Happenings

Animal sciences’ recent award winners

Animal sciences shared this nice photo of department members who recently won awards. They are (left to right): Dan Gianola - Hilldale Award in the Biological Sciences Ron Russell - Chancellor’s Hilldale Award for Excellence in Teaching John Parrish - Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award Mark Cook - UW-Madison Entrepreneurial Achievement Award
Thursday, May 28th, 2015
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Animal sciences’ recent award winners
Workplace

Upcoming Donor Stewardship Report webinars

WFFA is holding a series of Donor Stewardship Report webinars. Participation is limited, and you must reserve a spot ahead of time. The first webinar opportunity is on Tuesday, June 2, from 2:30-3:30pm. A few openings remain. Upcoming sessions, held on the first Tuesday of each month from 2:30-3:30pm, will be held on July 7 and August 4. The webinars will: ·         Explain how gifts are recorded at the WFAA. ·         Explain how gifts are represented in the report. ·         Demonstrate how to generate the report. ·         Suggest tips on managing report data. ·         Answer your Donor Stewardship Report questions. To attend the webinar, you’ll need a browser connected to the internet (to view the demonstration) and a telephone (to hear the presenters). To register for the June 2 webinar, use the link below: Register for the June 2 Donor Stewardship Report webinar Soon after you register, you will receive a confirmation email. A bit later you will be sent instructions on how to participate in your session. (Please do not forward this invitation to others – not everyone has access to stewardship information.) For questions, go to the WFAA Help Center at help.uwadvancement.org.
Thursday, May 28th, 2015
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Upcoming Donor Stewardship Report webinars
Workplace

2016 benefits changes to state employee health insurance program

The Department of Employee Trust Funds Group Insurance Board met on May 19, 2015 and approved changes to the state employee health insurance program.  The Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) will be summarizing the changes made to employee benefits for 2016 in an upcoming communication. This article is intended to assist employees with understanding the benefit changes prior to the official summary from ETF.  The changes affect participants’ deductibles, out-of-pocket limits, copays and drug costs. The changes include: Implementing an annual deductible of $250 for single coverage and $500 for families. Employees insured in uniform benefits plans (i.e., health maintenance organizations – HMOs) do not currently have a deductible. Increasing the annual out-of-pocket limit for uniform benefit plans (i.e., HMOs) from $500 to $1,000 (single coverage) and from $1,000 to $2,000 (families). Replacing the 10% current coinsurance patient payment for non-preventative services with a $15 copay for each primary care physician/therapy visit, and a $25 copay for each specialist visit. Increasing the Standard Plan annual deductible from $200 to $250 (single coverage) and from $400 to $500 (families). Increasing the Standard Plan annual out-of-pocket ...
Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
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2016 benefits changes to state employee health insurance program
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Distinguished prefix applications due to CALS HR by July 3

Although the campus deadline for Distinguished Prefix title applications for academic staff is August 1, applications needs to reach the CALS Human Resources office by July 3 to assure sufficient time is provided for college review/approval, incorporation of Dean's letter of support, and preparation/submission by campus deadline.  When submitting to CALS, the application packet should be in a format that allows editing of the table of contents, without page numbering of the packet. This is so that once the Dean's letter is incorporated, the table of contents can be edited and the packet then numbered according to campus guidelines. Please contact the CALS Human Resources Office with any questions.
Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
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Distinguished prefix applications due to CALS HR by July 3
Happenings

Recap: Last week’s All-College Meeting focused on the budget

Last Tuesday, Dean Kate VandenBosch provided an overview on the latest budget information pertaining to the college. She outlined the overall state funding process, which includes consideration by the legislature's Joint Finance Committee scheduled for later this week. VandenBosch noted that once the legislature completes their work on the state budget, the UW System Board of Regents will pass along budget decisions to each UW campus before UW-Madison leaders make final decisions about college budgets. In order to address likely budget changes, Chancellor Blank announced plans to implement anticipated cuts in April. The college's overall budget for the next fiscal year beginning on July 1 includes a 4% reduction to fund 101. In the short-term, many of the reductions across the college will be met by eliminating currently vacant positions and replacing 101 funding with funds from other sources. The Agricultural Research Stations and CALS administration received the largest reductions to 101 funding. During the question and answer session, VandenBosch and Senior Associate Dean Dick Straub said they intend to issue a call for new faculty positions later this summer, noting the ...
Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
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Recap: Last week’s All-College Meeting focused on the budget
Calls to nominate

Nominations open for the 2015 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application

