated by the School District of Cameron.
K-12 school buildings in western Wisconsin closed their doors to students in March, and Governor Evers has ordered them not to reopen this school year. Teachers have had to quickly shift their teaching methods, and students have had to figure out how to do school from home. Kallenbach and his guests will talk about those challenges, and how the pandemic will change things in schools for the fall and beyond.
“The West Side” is broadcast each Friday at 10 a.m. on The Ideas Network stations 88.3 WHWC-FM Menomonie/Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM River Falls and via an online live stream on 88.7 WRFW-FM via wrfw887.com/listen-live.html. Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at (800) 228-5615. Archives of “The West Side” are available at wpr.org/programs/west-side.
University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
Faculty mentors help new grad succeed despite health challenges and pandemic
Amelia Montie credits a team of faculty mentors for helping her thrive at UW-Eau Claire, including during her final semester of college as she is managing a new diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes as well as a global pandemic that moved all classes online. Full story.
New grad built connections, embraced opportunities to make most of college
As Monica Dickson prepares to graduate this spring with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry, she says UW-Eau Claire’s supportive campus community is a big part of the reason she can pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian. Full story.
History class in England inspires Blugold to pursue new major, career
LeeAnn Przybylski has had many fabulous classes taught by exceptional professors during her years as a Blugold, but it was an experience far from UW-Eau Claire’s campus that helped her find her future career path. Full story.
Intercultural journey, continued: Fulbright award to enrich teaching of Chinese language, culture
Dr. Kaishan Kong, assistant professor of Chinese in the department of languages at UW-Eau Claire, has received a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to teach in China. Full story.
Marco's Dale Evens Receives ENX Difference Markers Award by implementing best practices in the copier industry
ST. CLOUD, MINN., MAY 11, 2020 – Marco announces that Dale Evens, Vice President of Copier Services, has received the ENX Difference Makers Award, a distinction that honors individuals who have made a notable impact on the document technology industry.
Evens won the award for his efforts over the past 30 years implementing best practices and standard procedures that have improved both Marco and the copier industry. Evens played a key role in bringing Marco’s copier service department from lower performing to high performing by helping the company establish what “good” looks like. This was done by implementing policies that decreased waste and increased technician accountability. As a result, Marco saw a dramatic improvement in copier performance and the amount of copies generated between service calls.
Prevea welcomes Carly Scherz, PA-C, to Mondovi
Specializing in family medicine at the Prevea Mondovi Health Center
Mondovi – Prevea Health is pleased to welcome Carly Scherz, PA-C, to its family of care at the Prevea Mondovi Health Center located at 250 State Road 37.
Carly is a physician assistant specializing in routine medical care for children and adults, preventive medicine, medication management, acute care, chronic disease management and DOT physical exams. She holds a Master of Health Sciences from Duke University School of Medicine and is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
“It is important to me that my patients know I am here to listen to their story and be an advocate for their best interests,” said Carly. “Taking into account what is important to them, we develop a treatment plan that meets their individual needs while applying the latest evidence-based care.”
Appointments with Carly can be made by calling (715) 926-6230. The Prevea Mondovi Health Center is currently open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.