Monday, July 21, 2008

Summer Meeting Report

Greetings! I hope everyone is having a great summer.

Our first Senate of Academic Staff meeting will be held rain or shine this Wednesday at 3pm at Lakeside Park (on Wolske Bay Road just past Menomonie City Library – look for "SAS" sign). Whether you are on the Senate this year, or were on it in the past, or are just interested in whether we are doing, I hope you will plan on joining us!

There have been a couple items of interest since the end of the semester that I should note…

Last week the Chancellor held his “Visioning Session.” It was a wonderful event where in addition to campus leaders (which included academic staff, faculty, and student leadership), we also had business, education and industry leaders, legislators, local government representatives, UW System Administrators, and other people with a stake in making sure UW-Stout is the best university it can be attending. We started out with presentations from Chancellor Sorensen and from Dr. Katherine Lyall and Dr. Kathleen Sell. We then broke into small groups and each group identified several “big picture” vision statements. This information will be brought back for campus-wide discussions (I believe our senate session will be held on 9/17). I thank Chancellor Sorensen for his commitment to the Academic Staff by making sure we are at the table and well represented! Click here for more information about the goals of the Visioning Session.

Also, this past Thursday and Friday a number of us traveled to UW-Platteville for the annual Academic Staff Leadership Conference. It is always good to network with our colleagues across campus and we are very grateful to Provost Furst-Bowe for continuing to sponsor our travel to participate again this year! Click here for more information about the 2008 Academic Staff Leadership Conference.

I appreciated your support in electing me to serve you as Chair of the Senate of Academic Staff for another year. I look forward to another great year as we work together to move our institution forward!

Dennis Shaw
2008-2009 Chair
Senate of Academic Staff
University of Wisconsin-Stout
“Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University”