February 3, 2023  |  News & Events, Provost's Updates, Timely Announcements

Good morning, colleagues. Here is this week’s update from Academic Affairs.
2030 Feature of the Week
The Redesigning the Research Infrastructure-Faculty Workload Group has finalized their report and it is available on the 2030 website. The report summarizes the findings of the Faculty Workforce Working Group, with the goal of presenting background to the consideration of UWM’s “workload policies.” Next, the Workload Group will develop a basic framework for updating and modifying these policies. The intention is to use this report to generate discussion and feedback as the group moves into this second phase of work.
Enrollment Management Feature of the Week
Precollege Efforts: A team with members from TRIO Pre-College, Admissions, Dual Enrollment, and other groups is developing a plan for enhancing coordination of UWM’s over 100 k12 programs. The goals of the project are to improve cross-program collaboration, provide support for compliance, and develop our options for communication with parents, teachers, and the Milwaukee community at large. We hope to better serve our community by making it easier to work with and across all of our offerings.
Milwaukee Athletics
The Milwaukee Athletic Department will honor a former baseball student athlete with a bobblehead giveaway at an upcoming men’s basketball game. The Daulton Varsho Bobblehead Giveaway, presented by Odyssey, will take place against Green Bay on February 6. The first 500 Panther fans will receive the bobblehead. Get your tickets now to watch the first-place Panthers (10-3 Horizon League) battle the Phoenix!
The Week in Retrospect
I began my week with a quarterly update from the Freshwater Collaborative and learned about their current projects and plans for seeking continued state funding. On Tuesday, I had a Chancellor’s Enrollment Management Action Team meeting to discuss spring enrollments, which are paralleling what we saw in the fall, and I met with representatives from the Waukesha County Technical College to discuss our continuing partnership. On Thursday, I met with leaders at MATC to continue developing a partnership to use Froedtert Memorial Hospital Scholarships at the two institutions to build pipelines to health careers. I will end my week with meetings with Academic Affairs team members.

  • Black Feminist Symposium Call for Submissions: Deadline Today
    The Black Feminist Symposium invites proposals for individual papers, posters, panels, and creative works that address one or more of the conference themes (racism as a public health issue, self-care, radical vulnerability in leadership). Submit session proposals and abstracts (250 words) by Friday, February 3. Open to students (graduate and undergraduate), faculty, community members, and artists. The symposium will be held on Saturday, February 25 (with more details to come). For questions, contact: wmncntr@uwm.edu.
  • Educational Technology Fee Call for Proposals
    The Advisory Committee on Educational Technology invites proposals from the campus for one-time funds in 2023-24 to support the facilitation, creation, and expansion of technology opportunities for students. More information. The deadline to submit proposals is February 28.
  • Moon Shot for Equity
    The quarterly Moon Shot for Equity report reveals exciting progress toward our goal of closing equity gaps. View the report for specific plans, actions, and results to date. This is truly an appreciative, campus-wide effort.

Campus Events

  • Wisconsin AI Summit
    The Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute (NMDSI) is co-hosting the Wisconsin AI Summit on February 8-9 with the Center For Technology Commercialization. NMDSI is a collaboration between Northwestern Mutual, UW-Milwaukee and Marquette University. At this free event, attendees will hear from state, federal, and military experts in artificial intelligence/machine learning. See more information and register to attend virtually (in person registration is closed).

Something Different
It was awfully cold this morning. You might be surprised that the coldest and hottest places in the universe may be man-made.
Take care,

Scott Gronert
Interim Provost