April 26, 2021  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates, Timely Announcements

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

2030 Plan Implementation and Meetings

In his April 6 town hall, Chancellor Mone announced available opportunities to participate in the 2030 Plan Implementation. Please share the below openings with anyone at UWM who may be interested. The deadline to apply for either opportunity is Monday, May 3 at 11:59 p.m.

·         Chancellor’s Designee for 2030 Action Team

·         Special Assistant to the Chancellor and Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer for 2030 DEI Issues

I will also start meetings this week with all our schools and colleges plus other administrative units on campus to discuss the implementation planning for the 2030 recommendations. Several colleagues will join me, including Scott Gronert, Kay Eilers, Dave Clark, Chia Vang, Robin Van Harpen, Dev Venugopalan, Kelly Haag, Kathy Dolan, Kyla Esguerra, and Drew Knab. We also want to use these meetings as listening sessions regarding your questions and comments about the 2030 planning.


Andrew Barth (Health Care Administration alum) is the new president and CEO at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. Congratulations, Andrew!

Bettina Arnold (Anthropology) gave two lectures and presented a workshop at the virtual Getty-CAS Spring School on “The Impact of the Political on Archaeological Research” at the University of Sofia, Bulgaria last week. Well done, Bettina!

Dong-Fang Deng (Freshwater Sciences) was awarded the 2021 Research Mentor of the Year Award from the Office of Undergraduate Research. Her students sent in resounding testimonials of how her mentorship has impacted their science, their career trajectories, and their lives. The award comes with $500 in supply funding for her lab. Congratulations, Dong-Fang!

Congratulations to the 15 undergraduate student presentations that won Outstanding Presentation awards at the 2021 UWM Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium, and all of the more than 250 presenters!

Brenda Cárdenas (English) gave a talk and poetry reading titled, “Writing Working Class Lives,” for the University of Washington-Bothell’s Labor in Times of Crisis Colloquium. She has also been invited to teach a generative workshop and give a poetry reading at the June retreat of CantoMundo, a national poetry organization that cultivates community for Latinx poets. Well done, Brenda!

In the News

Lori Klos and Susan Kundrat (Kinesiology) were guests last week on WUWM’s UWM Today, speaking about nutrition and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected food habits.

Milwaukee Athletics

The Milwaukee Athletics Department has announced season ticket membership pricing for the 2021-22 basketball season.

The NCAA Tournament starts this week! The Milwaukee women’s soccer team will play Elon in the first round. That postseason contest will take place on April 28 in Cary, NC. The Milwaukee men’s soccer team will play St. Francis College Brooklyn in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on April 29 in Wilmington, NC.

The Week


I start the week with the Coronavirus Management Team (CMT) Leadership meeting, followed by my weekly meeting with Robin Van Harpen, the Chancellor’s Executive and Expanded Cabinet meeting, an Academic Partnerships meeting, my weekly staff meeting, and a Micro-credentials meeting.


In the morning, I have my standing meeting with Chancellor Mone, Sue Weslow, and Jennifer Abele, my bi-weekly meeting with Paul Klajbor, a planning meeting with the Chancellor, and a meeting with the CEMAT leads. In the afternoon, I have a meeting regarding the Southwest Quad, my weekly meeting with the Chancellor, my weekly check-in with Dev Venugopalan and Laura Pedrick, and a Health School Alignment meeting.


Today, I have an FY 2021 Spring Forecast meeting, my one-on-ones with Michael Doylen and Nancy Frank, the Associate Deans meeting, my standing meeting with Jennifer Abele, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Driving Change discussion, and a 2030 School/College meeting with Zilber School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, College of Nursing, and School of Information Studies.


In the morning, I have another CMT Leadership meeting, a meeting with our College of General Studies, and a meeting with UW System Senior Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer Warren Anderson. In the afternoon, I have a meeting with Student Association leadership, a meeting with Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska and Jason Puskar, a 2030 School/College meeting with College of Engineering and Applied Science, Lubar School of Business, and College of General Studies, and a meeting with Stephen Schmid.


Today, I will meet with direct reports, focus on administrative tasks, and a 2030 planning meeting.


Virtual Book Reception and Reading
Margaret Noodin (English, American Indian Studies) will be reading her own work and providing Anishinaabe translations throughout the event for the reading of the new book, A is for Apostle Islands, hosted by Wisconsin poet, Lucy Terrell, the Bayfield Carnegie Library, and the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, on Monday, April 26 (tonight) at 6 p.m. More information (including Zoom link).

A Conversation with Michael Fenlon 

“A Conversation with Michael Fenlon,” UWM alumnus and Chief People Officer at PwC, will take place Tuesday, April 27, from 1-2 p.m. Mike will join us virtually to discuss digital upskilling and the workforce of the future, inclusive leadership, talent acquisition and diversity, and innovation in higher education. Register here.

Bizarre Black Holes

Join black hole expert and senior member of the LIGO scientific collaboration, Dr. Jolien Creighton, on Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. as he dissects major discoveries from the last five years related to black holes, gravitational waves, and neutron stars. Registration.

Antiracism Event

The Honors College Antiracism Event Series welcomes all members of the UWM community to participate in an online workshop, “Confronting Whiteness in the Campus Community,” on Thursday, April 29 at 7 p.m. More information (including Zoom link).

The Long 2020

C21’s final event in the Long 2020 series is Friday, April 30 at 3:30 p.m. featuring Cary Gabriel Costello (UWM) and McKenzie Wark (New School) in conversation about trans rights, identities, and normativity.

Confronting Anti-Asia Bias Roundtable 

The Divisions of Global Inclusion and Engagement and Student Affairs, Asian Faculty and Staff Association, and Asian Studies Certificate Program invite campus community members to the “Confronting Anti-Asia Bias Roundtable” on Thursday, May 6 from 12 – 1:30 p.m. Join Teams Live event here.

SURF Applications

The deadline to for summer support through the Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) program has been extended through May 1. Awards provide undergraduate student hourly salary to support faculty research activities.

CIVIC Engagement Internships

There are currently two partnerships with UWM that offer paid civic engagement opportunities for UWM students through the Andrew Goodman Foundation and the Campus Election Engagement Project Fellowship.


Toads in the hole as Cape Town gets tunnels for amorous amphibians.

Take care,


Johannes Britz

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs