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


WUWM set a new record for total market share in February, marking the second straight month for this achievement. UWM’s radio station broke January’s record (4.5%) by posting a 4.8% market share, making WUWM the 10th most listened to radio station in the market. Well done!

UWM won five gold, one silver, and one merit award for marketing and advertising work in the most recent EduAdAwardsCongratulations to the talented staff in Integrated Marketing & Communications!

New Student Programs brought home two awards from this year’s NODA Region V Conference! Panther Academic Welcome won the Innovative Program Award for its unique collaboration between Academic and Student Affairs. Mike Hagen, a senior from Waupaca, WI studying Film, won the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader Award after serving in various roles in New Student Programs over the past three years. Well done!

A wonderful weekend for our Classical Guitar Department! UWM Alumni Samuel Hines, Hector Torres and Alejandro Rodriguez won First, Second and Fourth at the Appalachian State University Guitar Festival and Competition. Also, Manuel Rodriguez received an Honorable Mention at the Southern Illinois Young Artist Organization (SIYAO) Competition. Congratulations to all!

Milwaukee Athletics

Congratulations to head coach Scott Doffek, who now sits alone atop the Milwaukee baseball career victory list with 348 after beating Illinois State 6-3 on March 26. He passed Jerry Augustine, who held the record of 347 wins in his time at UWM (1995-2006). Doffek entered the 2019 season at 335 victories and now holds the top spot by himself.

Catch up on all the exciting things happening in Milwaukee Athletics by reading the latest issue of The Roar Report. The issue contains updates on each in-season Panther sports program as well as a feature story on head coach Troy Fabiano, who will start his fifth season leading the women’s soccer program this fall.

In the News

UWM Teacher Education student Alyssa Molinski was featured in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story on a UW System teacher pipeline task force meeting held at UWM. 

WUWM General Manager Finalists

This is just a reminder that the last two finalists for the position of General Manager of WUWM will visit campus this week. Campus public presentation dates and times and candidate materials are online. Finalist Jody Evans’s presentation is Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Mitchell 191 and finalist Chris Bury’s presentation is Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Bolton B40.

The Week


I start the week with my standing meeting with Robin Van Harpen, followed by meetings with Adam Jussel (Adam is our new Dean of Students) and Ron Perez, the IT Advisory Council meeting, my weekly staff meeting, and a meeting with Dave Clark.


In the morning, I will attend a Federal Program Review Entrance Interview, my monthly meetings with Bob Greenstreet and Nancy Nelson, and a bi-annual budget meeting with Finance and Administrative Affairs. In the afternoon, I’ll attend the University Committee meeting and provide an update to the Academic Staff Senate. The Academic Leadership Council (ALC) also meets. Agenda items include multi-factor authentication and academic staff workload policy.


I have a meeting regarding NMDSI course offerings, monthly meetings with Brett Peters and Kanti Prasad, a teleconference with David Bevevino from EAB, a  meeting with Chancellor Mone, Jennifer Gonda, and Sue Weslow, and my weekly meeting with the Chancellor.


In the morning, I have my monthly meeting with Student Association Leadership, standing meetings with Scott Gronert and Katie Miota, and a Budget Planning meeting. In the afternoon, I have a meeting with Daniel Steward, an Integrated Support Services Executive Sponsors meeting, standing meetings with Jennifer Gonda and Joely Urdan, and an Enrollment Management Discussion with the Chancellor and Katie Miota. I end the day making remarks at the Zilber School of Public Health 10th Anniversary.


I have a half-day workshop with CEMAT, followed by the monthly Connected Systems Institute Budget meeting, standing meetings with Dave Clark and Tom Lipinski, a meeting with the Distinguished Professors subcommittee. I’ll end the day making remarks at Chia Vang’s Book Celebration in the Student Union.


Genocide in Rwanda: A Commemoration
A Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide will take place today 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.

Smart City Milwaukee initiative

The Smart City Milwaukee initiative started this semester as a partnership between local government, academic researchers, private sector entrepreneurs, and non-profits.  This is truly an interdisciplinary initiative. So far we have colleagues from Letters and Science, Engineering, Social Welfare, Information Studies, Architecture and Urban Studies, Education, and Freshwater Sciences. We welcome all colleagues interested to make your interest known. If you are interested, please contact Jacques du Plessis.

Women’s and Gender Studies Spring Brown Bag Series

Marcus Filippello (History) will present, “Litigating Liberation: Recaptive Africans Negotiating Gender, Freedom, and Subjugation in West Indian Colonial Courts,” on Wednesday, April 10 at 12:30 p.m. in Curtin 535B. All are welcome to attend.

From C21

Dan Kaufman presents, “The Fall of Wisconsin: The Legacy of Divide-and-Conquer Politics and the Afterman to the 2018 Elections,” on Wednesday, April 10 at 6 p.m. in the Library 4th Floor Conference Center.

L&S Dean’s Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities

Winona LaDuke presents, “The Next Energy Economy: Grassroots Strategies to Mitigate Global Climate Change, and How We Move Ahead,” on Thursday, April 11 at 6 p.m. in Merrill 131. Free and open to the public.

Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership

WWHEL presents, “Embodying UWM’s Guiding Values as Women Leaders,” on Wednesday, April 17 from 12-1 p.m. in the Library 4th Floor Conference Center. Dr. Joan Prince will facilitate a discussion with a panel of women from UWM’s Executive Cabinet. Register online.

Milwaukee Athletics Tailgate

The 2nd Annual Student Athlete Scholarship Fundraiser and Tailgate will take place Saturday, May 11 from 1-3 p.m. at Miller Park! Register online.

From UWM Libraries

Due to escalating costs of journals and databases, the UWM Libraries must undertake a cancellation review process for 2019-2020. They are seeking help from the campus community by reviewing titles and identifying those whose cancellation will do the least harm. More information.

Move-Out Festival

The Move-Out Festival, hosted by the UWM Neighborhood Housing Office in collaboration with the Office of Sustainability, provides an opportunity for student tenants in the move-out process to properly dispose of unwanted furniture, reusable clothing, and other household items that can be re-purposed. Everyone is welcome to browse the selection of items available and everything is free of charge! Sign up to volunteer.

From the Center for Community Based-Learning, Leadership, and Research

Make a Difference Day Spring will take place on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Spaights Plaza. More information is available at


Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs