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Meet 20 new leaders in training

Chancellor Ray Cross welcomed the second class of the Academy for Leadership and Innovation at a reception Feb. 4, 2014, at The Lowell Center. This is a leadership development and critical thinking class designed for faculty, academic staff and classified staff working in UW Colleges and UW-Extension, as well as those working in UW-Extension appointments at other UW institutions. Details are available at: http://uwex.uwc.edu/leadership/

Rose Brust, left, and Jane Ritger

Rose Brust, left, and Jane Ritger

He thanked “Class 1″ for their work over the previous year, including projects that he is sharing with UW Colleges and UW-Extension leaders for follow up. He also thanked Sue Buck and Rosemary Potter for their leadership of the academy.

The new class, which will meet five times in the coming year, includes those listed below.

 

Name

Position

Institution

Jayant Anand

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology

UW-Barron County

UW Colleges

Rose Brust

Senior Graphic Designer

UW-Marathon County

UW Colleges

Kimberly Clist

Program Coordinator

Leadership Wisconsin

UW-Extension, Division of Cooperative Extension

John Fons

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Associate Professor of Physics

UW-Rock County

UW Colleges

John Gaddo

Regional Manager, Wisconsin Public Radio

UW-Extension, Division of Broadcasting and Media Innovations

Ramona Gasper

Administrative Assistant

Chancellor’s Office

UW Colleges and UW-Extension

UW Colleges & UW-Extension

Joni Geroux

Outreach Program Manager

University of Wisconsin – Stout

UW-Extension, Division of Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning

Jason Hausler

4-H Youth Development Educator

Dunn County UW-Extension Office

UW-Extension, Division of Cooperative Extension

Julie Janiak

Director of TRIO Student Support Services and Precollege Programs

UW Colleges/UW Rock County

UW Colleges

Emily Johnson

Program Manager, Bachelor of Professional Studies

Division of Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning

UW-Extension, Division of Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning

Debra Karp

Director of Community Engagement

Center for Community Partnerships

University of Wisconsin – Parkside

 

UW-Extension, Division of Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning

Kurt Kaspar

Studio/Remote Production Manager

Wisconsin Public Television

 

UW-Extension, Division of Broadcasting and Media Innovations

John McCulley

Senior Student Services Coordinator

Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning

UW-Extension, Division of Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning

Colleen S. Merrill

Director, Small Business Development Center

University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh

UW-Extension, Division of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

Noah Ovshinsky

Assistant News Director

Wisconsin Public Radio

UW-Extension, Division of Broadcasting and Media Innovations

Mark Peterson

Department of Philosophy

UW-Washington County

UW Colleges

Jane Ritger

Client Relations Specialist

Wisconsin Public Radio

UW-Extension, Division of Broadcasting and Media Innovations

Kris Tiles

Regional Natural Resources Educator

UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension

UW-Extension, Division of Cooperative Extension

Krystal M. Wambold

Operations Director

Division of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

UW-Extension, Division of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

Sam Wiltzius

IT Services Manager

Instructional Communications Systems

UW-Extension, Division of Broadcasting and Media Innovations

 

 

 

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Chancellor congratulates 20 leadership program graduates

2013 Academy for Leadership and InnovationChancellor Ray Cross congratulated the UW Colleges and UW-Extension graduates of the Academy for Leadership and Innovation earlier this month at the Pyle Center in Madison, encouraging them to “Keep creating innovative ways to carry out our work and meet the educational needs of Wisconsin residents, businesses and communities.”

The Dec. 4 graduation event celebrated the work participants did over a series of five sessions in 2013. Their learning activities related to major policy, management and leadership issues facing outreach and higher education in Wisconsin. They participated in leadership assessment and leadership skill-building activities, gave presentations on major leadership theorists and volunteered in a mentoring program. 

The chancellor also presented Sue Buck with a certificate of appreciation for her excellent work in directing this premier leadership program for the past 12 years. Upon her departure, Rosemary Potter will lead the academy. The next class will first meet in February 2014 in Madison.

For information on the Academy for Leadership and Innovation, visit here.

For details on the 20 members of the class of 2013, read their biographies here.

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UW Flex admission process kicks off with news conference and celebration

 

Todd Richmond, Aaron Apel and Karen Herzog

Todd Richmond, Aaron Apel and Karen Herzog

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.

Additional information about the event is available through the news release and the UW Colleges and UW-Extension Facebook photo album. In addition, the event recording is archived on Mediasite.

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.

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“And the walls came tumbling down…” with song at UW-Extension awards event

 

Krystal Wambold and Jonathan Overby  at UW-Extension Academic Staff Council awards event

Krystal Wambold and Jonathan Overby

Singing is not usually part of the University of Wisconsin-Extension Academic Staff Council Awards of Excellence program. In fact, the awardees don’t usually even have a speaking role. This year, however, Chancellor Ray Cross invited Jonathan Overby to grace the audience with his voice Oct. 16 at the Pyle Center in Madison.

Overby earned a hearty round of applause for blessing his colleagues with the chorus of “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho,” as well as for the body of work that led to his recognition as a “superstar” in his field. He earned the “distinguished” prefix, so now bears the title of distinguished senior broadcast specialist with Wisconsin Public Radio, part of UW-Extension’s public broadcasting division.

“Since 1994 Wisconsin Public Radio listeners have tuned in to hear Dr. Jonathan Overby engage, entertain and inform through his talk, variety and music programs,” said Krystal Wambold, chair of the Academic Staff Council, who introduced the award recipients. “Dr. Overby’s career at WPR began as a Sunday morning talk-show host, later a variety show host and producer and then executive producer and host of his current Saturday evening world music broadcast ‘Higher Ground with Jonathan Overby.”

Chancellor Cross noted that, in August, Overby had marked his 1,000th broadcast for Wisconsin Public Radio. UW-Extension Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor Aaron Brower added that Overby several years ago made his son “feel like a rock star” by inviting him to be on one of his shows a few times.

Wambold acknowledged that Overby’s performance would be a hard act to follow, joking, “I wonder what Mik and Angela will do.”

“Mik” is Michael Derks, a producer for Wisconsin Public Television, also in UW-Extension’s public broadcasting division. He was one of two to receive an Academic Staff Council Award for Excellence.

“Mik has produced many documentaries sharing Wisconsin’s history including Wisconsin Veterans’ history. He also helped in the planning of LZ Lambeau, providing a long overdue welcome home to veterans of the Vietnam war,” Wambold told the audience of about 75. “Mik is currently working closely with Wisconsin tribal communities to document Wisconsin Indian Nations. His recent program ‘Jerry Apps: A Farm Story’ was very successful with viewers and was purchased by PBS for national distribution.”

Angela Voras-Hills received an Academic Staff Council Award for Excellence for, in part, her work with a pilot project that served as the forerunner to the UW Flexible Option expected to launch with applications accepted in late November.

 “Angela currently serves as a student services specialist in the Independent Learning program, the Division of Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning’s oldest program at 121 years and counting,” Wambold said. “This past year she took the lead in student services for the Independent Learning Flexible Option pilot program, serving 100 participants through three program offerings. Angela acted as primary contact for program students, led in the establishment of required policies and procedures, developed a proactive advising schedule and messaging, helped in establishing proctoring procedures and assisted with public relations.”

Information about the Awards for Excellence is posted at: http://www.uwex.edu/secretary/awards-excellence.html Details about the distinguished prefix guidelines are available with “Progression Resources for Academic Staff” at: http://www.uwex.edu/secretary/title-progression.html

Angela Voras-Hills and colleagues

Angela Voras-Hills and colleagues

 

Aaron Brower, Krystal Wambold, Michael Derks and Ray Cross

Aaron Brower, Krystal Wambold, Michael Derks and Ray Cross

 

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3 ways to learn about the Chancellor’s Awards

Chancellor's Awards 2013 group shot before ceremonyThe seventh annual Chancellor’s Awards ceremony and reception honored UW Colleges and UW-Extension faculty and staff and, in some cases, their community partners for exceptional teaching, outreach and collaborations. The event was Sept. 12, 2013, at The Pyle Center in Madison.

Here are three ways to learn more about the annual event:

 

 

1. View a photo album showing many of the participants at: https://www.facebook.com/uwex.uwc#!/uwex.uwc/photos_stream

2. Read the news relase at: http://bit.ly/UWCUWEXawards

3. Watch for news in spring 2014 about how to nominate your peers and community partners for the eighth annual Chancellor’s Awards at: http://www.uwex.uwc.edu/chancellor/events/ (where official photos of 2013 recipients later will be posted)

 

 

 

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UW-Extension Classified Staff Advisory Council invites nominations, comments and questions

UW-Extension Classified Staff Advisory Council  “We are not a replacement for the union. We are here to be your voice,” Rod Rotar told a group of 50 gathered Aug. 27, 2013, for a UW-Extension Classified Staff Advisory Council brown bag lunch meeting at the Pyle Center in Madison.  

