Save the Date: Academic Staff Institute Coming in April

April 14, 2008
Academic Staff Institute 2008

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Memorial Union (TITU)

This annual event allows academic staff participants to learn how to get involved on campus, explore new communication strategies, value their role as academic staff at a first-tier institution, and identify their own leadership skills.

We’re already working on an extraordinary lineup of speakers that includes a welcome by Aaron Brower, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, and a keynote address by Gary Sandefur, Dean of the Colleges of Letters and Science.

The cost to attend (which includes continental breakfast, lunch, and break) is perhaps the best $25 you will spend all year!

Details will be posted here as they are confirmed.

BONUS: MASA will pay your registration fee!
MASA will cover registration fees for: 1) individuals joining MASA concurrent with their Academic Staff Institute registration and 2) MASA members who are first time Institute attendees.

Space is limited, so register now!

Download the agenda.

MASA Brown Bag on Workplace Communication

February 21, 2008
Enhancing Workplace Communication: How to Avoid Taking Things Personally

Steve Pearson
Director, Employee Assistance Office

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Memorial Union (TITU)

Join us for an opportunity to reflect on how to effectively enhance workplace communication. Presenter Steve Pearson will expand our thinking and open new avenues to workplace interactions and conflict resolution. This is a presentation not to be missed.

Steve will also be presenting another brown bag at Memorial Union (TITU) on March 12 called Responding to Conflict. Mark your calendars.

MASA Kicks off ‘Hidden Treasures Tour’ with Design Gallery

The MASA Hidden Treasures Tour
Many of us come to campus everyday, but we rarely explore the amazing hidden treasures that this university has to offer. People come from far and wide to take advantage of UW-Madison’s unique attractions while we often struggle to find time to experience them.

To help academic staff learn about and fully enjoy their university, MASA has scheduled a semester full of events showcasing the “hidden treasures” of UW-Madison.

The first of the Hidden Treasures Tours will be held Thursday, February 28, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and will include tours of the School of Human Ecology’s Design Gallery and the Hellen Allen Textile Collection.

The Design Gallery’s Student Exhibits showcase “the best of class and research projects by students in textile, apparel, and interior design. Design 2008 is an annual exhibition juried by professionals in the field. Throughout the academic year, students in Design Studies studio classes reserve their best projects for this exhibition, which typically includes a broad range of work from weaving samples, garments, color studies, sculpture, and architectural models to computer-aided-design images and digital projections.”

A department tradition since 1992, this show provides many students with their first opportunity to exhibit in a professionally managed gallery will be holding their yearly student exhibits.”

The Design Gallery (room 70) and the Helen Allen Textile Collection (room 378) are both located in the School of Human Ecology Building, 1300 Linden Drive.


Academic Staff Honors Reception

February 13, 2008
Campus-Wide Reception to Honor Academic Staff Award Recipients

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Paige Court, Chazen Museum of Art

MASA is hosting a campus-wide reception to honor academic staff who have been recognized for their contributions to the University of Wisconsin-Madison during the 2006-07 academic year.

Appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available. A guided tour of the museum will also be available providing an opportunity to see the 2008 Art Department Faculty Exhibition. Paintings, sculpture, graphics, ceramics, textiles, woodwork, metalwork, glass, prints and photographs, as well as performance, video and computer art, will all be on view.

Please RSVP by February 8, 2008 if you plan on attending and if you are interested in taking the tour. The number of attendees assigned to a tour will be limited. We hope you plan to take this opportunity to recognize the contributions made by the academic staff on our campus.

Please RSVP by contacting Valli Warren, President-Elect of MASA, at 262-3773 or