April 2013 Chancellor's Report

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Welcome to the April 2013 issue of the Chancellor’s Report, a monthly newsletter designed to highlight important information, updates and changes that affect students, faculty and staff at UW-Platteville. The newsletter includes information from a wide variety of university departments, including the office of the chancellor, administrative services, prospective students and admission, student affairs, advancement, office of diversity and inclusion and athletics.

Office of the Chancellor

It’s budget time and this has been the focus of senior staff over the last several weeks. Vice Chancellor Mittie N. Den Herder, Dean Wayne Weber, Dean Liz Throop, Dean Bill Hudson, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services Rob Cramer and Budget Director Cathy Riedl-Farrey have been working through a process to develop the 2013-14 budget, with a first priority of meeting the needs of our academic units. Our efforts will be impacted by the work of the Governor, the Legislature, and the Board of Regents as they develop and pass the budget for the University of Wisconsin System and set the tuition for the coming year.

A five-year budgeting model, first developed through the leadership of Vice Chancellor Cramer in 2010 and then refined each year, helps guide our efforts. Using conservative enrollment projections, budgets have been developed that helped us avoid the worst impacts of the System budget cuts and lapses of the current biennial budget, put forward a modest supplemental compensation plan for this year, and develop a plan to provide some campus-based funding for supplemental compensation in the future. We are hopeful the Governor and Legislature will approve and fund some additional System-wide compensation for this biennium. Over the next few weeks, several campus-wide budget information sessions will be held to keep all of our stakeholders informed of the plans moving forward and to allow for additional input.

Administrative Services

Message from Scott Marquardt, University Police Chief

As we head into the warmer months, I remind everyone how important it is to be mindful of your own safety both on- and off- campus. During major emergencies, the university uses several different methods to communicate up-to-date information to all students and staff. Building speakers, internal email blasts, Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/UWPlatteville), Twitter (https://twitter.com/uwplatteville), and the university website (http://www.uwplatt.edu/) are all used to communicate with our population during an emergency.

We have also partnered with Rave Mobile Safety to provide an emergency alert system capable of delivering messages to your UW-Platteville email address as well as your cell phone. All staff and students have been automatically enrolled in the Pioneer Alerts system for e-mail notification.

Students, you are automatically enrolled for cell phone notification if your cell phone is listed in PASS. All students are encouraged to update and verify their cell phone is correctly listed within PASS. Faculty and staff, you are not automatically enrolled for cell phone notification and are encouraged to manually add your cell phone into the Pioneer Alerts system.

We encourage all users to login to the Pioneer Alerts site to confirm your contact information and verify your cell phone number is correct. You can login to Pioneer Alerts by using your UW-Platteville NetID and password. To manage your Pioneer Alerts settings, please visit http://www.uwplatt.edu/go/pioneeralerts/.  Once logged in, you can manage your account. For example, you can opt-out of receiving cell phone text alerts or add an additional cell phone or e-mail address. Please note that your cell phone provider may charge a per-text message fee for the delivery of emergency notifications to your phone. If you have any questions about Pioneer Alerts, please contact the UW-Platteville Help Desk at helpdesk@uwplatt.edu or 608.342.1400.

The City of Platteville also has an email and text notification similar to Pioneer Alerts called Nixle Alert. The Nixle system is also free, although message and data rates may also apply depending upon your mobile device contract. You can learn more by clicking on the “Police Department” link at www.platteville.org.

All of these communication systems will be tested this month when Wisconsin conducts its annual statewide tornado drill on Thursday, April 18. All UW-Platteville faculty, staff, and students will participate in this drill by moving from wherever they may be to tornado shelter areas at the time of the mock warning. Look for additional information about the drill from University Police later in the month.

Real Estate Foundation

Rountree Commons ~ Recreation Room

The Capstone on Campus Facilities Management staff and Real Estate Foundation continue to make improvements to students’ living experience at Rountree Commons. When students returned from spring break, they found a new 70-inch television in the main lobby as well as a new recreation room (converted from the old television room) that contains a pool table, ping pong table, and pub-style furniture. These improvements were requested by students to enhance their recreation experience. The staff hopes to make continuous improvements to the residence hall by completing small projects that will enhance the students’ overall living experience.

Bridgeway Commons ~ Student Art Showcased

UW-Platteville student artists will again be given the opportunity to showcase their talents in our new residence hall, Bridgeway Commons, and are currently working on their pieces. Residents and visitors will be able to enjoy unique art forms, from fabric art to large-scale ceramic murals and paintings as well as many traditional drawings and sculptures. Funding to cover the cost of materials for the art comes from grants and donations.

Dining Services

In February, dining services launched a health blog to engage with students about healthy eating on campus. On the blog, several food service managers share the challenges they face when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle and the resources they use to help stay on track. Every other week, a weigh-in occurs to ensure managers are “walking the talk.” Recently, a student asked to be part of the blog and has been contributing, with dining services staff, to build a community of support for a healthier campus regarding food options. Dining services hopes to have more students participate in the blog. Those who are interested may contact Leeann Duwe, marketing coordinator, for more information. On average, the blog has 100 views per day with over 3,000 views since the blog started two months ago. Dining services encourages feedback on blog posts, which are open to anyone for comment at http://uwplattdining.wordpress.com/.

Sustainability

UW-Platteville is closing in on our second year as state champion of this eight-week inter-college recycling competition. With the competition complete, we are awaiting news of the final results. UW-Platteville’s recycling has gradually improved over the past month to comprise 40 percent of our total waste. New single-stream recycling on campus, improved waste and recycling bin labeling, and educational events are just some of the improvements that have helped make our recycling rates possible. For more information, go to http://www2.uwplatt.edu/sustainability/recyclemania/.

New Chicago Bus Meets Students’ Needs

This spring break marked the first time that UW-Platteville offered students bus transportation to Chicago over spring break. The bus transported 16 students to and from Rockford or O’Hare Airport for the break. By providing access to broader regional transportation options, we have made it easier for students to be on-campus without a car. We plan to adjust some details to make the bus easier for students to use and then offer the bus for each major academic break in the coming year. More information is available online at http://www3.uwplatt.edu/transportation/chicago-bus

Distance Learning

UW-Platteville’s bachelor’s in business program was recently ranked No. 85 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking, “Best Online Education Programs.” UW-Platteville also ranked 20th in Top Public Schools (Midwest) and 70th in Regional University Midwest Rankings. The U.S. News & World Report rankings were based on degree-granting programs offering courses that are 100 percent online, like those at UW-Platteville. The rankings were based on student engagement, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology. For the business program rankings, admissions selectivity and academic peer reputation were also included in the calculations.

These high rankings for our exemplary online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs are a direct result of the hard work and dedication of our students, faculty and staff. Congratulations.

Student Affairs

Congratulations to Linda Mulroy-Bowden, who has been hired recently as Director of Residence Life. In her new position, Linda has overall responsibility for the management of the residence hall community of more than 3,300 students in 11 residence halls. Once Bridgeway Commons opens, this will rise to more than 3,700 students and 12 residence halls. Her responsibilities include managing fiscal resources, supervising personnel, developing programs, administering room assignments, developing and implementing policies and procedures, and managing facilities. Linda is in her twenty-second year at UW-Platteville as a member of the Central Staff Residence Life team.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Midwest Culturally Inclusive Conference
UW-Platteville will host its third annual Midwest Culturally Inclusive Conference on September 12-13. This year’s theme is Conversations, Connections, Communities.

The conference, which drew nearly 1,000 attendees last year, is a regional event for business and community leaders, college students, educators from K-12, teachers, administrators, and postsecondary faculty and staff who want to strengthen diversity throughout the midwest and work collaboratively toward resolving issues related to equity, diversity, inclusion, representative leadership and advancing professional development opportunities.

The purpose of the conference is to facilitate participants’ understanding of the economic and equity implications of diversity in a 21st century global economy, equip participants with skills to uproot discrimination across multiple forms and foster relationship-building between diverse groups to promote inclusive activism. A variety of sessions will be held again this year. The topics of those sessions will be announced throughout the summer.

A special addition this year will be Preview Day, which will be held before the end of the spring semester at the Markee Pioneer Student Center. The list of keynote speakers will be announced at Preview Day and registrations will be accepted. Discussions will also be held with faculty about how to best incorporate the Midwest Culturally Inclusive Conference into their curriculum.
Updated information about the conference can be found at http://www2.uwplatt.edu/inclusivemw/.

Preparing for Reaffirmation of Accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission

UW-Platteville is preparing for a visit from our university accrediting agency the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) either fall 2016 or spring 2017. The steering committee for HLC accreditation is comprised of Mittie N. Den Herder (Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs), Shane Drefcinski (Director of General Education/Chair of Assessment Oversight), Sharon Klavins (BILSA college representative), Christina Curras (EMS college representative), Laura Anderson (LAE college representative), Matt Roberts (Administrative Services), Mark Mailloux (Institutional Research), and Dominic Barraclough (Student Outcomes Assessment). Sharon Klavins is also serving the institution as our HLC liaison. This group is attending the annual HLC conference in Chicago April 5-7.

The purpose of accreditation is first to stimulate and then to recognize our cycle of continuing assessment and improvement of the education and overall experience students receive at UW-Platteville . As the HLC visit is now only three to four years out, the steering committee will be becoming much more active and visible, communicating with and collaborating with the university community at large, and asking more people from all areas of campus to take leadership roles in making our reaccreditation visit a success.

Kudos

Students and faculty have been busy adding depth to our basic academic programs by engaging in experiential learning activities in a number of areas. To highlight just a few:

  • Students from all disciplines are conducting research under the mentorship of faculty and staff at our newly-created Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors.
  • Microsystems and nanotechnology engineering students are using state of the art equipment in our Nanocharacterization and Materials Fabrication Laboratory.
  • Biogeography students are analyzing tree-ring samples to discover changes in our ecosystem and working to restore the native communities of plants and other life to the landscape.
  • Engineering students have experienced outstanding success in hands-on student design contests, including projects in designing concrete canoes, steel bridges, and high-powered rockets as well as machine and manufacturing facilities.
  • Students in a biological investigations class worked on a lake water clarity project to convert farmland, wetlands, forest, prairie and a man-made pond back to its natural state.
  • Government students talked about issues with Wisconsin State Senator Dale Schultz during his visit to campus in March.
  • Fine arts students have the opportunity to perform in music and theater events as well as practice and perform on the newly-purchased Steinway “D” concert grand piano.
  • Industrial studies students are working with state of-the-art injection molder in the Center for Plastics Processing Technology Center, to name just a few.

Athletics

Men’s Basketball

Chas Cross was selected first team All-America by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), NBCA West Region Player of the Year, and was named first team all-West Region by D3hoops.com last month. Cross is the eighth Pioneer to earn All-America honors; previous Pioneer All-America selections: Steve Showalter (1988 NAIA Third Team), Shawn Frison (1990 NAIA Honorable Mention), T.J. Van Wie (1992 NCAA First Team, 1993 NCAA Second Team), Ernie Peavy (1995 NCAA Second Team), Ben Hoffmann (1997 NCAA Second Team, 1998 NCAA First Team), Merrill Brunson (1999 NCAA First Team, Player of the Year), and Jeff Skemp (2008 NCAA Third Team, 2009 NCAA First Team). Cross is 78 points away from becoming the 33rd Pioneer to score 1,000 career points. He is shooting a career 60.4% from the field which puts him on pace to break Jeff Skemp's (2004-09) record of 60.1%, and also tallied 46 blocks this year putting him second in Pioneer history in blocks in a season. He led the WIAC in scoring (15.8 points per game) and rebounds (237).

Wrestling

Sophomore Tyler Henken represented the Pioneers at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships last month after finishing second at the NCAA Division III West Regional in the 141-pound weight class.

Track and Field

Seniors Aaron Hrubes, Chas Spangenberg and Deidre Dillman, junior T.J. Valley and freshman Ian LaMere all competed at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships at North Central College (Ill.). Dillman, LaMere, Spangenberg and Valley earned All-American honors.

Dillman crossed the finish line in 2:12.12 in the 800-meter run, finishing third and earning her first All-American award. LaMere was the only rookie and one of two underclassmen in the 13-man field. The Green Bay, Wisconsin, native finished fifth with a time of 14:32.11 in the 5,000-meter run, garnering All-American honors. Spangenberg earned all-American honors in the pole vault by clearing 16-00.50-feet to finish seventh. Valley finished sixth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.23. The Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, native is now a two-time All-American honoree, improving on last year’s eighth-place performance.

Remember to make every day a great day to be a Pioneer!

(Information compiled by Laurie Hamer, hamerl@uwplatt.edu)

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