In addition to Rotar (back row, left, in the photo), the current council includes: Katy Sticha and Dan Wanish (also in the back row); Lisa Perkins, Inga Foley and Julie Hunter (from left to right in the front row); and Jim Stull (not pictured). Stull will be leaving in October. The council’s recently completed bylaws call for nine members, so there are three openings. Nominations will be accepted through September for an October election.

As the name implies, this is an advisory group representing colleagues’ interests in policy decisions. Unlike the Cooperative Extension classified staff group, this council is open to classified staff from across UW-Extension. The Academic Staff Council and Faculty Senate, the two other UW-Extension governance groups, have invited the classified staff council to meet with them quarterly  to evaluate ideas to bring up to the administration and to respond to ideas from the administration.

UW-Extension Interim Chancellor and Provost Aaron Brower, Human Resources Director David Prucha, Human Resources Manager Joann Johnson, Interim Secretary of the Faculty and Academic Staff Dan Hill and Interim Vice Chancellor of External Relations Jessica Tormey, who serves as the chancellor’s liaison to the group, spoke briefly and answered questions at the brown bag. Questions centered around the delayed Universal Personnel System (UPS), work environment issues, professional development opportunities and tuition reimbursement.

The Wisline service was not working during the meeting, so those unable to attend in person are invited to email questions or comments to any member of council if they do not want to wait for the next brown bag. For information, visit: http://www.uwex.edu/secretary/university-staff-governance-committee.html

Details on the 2012 creation of the UW-Extension Classified Staff Advisory Council and the UW Colleges Classified Staff Advisory Council are included in a previous News and Ideas post.

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Chancellor is “Ray of hope” at Town Hall

Where are we, what do we know and what are we attempting to do about the largest base cut in the history of the University of Wisconsin System? And how will this impact UW Colleges in particular?

 “We’re going to land on our feet, but we’re trying to think this through over the long-term,” said Chancellor Ray Cross, introducing the topic of the Aug. 13, 2013, UW Colleges-wide compressed video Town Hall Meeting from the Pyle Center in Madison. If you missed the meeting, you can watch the archived hour-long recording. Click on the following link (or copy and then paste the link in your browser) to view the recording:
http://tcs.ics.uwex.edu/tcs/?id=51FEAA70-4EB1-4DC9-A5D6-B4738A148C47

System wide the reduction is $52 million in 2013-14 and almost $62 million in 2014-15 and ongoing, explained Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Steve Wildeck.

 “The ongoing impact is what we pay attention to and that really hurts,” Wildeck said.

Asked whether we should be talking to legislators about negative impacts of the base reduction, Cross responded that the most important step is to show legislators that we’re making changes in response to questions raised about the program revenue balances accumulated before this biennial budget.

Provost and Vice Chancellor Greg Lampe added that campus leaders must balance what to invest in, hold off on or cut. Lampe, along with Cross, stressed the continued commitment to finding funds to support compensation.

Wildeck indicated that information about specific cuts to the UW Colleges will be finalized and communicated to the campuses shortly.

Asked if any UW Colleges campuses would close, Cross emphatically said no. What’s on the table are innovative ways to consolidate back-office services and a greater focus on priorities instead of work that’s important but not a top priority.

Questioned about UW System’s work to reestablish positive relationships with legislators, Cross pointed out the increased involvement of the Board of Regents and the increased receptivity on the part of legislators in building collaborative relationships with campus leaders. “The Board of Regents is taking a leadership role on that,” he said.

In response to a question about hiring impacts, Cross said, “The first thing we have to do is filter through what we can do that least impacts the classroom and that allows us to provide a quality education.”

“It is easy to resort to methodical business practices and to set aside the fact that we’re human beings and that we care for, respect and value our colleagues,” said Cross. He reiterated his support for faculty and staff and said the conversation would continue at the UW Colleges fall convocation later this month.

The chancellor also encouraged UW Colleges faculty and staff to keep joking and laughing. He, however, was unaware of an inadvertent self-referential pun that had the audience chuckling earlier as he spoke of balancing bad news with a “ray of hope.”

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