February 18, 2019  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates

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

Reminder: College of Health Sciences Dean Candidates on Campus This Week

  • Cheryl Bailey visits campus Tuesday-Wednesday (February 19-20)
    Open Forum: Tuesday, February 19 at 11 a.m. in the Union Fireside Lounge
  • John Nauright visits campus Thursday-Friday (February 21-22)
    Open Forum: Thursday, February 21 at 11 a.m. in the Union Fireside Lounge

Candidate and visit information is posted on the finalists’ page, along with forms to submit feedback to me. A reminder that the feedback deadline is Tuesday, February 26 at 5 p.m. All of your comments will be kept in strict confidence and reviewed only by me.


Melinda Kavanaugh (Social Work) has been awarded a two-year R21 NIH award, through the National Institute on Aging. The project seeks to identify informal caregiver (youth and adult), and formal care providers perceptions of early warning signs and crisis points in African American and Latino elders with Alzheimer’s disease. The total award is $410,963. It is a community collaborative project with the United Community Center, Alzheimer’s Association and the Milwaukee County Department on Aging. Excellent news, Melinda!

Greg Flint and Todd Levy (Music) are performers on the Santa Fe Opera’s recording of “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs,” winner of the 2019 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording. Congratulations, Greg and Todd!

Milwaukee Athletics
Congratulations to Milwaukee women’s basketball head coach Kyle Rechlicz on reaching 100 career wins! With this win, Rechlicz becomes the third coach in Milwaukee women’s basketball to reach the 100-win milestone, joining M.A. Kelling and Sandy Botham.

The Week

I start the week meeting with the in-coming Lubar School of Business Dean Kaushal Chari (Kaushal is visiting campus this week – flying in from Florida!), followed by my standing meeting with the Academic Staff Committee, and the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet meeting.  Later, I’ll have a budget discussion with Kaushal Chari, and a Connected Systems Institute budget meeting.

Today begins with a breakfast meeting with CHS Dean candidate Cheryl Bailey. I have my bi-weekly meeting with Tom Luljak, an M3 update with the Chancellor, and my standing meeting with Joan Prince. I meet with the University Committee, I have my bi-weekly meeting with Mark Harris, and I’ll meet with the Distinguished Professors subcommittee.

In the morning, I meet with Val Klump and Tim Grundl, and Tom Lipinski. I’ll also attend the monthly Campus Space Planning meeting. In the afternoon, I have my monthly meeting with Trudy Turner, a Salesforce meeting, my monthly meeting with Brett Peters, and my weekly meeting with the Chancellor. I also have my wrap-up meeting with Dr. Bailey.

I start the morning with a breakfast meeting with CHS Dean candidate John Nauright, followed by the APBC meeting, a UW Colleges Restructuring Leads meeting, and monthly meetings with Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska and Scott Emmons. In the afternoon, I have a Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute Core Team meeting, and the Faculty Senate meets.

Today, I’ll be visiting the Washington County campus and I also have my wrap-up meeting with Dr. Nauright.


Diverse Ideas
Join us for our newest LEC speaker series, Diverse Ideas. This month, we are celebrating Black History Month with the Black Cultural Center on Tuesday, February 19 at 10 a.m. in Bolton 176. Dextra Hadnot, Director of External Affairs, AT&T Wisconsin, will share wisdom about leadership and community as he talks about his experience being an “intrapreneur” throughout his career. Enjoy a free cup of coffee on us and be inspired!

Campus Connect Gatekeeper Training Spring 2019 Sessions
The Campus Connect Gatekeeper Training schedule is posted for Spring 2019. Please register for a session and help to strengthen our network of UWM students, faculty, and staff prepared to reach out to students in crisis. Contact Lori at labokowy@uwm.edu with any questions.

WW at Work
Nurture your mind, body, and spirit by joining us for WW at Work every Wednesday at noon in Cunningham 795, starting February 20. The cost for the 12-week session is $156 and payment will be due on February 20. You can choose to pay via cash, check, or credit card. Payments by check can be broken down into three payments. If you participate in a Flex Spending Account, you may qualify for reimbursement with a note from your doctor.

Sisters Like Me
This annual program, which provides an opportunity for Black women to share their unique cultural experiences with other members of the UWM community, will be held on Wednesday, February 20 from 5 – 7 p.m. in the UWM Union Alumni Fireside Lounge. This year, we will celebrate Black girl friendship by illuminating the highlights and challenges of those friendships through sister circles. Sisters Like Me will be a space to learn and unlearn while building community at UWM.

Vilas Trust Lecture
Women’s & Gender Studies Vilas Trust Lecture on February 27 in Union 280 at 3:00pm. Nira Yuval-Davis, Professor Emeritus, University of East London, presents “Everyday bordering and the double crisis of neoliberal globalization”.

Diversity Career Fair
The Spring 2019 Diversity Career Fair takes place Thursday, February 21 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the UWM Wisconsin Room. All students and majors welcome! Attend this free event to network with employers seeking interns and full-time employees.

Call for Submissions
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Women’s & Gender Studies is happy to announce the 2019 UWM Student Research Paper & Project Contest. The annual contest is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Visit the WGS office, CRT 535 or online for details.

Fiction Reading and Craft Talk
C. Dale Young, celebrated poet and author, will visit UWM on Thursday, February 21. He will deliver a craft talk at 2 p.m. in Mitchell Hall 191 and a reading at the Hefter Center at 7 p.m.

Black Lives/Black Lungs
A screening of the short film, “Black Lives Black Lungs: How Big Tobacco Targets Black Communities,” will be held on Thursday, February 21 at 7 p.m. in the UWM Union Alumni Fireside Lounge, followed by a presentation by Dr. Phoenix Matthews (University of Illinois-Chicago) and a panel discussion featuring local leaders.

See Me Teach
Register to observe a colleague’s teaching or volunteer to be observed as part of CETL’s See Me Teach program.

Online Summer Courses
Are you teaching an online course in summer 2019? Consider promoting your course on the Online Summer Course website!


Is this 7-year-old the next Usain Bolt?

Take care,

Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs