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April 24, 2012

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On Campus

"Celebration to mark launch of new strategic plan at UW-River Falls," River Falls Journal, April 24.

Over the past year, UW-River Falls students, faculty, staff and community members from the St. Croix Valley have come together to develop the university's next five-year strategic plan, "Pathway to Distinction." The completion and approval of the strategic plan will be celebrated at a public event on Thursday, April 26, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Riverview Ballroom of the University Center...

"Departing UW-Eau Claire chancellor praised for initiatives, interaction with students," Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, April 23.

Three themes kept coming up Monday as a parade of UW-Eau Claire dignitaries took turns Monday praising departing Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich for his six years of service to the campus: leadership, collaboration and concern for students...

"On Campus: UW-Madison changes language of scholarship offer after student complaint," Wisconsin State Journal, April 23.

UW-Madison has agreed to change the wording on a scholarship letter after at least one student complained that it led her to believe she would receive thousands of dollars more than she did...

"UW-Stout alumna promotes healthful living," Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, April 23.

A UW-Stout alumna aims to teach people to cook and eat more healthfully. Shana Conradt, who earned a degree in psychology in 2000, didn't graduate with this goal in mind. It manifested itself over time while she worked with clients at her fitness and weight-loss center...

"UW-La Crosse hosts financial literacy week," WXOW-TV, April 23.

Brittiany Morse is a junior at UW-L and is starting to think about her financial future...And UW-L is working to get more students thinking like Morse and this week is putting on financial literacy week... (video clip)

"Greenhills among honorees at UW-Whitewater Founders Day," Janesville Gazette, April 23.

Former UW-Whitewater Chancellor H. Gaylon Greenhill and his wife, Hannah, were honored during weekend Founders Day ceremonies on the UW-Whitewater campus on Saturday. The Greenhills received the 2012 S.A. White Award for their many contributions to the campus. H. Gaylon Greenhill served as chancellor from 1991 to 1999...

"Talking to yourself could have brain benefits, study suggests," Huffington Post, April 23.

...Research published in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology suggests that talking to yourself as you search for something may actually help you find that item faster. The researchers, from University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Pennsylvania, conducted several experiments as part of the study...

"University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee athletic director steps down," Associated Press, April 23.

The athletic director at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has resigned. In a university statement Monday, UWM Chancellor Mike Lovell calls Rick Costello a "hard-working, dedicated professional." Lovell says the change in leadership will not affect the school's commitment to a strong Division 1 program...

"Radioactive: Book chosen for UW-Madison's common reading program," Blog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 23.

University of Wisconsin-Madison students this fall will be reading "Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout" as part of the common reading program, Go Big Read, the university announced Monday. Interim Chancellor David Ward chose the illustrated biography by Pulitzer Prize-nominated New York Times illustrator Lauren Redniss as the fourth book to be featured in the Go Big Read program...

"On Campus: 'Radioactive' chosen for UW-Madison's common reading program," Wisconsin State Journal, April 23.

UW-Madison students will be reading "Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout" next fall as part of the university's common reading program, Go Big Read, according to a UW-Madison news release Monday...

"Annual diversity event puts spotlight on unity," River Falls Journal, April 23.

Everyone is invited to the Unity in the Community event happening next Wednesday, April 25, with activities both on the UW-River Falls campus and at Veterans Park in downtown River Falls. The day celebrates diversity, encourages inclusivity and showcases multiple cultures...

"Fashion without fabric 2012," Volume One, April 23.

On Saturday, April 21, the Great Hall of Memorial Student Center saw UW-Stout's 2012 installment of Fashion Without Fabric -- where Stout's own design students strut down the runway, fashioning everything but fabric... (photo gallery)

"Renting textbooks saves UW-Waukesha students nearly $37,000," The Observer, April 21.

This semester UW-Waukesha students were given the opportunity to rent textbooks at the campus bookstore instead of buying them. "The savings add up quickly for students," said bookstore manager, Sean Mulloy. "Renting a textbook can save students 50% compared to purchasing a book"...

"Local expert finishes cyberbullying book," Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, April 23.

With teen suicides attributed to cyberbullying becoming an all-too-common news item across the country, schools need to do more to promote a climate that helps prevent these senseless tragedies. So says one of the nation's most prominent online bullying experts, Justin Patchin of UW-Eau Claire...

