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Murphy, Thomas H. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 84, Number 6 (Sept. 1983)

The news,   pp. 5-7

Page 6

Half 'Recognition Fund'
To Madison, Milwaukee Faculty
Of the $1-million fund created by Wiscon-
sin Governor Anthony Earl to reward fac-
ulty in the UW System, more than half will
go to UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee.
In early July, the governor vetoed a plan
that would have added $2.5 million more to
help the system hold its "star faculty" who,
in the budget bill he signed, will get no pay
raises this year and only a 3.84 hike next
year (WA, May/June).
   The state's two largest campuses will re-
ceive about $290,000 during the first year
when half the $1-million fund becomes
available. UW-Madison will get $120,000
for raises not accompanying promotions,
$72,000 for promotions and an estimated
$42,000 in benefits.
   Faculty throughout the system have
been vocal in their negative reaction to the
governor's limits on pay increases. (It was
an across-the-board restriction on all non-
union state employees.) The decision left
UW salaries in eighth place among Big Ten
   In late July, Earl announced plans to
create a special panel to study salaries
throughout the system. He said it should
look into the role tuition should play in fac-
ulty compensation (the Board of Regents
had added a tuition hike, to begin this year
and to be used for that purpose, but it was
vetoed by the governor), whether there
should be salary parity throughout the sys-
tem, and what part the state's overall reve-
nue condition should take in setting faculty
salaries. Earl said he sees "merit" in the ar-
gument that faculties from here and Mil-
waukee are "the most susceptible to being
lured away" by industry or better-paying
institutions. Regarding the use of increased
tuition for compensation, he said he would
"have to be persuaded that raising tuition
would not limit access."
  The panel is to be composed of UW Sys-
tem representatives, the Legislature and
state agencies and, "I hope," students, the
governor said. It is to report its findings be-
fore the Legislature enacts the 1985-87
Special Conferences Coming
Two innovative conferences, open to the
public, are scheduled for October. A con-
ference on retooling strategies for adult
women interested in scientific and technical
careers will be held on October 1. It's de-
signed to meet the needs of those planning
to reenter the job market or make a career
change. The all-day meeting at the Wiscon-
sin Center will explore math, science, and
engineering related careers; investigate ed-
ucational options and support services; of-
fer an opportunity to meet and interact with
career women working in technical areas;
and assess the needs of Wisconsin business
and industry. There will be workshops on
building confidence in math, meeting the
computer challenge, financing an educa-
tion, marketing job skills, and adult learn-
ing and returning. A $5 fee covers the cost
of lunch and breaks, and there are a limited
number of scholarships available to cover
babysitting and travel costs. For more in-
formation contact Sandy Courter, UW-
Extension Engineering and Applied Sci-
ence, 432 N. Lake St., Madison 53706,
(608) 262-2703.
   On October 15, in the Memorial Union
                          continued on page 22
New Directors
Eight new directors-at-large joined the
Wisconsin Alumni Association's board in
July. They are: Wade R. Crane '48, Detroit;
Orville W. Ehrhardt '54, Fond du Lac; John
W. Joanis '42, Stevens Point; Ted D. Kellner
'69, Milwaukee; J. Charles Phillips '65,
Reedsburg; Carla Nolting Smith '46, Madison;
Andrew J. Zafis '48, San Diego; and Thomas
F. Grantham '61 of Madison (not shown).
Ehrhardt                      Joanis
Phillips                      Smith

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