University Committee Meeting Minutes
Minutes approved 02/14/2022
UC members present: Babcock, Halverson, Papp, Sandgren (chair), Tejedo-Herrero
Others present besides those listed below: Greg Bump, Ashley Cheung, Lesley Fisher, Matt Mayrl, Jane Richard
Sandgren called the meeting to order at 1:15.
Heather Daniels, Secretary of the Faculty, reported that new hardware had been installed in 272 Bascom to allow senators who are unable to attend in person to attend via a web conferencing platform.
The minutes of the meeting of January 31, 2022, were approved by consent.
Professors Steph Tai, Bruce Barrett and Noah Weeth Feinstein discussed next steps with the University Committee in regards to the divestment resolution passed by the Faculty Senate last spring. Ideas included a working group or a letter to the UW Foundation from the University Committee.
Professor Pete Miller, chair of the Athletic Board, reported that the NCAA recent constitutional convention focused on a new constitution allowing NCAA divisions to make their own rules moving forward. A transformation committee for Division 1 athletics includes two Big Ten representatives.
Sandgren moved to convene in closed session; it was seconded and approved at 2:04.
Sandgren moved to reconvene in open session; it was seconded and approved at 2:30.
Chancellor Rebecca Blank reported that COVID-19 positive test numbers went up again last week, but fell throughout the week. UW-Madison is hosting the Board of Regents meeting that includes a tour of the Engineering Building and presentations by UW-Madison leadership. She will address the Board of Regents on Thursday afternoon. Finally, undergraduate applications topped 60,000 this year: an increase over the previous year.
Sandgren adjourned the meeting at 3:00.