The $10,000 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation, recognizes exceptional, science-based achievement in international agriculture and food production by an individual under 40 who has clearly demonstrated intellectual courage, stamina, and determination in the fight to eliminate global hunger and poverty. Nominations are sought through June 30 for the fourth annual award, which will be presented at the World Food Prize events in October. The award honors an individual who is working closely and directly "in the field" or at the production or processing level with farmers, animal herders, fishers or others in rural communities, in any discipline or enterprise across the entire food production, processing, and distribution chain. Candidates will be evaluated and selected based on the attributes and accomplishments that reflect those demonstrated by Dr. Borlaug during his work in field research and application, which include: persistence, innovation, communication, research/science, extension, education, application, leadership and impact. In 2014, Dr. Bram Govaerts, a native of Belgium working in Mexico, received the Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application for his development of leading-edge, sustainable and highly productive ...
Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
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Nominations open for the 2015 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application
Awards and honors

Patty Loew wins Midwest Book Award

Patty Loew, professor of life sciences communication, won a Midwest Book Award in the Culture category for her book "Seventh Generation Earth Ethics." The book is a collection of biographies of Native American environmental leaders and was published in spring 2014. The Midwest Book Awards were presented earlier this month in St. Paul, MN by the Midwest Independent Publishing Association. Out of 185 books and 42 categories, Wisconsin authors or publishing houses produced 10 award winners. Read the full list of Wisconsin winners here.
Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
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Patty Loew wins Midwest Book Award
In the News

CALS in the News for the Week of May 16-22

In The News: UW-Madison Economists Debate Condition of Wisconsin's Economy Wisconsin Public Radio 5/20/15 Quoted: Steven Deller, Agricultural and Applied Economics History repeats itself with UW bashing Wisconsin State Journal 5/16/15 Author: Thomas J. Straka, alumnus, Forestry Tenure allows faculty to be risk-takers Wisconsin State Journal 5/17/15 Author: Andrew Bent, Plant Pathology Wisconsin dairy industry booming despite record-low farm count - Video WDJT Milwaukee 5/15/15 Quoted: Daphne Holterman, alumna, Life Sciences Communication Mentioned: Lloyd Holterman, alumnus, Dairy Science Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research turns trash into treasure Wisconsin Agriculturalist 5/21/15 Quoted: Dean Sommer, UW-Madison Center for Dairy Research Quoted: Karen Smith, UW-Madison Center for Dairy Research UW-Madison Collegiate Farm Bureau Elects Officers Wisconsin Ag Connection 5/21/15 Mentioned: UW-Madison Collegiate Farm Bureau Ride to Farm seeks cyclists, pledges for UW beginning farmer school Wisconsin Agriculturalist 5/19/15 Quoted: Dick Cates, Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers Mentioned: Louise Hemstead, alumna, Meat and Animal Science Mentioned: Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems Mentioned: Farm and Industry Short Course Giant ragweed potentially giant problem Agri-View 5/20/15 Mentioned: Arlington Agricultural Research Station Partnership supports Midwest's dairy pastures Dairy Heard Management 5/20/15 Quoted: Erin Silva, Plant Pathology Teyanna Loether chosen as 68th Alice in Dairyland Wisconsin Agriculturalist 5/18/15 Quoted: Teyanna Loether, alumna, Animal Sciences Mentioned: Zoey Brooks, alumna, Animal Sciences What ...
Friday, May 22nd, 2015
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CALS in the News for the Week of May 16-22
Workplace

New Donor Stewardship Report documentation available

New Donor Stewardship Report documentation is now available at the WFAA Help Center KnowledgeBase. The document explains how gifts are recorded at the WFAA, how gifts are represented in the report and how to generate the report. Additional material includes tips on managing report data and using Excel. To get the document, first direct your browser to the WFAA Help Center at help.uwadvancement.org or access the Help Center via the Advancement Resources website at uwadvancement.org. Enter “donor stewardship report” in the search field: Choose this item from the search result list: A second document named Advancement Resources: Donor Stewardship Report Planned Improvements lists planned and suggested report improvements. Each document will be periodically updated as enhancements to the Donor Stewardship Report are identified and/or released.
Friday, May 22nd, 2015
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New Donor Stewardship Report documentation available
Events

Meetings for city public market announced

The City of Madison will host public meetings on emerging plans for a public market. More information can be found on the website for the City of Madison’s Department of Planning & Community & Economic Development. May 26 at 6:30pm - Community Meeting at the Goodman Community Center (149 Waubesa St, Madison, WI). This will be an opportunity for neighbors, stakeholders, vendors, and all other interested community members to share their feedback on the draft public market business plan. If you're interested in attending, please RSVP at: https://www.cityofmadison.com/isevents/event_register.cfm?eid=1522&eseq=1 June 3 at 6:30pm - Vendor Meeting at the Goodman Community Center. This will be meeting to talk about the public market with anyone interested in being a vendor or tenant. This includes farmers, artisan food makers, chefs, artists, or anyone else interested in business opportunities at the market. Please RSVP at: https://www.cityofmadison.com/isevents/event_register.cfm?eid=1523&eseq=1
Friday, May 22nd, 2015
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Meetings for city public market announced