December 9, 2022  |  News & Events, Provost's Updates, Timely Announcements

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

2030 Feature of the Week
The University Advancement team has just completed internal restructuring and is reorganized around donor themes to maximize efficiencies and increase collaboration. The next campaign is expected to have a strong emphasis on endowment.

Melinda Kavanaugh (Social Welfare) has co-created an international medical program, guiding health care providers on best care practices when delivering a diagnosis of ALS. This is a collaboration with colleagues at McGill University in Canada. Well done, Melinda!

Jay Beder (Professor Emeritus, Mathematical Sciences) published a textbook for graduate students entitled, “Linear Models and Design.” Congratulations, Jay!

In the News
Dimitri Topitzes (Social Work) and Adam Jussel’s (Dean of Students) article, “How to Support Your Staff Beyond the Pandemic,” was featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Alberto Maldonado (Roberto Hernández Center) was featured in a Journal Sentinel article about the growth of Latino enrollment at UWM.

Milwaukee Athletics
Milwaukee is in first place in the race for the 2022-23 McCafferty Trophy, given to the all-sports champion of the Horizon League, after the conclusion of the Horizon League fall championship season. The Panthers have 16 total points after the fall championships, a 2.5-point lead ahead of Wright State, as they earned the regular season and tournament titles in women’s soccer and also claimed their third-straight women’s cross country championship.

The Week in Retrospect
On Monday, I joined the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute Research Mixer event. It was well attended with faculty and staff from UWM, Marquette, and Northwestern Mutual, and highlighted the progress that has been made and exciting new opportunities for data science at the campus. On Tuesday, I provided updates to the University Committee. The provosts’ pre-meeting was in Madison on Wednesday, and we discussed a new process for program approval and the online growth initiative. The Thursday Board of Regents meeting was highlighted by a presentation of the UW System Strategic Plan.


  • Call for UWM Authors
    UWM faculty and staff who have written, edited, translated, 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 in 2021 should fill out the UWM Authors submission form to be included in the 2023 UWM Authors Recognition Ceremony.
  • 2023 Morris Fromkin Memorial Grant and Lecture: Call for Proposals
    The UWM Libraries invite proposals for the 2023 Morris Fromkin Research Grant and Lecture. The deadline to apply is January 13. More information.
  • UWM Green Fund is Open NOW!
    The UWM Green Fund provides funding for student-led projects that promote sustainability on UW-Milwaukee campuses. Applications are open through February 28. More information.

Campus Events

  • A New Dramaworks Production
    PSOA Theatre Department presents Piggsville, a New Dramaworks production from playwright-in-residence Alvaro Saar-Rios, directed by Sheri Williams-Pannell. Milwaukee Beer Barons, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and a historic Cream City neighborhood come together as a man struggles to run the family brewery after his father’s death. New Dramaworks is a series dedicated to developing new plays written by Midwestern writers. Performances continue through December 11.
  • Constellations of the Zodiac: Capricornus
    The UWM Planetarium will present the astronomy and mythology behind the zodiac constellation Capricornus on Friday, December 16 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 17 at 2 p.m.
  • Teaching and Learning Symposium
    Register now and mark your calendars for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning’s (CETL) 8th Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium on Thursday, January 12 (online). The theme this year is, “Teaching Students How to Learn,” and features sixty-two faculty, staff, and teaching assistants representing a broad range of disciplines.

Something Different
So, what was the loudest sound ever heard?

Take care,


Scott Gronert
Interim Provost
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Chapman 215