Good morning, colleagues.  Here is our final update for 2018.  Wishing you all a joyful holiday season and a very happy new year!


Congratulations to all of our 2200+ students who graduated yesterday!


Vickie Moerchen, Kinesiology, was recently named as the Stanford Award winner for the Journal of Physical Therapy Education in 2018. Her paper “Purposeful Recruitment Strategies to Increase Diversity in Physical Therapist Education” was chosen by the journal’s editorial board as being the most influential work published in the Journal for 2018. Congratulations on this recognition of your excellent work, Vickie!

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) wants to congratulate undergraduate students Marissa Paulson and Sugeiry Berroa for receiving the Donald R. Shea Study Abroad Scholarship; and graduate students Lorenzo Backhaus, Ricardo Jaimes, Katie Klein, Dria Sedar, and Linda Xiong for receiving Research-Travel Awards. CLACS is proud to be supporting these students through the awards!

For the second year in a row,  the College of Nursing received first place at the Shanghai International Nursing Skills Competition. Nursing students Shannon Komar and Mercedes Islas competed and claimed the 2018 International Group title. Annually, teams from around the world gather to compete in a series of intensive nursing scenarios. Congratulations to our student winners and to their faculty mentors!

In the News

UWM award recognizes talent of emerging architects. 

UWM alumnus and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (MS Computer Science) named best CEO in U.S. 

UWM exhibits the work of 18 young artists in partnership with Milwaukee Public Schools’ Department of Black and Latino Male Achievement and Turnaround Arts. 

UWM Habitat for Humanity students help in flood damage. 

Tanya Joosten, Academic Affairs, was featured in a year-end story on educational innovations by InsideHigherEd.

Panther Athletics

You are all invited to join the Milwaukee women’s basketball team Dec. 20 from the Klotsche Center when they take on Florida State in the second annual Pride Night. Milwaukee Athletics – working with the UWM LGBT Resource Center – will be accepting donations that will go to CourageMKE – a Milwaukee non-profit that assists homeless youth within our community. With a minimum $5 donation, fans will receive a special edition Pride shirt.

Andrew Basler was named the head coach of the Milwaukee Track & Field and Cross Country program in late September. Basler came to Milwaukee following five years as the assistant men’s and women’s track & field coach at Central Michigan University. Read an informative Q&A to catch up on how Coach Basler has been doing since arriving on campus.

The “Panther Sports Report” will make its 2018-19 season debut from the Milwaukee Brat House in Shorewood at 6 p.m. tonight. Airing live on WISN (AM 1130), the show features 30-minute segments with Milwaukee men’s basketball coach Pat Baldwin up first and women’s basketball coach Kyle Rechlicz to follow. Join the fun at the Milwaukee Brat House tonight

The Week


I start the week with my standing meeting with Robin Van Harpen, followed by a meeting on Freshwater Sciences, and my standing meeting with the Academic Staff Committee. The Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet meets, there is a Campus Budget Planning meeting, and I have my weekly staff meeting.


I have one-on-one meetings with Tom Luljak, Scott Gronert, and Pat Borger, and I meet with the CEO and Co-Founder of Thinkful along with the Chancellor.  I also have a meeting with the University Committee, an Executive Update from our EAB consultant, and will attend a CEMAT leads meeting.


In the morning, I have a standing meeting with Ron Perez and a meeting regarding student work experiences and career services. In the afternoon, I have meetings with Stephen Schmid and Tom Lipinski. There is a New Budget Model meeting with the College of General Studies, my weekly meeting with the Chancellor, and our Chapman Hall Holiday Gathering.


I start the day by meeting with the search and screen committee for the Director of the Office of Central Advising. This is followed by a Data Science Institute budget meeting, my monthly meeting with Scott Emmons, and a budget forecast meeting with Robin Van Harpen and Drew Knab. Later, I have a bi-annual financial meeting, a meeting with the NMDSI Core Team, a New Budget Model Team meeting, and monthly meetings with Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska and Kris O’Connor.


I will be off on Friday.


End of Semester Memo

The Fall 2018 End of Semester Memo is available online.

UWM Authors Recognition Ceremony

Every two years, the UWM Libraries join with the Graduate School to honor recent UWM authors at a special event. The next UWM Authors Recognition Ceremony will be on March 14, 2019 at 4 p.m. in the Library’s Fourth Floor Conference Center. Faculty and staff who have written, edited, or illustrated a book; composed music for a published score or recording; or had a primary role in creating a commercially distributed film or video since the last event should fill out the submission form found at to be included in the next ceremony.


Kendra Cocksedge is the first woman to win the New Zealand’s top Rugby player of the year award.

Have a wonderful winter break,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs