Provost's Digest - September 2009

Constitution Day Lecture and Discussion
Please join us to hear Dr. Stephen McDougal (political science) speak on “The Constitution of 1787: Law v. Politics.” Learn more about how the framers crafted the Constitution of 1787 and the implications for national politics today. Refreshments will be served.

  • Thursday, September 17, 2009
  • 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Ward Room, Cartwright Center

International Development Grants Applications Due October 1
Application for International Development Fund Grants are due Thursday, October 1, 2009. The grant program provides support for proposals that develop or strengthen international involvement with established programs with universities and agencies in other countries. The program also supports faculty and staff research, scholarly exchanges, professional development and travel that enhance the internationalization of the university and its curriculum. For more information, visit

UW-L Participating in eCitizenship Initiative
UW-L has been selected to participate in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities' new initiative - eCitizenship: New Tools, New Strategies, New Spaces. The goal of the initiative is to investigate how FaceBook®, wikis, blogs and a host of other technology-based tools are transforming the ways that citizens interact with others and with government. UW-L, along with 32 other participating institutions, will collaborate to study how social networks support and facilitate civic and political engagement. The study results will help to develop a strategy to prepare college students for lives of engagement and participation through usage of social networks and other technologies.  Jo Arney (Political Science & Public Administration) has been appointed UW-L's campus coordinator for the initiative. If you are interested in collaborating in a research study on our campus and/or having your students involved with the project please contact Jo at or 785-6641.

Liberal Arts Essay Competition
The University of Wisconsin System Advisory Group on the Liberal Arts sponsors a Liberal Arts Essay Competition each year. This essay competition is open to any UW System undergraduate student in good academic standing (UW College or four-year institution) who has completed a minimum of 30 credit hours by the end of the Fall Semester 2009, and who has at least one semester remaining (Fall 2010) as a full-time student. Three awards for $2,000 each are available (one to a student from the UW Colleges and two to students from the UW comprehensive and doctoral institutions). If you know a student who might interested, please direct them to

Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies Call for Papers
The Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies invites college and university students from Wisconsin and surrounding states to send in submissions for its 24th Annual Student Conference. The conference will be held at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin on April 10, 2010.

Students from all disciplines are encouraged to submit proposals for presenting papers, roundtables, arts presentations, and persuasive speeches on the theme “Nuclear Proliferation and other Continuing Threats to World Peace.” Proposals are due March 1, 2010. For submission details, visit or contact Deborah Buffton (History) at or 785-8359.