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August 2007
New Semester Welcome Edition

Welcome to the 2007-2008 academic year. The start of this year brings a period of change to UW-L. Joe Gow begins his first full year as chancellor; the new academic building planning is proceeding rapidly; the sports complex has reach the 35% design point and will soon go before the Board of Regents and State Building Commission for approval; Robert J. Hetzel will shortly begin as vice chancellor for administration and finance; and the search for our next provost is proceeding on schedule. It is an exciting time that brings many challenges and opportunities.

As we begin this exciting new academic year, there are several events that you may find beneficial. The first is the Chancellor's All-University Address and Picnic. The university address will provide important updates and the picnic will allow all of us to reconnect with colleagues and friends. The Conference on Teaching and Learning also provides an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and to be inspired by their work. Be sure to visit the website for the Center for Teaching and Learning for details. For details on these and many other events, please visit the First and Second Week Calendar.

Useful Information For the New Academic Year

As you begin the new academic year, you may find the following helpful:

UW System Advising Workshop

The 11th Annual Wisconsin Academic Advising Association (WACADA) Conference is Friday September 21, 2007 at UW-River Falls. For more information and to register, visit

The UW System Pre-Conference is on Thursday, September 20, 2007 at UW-River Falls. It includes afternoon sessions and lunch is free! You may attend the one-day pre-conference only, or you may also register to attend the WACADA 2007 Conference on Friday, September 21. Pre-conference sessions are designed for UW System attendees and will include one workshop and six breakout sessions.

This newsletter is provided in the spirit of on-going communication. It is for informational purposes only and does not represent official policy statements or administrative positions.