April 13 institute features timely topics for academic staff (register now)

Hello Academic Staff,

I encourage you to register for the April 13, 2010 Academic Staff Institute. Click here to see the agenda.

Registration and payment deadline is April 6. Please register via the OHRD website at:

Over the past few months your Academic Staff Executive Committee and MASA members have been busy planning this event, which is open to all academic staff. As you can see, there is something for everyone with 3 blocks of 4 concurrent sessions, each ranging from governance and job security issues to professional and personal growth topics.

I look forward to meeting many of you at this event.

Donna Silver,
Secretary of the Academic Staff

Tuesday, April 13, 2010
The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club
7:45 am * Registration
8:00 am to 1:00 pm * Conference

Sponsored by: Madison Academic Staff Association (MASA)
Office of the Provost Academic Staff Executive Committee (ASEC)
Office of the Secretary of Academic Staff
Office of Human Resource Development (OHRD)

Cost: $25 (includes a full breakfast and lunch)
(But wait! If you have been planning to join MASA (application), now is the time. Your registration fee, paid with personal funds, for the Academic Staff Institute will be refunded once a new membership application has been received by the MASA membership coordinator. MASA is unable to reimburse a department/program.)

The breakfast keynote will be Vice-Provost for Faculty and Staff Steve J. Stern: “Leadership By and For Academic Staff: Toward an Excellence-Rewards Initiative.”

Sessions in this year’s institute will include:
-Working together to achieve shared goals * Don Schutt, Office of Human Resource Development
-Information on the revamped Mentoring Program
-Strategies for being your own advocate * Kay Simmons & John Mather, Ombuds Office
-The art of relaxation through Chinese exercise * Donna Silver, Secretary of the Academic Staff
-Communicating with The Clover Practice * Kathleen Paris, Office of Quality Improvement
-Latest news on unit clarification and collective bargaining

Participants may attend three of the twelve available sessions. In addition, there will be resource tables available during breaks so you can learn more about campus programs and organizations for academic staff.

Remember, the cost to attend this event is only $25 and includes a full breakfast buffet and luncheon (vegetarian entrees will be available).

Registration and payment deadline is April 6. Register via the OHRD website at

Parking is available at the Madison Concourse for $7.00, the parking ramp across the street for $.85/hour, and, of course, the Madison Metro buses are a great option from your home or campus parking lot.

We hope to see you there! Space is limited! Don’t wait to sign up! If you have questions, please feel free to contact me via return e-mail. The planning committee members of the Academic Staff Institute are Valli Warren, Heather Daniels, Donna Silver, Kathi Matthews-Risley and Charlene Krembs.

Donna Silver, Secretary of the Academic Staff