October 2012 Chancellor's Report

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Welcome to the first Chancellor’s Report of 2012-13, a monthly newsletter designed to highlight important information, updates and changes that affect students, faculty and staff at UW-Platteville. Each month, the newsletter includes information from a wide variety of different university departments including the office of the chancellor, admissions, student affairs, athletics, advancement, administration and human resources. It also includes information from the Center for New Ventures and the UW-Platteville Real Estate Foundation.

Thank you to the many members of our university community who generously provided support for the students who lost their belongings during the recent fire at Chicago’s Best Restaurant. The response was overwhelming, and the students greatly appreciated all of the support, home items and funds they received to replace what they had lost in the fire. More information about the university and community response can be found in the student affairs section of this newsletter.

On Wed., Sept. 19, it was great to see the over 75 UW-Platteville past faculty and staff and their spouses who attended the Retirees Breakfast. This event is held three times a year and is a great chance for the retirees to reconnect with each other and with the university. Their continued involvement, dedication and support are essential to the success of the university.

Celebrated since 1924, UW-Platteville's Homecoming is one of UW-Platteville's most memorable, lasting traditions. This year, Homecoming Week will be held Oct. 14-20. Last year, thousands of alumni, family, friends, students, faculty and staff celebrated during this special week. I encourage you to show your Pioneer spirit by attending as many of the activities as possible. Students will be showing their school spirit all week in a variety of activities including athletic events. In addition, each college will honor outstanding alumni and friends on Friday and on Saturday, we will welcome hundreds of alumni back to campus for the Homecoming Hustle and our annual Homecoming parade, followed by lunch where I will reveal the winner of the Custard Creation Challenge. Don't miss the lighting of the M at 9 p.m., which will include fireworks as well as entertainment from the Marching Pioneers.

Prospective Student Services and Admissions

Undergraduate enrollment is up over four percent from fall 2011, with a total on-campus enrollment of more than 7,700 students. When graduate students and distance learning students are included, enrollment rises to about 8,500. In addition, we had a record 500 transfer students who enrolled in a variety of programs. We also had more than 500 new freshmen and transfer students who enrolled through the Tri-State Initiative program.

Strategic Planning

The strategic planning steering committee spent the summer updating the plan, incorporating feedback received in campus forums last spring. This second draft is available at http://www.uwplatt.edu/planning/draft_docs.html. In August and September, the steering committee presented this second draft to approximately 20 departments across campus. Feedback received from these meetings is being used to refine and revise the document. The steering committee plans to finalize the plan this fall and bring it to campus governance groups for review. If you have additional feedback on the plan, please send it to strategic_planning@uwplatt.edu.

Shuttles

On Sept. 1, UW-Platteville started a shuttle service. There are currently two primary routes, a Monday through Friday campus loop that takes people on campus to various locations in the community and an evening/weekend shopping/entertainment loop that takes residence hall students to the shopping districts of Platteville. A shuttle is also being run before and after football games to take people from parking lots to the stadium. Full details of the routes can be found at www.uwplatt.edu/go/shuttle. Usage patterns are being studied and routes will be adjusted to ensure effective and efficient use of the shuttle system. If you have suggestions or feedback on the shuttle, please send them to transportation@uwplatt.edu.

Facilities Management

The new lobby at the Center for the Arts is slated to open on Oct. 5. This project included increasing the size of the lobby, reconfiguring the stairs to the upper balcony levels and providing new restrooms and a new ticket counter. 

Real Estate Foundation

Rountree Commons

Students have moved into Rountree Commons and their responses have been overwhelmingly positive. There have been some minor issues with clogged showerheads and some difficulties with the TV signal access but these problems are being resolved. We have received a lot of positive feedback that students are enjoying the delicious food offered at Kristine’s Kafe. Thanks to campus dining services, especially Karen Bast and her crew, who put in many hours to get the cafe ready.

There are a few minor parking issues but we are working on finding solutions as quickly as possible. The shuttle system provides convenient transportation for the students to travel from Rountree Commons to other places on campus and in the community. The gate on the east end of Pioneer Stadium was open for our first football game against Dubuque to accommodate students in Rountree Commons and the student crowd appeared to be larger than usual, a trend that we hope continues.

New Residence Hall by 2013

In order to accommodate our growing number of students, the building of our newest residence hall is well underway. We are working hard to get the building closed up by the end of this year, which will enhance our chances of opening it by next Aug. This residence hall will house 440 students as well as contain a new, modern dining facility. Thank you for your patience and understanding with the dust and sounds of construction; they won’t last long. When we are finished, we will have another quality building that serves our students and helps keep them more fully engaged on campus. 

Student Affairs

When a fire destroyed Chicago’s Best Restaurant on Sat., Aug. 25, 14 people were left without homes, including 12 UW-Platteville students who had planned to live in the apartments above the restaurant. Another UW-Platteville student worked in the restaurant and lost her car in the fire. The Red Cross was on the scene right away the day of the fire. With their assistance, we were able to identify the students who had been affected.

On the night of the fire, we made arrangements with LeeAnn and Todd Duwe, managers of the Cooper Living and Learning Center at Pioneer Farm, so that any student who needed a place to stay until they found a new home could stay there. While no one needed to do this, the Red Cross found housing at a local hotel for two of the students who had a pet. The Red Cross also provided a debit card for the residents so that they could purchase incidentals.

Jim Mueller, auxiliary services, immediately added $100 dining dollars to the students’ accounts so that they could eat on campus while they were establishing a new place of residence. Student affairs division staff purchased used microwaves, beds, dressers, tables, chairs, couches, TV stands and TV’s for the students at Residence Life’s surplus sale on Aug. 29. Two of the students did not have a car, so Gary Burkholder generously arranged to assist them with moving their furniture.

In addition, Josh Savoy from ResNet held a fundraiser for one of the students who works for ResNet in the Residence Life area. Quilts were donated by Joanne Wilson as well as some of her quilting friends, including Christina Curras, Sue Kahre-Stradford, Jill Hasker, Karen Demaree, Carol Long, Terry Hanson, Cindy Clark and Carol Potter. As one person said, “I can’t imagine losing everything and this is our way of providing them with a hug.”

Members of the community as well as the university campus donated funds that enabled the university to provide the students with some money. The university also received gift cards for the students from Walmart, Kmart and Badger Brothers Coffee. 

Center for New Ventures

The Center for New Ventures recently hired Becky Savoy as a new grant editor/program assistant. She started in this position on Sept. 19. Aside from serving as executive assistant to the director of the Center for New Ventures, she will work closely with grant writing staff and principal investigators in submitting grants and editing grant proposals. In addition, she will facilitate the processing of legal documents associated with faculty and academic staff involved in applied research consulting and business development contracting, with special focus on the new centers of excellence and the innovation center project. Becky will facilitate communication of CNV and OSP activities and opportunities throughout campus by creating and maintaining marketing materials, web page development, outreach through social media, newsletters, and activity reports.

The CNV/OSP is also moving forward on filling the vacant grant writer position and hopes to have the position description posted and the search committee in place before mid-October. 

Human Resources - University Personnel System Update

The new University Personnel System (UPS) is slated to go-live on July 1, 2013.  The Project Team's Proposed Implementation Decisions are available on the UPS website and can be accessed at http://web.uwsa.edu/personnelsystems/latest-news/ups-proposed-decisions/.  This is the final opportunity for faculty and staff to provide feedback on these important proposals prior to the plans being submitted for approval to the Board of Regents.  Please take time to access the website, review the documents, and provide any comments you have to the UPS email address at ups@uwsa.edu.  If you have any questions or would like to schedule a small group presentation about UPS, please contact Jeanne Durr, Director of Human Resources, at 342-1176.

Advancement

Presto Foundation, Inc., Engineering Scholarship Fund

Presto Foundation, based in Eau Claire, recently established a tremendous scholarship fund to support students studying mechanical, electrical, or industrial engineering. The scholarship awards are $13,200 per year, covering tuition, fees, room and board. A freshmen recipient is eligible to renew the scholarship for a total of four years. This year, four students were selected to be the inaugural recipients - a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior. In total, Presto Foundation will award 20 scholarships over the next five years.

Friend and Fund Raising Training Session

Over 115 faculty and staff attended a friend and fund raising training session at the end of August led by Don Gray, retired vice-president of UW-Madison Foundation. Gray delivered a presentation outlining the fundamentals of development and how every person on campus has a part in the development cycle, whether he/she realizes it or not. The attendance affirms for me that we are being successful in encouraging the whole of this academic community to understand our roles in ensuring that philanthropy helps us control our own destiny. 

Unveiling of Mascot

On Oct. 18, a new mascot will be introduced to the campus during the volleyball Homecoming Yell Contest. It's been 50 years since the Exponent first called for an official mascot and after many different committee attempts, the university will have a mascot. Almost 5,000 people responded to last year's survey over the mascot, so we know it’s important to many of you. It's more than just a drawing and a costume; our mascot embodies the Pioneer spirit that makes UW-Platteville so special. The mascot and the secondary marks will be adopted by our athletic teams and across campus as the university continues its branding efforts. 

Athletics

The athletic department has three teams that are receiving national recognition. The Pioneer football team is ranked No. 14 in the latest D3football.com poll after a 3-1 start to begin the season. UW-Platteville will host UW-River Falls at 3 p.m. on Oct. 20 for its annual homecoming game. The Pioneers have scored a school record 183 points in the first four games.

The men's soccer team is off to an 8-1-1 start including an upset of No. 4 Loras, 2-1, on Wed., Sept. 19 at home. The Pioneers are currently ranked No. 25 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll. The women's soccer team started the season, winning both of its games in New York City to capture the College of Staten Island Fall Classic.

The men's cross country team is ranked No. 9 in the latest United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association Midwest Regional rankings. The team began the season winning its fourth-straight Warhawk Invitational at UW-Whitewater on Sat., Sept. 15.

The Pioneer volleyball team has started the season with a 10-6 mark including winning its own invitational on Sept. 7-8.

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