I want to thank you for your terrific turnout at the budget lapse open forum held on Friday. As I mentioned at the forum, I have been in budget discussions during difficult times on several different campuses, and I appreciate greatly your candor and collegiality. This attitude will sustain us during the difficult time. Just so you are aware, our Student Government Association has passed a resolution against the lapse and they intend to lobby the legislators.
The deadline for UW-System to submit its plan to the Department of Administration has been pushed back from November 7 to November 21. System President Kevin Reilly is slated to have a meeting with Secretary Huebsch on November 17. All are in agreement that we will not have a better notion of the size of the lapse until January, after the holiday spending season. The debt situations with Greece, Italy, and Spain and the instability of the markets abroad and at home have caused some concern about the eventual impact on Wisconsin and the ability of the State to meet revenue projections. We must hope for the best but plan for the worst.
Some legislators have suggested that our “flexibilities” should enable us to address this cut. On further discussion about the disproportionate size and additive nature of the cuts, the limits in the flexibilities due to the present interdependence of our process on other state agencies like DoA and JOCER, and the protracted timeline for implementation of certain flexibilities, they are beginning, in some cases, to understand that we indeed are not able to deal with the cuts. We need to continue to send this message.
On campus, the review process for proposed areas of reduction will be reviewed by governance groups and by the Executive Budget committee, which includes governance representation. The Executive Budget committee is due to meet next week.
The names from various campuses have been submitted to UW-System for possible inclusion on the New University Personnel Structures task force. The rest of the task force membership will be assigned soon. The assessment of the current personnel systems will rest primarily with the institutions and will serve as a starting point to begin building the frame work of the future state of the new personnel systems.
Jason Beier, System Human Resources Director will be visiting our campus on November 8, 2011 to conduct informational sessions for all employees to learn about this initiative. Employees can attend either of two sessions that will be held. We look forward to your attendance.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011 12:00 Webb Recital Hall/Holden Fine Arts Center
Tuesday, November 8, 2011 2:00 Webb Recital Hall/Holden Fine Arts Center
There are two bills in the assembly which are coming up for review – Assembly Bills 352 and 318. Both deal with the hiring of annuitants – those people who have retired from and come back to work at a state agency, usually the same state agency. The bills want to narrowly restrict their reemployment. There has been much press in Green Bay and some in Madison (see recent Chronicle of Higher Education tidbit). We sometimes use these people if there are retirements and we need to staff a course or cover a position until a search can be conducted. K-12 is heavily reliant on their use. Limiting our ability to fill holes in our staffing would be a handicap. As a System, we are working with our legislators to find a solution that addresses concern about “double dipping” (taking retirement and a paycheck at the same time) and preserves our flexibility.
Great News! – The campus learned today that our Yellowjacket Union has received a 2011 Build Wisconsin Award in the General Contractor – New Construction category by the Association of General Contractors of Wisconsin. The project was submitted by Immel Construction, General Contractor for the union project. This is the 4th design/construction award that has been garnered for this facility!!
Build Wisconsin projects are evaluated by a panel of construction industry professionals, including architects, engineers, city officials and other building experts who select the top projects to receive the awards. Projects are judged and awarded points based on criteria such as innovation, teamwork, overcoming challenges and client satisfaction. AGC of Wisconsin is a construction trade association representing nearly 275 general contractors, subcontractors, manufacturers, material suppliers and other professional construction-related firms.
The award ceremony is December 1, 2011 in Madison at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (which also received awards in several categories.) We hope to have the campus represented at this event.
Congratulations campus and Immel Construction!!
In other arenas, the men’s soccer team won their final game of the 2011 season, posting a 7-0 shutout at Finlandia. The team finished the year with 12 wins and placed third in the WIAC, its highest placement in the three seasons when the WIAC has recognized soccer as a championship sport. The men’s and women’s hockey teams entertained on the ice at home this weekend, winning three of the four games over the weekend at Wessman Arena. After the games on Saturday, the teams held their annual “Skate with the ‘Jackets” skating party where fans got on the ice to pose for pictures, get autographs, and skate with our student-athletes. The women are off to a fast 4-1-1 start while the men are 2-1-1 and in first place in the conference. This weekend, the men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete in the NCAA Midwest Regional at Rock Island, Ill. Good luck runners!
Cultural Night is this Saturday! A celebration of the wonderful array of nationalities on our campus, you’ll be treated with sights, sounds, and tastes from around the world. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. and the show at 7 p.m. Tickets for adults are $8 for the show or $14 for both. For students and seniors, tickets are $5 for the show or $9 for both and can be purchased at the door or in advance, Nov. 8-10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Orders also can be placed by contacting the Office of International Programs at (715) 394-8138 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inclusive Excellence forums for discussion regarding the climate survey are underway. The schedule can be found at: http://www.uwsuper.edu/ie/news/climate-survey-discussion-forum-for-classified-staff—maintenance–grounds_article1366924
I attended Chorfest this last weekend. Starting the program was our UW-Superior a capella choir under the direction of Matthew Faerber. It was quite impressive! More than 100 of our students majoring in all kinds of academic programs are involved. It was the embodiment of our liberal arts mission. The last spiritual number stole the show! Bravissimi!