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Looking forward

Photo: Rebecca Blank speaking at commencement

Chancellor Rebecca Blank points out in a recent blog post that many good things have happened over the academic year that just ended. While acknowledging past and future challenges, she says we have retained and added outstanding faculty members and raised millions for faculty chairs and student financial aid. "Together, we need to change the current public debate to one about the future of our state and how this university and the UW System have played and can continue to play a vital role in its success."

Top Stories

Four candidates in the running for VCFA

Photo: Bascom Hall

Four finalists for vice chancellor for finance and administration have been chosen: Robert Cramer of UW-Platteville; Laurent Heller of UC Berkeley; Charles Perusse of the Univers-ity of North Carolina System; and Dawn Rhodes of Purdue University Indianapolis. Watch their presentations and give feedback.

Working at UW email news digest launches

Screen shot of Working at UW e-newsletter

An email companion to the new Working at UW employee website has been launched. The Working at UW news digest is a weekly newsletter bringing you the latest campus updates and information. For those who don’t use a computer as part of their jobs, printouts of the digest will be posted in break rooms.

Get outside with Outdoor UW

Need a weekend away? Rent a tent! Need a day at play? Paddle on the lake! Need to hear namaste? Try yoga on the Terrace!

Around Campus

Three are finalists to lead Arts Institute

Photo: Dancer on stage

Three finalists have been named for Arts Institute director: John Baldacchino of the University of Dundee in Scotland; Steven Jay Bliss of the Savannah College of Art and Design; and Stephani Etheridge Woodson of Arizona State University. Their CVs and presentations are on the search website.

Business school classrooms revamped for collaboration

Photo: Teacher in collaborative classroom

Picture a typical lecture hall: rows of stadium seating for students and an instructor in the front delivering a lecture. But in the newly remodeled collaborative learning classrooms (CLC) at the Wisconsin School of Business in Grainger Hall, there’s nothing typical about the state-of-the-art learning environment.

Campus honors administrative award winners

Photo: Administrative Improvement Award winners

Winners of UW-Madison’s 2016 Administrative Improvement Awards were recognized May 24 at Union South. Chancellor Rebecca Blank and Interim Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Michael Lehman presented the awards to five teams for their exceptional efforts to improve administrative services.

Outside UW

Slide show: South Madison event has international flavor

Photo: Couple performing Mexican dance

More than 300 people attend the third annual South Madison International Community Night, held on the grounds of the Villager Mall in Madison on June 2. The free community event included five international food carts, several musical performances and more than 20 family-friendly arts and science activities.

Campus Initiatives

Title and Total Compensation Study begins

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Recognizing that the University of Wisconsin’s most important resource is people, UW-Madison is collaborating with the UW System to begin a redesign of the current job titling and compensation structure. Work will include reviewing the functions of more than 30,000 employees across the UW System.

Inside Info

Outdoor grilling tips from a UW meat expert

Photo: Meat cooking on an outdoor grill

Charcoal or gas? Jeff Sindelar, an associate professor in the Department of Animal Science, gives us some of his outdoor grilling tips, with a focus on food temperature and safety. Oh, and keep an eye out for 50 or more flavors of brats — "everything from Cajun to jalapeño to macaroni and cheese."

Buzz

High school students graduate from IT academy

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Twenty-six area high school students have completed UW-Madison’s Information Technology Academy (ITA), an intensive college preparatory program that provides hands-on IT training, academic support and mentoring. The entire graduating class plans to attend higher education institutions this fall.

Milestones

Entrepreneur David Smukowski joins WARF board

Photo: David Smukowski

Engineer, businessman, civic activist and UW engineering alumnus David Smukowski has joined the board of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). Smukowski is the founder and past CEO of Sensors in Motion, a spinoff of Caltech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

In Memoriam

Daniel Kunene was poet, civil rights activist

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Daniel Kunene, emeritus professor in the Department of African Languages and Literature, died May 27. Kunene taught at UW-Madison for over 30 years and was an award-winning author of poetry and short stories, and a civil rights activist in the struggle against apartheid. Related: John Nichols column.

Shay Dicken was building superintendent in housing

Photo: Shay Dicken

Shay Dicken, a building superintendent with UW-Madison University Housing, died at home May 20 at age 29, surrounded by his family. A Madison native, he was a graduate of La Follette High School. He recently served on the project that led to creation of the Working at UW employee website and news digest.

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