Everyone, at one difficult time or another, has benefitted from the support of relatives, friends or one of the organizations participating in the state and university employees’ workplace giving campaigns underway through the end of November.
Now is your chance to extend a hand to help someone else, even if all you have to give is $1 a month. That will help provide a family of four with food for two days. If you have $5 a month to give, that will provide supplemental GED materials for a student to build reading and math skills. Ten dollars a month will cover the cost of an afternoon outdoor learning experience at a school forest or nature center for a class of at-risk students.
Those are just a few examples of the impact you can make with a modest donation. You have a wide range of opportunities for giving to the kinds of programs you care most about – either with a one-time donation or through a monthly contribution – or you can give to local, state or national umbrella groups. The umbrella group chosen for a donation from a Nov. 21, 2013, Partners in Giving coffee at the UW Colleges office in Madison (pictured here) was the United Way of Dane County.
For details on your giving options, please follow the link here for the campaign in your workplace:
- Partners in Giving (SECC-Dane County) is for state, university and University Hospital and Clinics employees who work in Dane County: http://www.secc.wi.gov/
- SECC-Milwaukee County is for state and university employees who work in Milwaukee County: http://www.secc-milwaukee.wi.gov/
- SECC-Statewide is for state and university employees who work outside of Dane and Milwaukee counties: http://seccstatewide.wi.gov/
UW-Extension’s Malcolm Brett, a member of the PBS Board of Directors since 2008, was elected to an additional leadership position on the board in November. He was named to his first term as professional vice chair of the board at the group’s Nov. 7, 2013, meeting in Arlington, Va.
Brett is director of UW-Extension’s Broadcasting and Media Innovations Division, which includes Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television and Instructional Communications Systems.
The news release includes additional biographical information and details about the board election.
The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion invites you to join a Multicultural Awareness Program workshop, a professional development opportunity open to all UW Colleges and UW-Extension faculty and staff.
Several openings remain for the last session of the 2013 year: Dec. 10 and 11 in Madison. This is a two-day workshop for which there is no registration fee and for which lunch is included.
Short presentations, videos, small group discussions and facilitated activities are designed to help you learn how diversity and inclusion can help build a vital organization, explore your personal beliefs about diversity in a safe and confidential environment, expand your understanding of diversity issues and of cultures and groups different from your own, and learn a common language and concepts so that we can communicate clearly about diversity issues.
Dates in 2014 include:
March 19-20 in Eau Claire
May 7-8 in Madison
June 3-4 in Milwaukee-Brookfield
The workshop was designed especially for UW Colleges and UW-Extension and has won awards from the State of Wisconsin and the Board of Regents.
Space is limited, and these popular workshops typically fill quickly. Please register at: https://www.uwex.uwc.edu/registration/maw_registration/
A formerly anonymous scholarship for online students will now be named for its founder, the late UW Colleges psychology professor Shirley Hensch. She taught on several campuses after joining UW Colleges in 1990, but may be best remembered for being one of the first faculty members and course designers in the UW Colleges Online program, where she taught until her recent retirement. She passed away Oct. 23, 2013, at age 58 after a difficult battle with brain cancer. She established the scholarship for online students when she worked with the online program. Now her husband, Tim, has given permission to name this scholarship the Shirley Hensch Scholarship as a way to honor her memory.
Students are eligible to apply if they are currently enrolled as a degree-seeking student in the UW Colleges Online program and are not currently enrolled in an on-campus degree program. The amount of each scholarship is currently $100, but may be changed by the Senate Online Program Committee if more contributions are made to the fund. Anyone who wants to contribute to the fund may send a check made out to “UW Colleges – Shirley Hensch Scholarship” to Robin Dax, UW Colleges Online, 34 Schroeder Court, Suite 200, Madison, WI 53711
Aaron Apel was the center of attention as UW-Extension, UW System, UW Colleges and UW-Milwaukee leaders announced the opening of the UW Flexible Option admissions process at a news conference Nov. 18, 2013, at the Pyle Center in Madison. Apel, who works in the registrar’s office at UW-Madison, represented the most important focus of the event: prospective students.
As such, he was congratulated on his application by news conference speakers: UW System President Kevin Reilly, Chancellor Ray Cross, Regents Regina Millner and Tracy Hribar, UW-Extension Interim Provost Aaron Brower, Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning (CEOEL) Dean David Schejbal, UW Colleges’ Flex faculty point person Kim Kostka, CEOEL Director of the Office of Student Success Jan Ford and UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing Dean Sally Lundeen.
Apel also was interviewed by media, including, pictured here, Todd Richmond of the Associated Press and Karen Herzog of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
If you know someone interested in exploring the UW Flexible Option, please direct them to the website, http://flex.wisconsin.edu/ , where they can take the Flex Fit self-evaluation to see if a UW degree or certificate program offered in the Flexible Option format would be a good fit for their educational needs, goals and expectations.
About 50 campus and community leaders gathered on Friday, November 15, to break ground for new student housing for UW-Marshfield/Wood County. The 96-bed student housing facility will be located across West Fifth Street from the campus and is scheduled to be open for the 2014 fall semester.
UW-Marshfield/Wood County CEO/dean Pat Stuhr said the previous 16-unit apartment building was dilapidated and a survey of surrounding properties found that there were no affordable apartments available to students. She told the Marshfield News Herald that she hopes the apartments will attract students to campus.
“The area between us and Eau Claire is pretty open. There is no other two-year campus available to students. So this is going to be a fabulous opportunity for students in those areas to come to our campus rather than go to Eau Claire or La Crosse right off the bat. It’s going to mean a lot to the students, a lot to the campus and a lot to the community.”
UW-Marshfield/Wood County students will receive the highest priority for vacant rooms, but it also will be available to students attending Mid-State Technical College or participating in the UW-Eau Claire nursing program in Marshfield. The units will be built and managed by Bluffstone, a private company specializing in student housing.
Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, chair of the Senate Universities and Technical Colleges Committee, and Rep. Pat Strachota continued a conversation about the UW Flexible Option with Chancellor Ray Cross, UW-Extension Interim Provost Aaron Brower and Regent Regina Millner after a legislative briefing Nov. 6, 2013, at the State Capitol.
Details about the presentation are provided in the news release.
News coverage included a story by Wisconsin Public Radio.