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.
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:
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
- 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.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 26, 2001