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

Solar Eclipse

A reminder that the eclipse will peak at 1:18 p.m. today. The Manfred Olson Planetarium is hosting a viewing event.

Reminder: Sabbatical Deadline

The Sabbatical deadline for departments to forward proposals to the deans’ offices is October 2. See Announcements below.

The Week


I’m making opening remarks at the New TA Orientation, I meet with Robin Van Harpen, and I’m attending the Academic Staff Committee meeting. The Chancellor’s Cabinet meets, I meet with Mark Harris, and I’m attending part of the Department Chairs retreat. CEMAT meets; agenda items include orientation videos; focus group summaries and marketing suggestions; and CEMAT scholarships for fall 2018.


I start the day meeting with my staff, followed by meetings with Bob Greenstreet, Scott Emmons, and Ron Perez. Tim Opgenorth and I continue our meetings on scholarships and financial aid with SFS, PSOA, ZSPH, LSB, L&S, and the Honors College.


In the morning, I have regular meetings with Joan Prince, Michael Doylen, and Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska. I have a meeting with the Chancellor, Gesele Durham, and Sue Weslow on campus retention and graduation goals. I end the day with my weekly one-on-one meeting with the Chancellor.


I meet with Peter Sands, Tom Luljak, and Pat Borger. I also have a campus space planning meeting.


I have a meeting with Nancy Nelson and another space-related meeting. I have time booked for administrative work, and I’m attending a meeting of the IT Advisory Council.


Ideas Challenge Course Opportunity hopes to add four or more new instructors and courses to the program. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Brian Thompson (

The UWM Alumni Association is looking for Spirit Liaisons for Black & Gold Spirit Days. Find out more at the Campus Spirit Kickoff on September 13

Orientation and training for classroom technology available to instructors the week of August 28

2018-19 Faculty Sabbatical Program Guidelines

Show your Panther Pride and support student scholarships with a 2017 Prowl T-shirt! 

Help fight food insecurity on our campus and donate to the Student Association’s August food drive


Today is Usain Bolt’s birthday, and also, Big Ben rang for the last time until 2021.

Take care,

Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs