April 11, 2022  |  News & Events, Provost's Updates, Timely Announcements

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


Jennifer Jordan (Sociology) was selected as a UW System Fellow at the Institute for Research on the Humanities at UW-Madison to complete her book on hops. Congratulations, Jennifer!

Erin Sahlstein Parcell’s (Communication) co-authored chapter, “Family Communication and the COVID-19 Pandemic,” appears in Lexington Book’s recently released, “Personal and Administrative Perspectives from the Communication Discipline during the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Well done, Erin!

Katherine Du’s (Marketing) research related to the potential positive brand effects of praising the competition (with Duke University’s Keisha Cutright and Lingrui Zhou) has been featured in the Harvard Business Review article, “When Praising the Competition Benefits Your Brand.” Their article is forthcoming in the Journal of Marketing. Congratulations, Katherine!

Laura Peracchio’s (Marketing) article, “Hunger and Food Well-Being: Advancing Research and Practice,” co-authored with Melissa Bublitz (UW-Oshkosh), and Johnathan Hansen and Sherrie Tussler (Hunger Task Force), has won the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing’s 2022 Thomas C. Kinnear AwardCongratulations, Laura!

Kellie Resnick (Master of Healthcare Administration student) placed second in the Richard J. Stull Student Essay competition held by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) for her essay titled, “A Whole Person Approach to Behavioral Health: Improving Outcomes and Lowering Treatment Costs.” Well done, Kellie!

Rachel Ida Buff (History) has been chosen as the recipient of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP’s) 2022 Outstanding Achievement Award. The award is presented in recognition of the outstanding efforts of an individual, chapter, or conference on behalf of AAUP principles, and will be presented to Rachel at AAUP’s 2022 Biennial Meeting in June. Congratulations, Rachel!

Kudos to JAMS students who brought home 11 awards from the 2021 regional Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence contest, including a first-place honor for the department’s new site, Media Milwaukee. UWM journalists compete against students from across the upper Midwest; winners move on to the national SPJ competition. In the Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Journalism contest, UWM topped UW-Madison and Marquette with 27 awards in print/online, video, and audio categories.

In the News

Scott Schaefer (Geosciences) was interviewed on TMJ4 about the Milwaukee Formation, which was also a great plug for the Greene Gallery at UWM.

Jessica Gatzow’s (Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies student) audio story about UWM’s compost program aired statewide last month on Wisconsin Public Radio. She produced the piece in Jane Hampden Daley’s Audio Storytelling class.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on Jeb Bush’s presentation at Waukesha and Fox6 interviewed him.

Milwaukee Athletics

Bart Lundy was named the Panthers’ eighth head coach since Milwaukee moved to NCAA Division I in 1990. He was introduced on campus by UWM Chancellor Mark Mone and Director of Athletics Amanda Braun on Monday, March 28.

The Week


I start the week with my standing meeting with Robin Van Harpen, followed by a 2030 planning meeting, a Chancellor meeting, my weekly check-in with Dave Clark and Kay Eilers, and my weekly staff meeting.


In the morning, I have a Coronavirus Management Team (CMT) Leadership meeting, my standing meeting with Chia Vang, my biweekly meeting with Mark Harris, the biweekly CEMAT Leads meeting, and another 2030 meeting. In the afternoon, I’ll meet with UWM’s Regional Manager for South Asia Priyal Shah, I have my standing meeting with Keri Duce and Michelle Johnson, I’ll provide an Academic Affairs update for the Academic Staff Senate, I have my weekly meeting with Chancellor Mone, and a one-on-one with Bob Beck.


Today, I have a Strategic Partnerships meeting, an executive update from the Milwaukee Anchor Collaborative, my one-on-one with Simon Bronner, my monthly meeting with Kim Litwack and Amy Harley, an AAUP Leadership meeting, my one-on-one with Dave Clark, and a Strategic Faculty Hiring meeting with Chia Vang and Dev Venugopalan.


In the morning, I have another CMT Leadership meeting, my one-on-one with Kaushal Chari, and Chancellor Mone and I will meet with President John Raymond and Provost Joseph Kerschner from the Medical College of Wisconsin. In the afternoon, I have my one-on-one with Michael Doylen, my monthly meeting with Nicole Oswald and Mike Priem, the bi-monthly executive update on the Space Optimization Project, and an Endless Frontiers meeting with the Chancellor.


