June 7, 2021  |  News & Events, Provost's Updates, Timely Announcements

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


Paula Lucey (Nursing) received an honorary Doctor of Medical Science degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Congratulations, Paula!

Anne Basting’s (English) Creative Care Imagination Kit, created in collaboration with the non-profit Time Slips and people living with dementia, was published by Harper Collins. The kit is designed to help caretakers of loved ones and those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s play and find joy together. Well done, Anne!

Richa Karmarkar (Journalism student) won the national feature writing award from the Society of Professional Journalists contest, which includes competition from Ivy League and other major universities. This is a wonderful recognition and congratulations, Richa!

In the News

The UWM Asian Faculty and Staff Association (AFSA) was featured on WISN 12 News as part of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Natalie Chin (Registrar’s Office and AFSA co-chair) represented the group and highlighted the various work that was done this year as well as the scholarship for the UWM student community.

Milwaukee Athletics

The Milwaukee baseball team got into an early hole and could not dig out, falling to Wright State in the Horizon League Championship at Nischwitz Stadium. The Panthers fell to the top-seeded Raiders, finishing the weekend as runner-ups for the second straight time the tournament has been held, as well as the third time over the past six seasons.

The Week


I start the week with a Coronavirus Management Team (CMT) Leadership meeting, followed by the Honors College New Student Orientation where I will provide a welcome address, my weekly meeting with Robin Van Harpen, the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet meeting, my weekly staff meeting, my bi-weekly meeting with Paul Klajbor, and my weekly check-in with Dev Venugopalan and Laura Pedrick.


In the morning, I have my one-on-one with Joely Urdan, a meeting with Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska and Jason Puskar, and my monthly meeting with Kim Litwack. In the afternoon, I have my standing meeting with Scott Emmons, my monthly meeting with Jen Doll and Tim Behrens, an L&S Budget discussion, my weekly meeting with Chancellor Mone, and a meeting with Scott Gronert.


Today, I have a meeting with Sue Weslow, Jennifer Abele, and Chancellor Mone, followed by a discussion with WCTC regarding associate degrees, one-on-ones with Kathy Dolan and Kaushal Chari, my monthly update with Dietmar Wolfram and Mark Harris, my standing meeting with Tina Freiburger and Hope Longwell-Grice, another meeting with Scott Gronert, and a Campus Space Planning meeting.


In the morning, I have my monthly meetings with Nadya Fouad and Purush Papatla, my standing meeting with Michelle Johnson, Dave Clark, and Kay Eilers, and my one-on-one with Trudy Turner. In the afternoon, I have my standing meeting with Peter Sands, a meeting with Academic Staff Committee member Nicole Oswald (sitting in for Chair Kyla Esguerra), the IT Advisory Council meeting, and a UWM Center for Water Policy MOA review.


Today I will meet with direct reports and attend to administrative tasks.


Contribute to UNITE

Looking ahead to this fall, please place UNITE on your calendars for August 23-31. The goal of the University-Neighborhood Initiative To Engage (UNITE) is to welcome students who live off-campus back to UWM, communicate expectations for being a good neighbor, and encourage students to get connected with and explore the community near campus. For more information, contact Alyssa Wastradowski (nho-supervisor@uwm.edu).

WWHEL Podcast

UWM’s Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership (WWHEL) is pleased to announce its first podcast in a series entitled, “Steering UWM’s Leadership WWHEL.” Episode One features Chia Vang (Interim Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer) discussing her personal and professional journey in higher education and addressing topics related to leadership and resilience.

University IT Services

With recent changes to local, long distance, and international dialing, you will now be required to dial 9, plus the one-digit country code, the three-digit area code, and the seven-digit phone number to place a call using an on-campus landline (e.g., 9+1+414+2291122). These changes have already been implemented and should be adopted right away. For more information about this change, visit our IT News article.


Dutch runner breaks 10,000-meter world record.

Take care,


Johannes Britz

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee