Adrienne Bass joined us to provide updates on several activities including homecoming, a speaker series, and the annual Alumni dinner. She also discussed the Panther Advocate Group, which had a good turnout for the annual visit to Madison last month. The UC continued to discuss how course duplication could be handled more effectively, and how the current and proposed budget model is a disincentive to sharing and consolidating course across units. Statistic courses are a good example, and working this out might create a best practice model that units could follow to remove the budgetary disincentive. The UC also discussed what recommendations are being developed to assure research is supported at UWM during the steep budget cuts that undermine our ability to retain our R1 status.