News for Employees
Learning Community Supports Online Course Design and Teaching
TeachOnline@UW is a learning community that helps UW-Madison instructors explore and implement research-based online course design and teaching best practices. Two courses are offered: “Plan & Design” and “Facilitation & Management.” TeachOnline@UW is open to UW–Madison faculty and instructional staff who will be teaching fully online courses in the next two years. Applications are now open for fall 2019 and spring 2020 sessions.
Chilled Water Shutdown
As part of the South Campus Utility Improvement project, contractors will be replacing two valves in the campus chilled water system that are in worse-than-expected condition. To facilitate the completion of this work, FP&M will shut down chilled water service to the eastern half of campus from Tuesday, May 7, to Friday, May 10. Cooler springtime temperatures during this period will minimize the impact of this shutdown.
Parking Applications for 2019–20 Now Open
Applications are now open for 2019–20 parking, valid Sept. 1, 2019 through Aug. 31, 2020. Applications are due June 7 for the first application period (“round one”). If you miss the June 7 deadline, you can apply during the second application period starting in mid-July. If you have not had a parking permit in the past, you must contact your Unit Transportation Coordinator (UTC) for approval to apply for the 2019–20 year. Employee bus passes, afternoon and night parking permits, and motorcycle and moped permits will go on sale August 1. To apply for a parking permit, visit go.wisc.edu/jfj079.
DoIT announces changes to Tech Store, services
Over the next few months, DoIT will implement significant changes in the way it serves campus, including closing the DoIT Tech Store and shifting how it provides other key functions, such as Help Desk and Repair. Goods and services that have been provided over the years will continue to be available, but the physical Tech Store will end its operations by the end of June.
Parking Rates for 2019–2020 Announced
Parking permit rates for the 2019–20 year have been announced by UW–Madison
Transportation Services. This is the final year of the six-year conversion plan to a two-tier pricing system. Now all parking structures and high-demand surface lots are in one category and all remaining surface lots are in another. By phasing the conversion in over six years, one-time, large-scale price increases were avoided. The price for permits in the lots making the final conversion move were adjusted between three and five percent. All other product prices and fees will remain the same for the 2019-20 parking year, including permits, the employee bus pass, visitor parking fees, and administrative/citation fees.
Vote Now in University Staff Congress Elections
Voting is now open for representatives to the University Staff Congress. Ballots have been mailed to members of the University Staff who have one or more candidates running in their District. Ballots must be postmarked by May 31 and in the Office of the Secretary at 271 Bascom Hall before June 7. Voter participation in shared governance elections is important. Even if only one candidate is running in a particular district, University Staff are strongly encouraged to mark and return their ballots. The vote will determine who will serve in the 6th Congress of the University Staff. More information can be found online at ous.wisc.edu.
Conference Serves Research Professionals
Registration is now open for the UW–Madison Research Professionals Conference, scheduled for Tuesday, June 18, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at Cooper Hall. This free conference is designed to build skills and facilitate idea-sharing among research staff who work as laboratory technicians or laboratory managers. Sixteen breakouts sessions will be held on topics such as career advancement and development, working with undergraduates, research compliance, conflict resolution, negotiation skills, and giving and receiving feedback. The full schedule will be announced at the end of May. The registration deadline is June 7.
Participants Sought for Transportation Study
Volunteers are being sought for a study of the public transportation system in Dane County. UW–Madison employees representing all shifts, including second and third shift, are encouraged to volunteer. Participants who are selected will be interviewed about their experiences with public transportation and will receive $40 for their time. The goal of the study is to increase access and equity in the public transportation system. Interviews can be conducted in English or Spanish. Interviews will not take place during work hours. To be considered, complete an interest form (available in English and Spanish) at tinyurl.com/businterview. You can also call, text, or leave a message at 608-571-7725.
WRS Annual Statement of Benefits Now Available
If you were covered by the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) in 2018, your WRS Annual Statement of Benefits is now available. To view your statement, go to MyUW and launch the Benefit Information module. Then click on the Statements tab and choose “2018 ETF Annual Statement of Benefits (WRS) Issued 2019.” The statement includes your 2018 earnings, retirement benefit projections, primary beneficiary designation(s) for your WRS account, and more. Resources to help you understand your statement can be found online at etf.wi.gov/members/statement. If you have questions, please contact your human resources office.
Summer Cohort of Discussion Project Open
UW–Madison faculty and teaching staff are encouraged to apply for The Discussion Project, a professional development program specifically devoted to implementing and improving classroom discussion. The Discussion Project, offered by the School of Education, fosters inclusive classroom climates. UW faculty and teaching staff who are teaching at least one course in Fall 2019 are eligible to participate. Applications for the summer 2019 cohort are open until May 10, 2019.