Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) has named Jon Miskowski to lead the station following the retirement of James Steinbach, longtime director of television.
You may recognize Miskowski through Wisconsin Public Television pledge drives and other fundraising events. He has served as WPT’s development director and executive director of the Friends of Wisconsin Public Television since 2000.
“I love the people, places and stories of this state and plan to build on our legacy of excellent work that connects communities and celebrates all things Wisconsin,” said Miskowski, who will assume his new role July 1. “We have a strong group of talented and devoted employees at WPT, and I look forward to working closely with them to continue to create the essential public television work that we have been know for more than than 60 years.”
Read the news release for details.
You can play in a Technology Sandbox, visit a Technology Museum and hear Chancellor Cathy Sandeen talk about how technology is transforming education during the Instructional Communications Systems (ICS) 50th anniversary open house 2 to 5:30 p.m. May 21, 2015, at The Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Madison. The event is free and open to University of Wisconsin System faculty and staff and to guests from other educational, governmental and nonprofit organizations who want to learn about ICS services. ICS is part of UW-Extension’s Broadcasting and Media Innovations division and provides services such as audioconferencing, videoconferencing, webconferencing and webcasting.
Guests also are invited to stay for the first in the 2015 series of Third Thursdays at The Pyle Center, which will include live music, free appetizers, a cash bar and a featured nonprofit organization from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The May 21 event will also celebrate the opening of a new courtyard that features a fire pit. Most Third Thursdays are held on The Pyle Center Rooftop as weather allows.
“Humanities Booyah” is an online magazine for people who plan public programs and events that involve history and culture. It’s produced by the Wisconsin Humanities Council, a nonprofit organization for which UW-Extension provides some fiscal, business and other services.
Jessica Becker, editor, said, “As part of UW Colleges and UW-Extension, the useful articles published weekly are relevant for you and the community leaders you work with. We are sharing stories at ‘Humanities Booyah’ to open new possibilities — for collaboration, for conversation, for a more engaged community.”
At http://www.wisconsinhumanities.org/blog, readers can find practical articles covering topics such as:
- Tips for grant writers
- Wisconsin Humanities Council grant-making priorities and funded projects
- Voices from the Field with insight and practical information from cultural leaders around the state
Becker invites readers to contact her at email@example.com or 608-263-3155 to suggest additional topics to cover.
Watch – and share – brief videos Chancellor Cathy Sandeen included in her presentation to the UW System Board of Regents about UW Colleges and UW-Extension, hosts of the April 9-10, 2015 meeting at UW-Waukesha:
To review what happened at the meeting and Chancellor Sandeen’s inauguration, read the following summaries:
Regents Teaching Excellence Awards, including Shubhangi Stalder, professor of mathematics at UW-Waukesha.
April 10 UW System President Ray Cross News from Around the UW System, including from UW-Barron County
Chancellor Cathy Sandeen encourages staff and faculty to let her know – via the Chancellor’s Awards nominations underway – about the great work among your peers and community partners. Nominations are due May 8 through a two-step simple process:
- Complete the brief online form at: http://uwex.uwc.edu/chancellor/nominations/
- Arrange to have two letters of recommendation from others emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the 2014 Chancellor’s Awards Recipients to see examples from last year.
Posted on behalf of UW-Extension Provost Aaron Brower
Even as we continue to work with System and the legislature on the size of the proposed state funding cut and other details in the proposal, we have begun preparing for reductions based on our best estimates. I want to outline the institutional process that we will use to plan for our estimated base funding cut.
First, assuming the System sustains a $150M base cut beginning July 1, 2015, and assuming each institution is allocated their portion of the cut along the GPR allocation formula that System has used for the past several years, we anticipate receiving a cut of $6.9M. That reduction would begin in July 1, 2015 and will be ongoing. This $6.9M number does not include any additional cuts identified for specific programs – such as the Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center or the Discovery Farm Program, which are funded through “segregated fees.” This number also does not include the ripple effect of reductions in funding to the Department of Natural Resources, and to the Educational Communications Board, our partners in public broadcasting. The $6.9M estimated cut is also not dependent on whether or not System is granted public authority status.
Second, because the base reduction we anticipate receiving is so large, we will not approach it business-as-usual. We are planning a multistage process and one that looks at every opportunity for savings, for efficiencies, for revenue and for ways to position us for a strong future. To be frank, our programs and services will only become more important to the health and well-being of our communities, students, listeners and viewers. We must look to our public service and community-engagement mission to guide us as we navigate together through the budget reduction.
Here is a thumbnail of the multistage process we are undertaking:
Deans and directors have developed and provided to me their working plans to meet their expected divisional cut allocations (i.e., the divisional cut they can expect if we allocate our GPR cut using standard divisional allocation). The purpose of these plans is to provide draft recommendations that the chancellor and others are using in legislative visits. Through June, deans and directors will continue working within their divisions to finalize their plans.
Deans and directors also are meeting with Steve Wildeck and me to explore opportunities for savings and efficiencies in GEA and GEAS (i.e., central administration and services). We’ve drafted recommendations for these savings and efficiencies for the purpose of providing the chancellor and others with information for legislative visits. Through June, Steve and I will continue to develop the recommendations directed at central administration and at the institution level. We will solicit help from an ad hoc team from central administration and the cross-institution functional areas.
Together with the shared governance groups, I have convened a series of institution-wide forums for mid-April, and a second series beginning in June, to present the recommendations and plans. The goal for these forums will be to thoroughly examine what’s presented in order to learn how they will impact different staff and faculty depending on situation, position and responsibilities. I will ask the deans and directors to take feedback from the forums and incorporate as appropriate as they modify and refine their budget reduction plans. Additionally, Steve and I will likewise incorporate feedback as appropriate for the institutional and central-admin plans.
Additional details will be provided about the forums. For now, please save the date for your divisional forums, which will be noon to 1 p.m. at various sites and also webcast:
- BAMI April 13 and June 1
- CEOEL April 23 and June 23
- Business and Entrepreneurship April 29 and June 18
- Cooperative Extension April 24 and June 15
- GEA/GEAS May date TBD and June 15
I also have established an email address to collect suggestions and comments on the budget plans coming from the divisions and from central: email@example.com
Finally, divisional and institutional plans will go to the chancellor in June for her approval.
I know this is a difficult and challenging time. We want this process to result in a strategic, not opportunistic, approach to budget reductions, one that enables all four divisions and UW-Extension as a whole to continue to provide world-class educational and informational programs and services that reach across the entire state.
What will the next generation of Wisconsin residents need and want from UW-Extension? That is the focus of Extension Reimagined, a project that began in 2014 with surveys of Wisconsin residents and university educators, focus groups around the state, one-on-one interviews and reviews of previous market research. The next step is underway and includes a series of forums around the state to develop plans for UW-Extension in the next 10 to 20 years.
Trained facilitators are available for those interested in coordinating and hosting a 90-minute forum this spring; contact UW-Extension Associate Vice Chancellor Greg Hutchins, firstname.lastname@example.org, to express your interest.
UW-Extension Waushara County hosted the first forum March 5 in Wautoma. Program participants discussed enhancing visibility and reach through communications technology, sustainability in a world of change and re-prioritizing programming to prepare for the future. Pictured are those who attended: (front row, from left) Walt Bublitz, UW Colleges and UW-Extension; Bernadette Krentz, Waushara County Board of Supervisors and 4-H volunteer leader, Chris Langenfeld, 4-H volunteer; Mikayla Flyte, 4-H member; Carrie Flyte, Flyte Family Farm and 4-H volunteer leader; Rick Reyer, Wisconsin Public Radio; Michelle Soria, citizen; Shannon Myers, Aging and Disability Resource Center; (back row) John Prindle , Cooperative Care; Kent Barnard, Patterson Memorial Public Library; Noah Langenfeld, 4-H member; Mary Ann Schilling, UW-Extension; Ken Williams, UW-Extension; Patrick Nehring, UW-Extension, Enrique Soria, Land, Water and Education Committee.
The next forum will be March 27 in Madison. For additional information about the public dialog underway, visit http://www.uwex.edu/academic-affairs/reimagining.html.