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Wisconsin Idea Fellows Program

Resolution

WHEREAS, the Wisconsin Idea has been a guiding principle of the University of Wisconsin since the presidency of Charles Van Hise one hundred years ago when it was first noted that, in our modern vernacular, “the boundaries of the university are the boundaries of the State of Wisconsin;” and

WHEREAS, thousands of faculty and staff of the University of Wisconsin System serve the citizens of the state daily by providing their talents, time and expertise beyond the classroom in countless ways, performing public service throughout the state; and

WHEREAS, through this work, the University of Wisconsin plays a central role in the economic vitality of the state as well as its quality of life; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Regents wishes to acknowledge and encourage such activity and to make the connections between UW faculty and staff and the communities, non-profits and businesses that they serve much more visible; and

WHEREAS, in the spirit of “Engage Wisconsin,” we want to call the attention of the public, government and business leaders to UW experts who can serve as resources for them and help encourage job growth in the state;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents establishes “The Wisconsin Idea Fellows Program” to recognize and honor the faculty and staff who are contributing to their communities and to the state;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Board directs the UW System President and Chancellors to advance to the Board each spring the names of faculty and staff to receive the honorary title “Wisconsin Idea Fellow” for the following academic year.

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