News for Employees
Blend@UW Offers New Curriculum
Blend@UW helps instructors design blended courses that foster deeper, more active learning. The Blend@UW course design program has been revamped for the summer session. The new curriculum provides solid design processes that can be applied to course design initiatives. The deadline to apply for May and June sessions is Friday, May 3, 2019.
Nominations Open for FP&M Recognition Awards
Nominations for the second annual Facilities Planning & Management (FP&M) Employee Recognition Awards are open through June 1, 2019. These awards are an opportunity for anyone on campus to nominate FP&M employees, both as individuals and teams, for their outstanding contributions in providing excellence in facilities and services to our university community. For details, visit go.wisc.edu/fpm-recognition.
Excellence in Teaching Awards for Academic Staff
Nominations are now being accepted for the Alliant Energy Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Awards. These awards recognize outstanding teaching by academic staff. This is a UW System award, and one of the three winners will be selected from the UW–Madison campus. Online nominations are due Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Please contact Jake Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 263-2985 with any questions.
Volunteers Sought to Help with Move Out
University Housing is asking for volunteers to help students get rid of unwanted items sustainably during spring move out. From May 4–11, items are collected for recycling or donation at special locations near residence halls. Volunteers assist with sorting and organizing items to be recycled or donated to those in need. To volunteer, visit go.wisc.edu/recycle-volunteer.
Utility Upgrade Begins on Bascom Hill
An upgrade of the utilities underneath Bascom Hill will begin later this month. The project will replace, relocate, and construct new thermal utilities, electrical utilities, and civil utilities (which include domestic water, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer). Utilities in this area serve all the buildings along Bascom Hill, and they are also an essential part of the utility loop that connects campus both east and west of the hill. The project will affect two areas: between North Charter Street and Music Hall along Lathrop Drive, and between Bascom Hall and North Park Street north to Observatory Drive. At least one sidewalk on Bascom Hill will be open to pedestrian traffic at all times. Upon completion of the utility systems, all areas disturbed by the project will be fully restored, including landscaping features and more. The project will be done in three phases, with completion planned for December 2020.
Symposium Focuses on the Student Learning Experience
Registration is open for the 2019 Teaching and Learning Symposium on Thursday, May 16 at Union South. At this day-long event, members of the UW–Madison teaching community will share best practices, celebrate accomplishments, and discuss new learning and teaching practices and theories. Jill Buban, chief academic officer at Unizin, will deliver the keynote presentation on “Leveraging Technology to Better Understand Your Students in a Digital Age.” The free event also features breakout sessions, a poster session, lunch, and networking. UW–Madison faculty, staff, post-doctoral students, and graduate students are welcome. Please register by May 8.
Leadership @ UW Spring Open House
All UW–Madison faculty, staff, and students are invited to join Leadership @ UW for their Spring Open House on Thursday, May 2, 2–4 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge at the Pyle Center. Leadership @ UW is celebrating eight years of leadership education and development on campus. The event will showcase examples of how the UW–Madison Leadership Framework is being implemented across campus. Attendees will also have an opportunity to network, and refreshments will be served. Advance registration is requested.
Course Helps Individuals Navigate Change
“Thrive@UW–Madison: Thriving in a Time of Change” is a three-hour course available at no cost to all UW–Madison faculty and staff. The course uses a four-step model to help employees navigate change in the workplace. Free classes are scheduled for April 30, May 15, June 27, and August 8. To register, visit go.wisc.edu/u91p02.
Dayton Street Closure Impacts Vehicle Traffic
Parts of W. Dayton Street between Charter Street and Park Street are now closed for a steam tunnel project and additional utility work. Dayton Street between Charter and Mills Streets and Mills to Brooks Streets are closed to vehicle traffic. Vehicles and bikes should detour via Regent, Park or Johnson Streets or University Ave. The Route 80 bus will detour off Dayton Street via Charter Street to Johnson Street, with four bus stops between Mills and Lake Streets closed. The project will be completed in three stages and is expected to last through November 2019. Updates, maps, detours, and bus route changes can be found at transportation.wisc.edu.
Work Out with Bucky at Camp Randall Stadium
All UW–Madison faculty, staff, and students are invited to join a free workout at Camp Randall Stadium on Wednesday, May 22, noon–12:45 p.m. This high-energy, low-stress workout takes place on the Badger 50-yard line. Group fitness instructors from Rec Sports will lead the workout, with help from Bucky Badger himself. The workout is appropriate for all fitness levels, and accommodations will be available for all physical abilities. In the event of rain, the event will take place at the McClain Center. Register at recsports.wisc.edu/buckys-workout.