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

Outside Activities Reporting Reminder

A friendly reminder to those faculty, academic staff and limited appointees who have not yet completed their Outside Activities Disclosure – that the deadline for completing their disclosure is April 30.  Reminder e-mail notifications have been sent to those who have not yet completed their disclosure.

2 of 3 Director of the Office of Central Advising Finalists on Campus this Week

  • Joan Wishau will make her public presentation on Wednesday, April 24 at 1:30 p.m. in Bolton B60.
  • Brian Hinshaw will make his public presentation on Thursday, April 25 at 1:30 p.m. in Michell 195.

To submit feedback for the candidate finalists, please use the online feedback forms linked on the finalists page.  There is a separate feedback form for each candidate. The deadline to submit comments is Monday, May 20 at 12 p.m. (Noon).

Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute Co-Director Finalist on Campus this Week

George Mohler visits campus today and the Open Forum will take place at 2 p.m. in Zelazo 250. Candidate and visit information are posted online. To submit feedback for the finalist candidates, please use the feedback forms linked on the finalists page. There is a separate form for each candidate. The deadline to submit feedback is Monday, May 6 at 5 p.m.

Finalists for the Dean of the College of General Studies and Director of UWM Libraries

The names of the finalists for these two searches will be announced this week.


Kaustabh Rane (graduate student in Engineering), working under the supervision of Pradeep Rohatgi (Materials Science and Engineering) won the Best Student Presenter award at the WEP I/UCRC Project Review Meeting on April 9 at Marquette University. This is the second year in a row that a student from Dr. Rohatgi’s group has won this award. Congratulations, Kaustabh and Pradeep!

Matt Hibbard (UWM Sophomore) bowls on the UWM club bowling team and is a finalist in the 2019 Intercollegiate Singles Championship. CBS Sports will televise the semifinals and finals on April 30. Way to go, Matt!

Amy Narr (graduate student in Sustainable Peacebuilding) and her husband, Mario Diaz Herrera, won the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament, presented by WiSys, on Saturday, April 13. Congratulations, Amy and Mario!

A group of six UWM undergraduates and three UWM at Waukesha students presented to regents, legislators, and UW President Ray Cross at the annual Research in the Rotunda day in Madison on Wednesday, April 17. Kudos to our students Veronica Church, Margarita Garcia Rojas, Jacob Grudnowski, Kristen Leer, Hugo Ljungbeck, Sarah Philippi, Cierra Stessl, Diana Sofia Rivera, and Rebecca Willer!

Milwaukee Athletics

The Milwaukee women’s basketball team held its annual team banquet to celebrate the 2018-19 season. Team awards were handed out as the Panthers were able to look back on yet another memorable season that saw them break a number of school and Horizon League records.

The Week

Monday (Earth Day)

In the morning, I have my weekly meeting with Robin Van Harpen, followed by my monthly meeting with Michael Doylen, a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Compact Steering Committee meeting, and the Chancellor’s Expanded Executive Cabinet meeting. In the afternoon,  the Chancellor and I have a meeting with AAUP Leadership, my biweekly meeting with Mark Harris, and my weekly staff meeting.


I start the day with the Deans’ Morning Meeting, followed by standing meetings with Tom Luljak and Peter Sands, and an MATC Partnership discussion. In the afternoon I visit St. Anthony School of Milwaukee with Alberto Maldonado and Dave Clark.

Wednesday (Bike to Campus Day!)

In the morning, I will join other cyclists for Bike to Campus Day, followed by a breakfast interview with OCA Director finalist Joan Wishau, a standing meeting with Brian Thompson, a P3•EDU Panel Discussion prep teleconference, my monthly meeting with Alan Shoho, and a monthly Campus Space Planning meeting. In the afternoon, I have a meeting with the Lubar School of Business, the Length of Service Awards, and a meeting with Brett Peters.


I have a breakfast interview with OCA Director finalist Brian Hinshaw, a quarterly meeting with Chancellor Mone, Jennifer Gonda, and Sue Weslow, a Milwaukee Regional Economic Development and Talent Initiative meeting, my monthly meeting with Stan Stojkovic, a Campus Budget Planning meeting, my biweekly meeting with Katie Miota, an International Education Advisory Council teleconference, and my weekly meeting with the Chancellor.


I will be in Chicago.


Earth Day Event

Today is Earth Day and Kyle Whyte (Potawatomi Associate Professor of Philosophy and Community Sustainability at Michigan State University) will be giving a talk at UWM in the Fireside Lounge at 6 p.m. followed by an Indigenous star show in the Manfred Olson Planetarium!

Bike to Campus Day-  Wednesday April 24th

Wednesday we have our yearly bike to campus day. I hope you can make it. Register for which location you’d like to meet up at and your name will be entered into a raffle drawing.  Must be present to win.  Drawing for the raffle prize will take place in Spaights Plaza when all rides are into campus, between 8-8:30 a.m.

Women’s Listening Sessions and Male Allies Training

Just a reminder from Nadya Fouad on the Women’s Listening Sessions and Male Allies Training this week. Listening sessions will be held on April 25 and 26 for women to talk about the climate in their departments or units. All information will be kept confidential and will also be attended by members of the Women’s Advisory Board that was established for this purpose.

From the Aging Research Collaboration Team at UWM

A UWM-funded, interdisciplinary research study (SOIS, HBSSW, CON) is exploring various challenges experienced by older adults with both diabetes and high blood pressure. For more information and possible participation, please email or call Research Coordinator Michelle Kittelson (414-395-1162).

Arthur Holzeimer Lecture Series

The 30th annual presentation of “Maps and America,” featuring Chet Van Duzer and Lauren Beck,  takes place on Thursday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the American Geological Society Library.

Spring Comedy Show

UWM welcomes Saturday Night Live’s Mikey Day, Melissa Villaseñor, and Alex Moffat, with special guest, Ricky Velez, on Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Zelazo Center. Tickets available at the Union Information Center.

Distinguished Lecture Series

UWM welcomes Diane Guerrero on Wednesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. in the Union Wisconsin Room. She will share her personal story of how she transformed her long struggle as the citizen-daughter of undocumented parents into a platform for advocacy and activism.

Grand Opening

The Lubar Entrepreneurship Center and UWM Welcome Center Grand Opening takes place Friday, May 8 from 4:30-8 p.m. with a dedication program at 5:15 p.m. Please RSVP.

UWinteriM 2020 Study Abroad

The Center for International Education is now accepting proposals for the 2020 UWinteriM term. Leading a program is a wonderful opportunity to connect an international destination with an area of academic interest and share it with students. A new online form makes it easy to complete the proposal process and, as always, the CIE study Abroad staff will help with all aspects of every study abroad program. Please contact Study Abroad Director Mark Eckman ( with any questions.

Parking Permits

2019-2020 Annual Parking Permits will be available for sale on April 29. Please note the following changes for Faculty/Staff Annual Permits (6/1/19 – 5/31/20):

  • Sandburg Garage – Not available until summer construction is concluded
  • Sciences – Not available
  • Zelazo – $1,200 (previously $1,080)


Earth Day, which is today, was proposed by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, and first celebrated in 1970.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs