Daily Bread for 10.15.21: From UW-Whitewater’s Administration, Too Many and Too Few Words

Good morning.

Friday in Whitewater will be cloudy with a high of 55.  Sunrise is 7:09 AM and sunset 6:11 PM for 11h 01m 35s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 74.4% of its visible disk illuminated.

 On this day in 1956, FORTRAN, the first modern computer language, is first shared with the coding community.

 Too Many:

New UW-Whitewater mission statement

Dear faculty, staff and students,

We’re pleased to inform you that the UW System Board of Regents, at its October meeting, gave final approval for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s new mission statement.

Thanks and appreciation go out to all the folks who collaborated, drafted, provided feedback, and shepherded the statement through the approval process. This is the culmination of years of work from our constituents on campus and in the greater community. Without question, the new mission is a significant step forward for our institution, reflects our current goals and aspirations as an outstanding regional comprehensive university, and it will serve as a guiding compass as we create a new strategic plan for UW-Whitewater in 2022.

Thank you,
Jim Henderson, Ph.D., Interim Chancellor
John Chenoweth, Ph.D., Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

The text of the new mission statement reads as following:

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is a preeminent academic institution driven by the pursuit of knowledge, powered by a spirit of innovation, and focused on transforming lives. As part of the University of Wisconsin System, UW-Whitewater embraces the Wisconsin Idea and is an economic and cultural driver of our region. We are nationally and internationally recognized for the accomplishments of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Grounded in a rigorous core curriculum, students receive a well-rounded education and every academic program prepares students to be creative, innovative and adaptable in dynamic and diverse work and life environments.

We are an inclusive educational community with a deep commitment to access that inspires us to serve students from diverse backgrounds, experiences, identities, and abilities. We have a longstanding special mission to serve students with disabilities. By supporting all students, we champion education, opportunity and prosperity for all. As engaged global citizens, members of our community make positive contributions to the State of Wisconsin, to our nation, and to the world.

Our academic programs serve undergraduate and graduate students, including online learners, and span the disciplines, from the theoretical to the applied, and encompass study in the arts, business, education, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, technology, and professional and interdisciplinary programs. High-quality programs are offered at the associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral levels. These programs prepare students to become lifelong learners who lead successful lives and enjoy productive careers.

 Too Few:

Former student sues, saying UW-Whitewater failed to protect her and others from sexual harassment by former chancellor’s husband

UW-Whitewater spokesman Jeffrey Angileri referred questions to UW System. UW System spokesman Mark Pitsch said Wednesday: “We just received this, and do not comment on pending litigation.

See also Ex-student Stephanie Vander Pas sues for failure of UW-Whitewater to protect her and others from sexual harassment by former chancellor’s husband.

There is a oft-asserted contention that during litigation an institutional defendant should prudently make ‘no comment.’  That’s false, although it’s often what non-lawyers speciously contend lawyers should do. On the contrary, there is a range of replies (in word and deed) that an institution, its spokesmen, and its lawyers can make when faced with serious claims of abusive and unethical behavior.

‘No comment’ is what those who are indolent or indifferent say.

UW-Whitewater’s students and faculty deserve leaders who speak meaningfully and act sincerely in response to claims of individual injury from institutional misconduct.

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