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February 13, 2012

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Board of Regents

"Regents recognize diversity across system," Daily Cardinal, Feb. 13.

The Board of Regents recognized three programs across system campuses for their contributions to furthering the UW System’s efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusivity Friday. UW-Madison was not an award recipient...

On Campus

"Bon Iver wins two Grammys, including best new artist," Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Feb. 13.

...Vernon's band Bon Iver - which features a pair of other local talents: Memorial graduate Mike Noyce and UW-Eau Claire graduate Sean Carey - also took home a Grammy for best alternative music album...In his acceptance speech, Vernon also gave a special shout-out to his hometown, thanking the city of Eau Claire for his success. UW-Eau Claire returned the favor, toasting its former student during a special showing of the Grammy Awards ceremony Sunday night inside Towers Hall dorm. About 45 students watched the ceremony on several large TV and projection screens...

"UW-Eau Claire students cheer on Bon Iver at Grammys," WEAU-TV, Feb. 12.

Fans over at Justin Vernon's alma mater had their fingers crossed for Bon Iver. UW-Eau Claire students held "Towers night at the Grammys" Sunday evening at Towers Hall. Students cheered on Bon Iver, and even had music themed activities like Bon Iver related trivia and a costume contest. Students say they're thrilled to celebrate the success of their fellow Blugolds, Vernon and Sean Carey... (video clip)

"SLAC pushes UW to break Adidas contract after allegations of labor violations," Badger Herald, Feb. 12.

Chanting "We are unstoppable, another world is possible,: students congregated on Bascom Hill on Friday to push the university into breaking off its apparel contract with Adidas. Members of the Student Labor Action Coalition headed up the protest outside of Interim Chancellor David Ward's office in its continued effort to bring the issue to light on campus...

"Area colleges credit economy with fluctuating enrollment numbers," Green Bay Press-Gazette, Feb. 12.

Local college administrators attribute recent drops in enrollment to changing demographics, economics and increased competition. The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College welcomed fewer full-time students this spring compared with last year. They expect those numbers to increase slightly as students sign up for classes that begin in coming weeks, but say overall enrollment still could take a dip...

"UW-Fox Valley student spotlight," Appleton Post-Crescent, Feb. 12.

...Why did you choose UWFox? UWFox allowed me to stay at home and ease into the college experience. The campus also offered me a path into a mechanical engineering major, which is what I knew I wanted to pursue...

"Two UW engineers named to National Academy of Engineering," Badger Herald, Feb. 12.

Two University of Wisconsin engineers have received national honors from the National Academy of Engineering for their work in the areas of environmental engineering and nuclear reactor design...

"Wisconsin Badgers: University Committee's mistake could cost Badgers," Bleacher Report, Feb. 12.

If the University of Wisconsin's Labor Licensing Policy Committee has their way, the Wisconsin Badgers football team, and the rest of the athletic department, will lose their apparel company once again. The UW athletic department has a contract with Adidas for 2012-13, but that could be in jeopardy due to a recent report by the Worker Rights Consortium...

"UW-Milwaukee honors artist with film series," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 12.

When artists die, especially if they were good, opportunities for rediscovering their work arise. This is true for Robert Nelson, a filmmaker whose spirit and ideas remain an influence for many in Milwaukee, but who is unknown to many, too. Nelson died earlier this year in California. He was 81. Already an established avant-garde artist and known for his experimental films, Nelson came to Milwaukee in 1978 to become one of the founding professors of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's film department...

"Scuffle, possible gunfire outside of UW Stout frat house," WQOW-TV, Feb. 12.

Police in Menomonie are searching for suspects after a fight broke out in the front yard of a frat house early Sunday morning. Just after midnight the unknown suspects attempted to enter a party at the Chi Lambda Fraternity House located at 1120 6th Street East...

"Three hurt in fight outside fraternity house," WEAU-TV, Feb. 12.

Three people are hurt after a fight outside a fraternity house in Menomonie. The Menomonie Police Department says it happened around midnight on Sunday at 1120 6th Street E., at the Chi Lambda Fraternity House...

"Mary Bergin column: Museums honor 50 years of glass art," Wausau Daily Herald, Feb. 10.

...That changed when Littleton, now 89, introduced the nation's first college hot-glass art program at the University of Wisconsin. The art department chairman's work launched the American studio glass movement, and Chihuly -- a University of Washington interior design graduate -- was among Littleton's best-known students...

