LaRue Pierce has been named dean of students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire following a national search. He will begin his new duties Aug. 5
Pierce will promote student success, access and development across the university; coordinate the administration of student conduct procedures; and serve as a deputy Title IX coordinator. He also will directly supervise the directors of Counseling Services and the Student Health Service, as well as several Dean of Students Office staff.
“Mr. Pierce brings a strong record of leadership in student affairs from a variety of institutions,” said Dr. Marc Goulet, administrative officer in UW-Eau Claire’s College of Arts and Sciences and co-chair of the dean of students search committee. “He's consistently been an effective advocate for students and a creative problem solver wherever he has worked.”
ROYAL CREDIT UNION BREAKS GROUND ON NEW ST. CROIX FALLS OFFICE
St. Croix Falls, WI – Royal Credit Union (Royal) celebrated the groundbreaking for a new office location in St. Croix Falls on July 19. Construction will begin in August and should be complete in February 2020. The new office will include a full-service lobby, drive-up and ATM.
“We are excited to break ground on our new St. Croix Falls office and celebrate with the community,” said Brandon Riechers, Royal Credit Union President & CEO. “We have enjoyed serving our Members in St. Croix Falls for the last 9 years and look forward to constructing a larger, more accessible office to better meet their needs. Royal is building for the future and is committed to continuing to make a positive impact in the lives we touch in Polk County.”
The groundbreaking was attended by Falls Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Pam Stratmoen, St. Croix Falls City Administrator, Bob Kasmierski and Polk County Economic Development Executive Director, Vincent Netherland. Royal’s St. Croix Falls Branch Manager Rhonda Anderson emceed the event. Royal is working with River Valley Architects and Hoeft Builders on construction of the facility.
The new office is located on Highway 8 in front of Tractor Supply and Falls Cinema. The current Royal St. Croix Falls location on Glacier Drive will continue to operate as usual until the new office opens. The new St. Croix Falls office will feature teller services, new accounts, business services, consumer loans, home loans, investment services, and more. Royal also has a full-service office in Osceola, school site branches in St. Croix Falls and Balsam Lake, and ATMs in the Polk County Government Center and the Polk County Justice Center.
Royal Credit Union is a federally insured credit union proudly serving over 200,000 Members in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Royal is driven by a core ideology which is built on strong purpose and values. You can open an account or apply for a low-rate loan at Royal Credit Union if you live or work in 26 counties in western Wisconsin or 16 counties in Minnesota. Counties served in Wisconsin include Adams, Ashland, Bayfield, Barron, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Lincoln, Marathon, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Portage, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Taylor, Trempealeau, Washburn, and Wood. Counties served in Minnesota include Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Goodhue, Hennepin, Isanti, Olmsted, Pine, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Wabasha, Washington, Winona and Wright. Realtors in the state of Wisconsin or Minnesota are also eligible to join the credit union. Visit rcu.org or call Royal Credit Union at 800-341-9911 for more information.
“Dabble Day” Maker Fest Returns to the Library
The Chippewa Valley Maker Fest is back, and it’s gaining STEAM! STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, but at the third annual “Dabble Day” it also means hands-on activities, demonstrations, live entertainment, meeting your friends, and making new ones. Dabble Day will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 22 at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire. Everyone is invited for a festival of fun and learning with the library’s Dabble Box makerspace staff and many other community partners. Enjoy live music by Klezmazel from 3 to 4 p.m. and by Greg Gilbertson from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Food will be available for purchase from SmokeStream.
The event is presented in cooperation with US Bank, and is co-sponsored by: the Friends of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire, the Chippewa Valley Museum, the Chippewa Valley Technical College’s Mobile Manufacturing Lab, the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild, Da Vinci’s Workshop, the Eau Claire Music School, The Glass Orchard, Regis Catholic Schools, and SHIFT Cyclery & Coffee Bar.
For information, stop at Information & Reference on your next visit to the library, call 715-839-5004, or email the library at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about library programs, check the library website at www.ecpubliclibrary.info.
If you have a need for a sign language interpreter or other special accommodations, please notify Information & Reference (715-839-5004, email@example.com) at least 48 hours before the program.
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital cardiac rehabilitation program re-certified
EAU CLAIRE – HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is proud to announce the re-certification of its cardiac rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. This certification is recognition of the hospital’s commitment to improving the quality of life of patients by enhancing standards of care. AACVPR Program Certification is awarded for a period of three years.
