The Advisory Board members were welcomed by Dan Bartel, Chair, and Dean Shultz. Board members were thanked for serving as judges for the Engineering/Science Expo activities.
Dean Shultz reported that one of the most beneficial outcomes of the last board meeting was the suggestion to have board members host receptions for prospective students. Joanne Wilson reported on the two receptions held at HTNB and hosted by Jeff Mazanec, and at Wisconsin Power and Light hosted by Deb. A team of administrators and students from UWP joined the hosts and alumni in greeting prospective students and their family members. Both receptions were very successful. The areas of Milwaukee, Green Bay, Fox Valley and Stevens Point are being looked at for potential receptions for next year. The goal is to increase the percentage of those students who commit to UWP.
Tammy Salmon, Director of the Women in Engineering Program, reported that $5,765 had been received for the Women in Engineering Scholarship. Forty to fifty scholarship applications have been received and will be reviewed next week. Board members were thanked for their efforts in the success of this campaign.
Joanne Wilson distributed the draft of the Engineering Scholarships Brochure. Advisory Board members had requested that such a brochure be developed for use in seeking funds. Members should contact Joanne for final copies when available.
The Web-based Master of Engineering program has received permission to plan from the UW System. Planning will now take place in the creation of certificate courses. The Software Engineering program is currently being reviewed by UW System campuses, and the permission to plan should be received in May. Joanne Wilson distributed copies of the Master of Project Management program. Letters of support are needed from industry within the next couple of weeks.
The Capital Campaign has been renamed "Major Gifts Campaign" and is in the silent phase. The goal is to reach between $8-10million. Ted Richards, an alumnus, will chair the committee. The official kickoff will take place in October.
--Tammy Salmon has written a proposal to establish a Women in Engineering Center with a Chat Room on the Internet. Programs will be created to expand the mentoring process.
--University is working to bring international students to campus. There is an exchange program with Taiwan, and an agreement with Japan will provide English as a second language to enrolled students. There have also been inquiries into Turkey.Page 2 - Advisory Board
--The delivery of undergraduate engineering degrees to industry is still being explored. The Educational Enhancements Committee will be discussing this item to determine what goals and obstacles are involved.
--Closer relationships have come about because of funding and the reorganization of the colleges. The College's funding has been maintained, but still needs to be supplemented.
--Two programs have reduced the credits required for graduation-Industrial Engineering (135 to 123) and Mechanical Engineering (134 to 131). The Curriculum Committee's assignment will be to review the check sheets for each program area to determine where additional reductions could be accomplished.
--Keith Lundin, Director of the Highway Technician Certification Program, will be meeting with the Industrial Extension Committee to discuss other programs the University could be involved with which would provide certification training for non-engineers in an engineering environment. Another topic would be the involvement of the University with small business incubators.
--The Nominating Committee will be discussing the rotation of membership and the election of new officers.
--The Scholarship Committee will be dealing with the process of utilizing the scholarship brochure to approach companies or individuals for financial support.Committee Reports
Gerald Waelti, Chair, Continuing Education Committee, reported on recommended certificate programs including a) environmental/hazardous waste management, b) permits for air and water, c) water and air control, d) safety management/noise reduction, e) ergonomics/human factor, f) personnel productivity, g) quality category, h) IS 9000 permit preparation, i) controls in theory, digital, electronics, hydraulics and interlock, j) communications and crisis management (media), k) power distribution, power generator control, communications protocol and systems communication, 1) Servo drives, m) machine logic inspection, and n) visual systems.
Karen Spence, Chair, Curriculum Committee, reviewed the suggestions for changes in requirements for graduation. Lessening the credits may make the need for a master's more important. Most employees are leaving companies due to a lack of communication skills or because of not fitting within the organization, and not because of technical skills. English, public speaking and communication skills should be stressed. Physical education credits are over done. Cross training between disciplines should be eliminated. Curriculum should include technical fields, depth and human skills, with a reduction of credits proportionately in each area. Students should be able to take classes through distance education, especially during the summer.
There was no report from the Educational Enhancements Committee.
Chuck Crawford, Chair of the Industrial Extension Committee, asked Forest Kenworthy to give the committee's report. Two priorities were identified. One was the development of requirements for home inspectors which could be tied in with the expertise of the university similar to the Highway Technician Certification Program. The other priority was the laboratory certification program. Legislative mandates should be looked at to see whether therePage 3 - Advisory Board
would be a need for the establishment of certificate programs. The committee recognized the time and financial constraints with the university's involvement with business incubators. They felt that the involvement could include a senior class project concept where the business would be identified and a group of students would evaluate the project. The Small Business Administration could be used along with several other Wisconsin programs, and then pool the expertise from the College of BILSA. For this all to happen, a person would need to be designated to coordinate the activities.
Stacey Buch eger, Chair of the Nominating Committee, will establish a rotation schedule for Board membership which will identify expiration of terms. The attached rotation schedule begins this fall, and a letter will be sent asking if the member would wish to renew. At the October meeting, the chairs for the following committees will be elected: Industrial Extension, Nominating and Scholarship. New members of the Advisory Board will be asked to serve on the Educational Enhancements and Continuing Education Committees.
Jeff Mazanec appealed to the members to work within their own organization in order to solicit donations for the University, and then take the same concept on the road with other organizations of membership. Jeff also recommended that departments develop newsletters for the purpose of providing feedback to those same groups, and that the scholarship brochure be included as an insert in the Alumni Today mailing. The 90th Anniversary of the Mining School will be celebrated this fall at Homecoming. Graduates in ten year increments should be invited to participate. Wooden steps will be built up to the "M" between now and Homecoming through a "Buy A Step" campaign, with the donor's name(s) burnt into the step. Creative ways should be found to promote the University.
The Advisory Board reaffirmed that Daryl George would move from Vice Chair to Chair, and an election was held for the position of Vice Chair. Stacey Bucheger nominated Jeff Mazanec. Motion was made by Gerald Waelti and seconded by Mac Klingler to close the nominations and to cast a unanimous ballot. Motion passed.
Randy Dymond, the College Webmaster, has established an Advisory Board Web site linked to the College page. The site includes the Charter, agendas, minutes and membership.
Dan Bartel and Dean Shultz closed the meeting with an appreciation to the members for their ideas and input. The College will act on these suggestions.
The October meeting date has not been set at this time, but members will be notified as soon as possible in order to mark their calendars.