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Jan. 29, 2008

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Small business owners, community leaders and the public are invited to join U.S. Rep. Ron Kind in a roundtable discussion on challenges and opportunities facing small business in western Wisconsin on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Kinnickinnic River Theater, UC.
As a member of the tax-writing House Committee on Ways and Means, Rep. Kind is seeking input on issues facing small businesses and what reforms could be made to help them grow. He is working on a small business agenda to identify measures that will help small businesses lower their health-care costs, free up capital to reinvest into their businesses and save for the future.
For more information about the discussion, contact the office of Rep. Kind at 1-999-442-8040.

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UWS in the News

"I don't want any kid in Wisconsin thinking 'I can't get to college'," Minneapolis Star Tribune, Jan. 26.

"What government is up to across the state line," Minneapolis Star Tribune,
Jan. 26.

"Colleges wary of 'helicopter parents'," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 29.

"Define ‘sacrifice' for government," Beloit Daily News, Jan. 28.

"Trim budget and invest in growth," Wisconsin State Journal, Jan. 26.

"Crash leaves UW-RF, other River Falls neighborhoods in the dark Sunday night," Rivertowns.net, Jan. 28.

To see news about the UW System from around the state, visit System’s clip sheet site to read the stories or to subscribe to the daily briefing.

On Wisconsin

The following is a digest of links to critical news and information sources for UWRF employees:

The Wheeler Report.
This is a daily listing of all news stories, editorials, and press releases affecting public issues in Wisconsin.

State public policy news with a political interpretation.

WisconsinEye News.
Wisconsin’s version of C-Span, with live coverage of the Legislature, with the State Supreme Court and Executive Branch soon to follow.

UW System Board of Regents Audio.
The Regents web cast their monthly meetings held on the first Thursday and Friday of each month.

UWS/UWRF Budget.
A handy index to the UW System executive and legislative advocacy information on our budget proposals, analyses, and maps, charts and graphs to support our positions.

Wisconsin Legislature.
This site contains legislators’ profiles, committees, bill digests, hearing schedules, and links to Web casts of floor and committee discussions.

"Teamwork divides the task and doubles the success."

                                            -- Unknown

New sculpture marks first anniversary of UC

UC artwork photo

Artist Bonnie Rubinstein was on hand Monday in the Seivert Lounge of the UC as her "River Fusion" glass sculpture was unveiled, marking the first anniversary of the building. Rubinstein created the fused glass piece to represent the Kinnickinnic River and to symbolize the green design of the UC and the commitment UWRF has towards a sustainable community. For more photos by Jens Gunelson, visit http://www.uwrf.edu/photo_archive/ later today.


Financial accounting system will be down in February. The University Of Wisconsin Shared Financial System (SFS) will be down beginning at noon Friday, Feb. 8. We are expecting SFS to be up again Tuesday, Feb. 19, however the worst case scenario may mean the system will be down until Feb. 25. SFS will be going through a significant program release/upgrade that will require that the system be down. During this time no payments or other transactions will be processed in SFS. This includes travel expense reimbursements, invoice payments, transfers, etc. Revenue deposits will continue to be accepted at the Cashier’s Office. In order to minimize the effects of the downtime, please make sure that current items that need to be processed are received in the Accounting Office no later than Tuesday, Feb. 5. WISDM will be available during the downtime, but no new information will be updated to WISDM.

UW TSA Investment Returns. The Dec. 31, 2007, TSA Investment Returns are posted on System Administration's TSA Web site at http://www.uwsa.edu/hr/benefits/retsav/returns.htm. Contact Deb Koehler at ext. 3109.

The Information and Instructional Technology Council will meet Thursday, Jan. 31, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Trimbelle Room 231, UC. The agendas, approved minutes, and more information about the Council and its activities can be found at http://www.uwrf.edu/iitc.

Reminder:  Nominations for the 2008 Chancellor's Award for Students are due Friday, Feb. 15. For complete instructions and the online nomination form, visit http://www.uwrf.edu/administration/award_for_excellence/students.html.
Contact Committee Chair Amy Lloyd at ext. 4444 with any questions.

Reporting sexual assaults. Wisconsin Statute 36.11 (22) requires that any University employee (this includes certain student employees such as resident assistants and hall managers) who either (a) witness a sexual assault involving a student or (b) receives a report from a student who has been sexually assaulted should inform the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at ext. 4444. If the alleged victim wants to remain anonymous, you may report this incident without using names. There is no legal requirement in this statute that persons be identified, only that reports of incidents be made for record keeping purposes. Each year, UWRF is required to report this data to UW System Administration which then forwards a UW System summary to the Office of Justice. The Campus Community Sexual Assault Task Force has put together a Campus and Community Assault Resource and Services Guide available at http://www.uwrf.edu/student-health-service/documents/sexual_assault_guide.pdf.
Should you receive a report about a sexual assault, please know that the campus and community have numerous resources to support a victim. In addition to recourse and support through the River Falls Police Department (9-911), on campus help can be obtained through Public Safety (ext. 3133), the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (ext. 4444), Student Health Services (ext. 3293), and Counseling Services (ext. 3884). The City of River Falls also has a number of resources which are listed in the local phone book. Please contract Gregg Heinselman, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs, at ext. 4444 if you have any questions or concerns or wish to report a sexual assault.
Thank you for being a community builder.

Summer Session trip to Israel/Jordan. To travel to the ancient land of David and Solomon, Sarah and Deborah, the  ministry of Jesus, and third holiest place in Islam, is to be profoundly touched by history. The art and archaeology of this biblical world "puts flesh onto the bones" of the literature and religion that shapes the three great western religious traditions. We will explore both the ancient and modern lands of Israel and Jordan in this study tour in June. We will examine literature and religion, geography and archaeology, as we endeavor to gain as full a picture as possible of the world that has shaped western religious thought: the worlds of Judaism, Christianity, and eventually Islam as well. A further exploration will include a study of the modern nations politically, socially, spiritually and economically. Contact steven.l.derfler@uwrf.edu.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 8 p.m., Falcons Nest, UC, ComedySportz. Free. Join us to celebrate the one-year birthday of the UC. Come be entertained by this interactive improv comedy group. Sponsored by the Student Entertainment and Arts Committee.

Thursday, Jan. 31, 8 a.m - 4 p.m., Falcons Nest, UC, Focus the Nation. UWRF will participate in the national Focus the Nation discussion on global warming solutions for America. The event is a simultaneous educational symposia held across the country. Visit http://www.uwrf.edu/sustain for the day's agenda. Contact Carol Wilcox at ext. 3479.

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2 p.m., Abbott Concert Hall, KFA, Spring Semester Opening Meeting.

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2:30 p.m. reception and book signing in St. Croix Room, UC; 3:30 p.m lecture in Kinnickinnic River Theatre, UC, Framing the Black Panthers: A Visiting Scholar Lecture. In celebration and honor of Black History Month, the Black Student Union, Department of Journalism and the Ethnic Studies Program invites the campus and community to attend a lecture and book signing by author and professor, Dr. Jane Rhodes, on her ground-breaking new book, "Framing the Black Panthers: The Spectacular Rise of a Black Power Icon." Rhodes is Dean for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and chair of the American studies department at Macalester College. Her book will soon be available for sale in the Falcon Shop and during the reception. For book previews, visit
Contact  Njia Lawrence-Porter at ext. 3531.

Don't Forget

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. UC lobby, Voter Registration. The Wisconsin presidential and local elections primary is Tuesday, Feb. 19. City of River Falls residents can register to vote through the River Falls Votes project. Bring your Wisconsin Driver's License or State ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security number with you. More information is available at http://www.uwrf.edu/riverfallsvotes.

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 3 - 4:30 p.m., DL170-Green Lab, Library, FalconFile Open Workshop. Visit http://www.uwrf.edu/falconfile for FalconFile help, how-to videos and FAQs.

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7 - 10 p.m., Falcons Nest, UC, Coffeehouse with Ari Herstand. Join us to celebrate the one-year birthday of the UC. Enjoy live music by singer songwriter Ari Herstand. Make a craft project to take home or get your friends together and play board games. Coffee and treats provided!

Classified employment transfer opportunity for a Financial Specialist 2, 100 percent (Pay Schedule 02, Pay Range 10), Accounting Services, 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday, annually. The deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31. If interested, contact the Human Resources Office at ext. 3221 to request a position description for specific duties and knowledge, skills, and abilities. To apply, complete a Job Transfer request found at http://www.uwrf.edu/hr/forms/JOB%20TRANSFER%20REQUESHCWEB.pdf. The recruiting process on campus for this position is as follows: 1. Interested individuals whose classification is identical to the title of the vacancy are contacted in seniority order to interview (i.e., a current Financial Specialist 2 for a Financial Specialist 2 vacancy). 2. If no one in the same title is interested, then interested individuals in the same or higher pay range are considered; however, it is management's option to interview prior to obtaining the outside list or to consider as additional names to the outside list.

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