Good morning, colleagues. Here is the last weekly update for 2017 from Academic Affairs.

New Senior Student Affairs Officer

Kelly Haag, currently serving as the Director of University Housing at UWM, has been named the new Senior Student Affairs Officer (SSAO) for the Division of Student Affairs, effective January 1, 2018. Congratulations, Kelly, on your new appointment!


CEAS PhD student Emad Omrani is the lead author on a recently published a book entitled, “Tribology and Applications of Self-Lubricating Materials,” with Pradeep K. Rohatgi and Pradeep L. Menezes. His second book is expected to be published in January 2018 and he has 14 research publications with over 400 citations. Congratulations to both Emad and his faculty mentors in Materials Science and Engineering!

Art History’s Linda Brazeau and Leigh Malik have been awarded a Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This grant will be used to assess preservation and storage strategies for the UWM African Art Collection – one of the largest university-held African Art Collections in the Midwest. An NEH grant such as this recognizes the UWM Art Collection as a significant national humanities collection and unique cultural heritage resource in the region. Wonderful news, Linda and Leigh!

Avik Chakrabarti, Economics, received a $50,000 multidisciplinary grant in collaboration with Professors Anjishnu Banerjee and Melinda Stolley from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). Kudos, Avik!

Annie Melchior, Dance, published an invited article about the Yoga Program in the Dance Department/PSOA in the national periodical for the Iyengar Yoga Association, Yoga Samchar, at the end of November. Given the immense popularity and substantial benefits of these classes for students, this national attention shines a light on the unique offerings of our classes here in the Dance Department/PSOA, at UWM. Congratulations, Annie!

Panther News

Chris Roche has been hired as the Associate Director of Athletics – Development. Roche joins the University’s Development and Alumni Relations team and will lead all aspects of development, including donor prospecting, cultivation, stewardship, and campaign management for the Milwaukee Athletic Department.

Following a 7-2 start to the 2017-18 season, Coach Rechlicz and the Milwaukee women’s basketball team has made an appearance in the Mid-Major Women’s Basketball Poll!

Still need a gift for the Panther fan in your life? Check out the Milwaukee Panthers Holiday Gift Guide!

Fans of the Milwaukee men’s basketball team can now listen to podcasts of the game broadcast on-demand. The Panthers now have their own channel on iHeart radio! Fans will find games and coaches show links available.

The Week

I took the day off.

I participated in a Restructuring Team visit to UW-Washington County to meet with UW Colleges leadership. I had an EAB call, I met with L&S associate deans, and I also met with Pat Borger.

I have a Chancellor’s campus budget meeting, a meeting on the L&S dean search, I’m doing administrative work, and I have my one on one meeting with the Chancellor.

Thursday and Friday
I am also off.


C21 Fellows
The Center for 21st Century Studies’ call for 2018-19 faculty and academic staff fellows is now open. Applications are due January 11.

Teaching and Learning Symposium
Register for the 3rd Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium to be held on January 11.

Alumni Employee Awards
The Call for Nominations for the 2018 Alumni Employee Awards is now open. Recognize alumni employees who are outstanding performers, unsung heroes, inspirations to students, and changemakers in their communities. Any current faculty, staff, or student can nominate. All nominees will be recognized at the Alumni Employee Awards and Appreciation Lunch on Wednesday, March 28.

Online Summer Courses Website
Teaching an online course this summer? Promote your courses on the Online Summer Courses website!


Enjoy the winter break! My next update will be on Monday, January 8.

Take care,

Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs