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                    University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
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UW System Board of Regents
To Meet at UW-Eau Claire Oct. 4-5
MAILED: Sept. 26, 2001

         EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host the UW System Board of Regents’ monthly meeting Thursday and Friday, Oct. 4-5. It is the board’s first visit to UW-Eau Claire since 1995, and will be their first formal look at the university’s campus since the inauguration of Chancellor Donald Mash in 1998.
         Mash says it is a rare privilege to have the regents on campus.
         “This is an opportunity to showcase the special aspects of our university,” Mash said. “Among other activities, the regents will have the chance to visit with faculty, staff and students, hear about some of our programs and the results of the North Central Association accreditation review, and see how UW-Eau Claire is becoming increasingly interactive within the region.”
         The 17-member board and UW System officials will begin their visit with a tour of UW-Eau Claire, which will include an up-close look at Chancellors Hall, UW-Eau Claire’s newest residence hall.
         The full Board of Regents will meet at 10:30 a.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center, followed by a luncheon.
         Board committee meetings are scheduled in Davies Center at 1:30 p.m.
         The Education Committee will meet in the Council Fire Room. The Business and Finance Committee and the Physical Planning and Funding Committee will meet in the Arrowhead Room for a joint committee meeting, after which the Business and Finance Committee will reconvene in the Potawatomi Room.
         Approximately 150 university and community members will join the Board of Regents Thursday evening for a dinner featuring Spanish tapas and entertainment by UW-Eau Claire’s award-winning Jazz Ensemble I.
         Friday morning the regents will meet with students for breakfast in the Dulany Inn, followed by a full board meeting at 9 a.m. in the Council Fire Room.
         Mash will present what the university considers its Marks of Excellence during the Friday morning meeting.
         “UW-Eau Claire has worked hard to create a dynamic living and learning environment with a liberal arts base for its students, and it is these special opportunities to learn and to grow that I will elaborate on in my presentation to the regents,” Mash said, noting that among the university’s Marks of Excellence are student-faculty research, service-learning and international education.
         Other items on the board’s agenda include:
  • Two presentations will be made to the full board titled “Quality: Retention and Campus Climate (Plan 2008 Report)” and “Resources: Accountability for New Initiatives.” The regents also will hear Chancellor Terry MacTaggart, University of Maine System, speak on “National Higher Education Resources Strategies.”
  • The Education Committee agenda includes a presentation by Mash, Provost and Vice Chancellor Ronald Satz and faculty members on the university’s strengths and challenges as identified by the North Central Association accreditation review team. The committee meeting also will include discussions on high school graduation tests, retention issues, credit transfers from technical colleges and renaming the School of Social Welfare at UW-Milwaukee; a second reading of a revised mission statement at UW-Superior; a report on the industrial and economic development research fund; and authorization for recruitment of a new provost at UW-Green Bay.
  • The Business and Finance Committee agenda includes a UW-Eau Claire presentation by Andrew Soll, vice chancellor for business and student services, titled “Operating Budget Challenges”; a joint session with the Physical Planning and Funding Committee on real estate negotiations; a presentation and discussion — “Building Our Resource Base” — that follows up on issues addressed by the board at its retreat in July; and a report on annual sick leave and trust funds.
  • The Physical Planning and Funding Committee agenda includes a UW-Eau Claire presentation by Soll titled “Campus Space Planning Issues and Their Impact on The Student Experience”; a tour to review campuswide space issues; a report on building commission actions; and consideration of construction projects on the Eau Claire, Madison, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Platteville, River Falls and Stevens Point campuses.
  • In addition to Mash’s presentation, the full board meeting Friday will include reports from Regent President Jay Smith and UW System President Katharine Lyall. Lyall is expected to report on the 30th anniversary of the UW System.
         All meetings are open to the public. The board makes visits to comprehensive campuses each year. The next regular meeting of the UW System Board of Regents is scheduled for Nov. 8-9 in Madison at Van Hise Hall.

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Updated: Sept. 26, 2001