Vol. 50, No. 22 • Fourth Week • Spring Semester • Feb. 10, 2003
Campaign: Investing in excellence through annual, quasi-endowed or endowed
UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff determining how to participate in Campus Campaign 2002-03 have several choices to make when deciding where to direct their gifts and pledges. The first step is to determine which of the following options best meets the faculty or staff member's giving goals:
A gift or pledge will support the Excellence Fund when an employee selects "Please use my gift for UW-Eau Claire's areas of greatest need" on the Campus Campaign pledge/contribution card.
To contribute to an existing annual or endowed fund, a faculty and/or staff member can simply indicate the name of that fund on his or her pledge/contribution card. The Foundation currently has 507 annual funds and 464 endowed funds that support departments, programs and scholarships across the university. To find out if an existing fund supports the cause important to you, contact the Foundation by calling 836-5630 or sending e-mail to email@example.com.
To start a new annual or endowed fund, an employee or group of employees should follow the process outlined in last week's University Bulletin. In addition, the employee(s) should determine whether the new fund will be an annual, quasi-endowed or fully endowed fund.
Unlike gifts received for immediate use, endowed gifts keep giving over time. They are placed in accounts from which the annual investment earnings are used for the purpose(s) specified by the donor(s). An endowment provides a sustainable source of revenue for its intended beneficiary(ies) at the university. The department, university program or scholarship fund supported by an endowment can count on its annual support when planning for the future.
An endowment is established when an account contains a minimum of $10,000 and when the donor or donors express their wish to endow the fund. A donor can create an endowment by making a lump-sum gift of $10,000 or more, or by making several payments over time until the minimum endowment amount is reached. Anyone can contribute to an endowed fund at any time. There is no limit to an endowment size.
There are two types of endowed accounts: full endowments and quasi-endowments. With a full endowment, only the investment earnings are used for the fund's specified purpose(s). With a quasi-endowment, the donor can authorize the use of a portion of the fund's principal to meet needs not sufficiently met with just the investment earnings.Message from the Provost
To: The UW-Eau Claire Community
From: Provost Ronald Satz.
As many of you are already aware, a 5 percent base budget reduction exercise was mandated by the State Department of Administration for all state agencies. On Jan. 31, I submitted information to Chancellor Donald Mash on potential budget cuts involving all of the Colleges and units in Academic Affairs. The other divisions are going through similar planning exercises. The submission of potential cuts in Academic Affairs was done in accordance with the Academic Affairs Leadership Council Budget Planning Principles and Guidelines document submitted to Chancellor Mash earlier in January following consultation with the Chancellor's Ad-Hoc Budget Group (members include Academic Affairs Budget Officer Bob Bolles, Business Services Director David Gessner, Vice Chancellor for Business and Student Services Andrew Soll and me) and following consultation with the Chancellor.
My colleagues on the Academic Affairs Leadership Council, the Chancellor's Ad-Hoc Budget Group and I view the Jan. 31 submission as the beginning of a process rather than the culmination of one. The ideas presented by the deans and directors are being reviewed; they will be reviewed again when Gov. Doyle's budget is announced along with other ideas that emerge during the upcoming forums and meetings (see below); and they will undoubtedly be reviewed again when the Governor acts on the budget passed by the legislature. Even now, while we await word of the Governor's intentions, some modifications already have been proposed in some of the plans submitted to the Chancellor in order to take into account new circumstances and/or to correct some errors in calculations. Nevertheless, the important fact is that discussions have begun and ideas have been generated and revised based on those discussions.
The purpose of this letter is to solicit your thoughts and ideas on how to address the impending budget reductions while strategically maintaining our core mission. In order to share information about the planning that has gone on to date and to solicit additional ideas from members of the entire university community, I have scheduled a series of open meetings, and I call your attention to other meetings that will deal with the budget. It is my hope that these sessions will assist us in taking steps to protect our mission in a time of fiscal uncertainty. I look forward to and encourage your participation in the open forums listed below.
Forums and Meeting Schedule
Claire announces the creation of the English Language Academy
Currently, 14 courses have been approved through all appropriate channels and will be officially implemented during the fall 2003 semester. Due to the dedication and collaboration of the ESL staff during the past year, this daunting task has been realized. The state-of-the-art curriculum intertwines language learning with content-based instruction, which is the marriage of language learning and the study of subject matter such as geography. This marriage is viewed as best practice in the ESL profession and places UW-Eau Claire's English Language Academy on the cutting edge of the profession.
The program's new courses include "Integrated Language Skills (levels 1, 2, and 3) for ESL Learners," "Business English for ESL Learners," "Theater for ESL Learners," "Current Global Events for ESL Learners" and "Introduction to the Institutions and Culture of the USA."
Along with the new curriculum, probably the most noticeable change is in the name. The Intensive English Language Program and the Credit ESL Program have unified into the English Language Academy. This change signifies a cooperative effort between the department of foreign languages, Continuing Education and the Center for International Education, which brings under one roof all credit-bearing and non-credit bearing ESL instruction on campus. Furthermore, the ELA program has been customized to operate year-round.
Due to these modifications, revised recruitment and admissions procedures have been outlined for the university community. At this time, all inquiries about international students or non-native speakers of English should be directed to the Center for International Education at 836-4411 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A joint brochure
has been developed for members of the university community to take with
them on overseas travel. If faculty or staff members are interested
in obtaining copies for distribution abroad, contact the Center for