November 2012 Chancellor's Report
Welcome to the November 2012 issue of the Chancellor’s Report, a monthly newsletter designed to highlight important information, updates and changes that affect students, faculty and staff at UW-Platteville. Each month, the newsletter includes information from a wide variety of different university departments including the office of the chancellor, admissions, student affairs, athletics, advancement, administration and human resources. It also includes information from the Center for New Ventures and the Real Estate Foundation.
It was wonderful to visit with so many of you at homecoming events in October. This year, thousands of alumni, family, friends, students, faculty and staff showed their Pioneer spirit by participating in Homecoming Week activities. I hope that you were able to enjoy the 5K run, parade, lunch, reunions, football game, lighting of the M and many other activities.
Academic programs and services have always been the university's first priority. This clearly makes a difference for our students. As you likely have heard, a recent study conducted by PayScale indicates that UW-Platteville graduates can expect a positive rate of return on their investment into higher education. In fact, UW-Platteville is the highest-rated UW school in the survey except for UW-Madison. Given the concern nationwide about the increasing costs of a university education, UW-Platteville graduates can expect a great reward for their investment, both in knowledge and in compensation.
The quality and success of our academic and athletic programs has drawn much media attention. Over the past few months, UW-Platteville has received increased local, regional, and national media coverage, which indicates that people regionally and nationally are starting to take notice of the many great things that the university students, faculty and staff are accomplishing.
A few examples of recent media coverage include a U.S. News and World Report article about our International Pal Program, a WMTV NBC 15 - Madison special consulting our experts at Pioneer Farm about the drought, and a Wausau Daily Herald story about our Engineers Without Borders organization.
There has also been much publicity about our Forensic Investigation Crime Scene House (FICSH), including an article in Forensic Magazine. An article written about the Horrific Crime Scene Re-enactment at FICSH was picked up by the Associated Press and was used by various television stations online across the state and beyond, including Fox 11, Green Bay; News8000.com, La Crosse; WXOW, La Crosse; San Francisco Chronicle.com; MSNBC.MSN.com; and WBAY, Green Bay. KCRG in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will air a feature on FICSH sometime this month.
In addition, the Associated Press picked up a story about the 75th anniversary of the M and it appeared in several media outlets throughout the country. Other coverage includes a Wisconsin State Journal story about the North American Manx Museum and there will be a Channel 3 TV in Madison story on our Cheer and Stunt Team's new Sparkle Effect Squad, the first-ever, all-inclusive collegiate cheerleading squad. There have also been numerous radio interviews, articles posted on media websites and articles printed in newspapers and magazines that highlight the success of our students, faculty, staff and programs.
Prospective Students and Admission
The university continues to experience growth in enrollment and outreach efforts. This fall, undergraduate enrollment was up over 4.8 percent from fall 2011, with a total on-campus enrollment of more than 7,800 students. When graduate students were included, enrollment rose to more than 8,600.
In addition, we have received nearly 1,200 new freshmen applications already for fall 2013, which is up over 4% from last year at this same time. Of those new freshmen numbers, there are already about 300 TSI applications and about 70 more applications from underrepresented minorities than last year at this time.
The sixth week numbers for enrollment are strong. Undergraduate enrollment is up about 4% which will help strengthen the university’s finances. It is important to note that this 4% calculation means four percent over original budget projections. Admission has slightly different numbers due to the timing of 10th day numbers and sixth week numbers. With the additional tuition revenue, approximately 15 new positions can be added for the next academic year, 2013-14, to serve the additional students. The university will continue to strive to align the budget resources with the strategic planning process. Research has begun on evaluating budget processes that will facilitate this strategic alignment.
Budget open forums will be held on Nov. 20 from 9-10:30 a.m. in Velzy North and on Nov. 27 from 1-2:30 p.m. in the University Rooms, MPSC.
Update on Budget Carryovers
In the spring of 2012, UW-Platteville changed annual budgeting from a “use it or lose it” model to a “carry unspent funds forward” model. Colleges and divisions were able to keep unspent budget funds from 2011-12 and carry them into 2012-13. (Note that this primarily impacts state funds and TSI funds. Other funds, such as program revenues in funds 128, 136, and some 131, have historically carried forward.)
Carryover’s from 2011-12 totaled about $2.1 million. This is higher than the estimate of $1.8 million shared at convocation in August 2012. Colleges and divisions provided plans on the use of carry-over funds and these include a number of important investments to move the university forward. Examples include purchases of lab equipment, summer support for faculty, professional development, and student retention programs. The plans also include purchases of computers and copiers, supplies and travel. Finally, some of the funds are being carried-over for existing commitments, such as campus signage and student technology fee balances.
This change is an example of the effort underway to move authority and responsibility to colleges, divisions, departments and offices so that decisions are made at lower levels in the university.
The Strategic Planning Steering Committee is wrapping up its work and will be presenting the final draft of the plan to the campus senate governance groups in November. The plan will then be presented to the UW System Board of Regents at the December meeting. More information can be found on the website at http://www.uwplatt.edu/planning/
The shuttle started running Sept. 1, and the new vehicles started running Sept. 25. As you can see from the shuttle usage chart below, the ridership of the campus loop has been steadily increasing while the ridership of the shopping loop is decreasing, perhaps as a result of students making friends with other students who have cars. A group of business students is reviewing ridership data, conducting interviews and using their experiences to make recommendations. Beginning on Oct. 15, some slight changes were made to the shuttle routes and times to better accommodate students and other people. These changes, in addition to the coming changes in weather, are expected to increase shuttle usage.
Keep an eye on the shuttle web-page (www.uwplatt.edu/go/shuttle) for information on special days, such as Thanksgiving weekend and finals week. Adjusted schedules will be posted there.
We will be offering an election shuttle on Tuesday, Nov. 6, to assist Rountree Commons and downtown residents in getting to the Armory to vote. Details of this route are posted on the shuttle web-page.
For other transportation options, consider signing up for Zimride at http://zimride.uwplatt.edu/
for online carpooling options. With over 350 members, our network is growing, giving users more options for finding rides for one-time trips or regular carpools.
University Personnel System (UPS)
Human resources held several open sessions and smaller group workshops for the final draft proposals for the new University Personnel System. Feedback was provided to the project team on Nov. 19, and the timeline going forward includes presentations to, and approvals by, the Board of Regents and where appropriate, OSER. In the new calendar year, we will be moving ahead with modifying policies and procedures as required and providing training to all impacted employee groups. For more information, go to http://web.uwsa.edu/personnelsystems/
Diversity Advocate Training
Human resources is providing diversity advocate training for interested faculty and academic staff. The same training will be available to our classified employees early in 2013.
In anticipation of the new UPS, human resources will be working with a group of academic staff and classified employees to design a new performance management program for UW-Platteville. Jeanne Durr has requested nominations from academic staff senate and the chancellor’s classified staff advisory committee. The performance management design team will also include other employees and campus supervisors. More information will be provided in the future.
Real Estate Foundation
The final financing for Rountree Commons is now in place. With this task accomplished, attention will be refocused on the new residence hall and dining facility currently under construction. Progress on the new facility has taken off and the shape of the building can easily be seen. The curved open front of the dining facility with its large windows will provide a spectacular view of campus. The Real Estate Foundation has been working with the university, UW System and the Department of Administration to move the project forward in anticipation of housing students in August 2013.
Family Weekend, Nov. 2-4
Close to 800 family members are planning to attend Family Weekend, being held Friday, Nov. 2 through Sunday, Nov. 4. There are a wide variety of programs planned for students and their families, including comedian Adam Grabowski; tours of the M, Pioneer Farm and Mining Museum; classes in engineering or chemistry; caricature artist; tailgate with live music; football game against UW-Stout, mentalist Sean Bott, Found Footage Festival, Sunday brunch and more. Family Weekend is an annual event that allows students to spend time with their families and enjoy fun activities on our campus.
Long-Term Agro-Ecosystem Research in the Upper Mississippi River Basin
The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Capacity Building Grant for Non Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture has awarded UW-Platteville a three-year competitive grant totaling $270,550. This grant, directed by Dr. Dennis L. Busch, will lead to greater understanding of the long-term fluxes of nutrient, water and carbon within an agro-ecosystem and the development of integrated, economic, social and institutional instruments to implement long term, improved land and water resource use at the catchment, regional and continental scale. Co-Principal Investigators include John Baker and Gary Feyereisen of USDA/ARS and Andrew Cartmill and Donita Cartmill of UW-Platteville.
This will be accomplished by engaging stakeholders and post-secondary educators and participating in the USDA Agricultural Research Service Long Term Agro-ecosystem Research network. This network is a national, 30-year research program dedicated to creating resilient and sustainable ecosystems. The initial network includes 10 nodes strategically located across the country, one of which is the Upper Mississippi River Basin, a collaboration of four sites. The partnership includes UW-Platteville and three USDA-ARS groups: the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment in Ames, Iowa; the Soil and Water Management Research Unit in St. Paul, Minn.; and the North Central Soil Conservation Research Laboratory in Morris, Minn.
The homecoming celebration Oct.14-20 was a huge success. Many reunions were held including criminal justice, student ambassadors, the Vets Club, Rangerettes, civil and environmental engineering and Women in EMS. Over 100 people participated in the Alumni Association's Homecoming Hustle. In addition, there was a great turnout for the parade and alumni luncheon on Saturday. Thanks to all the faculty, staff and administrators who participated in the alumni homecoming events.
UW-Platteville received many exciting gifts in the past month. For a highlight of some of the gifts, visit the UW-Platteville Foundation webpage for recent press releases written by UIC staff at http://www.uwplatt.edu/foundation/happening/highlights.html
High Impact Practices
The university continues its tradition of providing high quality, hands-on education and training both inside and outside of the classroom so that students are fully prepared to enter the workforce and pursue their career endeavors. Connections with the community, faculty, industry, government, non-profit agencies and the international community help the university create outstanding engagement opportunities for its students. There are many examples of high impact practices at the university, including international program experiences and Pioneer Academic Center for Community Engagement experiences.
Grant Awarded to Fund Faculty-Led Program to Ghana
The UW-Platteville Foundation, the School of Agriculture and Education Abroad are pleased to announce the award of $10,000 by the CHS Foundation to the Short-Term, Faculty-Led program, Agriculture and Women’s Livelihoods in Ghana: A Service Learning Project, directed by Dr. Annie Kinwa-Muzinga.
The award will support 10 UW-Platteville students who will travel to Ghana in January 2013 to examine women’s livelihoods in rural and urban environments and their everyday life experiences. In addition, the students will participate in a service learning project in which they will collaborate with the Ministry of Agriculture of Ghana to study the dairy farming process, currently ongoing, and identify areas and ways of improvement at the dairy farm. This is a model dairy farm managed by the Animal Production Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture, Ghana. The farm also serves as the only national Dairy Training Centre that offers services to farmers. These include training in hygienic milk handling and processing.
Short-Term Faculty-Led programs support UW-Platteville internationalization efforts as well as provide UW-Platteville students the opportunity to earn credit while engaging in discipline-specific and intercultural learning.
Global Lens Living & Learning Community
International Programs and the Department of Residence Life are pleased to announce the upcoming Global Lens Living and Learning Community (LLC). The Global Lens LLC will be located in Dobson Hall and will welcome its first cohort in the fall 2013 semester. The LLC is part of UW-Platteville's wider efforts to improve first to second year retention and to provide formal and informal support structures for first year students.
The LLC is open to all first year students of any major and seeks to foster the development of a supportive community of students, faculty and staff dedicated to promoting and engaging in opportunities that nurture greater global understanding as well as enhance students' intellectual, personal and intercultural development through discussion, campus and community events, service, civic engagement and critical reflection.
International Pal Program
To help new students adjust to a new campus, culture and educational system, the International Programs Office is facilitating a new program called the International Pal Program. This program offers support and friendship by pairing new international students with a U.S. student who has previously participated on an education abroad program or with a returning international student. Participants will socialize with their “pals” at least once every two weeks and participate in a variety of group activities with other students in the program. Approximately 30 students are participating in the International Pal Program this semester. The Pal Program was created to help facilitate cross cultural interaction between international and U.S. students and assist the new international students in adjusting to life in the U.S. and at UW-Platteville.
Resources/Guides to Working with International Students
The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office offers many resources and guides for faculty and staff who work with international students on the ISSS Website at http://www.uwplatt.edu/intprog/iss/Faculty_Staff_Resources.html . The International Student and Scholar Services office serves as a resource not only to international students but to faculty and staff across campus. Please call Liz Kruse at 608-342-1852 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding your work with international students.
Pioneer Academic Center for Community Engagement experience (PACCE)
The Entrepreneurship minor will be launched in January 2013. This minor is designed to complement any major offered at the university. There are no pre-requisites to begin the minor and it includes both a business and a non-business track. For more information, go to www.uwplatt.edu/entrepreneurship and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59jkKoqoCIE&feature=youtu.be
Over 40 UW-Platteville students were able to connect with some of our region’s brightest entrepreneurs on Monday evening, Oct. 22. In addition to hearing the entrepreneurs’ personal stories, these students were encouraged to dream about their own personal entrepreneurial journeys. We hope that they will take the next step by entering the upcoming elevator pitch competition, joining the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization or committing to a minor in entrepreneurship.
Eight UW-Platteville undergraduate students are members of the Pioneer Launch Lab this semester. These enterprising students are Zachary Voelker (business administration); Jordan Riemer (agribusiness); Thomas Aronson (industry tech management); Micah Binns (communication); Ryan Paul (industrial engineering); Josh Inglett (engineering physics); Rachel Gogin (business administration); and Joseph Schoettler (UW-Platteville alum ’11). The Pioneer Launch Lab is designed as a “low risk, high touch,” environment that connects students with resources both on the campus community and in the larger community. It supports their efforts in determining and pursuing next steps with their entrepreneurial ideas.
This year marks the fifth year for PACCE. Through its first four years, 3,813 students participate in PACCE projects; that's an average of 953 students per year. These students, while representing the university, have experienced, grown and made a difference through their involvement with a PACCE project. They have impacted their communities in small ways such as helping tutor a child or in global ways such as working on projects in China or Ghana. Many have been nudged outside of their comfort zone through their PACCE experience. Many students tell us that their PACCE experience changed their lives. That's measurable and high-impact.
UW-Platteville’s Career Center held its annual Fall Career Fair on Sept. 25-27, welcoming a record 260 employers to the UW-Platteville campus and Platteville community. More than 2,200 students and alumni attended the fair.
The annual fall career fair provides students with career exploration opportunities and helps them take advantage of current job openings. The fair also gives students and faculty a chance to meet and network with employers. Faculty members answered many employers’ questions about curriculum, senior design project ideas and other industry-university partnership opportunities.
This fall, 45 new employers attended the career fair events. These new employers were a mix of local and out-of-state companies interested in a variety of UW-Platteville academic programs from agriculture and business to engineering and technology. Annually, the Career Center welcomes back a variety of employers who have a long history of successful recruitment at our university.
In surveys completed following the fair, employers noted that UW-Platteville has the key majors that employers are seeking and also has very talented student candidates who are well prepared to enter the workforce. The spring career fair will be held on Feb. 12 for business, accounting, agriculture, media studies and liberal arts and on Feb. 14 for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The university has great pride in all of its athletic teams, three of which have received national recognition. By the second week of October, our football team was ranked No. 13 in the D3football.com poll after a strong start to begin its season. By that same time, our men’s soccer team was off to its best start in school history and was ranked No. 13 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll and the men’s cross country team was ranked No. 22 in the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association rankings. With such team success, Pioneer student-athletes also received weekly recognition from national media outlets such as NCAA.com and D3football.com and on the conference level from the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in various sports.
The UW-Platteville men's basketball team hosted its annual Blue-Orange Scrimmage on Saturday, Oct. 27. The price of admission was two non-perishable food items. All collected items were donated to the Platteville Food Pantry.
UW-Platteville unveiled an updated version of Pioneer Pete during the Homecoming Yell volleyball match on Oct. 18, giving the university an official mascot for the first time in at least two decades. The mascot embodies the Pioneer spirit from which the university was founded, combining the Pioneer name with our strong mining history.
Pioneer Pete was chosen based on the results of a 2011 survey in which nearly 5,000 students, faculty, staff and alumni participated. Other options that were considered were a dog and a horse. The Pioneer and the miner both scored in the 90 percent favorable rank in almost every question.
The UW-Platteville Image Committee, with 14 females and 12 males representing 14 different constituencies, worked with Torch Creative Inc. to design the new mascot that replaces the curved “UWP” that the athletic department had used.
I appreciate the time and effort that the Image Committee dedicated to ensure that the new mascot represents UW-Platteville in a meaningful, positive, enduring way.
Remember to make every day a great day to be a Pioneer!