Opening Week Events

Fall Opening Week Events

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As we look forward to the beginning of fall semester, I hope that you will be able to participate in many of the events listed below.

Dean Van Galen


Monday, Aug. 26

9 - 11:30 a.m.
Riverview Ballroom, UC

Opening Meeting

11:30 a.m.
UC Mall
(rain site: Falcon's Nest)

Hospitality Reception


College/Department Meeting

Tuesday, Aug. 27

All Day

Activity Insight Day
Please update your information within Activity Insight.

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
118 WEB

New Faculty and Academic Staff Training
      by invitation only

9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
23 Hagestad Hall

Chair and Director Training: Regional Law Day

Kristin Johnson
System Legal Counsel
Prior to joining the UW System, Kristin served as Assistant General Counsel for the Medical College of Wisconsin where she handled student affairs, employment, research and other legal matters inherent to higher education. She also served as in-house legal counsel for GE Healthcare, advising on commercial transactions, regulatory compliance, and research matters. She received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Minnesota (2003) and Juris Doctor degree from Marquette University Law School (2008).

Wade Harrison
System Legal Counsel
Wade joined the UW System Office of General Counsel in July 2014 as System Legal Counsel. He focuses in the areas of employment law, student affairs, diversity issues, health care, real estate, bankruptcy and training. Prior to joining UW System, Wade worked at the law firm of Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. and his practice involved advising and representing both private and public employers in a variety of labor and employment, education and health law matters. He has appeared before the Wisconsin Equal Rights Division, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, United States Department of Education - Office of Civil Rights, Wisconsin state courts, United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin and the United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Wade received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Loyola University, Chicago, with minors in women's studies and African American studies. Before starting his career in law, Wade worked in California and Chicago gaining experience in international trade and human resources.

Session 1 
Legal Training for New Supervisors and Department Chairs
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
This session is designed to provide new department chairs or other supervisors with an introduction to higher education law. The topics covered will include and will cover several topics for higher education law including employment law (with an emphasis on sexual harassment issues), public records, and open meetings.


Brown Bag Lunch
Ask a Lawyer
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Bring your lunch, come with your questions or listen to others.


Session 2
Intellectual Property Basics: Copyright
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Do you have questions about what materials you can use in your classroom or research? Do you want to know how to get permission to reprint and share the work of others? Have you ever felt you could use a little more training on your rights and obligations regarding the Copyright Laws? If so, this session is geared towards you.  We will provide you some background on the federal relevant law, including the “Teach Act” exceptions and also give you some tips and tricks to stay in compliance and how to get permission to reprint materials for your students.


Session 3
Student Internships and Student Employment
1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

The Office of General Counsel receives a lot of questions on this area such as “How is student employment taxed,”  “Can the university pay student interns who are assigned to work for other private or non-profit employers,” “Does the Fair Labor Standards Act apply to student employment?,” and “What is the difference between student employment and student activities.” We will address these difficult questions and more in this session.


Session 4
Contracts and Liability
3 - 4:30 p.m
What UW System employees need to know before they sign a contract or engage in an activity with risk to others.

Wednesday, Aug. 28

9 - 11:30 a.m.
23 Hagestad Hall

Strategic Planning

All campus employees are invited to an open forum for conversations to help develop the next strategic plan. Please come ready to innovate, imagine, and engage in activities and discussions.

RSVP by Monday, Aug. 26, to Heather Wittkopf 

Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Alumni Room, South Hall

Newly Tenured and Promoted Faculty Luncheon

2 - 3:30 p.m.
23 Hagestad Hall

Academic Planning

3 - 4:30 p.m.
101, 161, 162, and 164 Davee Library

International Student Registration


Thursday, Aug. 29

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
118 WEB

New Faculty and Staff Training
   by invitation only

12:30 - 1 p.m.
Riverview Ballroom, UC

1:30 - 3:25 p.m.
Davee Library Computer Labs

Transfer and New Student Advising and Registration



4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

New Employee Reception


Friday, Aug. 30

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
118 WEB

Mental Health First Aid Training
Student Health and Counseling
Boxed lunch and beverages will be provided.

Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This eight-hour training offers the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.
View the flyer.

Registration is required by Tuesday, Aug. 27.


9 - 9:50 a.m.
23 Hagestad Hall

FASDB Faculty Development Opportunities
John Walker and Cyndi Kernahan

An overview of grant opportunities available to faculty and academic staff.

11 - 11:50 a.m.
23 Hagestad Hall

International Education
Heidi Soneson

This session will provide critical information on advising students about study abroad through UWRF, receiving international students in your courses, and faculty opportunities for international engagement.