Welcome to the 2013-2014 Academic Year

August 2013

Dear Members of the UW-Whitewater Faculty and Academic Staff:

Welcome to the 2013-2014 academic year!  I hope you had an enjoyable summer, and are planning to attend our State of the University Address at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 26, in the Young Auditorium. Please come early to socialize with colleagues and enjoy a good cup of coffee or tea. I am looking forward to discussing the progress of the university with you and focusing on important issues before us for this upcoming year.

FACULTY & STAFF ORIENTATION   http://www.uww.edu/faculty-and-staff/orientation        

(Please click on the above link to access the 2013 Orientation Schedule, flyers, and additional information)

The Fall Faculty and Staff Orientation Schedule lists a number of activities that merit your attention.  I especially want to mention “The Changing Landscape of Higher Education: Peril & Promise in a New Age” sponsored by the LEARN Center.  The presentation—by Dr. George Mehaffy, Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)—is scheduled to begin with coffee, conversation, and networking on Tuesday, August 27 at 9:00-9:30 a.m. in UC 275.  A presentation and introduction of new faculty and staff by Provost Beverly Kopper is at 9:30-10:30 a.m.  Dr. Mehaffy’s presentation is 10:30-11:45 a.m., followed by his workshop (lunch provided), entitled “National Challenges to Local Priorities at UW-Whitewater,” at 12:00-4:00 p.m.

I also encourage you to review the Technology Open House information from iCIT, scheduled on Monday, August 26 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. in UC 275B, along with various Desire2Learn and Hands-On Training workshops scheduled throughout the week of orientation.

Two LEARN Center workshops scheduled on Wednesday, August 28, include: “The Power of Peer Review: Engaging Students in the Writing Process,” presented by Elizabeth Simpson and Renee Pfeifer-Luckett, at 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in UC 259, and “Course Planning: Better Planning for Better Student Learning,” presented by Greg Valde, at 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. in UC 261.

We continue to face both challenges and opportunity.  As a campus, we faced several challenges, but came through the year with much to celebrate. Through it all, we have continued to focus on our mission and to provide our students with exceptional learning experiences. I look forward to further enhancements to our students learning, while looking for new opportunities to support faculty and staff.

I look forward to seeing you on Monday, August 26 at the State of the University Address. I also hope you take advantage of the workshops and special events throughout the entire week, as noted above and detailed on the orientation schedule and flyers.  It will certainly be worth your while to attend as many events as possible.

Sincerely yours,

Richard J. Telfer, Chancellor


Please Note: This is our sixth year electing to send this information electronically, which is consistent with our ongoing efforts to decrease paper and mailing costs. You will not be receiving hard copies of this information.