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October 12, 2012

Superior support, from D.C. to Scotland back home

From federal grants to donor dinners, Swenson Scholars and a centuries-old Scottish castle, support is all around UW-Superior.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Greetings, Colleagues,

It is irrevocable that time does have a way of sneaking, if not downright flying, by.  If I could sing - which I cannot - the tune would be "On the Road Again."  I returned on Monday from a series of nearly back-to-back trips.  The first took place a couple of weeks ago.It was a visit to Washington, D.C. for a series of alumni and legislative visits.  Know that we have terrific support on both fronts.  Congressman Duffy and Senator Kohl, with their respective staffs, have been effective and supportive champions on the issues that affect higher education and UW-Superior, particularly issues related to financial aid and support of TRIO programs.

On Monday, I returned from a site visit to our Wisconsin in Scotland program for which UW-Superior is a trustee school. Located in Dalkeith, at the palace owned by the Buccleuch (Buc-clew) family for over 700 years, the program is a residential one.  Nicely situated outside of Edinburgh, it is an ideally located home base for faculty members to incorporate Scottish culture and geography for enhancement of coursework and for students as they gain confidence and learn the ins and outs of an immersive study-abroad experience.  Several of our faculty members and staff went along for orientation since future program offerings are being considered.

Sandwiched between these two trips were the annual Donor Appreciation Dinner and University of Wisconsin-Superior Foundation and Alumni Board meetings.  The Donor Appreciation Dinner is an annual gathering to provide in a small way a thank you message to our generous donors.  A stellar turnout, over 180 people attended the event on September 27.  We honored alumnus Rick Sordelet, a 1982 graduate of the Communicating Arts (Theatre) Department with outstanding career achievements in film and on stage for "fight choreography." Last year, the Foundation's scholarship, capital improvement, and program support to the University exceeded $1.3 million.  Donors readily recognize that when they give to the University, they're making a statement about our belief in future generations of leaders and citizens. 

A new school year means that we have a new crop of Swenson Scholars to welcome to campus.  Jim Swenson personally met with these outstanding men and women at an ice cream social on Wednesday night.  A prestigious award, a Swenson Scholarship includes full tuition remission and $1,000 per year for books.

Just a note: the campus portion of the United Way Campaign will begin soon.  Stay tuned for further information.

The Board of Regents meeting featured a discussion about System-wide enrollments.  Since the Regents had requested that this topic be a standing item on future Board agendas, it was the first meeting at which a campus chancellor provided an update to the Regents about campus strategy and initiatives.   The presenting campus was University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Last Thursday, we had about 150 college students, staff and faculty members, and community constituents representing the four college/university campuses in the region - UW-Superior, UMD, CSS, and LSC, at the Multicultural All-Campus Mixer.  I understand that fun was had by all.

The HLC Self Study needs you!

Please read UW-Superior's HLC Self-Study, attend an Open Forum and provide your feedback to the HLC Steering Committee. We will be providing three opportunities for campus-wide feedback on the final draft report. Come prepared to comment. 

This is not a presentation by the Self-Study Committee, but a chance for you to come forward and identify areas you believe need clarification, or where you see omissions or inaccuracies to have occurred.  We would also appreciate recommendations for specific examples which will be inserted as "call outs." Locations for several such opportunities are identified in the draft, but perhaps you see others as well.

Open Forum dates, times, and locations:

Wednesday, Oct. 17:     noon - 1:00 pm       Swenson 1055

Thursday, Oct. 18:         8:30 - 9:30 am        Swenson 1055

Thursday, Oct. 18:         2:00 - 3:00 pm        Swenson 1055

Election guidelines

Some information as the election season is upon us: October 17 is the last day to register to vote in Superior without having to provide proof of residence.  After that date, a person will spend a much longer time at the polls on election day; proof of residence will be required.  SGA and the Political Science Association have detailed information and registration forms available daily in the YU Atrium.  Wisconsin voter information can be found also at and

If you register to vote after October 17, the Superior City Clerk suggests registering in person in Room 200 of the Government Center and then voting by absentee ballot prior to November 6.  

Proof of residence will be required after October 17.  UW-Superior students may access their E-Hive accounts to update their local mailing addresses at any time.  They may provide either an electronic version or a printed copy of their University Statement of Account (bill) for the current term (Fall, 2012) as proof of current enrollment and residency.  Residence Hall students will need also to tell poll workers which building they live in.  Ross Hall residents vote at the Bong Airport.  Crownhart and CMO residents vote at WITC.

The Natural Science Department, in coordination with the Office of the Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, are beneficiaries of a $15,121 grant award to UW-Superior from the WiscAMP.  WiscAMP is an NSF-funded program to increase minority STEM graduation rates across a consortium of Wisconsin's colleges and universities.

Our funded venture is called Advancing Minorities in Science (AMIS) Scholars Project.  It will directly benefit five UW-Superior students from underrepresented groups on their path to graduate in the natural sciences.  AMIS Scholars will participate in mentored undergraduate research and field trips and present their research at a conference.  They will work under the direct care of the AMIS staff:  Kristin Riker-Coleman (Principal Investigator), our soon-to-be-hired Student Development Specialist (Program Coordinator), and Diversity Officer, Chip Beal.  Congratulations to all!

Enjoy the Fall colors while they last!


Dr. Renée Wachter
University of Wisconsin-Superior
P.O. Box 2000 - Old Main 212


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