University of Wisconsin Platteville Engineering Alumni Association
October 10, 1998 Meeting Minutes
||Members Not Present
Jay Jochman, Theta Tau Scribe
Tom Nelson, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Lisa Riedle, EMS Assistant Dean and UWP alumnae
Stephanie Skowronski, GEODE editor
Rich Shultz, Interim Dean College of EMS
Joanne Wilson, Theta Tau Advisor
Call to Order
Meeting called to order by President Jansen just after 8:00 am.
Financial report distributed and discussed. Board approved report.
EMS Dean Report
Interim Dean of the College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science, Dr. Rich Shultz, noted:
- Overall enrollment of the college increased for the 1998/99 Academic Year.
- The new Environmental Engineering program contains approximately 30 majors.
- The new Engineering Physics program contains approximately 15 majors, with the first graduates in December of 1998.
- UWP received permission to plan a Software Engineering program, slated to begin in fall 1999.
- UWP received permission to implement Project Management Masters Degree program on the web.
- The public phase of the $8.5 million UWP Major Gifts Campaign is October 10. Current pledges value $2 million dollars with $250,000 from John Deere for ME/EE student controls laboratory.
- Faculty Senate approved the search for the permanent EMS Dean this week.
- Board recognized and welcomed Robert Schmitt, a UWP alum and new faculty member in Civil and Environmental Engineering, as the newly-appointed Faculty Liaison for the Engineering Alumni Board.
- The board recognized and thanked Tom Nelson for his past efforts as Faculty Liaison.
UWP Alumni Director Report
Barb Daus, Alumni Director, noted:
- The Alumni Reunion weekend was held recently.
- New members are to be inducted into the UWP Athletic Hall of Fame at the end of October. The new members are: Merlyn Blonde (deceased), Bill Gardner, Susan Krohn-Koller, Jim Nedelcoff,
Linda Van Der Leest, and Bo Ryan. Shawn Flanagan will be honored in 1999 as he could not attend this year's induction.
- Senior Salute for UWP students to be held in October. The Senior Salute covers a variety of graduation activities and offers one-year alumni memberships for $10 and three-year memberships for $30.
- The Alumni Association has a new clothing line that is selling well. If you are interested, contact Barb Daus.
- Supporting Membership Program.
- At the time of the meeting, Alumni Director Barb Daus, reported nine memberships for a total of $900.
- Barb Daus mentioned that plaques for supporting members are expected to cost approximately $40. Supporting membership renewals will be $3.
- The Board decided to add the Supporting Membership program to the Membership Committee tasks. Director Kraul is the past chair of the membership committee and declined the position due to a conflict of interest. Past-President Gardner agreed to serve as the Membership Committee Chair.
- The Supporting Membership subcommittee consists of the following people: Chair, Past-President Gardner; Director Belken; Secretary Salmon; Alumni Director Barb Daus; UWP Faculty Member Joanne Wilson; and possibly UWP Alumni President Joe Dresser.
- The subcommittee must address: renewal dates, active list, timetable, restarting the campaign, and reasons why current members would want to renew.
- No one present was aware of any restrictions to adding links to the supporting memberís web pages from the UWP home page.
- The Board discussed placing an article in the GEODE about the supporting membership program and recognizing current members.
- The Board briefly discussed providing job postings to Supporting Members through the web or other means
- Inclusion of Chemistry and Mathematics into the Engineering Alumni Chapter.
- Interim Dean Shultz brought forth an idea to include Chemistry and Mathematics into the Engineering Chapter. Shultz indicated the initial response from the faculty was to include these areas into the chapter. Shultz also indicated there are approximately 15 Chemistry graduates and 65 Mathematics graduates annually.
- The Board did not see any problems with this change. However, several changes need to be made to reflect the change, including an amendment to the bylaws. President Jansen agreed to develop an amendment to include Mathematics and Science in the Chapter for the April 1999 meeting.
- The 1998 issue of the Geode was distributed in September 1998. Problems with the printer caused the late distribution.
- Theta Tau Advisor Joanne Wilson discussed the past balance for Geode printing.
- The Board discussed some possible changes to provide additional support to the Geode: Electronic distribution, annual support from the College of EMS, increasing the interest in the Geode, and the use of the Geode to promote the Engineering Alumni Chapter.
- Editor Stephanie Skowronski was present to announce the deadlines for articles in the Geode. All articles are due to Skowronski by February 1, 1999. Contact her either through email email@example.com or telephone (608) 342-3567 with a topic idea.
- Minerís Ball
- Scribe Jay Jochman from Theta Tau was present to request $600 for the 61st Minerís Ball scheduled for April 17, 1999. The budget allocates $600 each year to Theta Tau for the Ball. The Board approved the request.
- Theta Tau Advisor Joanne Wilson indicated that the Board had not given Theta Tau the budgeted $600 for the 1998 Minerís Ball. The board approved the expenditure.
The Board established the 1998/1999 budget. Attached is a copy of approved budget presented by Treasurer Wandsnider.
- The current bylaws state that the Board consists of five officers and three directors. President Jansen will prepare an amendment to the bylaws to show four directors.
- Motion made by Director Kronser and seconded by John Belken to elect Tammy Salmon as Secretary of the Engineering Alumni Chapter beginning November 1998 and ending October 2000. Motion passed.
- Motion made by Past President Gardner and seconded by Director Belken to elect Dave Kraul as a Director of the Engineering Alumni Chapter beginning November 1998 and ending October 2001. Motion passed.
- Motion made by Director Kronser and seconded by Past President Gardner to elect John Wandsnider as Treasurer of the Engineering Alumni Chapter beginning November 1998 and ending October 2001. Motion passed contingent upon Wansniderís acceptance.
- In April 1999 meeting, Board will vote on any unfilled positions. Possible candidates for positions are: Laura Fenley, Brian Jacoby, and Mark Johnson.
- Attached to the minutes is a copy of the current members of the Board.
- Photographs in Ottensman Hall.
- Interim Dean Shultz indicated that the Engineering Alumni Chapter has previously facilitated and financed emereti photographs for the corridors of Ottensman Hall.
- The nominations will be distributed to College of EMS faculty for consideration. Assistant Dean Lisa Riedle, Faculty Liaison Schmitt, and Secretary Salmon will initiate the nomination process by distributing the criteria to EMS faculty by January 1, 1999 and request nominations by January 31, 1999.
- President Jansen agreed to present new amendments at the April meeting. Jansen will speak with Alumni Director Daus for assistance.
- Faculty Liaison Schmitt agreed to inquire with Jude Stephens about a current copy of the bylaws.
9. Upcoming meetings
- Next Board meeting is scheduled for April 17, 1999.
- The 1999 Homecoming Board Meeting is scheduled for October 16, 1999.
- Miscellaneous Ė open discussion
- Board discussed the importance of moving forward with the committee structures. The committees need to be active and have a timetable showing activity throughout the year.
- Director Kronser was appointed as the Special Events Chair.
- It was mentioned that the UWP Bookstore hours are not updated on the web.
- Board requested that a copy of a list of the board members be distributed with the minutes. A copy is attached.
- The Board discussed individual membership dues and the lack of membership. It is unclear if there was a drop in the dues rate. President Jansen will discuss this issue with Alumni Director Daus. There was also some question about the Boardís request for $1,000 from the Parent Board.
Tammy J. Salmon
Engineering Alumni Board Secretary