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


Shinji Takahashi (Japanese) received the 2018 Recognition of Merit award from the Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers. This annual award recognizes teachers who have demonstrated excellence in language teaching and who have made a significant contribution to the profession. Congratulations, Shinji!

Nicolet High School students Ayman Isahaku and Anna Spektor, who are working in Michael Carvan’s (Freshwater Sciences) lab, were invited to the 2018 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh. They finished first in their category, won a Best in Category award, and won a trip to India for the National Fair of India – Initiative in Research and Innovation in Science and visits to research institutions. Well done, Ayman, Anna, and Michael!

From Student Affairs

UWM is hosting four finalists for the position of Associate Dean of Students. The open forum presentation topic is, “The State of Student Conduct: Current and Future Challenges.” The finalists have been asked to prepare a 20-minute presentation, followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Milwaukee Athletics

Congratulations to all the Milwaukee Panther student athletes who continue to score high marks in the classroom. During the spring 2018 semester, student athletes posted a collective 3.349 grade point average! This marks the 36th consecutive semester that Milwaukee student athletes have recorded a GPA of 3.0 or better. During the spring 2018 semester, 84 Panthers compiled a GPA of at least 3.8, while 34 of them achieved a perfect 4.0!

The Week


I start the week with my standing meeting with Robin Van Harpen, followed by a meeting with Freshwater Sciences. I then have my standing meeting with Trudy Turner (Sec of U) and the Chancellor’s Expanded Executive Cabinet meeting. In the afternoon, I continue my meetings with Mark Harris and have my weekly staff meeting. The last meeting of the day is with the CEMAT Executive Committee.


In the morning, I’ll attend the Connected Systems Institute Core Team meeting (dealing mainly with the “Internet of Things”) and an NWQ Space Planning meeting. In the afternoon, I have meetings with Student Association Leadership and ASC Chair Sue Cashin, a Budget Planning meeting, my monthly meeting with CEMAT Leadership, a meeting regarding the Center for Aging and Translational Research, and the monthly UW Colleges Restructuring meeting.


I have my standing meeting with Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska, followed by a lunch meeting with Kanti Prasad, a meeting with the L&S Dean and Associate Deans, and my weekly meeting with Chancellor Mone.


I’ll be in Madison for the UW System Provost Council Annual Retreat.


In the morning, I have standing meetings with Brett Peters, the Chancellor’s Commission on Hispanic Serving Initiatives, Michael Doylen, and Stan Stojkovic. In the afternoon, I’ll touch base with incoming L&S Dean Scott Gronert, followed by standing meetings with Ron Cisler and Dave Clark.


Look Here!

You are invited to the opening reception of Look Here! at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum on Thursday, June 28 from 6-8 p.m. The exhibition is a collaboration between the UWM Libraries and Milwaukee artists. Free and open to the public.

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.

OAIR Workshop

The Office of Assessment and Institutional Research will host its fourth workshop, “Understanding Use of Dashboards,” on Tuesday, July 24 from 10-11:30 a.m. in NWQ 1990. This workshop focuses on introducing and demonstrating four dashboards that could help you understand gaps in students’ enrollment, retention, and graduation with various factors such as ethnicity, school/college, field of study, ACT scores, Pell eligibility, etc. Short exercises for using dashboards will be included. Review and RSVP.


Next week, we have the Independence Day holiday and then I’ll be on vacation. Due to the ‘slower time’, my next update will be July 30.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs