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

R1 Campus Celebration

All are invited to attend a celebration of UWM’s continuing R1 status as a research university this Friday at 3:30 p.m. on the second floor of the UWM Student Union. Following the program, which will include remarks by UW-System President Ray Cross, there will be a reception in the Union second floor lounge. The R1 celebration coincides with the 11th Annual UWM Undergraduate Research Symposium from 11:45 a.m. until 4 p.m. Please come early and explore the symposium for the opportunity to meet with our amazing undergraduates and learn firsthand about their research.


I want to extend a word of thanks to all the instructors who have moved their course materials from D2L to Canvas. More than 1,600 courses are being taught in Canvas this spring! It is imperative that we keep the momentum going as D2L will not be available after fall 2019.

Laretta Henderson (SOIS) was accepted into the 2019-2020 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program. Laretta was chosen for this prestigious fellowship because she demonstrates “great promise for administrative advancement and significant future leadership contributions to higher education.” Congratulations on this honor, Laretta!

Patrick Brady (Physics) has been elected Spokesperson for the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) Scientific Collaboration, known as the  LSC. The LSC is an international collaboration with1300 members from more than 118 institutions across 20 countries. The Spokesperson, who is elected by the LSC Council to a two-year term, leads the Collaboration and represents the LSC to the world. This is a great recognition by your peers, Patrick, and richly deserved!

Jim Climer (Music) has been inducted into the American Bandmasters Association, the preeminent concert band conductors’ organization. Membership is extended by invitation to leaders of the wind band movement and is considered to be the highest honor given within the wind studies realm. Dr. Climer is one of only 300 members and was featured as a guest conductor at the ABA’s 2019 convention. Well done, Jim!

Rebecca Klaper (Fresh Water Sciences) proudly shared with us that Becky Curtis (PhD student, Freshwater Sciences) won the award for best Poster Presentation for her poster titled, “Next-generation battery cathode material lithium cobalt oxide (LCO) nanosheets and metabolomic impacts to freshwater crustacean Daphnia magna,” at the Midwest Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry meeting in La Crosse. Eric Ostovich (PhD Student, Freshwater Sciences) won “runner-up” for his poster, “Developing an in vitro model from Daphnia magna to evaluate the molecular interactions of nanoparticles.” Congratulations, Becky and Eric!

Leslie Harris and Erin Sahlstein Parcell (Communication) have been awarded the Federation Prize from the Central States Communication Association and an Advancing the Discipline Grant from the National Communication Association for The Gun Violence Project: Narratives of Violence in Milwaukee. Well done, Leslie and Erin!

Jonathan Kasparek’s (General Studies) book, Proxmire: Bulldog of the Senate, has been published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. This the first comprehensive biography of one of Wisconsin’s most important, and entertaining, political figures who was known for championing consumer-protection legislation, farming interests, and his monthly “Golden Fleece Award.” Congratulations, Jonathan!

Kudos to an astrophysics group led by David Kaplan and Joe Swiggum and including Bob Aloisi (lead), Aristeo Cruz, Luke Daniels, Natalie Meyers, Ryan Roekle, and August Schuett for their new publication, “The Green Bank North Celestial Cap Pulsar Survey. IV: Four New Timing Solutions,” in the Astrophysical Journal. The publication marks the first time at UWM that research completed in a first-year, course-based research project has resulted in a publication in a major, peer-reviewed journal.

WUWM General Manager Finalists

Four finalists for the position of General Manager of WUWM will visit campus this week and next week. Campus public presentation dates and times and candidate materials are online. Finalist Dan Skinner’s presentation is today at 2 p.m. in Lubar N120, and finalist Mike Arnold’s presentation is tomorrow at 1 p.m. in Architecture 191.

Milwaukee Athletics

Congratulations to Kylie Wilks, a junior on the Milwaukee volleyball team. She was the winner of the Third Annual Elevator Pitch Competition, presented by Northwestern Mutual and the Milwaukee Athletics Academic Enhancement Program.

The Milwaukee Athletic Department recently announced a 15% discount available on 2019-20 basketball season-ticket memberships for UWM alumni, faculty, and staff. This great offer is open for all seating areas that are sold.

The Week


In the morning, I have standing meetings with Ray Fleming and Stan Stojkovic, an External Strategic Partnerships meeting, and the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet Deep Dive meeting. In the afternoon, I have a June Board of Regents planning meeting with the Chancellor, my bi-weekly meeting with Mark Harris, and my weekly staff meeting.


I start the day with the Deans’ Morning Meeting, followed by a meeting with Brett Peters and Stephen Schmid, and monthly meetings with Kim Litwack and Kristin Roosevelt. Later, I’ll provide remarks at the UWM Libraries Outstanding Achievement Award Ceremony and attend the University Committee meeting. I have a standing meeting with Chancellor Mone, Sue Weslow, and Katie Miota on Enrollment Management and a meeting with Kristian O’Connor. I also have a phone meeting with System on our Fresh Water Initiative.


