MADISON-The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will hold its next meeting Thursday and Friday, June 7-8, at UW-Milwaukee and Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers. Several items on the board’s agenda may be of interest to local, regional and state reporters, including:
- The Fourth Annual UWM Urban Initiatives Conference, “Making Our Lives Count: Citizenship, Leadership, and the University.” The conference begins at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the UWM Union. The regents are invited. Gwen T. Jackson, chapter chair emeritus of the Red Cross of Greater Milwaukee, is the featured speaker at a noon luncheon in the UWM Union.
- Presentations on several items to the full board, 1:15 p.m. Thursday, UWM Union Fireside Lounge. Items include a status report on UW System/Wisconsin Technical College System collaborations, including announcement of a new nursing transfer program; a follow-up presentation on student access, with results from a UW System study on access by family income; and an outline of the UW’s 2001-03 Information Technology plan.
- Education Committee meeting, 2 p.m. Thursday (or upon completion of the all-regents session), UWM Union Fireside Lounge. Agenda includes:
- Final review and vote on the proposed PK-16 Principles, which call for the UW System to play a bigger role in improving the state’s education system;
- UWM presentation on “Meeting the Needs of the Community Through the Use of Technology”;
- Approval to search for a new director of Learning Innovations, the UW System’s e-learning support organization;
- Approval of new masters’ programs in mental health counseling at UW-Stout and creative writing at UW-Madison; initial review of a new master’s of software engineering at UW-La Crosse; and renaming of the College of Education and Graduate Studies at UW-River Falls.
- Business and Finance Committee, 2 p.m. Thursday (or upon completion of the all-regents session), Room N440, School of Business and Finance. Agenda includes requests from UW-Madison to contract with adidas for shoes, equipment and apparel for its athletic teams, and renew its contract with the Collegiate Licensing Company, which administers trademark licensing for approximately 180 colleges and universities.
- Physical Planning and Funding Committee, 2 p.m. Thursday (or upon completion of the all-regents session), Room S341, School of Business and Finance. Agenda includes an update of the UW System capital budget and consideration of construction projects on the Madison, Milwaukee, Parkside, Stevens Point, Superior and Whitewater campuses, and the two-year UW-Fox Valley campus.
- Full board meeting, 9 a.m. Friday, Miller Park All Star Room. The meeting will include reports from Regent President Jay Smith and UW System President Katharine Lyall. They are expected to brief the board on recent legislative action concerning the proposed 2001-03 state budget. Lyall is also expected to provide an update on a recent UW System alumni retention survey. UWM will also make a presentation on campus design solutions.
Members of the UW System University Relations staff will attend the regents meeting and be available to assist reporters. Kevin Boatright, assistant vice president for university relations, can be reached by cell phone at (608) 235-0002. Erik Christianson, news and publications editor, can be reached by cell phone at (608) 235-2744.
The Board of Regents Office can be reached on Thursday in the Milwaukee Room of the UWM Union at (414) 229-6658, 229-6659 and 229-5690. On Friday the board office can be reached at Miller Park’s Hall of Fame Room by cell phone at (414) 397-0240, 397-0242, 397- 7556, 339-0450, 339-0467, 339-0468 and 750-4553.
For more information on the Board of Regents meeting, please view the full agenda for the meeting.