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April 13, 2011

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On Campus

"Conference tells small-business starters: You can do it!," Wisconsin State Journal, April 13.

...About 620 people are attending the conference, which wraps up Wednesday and is being hosted by the UW-Extension Division of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development...

"Appeals court upholds dismissal of UWS prof," Superior Telegram, April 12.

A final decision has been reached in the state case over the 2001 firing of University of Wisconsin-Superior associate professor John Marder. But after bouncing through all levels of the state court system for a decade, the case is not over...

"Provost on Fulbright mission to assist Azerbaijan university," WQOW 18, April 12.

UW-Stout Provost Julie Furst-Bowe will lend her expertise on academic quality assurance issues.

"UW names finalists for vacant chief information officer position," Badger Herald, April 12.

After narrowing the search for a new chief information officer to a list of five finalists, a commission formed by the University of Wisconsin is asking the public to provide feedback on the candidates before the final decision is announced...

"Campus Connection: Union South, partisan media and faculty lines," Capital Times, April 13.

** The new Union South will celebrate its grand opening on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon on Friday...** UW-Madison announced Tuesday how it plans to use $4 million raised through its Madison Initiative for Undergraduates, a program championed by Chancellor Biddy Martin and funded through a supplemental tuition charge...

"Joseph G. Lehman and Thomas Shull: Our right to ask about professors' political activism," Column, Capital Times, April 13.

A national debate is under way over the use of open records laws to seek documents from professors at public institutions of higher education. A Washington Post editorial last week criticized our organization, the Michigan-based Mackinac Center for Public Policy, suggesting that we meant to chill academic freedom through a state Freedom of Information Act request that we filed with three public universities. The evidence shows that the Post has erred, but the general rush to judgment about the use of open records laws with public universities illustrates why defending the laws remains as challenging and important as ever...

"UW-RF student awarded Ag Engineering Student of Year," Wisconsin Ag Connection, April 12.

An agricultural engineering technology student from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls has been awarded the 2011 Engineering Technology Student of the Year award from the Wisconsin chapter of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineer...

"Children's Art Club starts at UW-Stout," Dunn County News, April 12.

UW-Stout art majors offer after-school outreach program in Heritage Hall.

"Flying high," Dunn County News, April 12.

“What’s Crackin’” wins Best in Show at UW-Stout’s Fashion without Fabric.

"On Campus: UW-Madison tuition surcharge will fund 80 new faculty," Wisconsin State Journal, April 12.

A UW-Madison tuition increase known as the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates will allow the university to hire 80 new faculty members. Students are in the second year of a four-year tuition increaseintended to increase the quality of undergraduate education...

"Patrick Callan: Students supported facility upgrades," Column, Wisconsin State Journal, April 13.

Saturday's letter questioning the rebuilding of Union South and renovating Memorial Union missed key facts. Memorial Union has obsolete electrical, plumbing and ventilation systems from the 1930s that are energy inefficient and environmentally unfriendly. Large sections of the building are inaccessible to wheelchairs. And with an average of more than 10,000 visitors daily, the more than 80-year-old building experiences much wear and tear. To ignore the need to renovate it would be irresponsible... (By Patrick Callan, Wisconsin Union president; and Mark Guthier, Wisconsin Union director)

"New alder map could combine student areas," Badger Herald, April 12.

4 districts home to large amounts of UW attendees; officials worry only 1 college representative would minimize voice

"Support from near and far," Racquet, April 13.

Over $6,000 was collected for the Japan Relief Days fundraiser that took place on April 6-7 in various locations on campus. Several Japanese students who are studying abroad at UW-La Crosse organized the event after they realized that they all wanted to try to help their home country get through this difficult time...

"Green Bay dietitian encourages kids to take control of their health," Superior Telegram, April 12.

When it comes to encouraging kids to eat their fruits and vegetables, dads can be heroes, says UW-Stout alumna Carmen Gorniak...Gorniak, who works with some Green Bay Packers players as a certified dietitian, was a recent speaker for a Wellness ROCKS (Reaching Our Communities' KidS) program at Red Cedar Medical Center...

State

"Gov. Walker speaks at small business conference," WKOW-TV, April 11.

Governor Scott Walker told more than 600 national business leaders that Wisconsin is a stable place to do business. Monday, Governor Walker spoke at a National Small Business Conference held at Monona Terrace. He spoke about his goal to create 250,000 private sector jobs by bringing in 10,000 new small businesses... (The National Small business Innovation Research Conference is being hosted by the UW-Extension Div. of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.)

"St. Norbert named top social media college," Fox 11 WLUK-TV, April 12.

St. Norbert’s social media efforts have been ranked as the best among Wisconsin colleges...Lawrence, UW-Madison, Marquette also recognized...

"Douglas Stewart Lueck: Look for Walker to target public worker pensions," Letter, Capital Times, April 12.

….Union/nonunion state employees receive substantially the same wage/benefit package every two years. The exception are the highly paid UW administrators or faculty members who supposedly require “catch-up” with peers to dissuade them from leaving. I exist on a monthly annuity from the Wisconsin Retirement System (covers state employees, K-12 teachers and most municipal employees). Annuitants aren’t exempt from Scott Walker’s cultural and economic blitzkrieg. We know it’s only a matter of time before the GOP stormtroopers target the WRS, raid its coffers and/or privatize it!

National

"Maximum Pell safe for now," Inside Higher Ed, April 13.

As details emerged early Tuesday morning about the last-minute spending compromise that averted a government shutdown, higher education experts shared one reaction: It could have been worse. The deal funds the federal government for the rest of the 2011 fiscal year, cutting $38.5 billion from current spending levels. The compromise, which has yet to be approved by Congress but appears likely to pass, would end year-round Pell Grants that aimed to help students complete college faster and would shave $20 million each from TRIO and GEAR UP, two federal programs that prepare low-income students for college, as well as cut $260 million from the National Institutes of Health...

"Federal Budget Deal spares Pell but shrinks research and education programs," Chronicle of Higher Education, April 12.

The federal budget deal reached by Democrats and Republicans over the weekend would preserve the maximum Pell Grant but cut a host of research and education programs, including global-exchange and foreign-language efforts, according to details released on Tuesday...

"College students to protest higher ed budget cuts," Associated Press, April 13.

College students and faculty in California and other states on Wednesday planned to protest state budget cuts to higher education that could lead to higher tuition, larger class sizes and lower enrollment. Rallies, marches and teach-ins were scheduled at all 23 California State University campuses...