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

Board of Regents meeting

We successfully hosted the Board of Regents meeting last week and the Chancellor’s presentation is available online. Congratulations also to the Zilber School of Public Health for the approval of the B.S in Public Health.

In the News

Elizabeth Drame (Liz is from Exceptional Education in the School of Education) was featured in a Journal Sentinel article about her background and studies of autism in children.

The Week


I start the week with my standing meeting with Robin Van Harpen. I also have a meeting on advising and later, I’ll be in the Wisconsin Room providing welcome remarks at the New Student Orientation (Honors College). Then, I’ll attend the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet meeting, followed by my bi-weekly meeting with Mark Harris, and CEMAT meets. Agenda items include an Enrollment Update and Planning for 2018-19, Outstanding Learning Environment Goal Reporting, and a Grant Proposal on Closing the Achievement Gap.


In the morning, I have a meeting with Letters & Science, a meeting with Alan Shoho and our counterparts at MATC and MPS, and a budget meeting with the Chancellor and Robin Van Harpen. In the afternoon, I have a Thank You and Farewell lunch with the deans in honor of Interim Deans Cisler and Clark. I have a teleconference with EAB, and a meeting regarding TRIO SSS programs at the new College of General Studies.


I have standing meetings with Nancy Nelson, Pat Borger, and Joely Urdan. I have Strategic Position Control Target meetings with the School of Freshwater Sciences and the College of Nursing. In the afternoon I attend a Campus Budget Planning meeting, and I also have my weekly meeting with the Chancellor.


In the morning, I have meetings with Michael Doylen, Brett Peters, and Kanti Prasad. In the afternoon, I have my weekly staff meeting, an update meeting on the Lubar School dean search, and a meeting regarding First Year Experience Initiatives.


Today, I’ve set aside time for administrative tasks, but also have the High Impact Practices workshop and my monthly meeting with Val Klump and Tim Grundl. I also have an off-campus meeting at Manpower.


World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Friday, June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  Please wear purple to support this global effort to raise awareness around this issue and to reduce abuse and mistreatment of the elderly.  For more information regarding local resources for the elderly and information on elder abuse, feel free to contact Dr. Colleen Galambos, our Helen Bader Chair in Applied Gerontology at or (414) 229-3289.

UWM Food Pantry

The UWM Food Center and Pantry WILL be open over the summer. The Pantry will be open every Wednesday (with the exception of July 4) from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. As always, students, faculty, and staff can get drop-in access through the Dean of Students office, LGBT Resource Center, Inclusive Excellence Center, and Student Association during their respective business hours.

UWM Cricket

We’ve reserved Engelmann Field (the outdoor soccer field) from 5 – 8 p.m. on Friday, June 15. Everybody is welcome to come and play!


What a great idea!

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs