Good morning, colleagues. Here are this week’s updates from Academic Affairs.

Reminder: College of Letters and Science Dean Candidate Feedback Due Today

College of Letters and Science Dean Candidate feedback is due by 5 p.m. today. Please use the online feedback forms linked on the finalists page.

UWM & the Olympics

Throughout the Olympic coverage on WTMJ-TV, a student recruitment commercial for UWM received extensive air time. The commercial was produced by the University Relations Video Production team under the direction of Mary Baylor and featured the voice of Wayne Larivee – play-by-play announcer for the Green Bay Packers. Congratulations to Mary and her team for their good work helping to recruit future students to UWM. Perhaps one of them will also be a future Olympian!


The Center for 21st Century Studies announced its UWM Fellows for 2018-19: Joel Berkowitz (FLL/Jewish Studies); Miren Boehm (Philosophy); Rachel Buff (History/Ethnic Studies); Elana Levine (JAMS); Thomas Malaby (Anthropology); and Aragorn Quinn (FLL). Congratulations!

Clark Evans (Atmospheric Science) has been selected for the inaugural class of the American Meteorology Society’s Early Career Leadership Academy, which aims to build and sustain a diverse network of early career leaders in weather, water, and climate science. Well done, Clark!

Dawn Erb (Physics) was selected as a Kavli Fellow by the National Academy of Science Frontiers of Science Program. The Academy’s Frontiers of Science symposia brings together outstanding young scientists to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in a broad range of disciplines. Participants are selected from among recipients of prestigious fellowships, awards, and other honors, as well as from nominations by NAS members and other participants. Congratulations, Dawn!

The College of Health Sciences’ Master of Science in Athletic Training Program has been granted 10 years of continuing accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Well done!

The UWM Children’s Learning Center had an unannounced visit from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families Child Care Licensing Program. Licensing agents looked at 384 licensing rules and only found two minor violations (regarding staff files). Feedback from the end-of-visit review meeting showed that the Children’s Learning Center has an awesome staff (teachers and administration), excellent programming, great staff-child ratios, and impactful staff-child interactions. We are so proud to have such a stellar child care facility on campus. Kudos to Lisa Mosier and all the staff at UWM Children’s Learning Center!

Dr. Vyara Matson (Biological Sciences alumna) was recently published as first author in Science with the article entitled, “The commensal microbiome is associated with anti-PD-1 efficacy in metastatic melanoma patients.”

A wonderful interview of Nirmal Raja (Art & Design alumna) on the Female Gaze.

Cynthia Hayes (Art & Design) is having a solo exhibition, “Icons and Illusions,” at the Decatur Area Art Council’s Anne Lloyd Gallery, 125 N. Water St., Decatur, IL from March 2 – 28. Opening reception is on Friday, March 2 from 5-7:30 p.m. Congratulations, Cynthia!

UWM Food Center and Pantry

The UWM Food Center and Pantry officially opened their doors on January 29 and many students have already visited. During the past month, lots of local media have been covering our progress and success!

Article by the UWM Post

Promo video by University Relations

Interview with WUWM

Panther News

The Milwaukee basketball teams are preparing for “Motor City Madness” running March 2-6 for BOTH teams. Head to Detroit to watch or follow along on ESPN3. Get ready with a feature on Milwaukee senior Brett Prahl.

The Week


I start my day with my weekly meeting with Robin Van Harpen, and then meet with Dave Clark. Later in the morning the Chancellor’s expanded Executive Cabinet meets, I meet with Paul Auer and Janis Eells to discuss the College of Health Sciences dean finalists, and I have my weekly staff meeting.

Tuesday and Wednesday

Early Tuesday morning, I will fly out to Washington, D.C. where I will meet with the EAB. I return Wednesday early afternoon and then have a few meetings on campus – including my weekly meeting with the Chancellor.


In the morning, I have my monthly meetings with Alan Shoho, Trudy Turner, and Kim Litwack. In the afternoon, I’ll attend the IT Advisory Council quarterly meeting, the Chancellor’s meeting on Digital Futures, and the UWM Research Foundation Board meeting.


I start the day with a Campus Budget Planning meeting. The rest of the morning I have a number of meetings at L&S to discuss the feedback on the four dean candidates – these include meetings with Dave Clark and L&S Associate and Assistant Deans, and the L&S divisions. I also have one-on-ones with Pat Borger and Ron Cisler later in the day.


Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latinx Studies

Dr. Laura Matthew, Marquette University, presents, “Yet Another Tale of Two Cities: Archaeology and History in the Ciudades Viejas of Guatemala and El Salvador,” on Wednesday, February 28 at 3:20 p.m. in the American Geological Society Library.

Fireside Forum

The final 2018 Fireside Forum will explore German and American workplace development on Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m.

Wisconsin Academic Advisor Association (WACADA)

WACADA invites proposals from the campus community for the 2018 Spring Professional Development Day. Deadline to submit has been extended to Friday, March 9.

Asian Faculty and Staff Association (AFSA)

The AFSA Awards Committee is currently calling for applications (two $500 awards). The application deadline is Saturday, March 31 at 4:30 p.m.


Some memorable moments from the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Take care,


Johannes Britz

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs