The University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey is sharing stories about its staff and their work through social media, including Pinterest at: http://www.pinterest.com/WGNHS/staff-shorts/ . Among the first stories is the post below about Sue Swanson and her work with Dave Hart and Ken Bradbury.
“Springs are an accessible representation of the groundwater. It’s easier to sample a spring than to install a groundwater monitoring well,” says Sue Swanson.
Swanson, who is on sabbatical from Beloit College, is a research associate at the Survey. She is kicking off the first year of a three-year statewide study of Wisconsin’s springs with Ken Bradbury and Dave Hart, hydrogeologists at the Survey.
She will set field procedures for this county-by-county inventory and will select six to eight “reference springs” for long-term monitoring. The reference springs will be representative of Wisconsin’s geologic and hydrologic regions. Those springs will be monitored intensively to establish a baseline of physical, chemical and ecological factors.
“If we can establish a baseline by sampling twice a year, then we can monitor these springs less frequently, say every few years, and still have a long term record to assess the effects of changes in land use, climate, or groundwater pumping,” she said.
Learn more about Swanson’s research here.
United Way Manitowoc County, Inc. has named Charles Clark to its board of directors. Clark is the dean and campus executive officer at the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc.
“I look forward to working with United Way Manitowoc County as it seeks to address the root causes of socioeconomic distress in our region of the state,” Clark said. “With our emphasis on supporting education, health and income initiatives in our county, United Way Manitowoc County is making our region stronger and an even better place to live, work and raise a family.”
Clark began his three-year term with the board in June 2014 and will serve on the Community Impact Committee, which reviews grant applications and makes funding recommendations to the board. He also will work with the organization on its annual campaign.
UW-Marshfield/Wood County kicked off an $8 million fund-raising campaign this week for a new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) building.
CEO/dean Patricia Stuhr said the new facility is a priority since it would be home to the course work that’s in the greatest demand. “In our consideration, 68 percent of our students have their majors in the STEM areas,” Stuhr said.
UW-Marshfield/Wood County hopes to raise about $6 million in private donations and one million each from the City of Marshfield and Wood County, the campus co-owners.
The current building, the Aldo Leopold Science Building, was one of the original buildings on campus, constructed in 1964. The public portion of the campaign will kick off in spring, 2015. The target date for groundbreaking on the new facility is 2016.
UW-Parkside has joined UW-La Crosse and UW-Stout in signing an amended memorandum of understanding that will allow UW Colleges to accept students with applied associate degrees from a Wisconsin technical college into the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree completion program, according to Greg Lampe, provost and vice chancellor for academic and student affairs.
Lampe said three key changes to the degree completion program are included in the revised MOUs. In addition to approving the so-called “applied associate degree pathway,” UW-Parkside also agreed to relax the 30 plus 30 credit collaboration agreement so that UW Colleges instructors can teach more BAAS degree courses within the global studies and cognitive skills areas of the degree. The new MOU also allows BAAS students at all six BAAS degree completion program campuses to take junior and senior level courses at UW-Parkside as long as there is room and the students have met the appropriate pre-requisites.
Students holding an applied associate degree from a Wisconsin technical college will be able to enroll in the BAAS degree completion program at UW-Waukesha, UW-Baraboo/Sauk County and UW-Barron County in fall, 2014.
“We appreciate the willingness of UW-Parkside, UW-Stout and UW-La Crosse to act quickly on our request for changes to the program,” Lampe said. The MOU must receive faculty approval at UW-Superior, UW-Stevens Point and UW-Platteville before the changes can be applied to the UW-Marshfield/Wood County, UW-Richland and UW-Rock County campuses.
Aaron Brower and Sherrie Gruder
The National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals presented a first place Educational Technology Team Award for the Cool Choices challenge program developed by a UW-Extension Sustainability Team work group.
Sherrie Gruder of the UW-Extension Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center (SHWEC) accepted it June 23, 2014, on behalf of the work group, which also included: Diana Tscheschlok, Jessica Beckendorf and Ingrid West. In recognition of the chancellor’s office support for the program, Gruder presented the award to Interim Chancellor Aaron Brower to hang in his office.
A total of 42% of UW-Extension Cooperative Extension staff and faculty members in 56 counties participated in Cool Choices in the summer of 2013. They formed teams and earned points over an eight-week period for sustainability-related practices that reduce carbon emissions, save resources and money, and improve efficiency, such as carpooling, recycling old appliances or unplugging unused electronics.
Cost and waste reductions (annualized) included:
- 197,600 gallons of water
- Enough electricity to power 17 Wisconsin homes for one year
Participation in Cool Choices also helped Cooperative Extension employees become skilled using their new tablets and Google+ as part of UW-Extension’s goal to infuse communications technology and social media into programming. Another result is that UW-Extension specialists and county educators are facilitating this game with schools, local governments and other organizations in their counties.
For information, contact Tscheschlok at: email@example.com
Steamroller Print Event
The City of Manitowoc will provide the steamroller. UW-Manitowoc will provide the venue. And 53 print-makers will provide the art for “A Steamroller Printmaking Event” July 21 to 25.
The event is being organized by Berel Lutsky, associate professor of art at UW-Manitowoc, Ben Rinehart, assistant professor of art at Lawrence University, the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum and the Rahr-West Art Museum, Manitowoc. Visit the Steamroller Prints web page for schedule and artist information.
The 45 large scale (60” x 36”) relief prints produced during the event will be exhibited at the Rahr-West Art Museum August 9- 17, 2014 and then at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum.
A new website has been established to provide opportunities for faculty and staff to give their input in the search for the next UW Colleges and UW-Extension chancellor, a position filled on an interim basis by Aaron Brower.
The website at www.uwex.uwc.edu/chancellorsearch provides information about the position description, search timeline and listening sessions. UW-Extension’s Art Lersch, an associate professor in community resource development in Lincoln County, is chair of the Chancellor Search and Screen Committee. Finalists will be announced in October.