Good morning, colleagues. I hope you’re still enjoying the last part of the summer break. Here is this week’s update from Academic Affairs

From Student Affairs

– After a national search, I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Marvette Lacy has been named Director of the Women’s Resource Center. Dr. Lacy joined UWM on August 1, 2017. She comes to us from the University of Georgia-Athens with a background and experience working both in a Women’s Center and in University Housing. Please help us welcome Dr. Lacy to her new role here at UWM.

– Dr. Tim Gordon will be leaving UWM at the end of August. In preparation for his departure, Dr. Rebecca Freer has been appointed to an Acting/Interim Dean of Students role, which she began on July 1. During this transition, Dr. Freer will serve as the contact point for any reports or inquiries to the Dean of Students Office. We thank Tim for his commitment and service to UWM and wish him well. We appreciate Dr. Freer stepping into the acting/interim role and I am looking forward to working with you Becky!


Deyang Qu, Mechanical Engineering, received an NSF award in the amount of $1.5M for his project entitled, “SNM: Customized Inkjet Printing of Graphene-Based Real-time Water Sensors.” Congratulations, Deyang!

Michael Zimmer, Information Studies, was quoted in an Associate Press article about the ethical dimensions of a Wisconsin company’s plans to implant RFID chips in its employees that was picked up by many newspapers, including the Washington Post and New York Times. He was also on WPR and NPR, and appeared in a story for ABC News. Well done, Michael!

USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN), co-founded by Mark Schwartz, Geography, received the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation’s 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award for their Start of Spring maps and tools. Congratulations to all!

Gary Cooper-Sperber, UWM alumni employee, was named one of 43 Wisconsin statewide LGBTQ Leaders of Color by Our Lives Magazine. Congratulations, Gary!

Samuel Hines, Master’s in Classical Guitar in the Peck School of the Arts Department of Music, has won First Prize in East Carolina University’s 22nd annual International Summer Guitar Festival. Well done, Sam!

The Week


I start the Monday morning with my weekly meeting with Robin Van Harpen, followed by the Academic Staff Committee, and the Chancellor’s Cabinet. I have a budget meeting with the Chancellor, my weekly meeting with my staff, and a meeting with the CEMAT Executive Committee. I end the day with meetings with my direct reports.


I have the Deans Morning Meeting and a meeting with the Chancellor. I will attend the going away luncheon for our NTNU (National Taiwan Normal University) interns and the Academic Staff Senate meeting. I have my monthly meeting with Bill Hebert.


In the morning, I have regular meetings with Val Klump, the Chancellor, and Dave Clark. Later, I have a meeting regarding the Chancellor’s Committee for Hispanic Serving Initiatives and a meeting with Tom Lipinski.


I have my monthly meeting with Mark Harris and will attend the EAB Wisconsin Summit for Academic Performance Solutions in Oshkosh.


The School of Freshwater Sciences has their budget meeting, the Extended Budget Model Support Team meets, and the South African Consulate will be visiting campus today.


2018-19 Faculty Sabbatical Program Guidelines

UWM Asian Faculty and Staff are sponsoring a team in the 2017 Milwaukee Dragon Boat Festival

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

Volunteer for Fall Welcome and University Housing Move In

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

The Student Association’s initiative, Program Representatives, is a great way for students to become involved in making change for our university. Students represent their own individual program, making their experience personal and flexible – as they get to choose the focus of their work and efforts. Program Reps meet as a group approximately every other month, but are encouraged to also meet with their department heads.

There will be a recruitment event taking place at the beginning of this academic year, helping students apply to represent their program. As the year goes on, advisors, faculty, and staff are encouraged to recommend their students to apply, and continue to help students learn more about their program and pass important information on to their peers.

Take care,

Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs