May 11, 2020  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates, Timely Announcements

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


Dawn Erb (Physics) was named 2020 Research Mentor of the Year by the Office of Undergraduate Research. Well done!

Congratulations to the winners of the Outstanding Presentation Awards at the 2020 Virtual UWM Undergraduate Research Symposium! See the list of winners.

The Health Care Administration program at UWM was honored nationally by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) for the third consecutive year, as the recipient of the 2020 Higher Education Network Award in the undergraduate category. This prestigious award recognizes the program demonstrating the highest level of engagement including students and alumni as emerging leaders. Well done!

UWM Journalism students won 12 awards in the statewide Wisconsin Newspaper Association contest, a major contest comprising all college newspapers in the state. Congratulations!

David Southward (Honors College) is one of the poets featured by Brain Mill Press for National Poetry Month. You can read his short essay and poetry online at the Poetry Month SpotlightCongratulations, David!

In the News

Sandra McClellan (Freshwater Sciences) discussed testing sewage samples for coronavirus in an interview with WISN.

Amanda Seligman (Amanda is from the History department) recently published an essay about working from home, “Pandemic Academic: Mothering from the Home Office,” on Nursing Clio.

Barry Cameron (Geosciences) was interviewed for an article in The SOMM Journal about older vines and the quality of wine.

On the Bright Side

Recently, UWM Senior Nathan Feest was reviewing the Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research’s bi-weekly email of service opportunities and noticed that a local nonprofit, Pathfinders, needed masks for local youth. He knew he had to help. Nathan had heard about a way to make masks with 3D printing. The 3D printer is capable of printing about 85% of the mask and Nathan uses pieces of N95 masks to finish assembling them. Each N95 mask can produce 4-5 of the masks that Nathan is printing. Nathan delivered his first set of masks to Pathfinders last week and plans to drop off another batch this week. Well done, Nathan! We’re so proud of how you used innovation and technology to serve the community.

The Week


I start the week with my daily Crisis Management Team (CMT) Leadership meeting, followed by my weekly meeting with Robin Van Harpen, my monthly meeting with Scott Emmons, an EAB virtual roundtable, a System Provost meeting, an Associate Deans meeting, my daily meeting with Dev Venugopalan and Laura Pedrick, and a CEAS Student Research Poster Award Ceremony.


In the morning, I have another CMT Leadership meeting, my weekly meeting with the Chancellor, and my monthly meeting with Brett Peters. In the afternoon, I have a Fall Planning meeting with Department Chairs, I’ll provide an Academic Affairs Update to the Academic Staff Senate, and I have a Campus Budget meeting.


I once again start the day with the CMT Leadership meeting, followed by the Deans Morning Meeting, my one-on-one with Purush Papatla, and an APLU Urban-Serving Universities teleconference. I will then join the Chancellor in meeting with Dave Clark, Kay Eilers, and Sue Weslow, followed by my monthly meeting with Trudy Turner, my standing meeting with Val Klump and Tim Grundl, and my daily meeting with Dev and Laura.


In the morning, I have another CMT Leadership meeting, my standing meeting with Brian Thompson, my bi-weekly meeting with Tom Luljak, an Executive Cabinet meeting, and my monthly meeting with Stan Stojkovic. In the afternoon, I’ll join the School of Education’s All School meeting, I have my monthly meeting with Tim Behrens, and my daily meeting with Dev and Laura.


Today, I have the final CMT Leadership meeting for the week, followed by my one-on-ones with Dave Clark and Ron Perez, the Ombuds Council meeting, the monthly Integrated Support Services Steering Update, and my daily meeting with Dev and Laura.


End of Semester Memo

The Spring 2020 End of Semester memo is online.

Teams Tip

Use the new Teams Checklists to check your setting and make sure you have access to full capabilities for the platform.

Disruptive Technologies Lab

SOIS is hosting an online faculty and student research networking opportunity around disruptive technology in safety, security, privacy, and ethics on Wednesday, May 13 at noon.


Can you pronounce these place names?

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs