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August 2005
New Semester Welcome Edition


Welcome to the 2005-2006 Academic Year! You'll notice that the traditional new academic year welcome looks a little different this year. We're sending it as a special edition of the Provost's Digest (expect to see other editions throughout the year). We're also linking it to our new web site. The goal of the new web site is to make sure all of the information you need for semester planning - and working your way through the academic year - is right at your fingertips. Please take a quick tour of the site and feel free to offer any feedback on what might make it work better for you. You will find most of the documents we traditionally send at the beginning of the year on the web site's home page.

First and Second Week Activities

There are several events that you may find particularly useful as you begin the new academic year. The first is the Chancellor's All-University Address and All-University Picnic. These events allow all of us a chance to reflect on our goals as a university, and to reconnect with colleagues and friends. Faculty Research Day is another opportunity to move from summer mode into the academic year. It is an excellent place to mingle with colleagues and to be inspired by their work. Teacher Education Day allows us to focus on the role each of us plays in educating our K-12 teachers. This year's Teacher Education Day focuses on Poverty and Schools. For details on these and many other events, please visit the First and Second Week Calendar.

Budget

As you are likely aware, the governor vetoed some of the legislative cuts to the UW budget and the plan to have unclassified employees pay a percentage of their current salary into their pensions.  However, there are still cuts to the UW budget that will affect UW-L. The campus will be involved in identifying the cuts; a timeline detailing ways in which the entire campus can participate is coming soon. The good news is that the legislature approved a pay plan increase for faculty and academic staff that includes a two percent increase in July 2005, a two percent increase in July 2006, and an additional one percent increase in April 2007. 

The Faculty Seminar on Teaching for Diversity (TFD) 

All interested instructors are invited to join a seminar devoted to the discussion of "teaching for diversity." Deb Hoskins (Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies) has facilitated this seminar for several semesters and the readings and topics change every semester.  For more information, visit http://www.uwlax.edu/FacultySeminar/. TFD meets every other Thursday in 111 Wimberly Hall from 4:00 to 5:30.

American Democracy Project

As faculty intern to the Provost from 2003 to 2005, one of Dean Stroud's initiatives was greater involvement in the American Democracy Project. A new web site on the Provost's page entitled "Civic Engagement" lays out the branches of this project. The UW-L committee (comprised of Dean Stroud, Katie Van Roosenbeek, LeeAnn Fatura, Anita Evans, Sandi Krajewski, and several students), has been involved with several important projects including sponsoring a service-learning conference, appraising use of the New York Times in courses, and securing $10,000 in scholarships for students. On a similar note, a grant was funded allowing UW-L to keep our VISTA volunteer, LeeAnn Fatura, for an additional year.  You will be hearing more about LeeAnn and her role here at UW-L in the near future.

Constitution Day

A new federal mandate requires that organizations that receive federal funding help their communities recognize Constitution Day, which is September 17.  Stephen McDougal (Political Science/Public Administration) will give a talk open to the community on Wednesday, September 14 at 7 pm in the Port-O-Call regarding the U.S. Constitution and students will receive an email with some salient information. 

NCA

Under the guidelines of the North Central Association (NCA), the university’s accrediting agency, UW-L is required to undergo a self-study every ten years. NCA coordinator Dorothy Zeisler-Vralsted, in collaboration with Ron and Jane Rada, has already completed drafts of several chapters of our self study.  A team of evaluators will visit the campus this spring. Expect to hear more about this process that directly affects the students, staff, and faculty of this campus. http://www.uwlax.edu/nca/.

Student Services

Mick Miyamoto has been named Interim Dean of Student Development and Academic Services. His division incorporates the Child Care Center, Counseling and Testing, Disability Resource Services, Student Health Center, Intercollegiate Athletics, Multicultural Student Services, Student Support Services, Recreational Sports, Residence Life, Student Activities and Centers, Student Life, Upward Bound, and the Dean of Students office. Diane Schumacher is overseeing the division of “Enrollment Services” which includes Admissions, Records & Registration, Financial Aid, Career Services, and the Academic Advising Center (in conjunction with the Provost).

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.