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Jan. 31, 2008

Now you know

The Falcon Shop in the UC has a Web site for UWRF clothing and gift items. Through the site, students can order textbooks and faculty and staff can order books and take advantage of other services as well.

Visit the Falcon Shop online at http://www.uwrf.bkstr.com. The site can also be accessed through the UWRF main page using the A - Z index. Click on "b" for bookstore or  "f" for Falcon Shop.

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Don Betz.

UWS in the News

"Reform tax system, expert says," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 30.

"Bush speech highlights Wisc. stem-cell research: Dispute in funding of embryonic stem cells still remains," Daily Cardinal, Jan. 30.

"As Bush targets earmarks, area lawmakers defend their spending," La Crosse Tribune, Jan. 31.

"Sen. Decker: Unveils economic development plan for Wisconsin"
WisPolitics.com, Jan. 30.

"Calling Out Colleges on Student Learning," Inside Higher Education, Jan. 31.

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.

"To say my fate is not tied to your fate is like saying, 'Your end of the boat is sinking.'"

                                            -- Hugh Downs

National event today draws attention to global warming

Focus The Nation photo

UWRF is one of more than 1,400 universities and high schools across the country bringing attention to global warming today, Jan. 31, by participating in the Focus The Nation event. Join this free and open to the public event from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Falcon Nest, UC. The agenda can be found at http://www.uwrf.edu/sustain. Visit the national Focus The Nation Web site at http://www.focusthenation.org/index.php. Photo by Jens Gunelson.

Notice to all faculty and academic staff

Effective Jan. 1, 2008, there are new Board of Regents’ policies in effect relating to sick leave, vacation, and personal holiday leave reporting for unclassified staff. Other changes are effective with sick leave accrued in fiscal year 2007-08 for those who fail to report leave usage and beginning with the spring 2008 semester, there are changes in sick leave reporting as it relates to teaching responsibilities. The policy changes follow:

Policy:  Sick Leave, Vacation, and Personal Holiday Leave Reporting for Unclassified Staff. Effective Jan. 1, 2008 it shall be the policy at each institution in the UW System that sick leave, vacation, and personal holiday leave for full-time unclassified employees shall be charged in units of one-half days. Absence of one-quarter day up to three fourths day shall be charged as one half day. Absence of three fourths day up to one and one quarter day shall be charged as one day.  Employees with less than full-time appointments shall report actual hours absent when using sick leave, vacation, and personal holiday leave. 

Policy:  Reduction of Sick Leave Accrual for Unclassified Staff Failing to Report Leave Usage. Effective with sick leave accrued in fiscal year 2007-08, any employee who fails to file a report on leave usage as required by UW System policy in one or more months of any year shall not be permitted to accrue sick leave for that year in an amount exceeding the cap established by s. 40.05(4)(bp)1., Wis. Stats. (i.e., 8.5 days for an annual appointee or 6.4 days for an academic year appointee). 

Policy:  Sick Leave Reporting and Teaching Responsibilities. Effective with the beginning of the spring 2008 semester, teaching responsibilities not met because of an absence specified in UWS 19.01, Wis. Adm. Code, must be reported as leave, regardless of whether a qualified instructor covers the aforementioned responsibilities.  Teaching responsibilities include class time preparation, actual classroom instruction, and scheduled office hours available to students for educational guidance.

For more detail, visit http://www.uwrf.edu/hr/PolicyProcedure/uncl_leave_chg_07.doc.

Thomas Weiss, Interim Human Resources Director


Third Annual Wellness Challenge. The UWRF Wellness Challenge from Feb. 11 through March 9 is a free wellness opportunity for all students, faculty and staff. It encourages healthier living through physical activity, nutrition, safety and overall wellness. This four-week program is designed with incentives to develop a commitment to healthy lifestyle choices. You can compete individually or as a team. Get five or more people and form your own team! To register, visit http://www.uwrf.edu/student-health-service/wellness_challenge.htm.

Tomorrow is the final day to submit citation information to the library for this year's Celebrating Research, Scholarship and Creative Achievement day scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 19. CRSCA is an annual event honoring the academic and creative output of UWRF faculty and staff. Submissions can be made using the online form found at http://www.uwrf.edu/library/forms/crsca.php. Visit the CRSCA Web site for more details. Contact Cate Dodson at ext. 3874.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, Feb. 2, women's basketball vs. Platteville at 1 p.m.; men's basketball vs. Platteville at 3 p.m.; women's hockey vs. Stevens Point at 3:05 p.m.

Don't Forget

Thursday, Jan. 31, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Falcon Nest, UC, Focus The Nation. Free, open to the public. UWRF is one of more than 1,400 universities and high schools across the country collectively bringing attention to the Focus the Nation national event that addresses global warming solutions for America. An agenda can be found at http://www.uwrf.edu/sustain. Visit the national Focus the Nation Web site at http://www.focusthenation.org/index.php. Contact Kelly Cain at ext. 3479.

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

Thursday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m., Falcon Nest, UC, Ping Pong Tournament. Free. Join us to celebrate the one-year birthday of the UC. Look for sign-up details in the UC. Sponsored by the Recreational Activities Committee.

Thursday, Jan. 31, 7 pm., St. Croix River Room 321, UC, Intramural Basketball Team Captain's meeting. Games will begin Monday, Feb. 4. Get your team signed up! Visit http://sa.uwrf.edu/sa/studentlife/recreation/intramurals for more information. E-mail intramurals@uwrf.edu with questions.

Thursday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m., Abbott Concert Hall, KFA, Pizza and Obama. Free. Join the Obama for America Campaign and the Black Student Union to learn about the issues, get updates on the Democratic primary and learn how you can get involved.

UWRF spirit day is every Friday. Everyone is encouraged to wear clothing with the UWRF logo each and every Friday!

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.

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 HR office at ext. 3221 to request a position description for specific duties and knowledge, skills, and abilities. To apply, complete a Job Transfer 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.

Classified employment opportunity for a permanent Information Systems Comprehensive Services-Senior vacancy in Student Affairs. If interested, visit http://www.uwrf.edu/hr/cl_is_comp_serv.htm to view details about the position and the application process. The deadline to apply is Thursday, Feb. 7. Questions can be directed to Deb Schwab at ext. 3221.

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