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May 2007

In This Issue:

Growth and Access Update

On April 20, 2007, Chancellor Gow provided an update on the status of Growth and Access relative to legislative approval and campus planning. Bill Colclough, as Interim Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance, and Steve Senger, as chair of Joint Planning and Budget, presented several possible scenarios. The scenarios are posted on the Growth and Access D2L site that can be entered by using the username “access” and the password “access.”

Administrative Staffing Updates

Bill Colclough will assume the role of interim provost on June 1, 2007. Betsy Morgan has been asked to stay on to assist the provost for the upcoming academic year. Bob Hoar, Department of Mathematics, will start his two-year position as faculty intern to the provost in the summer of 2008.

The provost’s position will be advertised as starting in July 2008 or earlier. The job search for the Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance is slated to be filled in Fall 2007. Until that time, Bill Colclough and the division heads will manage the activities of the unit.  

Christine Bakkum is serving as interim registrar and manager of Enrollment Services. For the 2007-2008 year, Ruthann Benson, Bruce May, and Karen McLean will be serving as the deans of Liberal Studies, Business Administration, and Science and Health, respectively. The associate dean for Science and Health and the interim associate dean for Liberal Studies are yet to be announced. Lise Graham and Ken Winters will serve as associate deans for Business Administration.

On-Line Teaching Director Named

The Provost’s Office and the Office of Continuing Education and Extension are pleased to announce that Brian Udermann, Department of Exercise and Sport Science, has accepted the part-time position of director of on-line teaching. Brian will be available this summer and throughout the academic year for consultation regarding new courses or courses transitioning to a full or partial on-line format. Additional information regarding the training and other on-line development will be forthcoming. 

Receptions for Diane Schumacher, Elizabeth Hitch, and John Mason

Faculty & IAS Electronic Portfolios

A detailed email will be sent to all UW-L faculty and IAS regarding the electronic portfolio system. However, this serves as a reminder that ALL faculty and IAS are expected to input their activities from the past academic year (May 2006 through May 2007) into the Digital Measures system. Documentation regarding the system and UW-L procedures regarding annual reports, retention, and promotion are available at

Student Information System

Over the next two years, UW-L will be involved in implementing the PeopleSoft (PS) product “Campus Solutions.” This software package provides an integrated student information system, which includes recruiting, admissions, records, financial aid, and student financials.  Debbie Veglahn, Administration and Finance, has been appointed to serve as the Project Manager; the implementation team includes Cristen Houlihan, Student Financials, Louise Janke, Financial Aids, Corey Sjoquist, Admissions, Jan Von Ruden, Records & Registration, and Janice Ward, ITS

For the past month, UW-L has been working with a consultant from CIBER on Phase 1 of the project, the readiness assessment. The assessment process involves gathering information from the campus stakeholders and identifying the scope and objectives of the project. Phase 2 of the project, a software overview and fit/gap analysis, will begin late May and continue through the end of July. The fit/gap analysis will compare how UW-L currently does business with how the PeopleSoft product functions. Campus personnel from UW-Stout and UW-Eau Claire will also be on campus at various times throughout the summer participating in the Phase 2 overview sessions. 

The implementation team will be training in Fall 2007 and hit the ground running in January 2008. The go-live date for full implementation of all modules is Fall 2009. Questions regarding the project can be referred to Debbie at 5-6494.

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.