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April 12, 2012

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UW System

"State weighs advisory boards for UW schools," Badger Herald, April 12.

Following presentations on recommendations for increased flexibilities from University of Wisconsin System officials, members of the Special Task Force on UW Restructuring and Operational Flexibilities sparred over the creation of institutional governing boards to oversee UW institutions...

"Streamling UW construction," Wisconsin Radio Network, April 12.

A task force, looking at whether the UW System should be given more flexibility, addresses the process of new construction. DavidMiller with UW System’s Capital Planning and Budget talks about the “red tape” involved in the current approval and building process...

On Campus

"UW - Milwaukee leads reinvention parade," Blog, John Torinus, April 2012.

Flash back six years ago: The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee had almost no commercial intellectual property; then-Chancellor Carlos Santiago often lamented that there had been no construction cranes over his campus for decades; and academic R&D was at a low level. Carlos is gone from UWM now, but he did his thing by laying out the vision of a second great research and development campus for Wisconsin...He knew, as did Chancellor Nancy Zimpher before him, and Chancellor Mike Lovell today, that UWM had to step up...

"UW-Stout researcher wins innovation award," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 11.

Kenneth Smith, a University of Wisconsin-Stout Discovery Center research associate who works on fuel cell design, will receive the 2012 WiSys Innovation Scholar Award...

"UW-Stout may start smoking fines come fall," WEAU-TV13, April 11.

The Director of Communications at UW-Stout says the Chancellor may either implement fines or even hire someone to monitor campus to stop smokers. The Chancellor is having a meeting on Friday morning with the UW legal system to discuss these options...

"Trial begins for prof accused of sexual assault," Hudson Star-Observer, April 11.

Was he just a concerned adult warning a young teen about the consequences of sexual activity in a public place? Or did he assault the girl and hold her against her will? As the trial of Thomas Barnett, 42, a UW-River Falls music professor charged with second-degree sexual assault of a child and false imprisonment, began this afternoon, the prosecutor and the defense attorney disagreed on what happened in Auditorium 5 of the Cinema 12 theater last Aug. 16...

"New name for Carlson Hall likely," Royal Purple, April 11.

Carlson Hall will soon be known as Laurentide Hall, pending approval from the UW System Board of Regents...

"NCAA: UW-La Crosse broke financial aid rules," Associated Press, April 11.

The NCAA put the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse on two years of probation on Wednesday for financial aid violations, deciding against a ban on postseason play...

"NCAA says UW-La Crosse broke financial aid rules," Blog, Janesville Gazette, April 11.

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has been put on a two-year probation for mistakenly violating NCAA Division III student scholarships rules, according to an announcement today from UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow...

"Chancellor Gow letter to faculty and students," WXOW, April 11.

University of Wisconsin La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow sent the following letter to faculty and students on Wednesday regarding the report of violations of NCAA rules on financial aid...

"ASM approves using UC funds to mount lawsuit against regents," Badger Herald, April 11.

University of Wisconsin student government leaders voted to support a move by a student fee allocation committee to tap into a United Council of UW Students legal defense fund and hire a lawyer to aid in filing a lawsuit against the Board of Regents...

"Trial begins for UWRF professor accused of sexual assault of a child," Hudson Patch, April 11.

Attorneys delivered opening statements and five prosecution witnesses, including the alleged victim, took the stand on the trial's first day...

"UW-RF CAFES alumni board elects new officers," Wisconsin Ag Connection, April 12.

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences Alumni Association board has elected new officers and members. Ashley (Sollman) Gausman, Jenni (Drinkall) Skiba and Troy Talford are joining the nine-member panel. Leslie (Shuler) Svacina was elected president of the group...

"UWRF alumni association elects new members, officers," River Falls Journal, April 12.

The UW-River Falls College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) Alumni Association board has elected new officers and members. Ashley (Sollman) Gausman, Jenni (Drinkall) Skiba and Troy Talford are joining the nine-member board of directors. Leslie (Shuler) Svacina was elected president...

"S. Korea native at UW-EC says tensions at home have eased," Leader-Telegram, April 12.

While news of North Korean possibly launching a rocket this week has dominated international news, UW-Eau Claire student Yeoi Lin (Linda) Lee said more people in her native South Korea are focused on parliamentary elections than worried about the rocket and what it could mean...UW-Eau Claire international student Yeoi Lin Lee of South Korea will host a screening of the "People's Crisis," a documentary film depicting human rights violations in North Korea...

"UW-Stout provost a finalist for chancellor at SIUE," Business Journal of Milwaukee, April 11.

Julie Furst-Bowe, provost at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, has been named one of three finalists for the chancellor position at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, according to a local newspaper report...

"Property Trax: UW-Madison real estate conference to feature big industry names, ideas to spur the housing market," Wisconsin State Journal, April 12.

UW-Madison’s annual real estate conference on June 1 will explore ways to build workable national housing policies in a polarized political environment...

"Campus Connection: Student fees, Alvarez apology and Glamour," Capital Times, April 11.

After returning from an extended spring break, it's time to catch up on a couple higher education-related items...

"UWSP student who drowned had 0.196 blood-alcohol level," Stevens Point Journal, April 12.

A University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point student’s blood alcohol concentration was more than twice the legal limit for drivers when he drowned in the Wisconsin River last month...

State

"Editorial: Let's chip away at student loan crisis," Editorial, Appleton Post-Crescent, April 11.

When a few economists warned that a housing bubble was threatening the economy years ago, not many people listened. Maybe they will this time as the drumbeat of warning about the student loan crisis grows louder...

"Catholic group tests waters for new Milwaukee high school," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 11.

A national network of Catholic high schools that caters to low-income students - and has a track record of getting many of them to college - is eyeing Milwaukee as an expansion site, with help from Marquette University and the Bradley Foundation...

"Campus Connection: Madison College implements early retirement program," Capital Times, April 12.

In an effort to avoid layoffs and reduce its base budget in the years to come, Madison Area Technical College is implementing a voluntary early retirement program that will give full-time workers who are eligible a lump sum incentive payment of $25,000 to retire by the end of 2012...

"Capitol Report: Dem gubernatorial candidates face off in friendly territory," Capital Times, April 12.

...Each expressed similar views on a host of issues, including support for clean, green job policies, a return to higher state funding for public schools, technical colleges and the University of Wisconsin System, and the restoration of collective bargaining for all state workers...

National

"Scathing report on UC-Davis pepper-spray incident faults chancellor and police," Chronicle of Higher Education, April 11.

The pepper spraying of student protesters at the University of California at Davis in November, an incident that provoked international outrage, constituted an unjustifiable use of force in an operation that was bungled by failures of leadership and communication at nearly every level, an investigative report issued on Wednesday asserts...