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

New Budget Model Open Forums

You are invited to attend an open forum for an update on the New Budget Model. Three sessions are scheduled this week. Open forum dates and times are listed below, with all sessions taking place in the Union Fireside Lounge:

  • Monday, May 14: 3-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 16: 3-4 p.m.
  • Friday, May 18: 12-1 p.m.

Finals Study Night/Snack Break

The Chancellor, myself and other members of Cabinet will again be serving up encouragement, snacks & warm beverages to students tonight in the Library (1st floor West Wing) as they are studying for final exams.


The Master of Urban Planning degree program at UWM was accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) for a 7-year term, from 2019 through 2025. The accreditation period granted is the longest term possible under current PAB rules, due to the degree program’s exemplary record!  Congratulations to the School of Architecture & Urban Planning, and in particular Urban Planning Department Chair Nancy Frank!

Adam Greenberg (Psychology) received a grant award from the American Society of Breast Surgeons to support his project, “Leveraging Cognitive Science to Identify Biomarkers of ‘Chemobrain.’” This is the second grant awarded to support Adam’s work on the behavioral and neurological markers of cognitive decline associated with chemotherapy (chemobrain) in breast cancer patients. Congratulations, Adam!

Student journalists from the Department of Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies filled three tables at the Milwaukee Press Club’s annual awards ceremony Friday night. They won top honors for investigative reporting, feature and editorial writing, and multimedia storytelling through immersive reporting trips to Flint, Michigan, to cover the city’s water crisis and to Texas to document the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. UWM students were nominated for more awards than any other university in WisconsinCongratulations UWM student journalists!

Congratulations to Liz Drame (Exceptional Education) for being selected for a 2018-19 US Fulbright Scholar Award to conduct research in Senegal through the African Regional Research program.

In the news

Fifteen UWM Architecture and Urban Planning students explored ideas for expanding development in the neighborhood north of the new arena and presented their plans to developers and city officials last week. View the slideshow to see their innovative concepts.

Patricia Torres Nájera (Electa Quinney Institute) was featured in the Sunday Morning story on CBS 58 yesterday. Patricia, a 2018 UWM Alumni Award winner with two of her children currently enrolled at UWM, was interviewed about the meaning of motherhood and importance of her upcoming graduation with a PhD in Urban Studies.

The Emile H. Mathis Gallery at UWM was featured in an article in Midwest Living, as first on a list of new art, hotels, public transit, restaurants, shops and celebrations in Milwaukee.  It describes the new Gallery’s 2,400-quare-foot exhibition space that has featured the work of legends including Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró.

Milwaukee Athletics

Former Milwaukee women’s soccer goalkeeper Mallory Geurts has signed a professional contact overseas and is now playing (as the starting goalkeeper!) for Västerås BK30, based in Västerås, Sweden. The team competes in the Elitettan, the second-highest division for women’s professional soccer in Sweden. Congratulations, Mallory!

The Week


I start the week with standing meetings with Robin Van Harpen, Mark Harris, and Stan Stojkovic. The Chancellor’s Cabinet meets, CEMAT meets, and I have an update meeting with the Office of Central Advising. I’ll also attend the Honors Commencement.


I have the Deans Morning Meeting, standing meetings with Val Klump and Peter Sands, a meeting with the Multicultural Network, my weekly staff meeting, a Campus Budget Planning meeting, and meeting to discuss the achievement gap.


This morning, I have standing meetings with Brian Thompson, Tom Lipinski, and the Chancellor. I will also meet with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Accessibility Advisory Committee. In the afternoon, I meet with UC Chair Kristian O’Connor and then travel with the Chancellor to UW-Waukesha to meet faculty and staff.


Today, I have a full slate of standing meetings, including Scott Emmons, Dave Clark, Brett Peters, Kim Litwack, and Joan Prince. The Chancellor and I also meet with the Distinguished Professors.


In the morning, I have a Provosts’ “Zoom” meeting to discuss UWC/UWEX restructuring. In the afternoon, I will be attending to administrative tasks, as well as a meeting with Val Klump, Eric Leaf, regarding SFS.


Today is Commencement! I will attend both the morning Black Ceremony and the afternoon Gold Ceremony.


From the Registrar’s Office

We have a new academic catalog for UW-Milwaukee, located at

This new catalog represents a collaborative effort between the Registrar’s Office, the Graduate School, the Provost’s Office, University Relations, UITS, and academic units across the campus. The goal of the new catalog is to serve as a usable, authoritative source of program and course information for students as well as the rest of the campus community and external stakeholders.

Any feedback on the catalog can be emailed to

Change Your Password!

Under UW System Administrative Policy 1030, all UWM faculty, staff, and students will be required to change their passwords every 180 days.

Common Reading Experience

Sign up to serve as a discussion facilitator for this year’s Fall Welcome Common Reading Experience. You will lead a group of 30 students in their analysis of Roxanne Gay’s article, “Fifty Years Ago, Protesters Took on the Miss America Pageant and Electrified the Feminist Movement.” CRE discussions will take place in the afternoon of August 31, and a facilitator training will be offered in the weeks prior.


Thanks to De Villiers and Kohli, the Royal Challengers Bangalore still have a change to lift the IPL trophy!  And is there a new star on the horizon?

Take care,


Johannes Britz

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs