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


David Pate, Jr. (Social Work) was interviewed on CBS News about Milwaukee’s declaration of racism as a public health crisis. Well done, David!

The Peck School of the Arts Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres has been named one of the world’s best film programs by entertainment-industry insiders at Variety magazine. UWM’s film program has regularly made Variety’s “top schools” list since 2016. An impressive run from a talented group of colleagues, current students, and alumni!

Alvaro Saar Rios (Theatre) has been named a Playwright-in-Residence at First Stage Milwaukee, one of the nation’s leading theaters for youth and families. Rios’s latest First Stage commission, “On the Wings of a Mariposa,” will feature original music and lyrics by UWM alumna Dinorah Marquez. It runs October 18-November 10 at First Stage. Congratulations, Alvaro!

From the Division of Global Inclusion and Engagement

Three finalists for the position of Senior Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer will visit campus this month. Candidate materials and itineraries are posted online. Candidate Jyl Shaffer’s Open Forum is today at 2 p.m. in the Regent’s Room (Chapman 211).

Milwaukee Athletics

Jake Sommers of the Milwaukee baseball team was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 10th round with the 305th overall pick in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft on June 4. A 2019 All-Horizon League Second Team reliever, Jake is the 22nd Milwaukee Panther to be selected in the MLB.

Milwaukee captured the women’s soccer and women’s cross-country crowns during the 2018-19 school year to claim the Horizon League’s Women’s All-Sports title. The Panthers collected their record-setting seventh Women’s All-Sports trophy in the process.

The Week


In the morning, I have an interview with Senior Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer candidate Jyl Shaffer, a meeting with Title IX Coordinator Kimberly Anderson, and a Global Inclusion and Engagement budget and advising meeting with Joan Prince. In the afternoon, I’ll provide remarks at the Honors College New Student Orientation and I have my weekly staff meeting.


I start the day with the Deans Morning Meeting, followed by the Chancellor’s Strategic Direction meeting, monthly meetings with Tom Lipinski and Nancy Nelson, a School of Freshwater Sciences meeting, and my monthly presentation to the Academic Staff Senate.


In the morning, I meet with the Budget Model Support Team where we will discuss adjustment pool and tuition stream. In the afternoon, I have an Open Educational Resources meeting, a Multi-year Campus Budget Model meeting, and my weekly meeting with the Chancellor.


I start the day giving opening remarks for the National Taiwan Normal University Student Welcome, followed by standing meetings with Purush Papatla and Katie Miota, and an Integrated Support Services sponsors meeting. Later, I’ll provide welcome remarks for the Design Solution Center Strategic Planning Session in the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center and I have a meeting with Tom Luljak.


I have a meeting with Kanti Prasad and my monthly Connected Systems Institute budget meeting. I also meet with several of my direct reports.


Summerfest College Pride Day

All patrons will receive one FREE admission ticket if wearing a UWM hat or shirt on Friday, June 28 from 12-3 p.m.

Nohl Fellowship Exhibition

You have until August 4 to see SARUP Associate Professor Chris Cornelius’s newest exhibition at the Haggerty Museum of Art. Cornelius was named a Nohl Fund Fellow in the “established artist” category in late 2018. Peck School of the Arts alumnae Nazli Dincel and Makeal Flammini are also featured in the Nohl Fellowship exhibition in the “emerging artist” category. Congratulations to all three artists on this distinction and the opening of the 2018 Nohl Fund Fellowship exhibition, June 6-August 4.


Women’s World Cup Soccer is also on its way – good luck to the USA Team.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs