Watch Town Hall on UW Colleges budget decisions

UW Colleges campus regions mapChancellor Cathy Sandeen presented a brief overview of the UW Colleges round 2 budget decisions during a Town Hall July 23, 2015, at The Pyle Center in Madison. The recorded session now is available for viewing here (see “UWC Town Hall” and note that you may have to click on the “Flash” option if you do not have Silverlight installed on your computer).

The Town Hall provided an opportunity for UW Colleges faculty and staff to ask questions about the regional leadership approach announced earlier in the week. Also responding to questions were Provost Greg Lampe and UW Colleges and UW-Extension Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Steve Wildeck. Participants also asked questions by email, which were addressed as time allowed during the hour-long Town Hall. All questions and comments also later were shared with the three leaders.

Here are links to documents related to the round 2 decisions:

Round 2 Decisions (July 21, 2015)

News release


In addition, here is a link to the round 1 decisions announced earlier:

Round 1 Decisions (May 15, 2015)

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How to master the art of resiliency

snapping a pencil in half out of stress

Drinking massive amounts of caffeine, hanging out with toxic people and ruminating about whatever is stressing you out are not the best ways to deal with stress. You can find better ideas through “Stress or Success: Thriving in a Chaotic World,” a presentation by the LifeMatters Employee Assistance Program.



A recording of the webinar and the handouts, as well as other resources, are posted at:

The content includes:

To access LifeMatters, call 1-800-634-6433 or visit Click on the log in and enter the company password (for all state employees): SOWI

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Coaching follows congrats for UW Leadership Development Program graduates

Rosemary Potter, Cathy Sandeen, Ray Cross

Rosemary Potter, Cathy Sandeen, Ray Cross











UW System President Ray Cross and Chancellor Cathy Sandeen congratulated recipients of the UW Leadership Development Program certificate during a brief ceremony and reception at The Pyle Center in Madison on July 14, 2015.  Rosemary Potter, director of UW Leadership Programs at UW-Extension’s Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning Division, encouraged the graduates to stay in touch with each other and noted that all who had earned the certificate would have access to a coach for further work on leadership development or assistance with a specific organizational challenge.

UW Leadership Development program graduates















Pictured are, in the front row from left, Chancellor Sandeen and Mary Luebke; second row, Jean Salzer, Rosemary Potter and Tammy Herbst-Koel; third row, Robin Beeman, Wendi Steinberg, Mario Babicic, Kelly Haag, Marisa Melby and Autumn Anfang; and back row, Jamie Kuenzi, Michael Priem, Darrin S. Smith, Elizabeth Freuh, Richard Thomas, Steven Mohar and Christopher Dziekan. Graduates not pictured are Stephanie Kutz and Jeff Pozorski. Many participants in the recent program were from UW-Milwaukee and UW-Madison.

Program registration information is posted here.

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Share news about UW HELP’s teleconference pilot program for UW applicants

UW HELP logoHigh school seniors and those who help them apply to college can access a new Student LiveLines service, piloted this summer by the University of Wisconsin Higher Education Location Program – better known as UW HELP. UW HELP provides assistance and support to students who are applying to the 26 UW System campuses.

Through the new Student LiveLines service, UW HELP is offering free 30-minute teleconferences that will address common issues with the UW System application for admission. The presenters also will respond to participants’ questions about the application and admission process.

Registration is required. Students and their families should register for only one of the sessions (all Central Standard Time) by emailing their name, high school and phone number to and noting the session chosen:

The UW HELP office was founded in the early days of the merging of the UW System campuses. It is part of the UW-Extension Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning Division. UW HELP’s role is to assist people in educational transition access their UW System education. They accomplish this through publications, outreach, advising and a variety of electronic services. The application for admission serves 200,000 students each year. See for details.