"UW-EC students, prof study mountain streams on trip to Argentina," Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Feb. 11.

When four UW-Eau Claire biology majors returned to campus last month to start spring classes, they brought with them a better understanding of the world's ecosystems, a new appreciation for cultural differences, connections to South American scientists and a desire to share their research with an international audience...

"UW-Stout chooses mascot name," WQOW-TV, Feb. 11.

The votes are in and University of Wisconsin-Stout's mascot is nameless no more. Its name is Blaze... (video clip)

"Provost pay scale is raised," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 10.

The search for a new chief academic officer for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee got a competitive boost Friday, despite concerns it might send a "tone-deaf" message to faculty and staff who've not seen pay raises in four years...

"Charges still not filed in UW-Parkside hate crime hoax," WTMJ, Feb. 10.

It's been a week since a UW-Parkside student confessed to a hate crime hoax.  So why haven't any charges been filed? Authorities say it does seem like this should be an open and shut case, but there's more to the story. And they still need more information before they can wrap it up...

"UW-Eau Claire makes 'Best Value Colleges' list ," WEAU-TV, Feb. 10.

UW-Eau Claire has been named one of the 'Best Value Colleges' of 2012 by the Princeton Review...

"On Campus: Name chosen for new UW-Madison nursing building," Wisconsin State Journal, Feb. 10.

UW-Madison's new nursing building will be named after Signe Skott Cooper, a pioneer in nursing education and the facility's largest individual donor...

"Former Wisconsin athletic official under fresh scrutiny," Reuters, Feb. 10.

The University of Wisconsin said on Thursday its police department is investigating a third misconduct allegation involving the former associate athletic director who resigned after he was accused of sexually harassing a student during the Badgers' trip to the Rose Bowl...

"UW student wins top Innovation Days prize for prosthetic hand," Wisconsin State Journal, Feb. 10.

Daydreaming during class paid off for UW-Madison student Eric Ronning. He won $11,250 on Friday at UW-Madison's annual Innovation Days for an invention he came up with during an engineering lecture...

"University of Wisconsin a top 10 spender on sports ," Business Journal of Milwaukee, Feb. 10.

The University of Wisconsin  is one of the 10 top spending teams in college sports, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education...

"Student loan debt putting lives on hold -- 'Nightmare' could lead to next economic crisis," Racine Journal Times, Feb. 11.

...Guarascio graduated in 2006 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a textile and apparel design degree and $30,000 in loans. Guarascio deferred as long as possible but when she had to start paying $400 a month toward her loans in December, she couldn't come up with enough money to do that plus support her business and make rent. She moved home to Racine...

"Professors volunteer for USAID Farmer to Farmer in Nicaragua," Dunn County News, Feb. 12.

Krista James and Arthur Kneeland, UW-Stout biology department faculty, recently returned from Nicaragua where they volunteered for two weeks with the USAID-funded Partners of the Americas Farmer to Farmer program...

"George Field, UW-RF's last President, first Chancellor, dies at 82," River Falls Journal, Feb. 13.

A memorial service for George R. Field, chancellor of UW-River Falls until 1985, will be 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16 at Ezekiel Lutheran Church in River Falls. Field, 82, died Friday, Feb. 10th at United Hospital in St. Paul following a short illness...

"Grad program curricula undergo changes, cuts," The Spectator, Feb. 9.

The UW-Eau Claire graduate school program is undergoing some tweaks with eight new courses being proposed, 28 courses being revised and eight courses being deleted...

"University's School of Freshwater Sciences receives unusual donation," UWM Post, Feb. 13.

UW-Milwaukee prides itself on being home to one of the only fresh water study programs in the country and also the only graduate program in the nation. On Jan. 27, faculty and students of the School of Freshwater Sciences were provided more assistance in furthering their studies when Collins Engineers, Inc. donated a Phantom-300 remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to the program...

"President Obama stresses affordable college tuition," UWRF Voice, Feb. 10.

While President Barack Obama has warned universities that they have to keep tuition down, campus officials say UW-River Falls remains affordable compared to other schools...

"Enrollment up for UW's online associate degree program," Wisconsin Public Radio, Feb. 10.

