State approves changes in 2004-05
unclassified pay plan
Chancellor Mash part of historic
meeting with legislators
UW-Eau Claire online MBA program
ranks among top in nation
Gray-Mash, Hollon named co-directors
of Center for Collaborative Leadership in Education
Concert Choir to participate
in D-Day performances in France
Blugold Marching Band invited to
perform at Packers halftime
Lyall outlines UW System challenges
University Bulletin Special
Edition coming Thursday
to begin June 14
changes in 2004-05 unclassified pay plan
May 11, the Joint Committee on Employment Relations approved the parity
pay plan proposal of the Office of State Employment Relations submitted
by Director Karen Timberlake at the request of UW System President Lyall
and the Board of Regents.
The plan for unclassified staff has several components.
Adjustment — It improves the
scheduled general merit increase from 1.0% to 1.35% and authorizes a
1.35% solid performance adjustment to the unclassified staff pay ranges
for 2004-05. The effective date for the distribution of 2004-05 adjustments
will be July 1, 2004, for 12-month unclassified employees and the start
of academic year for those on academic year appointments.
Lump sum payment — The new plan
also provides a $250 lump sum payment to full-time faculty and academic
staff and a $125 lump sum payment to non-represented graduate assistants.
A separate check will be issued for these payments on July 30, 2004.
— In addition, the parity pay proposal reduces employee contributions
for health insurance. Refer to
the table detailing the revised and original rates. Unclassified
staff also will receive a refund of the difference between the revised
contribution rates and original ones used thus far for 2004 health insurance.
A separate check for this refund will be issued in mid-July.
If you have questions regarding
the parity pay plan, contact Human
Chancellor Mash part of historic meeting with legislators
Donald Mash was among top UW System officials who participated in what
is being called an historic first joint session of the legislature’s
two committees that oversee higher education.
Mash, UW System President Katharine Lyall, Regent
President Toby Marcovich, Regent Guy Gottschalk and dean of the UW-Madison
College of Letters and Science Phil Certain met with 12 lawmakers May
6 to begin a dialogue on the future of the UW System.
Mash discussed the importance of the legislature investing in the UW
System in order to meet the state’s economic development needs
and to reverse the trend of state budget cuts that have led to diminished
Gottschalk updated legislators on the Board of Regents' year-long study,
"Charting a New Course for the UW System." Legislators were
interested in and asked to receive more information about the study’s
recommendations related to deregulation of the UW System that could
lead to cost-savings and increased funding for financial aid.
Committee chairs, Rep. Rob Kreibich, R-Eau Claire, and Sen. Sheila Harsdorf,
R-River Falls, both indicated the meeting was a positive development.
“We need to put the UW back on the front burner,” said Kreibich.
Harsdorf called the meeting “a very good first start.” Full
online MBA program ranks among top in nation
|“UW-Eau Claire looked very
good in this study. The research confirms our belief that we offer
our MBA students an exceptional e-program.”
— Bob Erffmeyer
UW-Eau Claire’s master
of business administration online program is one of five in the United
States to meet all 12 criteria identified by a UW-Eau Claire research
team as being important to students evaluating online education.
“Of the 33 programs in the country that are completely online,
have no residency requirement and meet the quality standards of the
Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, only five meet
the 12 indicators we’ve identified as being important to online
program quality,” said Bob Erffmeyer, director of UW-Eau Claire’s
MBA program and co-author of the paper. “Some of the highest cost
MBA programs fail to meet many of these quality indicators.”
Programs meeting all indicators are UW-Eau Claire, Drexel University
in Pennsylvania, Florida Atlantic University, Howard University and
Suffolk University. Full
Hollon named co-directors of Center for Collaborative Leadership in
Two veteran faculty members
in UW-Eau Claire’s School of Education have been named co-directors
of the university’s new Center for Collaborative Leadership in
Cynthia Gray-Mash, associate professor of foundations of education,
and Robert Hollon, professor of curriculum and instruction, will lead
the new center on campus, which received administrative approval last
The Center is part of an ongoing initiative by the School of Education
and UW-Eau Claire to serve area school districts and to enhance teacher
education at UW-Eau Claire. Full
Choir to participate in D-Day performances in France
The UW-Eau Claire Concert Choir, conducted
by Gary Schwartzhoff, director of choral activities, will tour Spain
and France this summer from May 26 to June 9.
Highlights of the choir’s performance schedule include a concert
at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and a concert for 300 World War II
veterans in Caen, France, the center of some of the fiercest fighting
in the liberation of 1944 and home to Le Mémorial de Caen, an
award-winning peace memorial and World War II museum. Both these concerts,
as well as several others, are planned as part of the 2004 American
Celebration of Music in France, which offers performance opportunities
for American musicians and a way to renew long-standing Franco-American
ties. Full story.
Marching Band invited to perform at Packers halftime
Randy Dickerson’s confidence in UW-Eau
Claire’s Blugold Marching Band was rewarded recently in a big
way. The band has been invited to perform at the half-time show for
the Green Bay Packers when they face the Giants Oct. 3 in Green Bay.
“The band was really excited when I told them the news,”
said Dickerson. “ It’s been a personal goal of mine to get
the marching band to the point where they could perform off campus,
and since I was a student at the University of Southern Mississippi
when Brett Favre was there, having our first performance be for the
Green Bay Packers makes it even more special for me." Full
the band's Web page to read more about the group and preview its
recently released CD.
President Lyall outlines UW System
challenges during Eau Claire visit
state of Wisconsin must reinvest in higher education if the UW System
is to continue meeting its high standards for academic quality and access,
UW System President Katharine Lyall said during a brief visit to Eau
Claire Monday, May 10.
“I’m proud that we’ve maintained enrollment levels
despite big budget cuts,” said Lyall, who visited Eau Claire,
Menomonie and River Falls during a quick two-day swing through western
Wisconsin. “We must stabilize funding or the System will not be
able to support 160,000 students.”
Challenges facing the System noted by Lyall include restoring faculty
positions, providing adequate financial aid, serving adult students,
meeting business/industry needs and supporting students of color.
Monday’s stop in Eau
Claire was part of Lyall’s plan to visit each campus a last time
before she retires this summer. Full story.
University Bulletin Special
Edition coming Thursday
The spring semester of the 2003-04 academic year is winding down, and
with that comes a lot of news about commencement, retirements and accomplishments.
You can read all about it in a Special Edition of the University
Bulletin that will be e-mailed to you Thursday.
Stories planned for the Special Edition include:
Claire commencement set for May 22
senior awarded Fulbright Teaching Assistantship
Claire graduates its first online MBA class in May — View MBA
and staff members retire
members of classified staff retire
Association to present awards
Staff Scholarship recipient named
Claire faculty and staff selected as "Wisconsin Idea Fellows"
issue will not include Calendar items, Faculty/Staff News, In The News
items and Notices.
Bulletin to begin June 14
This is the final issue of the University
Bulletin for the 2003-04 academic year.
The Summer Bulletin
will be published weekly during the eight-week summer session beginning
Monday, June 14. The summer publication will carry official notices,
calendar items, faculty and staff news and other news briefs.
Items for the Summer
Bulletin should be sent by mail or e-mail to Liz
Wolf Green, News Bureau, Schofield 201, by 10 a.m. Monday for publication
in the following week's issue.
Publication of the University
Bulletin will resume with the Aug. 23
issue to coincide with the official opening of the 2004-05 academic