Updated: 05/15/2014 10:39 PM
Created: 05/15/2014 4:45 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
In the face of budget cuts and lower enrollment, the University of Wisconsin in Superior is sharing how students, staff and faculty will be impacted.
"It's tough," Director of Marketing and Communications Lynne Williams said. "It's not fun, but we have to do this in order to be prudent with our resources and provide the best possible educational experience for years to come."
Williams said the university will have to make up a $4.5 million shortage over the next five years. Cuts won't be the only solution; the university also has plans to grow revenue.
"Regardless of how well they try to manage these budget cuts, there is no good way to move forward with this much money cut from our university," Former Student Body President Graham Garfield said.
The exact outcome of the cuts is still unclear, but a couple things have been done. The university will have a private company run the bookstore starting July 1.
They'll also possibly put all marketing staff in one office and recruitment staff in one office. That has led to one job cut so far.
Custodial and grounds staff were also given letters alerting them their jobs may be at risk. No final decision have been made there. Officials are evaluating other options like hiring an outside source.
In the midst of this financial struggle, the university debuted their new Strategic Plan Thursday. It will set new goals. Those include getting students more prepared for their careers and more engaged in the community.
"The plan is more about positioning ourselves, enhancing the curriculum, focusing on things like internships and job placement," Chancellor Renee Wachter said.
A meeting with more information about budget cuts will take place next week.
Man Dies after Fall Through Ice in Aitkin County
A man has died after the ATV he was driving broke through thin ice on a lake in east-central Minnesota.
Some Northland Lakes Freezing Sooner than Last Year, Many Still not Safe
On average, the lakes in and around Duluth have frozen over about a week earlier than they did last year. This has caused the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to remind the public about ice safety.
Minnesota Man Attacked by Bear in Pine Co. Breaks his Silence
The Minnesota hunter who survived a bear attack is thankful to be alive Friday after the incident three months ago.
3 Residents Escape Hibbing Apartment Fire
Around 70 emergency responders spent much of their Thanksgiving Day fighting a two-alarm fire at a Hibbing apartment building. Two adults and one child were inside but escaped. They were taken to a hospital for evaluation.
One Man Dead After House Fire in Town of Superior
One man is dead after a house fire broke out in the Town of Superior on Thursday morning. It happened around 1:30 a.m. on the 6300 block of South Darrow Road. Crews arrived on the scene to find the lower floor of the two-story house fully engulfed.