UW System Clipsheet

UW System Clipsheet

September 2, 2014

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On Campus

"UW-Milwaukee implements new security measures," WISN, August 28.

Is your school or business prepared for an active shooting situation? Students at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee discovered they were not, but the university has made some changes after the students dug in and demanded them...

"Tobacco-free campus is commitment to wellness," Column, Stevens Point Journal, August 28.

This week marks a milestone in the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point's commitment to wellness. On Aug. 25, the campus became tobacco-free. Signs have been posted in parking lots and on 240 doors of buildings across campus indicating all university property is tobacco-free...

"16-hundred first-year students move in to UW-Stevens Point," WSAW, August 28.

More than 16-hundred first-year UW-Stevens Point Students are settling in for their first night on campus. The new Pointers spent Thursday moving into the residents halls...

"New students move in to UW-Stevens Point," WAOW, August 28.

It's back to school time for college students. New students moved in to their dorms at UW-Stevens Point Thursday. University leaders say more than 1,600 students moved in to campus. Eight dorms house these new students on campus...

"Wisconsin's Biggest Weed contest winners announced," Drovers Cattle Network, August 28.

Despite the cool summer, plenty of weeds were entered in the 'Biggest Weed' contest sponsored by University of Wisconsin-Extension/Madison Weed Experts at the recent Wisconsin Farm Technology Days. Of the many samples brought in for identification, eight participants submitted nine weeds they felt deserved the title of Biggest Weed...

"Freshmen move in at UWEC," WEAU, August 28.

Freshman and transfer students at UW-Eau Claire moved into their dorms Thursday. Students and parents hauled in boxes, suitcases, futons, and all the other essentials for college dorm life...

"UW-Whitewater dorm put on hold is back on track," Janesville Gazette, August 28.

The $28 million UW-Whitewater residence hall put on hold by the state Department of Administration is back on track, state Rep. Andy Jorgensen said...

"Dormitory project back on for UW-Whitewater," Daily Union, August 29.

Plans for a new 400-bed dormitory at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater that had been put on hold earlier this month are back on track. Construction of the $28 million residence hall originally was to begin in May 2015 and be completed by September 2016...

"UW-W Foundation receives AT&T award," Janesville Gazette, August 28.

The UW-Whitewater Foundation received a $5,000 AT&T Innovation and Investment Award to support the King/Chavez Scholars Program on campus from AT&T Wisconsin...

State

"State faces $281 million budget shortfall," Wisconsin State Journal, August 29.

Wisconsin tax collections for the past year came in 2 percent short of estimates, the state Department of Revenue reported Thursday, news that won't require immediate emergency action by the Legislature but that puts the state's budget on track to be out of balance next year...

"State added 28,653 jobs in the 12 month period ending in March," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 28.

Wisconsin turned in another subpar job creation report Thursday with news that it gained 28,653 private-sector jobs in the 12 months from March 2013 to March 2014, according to data released late Thursday by the state Department of Workforce Development...

National

"A missionary for the liberal arts," Chronicle of Higher Education, August 29.

From an early age, Leon Botstein's life was shaped by two powerful forces: fascism and education. His parents fled Nazi persecution in Poland and, after World War II, settled in the United States. Mr. Botstein's mother and father eventually joined the faculty of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York, leaving an indelible impression on their young son. "My family owes everything to the dynamism of American universities," he says...

"Attacking the opportunity gap," Column, Inside Higher Ed, August 29.

As affirmative action continues to backslide, support for economic equality is growing. Could these narratives be combined to fuel new ideas that take advantage of this common ground? Much is known about the racial achievement gap in higher education...

"How economically diverse is your college? A New York Times ranking may soon tell," Chronicle of Higher Education, August 29.

The New York Times is entering the college-ratings game. Sorta. Kinda. Next month it plans to unveil "a new ranking of colleges and universities based on their ability to attract underprivileged kids..."

"Political scientists propose new ways to engage policy makers and the public," Chronicle of Higher Education, August 29.

Public outreach has become a major topic of conversation in the academy as it battles widespread perceptions that university research is often irrelevant to what policy makers and the public care about. Political science is no exception...

"California legislature passes 'yes means yes' standard for college sexual assault policies," Associated Press, August 28.

State lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill that would make California the first state to define when "yes means yes" while investigating sexual assaults on college campuses...