July 26, 2021  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates, Timely Announcements

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

Town Hall

There will be a virtual town hall meeting for UWM faculty and staff on Wednesday, August 4 from 10-11 a.m. The Chancellor, and several UWM leaders will discuss preparing for the fall semester; COVID-19 trends in UWM counties, as well as testing and vaccinations; update on enrollments, academics, and research; and our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

Questions can be shared in advance or asked online during the live town hall by sending to: uwm-townhall@uwm.edu. When submitting your question, please indicate whether you would prefer to remain anonymous. We have an excellent set of FAQs and you are encouraged to check there first to see if your question has already been answered.

Please join the town hall meeting here on August 4 at 10 a.m. The same link can be used for viewing the meeting at a later time if you are unable to watch it live.

A captioning function is available. For the live viewing with an interpreter, please make advance arrangement with Amy Hogle in our Accessibility Resource Center. Learn more about the captioning function.


Daniel Agterberg’s (Physics) article, “Multicomponent superconducting order parameter in Ute2,” was published in Science. This is a remarkable accomplishment, Daniel and well done!

Rachel Buff (History) and Evan Taparata’s (Harvard) article, “Refuge: Denied. Asylum: Pending,” was included in the new Public Books series From “Crisis” to Futurity. Congratulations, Rachel and Evan!

Margo Anderson (Distinguished Professor Emerita, History) was named to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Panel to evaluate the quality of the 2020 census. This is an extraordinary honor for Margo—and for UWM and the History Department—and further confirmation of Margo’s distinguished career and the prominence of her scholarship. Bravo, Margo!

Melinda Kavanaugh (Social Welfare) has joined Camp Corral’s Research Advisory Panel as its inaugural advisor. Camp Corral is a summer camp for children of wounded, injured, ill, or fallen military service members. The advisory panel informs Camp Corral’s advocacy efforts for the children of wounded warriors. Well done, Melinda!

Roshan D’Souza (Mechanical Engineering) was awarded a three-year, $390K National Science Foundation grant to support his research entitled, “Collaborative Research: Enhanced 4D-Flow MRI through Deep Data Assimilation for Hemodynamic Analysis of Cardiovascular Flows.” Congratulations, Roshan!

Dan Egan’s (Freshwater Sciences) article, “A Battle Between a Great City and a Great Lake,” was published in the New York Times and reprinted in The Seattle Times. Well done, Dan!

Philip Chang (Physics), with assistance from Dan Siercks (L&S Web and Data), received a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) program for new HPC equipment. Congratulations, Philip and Dan!

Kyle Ebersole and Barbara Meyer (Rehabilitation Sciences and Technology) were selected by the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center to participate in Stanford d.school’s Teaching and Learning Studio workshop—a premier, experiential professional development opportunity in curriculum design. Well done, Kyle and Barbara!

George Connelly (UWM alum) has been selected by the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English (WCTE) and the Wisconsin English Language Arts Teacher Educators (WELATE) as one of two winners of the Outstanding Student Teacher Award for the 2020-2021 academic year. Congratulations, George!

Tami Williams (English and Film Studies) participated in a podcast on 1920’s avant-garde film pioneer Germaine Dulac for France Culture. Well done, Tami!

Maria Novotny (English) recently published, “Intervening in #Access2Care: Towards a Rhetorical Framework for Relational Advocacy,” in Present Tense (9.1). Congratulations, Maria! Along with her graduate students, Maria also published a course design where they reflected on the thematic content of the course, “Cultural Rhetorics” and its connections to community engagement. Well done, Maria!

Anna Kaminski (UWM alum) was awarded the American Meteorological Society’s Father James B. Macelwane Annual Award in Meteorology. It is the most prestigious student research award offered by the American Meteorology Society, and one of the most prestigious such awards in all of the atmospheric and related sciences. Congratulations, Anna!

Bettina Arnold’s (Anthropology) new publication, “Intersectionality and elite identity in Iron Age west-central European mortuary contexts,” was recently published in Vix et le phénomène princier, (Patrice Brun, Bruno Chaume and Federica Sacchetti [editors]), pp. 299-309, by Una Éditions, Bordeaux. Well done, Bettina!

Xiaohang Yue (Lubar School of Business) has been named as the Changjiang (Yangtze River) Chaired Professor at Northeastern University (China) by the Chinese Ministry of Education. This is one of the highest honors that China bestows on an individual in higher education. Congratulations, Xiaohang!

The Accessibility Resource Center’s ARC Excellence Award recognizes instructional and other UWM staff members for their exemplary services to ARC students and staff. Congratulations to all of the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 honorees who will receive their awards this fall:

  • Shahla Anders (Biomedical Sciences)
  • Sonia Bardy (Biological Sciences)
  • Rachel Bloom-Pojar (English)
  • Mary Louise Buley-Meissner (English)
  • Chi Cho (Office of Research)
  • Joshua Driscoll (L&S Grad Student)
  • Krista Grensavitch (Women’s and Gender Studies)
  • Julie Kaiser (L&S Grad Student)
  • Joseph Kilroy (Math and Natural Sciences)
  • Matthew Knachel (Philosophy)
  • Charlotte Letellier (English)
  • Renee Reckelberg (Rehabilitation Sciences & Technology)
  • Elizabeth Rex (Art & Design)
  • Ermitte Saint-Jaques (African and African Diaspora Studies)
  • Shinji Takahashi (Foreign Languages and Literature)

Milwaukee Athletics

The Milwaukee Business Journal chose three Milwaukee-area executives as its 2021 CMO of the Year winners, while at the same time selecting six area finance professionals as its CFO of the Year winners earlier this month. The award programs are part of MBJ C-Suite awards. Cathy Rossi, the Deputy Athletic Director for the Milwaukee Athletic Department, was among the honorees for CFO of the Year.

Catch up on all the exciting things happening in Milwaukee Athletics by reading the latest issue of The Roar Report, presented by Carmel Builders. This summer issue is highlighted with a feature story on the three graduating seniors from the Milwaukee women’s soccer team – McKenna Stratton, Taylor Tabbert, and Morgan Koerber – and the success they enjoyed over the past four seasons.

The Week


I start the week with my weekly meeting with Robin Van Harpen, followed by a 2030 Initiatives update, a Chancellor’s meeting, and a campus planning meeting.


In the morning, I have a Coronavirus Management Team (CMT) Leadership meeting, a TechEd Frontiers Executive Briefing, a teleconference with EAB President for Marketing and Enrollment Solutions Chris Marett, and a CEMAT Leads meeting. In the afternoon, I have my standing meeting with Chia Vang, my one-on-one with the Chancellor, and a School of Freshwater Sciences Transition meeting.


Today, I will attend a book launch, followed by my biweekly meeting with Paul Klajbor, and the bi-monthly Space Optimization meeting.


In the morning, I have another CMT Leadership meeting and a McNair Scholars discussion with Chia Vang and Jason Puskar. In the afternoon, I have a Campus Budget Planning meeting and the Monthly Campus Space Planning meeting.


Today, I will attend a 2030 retreat, the bi-monthly Provost Council meeting, and the July Associate Deans meeting.


Records Management Basics

Derek Webb, Archives Department Head and University Records Officer, will give a virtual presentation on the fundamentals of records management on July 28 at 1 p.m. The presentation will be via Teams and is open to all UWM faculty and staff who are responsible for university records. Join the Teams presentation.

Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research (CCBLLR)

  • CCBLLR is excited to offer Adopt-A-River & Park Clean Ups this summer for student, staff, and faculty volunteers. Earlier this summer, volunteers participated in the Adopt-A-River & Park Clean Up at Lincoln Park. You and your family are invited to participate in the next Adopt-A-River & Park Clean Up event on Friday, August 6 at Caesar Park. Sign up.
  • CCBLLR has a long-time partnership with the Hope House Food Pantry. The Hope House depends on UWM to help staff their pantry every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. This summer, they have an increased need for volunteers. Please consider signing up to volunteer for a shift as an individual or as a group with others from your department. Transportation can be provided. Sign up. Email zgarrity@uwm.edu with questions.

New TA Orientation

Department Chairs, please encourage your incoming teaching assistants to attend the CETL New Teaching Assistant Online Orientation on Monday, August 23. This year, all components of the orientation will be completed online and will be accessed via Zoom. Registration.

Support for Second Year Students

New Student Programs is running events for students who started at UWM during the pandemic. This programming will help students transition to a more traditional college experience. More information.

Call for SURF Proposals

The Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF program provides student salary support for research collaborations between faculty/research staff and undergraduate students. The deadline to apply for fall and academic year awards is August 15. Program details and a link to the online application. Contact Kyla Esguerra (kylam@uwm.edu) with questions.

Center for 21st Century Studies Invites Feedback 

In preparation for her tenure as Director of C21, UWM’s center supporting interdisciplinary research across the humanities, arts, and sciences, Anne Basting and her team have crafted a survey to invite input from current and potential stakeholders (students, faculty, staff and community members). Please share your thoughts. The search for the Deputy Director for C21 is open until August 15 as well.

Student Orientation

Fall Welcome is coming fast!

  • Panther Academic Welcome is a required Canvas course with optional small group experiences on August 31 (virtual) and September 1 (in-person)
  • TAWD is completely optional and consists of a Canvas course, small group experiences (virtual and in-person) on August 24, and a virtual, faculty-led meet and greet held the evening of August 24
  • The University Welcome will be hosted in the late afternoon on September 1 in Engelmann Stadium—students will be assigned to attend one of three photo timeslots based on their last name. More information on the PAW or TAWD pages linked above.

Family Weekend 2021

Planned for Saturday, October 9! Families cannot wait to step on campus to visit their student, learn about campus, explore the City of Milwaukee, and participate in some great and fun events. Consider hosting an open or ticketed event this year. Campus units, groups, and student organizations are encouraged to submit an event. Events can be on or off campus, virtual or in-person. Please submit events by August 5. See the 2019 schedule of events. Email Alyssa Conrardy (ambc@uwm.edu) with questions.


The Bucks certainly put Milwaukee on the world map and this Dutch student also made the global media.

Take care,


Johannes Britz

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs