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

Kudos

Journalists from WUWM Radio received three first-place awards, five second-place awards, and three third-place awards from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. Congratulations!

Students in the Department of Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies recently won numerous awards for their journalism, including both regional and national awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, and awards from the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the Wisconsin College Media Association, and the Milwaukee Press Club, as well as a John Patrick Hunter First Amendment award. In sum, JAMS students collected 59 journalism awards this year. Well done!

Kari Whittenberger-Keith (Office of Research) was awarded the coveted 2019 National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski Service Award in recognition of her outstanding service to the organization, its members, and the research development profession. Congratulations, Kari!

The Occupational Therapy master’s program has successfully renewed its accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. Congratulations!

James Wasley (Architecture) and Co-PI Carol Miller (Wayne State University) recently received a National Sciences Foundation Sustainable Urban Systems Conference Grant to fund a workshop entitled, “Linking Sustainable Urban Water Systems in the Great Lakes Basin,” which will bring together experts from diverse professions to explore the connections between green infrastructure and aquatic habitat restoration in the Great Lakes post-industrial harbors in summer 2019. Kudos!

Helen Meier (Public Health) has been selected to receive a 2019 Greater Milwaukee Foundation Shaw Scientist Award from the James D. Shaw and Dorothy Shaw Fund. An advisory panel including scientists representing major U.S. research institutions recommends the winners. The award comes with $200,000 in seed funding to support innovative research approaches and the career development of young investigators. Helen is the 14th recipient from UW-Milwaukee since the program began in 1982. Congratulations, Helen!

College of General Studies Dean Finalist on Campus this Week

  • Final candidate Simon Bronner visits campus May 14-15. The Open Forum presentation will be on Tuesday, May 14 at 11 a.m. in the UWM Union Fireside Lounge.

Candidate information and visit schedules are posted online and live webcast details for the Open Forum presentation will also be linked on the College of General Studies Dean finalists page. To submit feedback for the finalist candidates, please use the feedback forms, also linked on the finalists page. There is a separate form for each candidate. The deadline to submit feedback is Thursday, May 23 at 5 p.m.

Office of Central Advising Director Finalist on Campus this Week

  • Final candidate Gregory Bailey visits campus on Wednesday, May 15 and the Open Forum presentation will be at 1:30 p.m. in Lubar N120.

Candidate and visit information are posted online. To submit feedback for the finalist candidates, please use the online feedback forms linked on the Office of Central Advising Director finalists page. There is a separate feedback form for each candidate. The deadline to submit feedback is Monday, May 20 at noon.

UWM Libraries Director Finalist on Campus this Week

  • Michael Doylen visits campus on Thursday, May 16, and the Open Forum presentation will be at 2 p.m. in the AGS Library, 3rd Floor, East Wing.
  • Brad Eden has withdrawn from the search.

Candidate information and visit schedules are posted online. To submit feedback for the finalist candidates, please use the online feedback forms linked on the UWM Libraries Director finalists page. There is a separate form for each candidate. The deadline to submit feedback is Thursday, May 23 at 5 p.m.

Milwaukee Athletics

The Milwaukee men’s and women’s track and field teams wrapped up a successful 2019 outdoor season May 5, with both teams finishing as the Horizon League runner-up. The program brought home team trophies numbers 76 and 77, as well as four Horizon League individual champions, and 15 all-time Top 10 efforts.

Four programs in the Milwaukee Athletics Department (men’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s swimming and diving, and men’s track and field) were honored as part of the NCAA APR Public Recognition Awards for outstanding academic achievements based on the most recent multi-year NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR), released May 1 by the NCAA national office.

The Week

Monday

I start the day with my weekly meeting with Robin Van Harpen, followed by standing meetings with Bob Greenstreet and Ray Fleming, and a meeting with incoming Lubar School of Business Dean Kaushal Chari. Later, I have a meeting on Experiential Learning, standing meetings with Alberto Maldonado and Mark Harris, a Connected Systems Institute Test Bed meeting, and my weekly staff meeting. In the evening, I’ll attend the Commencement Honors Ceremony. In the evening, the Chancellor and I will, along with other administrators, will serve coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and snacks in the library to support our students during exam week.

Tuesday

In the morning, I have a breakfast meeting with CGS Dean candidate Simon Bronner and standing meetings with Tom Luljak, Scott Emmons, and Tom Lipinski. In the afternoon, I have my regular meeting with Joan Prince, an Experiential Learning meeting with Dave Clark, Katie Miota, and Kelly Haag, and I’ll provide my monthly update to the Academic Staff Senate.

Wednesday

Today, I have an IT meeting, a Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute Endowed Professor Finalists discussion, my monthly meeting with Trudy Turner, an enrollment discussion with Chancellor Mone, Sue Weslow, and Katie Miota, a Steering Team meeting for the Chancellor’s Committee for Hispanic Serving Initiatives, my weekly meeting with the Chancellor, and a wrap-up meeting with Dr. Bronner.

Thursday

I start the day with a breakfast interview with Library Director finalist Michael Doylen, followed by the APBC meeting, a UW Colleges Restructuring meeting, a June BOR planning meeting with the Chancellor, and my monthly meeting with Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska. Later, there is a Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute Core Team meeting, a Distinguished Professors subcommittee meeting, a budget meeting, and a wrap-up interview with Michael Doylen.

Friday

In the morning, I have my monthly meeting with Student Association leadership, a Connected Systems Institute Test Bed meeting with Rockwell, and my monthly meeting with Stephen Schmid. In the afternoon, I have my monthly Data Science Institute budget meeting and my standing meeting with Jennifer Gonda. In the evening, I’ll make remarks at Barb Daley’s retirement party.

Sunday

I’ll be at the Black Commencement Ceremony in the morning and the Gold Commencement Ceremony in the afternoon.

Announcements

End of Semester Memo

My End of Semester Memo is available online.

A Night of Conversation

Celeste Ng, author of the bestselling Little Fires Everywhere, will speak in the UWM Student Union Wisconsin Room on Wednesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. Tickets available at the Union Information Desk. UWM student $10; and UWM faculty and staff $16. More information.

MFA Exhibition

The Closing Reception for this year’s MFA Exhibition will be held on Friday, May 17 from 5-8:30 p.m. in the Kenilworth Square East Gallery. “Of the Between” is an exceptional show and you’re invited to come and celebrate the wonderful work of Jess Holz, Katie Lemieux, Madeline Martin, and Adam Stoner.

Partners for Health Podcasts

A new series of podcasts, produced by UWM Partners for Health, recently launched its first episode—featuring a conversation between David Pate (Chair, Social Welfare) and Heidi Luft (Nursing). Listen here.

2019 Common Reading Experience

The WUWM “I’m an American” series by Teran Powell has been selected as UWM’s 2019 Common Reading Experience text. “I’m an American” spotlights perspectives otherwise overshadowed in the national conversations surrounding civility and tolerance. Access the series and interviews on WUWM’s website. Faculty are encouraged to sign up to facilitate a CRE discussion during Panther Academic Welcome.

Summer Reading Group

Register to participate in a CETL Summer Reading Group!

Other

Well done to Lewis Hamilton (F1 racing), Mumbai Indians (IPL cricket), and Manchester City (soccer). My next update will be on Tuesday, May 28.

Take care,

Johannes

Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs