This week I am headed to Madison for a regular meeting. I am also now on the Advisory Board for WiSys, so this Friday will be my first meeting.
One topic to be discussed will be the budgeting process for this next biennium. As a reminder, rather than using a campus-based initiative funding model, the process will use more of a “block grant” approach. Given the attention being paid to economic development by the legislature, it is likely this will be a piece of the positioning which will be developed and it should help to call attention to how our campuses are actively supporting it. Controlling the rising cost of tuition is something which is receiving scrutiny from a number of other state governments. Some have chosen to increase their funding for higher education or at least to hold higher education harmless. However the proposal is structured, I know that compensation is certainly a high priority for not only ours but for other campuses; it is an active part of the discussions.
Tonight we are celebrating the Swenson Scholars program and its recipients with Jim and Sue Swenson. Did you know that since 1994 they have funded more than 630 annual full ride scholarships for a total of more than 3.5 million dollars?
Our student government had its last meeting yesterday evening, the first with the current slate of officers and senators. The departing president and vice president are Emily Borra and Jeff Anderson respectively. The incoming president and vice president are Graham Garfield and Yer Vang respectively.
This is a celebratory time of the year. It is the culmination of semesters of hard work for students and faculty alike. Performances, presentations, and showcases abound. Please come out and support your students and mentees as they demonstrate their knowledge and skills.
It was a history-making week for the land of Yellowjacket Athletics. Katie Capriglione shattered the school record in the shot put at last week’s Twin Ports Open. That same meet Scott Behling broke the school mark in the 3,000-meter run. Those are just two of the highlights of a week that featured victories and personal best marks in track and field. The baseball team swept its rain-delayed series with UW-Platteville, marking the first time UW-Superior has swept a WIAC opponent in a four-game series. On the softball diamond it was a busy week. Despite the fact the Yellowjackets went 3-4, Taylor VanDamme had a huge week, batting .481 while hitting four home runs and driving in 12. As the weather continues to get nicer there will be more opportunities to catch the spring sports in action. Baseball and softball will each have four home games this weekend. Baseball plays four against conference-leading UW-La Crosse, while softball hosts UW-Whitewater and UW-Oshkosh. Games start both Saturday and Sunday at noon…weather permitting!
I understand that the Pow Wow at Wessman Arena was impressive. There were 7 drums this year and it continues to be one of the largest in the region. It is sponsored by the Circle of Native Nations student organization and the First Nations Center.