March 18, 2019  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates

Good morning, colleagues. I hope you’re enjoying Spring Break. Here is this week’s update from Academic Affairs.


UWM’s Student Startup Challenge participants Matt Kemper and James Van Eerden won $10,000 on ABC’s Project Pitch It with their Light Fruit company last week. Well done, Matt and James!

Colleen Galambos (Social Work) has been appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Health and Human Services Administration. The journal is affiliated with the American Society for Public Administration’s (ASPA) Section on Health and Human Services Administration (SHHSA). She was sought out based on her expertise in aging and long-term care. Congratulations, Colleen!

Kris Barnekow (Occupational Science and Technology) was appointed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to serve as Wisconsin’s Act Early Ambassador. In this role, Dr. Barnekow will improve early identification of developmental delays and disabilities, including autism, by working with Wisconsin’s systems of care serving young children. Well done, Kris!

On Saturday, March 9, the UWM Panthers Puff-Out team successfully climbed 1,034 steps in the Fight for Air Climb and raised $1,065 for the American Lung Association. The entire nine-member team successfully completed all 47 flights in honor of UWM going smoke and tobacco free. Way to go, Panthers!

Anne Pycha’s (Linguistics) article, “Mind Your “Fs” and “Vs”: Agriculture May Have Shaped Both Human Jaws and Language,” was published last week on the homepage of Scientific American magazine. Well done, Anne!

In the News

Mark Schwartz

Marc Levine

Milwaukee Athletics

Congratulations to the Milwaukee women’s assistant coach Anya Covington, who has been recognized as one of the top 30 up-and-coming women’s basketball coaches nationally after being named to the prestigious Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Thirty Under 30 list.

The Milwaukee volleyball team once again participated in the annual Women for MACC Pasta Fest. The team took part in the organization’s 34th annual Pasta Fest at Milwaukee’s American Serb Hall, working as celebrity servers and mingling with guests.

The Week


Today, I’ll tour the FANUC (Fuji Automatic NUmerical Control) facilities in Rochester Hills, MI with Rockwell Automation Vice President for Connected Enterprise Consulting Lyman Tschanz. This visit is in regard to our Connected Systems Institute.


In the morning, I have bi-weekly meetings with Tom Luljak and Mark Harris, and review Academic Performance Solutions with Jihee Beak. In the afternoon, I meet with the University Committee, I have a teleconference with EAB, and I have my standing meeting with Katie Miota.


I have a meeting with Alberto Maldonado and the President of St. Anthony’s School. I also have standing meetings with Joan Prince and Val Klump and Tim Grundl.


I start the day with my monthly meetings with Scott Emmons and Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska, followed by an International Partnerships Financial Planning meeting, the Chancellor’s Innovation Award luncheon, the Northwestern Mutual Data Systems Institute Core Team meeting, and a monthly Campus Space Planning meeting.


In the morning, I have my weekly meeting with Robin Van Harpen and a Northwestern Mutual Data Systems Institute Internal Steering Committee meeting. In the afternoon, I’ll be visiting our Waukesha campus.


Film Screening and Panel Discussion

There will be a screening of  Life After Life on Monday, March 25 at 5 p.m. in the Union Theatre, followed by a panel discussion.

WWHEL Brown Bag

Crystal Carter and Jeanne Wagner will present, “Emotional Intelligence—The Benefits Professionally and Personally,” on Thursday, March 28 in the Library 4th Floor Conference Center. Please register.

Suzanne Feetham Lecture

Pamela S. Hinds, PhD, RN, FAAN, presents, “Protecting the Health of Families of Children Receiving Palliative Care,” on Monday, April 8 at 4 p.m. in the Union Alumni Fireside Lounge. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available. Information and registration.

Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is pleased to announce a new CLACS Fellows Program to support research and public engagement on the topic of Migration in the Americas. CLACS will support up to three Faculty Fellows (2019-2020). Applications are due April 19.


I will be away from campus next week and my next Update will be on April 1.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs