May 2013 Chancellor's Report

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Welcome to the May 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.

Chancellor ShieldsOffice of the Chancellor

UW-Platteville has been very diligent in planning for its future financial needs. As a result, we have fund balances from fiscal year 2011-12. The goal of our financial planning is to help the university deliver a high quality education at a reasonable cost to students and the citizens of Wisconsin.

We have shared budget information at the open forums. We have one remaining forum on May 6 for academic staff senate. I encourage you to attend. The university has done everything that it can with the state budget at this time. It is now up to the Governor, the Legislature, the Board of Regents and UW System leadership to craft the budget and we will adjust accordingly.

As decisions are made, we will share them with you. I encourage you to look at my message to the campus about the current budget deliberations, http://www3.uwplatt.edu/news/message-chancellor-dennis-j-shields.

Website Update

The university unveiled its new home web page as well as 11 new landing pages on April 19, and the reviews have been very positive. This is part of the process that began in August with a 14-member campus committee overseeing the redesign and the re-navigation of more than 90,000 pages on the UW-Platteville site. I would like to thank all those who put the time and effort into this successful project.

Among the features of the bold new homepage are increased uses of photos and videos, branding messages as well as campus events and updates. The content will be updated constantly, making the UW-Platteville site a must-visit site each day. In addition, each web page with the new design will feature six promotional and five audience landing pages that will be filled with helpful resource links.

websitePlease take some time to acquaint yourself with these new landing pages:

Promotional Links:

  • Admission
  • Academics
  • Campus Life
  • Athletics and Recreation
  • Calendars
  • About Us

Audience Links:

  • Future Students
  • Current Students
  • Faculty and Staff
  • Alumni and Friends
  • Community Life

In addition to those links, there is a drop-down shortcuts feature that is also available on each page to take viewers to such popular sites as e-mail, D2L, PASS, library, transportation, transcripts, graduation and more.

While I commend the committee for accomplishing this, I know those members are soliciting feedback and will keep making adjustments to make the site even stronger. Send any feedback to pr@uwplatt.edu.

Chancellor’s Report Survey

We are interested in your feedback about the Chancellor’s Report. Please take a few minutes to complete our readership survey. The results will be reported as statistical totals only, so while you may be identified as part of a group (faculty, staff, or student), you will not be individually identified. To take the survey, go to http://studentvoice.com/uwp/chancellorsreportspring2013.

Administrative Services

Human Resources

UPS Update:  The new University Personnel System (UPS) is scheduled to debut on July 1, 2013.  The Project leaders, along with the staff at UW System, have been working diligently to draft the new policies and procedures necessary to implement the statutory mandate that created the new system. The Joint Committee on Employment Relations (JCOER) met on April 23, 2013, but did not discuss the UPS approval even though it was part of their planned agenda.  Instead, they discussed a recent Legislative Fiscal Bureau report regarding cash balances.

It is not yet known when another UPS meeting may be scheduled with JCOER.  Given that section 36.115 of the Wisconsin Statutes requires UPS to be effective July 1, 2013, and there are many statutory changes that have been made in preparation for UPS to be effective July 1, 2013, we will proceed with our own preparations. To that end, Human Resources will be scheduling an open forum within the next two weeks to review the status of UPS and answer any questions you may have.

Internal Supplemental Pay Plans: The three faculty and staff governance groups have been meeting frequently to draw up proposals for the distribution of centrally-funded salary dollars.  The Academic Staff plans for both one time and ongoing dollars have been approved by Chancellor Shields. The Chancellor has also approved the Classified Advisory Council recommendation for the distribution, on a lump sum basis only, of the dollars in the classified pool. The one time distribution of faculty salary dollars has also been approved, with the Chancellor requesting that the individual colleges plan a distribution of the centrally-funded ongoing dollars. An email with details of the pay plan distribution will be sent to all groups within the next week.

Recycle Renewable EnergySustainability

Recyclemania: UW-Platteville is the reigning state Recyclemania champion! For the second year in a row, UW-Platteville took first place in Wisconsin during the eight-week inter-college recycling competition. The university diverted 40% of our total solid waste to a recycling center this year, placing us in first place out of the 10 participating Wisconsin schools and finishing in the top 25% among all participating universities. Melcher Hall won first place in the Resident Hall Recycling Challenge with 22 pounds of recyclables per person. For its first place win, Melcher Hall will receive a pizza party sponsored by Faherty, Inc. Recycling not only prevents waste from going to our landfill in Milan, Illinois, but also helps create local jobs, prevents the extraction of non-renewable resources, and saves the university money because recycling is less expensive than land-filling. UW-Platteville plans to continue to reduce our landfill dependency and participate in Recyclemania for its fifth year in a row in 2014.

Sustainability Plan Update: As part of our new Sustainability Office, the university has been creating a sustainability plan that will inform our future initiatives and direction. The environmental sustainability committee has defined sustainability as, "meeting the needs of the present while also enhancing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Over the past two months, more than 60 faculty, staff, and students have attended stakeholder meetings to share their sustainability goals with our office. This plan, completed in draft form by May 17, will clear the way for us to achieve our sustainability goals. More information about the plan as well as the draft plan is available online at: http://www.uwplatt.edu/sustainability/plan

BikesChoose Carfree in 2013-2014: The university is encouraging students, faculty, and staff to consider going carfree in 2013-2014. New initiatives including the campus shuttle, bus service to Chicago and Madison, and improved bicycle facilities will help make it easier for everyone to come to campus without a car next year. The AAA estimates that the average cost of car ownership is $9,122 in 2013. Leaving your car at home can not only help save money, but also provide some free exercise, improve your mood, strengthen your bones, and even improve concentration and grades. To learn more about ways to go carfree, please visit: http://www3.uwplatt.edu/transportation

Student Affairs

Office of Admission and Enrollment Services and Financial Aid

The Offices of Admission and Prospective Student Services have a new look on the web alongside the new main page launch. More than 97% of our students apply on-line and they will be visiting this new site to apply for spring and fall 2014.

The teams have been very busy this year and have seen an increase in registered new freshmen for new student registration. A cooperative effort between ACES and OIT helped launch the integrated sign-up process within PASS Self-Service module.

UW-Platteville will welcome eleven Aldine School District (Houston, TX) students to one of our three summer camps.

The financial aid office has a new look, undergoing a much-needed facelift in order to serve our students more efficiently. There are new kiosks for students who need to complete paperwork and a new front counter and staff work stations. The staff encourages students and colleagues to stop by and check it out.

Financial aid award letters are being sent to new and continuing students. Through improved technology and processes, the financial aid office has been able to package twice as many students with financial aid compared to last year at this same time.

Eleven incoming students have accepted their Chancellor Scholarship offers. More than 215 students applied for the full-tuition scholarships. All new students have been notified if they were selected for an academic-based scholarship and award letters were distributed by the financial aid office. Thank you to the academic departments for their work and support in the success of the scholarships that have been awarded.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Laura FranklinLaura Franklin, who has been serving as the Director of Student Support Services, a federal TRiO program, has been selected to serve as director of the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSwD) office, combining the two programs to provide seamless service for students. SSwD assists students with disabilities in obtaining reasonable academic accommodations and/or auxiliary aids and works with students, faculty, and staff to ensure assessment of student’s abilities, not disabilities. A native of Dubuque, Franklin holds a bachelor's and master's degree from Iowa State University, and has spent the past 18 years working in programs which provide access for students from first generation, low income, and disability backgrounds. Throughout her professional career, she has had the pleasure of supporting thousands of students in their pursuit of a college education. Through her work, she is able to follow the advice she often passes along to her students, “Do what you love!” She is the single parent of two boys who, she says, continue to amaze her daily, Charles, 10, and Miles, almost 9.

Athletics

Track and Field

The Pioneer track and field teams are gearing up for the WIAC Championships on May 3 and 4. The men’s team has had a very successful outdoor season so far; they won the Washington University meet in the end of March. The Pioneers finished in third at their own meet on April 14. The meet was named NCAA Division III meet of the week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) and featured several of the top teams in the country. Senior Mark Niemann set a new javelin school record on with a throw of 200-4. On April 20, senior Aaron Hrubes broke the school 100-meter dash record, crossing the finish line in 10.65 seconds, which put him eighth on the NCAA Division III performance list.

Softball and Baseball

The Pioneers softball and baseball teams are trying to make a final push to make their respective conference tournament in May. The softball team swept 25th-ranked UW-River Falls, 3-2 and 3-0, in the opening weekend of the conference slate. The baseball squad has played tough this season even without being able to play all of its home games at Kendall Murray Field because of a very wet and cold month of April.

1994-95 National ChampionsBasketball

The 1994-95 University of Wisconsin-Platteville men's basketball team, which was the second Pioneer team to win a NCAA Division III national championship and the second Division III team to go undefeated, will be the second squad to be inducted in its entirety into the university's Athletic Hall of Fame on Sunday, May 5.

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

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

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