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April 23, 2012

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Board of Regents

"UW-Parkside student to join Board of Regents," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 20.

A University of Wisconsin-Parkside student has been appointed by Gov. Scott Walker to fill the non-traditional student seat on the UW System Board of Regents. Tracy Hribar of Franksville is studying business administration at UW-Parkside and is the business manager for James Hribar Trucking...

On Campus

"UW-Madison School of Nursing project many years in the making," Wisconsin State Journal, April 22.

It is the little building project that could. For more than 10 years, the UW-Madison School of Nursing building has gone through a strange and twisting odyssey as politicians and officials flip-flopped about the fate of the project...But finally, on Saturday, school officials and Gov. Scott Walker broke ground on the $52 million building...

"UW-Madison breaks ground on new nursing school," WKOW-TV, April 21.

The University of Wisconsin at Madison broke ground on a new nursing facility Saturday, part of a $20 million capital campaign... (video clip)

"UW-Eau Claire interim chancellor excited for challenge ," Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, April 23.

UW-Eau Claire is headed in a good direction, says the man selected to become UW-Eau Claire's interim chancellor. Gilles Bousquet is looking to help the university keep its momentum...

"What a new student union could mean for UWM," Blog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 20.

The idea of bulldozing the Brutalist student union at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and putting an environmentally responsible and homey, if attention-getting and glassy, contemporary building in its place was exciting enough to get students to vote overwhelmingly to increase their own fees...

"US health officials allow publication of controversial bird flu research," Fox News, April 23.

The U.S. government has given scientists permission to publish data from two controversial studies that involved the manipulation of the H5N1 avian flu virus, HealthDay News reported. Led by Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin and Ron Fouchier of Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, the studies made alterations to the potentially lethal virus until it was transmissible between ferrets, which are considered to be a close model for humans...

"Walk instills importance of suicide prevention on UW," Badger Herald, April 22.

Hundreds of students and community members sporting green shirts that read, "Ask, Listen, Save" gathered at Library Mall Saturday morning to participate in the second annual Suicide Prevention Walk. Organized by the University of Wisconsin Suicide Prevention Committee, the event sought to eliminate the stigmas of suicide and depression and to increase awareness around suicide prevention...

"Experts suggest steps to stop spread of resistant corn rootworms," Phys.org, April 23.

In a March 5 letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, 22 entomologists working on corn rootworm suggested changes to prolong the utility of transgenic Bt corn. Committee chair Eileen Cullen, an extension specialist and associate professor of entomology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, says a significant majority of Wisconsin field corn farmers grow corn containing one or more Bt genes, which replace chemical insecticides...

"UW-Fox Valley student spotlight," Appleton Post-Crescent, April 23.

...The main reason I came to UWFox was to provide thrift in my higher educational institution decision. Both the lower tuition cost and the five-minute drive from my house contributed to my decision. I also heard that UWFox provided rigorous classes in order to prepare me for my college experience when I transfer to UW-Stevens Point...

"Q: Are you a member of United Council?," UWM Post, April 23.

A legal battle is brewing at the University of Wisconsin, as the university's student government faces off against Chancellor David Ward over budget allocation rights outlined in Wis. Stat. 36.095, the statute guaranteeing shared governance at universities. UW student lobbying and leadership organization United Council will no doubt figure heavily in the battle...

"UW-Milwaukee boasts premier film department," UWM Post, April 23.

...The Peck School of the Arts at UW-Milwaukee offers one of the top bachelors programs in the world in their film and video game production as well as a leading masters program for film and video production...

"Walker reinstates merit pay, some UW employees given raises," Badger Herald, April 22.

Despite large cuts to the state's education budget, Gov. Scott Walker reinstated a program to give merit raises and pay adjustments to University of Wisconsin employees and other state workers, according to a report from the Associated Press on Friday...The AP's analysis found the UW System gave out nearly $300,000 in raises and bonuses, including to five employees in the UW System, who each received $5,520 bonuses...

