Interim Chancellor Aaron Brower sent out this request today to UW Colleges and UW-Extension faculty and staff:
Today is Veterans Day. We celebrate Veterans Day on this date because fighting ceased between Germany and the Allied troops during WWI at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
I ask you to pause and reflect on the military service of your loved ones, your colleagues, your community members and your students and learners.
Today is a day to thank those who step up to serve our country, even when that means putting themselves at risk. Their bravery, their love of country and their patriotism should be honored.
They are selfless in putting their country above all else. We thank them – and their loved ones – for that service. Anyone who has ever been in a military family knows that it’s not only the man or woman in uniform who serves. The whole family makes sacrifices and suffers losses when a parent or sibling is far away and all too often in harm’s way.
I also want to take this time to thank our UW Colleges and UW-Extension faculty and staff who provide assistance to current and former military members on our campuses and county-based programs, who support them through programs such as Operation Military Kids, and who recognize their service through collaborations such as the A Face for Every Name Photo Project.
If you see an active duty service member or can contact a veteran or a dependent of a veteran today, please take a moment to thank them for their service. It doesn’t matter how long it’s been since they wore a uniform. It’s never too late to say thank you.
The Chancellor’s Awards Ceremony and Reception will be 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Madison.
This event honors the exceptional teaching, outreach, collaborations and public service of our employees, partners and supporters during the last year.
Registration, which is free, is requested to ensure that there are ample refreshments and enough seating for all. To register for this event and to see a list of the 2014 Chancellor’s Awards recipients, go to http://www.uwex.uwc.edu/chancellor/events.
Your ability to build and maintain important relationships depends on effective communication skills. Those skills are essential to handling disagreements and resolving conflicts with your co-workers.
Life Matters, your Employee Assistance Program,will present “Coworker Communication: Handling Disagreements at Work” from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Madison, and via Mediasite at: http://ics.webcast.uwex.edu/Mediasite7/Play/b61ccf4bb6674cacb8a53d3f3f724be71d
For those unable to participate live, the presentation will be recorded and posted later online at: http://uwex.uwc.edu/eao/
The content includes:
- Fair-fighting skills and rules
- Understanding conflict and resolution
- Practicing active listening
- Problem solving and negotiating
This presentation is being offered as a piloted monthly series. Look for additional topics, which we will be hosting in October and November.
Greg Lampe, UW Colleges provost and vice chancellor, has named Joe J. Foy as the new associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at UW Colleges. Foy is currently an associate campus dean at UW-Waukesha, where he also is an associate professor of political science. He will assume his duties Sept. 15, 2014.
The position had been filled on an interim basis by Rex Hieser, who will continue working through August.
Foy will be responsible for reviewing and interpreting academic policies and procedures; providing recommendations on instructional staffing and budgeting; and for assisting in academic program development and review, library planning and transfer issues.
He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Ph.D. in American government and comparative politics and a master’s degree in comparative politics and international relations. Foy also holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from Carroll College, Montana.
His research primarily has focused on the interplay between consumer culture and democracy in the United States. He has edited four books, the first of which was awarded both the John G. Cawelti Award from the Popular Culture/American Culture Association in 2009 and the Barrington/Musolf Faculty Research Award from the UW Colleges in 2010. He also has authored and co-authored 30 essays published in academic and commercial anthologies. In 2010 his contributions in and out of the classroom were recognized by the UW Colleges/UW Extension Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.
He currently lives in Delafield with his wife and three children.
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.
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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.
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