Academic Staff Document #337
May 10, 2004
DISTRICTING AND REPRESENTATION
COMMITTEE (DRC) BALLOT
Please Vote for Two Candidates
NAME DIST COLL/SCH/DIV
____ Brian Deith 461 L&S
Charlene Krembs 416 CALS
Amy Rudersdorf 476 LIBR
PLEASE BRING THIS COMPLETED BALLOT TO THE MAY 10th ASSEMBLY MEETING AND LEAVE IT AT THE DOOR WITH YOUR ATTENDANCE SLIP. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND, PLEASE HAVE YOUR ALTERNATE BRING YOUR BALLOT TO THE MEETING SO YOUR VOTE IS COUNTED.
CONTINUING DRC MEMBERS
NAME DIST COLL/SCH/DIV TERM ENDS
Anne Gunther 460 L&S
Erica Salkin 461 L&S
Mark Werner 459 GRAD
Bambi Wilson 402 CALS
During my tenure on the Districting and Representation Committee, I've created a website for the committee. This website allows people to look up their rep, get a list of members of a district and find out which district a person belongs to. In addition, the program that populates the database each month also sends lists of district members to the Secretary to of the Academic Staff, who forwards each list to the appropriate representative.
During the last year, I've changed our website to be even more database driven. Documents that are frequently changed are now actually maintained on a database. The Public Districting Profile (PDP), which describes each district in detail, is actually derived from a database, with each district and description a record in the database. The page doesn't actually exist as a file, but is constructed from the database whenever a person views the page. This approach allows us to edit the PDP via a custom web page. The advantage of this approach is that changing the entry for a district in the database updates both the HTML and PDF version of the PDP, thus maximizing timeliness of the information presented. Changes decided on during a meeting are available by the end of the meeting. It is not necessary to consult a web designer to place the changes online. Anyone in the committee can make changes to database-driven documents, with no special training required.
Most recently, I've created a web-based application for maintaining our Frequently Asked Questions. Like the PDP, each question and answer is an entry in a database, which allows us to add, remove, and edit the questions on line, with changes available instantly, both within the browser oriented version, and the "printer-friendly" version.
On a side note, I consider all the programs I've written for the web site to be in the public domain. They are available by request immediately and via my page on the web shortly. Any committee that wishes to use these web applications is welcome to do so.
I look forward to continuing to add more database-driven features to the DRC website, and plan on continuing to make available as open source any additional web applications I create as appropriate.
I am a Senior Information Processing Consultant in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences - Administrative Computing Services. I have 21 years of service as an academic staff member in CALS. I have been serving as an Assembly District Representative for District 416 since academic year 2000/2001 and have been serving on the DRC since July 2001.
I have been an active participant in University governance for the last 4 years and I am eager to continue serving on the Districting and Representation Committee. I enjoy working with the other members of the committee in examining districting assignments, reviewing districting sizes and election procedures so that all academic staff can be fairly represented. I’ve also played an active role on the committee in serving as the committee secretary and archivist. It’s an exciting committee to be a part of.
I believe with my years of university and governance experience, my eagerness to continue to serve, and my interest in issues concerning academic staff, I can continue to be of value to this committee.
I have been an associate academic librarian and the digital production coordinator for the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center (UWDCC) since February 2001. In March of this year, I took over as the Assembly representative for District 476 (Memorial Library).
As a new member of the campus community, I am eager to learn more about and become involved in academic staff affairs. If I am elected to this position, I will bring my energy and fresh perspective to the committee, and will work to represent all academic staff in a fair and professional manner.