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Oct. 8, 2004

University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents
October 2004 Meeting
Day Two News Summary

Regents celebrate UW-Superior contributions, potential

SUPERIOR – Members of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents heard wide praise for the accomplishments and potential of the UW-Superior campus during the second day of its October full board meeting.

Regents meeting at UW-Superior's Rothwell Student Center
The Board of Regents convening in UW-Superior's Rothwell Student Center

Regent President Toby E. Marcovich, a resident of Superior and longtime supporter of the liberal arts campus, described how the UW-Superior campus is an “active part” of the lives of those who live in the greater Superior community and surrounding counties.

Marcovich noted that the UW-Superior campus takes a lead role in organizing “Superior Days,” one of the state’s oldest municipal lobbying efforts at the state Capitol. He also recognized the “top notch” athletic teams UW-Superior fields in Division III athletics, and praised the campus’ music department as “exceptional.”

UW System President Kevin P. Reilly also shared some “good news” about advances in research and community service at the state’s northernmost UW campus.

Regent President Marcovich addresses the board
Regent President Marcovich (back, right from center) addresses the board at Friday's meeting.

Reilly introduced Dr. Sreekanth Malladi, a UW-Superior faculty member hired to advance the goals of the Wisconsin Cyber Security Coalition, a partnership with several other UW campuses.  The coalition works to graduate students skilled in cybersecurity, also known as information assurance, Reilly said.

On behalf of those who work from UW-Superior as part of the coalition, Malladi thanked the board and the campus for strongly supporting the research program.

"We want to focus on UW-Superior as one of the premier security organizations in the nation," Malladi said.

Reilly also noted that UW-Superior has worked with UW-Extension to create the UW’s first American Indian youth development specialist, who will lead recruitment and support services for current and potential American Indian students.

President Reilly
President Reilly addresses the Board of Regents

In addition, Reilly pointed out that UW-Superior has significantly improved its retention of students of color. Since 1997, he said, the retention rate of African American, American Indian, Asian American, and Hispanic American students improved 31 percent on the Superior campus. 

The board also heard from Roger Hansen, a member of the Chequamegon Bay Club of the UW- Madison Alumni Association, who asked the board to support efforts to position the region as a center for technology excellence.

"We understand that preparing for the economy of the 21st century is clearly not going to be the same as preparing for the economy of the 20th century,” Hansen said.

Hansen told the board that the group is working with the Wisconsin Technology Council to establish a local chapter of the Wisconsin Innovation Network, and asked the board to support a local technology research park, which could thrive in the area with the skills and expertise at UW-Superior, Northland College and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College.

Hansen asked the board to contribute related resources, such as expertise of the WiSys, an arm of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, which helps UW campuses develop and patent innovations from university research. UW System General Counsel Pat Brady confirmed that WiSys soon hopes to have more expertise in the area.

"That's what WiSys is there for," Brady said.

In closing, Regent Eileen Connolly-Keesler of Oshkosh introduced a resolution thanking Chancellor Julius Erlenbach and the UW-Superior campus for hosting the board’s meeting.

Read President Reilly’s remarks

Read the resolution to UW-Superior

Board to hold listening session in Eau Claire, Oshkosh

Regent President Toby E. Marcovich announced Friday that the board’s Business and Finance committee this month will host two public listening sessions on UW System priorities.

The sessions will be a chance for Regents to seek public input on affordability; recruitment and retention of university faculty, staff and leadership; and the role of UW campuses in growing the state’s economy, Marcovich said.

The first session will be held on the UW-Eau Claire campus October 18, from 4-6 p.m. The second to be held at UW-Oshkosh, will take place Oct. 25, also from 4-6 p.m.

Campus library receives Governor’s award

Gottlieb, Jacobs, and Felix Unaeze
During the Regents meeting, Dr. Peter Gottlieb, representing the Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board and the Wisconsin Historical Society, presented the Governor’s Award for Archival Achievement to Laura Jacobs, archivist for the Lake Superior Maritime Collections Archives at UW-Superior's Jim Dan Hill Library. Displaying the award are, from left, Gottlieb, Jacobs, and Felix Unaeze, director of Jim Dan Hill Library.

UW-Superior's Jim Dan Hill Library on Friday received the Governor's Award for Archival Achievement for its work in preserving and organizing thousands of documents, photographs and books chronicling the maritime history of Lake Superior.

Dr. Peter Gottlieb, representing the Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board and the Wisconsin Historical Society presented the Governor’s Award for Archival Achievement to Laura Jacobs, archivist for the Lake Superior Maritime Collections Archives.

The award is given each year to a historical records repository that has made an outstanding contribution to the archival profession, or a notable achievement of value to the archives community, its patrons or constituents.

"We are honored to receive such a significant award, and feel that it reflects well on the work everyone is doing at Jim Dan Hill Library," said Jacobs, who accepted the award during the second day of the Board of Regents meeting at UW-Superior. "We look forward to extending a warm welcome to the growing number of researchers who are accessing the maritime collection."

The Lake Superior Marine Museum Association began the collection in 1973. Association board members transferred the collection to Jim Dan Hill Library in 2000 after concluding the more than 30,000 items could no longer be housed at the Canal Park Visitors Center in Duluth.

Gottlieb, deputy coordinator of the Historical Records Advisory Board and state archivist at the Wisconsin Historical Society, said the library performed a notable public service by making the collection accessible to everyone interested in Lake Superior history and ensuring the preservation of valuable historical documents.

The Lake Superior Maritime Collections Archives are available to the public at Jim Dan Hill Library on the UW-Superior campus.

―Al Miller/UW-Superior

Board honors Goldberg for service to UW System

Thanking him for his expertise in helping the university measure its progress, the board passed by acclamation a resolution honoring Frank Goldberg, UW System associate vice president for policy analysis and research, for his service to the university.

Goldberg will leave the UW System at the end of the month for a position at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Regent and Education Committee chair Jose Olivieri of Milwaukee introduced the resolution of appreciation, saying he was grateful for Goldberg’s efforts to work closely with the Regents.

"I look to Frank as a person who tries to explain to me what the numbers mean," Olivieri said. "I constantly go to him to learn and understand."

Thanking the board, Goldberg said after his service at UW-Whitewater, UW-Milwaukee, and UW System, he leaves the state with an enhanced perspective.

"In all of those years, I've gotten such an appreciation for the role the system plays in the state," Goldberg said.

Finally, the full board passed resolutions that:

  • Authorized the creation of a B.A./B.S. program in Multimedia Digital Arts at UW-Whitewater;
  • Authorized the creation of an M.S. program in Occupational Therapy at UW-La Crosse;
  • Authorized the recruitment of a Provost and Vice Chancellor at UW-Milwaukee;
  • Accepted a report on using the continuing appropriation to serve adult students;
  • Accepted a report on expenditures in excess of allotment authority;
  • Granted UW Hospital and Clinics authority on lease and affiliation agreements;
  • Authorized construction of a residence hall at the UW-Madison Kemp Natural Resources Station using gift and grant funds;
  • Approved a Middleton Library Renovation on the UW-Madison campus;
  • Granted authority to increase the scope and budget of the UW-Madison Biotechnology Building Addition project;
  • Approved a budget increase for the UW-River Falls New Student Union project and granted authority to seek a waiver of the DSF project management fee.
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The UW System Board of Regents will hold its next meeting Thursday and Friday, Nov. 4-5, on the UW-Madison campus.

Related: Read Oct. 7 (day 1) news summary