Today, I have my standing meeting with Jennifer Abele, my one-on-one with Brett Peters, and the bi-monthly UW System Provosts Council meeting.


Dean Bronner Speaks at IUPUI

On Tuesday, April 12 at 5 p.m., Dean Simon Bronner will present, “On the Question of a US Border Culture and Latinx Ethnic Identity,” via Zoom at Indiana University-Indianapolis.

UWM Data 101

The Data Governance Custodial Committee (DGCC) is presenting a one-hour virtual talk titled, “UWM Data 101,” on April 13 at 10 a.m. Begin here for questions on how to find and interact with campus data. This event is open to all campus staff. Registration is required. Contact DGCC Chair Stephanie Warner (swarner@uwm.edu) with questions.

Lonely No More!

The second roundtable for C21’s Lonely No More! Symposium will take place virtually on Wednesday, April 13 from 1-2:30 p.m. The focus of the event, “Nonhuman Kinship,” will address loneliness as it relates to loss, grief, and extinction in animals today and the possibilities of nonhuman kin through computers, robots, and AI in the future. Advance registration required.

Design Thinking Workshop

Join the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center (LEC) in welcoming world-renowned expert on the design of medical equipment and experiences, Doug Dietz, who will give a 90-minute talk and workshop focused on design thinking, storytelling tools, and approaches to empathy on April 14 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the LEC Atrium.

Remote Film Screening

The premiere screening of “Maksym Osa,” a Ukrainian film based on the graphic novel, will take place on April 14 and 25 at 7 p.m. The screening features a roundtable with the filmmakers. Advance registration required.

Solar System Expedition

Bring the family for an interactive tour of our cosmic neighborhood, the Solar System, on Saturday, April 16 at 2 p.m. at the UWM Planetarium. Marvel at the Sun’s powerful flares, Jupiter’s swirling storms, and Saturn’s intriguing moons. Travel to the icy worlds of the Kuiper Belt and behold the latest discoveries from Juno and New Horizons. Registration. Email planetarium@uwm.edu with questions.

2022 Maps & America: Arthur Holzheimer Lecture

Dr. Katherine Parker, Research Officer at Barry Lawrence Ruderman Rare Maps, Inc., presents, “Mapping Difference and Distance: Indigenous Presence on European Maps of Southern Patagonia in the Early Modern Period,” on April 28 at 6 p.m. in the American Geographical Society Library. Registration required.

Campus Cares

Sometimes students need a referral to a campus or community resource. Learn about referral resources.

University Challenge

Please join us for the tenth annual Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon University Challenge on Sunday, October 2 as UWM competes against Marquette University and Concordia University. We are currently seeking UWM students, faculty, staff, and alumni to join our team. We encourage runners of ALL SPEEDS to join the team! For more information, please contact Rachael Daniel (rdaniel@uwm.edu or 1-414-229-4277) or visit the University Challenge webpage.

Off-Campus Housing Census

Every UWM student and resident of the East Side of Milwaukee should complete this census survey, which is expected to take no more than 2-5 minutes. The deadline to complete the census is April 15. If you have any questions regarding the census, please contact the UWM Neighborhood Housing Office at housing@uwm.edu.

Protect Your Vehicle from Theft – a message from our Police Department

The UWM Police Department would like to remind you there are several things you can do to help protect your vehicle from thieves. Remember, criminals take the path of least resistance. If they must work too hard to steal your stuff, they will probably move on to something else. Here are a few tips to safeguard your vehicle:

  1. Always lock your car!
  2. Do not park your vehicle in an unsecured garage! If possible, park in a well-lit, high traffic location.
  3. Invest in a good anti-theft alarm or a steering wheel locking device. If you are the owner of a Kia or Huyndai, you can stop by the UWM Police Department or your local Police agency to pick one up for free.
  4. Never leave your car unattended while its running and never leave any valuables inside the vehicle.

If you ever find that you are the victim of a car break in, approach the vehicle very carefully, make sure suspect(s) have left the area, and call Police. Remember, your personal property isn’t worth your life.


This has never happened in a Test series . . .

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs