University Committee Meeting Minutes
Minutes approved 04/19/2021
Minutes for April 12, 2021
UC members expected present: Halverson, Masters, Papp, Sandgren, Tracy, Wolf (chair)
Others present besides those list below: Greg Bump, Gideon
Elliott, Michelle Felber,
Lesley Fisher, Jane Richard, Jake Smith
Chair Wolf called the meeting to order at 1:31.
Carey McAndrews, chair, Campus Transportation Committee (CTC), and Patrick Kass, Director, Transportation Services, presented the CTC annual report for 2019-2020. Changes to parking (flex permits and increased fees) were suspended with the shut down and conversations changed to COVID-19 impacts and how to serve campus. The division sustained a $4M loss fiscal year 2020, with $9M expected this year. Transportation Services won an award for its response to pandemic. The CTC was very helpful about vetting ideas and talking to constituencies.
Bill Karpus, Dean, Graduate School, talked about the graduate programs rankings in US News & World Report; the National Science Foundation Fellowships program results (32 winners this year, about the same as usual). The newish Graduate Student Advisory Committee represents disciplines across campus and is fairly active, though attendance could be better.
Minutes for the meeting of April 5, 2021 were approved by consent.
Jack O’Meara provided a PROFS update: the Joint Finance Committee held the first state budget hearing at UW-Whitewater. A new statement from PROFS is against Assembly Joint Resolution 32, Freedom of Expression Month Across Wisconsin.
Pete Miller, chair, Athletic Board (AB), is chairing the search & screen committee for the new athletic director. The AB’s Academics and Compliance committee received reports on majors, independent study courses (only 23 classes), and tutoring (sessions are recorded). The AB Equity Diversity and Student Welfare Committee reports that because COVID-19 infections in student-athletes is low, 22 out of 23 teams are active; athletes are not treated differently for vaccinations than other campus groups. Mental health issues continue to be an important issue for student athletes.
Paola Hernandez, chair, Kemper Knapp Committee, presented the most recent annual report. The committee approved all applications that came before them: most recurring, but some new ones.
Tracy moved to go into closed session; it was seconded and approved at 2:50.
Tracy moved to go into open session; it was seconded and approved at 3:03. One tenure clock extension was approved.
The University Committee discussed the request from ASM to attend an upcoming meeting regarding the revised COVID relief fund. The University Committee decided to not grant the request and directed Heather Daniels to respond.
Chair Wolf adjourned the meeting at 3:25.