I have a Federal Program Review meeting and will travel to Madison for the UW-System Provost’s meeting.

Thursday and Friday

I will be in Madison for the Board of Regents meeting. I will be back on campus Friday afternoon to attend the R1 celebration.


Reading and Conversation

Brazilian author and journalist Lucrecia Zappi visits UWM today at 2 p.m. in the American Geological Society Library.


Marcy Bidney (UWM Libraries) presents a talk, “Imagining the Moon: A History of Lunar Visualizations,” on Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. in the American Geological Society Library.

Art Gallery Reception

Please join the Emile H. Mathis Art Gallery and the Department of Art History on Thursday, April 4 from 5-7 p.m. for the closing reception of graduate student Samantha Maloney’s thesis exhibition, “Face. Off. Faceoff: Mapping African Representations in Western Art Museums.” The closing celebration will feature a gallery talk by the curator at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Online Program Council Poster Session

For its April meeting, the Online Program Council will hold a digital Online Program Poster Session on Friday, April 5 from 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Engelmann B73. Poster topics include online student learning and engagement, online program development and trends, and best practices for online program marketing and student support.

An Evening of Jewish Theatre History

Please join the Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies on Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. at Boswell Book Company as Professor Joel Berkowitz hosts an evening of Jewish theatre history. Visiting authors and members of the Digital Yiddish Theatre Project Debra Caplan and Alyssa Quint celebrate the release of their new books: Caplan’s Yiddish Empire and Quint’s The Rise of the Modern Yiddish Theatre.

Digital Humanities Roundtable Discussion

C21 presents, “Bending the Archive: Zines, Preservation, and the Digital Humanities,” on Friday, April 5 at 4 p.m. in Curtin 175. This roundtable discusses key issues in the digital humanities as they pertain to zine archiving in particular, and archiving subcultures, marginalized communities, and ephemera in general. Jenna Freedman (Barnard Library, NYC), Milo Miller (UWM and the Queer Zine Archive Project), and Lane Hall (English, UWM) will speak and Joe Austin (History, UWM) will moderate.

Latin American Film Series

Join the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies for the 41st Annual Latin American Film Series (April 5-11), organized with UWM Union Student Involvement and Union Cinema, and supported by nearly 30 campus and community cosponsors.


A Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide will take place on Monday, April 8 at 5:30 p.m. in Curtin 175. Please join us for an homage to the survivors and victims, a discussion with Director of Human Rights Watch Africa Advocacy Carine Kaneza Nantulya, and an opportunity to participate in, “I’m Standing Upright,” a global solidarity photo project by the Upright Men Collective. A screening of Sometimes in April will follow at 7 p.m.

UWM TechStore Employee Appreciation Day

On Thursday, April 11, UWM employees and students receive an additional $50 off MAC education pricing and $25 off iPAD education pricing.

Toxic Masculinity

UWM Women’s Resource Center and Military and Veteran Resource Center are collaborating to bring awareness to toxic masculinity and sexual assault in the military. They will be hosting a workshop along with featured speaker Nickolas Gaines entitled, “Masculinity Detox,” on Tuesday, April 16 from 2-4 p.m. in Union 280. The keynote, “#MelitaryToo: More Than Just a Hashtag,” will take place from 5-7 p.m. in the Alumni Fireside Lounge.

CLACS Fellows Program

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is pleased to announce a new CLACS Fellows Program to support research and public engagement on the topic of Migration in the Americas. CLACS will support up to three Faculty Fellows (2019-20). Applications are due April 19.

Aging Research Collaboration Team at UWM

Sponsored by the UWM Office of Research through the Collaborative Research Team Development Awards, a seminar entitled, “A Systematic Community Approach to Aging Issues in Milwaukee’s Latinos,” will be held on Monday, April 15 at 9:30 a.m. in the Golda Meir Library 4th Floor Conference Center. This seminar will give health care professionals the knowledge to utilize collaboration to improve the health, wellness, and social circumstances of high-risk and low-income Latino older adults struggling with health and social disparities. It will also provide the opportunity to learn ongoing and promising efforts to increase the capacity of the future workforce to meet the increasing need for bilingual/ bi-cultural health and social service professionals. Please RSVP by April 11.

Neighborhood Awards

Carolyn Esswein, director of Community Design Solutions at UWM, is one of two finalists for the 2019 Northern Trust Navigator Award, administered by the Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDI). Jurors will announce the winner later this month, butyou can vote (through April 11) for Community Design Solutions – based in SARUP – to receive the organization’s People’s Choice award and $1,000 prize.


The ICC Cricket World Cup is only 60 days away.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs