1. Important links to
agendas, minutes, Chair's Reports and other sites of interest are available
on the Senate web site: http://www.uwec.edu/Usenate. Senate Chair’s Report will be available on this site by on the day of the Senate meeting.
2. During debates, Senators may speak only twice to any motion or amendment. Each speaking term is limited to 10 minutes. The Chair will add names of those wishing to speak to a speaker's list upon recognition.
1. Election of Faculty Representative
2. Election of Academic Staff Representative
Smith brought forward issue on behalf of Mathematics Department. Fullbright
Scholar returning to campus from
2. Michelle Washebek, president of conservation group on campus came to follow up on passage by Student Senate of resolution calling for use of 100% post-consumer recycled paper on campus. Petition signed by many students willing to pay extra fees to support. Wished at very least to see increase in percentage of use of post-consumer waste paper. Can refer to Physical Plant Planning Committee for review of issue – motions from Student Senate not automatically placed on Senate agenda. When Student Senate originally passed resolution, Vice Chancellor for Business and Student Services analyzed possibilities. Problems arose because of state contracts and increased costs. Involved not only higher purchasing costs, but increased maintenance costs and reliability problems for high speed printers using the lower quality, more dusty post-consumer recycled papers. Willing to take another look at this time to see if marketplace has changed
Faculty Reps Meeting – teleconference April 30th
1. Most of the time was consumed with discussing how to make sure those external to the System understand how valuable sabbaticals are. Suggested that when the guidelines for the next round of sabbaticals is published by System, more details be included on how to clearly state the purpose of the sabbatical and how it benefits the students, the discipline, and/or the community.
2. Next meeting date to be determined.
Board of Regents Meeting
– May 6th & 7th in
(notes from News Summaries at http://www.wisconsin.edu/news/index.htm)
upon months of collaboration between the
The regents delayed action on the approval to Friday’s meeting to ensure that students transferring to UW institutions from UW Colleges and WTCS institutions would receive equal treatment with regard to how courses transfer and fulfill requirements.
UW System’s biennial budget request for the 2005-07 state budget cycle could
include several items that stem from the regents study of the university’s
future, titled “Charting a New Course for the UW System,” Freda Harris, UW
System vice president for budget and planning, told the board on Friday. “The
university is striving to maximize its positive impact on the state’s economic
growth,” Harris said. “It all begins with students.” The request could also
help further Gov. Jim Doyle’s Grow
would ask the state to restore 300 faculty positions to the UW System in
2005-07, Harris said. The UW System has lost more than 600 faculty in the past
decade, yet at the same time, has increased enrollment by more than 9,000
students. Restoring the faculty positions, which would cost an estimated $38.7
million in state funding, would allow improved student-faculty contact and
could increase retention and graduation rates, yielding additional graduates
eligible to work in
recommendation, from the Educational Quality Working Group, would seek to move
faculty salaries in line with peer levels. Nationally, salaries at public
universities increased 2.1 percent in 2003-04, while the state of
The UW System’s two-year budget request could also include $10.6 million in funding to support technology and library infrastructure and programming. Harris noted that the recommendations would align with the priorities of the United Council of UW Students and follow recommendations the board heard in March about financial aid, recruitment and retention. The board is expected to begin reviewing the UW System’s 2005-07 budget request at its June meeting.
3. One hundred faculty and staff members, who work for institutions throughout the University of Wisconsin System, were named the system’s first “Wisconsin Idea Fellows” for their extraordinary public service contributions, including outstanding service to local communities, research and outreach to businesses and nonprofits alike, and contributions through their fields of study to the quality of life and the economy of Wisconsin.
From UW-EAU CLAIRE
Franks, Professor, Special Education - Franks received the Reta and
David Martell Distinguished Service Award from the Eau Claire Association for
Retarded Citizens in 2003 and was recognized by the
Jamelske, Assistant Professor of Economics and co-Director of the
Kevin Klatt, Assistant Professor, Psychology - Klatt is the director of the UW-Eau Claire Campus Autism Program, in which students provide behavioral interventions for young children with autism. He has been instrumental in influencing state and local funding policies to expand treatment options for autistic children.
Phillips, Chair and Professor, Department of Computer Science - Phillips
has developed collaborations with local industries such as Silicon Logic
Engineering and Cray, Inc., and has partnered with
Chris Theo, Head of the Graphic Design program in the Dept. of Art & Design - Theo expanded UW-Eau Claire's working relationship with local nonprofit organizations by connecting Graphic Design students with business and organizations in developing visual identity systems, stimulating economic growth while providing students "real world" experience.
(notes from the Legislative Updates at http://www.uwsa.edu/univ_rel/govrel/lupdate/index.htm)
last week Assembly Republicans held
a closed caucus to discuss TABOR. Senate
Republicans will caucus this week on TABOR, amid indications that the
Senate is in favor of what is described as a “TABOR-lite” proposal – i.e., a
constitutional amendment that might simply say that state expenditures cannot
exceed revenues. Procedurally, the Legislature must act on language by
2. The Senate is scheduled to hold a Veto Review Session Tuesday, May 11 to consider the Revisor's bills (SB-557 through SB-564) and appointments by the Governor. In addition, the Senate may take up legislation that JCOER is expected to pass on Tuesday (see below). JCOER is expected to make adjustments to treat non-represented UW employees the same as other state employees relative to health insurance payments.
3. The Assembly will hold its Veto Review Session on Wednesday, May 19.
4. An extraordinary legislative session on health care is likewise planned for Wednesday, May 19, in both houses. The Medical Assistance bill, and two other health-care related bills, are among those being considered. A vote on a “property tax freeze” proposed by Speaker Gard may take place later this month in concert with a modified constitutional amendment to limit state spending.
5. The Senate Higher Education and Tourism
Committee and the Assembly Colleges and Universities Committee
held a joint session on Thursday, May 6.
UW System President Katharine C. Lyall, Regent President Toby Marcovich
and Regent Guy Gottschalk updated both committees on the status of the
“Charting a New Course for the UW System” study and the impact of budget cuts
to the university. President Lyall also
delivered a brief presentation on access, quality and financial aid during
which she was joined by UW-Madison Dean Phil Certain and UW-Eau Claire
Chancellor Don Mash. Following the UW System presentations, the two committees
heard about the benefits of
6. On Tuesday, May 4, the Joint Committee on Audit
approved a request by Sen. Rob Cowles (
7. The Joint Committee on Employment Relations (JCOER) will meet at on Tuesday, May 11 in Room 412 East, State Capitol. Topics include:
· Public hearing and possible executive action on recommendations of the Director of the Office of State Employment Relations (OSER) for modifications of the 2003-05 compensation and benefit adjustments for UW System senior executives, faculty and academic staff;
· Public hearing and possible executive action on the 2003-05 tentative agreement between the state and the WSEU, AFSCME Council 24 professional social services collective bargaining unit;
· Public hearing and possible executive action on recommendations of the OSER Director for modifications to the 2003-05 compensation plan for classified and certain unclassified employees;
· Public hearing and possible executive action on recommendations of the OSER Director to assign division administrator positions to Executive Salary Groups.