"UW-P art exhibit features work of Eileen Mueller Neill," KenoWi, April 22.

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside currently has a very interesting art exhibit on display in their Fine Arts Gallery. It is: "Eileen Mueller Neill: Imaginings"...

"Bullies' Kryptonite? Confidence, says UW-Rock County instructor," Janesville Gazette, April 22.

...Patrick and his mother, Ann Forbeck of Beloit, were the only ones to show up Saturday at UW-Rock County for a seminar on how to deal with bullies. That was good for Patrick, who got one-on-one attention from instructor Michael Plessel...

"UW Symphony and Choral Union perform Verdi masterpiece," WISC-TV, April 21.

The University of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra and Choral Union ventured away from campus Friday night to perform Verdi's "Requiem" at the Overture Center...

"UW-L students sleep in cardboard homes," WXOW-TV, April 20.

University of Wisconsin La Crosse students are giving up their mattresses and roofs Friday night and trading them in for cardboard boxes that they'll sleep in. It's all to raise awareness about substandard housing in the Coulee Region...

"UW-Milwaukee graduate gets credit for uncovering terror plot," WITI-TV, April 20.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is getting a lot of credit for uncovering a terror plot in New York City. That graduate now works for the FBI...

"UW-W LEAP program meets employer needs," Janesville Gazette, April 20.

Every year is LEAP year for Greg Cook. Cook, the UW-W interim director of academic assessment, is the campus leader for LEAP -- Liberal Education and America's Promise. UW-W adopted the program created by the Association of American Colleges and Universities in 2010. The program was created to reinvigorate liberal arts learning...

"Q&A: Raising awareness about sexual violence on campus," Capital Times, April 22.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the United States, which means Val Kowis has been even busier than usual. Kowis is chair of Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment (PAVE), a student organization at UW-Madison whose mission is to end sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking on campus through education and activism...

"Three UW-Madison scholars selected to prestigious honorary society," Daily Cardinal, April 22.

Three UW-Madison scholars have been selected for induction into the 2012 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies...

"Puff patrol blows into UW-Stout," Dunn County News, April 20.

Tobacco monitors will be hired to patrol the UW-Stout campus for the 2012-13 academic year. On Wednesday, UW-Stout Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen issued a memo to university officials, Phil Lyons, Jim Uhlir, Lisa Walter and Doug Mell...

"Editorial: There should be a better way to curb campus smoking," Editorial, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, April 23.

Like other public and private institutions, UW-Stout has the right idea in discouraging students, employees and visitors from smoking...However, UW-Stout is poised to take its zeal to stamp out smoking a step too far...

"Tech and biotech: Flexatory wins $10K at UW innovation competition," Wisconsin State Journal, April 21.

Flextory, a Web-based, flexible inventory system, is the big $10,000 winner of the 2012 UW-Madison Qualcomm Wireless Innovation Competition, held this week to highlight innovative, wireless technology products. UW senior Chris Beley, 22, a computer engineering and computer science major from Hayward, developed Flextory...

"Journalists swap tales, share values," Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, April 20.

...Drawing laughter from the crowd, they conversed on topics from the sublime to the silly during the annual Ann Devroy Memorial Forum, which is presented in memory of 1970 UW-Eau Claire alumna Ann Devroy...

"Discovery Center researcher wins state award for fuel cell work," Dunn County News, April 22.

A University of Wisconsin-Stout researcher has won a state award for his work with fuel cells. Kenneth Smith, an associate with the UW-Stout Discovery Center, has been named the 2012 WiSys Innovation Scholar. The award honors discoveries made by UW System faculty, staff or students that benefit society...

"Costello resigns as UWM's athletic director," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 23.

Rick Costello, who was named athletic director at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in December 2010, has resigned, the university announced Monday...

State

"Education expected to be a 'major issue' in Walker recall election," Wisconsin State Journal, April 22.