Spring enrollment for the University of Wisconsin's online Associate's Degree program is up more than 15-percent compared to the same time last year. The U-W online program offers the same Associates Degree as the one earned on-campus. According to the university, students from all fifty states are enrolled...

"In Brief: UW-Stout adds two majors," Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Feb. 11.

Students attending UW-Stout will have two more majors to choose from this fall following action Friday by the UW System Board of Regents...

"Boo-U enrollment tops record," Baraboo News Republic, Feb. 11.

Spring enrollment at the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County grew again this year, continuing an upward trend. Campus officials reported Friday that 586 students have signed up for spring courses, a 3 percent increase from last year's high...

State

"Editorial: College crisis needs complex answers," Editorial, Appleton Post-Crescent, Feb. 11.

Higher education costs are too high, President Barack Obama says. So he's putting the nation's colleges and universities "on notice" that they have to hold down tuition increases or, even better, lower tuition. No problem there. As part of his push, Obama has a plan to tie federal aid programs for colleges to their tuition. Colleges that don't "do their fair share" to keep tuition in line would lose some of their federal money. Now that might be a problem...

"This week in Wisconsin history: Protests begin in Madison," Third Coast Digest, Feb. 13.

On February 14, 2011, University of Wisconsin-Madison's Teaching Assistant Association led the "Don't Break My Heart" demonstration against Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill, kicking off a marathon protest that would launch Wisconsin into the national spotlight....

"Future of local economy tied to education," Baraboo News Republic, Feb. 9.

A solid educational foundation will be the key to encouraging economic development in Baraboo in the years to come, community leaders heard Wednesday...

"Economic jitters changed the nature of executive education," In Business: Madison, February 2012.

After months of maddeningly gradual economic recovery, companies still are more selective in their hiring and expect their existing workforce to do more...Tammy Thayer, president of the Center for Advanced Studies in Business, believes the economy is changnig the corporate mindset toward executive education...

National

"President to seek $8-billion for job-training partnerships involving community colleges," Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 13.

In his budget for the 2013 fiscal year, due out today, President Obama will ask Congress to raise the maximum Pell Grant by $85, to $5,635, and provide $10-billion for job-training programs, according to the White House and sources briefed on Sunday...

"Obama to propose community college aid," New York Times, Feb. 13.

President Obama on Monday will propose a $8 billion Community College to Career Fund, with the goal of training two million workers for well-paying jobs in high-demand industries, officials said...

"Preview: Obama's 2013 Budget," Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 12.

President Obama today will propose spending $8 billion on job training programs at community colleges over the next three years, part of a budget for the 2013 fiscal year that also would increase spending on Education Department programs and some scientific research...

"'Tuning' history," Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 12.

If you meet (or want to hire) someone with a bachelor's degree in history, what qualities should you be confident that the person has? What skills should the person have?...Changing that is the idea behind the Lumina Foundation for Education's "tuning" efforts, modeled after similar initiatives in Europe, to work with states and higher education systems to define what various degree levels generally mean...

"College is increasingly out of reach for the poor, studies find," New York Times, Feb. 10.

Our colleague Sabrina Tavernise wrote a story on Friday about studies that indicate a growing education gap in America between the rich and poor. The studies, derived from data measured before the recession, show that the divide is also growing in college while the education gap between black and white children has narrowed...

"Historians face new pressures to track Ph.D.'s," Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 12.

...Departments across the humanities are facing new pressures to document their worth. With shrinking budgets and a tight job market, programs are being pressed to do more to collect, assess, and publish data about how their graduates fare...

"National Science Foundation steps up its push for interdisciplinary research," Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 13.

For universities worried about securing federal research money at a time of tightening budgets, the National Science Foundation has a simple message: Collaborate. In the same week President Obama is unveiling his budget recommendations for the 2013 fiscal year, the NSF is sending a top official to U.S. campuses urging even greater attention to promoting interdisciplinary practices in research...

"'What I'm going to face when I graduate is a pretty big challenge'," Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 12.

President Obama made college affordability a major theme in his recent State of the Union address, proposing several new plans to help students pay for college. To illustrate that theme, the White House invited Mahala Greer, a student at the University of Colorado's Denver campus­ -- who has worked all through college -- to sit in the First Lady's box during the speech. The Chronicle interviewed Ms. Greer, who will owe $35,000 when she graduates, and an edited version of that conversation is below...