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Your invitation to Martin Luther King Jr. Day state celebration

Monday, January 19, is a state (paid) holiday for UW Colleges and UW-Extension employees. You are invited to celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. at Wisconsin’s 35th annual tribute and ceremony hosted by Jonathan Overby of Wisconsin Public Radio at noon Monday in the Capitol Rotunda at the State Capitol in Madison.

You will be able to listen live or download the coverage later via Wisconsin Public Radio at

You can watch live online or watch an edited broadcast at 8 p.m. Monday on Wisconsin Public Television. Details and related links are posted at

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Thank a veteran today

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.

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Interim Chancellor Brower Suggests a Dozen Ways to Celebrate Earth Day 2014 with UW Colleges and UW-Extension

1. Download UW-Extension’s free app GeoHike: Devil’s Lake State Park Geology  — created by our Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey — for a hike at Devil’s Lake.

2. Join the April 23 or April 25 tree planting ceremonies and congratulate our UW-Fox Valley colleagues for their commitment to tree care that earned them (for the second time!) national recognition as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.

3. Attend the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention April 24 to 26 in Stevens Point and applaud this partnership of UW-Extension, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin Lakes.

4. Recycle old running shoes at the UW-Rock County Earth Day Festival April 22.

5. Donate to UW-Extension’s Master Gardener program via this online link.

6. Check in with UW-Baraboo/Sauk County Sunday, April 27, for the Earth Day events they’re hosting and Continuing Education is planning on that campus.

7. Take the advice of UW-Extension’s Sharon Morrisey to start tomatoes from seeds  indoors this week.

8. Wish a happy 4th anniversary to Water Star Wisconsin, a UW-Extension partnership that launched on Earth Day 2010, and watch the Sustainable Strategies webinar series.

9. Download the free rain gardens how-to manual for homeowners.

10. Listen to Kathleen Dunn’s April 22 Wisconsin Public Radio show and watch “A
Fierce Green Fire”
 on Wisconsin Public Television April 22 to learn about the history of the environmental movement.

11. Join students and staff of UW-Washington County in a Milwaukee River clean up April 26.

12. Walk or bike to work or try one of many more ideas via Lincoln County’s 4-H News.

And if you have other ideas related to your campus or program, add a comment!

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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:

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.





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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Travel bug biting? Check out educational travel options through UW Colleges and UW-Extension


Equitrekking via WPT

Equitrekking via WPT

UW-Extension’s Jonathan Overby will be leading a tour of Old Havana and talking about world music when the rest of us are trekking through Wisconsin snow and singing the winter blues. “Cuba II: Bridging Diverse Cultures through World Music with Dr. Jonathan Overby” in February 2014 is one of the many educational travel opportunities offered through UW-Extension’s Continuing Education Division programs on campuses around the state.

While it’s too late to join that particular trip through UW-Waukesha, you can find many other choices of Continuing Education travel options from a one-day Chicago Chinatown food tasting and cultural walking tour to a 10-day service-learning trip in the tsunami zone of Japan.

Also, Wisconsin Public Radio offers guided tours. Information is available at:

Armchair travelers can sit back and enjoy the ride by watching travel shows — including one about “Equitrekking” —– offered by Wisconsin Public Television:

To find travel options through Continuing Education offices on UW Colleges campuses, check out these links – and please share ideas with your friends and relatives:

UW-Baraboo/Sauk County

UW-Barron County

UW-Fond du Lac

UW-Fox Valley


UW-Marathon County


UW-Marshfield/Wood County


UW-Rock County


UW-Washington County


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UW-Extension’s role in official state Martin Luther King Jr. Day Tribute and Ceremony


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“We Shall Not Be Moved” is the theme of Wisconsin’s 34th Annual Tribute and Ceremony honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which is free and open to the public at noon Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in the Capitol Rotunda. The event is hosted by UW-Extension’s Jonathan Overby, executive producer and host of the “Higher Ground with Jonathan Overby” on Saturday evenings on Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR).


The program includes:

UW-Extension’s public broadcasting division, which includes Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television, provide options for listeners and viewers statewide to enjoy the event. Listeners can hear it live on WPR’s Ideas Network stations, and viewers can watch an edited version at 8 p.m. Jan. 20 on Wisconsin Public Television.

Details, including a live streaming option, are provided at:

Another way UW-Extension is supporting programs honoring the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. involves the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, part of UW-Extension’s Cooperative Extension Division. Survey staff will participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Science for youth in grades 6 to 12, who were to register by Jan. 13. They will find the survey staff at science exploration stations at which they can learn about geologic issues affecting the state, such as industrial sand mining, iron mining and groundwater contamination. Programs run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery Town Center on the UW-Madison campus. Details are provided via this blog post.

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Wheeler Report interviews Chancellor Ray Cross

The Wheeler Report The Wheeler Report posted an interview with Chancellor Ray Cross and shared that with paid subscribers Dec. 16, 2013. The news agency granted permission for News and Ideas to post the content here.


What do UW Colleges and UW-Extension do? What is your mission?

UW Colleges provides mostly the first two years of the University of Wisconsin education in the liberal arts with an emphasis in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. They are meant to be the access institutions throughout the state. Their tuition is lower. They are in the neighborhoods of small or medium-sized communities around the state. They give everyone access to the University.

UW-Extension has four divisions: Cooperative Extension, Public Broadcasting, Continuing Education and Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. The idea of Extension is not just to bring the resources of the University to the communities in the people of Wisconsin, but to bring the problems, challenges and issues of the local communities back to the University. That is why we are embedded in all 72 counties. We are distributed all around the state, not just to bring the resources to the communities, but to bring the problems of that community back to the University. That is the real Wisconsin Idea.

Cooperative Extension: includes components related to agriculture, natural resources, family living, nutrition and community development. It also includes 4-H Youth Development , the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, and Leadership Wisconsin.

Public Broadcasting Division: includes Wisconsin Public Television, Wisconsin Public Radio, and the educational technology support unit.

Continuing Education Division: provides the whole support system for Continuing Education throughout the state. Most of this is noncredit for every institution. It is also the home of the UW Flexible Option. It also supports the UW Help program and handles all of the applications that come in.

Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Division: supports the small business development centers (SBDCs) and all the entrepreneurial work going on within the University, particularly as it relates to the development and growth of small business.


What do you think are the biggest misconceptions about UW Colleges and UW Extension?

We often hear that UW Colleges is equivalent to a community college. That really is not accurate. This program is really the University of Wisconsin in your community. That distinction may not sound like much, but our faculty are held to the same professional standards as the faculty at the campuses throughout the state. They are credentialed in the same fashion. What you get at a UW Colleges campus is the same as the University. That is a good thing I think.

One of the misconceptions about UW-Extension is that it is a service-oriented entity only. More education and interaction occurs within Extension than people realize. We are the third largest recipient of federal grants within the system. UW Colleges and UW-Extension make up the third largest institution within the System. We could become the second-largest over the decade to come. It is hard for people to realize how big we are and how important we are to the people of Wisconsin.


What is the Flex Option?

The UW Flexible Option is a competency-based, self-paced version of existing programs within the University. Competency-based means that if you know something, and/or you can do something that you require as a part of the course, and you can prove that at the mastery level, we will give you UW credit for that. Within this model there are no courses, there are only a list of competencies. The competencies are quite extensive. On an assessment process it measures your mastery of those competencies. As you prepare for those you can take instructional materials online from  iTunes, from a MOOC and  other free sources. You can even use the library to prepare for it. You really only have to pay for the assessment and the support processes that go into preparing you for that competencies assessment. There are pretests as well to help you understand whether or not you were close. It is not a new degree. It is taking an existing degree from one of the institutions within the University, formatting it within a competency-based and self-paced model in order to serve the adult learner more effectively. There are upwards of 700,000 to 750,000 adults in Wisconsin who have some college but do not have a degree. We need to provide a quality way for those students to complete their degrees.


What does the future hold for UW Colleges and UW-Extension?

Within the Colleges, the whole two-year degree will be available through the UW Flexible Option as well as through our traditional model. Secondly the bachelor’s degree that we will be offering has already started. We will be growing that bachelor’s degree throughout the Colleges over the coming couple of years. That is an applied liberal arts bachelor’s degree. We are working on methodologies to make that a 2+2 with the technical colleges.

On the Extension side we are exploring a number of areas. We are exploring how to expand and improve our efforts to serve the urban community, an urban Extension model. Cooperative Extension in particular has had such a huge impact on rural communities in the state. Today in Milwaukee African-American males have an unemployment rate of upwards of 50%. The achievement gap in fourth- and eighth-graders between African-Americans and their white student counterparts is the greatest in the nation. Extension can play a major role in partnering with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with K-12 systems, with other organizations in making a difference in that community. I think that is a serious problem in the state, and one of Extension’s roles is to bring that problem to the University through listening and partnering with that community. It is a long-term process.  You don’t solve these problems quickly, but we need to start at some time. I think this is an important role that the University is going to have to play in the next few years.

All of the things that we are working on are challenging right now because of the budget reductions. This last budget was the largest base budget reduction we have ever gotten. We were able to adjust for the first year of the biennium with our program balances, but next year beginning July 1 we need to make some serious cuts to our base. We are working on that right now.


Final thoughts?

Obviously the budget is first and foremost, but we will get through this. It will be a challenge for us and obviously there will be some changes made that are harmful, but these are things that all institutions face and we will work our way through it.

We believe the University’s ability to have an impact on the human condition, the economic condition, and the future of the state is phenomenal. If you can’t get excited about that, you probably shouldn’t be in the System. It is a tremendous opportunity. I am excited for our future even though this is a dark period at the moment.

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