March 2, 2020  |  News & Events, Provost's Updates, Timely Announcements

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


  • Colleen Galambos (HBSSW) was an author on a report recently released by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. The report, “Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults: Opportunities for the Health Care System,” was sponsored and funded by the AARP Foundation. Well done, Colleen!
  • Winson Chu (History) has been appointed to the Academic Council of the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University for a three-year term. The Foundation is among the most active outreach organizations in this field and organizes the biannual Lessons and Legacies Conference, the premier international meeting for scholars of the Holocaust. Congratulations, Winson!
  • Sandra McLellan (Freshwater Sciences) was elected by the American Academy of Microbiology to the new Fellows Class of 2020. Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology, an honorific leadership group within the ASM, are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology. Well done, Sandra!
  • Amanda Braun (Athletics) has been selected by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) as a 2019-20 Division 1-AAA Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year Recipient. She will be recognized during NACDA’s 55th Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada in June. This is a huge honor, Amanda, and congratulations!

Final Helen Bader School of Social Welfare Dean Candidate on Campus this Week

  • Velmer Burton visits campus March 2-3, and his Open Forum presentation will be today  at 11 a.m. in the Union Fireside Lounge.

Candidate information and visit itineraries are posted online. To submit feedback for the finalist candidates, please use the feedback forms linked on the finalists page. There is a separate form for each candidate. The deadline to submit feedback is Friday, March 6 at 5 p.m.

Milwaukee Athletics

Milwaukee Athletics has launched the “United We Roar Giving Challenge.” The challenge pits each of the Panthers varsity athletics programs, their supporters, and alumni against each other for a giving competition that is focused on supporting the experience of Panther student athletes and enhancing specific areas of each program.

The Week


I start the week with a breakfast interview with Helen Bader School of Social Welfare Dean candidate Velmer Burton, followed by my weekly meeting with Paul Klajbor, a space planning meeting, the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet Deep Dive meeting, my monthly meeting with Kathy Dolan, an Associate Deans meeting, my weekly staff meeting, and my one-on-ones with a few of my direct reports.


In the morning, I have a research meeting, a TechEd Frontiers Core Team meeting, an Enrollment Management meeting with Kay Eilers and Dave Clark, I will join a meeting with Regents Delgado, Grebe, Hall, and Tiedeman, and I have my monthly meeting with Tom Luljak, Kay Eilers, and Dave Clark. In the afternoon, I have the University Committee meeting, my weekly meeting with Chancellor Mone, and a wrap-up interview with HBSSW Dean Finalist Velmer Burton.


Today, I have an FY 2021 CGS Administrative Allocations meeting, followed by an interview with Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning and Management candidate Melissa Spadanuda. I have another budget meeting, a Digital Cultures Collaboration meeting on gaming, and a number of meetings with my direct reports.


I start the day with the Academic Planning and Budget Committee meeting, followed by a meeting with CHS on accreditation. I then travel to Madison for the Provosts and Senior Student Affairs Officers joint meeting regarding Campus Climate and Behavioral Mental Health.


In the morning, I have a 2020 Spring Divisional Forecast meeting, followed by an interview with Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning and Management candidate Charles Haas, and a meeting with the Student Association leadership.


SOIS Lunch and Learn

A faculty and student research networking opportunity around disruptive technology in health care will be held on Wednesday, March 4 at 11:30 a.m. at the Zilber School of Public Health, room 590.

Online Program Council

The OPC meets on Friday, March 6 from 10:30 a.m.-noon in Lubar S250. Agenda items include game-based instructional materials and adult student marketing.

HBSSW Social Justice Committee Lunch and Learn

Claudia Evangelista Calvario (Voces de la Frontera) presents, “The Impact of Immigration Status on Service Delivery,” on Friday, March 6 at 11:30 a.m. in Holton 180.

Center for 21st Century Studies

Kavita Daiya (George Washington University) presents, “Graphic Migrations: Hannah Arendt, Statelessness, and South Asia Across Media,” on Friday, March 6 at 3:30 p.m. in Curtin 175.

Sign up to volunteer for the DNC

Milwaukee will welcome the Democratic National Convention July 13-16. The 2020 Host Committee needs 15,000 volunteers to host a successful event. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities like office support, sustainability, hospitality, communications, technology, transportation, and venue support. You can create your own account to identify the types of roles that best align with your interests. Sign up to volunteer via UWM’s unique link or use group code UWMKE. More information is available at


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Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs