UW System Clipsheet

UW System Clipsheet

August 22, 2014

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Board of Regents

"UW regents OK $95 million budget request," Associated Press, August 21.

The University of Wisconsin System's Board of Regents has approved asking Gov. Scott Walker for $95 million in additional tax dollars in the next state budget...

"UW System Board of Regents passes Confluence Project resolution," WEAU, August 21.

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents today approved its 2015-17 capital budget request, including support for the Confluence Project in downtown Eau Claire as well as $33 million for the renovation of Towers Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire...

"Three building renovation projects at UW-Stout approved by Board of Regents," WEAU, August 21.

Three building renovation projects worth more than $33 million were approved by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents Thursday, including one aimed at ensuring the continued stability of the iconic Bowman Hall Clock Tower...

"Protesters demonstrate at regents meeting," Oshkosh Northwestern, August 21.

Union members picketed outside a UW System Board of Regents meeting Thursday in Oshkosh, speaking out against a proposal to privatize custodial and grounds-keeping services at UW Superior...

"UW System regents approve $95.2 million request for new state funding," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 21.

The University of Wisconsin System can no longer just be organized as a system of campuses; it must actively improve the well-being of state residents and bridge the talent gap that's holding back Wisconsin's economy, UW System President Ray Cross said Thursday...

"Board of Regents approves talent-focused biennial budget proposal," Daily Cardinal, August 21.

In the first of many required steps to develop Wisconsin's overall biennial budget, the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved a three-part plan for their portion aimed at fostering growth in the state's economy and talent Thursday...

"Regents again support Confluence Project," Chippewa Herald, August 21.

The Confluence Project in downtown Eau Claire got a boost Thursday when the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents for a second time went on record supporting the project while approving a 2015-17 capital budget request...

"UW System regents verbally back Confluence Project," Milwaukee Biz Times, August 22.

Though the Board of Regents did not include funds for the Confluence Project in its 2015-17 budget request on Thursday, the UW System's governing body offered its support to the proposed downtown Eau Claire development...

"Regents high-five Confluence Project, will seek state grant funding," Volume One, August 21.

The UW System Board of Regents has once again given a big thumbs-up to the Confluence Project. In a unanimous vote at their meeting Thursday in Oshkosh, the Regents directed System President Ray Cross to work with state officials to get funding for the joint university-community performing arts center included in the state's 20015-17 budget...

On Campus

"University of Wisconsin-Platteville students turn flowers into cash," KCRG, August 21.

A new program at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is teaching students how to turn natural resources into financial ones. As University of Wisconsin Platteville Student Ryan Williams inspects a school sponsored sunflower field, he's stepping closer to his career field...

"New UW medical program bolsters northwoods health care," Wausau Daily Herald, August 21.

Health care providers and educators on Thursday celebrated the launch of a one-of-a-kind, two-year physician assistant program that will be offered at the University of Wisconsin Marathon County...

"UWSP students return next week," Stevens Point Journal, August 21.

Excitement builds as activities begin next week for a new academic year at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus. The Pointer football team has begun practicing. Residence hall staff and students serving as community advisers moved in last weekend for week-long training...

"Innovation award to benefit student transition program at UW-Whitewater," Walworth County Today, August 21.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Foundation will receive an AT&T Innovation&Investment Award to support the King/Chavez Scholars Program. The summer program is designed to help transition 65 multicultural, first-generation and low-income students from high school to college courses at UW-Whitewater...

"UW-M/WC offers educational travel opportunities," Marshfield News Herald, August 22.

...If you enjoy traveling the Midwest in fall, consider joining the University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County's Continuing Education Department on day trips to enjoy performances, dinners and view the many fall colors...

"UWSP science students delve into research projects," Stevens Point Journal, August 21.

As Jason D'Acchioli, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, spent his summer supervising a small group of student researchers, he was reminded of his 5-year-old son...

"Tom Lechnir files suit against UW-Oshkosh," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 21.

Tom Lechnir no longer is fighting for his job. But he won't stop fighting for what he says is the truth. Lechnir, who lost his job as the baseball coach at UW-Oshkosh primarily over university allegations that he was responsible for and failed to repay debt on a new baseball stadium, filed a lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court...

"Former UW-Oshkosh coach sues school," Fox 11, August 20.

A former UW-Oshkosh baseball coach filed a federal lawsuit against the university Wednesday, seeking damages related to his dismissal. Thomas Lechnir has been at odds with UWO since his contract was not renewed...

State

"New Concordia University program aims to help those with cognitive disabilities," Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, August 21.

Eight students with cognitive disabilities had the chance Thursday afternoon to do something few of their peers get to do: move into a college dorm. That's because Concordia University Wisconsin, in partnership with Bethesda College of Applied Learning, will be housing the students through a new program aimed at developing independent living among adults with intellectual disabilities...

"Hear that sound? The starting gun has fired," Column, Ozaukee County News Graphic, August 21.

... Aug. 1 was the date that both the Common Application (www.commonapp.org) and the University of Wisconsin System Online Application (https://apply.wisconsin.edu) came online for those planning to enter college in 2015. Although completing college applications is not a race per se, it is always best to begin a task with the maximum of lead time available...

National

"Professors calling students," Inside Higher Ed, August 22.

The new interim president of the University of Southern Maine has advice for faculty amid an enrollment decline: Call students who have yet to re-enroll and get them to come back to campus...

"Why students should own their educational data," Chronicle of Higher Education, August 21.

Designing a textbook or lecture with the average student in mind may sound logical. But L. Todd Rose, who teaches educational neuroscience at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, argues that doing so means that the lesson is designed for nobody...

"50 years later, TRIO programs paving pathways to success," Diverse Issues in Higher Education, August 21.

At the age of six or seven - long before she became a college chancellor - Cynthia Azari got a tough lesson in economics for migrant farm worker families such as hers. She and her sister had just dragged a bag full of cotton that they had been picking all day to place it on the scale...

"Virginia Governor orders 'top-to-bottom' review of college sexual assault policies," Huffington Post, August 21.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) is ordering a "top-to-bottom review" of policies on sexual violence at the state's college campuses...