Education is shaping up to be a key, yet complicated, issue in the upcoming recall election of Gov. Scott Walker...

"New state rule would limit cost-of-living increases for teachers," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 20.

Gov. Scott Walker used his broad new powers to reshape a rule to lower inflation-based raises that public unions can negotiate by 30% or more for teachers in public schools and technical colleges...

"Molly Walsh: There's nothing 'working' about Walker's education priorities," Letter, Capital Times, April 23.

Dear Editor: As a newly accepted elementary education major to the UW-Madison School of Education, I am very troubled by the direction Gov. Scott Walker is leading public education in Wisconsin...

"Green Bay 'frontrunner' to land Medical College expansion, mayor says," Green Bay Press-Gazette, April 23.

Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt is calling Green Bay a "front-runner" to land a Medical College of Wisconsin expansion, after he and other local leaders visited the college and met with top administrators last week...

"Wisconsin's Governor Walker says his kids hope to go to college," Wisconsin Public Radio, April 20.

Gov. Walker continues to tout the value of blue-collar jobs like machinist. But he says his two sons hope to go to a four-year college...

National

"Privatization without angst," Inside Higher Ed, April 23.

"My own college behaves much more like a private college these days than a public." Stephen M. Curtis, president of the Community College of Philadelphia, told fellow community college leaders here Sunday that this statement was true of his institution and many others. And he's not ashamed...

"Yet another time bomb," Inside Higher Ed, April 23.

...On Friday, President Obama began a full-throated push to stop the interest rate on federally subsidized student loans from doubling in July. But as the president emphasized the issue in a weekly radio address and announced events at colleges in Colorado, North Carolina and Iowa, he set the stage for an all-too-familiar scene: a looming deadline, a fractious Congress, a scramble for ways to offset new spending, and financial aid for millions of students hanging in the balance...

"Half of new graduates are jobless or underemployed," Associated Press, April 23.

The U.S. college class of 2012 is in for a rude welcome to the world of work. A weak labor market already has left half of young college graduates either jobless or underemployed in positions that don't fully use their skills and knowledge...

"Are college entrants overdiagnosed as underprepared?," Blog, New York Times, April 20.

...This continuing debate about early detection versus overdiagnosis in medicine is surprisingly relevant to a similarly critical debate in education: how to identify and "treat" students who enter college underprepared for college-level coursework...

"Student loan interest rates loom as political battle," New York Times, April 20.

President Obama begins an all-out push on Friday to get Congress to extend the low interest rate on federal student loans, White House officials said, an effort that is likely to become a heated battle along party lines. If Congress fails to act, the interest rate on the loans, which are taken out by nearly eight million students each year, will double on July 1, to 6.8 percent...

"Choose your college, major and loans wisely," Column, USA Today, April 22.

...There's no doubt that in the abstract, college is a worthwhile investment. College grads have lower unemployment rates than high school grads. And they make about $1 million more over their lifetimes, according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. But that fancy diploma comes with a hefty cost. College tuitions are skyrocketing far faster than inflation. And student loans are rapidly increasing, too...

"Colleges grow their waitlists, leaving more students in limbo," Chicago Tribune, April 23.

...While no one tracks the number of college applicants nationwide who are wait-listed, admissions experts and high school guidance counselors agree that the ranks have swelled in the last five years. That leaves more students consigned to the halfway house of admissions, where they are unable to celebrate an admission or mourn a denial...

"Community colleges not up to 21st-century mission, their own report says," Chronicle of Higher Education, April 21.

Calling the American dream imperiled, the American Association of Community Colleges issued a report on Saturday intended to galvanize college leaders to transform their institutions for the 21st-century needs of students and the economy...

"Businessman's view: Elite public research universities should charge more," Column, Chronicle of Higher Education, April 22.

In a conversation that centered on the vexing financial challenges facing higher education, a business mogul emerged here Sunday as an unapologetic advocate for major tuition increases at elite public research institutions...