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

UWM Regional Campus Transition

The UWM Regional Campus Transition Committee has scheduled two listening sessions on campus to answer questions and get feedback about the restructuring that will integrate UWM with UW-Washington County and UW-Waukesha. The consolidation will take effect on July 1.

The first session will be on Tuesday, April 24 from 2:30 – 4 p.m. The second session will be on Thursday, May 17 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. Both sessions will be in UWM Student Union Room 280.

You are all invited (faculty, staff, and students) to provide input on opportunities and challenges arising from the restructuring process.


The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Board of Directors has ratified the extension of accreditation for the Lubar School’s business and accounting programs. Well done, Dean Kanti and your team!

Jessica Kumke (Milwaukee Athletics) will be honored April 26 with the Charles W. Mentkowski Sports Law Alumna of the Year Award from Marquette University. Congratulations, Jessica!

Louise Zamparutti (doctoral student in English/Professional Writing) has been awarded a Fulbright for her research project, “The Foibe in Slovenia and Italy: Identity, Division, and Reconciliation,” that she will be conducting in Slovenia next year. Well done, Louise!

Congratulations to Alyssa Molinski (SOE undergraduate) who was elected UWM Student Association President! On top of this, she also received the prestigious Patricia Weisberg Innovation Scholarship for her work in establishing a campus food bank. Congratulations again, Alyssa. I am looking forward to working with you!

Elizabeth Pempek (CON undergraduate student and Maternal Child Health (MCH) Pipeline trainee) was selected through a national, competitive process including application and interview for one of only nine Title V MCH Internships across the country for summer 2018. Elizabeth will be interning at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health in Madison, WI. Through this internship, she will be assisting the Wisconsin Sound Beginnings program on a system that enables comprehensive reporting of State Vital Record birth events and Wisconsin Part C early intervention data to the CDC. Congratulations, Elizabeth!

The Week

Monday (World Book Day)

I start the day with my weekly meeting with Robin Van Harpen, followed by the Chancellor’s Expanded Executive Cabinet. Later, I have a planning meeting for the June BOR meeting that takes place here at UWM, my monthly meeting with Chancellor Mone and Alan Shoho, my weekly staff meeting, and a meeting with the College of Health Sciences leadership for their feedback on the dean candidates. In the evening, I’ll speak at the Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony.


Today, I have a Student Work Experience and Career Services Center meeting, a teleconference regarding SSC Campus & Guide, my monthly meeting with Student Association Leadership, my monthly meetings with Kim Litwack, ASC Chair Sue Cashin, and Michael Doylen, and a UW Colleges Restructuring meeting.


This morning, I’m having a Length of Service breakfast with Academic Affairs staff. I have a meeting with the Chancellor and Mark Harris, the UW Provosts’ “Zoom” meeting with focus on the restructuring of the 2-year colleges, and lunch with the Ombuds Council. In the afternoon, I meet with Trudy Turner and will attend the UWM Length of Service Awards Ceremony.

Thursday (Bike to Campus Day)

I start the day with the APBC meeting, a Campus Budget Planning meeting, and my monthly meeting with Stan Stojkovic. Later, I have a budget meeting with the School of Continuing Education, and my monthly meeting with Alan Shoho.


Today, I have Dean/UBR meetings with Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, School of Education, and School of Freshwater Sciences, where the discussions will focus on the new budget model. I also have a teleconference with David Attis from EAB. Later, I’ll make remarks at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, participate in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant review with MCW, and participate in a UW System Provost teleconference.


Bike to Campus Day

Our annual Bike to Campus Day will be Thursday, April 26, at 7:30 a.m. We’ll ride into Spaights Plaza together from Hampton and Santa Monica via the Oak Leaf Trail. Light breakfast treats and campus bike resources will be available after the ride.

Research Symposium
The 10th Annual UWM Undergraduate Research Symposium will take place on Friday, April 27 from 11:45 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Union Wisconsin Room. A record of over 300 students are presenting this year!

Urban Studies Research Forum

The 23rd Annual Urban Studies’ Student Research Forum takes place Friday, April 27 in the UWM Union Alumni Fireside Lounge from 12 – 6 p.m. Janet L. Smith, Professor of Urban Planning and Policy and Co-director of the Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will present the keynote address, followed by a panel discussion focused on Environmental Justice case studies in Milwaukee.

From C21

The C21 Media Studies Research Collaboratory will host a talk with Professor Allison McCracken (DePaul University) based on her book, “Real Men Don’t Sing: Crooning in American Culture,” on Friday, April 27 at 3 p.m. in Curtin 118.

The C21 Sound Inquiry Collaboratory will host Leon Neyfakh (writer for Slate magazine) for a discussion of his recent Watergate podcast, “Slow Burn,” on Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m. in Merrill 131.

Difficult Conversations
UWM and MCW invite you to attend the discussion, “Difficult Conversations: How difficult conversations can open the door to address community needs and impact positive change,” presented by Dr. Christina Wichman (MCW) and Dr. Jennifer Doering (UWM) on May 1. This is a free event, but RSVP is needed by April 24.

ARC Excellence Awards

Please join the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) and other UWM faculty and staff on Friday, May 11 at 12 p.m. in the Golda Meir Library 4th Floor Conference Center, for a special celebration of ARC Excellence Awards – 20 years, including a light lunch, presentation of awards to this year’s nominees, honoring of all past nominees, and presentation of Matt Glowacki’s, “Diversity According to Family Guy & South Park.” Reservations required by May 2.

Password Policy
UW System implemented a new password policy.

UWM Common Reading Experience

It is with great enthusiasm that the UWM Common Reading Experience selection committee announces Roxane Gay’s 2018 article from Smithsonian magazine titled, “Fifty Years Ago, Protesters Took On The Miss America Pageant and Electrified the Feminist Movement,” has been selected as this year’s text. Please visit our website for more information on the Common Reading Experience and this year’s selection.

Student Involvement is excited to announce that in connection with the Common Read, Roxane Gay will be visiting campus as part of our Distinguished Lecture Series on October 25th at 7 p.m. Any faculty or staff who are interested in co-programming or offering this program as an extra credit opportunity for their classes can contact Krystal McCain for more information on opportunities and tickets.


Sunday was Earth Day – an interesting fact: Earth Day was started in 1970 by the United States.  World Book Day is today, and has been celebrated since 1995.

Take care,


Johannes Britz

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs