Good morning, colleagues. Here is this week’s update from Academic Affairs.

Welcome back!

Welcome back to all our students on campus.

Hurricane Harvey Relief

NPR has created a resource page on how to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Start-of-Semester Memo

The Start of Semester Memo, which contains useful policy-related information, is available online.


The Occupational Therapy master’s program has been fully accredited – congratulations!

The College of Engineering and Applied Science received their final accreditation letter – well done!

Dr. Lingfeng Wang (Electrical Engineering) and Dr. Wei Wei (Mathematical Sciences) at UWM and their collaborators at Michigan Tech received $700,975 from NSF for their three-year project titled, “CPS: Medium: Collaborative Research: An Actuarial Framework of Cyber Risk Management for Power Grids.” Congratulations, Lingfeng and Wei!

Dr. Wang also received an NSF award of $264,031 for his three-year project titled, “Developing Effective Strategies for Enhancing Power System Resiliency in the Presence of Cyber-Physical Attacks.” Congratulations, Lingfeng!

Milwaukee Women’s Soccer ties program record with fourth-straight shutout to open the season – team now 3-0-1 overall and #12 in regional poll. Great news!

Milwaukee Volleyball head coach Susie Johnson became the third coach in program history to reach 200 career victories. More great news!

The Week


I meet with Robin Van Harpen, I have a staff meeting, and the Chancellor’s Cabinet meets. I’m attending the University Committee meeting, and a meet and greet with Gateway Technical College and UW-Parkside regarding FoxConn. At the end the day, I have a teleconference with UW-Whitewater’s provost.


I start the day with my one-on-one meeting with Val Klump and then with Mark Harris, I’m doing an interview with a graduate student for his research project, I have a meeting with the Chancellor, and I’m attending a cricket event sponsored by CIE as part of Welcome Week activities – which will be fun!


I have meetings with Dave Clark, Sue Cashin (ASC Chair), and Kris O’Connor (UC Chair). I also have meetings with some of my direct reports.


Friday is mainly occupied by meetings and administrative work, including a lengthy meeting of the Budget Model Working Group.


Submit a proposal and register for the 3rd Annual UWM Teaching and Learning Symposium

Learn how you can participate in Homecoming and Black & Gold Spirit Days at the Campus Spirit Kickoff

Panther Basketball teams announce non-conference schedules for 2017-18 season for men and women.

The UWM Chapter of WWHEL will be holding its annual Welcome event

Multicultural Open House and Feast – September 6

Register for a Banned Books Week talk and workshop featuring James LaRue – September 25

Men’s Soccer International Night: Panthers vs. Northern Kentucky – September 30


The first Labor Day celebration was held on September 5, 1882 in New York City and the first state to declare it a public holiday was Oregon in 1887. It became a Federal public holiday in 1894.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs