Meeting Minutes

October 17, 2005

Members Present: Alicia Acken Cosgrove, Carmen Croonquist, Sarah Egerstrom, Kimberly Gould-Speckman, Mark Kinders, Gretchen Link, Jason Neuhaus, Cara Rubis, Amber Tubré

Members Absent: Faculty Representative

Call to order at 2:11 PM

Approval of 9/19/05 minutes. Motion made by J. Neuhaus. Seconded by Carmen Croonquist. S. Egerstrom asked that under the Legislative Update section, the number of Academic Staff who have limited appointments with back-ups on the UW-River Falls ' campus be changed from five to two. Revised minutes were unanimously approved.

Chair's Report (S. Egerstrom)

 Web Seminar: Mentoring new faculty
The seminar will take place on Tuesday, October 18th from 12:00 – 1:30 PM in the President's Room of Hagestad Student Center.

Vision and Values Survey
The deadline to complete the Vision and Values Survey is Monday, October 24th .

Changes to Health Plans
Refer to the attached emails from Chancellor Betz and Kathy Schultz (Human Resources).

Update from Regents Meeting on October 6th

The Board of Regents asked the chancellors and governance representatives from UW-River Falls and UW-Milwaukee to attend their meeting on October 6 th and testify about the proposed changes in personnel and sick leave policies.  Nan Jordahl (Faculty Senate) and S. Egerstrom (Academic Staff Council) attended the meeting and provided remarks about the proposed changes from faculty and staff perspectives.  The next day, the full Board approved a change in the sick leave policy, requiring UW employees to provide a health care professional's certification when using more than 5 consecutive days of sick leave.  News articles about the October 6th and October 7th meetings can be found online at:

Update on University Hearing Committee
At the Faculty Senate meeting on October 5th , the motion to limit the academic staff position on the Academic Misconduct University Hearing Committee to instructional staff members failed unanimously. At this meeting, Jeremy Bonikowske (Student Senate) also stated that the senate does not support this motion.

Representative's Report (K. Gould-Speckman)
Minutes from the 10/20/05 meeting of Academic Staff Representatives are available online.

Legislative Update (M. Kinders)
Legislature is currently dealing with the following topics:

•  Morning After Pill Bill: AB343 would restrict students' ability to access emergency contraceptives. Alice Reilly-Myklebust has testified in Madison against this bill. It is unsure yet if Governor Doyle will veto the bill if it passes.

•  Adjustments with procurement activities on UW campuses regarding travel: Senator Sheila Harsdorf is conducting a hearing on whether the new procurement contracts are saving the state money. Tom Weiss is preparing a testimony. As a result of these hearings, the state has rolled back the exclusivity on the travel contracts, which will save UW-RF and its students a lot of money.

•  February is the next legislative session: It is uncertain whether the session will attempt to revise the budget for the second year of the biennium. That does not appear likely for now. Across the UW System, the Regents, Chancellors and others are beginning to discuss needs and strategies for the next biennial budget.

New Business
Academic Staff Orientation and Continuing Professional Development Opportunities – Guest: Wendy Sader (Human Resources)

Refer to the two attachments from Wendy Sader in regard to Orientation Components and Unclassified Employee Check-In. Additional brainstorming ideas from the council were added to the orientation components. K. Gould-Speckman suggested that an email be sent to all academic staff to inquire what they would have liked to see from an orientation program when they were first hired. S. Egerstrom volunteered to send out this email. S. Egerstrom, K. Gould-Speckman, J. Neuhaus, C. Rubis, W. Sader, and A. Tubré volunteered to be on the Academic Staff Orientation “Team.” S. Egerstrom suggested that the council visit the following website for information on employee development:

Faculty and Academic Staff Handbook Updates (Chapter VI)
The handbook is currently being reviewed by S. Egerstrom, A. Acken Cosgrove, and G. Link.

Additional Council Announcements:

•  K. Gould-Speckman announced the Audio Conference which will be held on November 1 st from 12:00 – 1:30 PM in the Regents Room of Hagestad Student Center. Refer to attached email for details.

•  S. Egerstrom announced the Career Fair will take place on October 19 th from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM in the Karges Center .

•  S. Egerstrom also announced the upcoming campus visit days. On both Oct 20 th & 21st , campus tours are offered at 8:00, 11:15, 12:20, and 2:30.

Old Business

Adjourned at 3:09 PM. Motion made by J. Neuhaus. Seconded by A. Tubré. Unanimously approved.
















Orientation Components




  1. Overview/information on the University, the Chancellor's vision, the University's organization/functions.


  1. Acronym ‘de-coder.'


  1. Have ‘treats' and a ‘welcome pen/pad of paper' or something with UWRF on it to make them feel a part of the team.


  1. Introductions to the team/important contacts for the individual.


  1. Any ‘particulars' they should know – how to do leave reports, or time sheets, procedures, special computer programs, etc.


  1. Workshops/meetings/many activities (colleges/depts) – already doing – but focusing on ‘teaching' positions.


  1. Tour of campus/department.


  1. Someone walk them to all the places on the ‘Unclassified Employee Check In' form on the HR website.


  1. Assigned to someone – a ‘buddy,' a ‘partner' that they can go to with questions, etc. Perhaps find these people initially by asking for volunteers.


  1. If they need training of any sort, have it already set up ahead of time, or sign them up right away once they start.


  1. Map of Campus.


  1. List of names/emails/phone #'s of important contacts.


  1. ?? Any other ideas?









University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Unclassified Employee Check In



Name: _____________________________________



eSIS log-in: w ______________________________

Check with Office of Human Resources (Phone: 3518)

for new employees campus identification number (w number)



Information Technology Services

133 Davee Library

Phone: 4357

*Must have w number to receive computer access



Campus Card Office

211 Hagestad Student Center

Phone: 4663 ext. 104

*Must have w number to receive campus ID



Facilities Management

102 Maintenance Building

Phone: 3820

Request University keys


Accounts Payable

220 North Hall

Phone: 3901

University credit card


Parking Office

27 South Hall

Phone: 3333

Request on-campus parking



8 North Hall

Phone: 3232

Request University Procurement card




Office of Human Resources

218 North Hall

Phone: 3382/3926

Complete Payroll and benefit information





October 14, 2005



Campus Community:


The Office of University Advancement will be hosting the Audio Conference, Turning College Website Browsers into Students and Donors at 12:00pm on November 1st.  Grab a lunch and join us in the Regents Room.  The conference is open to anyone interested in this topic. Details for the Audio Seminar are listed below:

The typical university website fails to convert visitors into students who apply for admission and fails to turn alumni and parents into donors who give regularly. The result means a potential fortune in lost opportunities. The key to Web success is compelling and useful information content, delivered in new and surprising ways.

In the upcoming audio conference Turning College Website Browsers into Students and Donors, participants will learn the ten best practices for university website content. Each possesses the potential to benefit your institution, your Web site, and your larger goals and objectives.
November 1, 2005
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (Central)

You'll learn:
1) An understanding of key demographic habits of site visitors and why a university's website is so

critical today.
2) The importance of starting with a comprehensive needs analysis when launching a new site or

revising an existing one.
3) The value of speaking with one organizational voice to create a consistent site personality.
4) How to encourage browsing by using appropriate self-select paths for potential students, parents, and

5) Why pushing content to potential students, donors and parents via email and RSS encourages long

term action.
6) The importance of images using original photos, graphs, and product diagrams to sell your story.
7) How to provide content for all stages of the application consideration cycle­ basic information all the

way to extensive detail.

Meet the Presenter: David Meerman Scott is a writer, consultant, contributing editor at EContent Magazine, conference speaker, and seminar leader. Scott's just published book Cashing In With Content: How Innovative Marketers Use Digital Information to Turn Browsers Into Buyers is a riff on using Web content to drive revenue and other action from Web site visitors. Scott specializes in using online content to market and sell products and services to demanding customers worldwide.

This telephone-based program is moderated by iLinc Communications, a leading distance learning firm. The 90-minute program includes a presentation followed by a lively, interactive, real-time question-and-answer session.


Kimberly Gould-Speckman