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


Proposals from five groups representing 13 different disciplines have been selected for internal Collaborative Research Team Development awards. This program funds team development activities and projects leading to long-term collaborations, exploration of research problems requiring cross-disciplinary solutions, and external grant proposals. Congratulations to all!

Last Friday, Stitch the robot threw the first pitch when the Brewers took on the Phillies at Miller Park. Stitch was built buy Team Knack, a FIRST Tech Challenge high school robotics team that won the WI State Championship hosted by the College of Engineering & Applied Science at UWM in February and went on to the World Championship. Well done, Team Knack!

In the News

UWM, Foxconn Technology Group, and Chung Yuan Christian University have joined forces to create an international co-op program that will give UWM engineering students the opportunity to study at the university in Taiwan and work at a Foxconn facility there. Read the full article in the UWM Report.

From Student Affairs

UWM is hosting four finalists for the Director of Military and Veterans Resource Center position. The candidates will be on campus next week and have been asked to prepare a 20-minute presentation entitled, “A Vision for the UWM Military and Veterans Resource Center and Key Issues Facing Today’s Student Veterans.”

Milwaukee Athletics

Nine Milwaukee Athletics teams recorded a perfect 1000 Academic Progress Rate (APR) score for the 2016-17 period, according to NCAA APR figures released recently. Milwaukee’s nine perfect APR totals for the 2016-17 scoring period marked the second-most across all Horizon League schools.

The Week

I start the week with my standing meeting with Robin Van Harpen, my monthly meeting with the Academic Staff Committee, and the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet meeting. Later, the Chancellor’s Commission on Hispanic Serving Initiatives advisory board meets, I have my weekly staff meeting, and the CEMAT Executive Committee will meet.

In the morning, I have my standing meeting with Peter Sands and Strategic Position Control Target meetings with the Office of Research, UWM Libraries, and the Graduate School. I have a lunch meeting with Alverno College Vice President Scott Zeman. In the afternoon, I have a meeting with the Multicultural Network, a Strategic Position Control Target meeting with SOIS, and my monthly meeting with Alan Shoho.

I will be off campus for the Chancellor’s Expanded Cabinet Retreat.

I start the day with the APBC meeting, followed by standing meetings with Katie Miota and Dave Clark. Then, I have a Strategic Position Control Target meeting with L&S and my monthly meeting with Scott Emmons. The Chancellor and I will meet with MCW leadership. Finally, I have a meeting on American Indian Studies.

In the morning, I’ll make opening remarks at the World History Association Conference, followed by my standing meeting with Brian Thompson, a Campus Space Planning meeting, and the CEMAT Executive Committee meets. In the afternoon, I have Strategic Position Control Target meetings with PSOA, LSB, and Continuing Education.


World Cup at CIE
The UWM Center for International Education (CIE) is ready for the 2018 World Cup! Stop by the new International Lounge in Garland Hall Room 130 during business hours where we will be showing the games! We will also keep scores updated on our giant wall bracket! See you there Olé Olé Olé Olé!!!

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni can get into Summerfest for free from 12 – 3 p.m. on Friday, June 29 if they are wearing a UWM T-shirt or hat. The free admission is part of Show Your College Pride Day at the music festival.


Mexico rocked over the weekend, but keep an eye on Croatia.

Take care,

Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs