College of EMS Advisory Board Meeting
April 23, 2010
Kevin Hagen welcomed everyone to our meeting.
Joe Coenen provided a report from the Nominations Committee recommending that the Vice Chair position be filled by Julie Wehler and the Chair position be filled by Dave Allison. Julie and Dave were elected by unanimous vote. He also reported that Brian Rauch has resigned from the board and that Doug Meyers would like to become a member. Doug was approved by unanimous vote. Congratulations to these individuals.
Introductions were made.
Dean Shultz provided an update on the College of EMS and the University. The update included the following.
· Dennis Shields has been named as Chancellor and will begin his responsibilities on July 1, 2010.
· The Search for a Provost is underway and should be completed for the individual to being on or around August 2, 2010.
· Both the new Chancellor and Provost will be actively involved with the EMS Dean’s Search. This search has been extended and will be ongoing through the fall semester to be filled either January or the next academic year.
· A new International Exchange program with Townsend University in Australia has been formalized. The agreement will be signed next week.
· Two new majors are going to the Board of Regents: 1) Microsystems and Nanotechnology and 2) Renewable Energy.
· There are currently eight searches going on within the College.
· FIRST Robotics team won first place in Milwaukee and advanced to the Upper Midwest Regional level taking second place in Minneapolis.
· Admissions for next fall are virtually at the same level as last year. UW Platteville is holding our own and doing well.
At this time, Kevin Hagen presented a plaque to Rich Shultz in recognition of his services to the College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science along with the many thanks from the Advisory Board.
Tammy Salmon-Stephens addressed the board regarding human diversity. She outlined the charge from UW System and also related that to our UWP initiatives. Each department/unit will develop a plan that will be approved by the College and University for publication. She also shared feedback from student luncheons which were held during the Spring 2009 semester. Breakout sessions this afternoon will discuss this topic. Tammy instructs Women in Science and Engineering course and she shared the course syllabus along with comments and journal entries from students in the course. She offered some possible ways to message for new students such as “value of the degree” or “targeted marketing”.
Osama Jadaan talked about an Explore Engineering Summer Program that is being offered to high school juniors and seniors. The program will be held on campus from June 20-26. This will be a great opportunity to capture and promote our engineering programs.
Students from Daryl Logan’s Mechanical Engineering design class shared various projects which they completed as part of PACCE (Pioneer Academic Center for Community Engagement). Nine students showcased three different projects and shared comments along with their experiences with the Advisory Board. These types of real life projects and experiences enhance the value of our student’s education here at UW Platteville and discussion about future projects were brought up by board members.
Lunch was provided.
Afternoon breakout sessions were held by discipline areas with the topic of human diversity discussed. It was decided that the board would issue the following statement for Rich to take back and share with the College of EMS faculty and staff.
The board expresses astonishment and serious concern that there may be faculty members in the College of EMS that have doubts about supporting and moving forward on human diversity training, planning, and implementation and would encourage all faculty to work toward these goals.