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April 6, 2012

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On Campus

"Whirlwind year leads to inauguration," Superior Telegram, April 6.

For nearly a year, Renee Wachter has been on a treasure hunt. The University of Wisconsin-Superior chancellor has discovered nuggets of creative, student-centered activities in every department she's visited since coming to the school in July...School administrators will highlight UWS' strengths for the visiting UW-System Board of Regents next week...

"UW-Superior Chancellor inauguration," WDIO-TV, April 6.

UW-Superior's new chancellor Renee Wachter has already been hard at work this acadmeic year on campus. But next week, she will offically inaugurated next Thursday... (Video clip)

"UW's Dictionary of Regional American English documents a changing America," Isthmus, April 5.

After 50 years, the Dictionary of Regional American English is finally complete. The University of Wisconsin-Madison project has been called "one of the glories of contemporary American scholarship" by The New York Times...

"UW-Manitowoc employee earns annual staff award," Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, April 6.

Catherine Buchner, university services associate at the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc, has been recognized as the 2011 Student Services Outstanding Classified Staff Member of the Year for the University of Wisconsin Colleges...

"Records: UW disciplined 20 docs over fake sick notes," Associated Press, April 5.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison's medical school disciplined 20 doctors for writing sick notes for protesters during last year's labor demonstrations at the state Capitol without examining them, two newspapers reported Thursday...

"UW sanctioned 20 doctors for writing sick notes for protesters," Wisconsin State Journal, April 6.

UW School of Medicine and Public Health disciplined 20 doctors for writing questionable sick notes for protesters last year, newly released records show, with three doctors getting the harshest penalty: fines of up to $4,000 and loss of leadership positions for four months...

"UW instructor to run for open state Senate seat," WAOW-TV, April 5.

A college instructor says she will run for an open seat in the state Senate this fall. Democrat Lisa Theo teaches geography and geology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She announced Thursday she plans to run for Sen. Jim Holperin's seat...

State

"PSC kicks off review of proposed power lines," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 5.

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin has kicked off a six-month review phase for two transmission lines proposed for western Milwaukee County...The project has generated local interest from residents and businesses seeking to have the new power lines buried. Among those pushing for burying the lines: the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Research Foundation, the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center and the Milwaukee Montessori School...

"WCTC dean putting technical education to work," Business Journal of Milwaukee, April 6.

Milwaukee-area manufacturers have become increasingly frustrated with the inability to fill open jobs due to a lack of qualified candidates..."We are working very hard at it. It's my top priority," said (Michael) Shiels, who took over as dean of the Industrial and Engineering Technologies Division at Waukesha County Technical College in January...

"Medical colleges still eye Wausau," Stevens Point Journal, April 5.

Central Wisconsin leaders hope to learn by this summer whether the Wausau area will become home to two medical colleges, one school for doctors, or none at all. The region remains one of eight in the state being considered for a new Medical College of Wisconsin campus...

"Biz Beat: Is Madison an expensive place to do business?," Capital Times, April 6.

For the first time, Madison has been included in a survey of cities' business costs by theglobal accounting firm KMPG...Madison does score well for the low cost of research and development, including biotech R&D and clinical trials management. That is likely a reflection of the presence of the UW-Madison and Covance, the contract research firm...

National

"Pentagon alters tuition assistance," Inside Higher Ed, April 6.

The Department of Defense appears to have softened a new memorandum of understanding for colleges participating in tuition assistance programs for active duty military service members, eliminating provisions that some campus officials said went too far in trying to influence college policies on academic issues -- and adding new ones that seem aimed at for-profit institutions...

"Chancellor asks California community college to hold off on 2-tier tuition plan," New York Times, April 5.

The chancellor of the California community college system has requested that Santa Monica College hold off on its plan to begin offering popular courses for a higher price this summer, saying that the legality of the program is still in question...

"Rules to measure quality of teaching-training programs slowly take shape," Chronicle of Higher Education, April 5.

The U.S. Education Department and teacher colleges inched closer to agreement this week on a package of rules that would hold teacher-preparation programs accountable for their graduates' employment outcomes and performance as teachers in the classroom...

"Presidents and boards as change agents," Column, Inside Higher Ed, April 6.

...Further still, we think neither presidents nor governing boards acting alone can undertake the process of effecting necessary change. Instead, the times require that presidents and their boards come together to provide the leadership that will be needed over the next decade...