New leaders announced for UW Colleges campuses
The University of Wisconsin Colleges announced four new regional executive officers/deans for the University of Wisconsin Colleges as the colleges move forward with a plan to adapt to massive budget cuts.
Under the new model, the 13 UW Colleges campuses will be grouped into four regions, with a single executive officer/dean for each region. One associate dean will be located on each campus and will oversee day-to-day operational needs.
The following leaders were selected for each region:
- Southeast Region: Jackie Joseph-Silverstein (currently CEO/dean at UW-Sheboygan)
- Southwest Region: Charles Clark (currently CEO/dean at UW-Manitowoc)
- Northeast Region: Martin Rudd (currently CEO/dean at UW-Fox Valley)
- North Region: Keith Montgomery (currently CEO/ dean at UW-Marathon County and interim CEO/dean at UW-Marshfield/Wood County)
Harry Muir, current campus executive officer and dean of the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha campus, will lead a UW Colleges initiative to expand the traditional and nontraditional student base and grow business partnerships in urban Southeastern Wisconsin.
Muir’s new title will be senior special assistant to the chancellor for Southeast Wisconsin initiatives. Muir has served as campus executive officer and dean of UW-Waukesha since 2011. His new position is a two-year appointment beginning Jan. 1, 2016.
Carroll University receives $3 million from state for construction project
The state of Wisconsin has awarded Carroll University $3 million towards its new science laboratory building on the Waukesha campus.
The university demolished Maxon Hall in February and began constructing the $24 million, 44,500-square-foot, state-of-the-art science building equipped with interactive teaching and research laboratories for anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry and biochemistry.
The building will open in fall 2016, before the start of the school year, said Tiffany Wynn, university spokesperson.
Once complete, Carroll will begin phase two of its campus renovation project, which includes a 12,000-square-foot hall, to be named the Bucyrus Center for Applied Physics and Engineering. The building will be attached to Lowry Hall, which will also be renovated.
The Bucyrus Foundation has issued a $1 million challenge grant to the Carroll for the project.
New Bublr Bikes stations give UWM students free transportation option
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee students will have a new – and free – mode of transportation this school year, thanks to the installation of six new Bublr Bikes stations on campus.
The stations are being covered by $300,000 from student segregated fees, an investment approved by UWM’s Student Senate in order for its students to have a convenient transportation option around campus.
All UWM students can secure a free Bublr pass that guarantees them unlimited hour-long bike trips for one year. Close to 700 students have signed up to receive a pass for the current academic year, according to UWM. The school’s student population exceeds 27,000.
The Bublr Bikes system is made possible through a public-private partnership between the City of Milwaukee and Bublr Bikes, with supplementary support from a variety of other public and private partners.
Fernwood Montessori School begins work on addition
Fernwood Montessori School held a ceremonial groundbreaking for an addition that will help it accommodate its growing base of K3-8 students.
The school, part of Milwaukee Public Schools, had 705 students during the 2014-’15 school year, up from 544 students during the 2009-’10 school year, according to MPS.
The addition will help the school fix overcrowding in its building and will enable its students to continue their academic path in the school through 8th grade.
The addition is part of MPS’ Regional Development Plan, which is grounded by a mission to grow quality academic programs. Through the plan, the district is also adding onto to Maryland Avenue Montessori School, expanding Milwaukee Spanish Immersion School, revamping Victory School into an Italian immersion program, developing a gifted and talented middle school on Milwaukee’s northwest side and expanding strong charter schools.
Fernwood Montessori School is located at 3239 S. Pennsylvania Avenue in Milwaukee.