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September 18, 2009

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"UW System awards grants for 18 projects," Associated Press, Sept. 18.

The University of Wisconsin System is awarding more than $1 million in grants for 18 projects to help graduate more students. The projects are meant to boost pre-college preparation, promote partnerships between UW faculty and high school math teachers, improve services for veterans, and increase access and achievement among minority students and others...

On Campus

"Cudahy wanted to control design, construction of UWM lakefront project," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Sept. 17.

Philanthropist Michael Cudahy, not University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee officials, would have largely controlled design and construction of UWM's proposed School of Freshwater Sciences headquarters, if the university had developed it at the former Pieces of Eight lakefront site, according to a newly obtained document...

"Cudahy's plans for Freshwater School included three sections," Business Journal of Milwaukee, Sept. 18.

...But the university announced Sept. 4 that it was no longer interested in developing the school on the site. UWM officials said this week that one of the reasons was Cudahy’s intention to put a restaurant in the building, along with other concerns about input on the overall design...

"UW-Oshkosh tests emergency broadcast system," WBAY-TV, Sept. 16.

A first-of-its kind emergency alert system was tested Monday at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. The school is spending thousands of dollars to enhance student safety...

"UWO sets up emergency PA system," WLUK-TV, Sept. 16.

...Now when University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh officials need to reach those on campus about emergencies, they can use speakers and LED signs.The system is designed to alert those on campus about any type of emergency ranging from a shooting, severe weather or another reason to evacuate. It cost the school $350,000 dollars, but Vice Chancellor Tom Sonnleitner says money was not an issue...

"On Campus: North Hall turns 158 today," Wisconsin State Journal, Sept. 17.

It's a big day for UW-Madison's North Hall today. The university's oldest building is turning 158 years old. It opened for the first time on Sept. 17, 1851...

"Law school difficult enough without bar," Editorial, Daily Cardinal, Sept. 17.

...But simmering under the legal grounds of the lawsuit is the issue of whether the bar exam in really all that necessary for Wisconsin students. It would seem that a diploma proving you had completed three grueling years of legal study is a better indicator of one’s possible legal success than a single two-day exam...

"Employers at UW Career Fair down 50%," WKOW-TV, Sept. 17.

The number of employers at aUW-Madison job fair dropped by 50% from last year...

"Research results that don't surprise anyone," Capital Times, Sept. 18.

The Chronicleo f Higher Education took another look at "research results that don't surprise us." It's both entertaining and eye-opening (as in, people really get paid money to study this?). To get an idea of the range of research taking place across the UW-Madison campus, check out the university's "Ideas and Discoveries" web page...

"End Violence on Campus aimed at student awareness," Badger Herald, Sept. 18.

The End Violence on Campus Program was unveiled Thursday with the aim to raise awareness and reduce the number of crimes involving sexual assault, dating violence and stalking on campus...

"Officials reveal plan to reduce sexual assault," Daily Cardinal, Sept. 18.

UW-Madison officials partnered with student advocacy groups and law enforcement Thursday to unveil a new campuswide initiative to address the problems of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking...

"Historic tree's fate to soon be decided," The Spectator, Sept. 17.

Eau Claire students, faculty and community members joined together Wednesday to talk about their memories of the historic Council Oak Tree, better known as the emblem for UW-Eau Claire. The tree is facing removal in order to make way for a new Student Center, according to a university press release...

"UW-L reports record number of students," The Racquet, Sept. 17.

UW-L kicked off a new school year last Tuesday with the largest student population in over twenty years with about 8,700 undergraduate students enrolled. The increase in student enrollment has effected campus interests from residence and dining halls to university funding...

State

"Petri: Persistence versus flamboyance," Editorial, Oshkosh Northwestern, Sept. 18.

...That was never more evident than this past week when the national news spotlight fell on U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson's outburst during the President's health care address to Congress and literally ignored a major piece of legislation crafted by our own Rep. Thomas Petri that will have significant impact on college students struggling to afford the cost of college...

National

"House OKs plan for student loan program shift," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Sept. 18.

The federal government would stop subsidizing student lenders and use the savings generated by the move to boost federal programs that directly help students pay for college under a bill approved by the House on Thursday...Wisconsin's universities have mixed feelings about the legislation..."To say that the program is being improved, that's garbage," said Susan Fischer, director of student financial aid at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "It's being gutted"...

"House passes bill to expand college aid," New York Times, Sept. 17.

The House of Representatives on Thursday passed legislation that expands federal aid to college students while ending federal subsidies to private lenders...

"House votes to end subsidies to student loan firms," Washington Post, Sept. 18.

The Democratic-led House approved a bill Thursday that would overhaul college lending and spend tens of billions of dollars on student grants, community colleges, school construction and early childhood education...

"House backs bill to overhaul student loan program," USA Today, Sept. 18.

The House voted Thursday in favor of the biggest overhaul of college aid programs since their creation in the 1960s — a bill to oust private lenders from the student loan business and put the government in charge. The vote was 253-171 in favor of a bill that fulfills nearly all of President Obama's campaign promises for higher education: The measure ends subsidies for private lenders, boosts Pell Grants for needy students and creates a grant program to improve community colleges, among other things...

"Easing from combat to classroom," Washington Post, Sept. 18.

...As more veterans such as Day return to school, drawn by a new GI Bill that offers more-generous benefits than its predecessor, colleges and universities in the Washington region and across the nation are launching efforts to ease the daunting social, psychological and logistical transition from combat to classroom...

"Luxury dorms: Purdue University, other schools build swanky housing to lure undergrads," Chicago Tribune, Sept. 17.

...The demand for more posh undergraduate housing is growing across college campuses, contradicting general economic trends toward simplifying and cutting back...

"King: H1N1 worries increase awareness on college campuses," CNN, Sept. 18.

At the University of Connecticut, planning for the H1N1 virus means, to begin with, clearing some serious storage space...

"Dodging swine online," Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 18.

...While distance education is growing in popularity, learning how to use course-management tools might not be an intuitive part of preparing for a flu pandemic. But for many colleges and universities, it is as much part of the emergency plan as hand sanitizer...