Provost's Digest - January 2011 New Semester Welcome

Welcome to the Spring Semester of the 2010-2011 Academic Year! We’re looking forward to an exciting semester as the academic building and new residence hall near completion.

In This Issue

Spring Semester First and Second Week Calendar Available
As you begin the new semester, please take a moment to review the UW-L Online Campus Calendar for the first two weeks of the semester. The calendar is available on the home page or at
There are several events that you may find particularly useful this week. The first is the Chancellor’s all University Address and Luncheon on Wednesday, January 19. The address and luncheon allow all of us to reflect on our goals as a university and to reconnect with colleagues and friends.
Also of interest is the 16th Annual Faculty Research Day on Friday, January 21. Faculty Research Day is an opportunity to see your colleagues’ research from across campus. The event begins at 9:00 am and concludes with a roundtable luncheon at 12:30 pm. Registration is closed for the luncheon; but faculty and staff are welcome to attend any of the other sessions without registering. The complete program is at

United Nations Film Festival March 4-5
A special international film series will be on campus at the Cleary Center on March 4-5, from noon to 9:00 pm each day. The Select Committee on Internationalization is planning the international film festival with films provided by the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF). The festival features four themes focusing on globalization, sustainability, health issues, and human rights. Each theme will be introduced by a recognized advocate for the particular topic, followed by selected films. 

As part of UW-L’s ongoing commitment to internationalization, the festival provides a number of opportunities for faculty, students and community members to become more involved in a greater global awareness here on campus. It is also an experience that you may want to consider incorporating into your spring course syllabi; the festival lends itself well to film review projects, papers and/or discussions.

For more information, contact Select Committee on Internationalization Chair Gary Gilmore at or Chair of the Film Festival Subcommittee Chair Francine Klein at

Scholarship Opportunity
Please remind your students that applications for the Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition sponsored by the University of Wisconsin System Advisory Group on the Liberal Arts (SAGLA) are due February 1, 2011. The competition is open to any undergraduate student with a current GPA of 3.4 or higher who has completed a minimum of 30 credit hours by the end of the Fall Semester 2010. Two scholarships for $2,000 each are available to students from the UW comprehensive and doctoral institutions.

This year, SAGLA asks students to write about how the habits of mind and the skills of a liberal education as they are relevant or advantageous to the challenges posed by the workplace. For more detailed submission information please direct students to