Cardiac rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems (e.g., heart attacks, heart procedures, coronary artery bypass graft surgery) recover faster and live healthier. The program includes exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families.
“We are proud to maintain our certification as a testament to the quality care and treatment provided to our cardiac rehabilitation patients,” said Nancy DeMars, director of cardiopulmonary services at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital.
To earn accreditation, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital participated in an application process that requires extensive documentation of the program’s practices. AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-review accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by AACVPR and other related professional societies. Each program’s application is reviewed by the AACVPR Program Certification Committee, and certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors.
In 2018, AACVPR moved to an outcomes-based process with performance measurements that represent more meaningful outcomes. Therefore, AACVPR-certified programs are leaders in the cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation field because they offer the most advanced practices available and have proven track records of high quality patient care.
August sessions with The Healing Place
EAU CLAIRE – The Healing Place, a free service of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital that helps anyone who has experienced a loss and is in need of spiritual and emotional support, is offering the following programs and sessions in August. All sessions will take place at The Healing Place, 2125 Heights Drive, Eau Claire, unless otherwise noted. For more information, call 715-717-6028.
August 1, 10:30 a.m., gratefulness gathering, a monthly program designed to cultivate grateful living. Free. No registration needed.
August 1 and 15, 6:30 p.m., suicide survivor group. Free. No registration needed.
August 5 and 19, 6:30 p.m., parent grief support group. Free. No registration needed.
August 6, 6:30 p.m., “No Regrets: Living from the Inside Out.” Five-week course that offers tools for making the most of life. Free. Call to register by August 1, 715-717-6028.
August 6, 13, 20, 27, 5 p.m., Tuesday evening meditation group. Free. No registration needed.
August 7, 14, 21 and 28, 10 a.m., Wednesday morning meditation group. Free. No registration needed.
August 8, 10:30 a.m., TED and grief with Nora McInerny. A new program using TED Talks to discuss grief, loss and life transition. Free. No registration needed.
August 13, 5 p.m., sound meditation/Tibetan singing bowls with Mary Jackelen. Free. No registration needed.
August 22, 10:30 a.m., Stepping Stones through Grief. Ongoing grief support group for anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. Free. No registration needed.
SUBJECT: Merchants Bank Looks to “Swipe Out Hunger” for Area Food Shelves
EAU CLAIRE, Wisc. – During “Swipe Out Hunger,” the Merchants Bank’s seventh annual Facebook Giveaway, the Bank will be donating five cents each time a Merchants Bank credit card or debit card is used and $100 for every checking or savings account opened between August 1-8, up to a total of $10,000, to area food shelves.
The “Swipe Out Hunger” giveaway will work like this:
Supporters of area food shelves will be able to vote once per day between August 1-8 for their chosen food shelves on the Merchants Bank Facebook page (www.facebook.com/merchantsbank).
At the end of the giveaway, the food shelves with the top three vote totals will receive donations of $2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place and $1,000 for third place. All other food shelves will evenly split the remaining $5,000.
Participating food shelves were nominated by Merchants Bank locations (Bank locations making the nomination are noted in parentheses). A number of locations nominated the same food shelf based on which organization serves the needs of their community. Participating this year are:
Feed My People (Eau Claire)
360 Communities (Lakeville and Rosemount)
Cannon Falls Food Shelf (Cannon Falls)
Channel 1 (Rochester)
Friends in Need Food Shelf (Cottage Grove)
Hastings Family Service (Hastings)
Hometown Resource Center (St. Charles)
The Hunger Task Force (Onalaska)
La Crescent Food Shelf (La Crescent)
The Open Door Pantry (Apple Valley)
Randolph Food Shelf (Hampton)
SEMCAC (Caledonia, Lanesboro, Rushford, Spring Grove)
Winona Volunteer Services (Winona, Lakeside, Goodview)
“Feed My People provides necessary and valuable resources to our community and it’s our privilege to help spread the word about their work through Swipe Out Hunger,” said Larry Accola, Market President, Merchants Bank-Eau Claire.
Last year, Merchants Bank donated $10,000.00 to local food shelves through Swipe Out Hunger and 4,453 votes were cast. In its six-year history, the campaign has donated more than $60,000 to food shelf partners in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Everyone is invited to vote for your favorite food shelf by visiting the Merchants Bank Facebook page during the campaign (August 1-8).
Merchants Bank is a full service community bank with 21 branches in southeastern Minnesota and west-central Wisconsin. Headquartered in Winona, MN, the Bank has more than $1.76 billion in assets and was founded in 1875. Member FDIC.