August 2, 2021  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates, Timely Announcements

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

Town Hall Meeting

A reminder that there will be a virtual town hall meeting from 10-11 a.m. this Wednesday for UWM faculty and staff. The Chancellor and several campus leaders will discuss preparing for the fall semester; COVID-19 trends in UWM counties, as well as testing and vaccinations; update on enrollments, academics, and research; and our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. Please join the town hall meeting here on August 4 at 10 a.m. The same link can be used for viewing the meeting at a later time if you are unable to watch it live.

Executive Director of Recruitment, Marketing and Admissions On-Campus Interviews

Enrollment Management is excited to have four candidates coming to campus this week and next to visit UWM. There will be a public dialogue, both accessible on-campus at the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center and virtually via Teams for all members of the UWM community to offer input in the selection process.

Interview Dates:
Thursday, August 5 at 11:30 a.m.
Friday, August 6 at 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, August 11 at 11:30 a.m.
Friday, August 13 at 11:30 a.m.

More details about the specific candidates will be shared through campus networks, along with the Teams link on Tuesday.  Please contact Becky Grandone at if you have any questions about schedules or Teams access.


Rebecca Klaper (Freshwater Sciences) was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Rebecca was also named to the National Academy of Sciences Engineering and Medicine Panel on Environmental Impact of Currently Marketed Sunscreens and Potential Human Impacts of Changes in Sunscreen Usage. Congratulations, Rebecca!

Tom Lipinski (Information Studies) was appointed Chair of the American Library Association’s subcommittee on Copyright, Legislation, Ed, Advocacy Network (CLEAN). Well done, Tom!

In the News

Ellyn Lem (Arts and Humanities) reviewed M. Night Shyamalan’s new film “Old” for PBS’s online magazine, Next Avenue.

UWM’s approach to student care is featured in this return-to-campus article.

Joel Rast (Urban Studies and Center for Economic Development) is cited in a New York Times article that examines how GIS analysis was key to providing important tools for government officials to address COVID risks across different communities amidst inequities that exist, and that serves as a national model for managing the pandemic. (An account is needed to access the NYT article.)

The Week

I start the week with my weekly meeting with Robin Van Harpen, the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet meeting, my weekly staff meeting, and a check-in with Dev Venugopalan and Laura Pedrick.

In the morning, I have a CMT leadership meeting followed by my standing meeting with Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska and Jason Puskar, my one-on-one with Scott Emmons/Kevin Hartman, and my monthly meeting with Brett Peters. In the afternoon, I attend a SOIS meeting, my one-on-one with Tina Freiburger, my weekly meeting with Chancellor Mone, and the Town Hall for Students and Parents.

Today, I have my standing meeting with the Chancellor, Sue Weslow, and Jennifer Abele, the Faculty/Staff Town Hall, my monthly meeting with Dave Clark and Kay Eilers, my bi-weekly meeting with Mark Harris, my monthly meeting with Kim Litwack and Amy Harley, and one-on-ones with Nancy Frank and Kim Litwack.

In the morning, I have another CMT Leadership meeting, my one-on-one with Simon Bronner, a Collaboration meeting with the Medical College of Wisconsin, and my monthly meeting with Keri Duce and Michelle Johnson. In the afternoon, I’ll attend the IT Advisory Council meeting.

Today, I meet with direct reports and attend to administrative tasks.


New Caring Community Resource for Instructors
The campus healing and community-building workgroup, led by Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, and Global Inclusion and Engagement, has developed a Trauma-Informed Teaching Toolkit. Please read and reflect on the materials in the Toolkit, incorporate them into your teaching practices, and refer students to the appropriate support resources, which are covered in the Toolkit.

Tech Tips
Don’t click the link! Phishing attacks use emails or malicious websites to solicit personal information by posing as a trustworthy organization in order to commit fraud. Learn how to protect yourself by watching our latest UWM IT YouTube video!

Shooting Stars and Meteor Showers
The Perseid Meteor Shower peaks August 11-13. Find out how to witness these mesmerizing light trails for yourself at the UWM Planetarium’s virtual event, “Shooting Stars and Meteor Showers,” on Friday, August 6 at 7 p.m. Registration.

Center for 21st Century Studies Invites Feedback
quick survey to fuel the post-pandemic next steps at C21 – UWM’s world-renowned interdisciplinary thought/research incubator/igniter.


The Hundred is cricket like you’ve never seen it before – here is the essential guide to the new 100-ball competition.

Take care,

Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs