Provost's Digest - February 2010

Institutional Research Welcomes New Staff
The Provost's Office is pleased to welcome two staff members to the Office of Institutional Research. Debbie Valine joins UW-La Crosse as our director of Institutional Research. She began her career as a program evaluator for the State of Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau in Madison, evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of state government programs.  After earning her MBA at UW-Madison, she spent twenty years in marketing research and business intelligence at a variety of corporations in Madison and Appleton.  Most recently, Ms. Valine earned a Masters in Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee and served as the assessment officer for the University of Tennessee Libraries, where she was in charge of statistical reporting and conducting research to ensure library services are meeting the needs of students, faculty, and staff.

Marv Noltze joins UW-La Crosse as an associate institutional planner. He will be working with enrollment data, surveys, educational attainment and reporting functions for the campus. Marv previously worked in the Research Department at Renaissance Learning Inc in Wisconsin Rapids, where he was responsible for supporting K-12 research studies and data analysis. Throughout his career he has worked in information technology in a variety of industries, including higher education, county government and consulting. He has a Master in Public Administration from UW-Oshkosh and a post graduate certificate in Institutional Research from Florida State University.

International Development Grant Fund Proposals Due April 1
International Development Fund grants applications are due to the provost's office on April 1, 2010. For more information about the grant program and for application guidelines please visit

Open House to Celebrate UW-L TRIO Programs

Monday, March 8, 2010
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
106 Graff Main hall

UW-L TRIO programs (Student Support Services, Upward Bound and the new McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program) are funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The programs identify and provide services for low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to help them fulfill their academic potential from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.

UW System Sustainable Communities Forum
UW System is pleased to host Sustainable Communities Forum as part of their ongoing Wisconsin Idea Forum program. The Sustainable Communities Forum encourages dialogue by bringing together community and economic development professionals, local elected officials, legislators, members of sustainability organizations and grassroots groups, consultants, business and community leaders, faculty and students who are engaged in local sustainability efforts. You can participate in one of the following ways:

  1. Attend a Sustainable Communities Roundtable.These free regional workshops lead up to the forum. Sessions of 2-3 hours open with an overview of sustainability efforts in the state and conclude with participants identifying policy issues, barriers, strengths, and possibilities. Visit Sustainable Communities Roundtables for details.

  2. Register for the March 25-26, 2010, Sustainable Communities Public Policy Forum at the LEED-certified UW-Fox Valley Communication Arts Center, Menasha. You will learn who’s doing what to make their communities sustainable, then help write policy recommendations to move your own community and the state toward a sustainable future. These contributions will be shared in a post-conference publication, “Building Sustainable Communities in Wisconsin: Opportunities and Challenges Moving Forward.”
    Registration and program information:  Sustainable Communities Public Policy Forum
    Cost:  $100 ($75 by March 1), $30 for students, $50 for a single day.