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The chancellor goes to camp as part of UW-Extension tour

Justin Hougham, Regent Regina Millner, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and Chancellor Cathy Sandeen

Justin Hougham, Regent Regina Millner, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and Chancellor Cathy Sandeen

Chancellor Cathy Sandeen went to camp and took a couple of friends: Lt. Gov Rebecca Kleefisch and UW System Board of Regents President Regina Millner. This was part of the chancellor’s three-day UW-Extension tour that also includes visits to Green Lake and Waushara counties July 16 and Kewaunee and Ozaukee counties July 17.  The camp visit July 15 was to UW-Extension’s Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center on the Wisconsin River in the prettiest part of the Wisconsin Dells.

The three “campers” had company – about 90 children and teens from Dodge County, who chatted with them about their experience at the STEM learning center and entertained them with skits and songs.

Those campers were among about 10,000 who visit Upham Woods every year. About a third are in 4-H. Others are from Girl Scout and Boy Scout groups or schools. In addition, the Upham Woods Director Justin Hougham brings STEM education to schools, free in Wisconsin and for a fee out of state (and out of the country). He brings a kit that includes observational tools like digital microscopes and sometimes works directly with students and other times with teachers.

“My goal is to increase students’ skills using technology and to increase students’ time outside learning about the world,” said Hougham, whose other UW-Extension title is assistant professor for environmental education.

Find out more about the programs at Upham Woods and how to get involved at, or contact Hougham directly at or 608-224-9965.

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A story behind the story about 14 Wisconsin counties getting up to $75 million in federal grants

Matt Kures

Matt Kures

Everyone who works at UW-Extension has used or heard “the best kept secret” reference to describe the institution’s work and impacts. Sometimes that’s because the UW-Extension contribution is missed in media coverage. A recent example is the July 9, 2015, Wisconsin State Journal story: “Region gets access to federal funds; Millions targeted to food, biotech, manufacturing.”

Here’s a story behind that story:

The U.S. Department of Commerce invited applications for the coveted Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) designation.

Investors pay attention to that designation because it tells them that these communities have comprehensive strategic plans and would be good places to invest their money.

One applicant was the Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP). MadREP’s Manufacturing Community includes the Madison Region’s eight counties — Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Rock and Sauk — as well as Crawford, Grant, Lafayette, Monroe, Richland and Vernon counties.

MadREP was one of 12 new designees recently announced by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, who praised MadREP’s “ambitious strategy aimed at taking advantage of the growing trend toward local foods.”

About the application that won these kudos: MadREP’s news release singled out UW-Extension State Specialist Matt Kures as a “significant source of data for the application.”

Greg Wise, director of the UW-Extension Center for Community and Economic Development, said,  “The research provided is another outstanding example of Matt Kures’ support of key partners. The fact that this addresses an ‘educational priority’ rather than a narrow program area topic is a nice example of the outreach scholarship the organization is hoping to see modeled.”

Kures was part of a grant writing team led by MadREP Senior Vice President of Economic Development Michael Gay. Although Kures’ role isn’t acknowledged by the State Journal, the article provides information that would be of interest to UW-Extension colleagues working in the 14 communities included.

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Sen. Baldwin invites UW Colleges into America’s College Promise Act discussion

Chancellor Cathy Sandeen participation in Google Hangout on America's College Promise Act.Chancellor Cathy Sandeen was among several higher education leaders invited by Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Rep. Bobby Scott of Virginia to discuss college affordability and access. Their July 9 Google Hangout centered on the potential impact of America’s College Promise Act.

The act would make the first two years of college free through a partnership between the federal government and the states, providing an affordable pathway for low-income students to earn a four-year degree.

In her introductory remarks, Chancellor Sandeen said, “The UW Colleges are the high access arm of the University of Wisconsin System. We are a group of 13 two-year liberal arts transfer colleges that really focus on the access mission within Wisconsin. Most of our students are first generation college students. Most of them are low income. We have a higher percentage of Pell students. So, as you can see, our students would really benefit from this additional funding.”

She added that she was pleased the wording in the act refers to “public two-year institutions,” making UW Colleges eligible. She also expressed appreciation that the act addresses student success and completion through articulated pathways, guaranteed transfer and key reforms to accelerate student success.

The broadcast was recorded and is posted online. A July 9 article in The Capital Times provides additional details.

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