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Monday, April 30, 2012

"No individual builds anything worthwhile by his efforts alone." --Lloyd Noble

Well on our way to 20 million dollar fundraising goal

Kurt Leichtle, History and Philosophy Department chair, left, watches as Dr. Bry Wyman, center, thanks Randy Johnston, Art Department chair, right, for the platter given to him during the Rising to Distinction comprehensive fundraising campaign held Saturday in the UC. Dr. Wyman, the son of the late UWRF history professor Walker Wyman, gave a gift of $1 million to the university establishing the Walker D. and Helen Bryant Wyman Endowed Visiting Professorships in history and art. The campaign seeks to raise $20 million by June 30, 2016, having already secured gifts and commitments totaling more than $7 million. A second scholarship benefit dinner is already in the plans for April 19, 2013, with keynote speaker Green Bay Packer legend Bart Starr. For more information, contact the UWRF Foundation office at 3505. Photo by Kathy M. Helgeson.


Water off in North and South Halls this morning
Water will be shut off to North Hall and South Hall on today, April 30, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. due to the Cascade Project. Contact Facilities Management at 3827. For more on the project, visit http://www.uwrf.edu/CascadeProject/.

Planned water outage for Tuesday
Water will be shut off to KFA, CSH and Rodli Hall on Tuesday, May 1, from 9 a.m.-noon due to the Cascade Project. Please notify others in your area. If you have questions, contact Facilities Management at 3827.

University Personnel System draft recommendations
The proposed UW University Personnel System (UPS) Development DRAFT Recommendations will be presented during two one-hour listening sessions on Thursday, May 3, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Kinnickinnic Theater, UC. Campus stakeholders are invited to attend. More information about UPS is  available on the Human Resources website at www.uwrf.edu/humanresources/. Contact donna.robole@uwrf.edu.

Upcoming TSA and WDC educational opportunities

The Wisconsin Deferred compensation (WDC) Program allows you to make automatic investments, deducted from your paycheck, for future supplemental retirement income. If you want to learn more about WDC stop by 218 North Hall on Thursday, May 10.  WDC will be holding Individual counseling meetings with no appointment necessary, meeting will be held between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

TIAA – CREF will be on campus Tuesday-Thursday, May 8-10. To Schedule an individual counseling sessions call 866-843-5640 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-7 pm or schedule online at https://publictools.tiaa-cref.org/tools/events?eventId=1-1A3FMZZ

Contact eric.k.sterner@uwrf.edu with questions.


Faculty Senate meeting
The Faculty Senate will meet at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, in the Willow River Room, UC. For an agenda, visit http://www.uwrf.edu/FacultySenate/Agendas.cfm. Contact marshall.toman@uwrf.edu or call 3124.

2012-13 Faculty Senate Meeting

The 2012-13 Faculty Senate will have its first meeting on Wednesday, May 2, following the last Faculty Senate meeting of 2011-12 (see above). For an agenda, visit 

http://www.uwrf.edu/faculty_senate/committees_exec.html. Contact marshall.toman@uwrf.edu or call 3124.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May, 1, 3:30 p.m., 15 North Hall, Mathematics Seminar:  "Stress and Strain: Applying Differential Equations to Column Buckling," by Hannah Ditlefsen. A buckled column can have disastrous results for the structure it was a part of.  Using differential equations my research will show how critical loads for columns, truncated cones, and other columnar objects can be found to avoid buckling. Contact the Mathematics Department at 3326.

Tuesday, May, 1, 3:50 p.m., 15 North Hall, Mathematics Seminar: "Application of Friedman's Urn Model in Clinical Trials," by Heather Wallace. What is the probability of drawing n1 black marbles and (n - n1 ) red marbles after n consecutive drawings using Polya’s Urn Scheme? Polya’s Urn Model is a specialized form of the Generalized Friedman’s Urn Model. We can apply a Friedman’s Urn Model in a clinical trial application to balance treatment assignments. Contact the Mathematics Department at 3326.

Tuesday, May, 1, 4:10 p.m., 15 North Hall, Mathematics Seminar: "Rotation in the Plane," by J. Sather. The purpose of this talk is to prove that the composition of two rotations result in a single rotation that is the sum of the initial two rotations, and to construct the fixed point of the rotation for the case where 0 < α < 180º, 0 < β < 180º and º, 0 < α + β < 180º. Contact the Mathematics Department at 3326.

Thursday, May 3, 11 a.m.-noon, Apple River Room, UC, Summer Project Overview. Update on summer projects and construction with time for questions and answers. Contact michael.j.stifter@uwrf.edu.

Don't Forget

Monday, April 30

*  3:30-4 p.m., St. Croix Room, UC, McNair Scholars Senior Recognition and Awards reception and poster display;  4:15-5:15 p.m., Kinnickinnic Theater, UC, McNair Awards Program. The McNair recognition is open to the entire campus. Please join us in celebrating these scholars and their faculty mentors:  Felicha Colbeth, Katie Holmes, Marissa Holst, Charles Hunter IV, April Huseby, Erikka Korpi, Cassandra Saunders, Samantha Wagner, Cory Windorff, Michael Woodward, Phoua Yang, Jelisia Dixon, Nene Eze, Rebecca Roepke. Contact njia.lawrence-porter@uwrf.edu.

Education News

"Student loan debate becomes election-year fight," New York Times, April 26.

"GI Bill," Inside Higher Ed, April 27.

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