University of WisconsinEau Claire

University Academic Staff Spring Meeting

April 24, 2006


The annual spring meeting of the University Academic Staff was called to order by Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson at 12:01 p.m. on Monday, April 24, 2006, in Davies Theatre.


1.        Report of the University Academic Staff Nominating Committee – John Bachmeier, Chair
On behalf of Nominating Committee, following names placed in nomination for University Academic Staff vacancies



Mike Rindo, University Communications

Gretchen Switalski, Admissions

Kim Way, Development/Alumni Relations

  • Additional nomination from floor

·         Linda Spaeth, Academic Skills Center



Ray Hughes, Management & Marketing (IAS)

Robert Reid, Foundations of Education (IAS)

Sean Yengo, Kinesiology (IAS)

Jacqueline Bonneville, Advising (APAS)

Ann Rupnow, Continuing Education (APAS)

Deb Wells, Business Services (APAS)

Odawa White, Multicultural Affairs (APAS)

·         No additional nominations from floor



Roberta Goodman, Counseling Services

Colleen Marchwick, International Education

Sheila Pederson, Publications

·         No additional nominations from floor



Barbara Arnold, Management & Marketing

Sharon Westphal, Psychology

·         No additional nominations from floor



Dale Gable, Foreign Languages (APAS)

Amanda Krier, Housing (APAS)

Susan Lochner, Intl Education (APAS)

Earl Shoemaker, Edu. Support Svs. (APAS)

Melissa Vogler, Financial Aid (APAS)

·         No additional nominations from floor


Without objection, nominations closed. The election will be electronic with ballots arriving in email inboxes next week.


2.        Introduction of Proposed Amendment to the Constitution of the Faculty and Academic Staff – Andrea Gapko, Acting Chair, University Senate

Faculty and Academic Staff Handbook Twenty-First Edition, October 2004, Chapter 3, Page 14

4.     The Academic Policies Committee

a.     Membership: The committee includes the Provost and Vice Chancellor, nine University Faculty senators elected for three-year terms by the University Faculty members of the Senate, and one ex officio and nonvoting University Faculty representative from Library Services elected by members of the Library Services professional staff. There shall be at least one member from each of the colleges.  The Provost and Vice Chancellor or designated representative shall serve as an ex officio non-voting member of the committee.


Without objection, this proposed constitutional amendment will be included as a referendum on spring election ballots next week.


3.        Academic Staff Representative’s Report – Judy Blackstone

·         Changes to disciplinary procedures for faculty to be considered at May or June Board of Regents meeting

·         In particular, covers speed at which dismissal can be carried out

·         Then predict issue will be extended to academic staff, so Academic Staff Personnel Committee has responded to system on issue

·         If there are any questions, let committee know

·         Academic Staff Personnel Committee will also be looking at criminal background employment checks draft policy

·         Response due to system by May 10, 2006; let committee know if you have input on issue

·         Will be doing more work on budget issues as system continues to try to sell idea that we need money

·         Academic Staff Leadership Conference will be held on UW-Eau Claire campus on July 13 and 14, 2006

·         Sponsored by system

·         Will be meeting on April 27, 2006 for those interested in participating in planning


4.        Miscellaneous Business

·         Joint Committee on Employee Relations is holding public hearings next Wednesday, including item on modification of pay plan for 2005-2007 for certain unclassified employees

·         Issue of criminal background checks for employment practices draft has been sent to Academic Staff Personnel, Faculty Personnel, and Executive Committee chairs

·         May be considered at May 9, 2006 University Senate meeting


5.        Conversation with Interim Chancellor Larson – Response to questions and comments

·         In response to comment that academic staff appreciate all interim chancellor has done this past year, Chancellor Larson commented there has been controversy, but overall has been a labor of love

·         In response to question about repair of damage to Putnam Park Trail along river, Chancellor Larson indicated repair is being planned, but she does not know the details

·         Connie Russell, chair of the Physical Plant Planning Committee, indicated the Putnam Park Commission is meeting this afternoon

·         Have discussed trail repair in the past; there are issues with construction materials and getting materials to area to be repaired


Without objection, meeting adjourned at 12:16 p.m.


Submitted by,


Wanda Schulner

Secretary to the Faculty and Academic Staff