University Committee Meeting Minutes 2018-05-21

University Committee Meeting Minutes

Minutes approved 06/04/2018

Approved Minutes for May 21, 2018          Approved June 4, 2018

UC members present: Amasino, Bowers, Ventura, Wanner (chair)
UC members absent: Litovsky, Warfield
Others present: J. O’Meara, M. Felber, H. Daniels, C. Springer, M. Mayrl

Chair Anja Wanner called her final meeting to order at 1:47 p.m. and directed attention to some materials. The minutes of the meeting of May 7, 2018, were approved. Jack O’Meara reported on activities at the state capitol, where the next budget is being prepared, and special elections.

Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf discussed search committees, Extension merger, and June Board of Regents meeting with the UC. She also discussed divisional committees, appeals, clinical faculty, and Mangelsdorf’s role balancing faculty and administration in tenure cases. Much discussion was had, which included along with the above some talk about the CALS reorganization.

Chancellor Rebecca Blank reported on several end of year activities, both celebratory (commencement, Nick groundbreaking, etc.) and business-related (WARF, etc.), and reported on her upcoming trips and meetings (including alums in Chicago, and Big10 meetings after Memorial Day). Ample discussion, including scholars of promise, transfer agreements, dream up program, Poverty Institute project to grow middle class, and more. Blank also discussed budget discussion (which are winding down) and more searches (VCRGE now). The UC and Blank discussed our online presence, which has been ad hoc to date, and about which she is trying to accommodate all ideas. There is a need for review to determine what is currently being done and what peers are doing. Desire for greater flexibility for undergrads to get degrees. Online presence also relates to summer programs, masters programs, and more. This is only the beginning of this discussion. 

Rick Amasino moved to convene in closed session pursuant to Wis. Stats. 19.85(1)(c) and (f) to discuss personnel matters. The motion was seconded and approved at 2:59 p.m. Rejuvenated from his fishing trip, Steve Ventura presented five waiver requests in his last meeting in this role. All five (three clock extensions and two dual roles) were approved.  (The latter were approved for 2 years rather than the 3 requested.) The UC discussed committee appointments and previewed a forthcoming grievance. Barb Bowers moved to reconvene in open session. The motion was seconded and approved at 3:23 p.m. At that same time, Wanner adjourned the meeting and signed off from the UC.