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September 2006


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Administrative Changes

Margaret “Peg” Finders joined UW-L in July as the new director of the School of Education and has already made great strides in forging links between the School of Education (SOE), UW-L and the local community. In addition to new administrators, several individuals are currently serving in interim positions. Liz Hitch is serving as interim chancellor. Ron Rada is serving as interim provost. Karen McLean is serving as dean of Science and Health with Gubbi Sudhakaran (Physics) and Rob Tyser (Biology) serving as assistants to the dean. Given Ron Lostetter’s recent resignation, the chancellor will name an interim chief financial officer in the near future. The chancellor has met with the unit directors in that division for their feedback on the interim position and on the timing of the search for the permanent replacement.

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Chancellor's Search

A reminder that the Chancellor’s Search & Screen committee has developed a website with relevant information. The committee hopes to have candidates on campus the week of October 23 and a candidate named at the November 2006 Regent’s meeting.

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Growth and Access Plan

As noted in an email from Interim Chancellor Hitch and in her address in August, the UW System Board of Regents approved UW-La Crosse’s Growth and Access Agenda. The cornerstones of the budget request are academic quality enhancement for all UW-L students; increased opportunities to attend UW-L, especially for students from families from the lower two economic quintiles and for U.S. students of color; and increased access to and graduation from UW-L for more Wisconsin students. To move forward, state lawmakers and the governor will need to include this plan in the 2007-09 State Budget. Interim Chancellor Hitch has proposed a process for efficiently addressing the short-term and long-term considerations associated with this plan. This process was presented at her Fall remarks. In addition, a website regarding Growth and Access is available which includes the plan, a link to the Regents’ meeting information, and FAQs. The website also allows interested individuals to submit questions on-line. Those fielding questions on the Growth and Access Agenda are encouraged to direct interested parties to the web site for information and to submit questions.

In terms of the planning process for UW-L, as noted in the Chancellor’s address, several individuals have been asked to serve on small task teams. Individuals were asked to serve if they had duties directly related to the expertise needed and teams were kept very small for efficiency. The charge to each team includes identifying key existing governance committees with which the teams should be consulting and regularly communicating. 

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New Academic Building

A high ranking of the UW-L academic building was also a component of the budget passed by the Regents in August.  Although the building must still be approved by the legislature and the governor, UW-L must be working currently with architects and planners to be able to hit the ground running if/when the building is approved. A steering committee will oversee the decisions made in regards to the building. The committee is comprised of Ron Rada, Ron Lostetter, Bill Colclough, John Mason, Karen McLean, Paula Knudson, Bruce May, Ruthann Benson, Diane Schumacher, Jay Lokken, Matt Lewis, Debbie Veglahn, and two students to be appointed through student government. The firm associated with this project (River Architects, Inc. - the architectural firm approved by the Division of State Facilities) and/or consultants associated the architectural firm Paulien & Associates have been and will continue meeting with the steering committee and the units slated to be housed in the building. In addition, a classroom design forum will be held in the near future.

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Peoplesoft and WISDM2  

Starting July 1st, 2006 Business Services migrated to a new software developed by Peoplesoft. Currently, the program is a trial version and the full version with UW-L budget amounts and numbers loaded should be available in November. UW-L employees will interface with the software using a program called WISDM2. Business Services is in the process of contacting unit heads to schedule training for WISDM2. Some training has occurred, and trainings will occur throughout Fall Semester. Barry Miller, Sharon Radtke, Cheryl Roland & Cristen Houlihan are conducting the trainings.

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Faculty Development Links Faculty Development

A new button on the Faculty & Staff webpage called "Faculty Development" provides direct access to frequently requested professional development information about Faculty Development Grants, tenure and promotion, sabbaticals, and teaching and learning programs. The page can also be reached by clicking on “Faculty” in the "Information For" section of the Provost’s website sidebar.

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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.