"Lake Effect," WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio, April 20.

Interview with Crystal Fey, UW-Extension outreach program manager, about the growth of the UW Sustainable Management degree and Capstone projects.

State

"School spotlight: Program gets students excited about engineering, real-world tech skills," Wisconsin State Journal, April 23.

Three Madison middle schools have engineering programs to introduce students to the subject earlier with the intent of keeping them enthused in high school. It's just one of the efforts the Madison School District is making to beef up students' interest in engineering and the Project Lead the Way Pathway to Engineering program used in the district. The curriculum takes a project-based, hands-on and real-world problem-solving approach...

"Entrepreneurs heading to Madison for Startup Weekend," Capital Times, April 24.

...The first-ever Startup Weekend Madison is set for Friday through Sunday. The event is designed to bring together entrepreneurial minds from Wisconsin and the Midwest to share ideas, form teams, develop products and kick off new companies..."Madison is the perfect location for this event," said Mayor Paul Soglin in a news release. "The combination of UW-Madison, Madison College and Edgewood College in conjunction with startup entrepreneurs provides a great environment"...

"Small business tips: How to turn an idea into reality," Wisconsin State Journal, April 23.

You've got an idea for a new business, but what steps do you need to take to bring that idea to fruition? "It is always a good idea to do some research about the industry and the market to determine if there are barriers to entering the industry, if there is a need for the business and to explore what it really means to become a business owner," says Michelle Somes-Booher, business coach at the UW-Madison Small Business Development Center...

National

"Local governance urged for UC campuses," Los Angeles Times, April 23.

The 10 campuses of the UC system should be given more power to govern themselves and be allowed to set their own tuition, decide how many out-of-state students to enroll, approve construction projects and control some investments under a proposal released Monday by UC Berkeley leaders. The plan, which is already provoking debate, would maintain the central Board of Regents for such overarching policy matters as admissions standards, state funding and top appointments. But it contends that UC has gotten so complex and governance has become so balky that campus governing boards should be established and given autonomy over many issues, similar to states in a federal system...

"Posse spreads its approach to veterans; Vassar first," Inside Higher Ed, April 24.

More than 20 years ago, the Posse Foundation established a model in which it brought groups of historically underrepresented students (the "posses" of its name) to selective colleges, where their strength in numbers and the attention of their institutions have helped them succeed where others like them might not have. Now the foundation is turning its attention to military veterans, launching a new program with its first branch at Vassar College...

"College giving rebounds as donor base shrinks," Washington Post, April 23.

Fewer people are giving more money to American colleges, and the industry may be staging a modest rebound from the slowdown in higher-education fundraising that accompanied the 2008 economic downturn, according to a new report...

"Families study Plan B with possible Stafford-Loan rate spike," Wall Street Journal, April 23.

The rates on popular federal student loans could shoot up before the next academic season, depending on the outcome of a political battle brewing in Washington...

"Obama takes on college costs, eyes young voters," Associated Press, April 24.

Wooing young voters, President Barack Obama is on a blitz to keep the cost of college loans from soaring for millions of students, taking his message to three states strategically important to his re-election bid. By taking on student debt, Obama is speaking to middle-class America and targeting an enormous burden that threatens the economic recovery. Before Obama got his road trip under way, Republican opponent Mitt Romney found a way to steal some thunder from the president's campaign argument: He agreed with it...

"College leaders resist pull to stray from mission," Chronicle of Higher Education, April 23.

If the conversation here Monday is any indication, higher-education leaders see a growing tension between their presumed mission to produce better citizens and the myriad other functions that students, parents, and lawmakers would have colleges serve. Indeed, the voices calling for colleges to prepare students for employment, or to stimulate stagnant economies with research breakthroughs, are often louder than those suggesting higher education is really about building better human beings, several panelists and attendees posited at the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities 2012 National Conference on Trusteeship...

"Displaying Value: The case for the liberal arts yet again," Blog, New York Times, April 23.

Early on in his new book, “College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be,” Andrew Delbanco of Columbia University quotes the economist Richard Vedder and the former university president William Brody to the effect that little has changed in higher education despite enormous changes in technology, demographics, funding models, and student habits and attitudes...