2015 Report to the Community

Report to Community 2015

Read the 2015 Report to the Community booklet

Dear friends,

UW-Fond du Lac is focused on our future.

In the spring of 2014, we unveiled a long-term facilities master-plan which will guide our campus planning through the next ten years. This master planning process was done in partnership with Fond du Lac County and Strang, Inc. It reflects the commitment of the faculty, staff, and students of UW-Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac County and community stakeholders to our mission and to our local area.

This master plan integrates capital planning with our core mission of access; teaching and learning; and student success. The recommendations ranged from new spaces which will enhance the learning styles of the next generation of college students to new building projects.

One of the proposed projects that will be transformational is student housing. The Falcon Villas will house up to 84 students. Construction will begin soon on land adjacent to our Physical Education building.

Our focus on the creative arts continues with the return of the popular Madrigal Dinner and a variety of art exhibits, music department concerts and theater productions. 

A recent $10,000 UW System grant will expand the availability of undergraduate research opportunities for our students. This is an opportunity that first and second year college students often do not have at larger schools.

Looking to the future, we will transform our library into a Learning Commons - where students engage in more collaboration, multi-media work, group projects and individual study through use of both high-tech and low-tech activities.

UW-Fond du Lac continues to collaborate with other institutions in higher education to offer exciting opportunities for our students. The collaborations include a new
bachelor’s degree in engineering technology awarded by UW-Oshkosh/UW-Green Bay; new projects with NEW ERA (Northeast Wisconsin Educational Resources Alliance); strengthened bachelor’s degree completion programs such as the human services leadership degree with UW-Oshkosh; and a new Prairie Ecology and Restoration course with Marian University.

Finally, I want to highlight the importance of the UW-Fond du Lac Foundation and the great work that the Foundation Board members do for our students and for this campus as a whole. The Foundation helps us make a critical link to our alumni, donors and friends, while providing us with feedback on what an important difference
this campus makes in our community.

I invite you to visit our campus - attend a play or lecture; enjoy an art exhibit; enroll in a credit or non-credit class; or volunteer to help our students. We are a Creative Campus where entrepreneurship and the seizing of new ideas and opportunities will guide us forward.

Sincerely yours,
John Short
Campus Dean and CEO