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November 15, 2012

The UW as economic engine

The Regents look at economic prosperity through the lens of the University's mission, alternative work patterns approved and Cultural Night wows.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Dear Colleagues,

Last week was the Board of Regents' "deep-dive" meeting exploring the topic of the economic prosperity of Wisconsin and the UW System.

Anthony Carnevale, Director and Research Professor of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, presented an outlook which projected the increased need for post-secondary education, but stressed the tension between job training and the public good which higher education supports.  "If we intend to make people able to be good citizens and live fully in their lifetimes, that competes for budget with educational programs that have direct economic returns. That tension is going to be with us for a long time," Carnevale said. (Executive summary of Carnevale's study "The College Advantage: Weathering the Economic Storm").

Focusing more on Wisconsin-specific employment and workforce needs, Rebekah Kowalski, a Principal Consultant for Manpower Group's Right Management practice, talked about projected gaps and the Competitive Wisconsin's report, "Be Bold 2: Growing Wisconsin's Talent Pool."  She emphasized greater attention needs to be paid to "skills clusters." Technical skills were shown to be applicable across several occupations and industries.

Also at the meeting, UW System, in collaboration with each campus, has launched its Knowledge Powers Wisconsin campaign.   Last year, research was done to gauge public perception of higher education and the UW System.  This campaign was formulated based on that research.  This state-wide initiative functions to educate the public on how the University of Wisconsin System powers economic growth with a focus on telling stories related to stronger communities, stronger business, and stronger workforce.  We will be looking to see where we can incorporate this message into our social media and other marketing materials.  

Alternative work patterns approved

In advancing UW-Superior and the value it places on its employees, we constantly look to improve the work environment.Today, after hearty endorsement from the Chancellor's Cabinet, I happily approved an Alternative Work Patterns policy for administrative and professional unclassified and classified employees.  It recognizes the value and benefit of the use by full-time and/or part-time employees of alternative work patterns or "flex scheduling" when such patterns are consistent with the efficient and effective operation of departments.  Peggy Fecker, Director of Human Resources, will be sending out next week a more formal notice with details of this policy.  My thanks to Ryan Kreuser and the Academic Staff Council for working so diligently to keep the policy moving through channels.

Young leaders celebrated

Twin Ports mayors have joined together to declare today Young Leaders Day.  Every day I look around this campus and see young adults taking on leadership roles.  Our students are provided phenomenal opportunities to develop their leadership skills.  We have a talented group of young faculty and staff members who add vibrancy to our team and community.  Enthusiastically endorsing Young Leaders Day, I would like to thank each of you for contributing to the growth and support of young adults in our campus community. 

Yellowjackets teams excel

It has been a good week for Yellowjacket Athletic teams!  The men's soccer team had six players - Ben Royce, Alex Young, Nate Engel, Matt Elder, Bryan McBride and Richard Chegwin-Goelkel - who received All-WIAC recognition.  On the ice, the women's hockey team split with conference favorite UW-River Falls while the men's hockey team swept WIAC-rival UW-Stevens Point (exciting games, believe me)!  Both teams are now nationally ranked - the women are 8th in the country; the men are 14th.  It was also another good week for Yellowjacket runners as they closed out the season at the NCAA Midwest Regionals.  Four of the competing seven set personal records, something that also occurred regularly during the regular season.  On Thursday, the men's basketball team opens the season at home against Northland; both hockey teams are at home on Saturday when they will help raise money for Hunger Takes No Holiday.  Get out and support the Yellowjackets this week!  

Cultural Night wows

If you missed Cultural Night, you forewent one hot ticket.  The food was fabulous (I loved the Japanese seaweed salad) and the K-Pop bash energized one to want to dance. We have a talented group of students!  If one of them is enrolled in your class or stops by your office, tell them "thank you" for sharing of themselves.

Empower Expo a success

The inaugural Empower Expo, a production which showcased financial, educational, and housing planning, was held on Saturday, hosted by Lake Superior College.  This was a collaborative effort between the universities and colleges in the Twin Ports.  There was a nice editorial article in the Duluth News Tribune.  The support from our campus community was outstanding.  Team members donated a personal weekend morning when the weather was cold and wet, a good day to have snoozed at home.  The group included:

  • Vicki Hajewski
  • Donna Dahlvang
  • Lynn Karna
  • Jenice Meyer
  •  Ben Mooney
  •  Peter Nordgren
  •  Kathy Pykkonen
  •  Jim Shelquist

Student Ambassadors:

  • Emily Didlo
  • Brittney Kemi
  • Arielle Lammar
  • Jasmyn Marten
  • Helena Miller

Well done!



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